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2006 Southeast Top Prospect Showcase

2007 Top Prospects

Jason Heyward - OF - 2007 - McDonough, GA
Heyward might be the best position prospect in the 2007 high school draft class. His power and bat speed never surprises, but his speed and base-running ability is always eye opening.

Jake Cowan - RHP - 2007 - Roswell, GA
Cowan’s curveball ranks with the best in the country, not only because of its break but because he can command it as well. He threw his fastball at a steady 88 mph, down a couple of clicks from his usual comfort velocity.

Josh Means - RHP - 2007 - Kennesaw, GA
Means threw harder than he did most of the summer at 88-90 mph and still had nasty hard sink. His 77 mph sharp slider gives him the hard sinker/slider combination that gets hitters out at all levels.

Christopher Epps - OF - 2007 - Stone Mountain, GA
Epps and Jiwan James are similar athletes in many ways, with raw physical strength the main element missing at present. Epps has more present bat speed and power than James and more polish in his overall actions.

Jiwan James - OF - 2007 - Willistan, FL
James’ defensive skills and arm strength are absolute top level. He showed some promise with the bat lefthanded, although getting stronger and improving his bat will always be his major task. James also threw an effortless 88 mph off the mound.

Sean Lucas - LHP - 2007 - Fishkill, NY
Lucas threw even better at the Northeast Top Prospect Showcase a few weeks earlier but still touched 90 mph from the left side with an easy, smooth arm action. His changeup could be a plus pitch and he has a very high ceiling if he can make some mechanical adjustments.

Glen Johnson - SS - 2007 - Hobe Sound, FL
Johnson is more of a game player than a showcase player, with polished skills on both sides of the ball. One area to watch will be how his bat develops righthanded as he’s much more advanced from the left side at present.

Trent Franzago - RHP - 2007 - Byron, GA
Franzago had the highest velocity fastball at 91 mph but pitched more with his sharp 78-81 mph slider. He’s lean and projectable at 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds with solid pitching mechanics.

Travis Barrett - RHP - 2007 - Bonaire, GA
Barrett is slender and projectable with a 90 mph fastball from a deceptive high three-quarters release point. His best secondary pitch is a 74 mph changeup and he flashes a good downer curveball as well.

Benjamin Gatlin - RHP - 2007 - Cataula, GA
Gaitlin’s 74 mph curveball ranked right behind Cowan’s as the best at the event and he topped out at 88-89 mph. He would be ranked higher except that he struggled with his command and wasn’t able to make an adjustment.

Jason Butts - C - 2007 - Woodstock, GA
Butts is one of the most polished defensive catchers in the country and it’s obvious that he’s used to working with top prospect pitchers. He’s smooth and fluid in all his actions and should be able to contribute immediately at the next level.

Edmond Sparks - C - 2007 - Hampton, GA
Sparks is raw tooled but has some top level tools. His 86 mph arm strength behind the plate is outstanding and he has the strength and bat quickness to develop into an offensive threat.

Danny Danielson - RHP - 2007 - Phenix City, AL
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Danielson has an ideal power pitcher’s frame and a loose, easy arm. He shows enough with his changeup and curveball to indicate he could have a 3-pitch arsenal with his 90 mph fastball in the future.

Rico Reid - RHP - 2007 - Newnan, GA
Few pitchers at this level have more natural arm strength than Reid. He touched 90 mph with life at the showcase and has been seen at 93 mph in the past. He’s mechanically raw now and still needs to develop his off speed pitches.

Mike Choice - 2B - 2007 - Arlington, TX
Choice is a strong athlete with a good balance of tools across the board. He has strength in his bat, can play virtually every position on the field and throws 87 mph off the mound. He has plenty of projection left in his skills.

Will Casey - LHP - 2007 - Kennesaw, GA
Casey is a loose-armed lefthander with an advanced idea how to pitch. He throws in the mid-80s with lots of southpaw tail and has a sharp low 70s slurve that he spots well. Casey has committed to South Carolina.

Jon White - 3B - 2007 - Canton, GA
White looks like a prospect and has the tools and performance to back it up. He has smooth actions defensively and a power swing with good bat speed.

Chris Duncan - OF - 2007 - Alpharetta, GA
Duncan is a toolsy center fielder with the speed, arm strength and physical projection to excel at the next level. His development with the bat will determine how high he plays.

Harrison Clymer - LHP - 2007 - Alpharetta, GA
Clymer graded out exactly the same (PG Grade 8) across the board, solid college level, in every tool area; speed, arm strength, defense, hitting, power, overall pitching. He can do just about everything on the baseball field and will be a big asset to a college program.

2008 Top Prospects

Jordan Swagerty - C - 2008 - Sachse, TX
There were a handful of 2008 prospects in Marietta and the switch-hitting Swagerty stood out. He can swing the bat, especiallyleft handed, has top level defensive tools and even threw 88 mph off the mound.