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Summer Collegiate  | Rankings  | 9/25/2017

West Coast League top prospects

Mike Rooney     
Photo: Stephen Wandzura

2017 Summer Collegiate Top Prospect Index

Year established: 2005
States represented: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia (Canada)
No. of teams: 11
Regular season Champion (best overall record): Corvallis Knights (34-20)
Postseason Champion: Corvallis Knights
No. 1 prospect, 2016: Cameron Bishop, lhp, Corvallis Knights (UC Irvine)
First 2016 player selected, 2017 MLB Draft: Spencer Howard, rhp, Bellingham Bells (Cal Poly; Phillies/2nd round)

Player of the Year: Chase Illig, c, Bellingham Bells (West Virginia)
Pitcher of the Year: Jack Owen, lhp, Victoria HarbourCats (Auburn)

The talent level in the West Coast League continues to improve and here is an incredible testimony to that: 82 WCL alums were selected in the 2017 MLB draft. And there was high-end talent in that group as five of the 82 were taken in the first two rounds. That group included Keston Hiura (UC Irvine), David Peterson (Oregon), Drew Rasmussen (Oregon State), Griffin Canning (UCLA) and Spencer Howard (Cal Poly).

The WCL has found an excellent niche as a perfect placement option for high profile players who are rising freshmen.  Lefthander Jack Owen, who hails from Southern California, held up that reputation as the rising Auburn freshman earned WCL Pitcher of the Year honors.

The Corvallis Knights repeated as league champions in 2017 and they also won the regular season. The Knights began the championship series by losing to Victoria in walk-off fashion in game one. While a tough outing for Corvallis, this was a great night for the league as game one was played at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria before a WCL single-game playoff record crowd of 2,789.

The Knights won both games two and three to earn their fifth title all-time. This franchise has won five of the 13 championships in WCL history and it certainly seems that the road to a WCL title runs through Corvallis.

Top 20 Prospects

Rk. Player POS. B-T HT WT Hometown ST 2018 School YR Class Last Drafted
1 Jordan Qsar OF/RHP L-R 6-3 195 El Cajon CA Pepperdine R-JR 2018 Never drafted
2 Chris Lincoln RHP R-R 6-4 175 Moreno Valley  CA UC Santa Barbara SO 2019 Blue Jays '16 (13)
3 Chase Illig C B-R 6-0 210 Bluefield  VA West Virginia R-SO 2018 Never drafted
4 Taylor Wright SS R-R 6-3 190 Vancouver BC Maryland JR 2018 Never drafted
5 Austin Shenton 3B L-R 6-0  195 Bellingham WA Florida International SO 2019 Indians '16 (34)
6 Devlin Granberg IF/OF R-R 6-2 210 Hudson  CO Dallas Baptist SR 2018 Never drafted
7 Chase Kaplan LHP L-L 6-6 220 Hillsboro OR Kansas SR 2018 Never drafted
8 Hunter Vansau OF L-L 6-3 195 Crawford TX Mississippi State JR 2018 Never drafted
9 Jack Owen LHP L-L 6-2 170 Coto De Caza CA Auburn^ FR 2019 Never drafted
10 Travis Kuhn RHP R-R 6-0 195 Norco  CA San Diego SO 2019 Never drafted
11 Louis Crow RHP R-R 6-3 185 Buena Park CA San Diego SO 2019 Brewers '16 (16)
12 Taylor Dollard RHP R-R 6-2 175 Sherman Oaks CA Cal Poly^ FR 2020 Never drafted
13 Darius Vines RHP R-R 6-1 180 Ventura CA Yavapia College* SO 2018 Cubs '17 (27)
14 Shane McGuire C L-R 6-1 200 Kentwood  WA  San Diego^ FR 2020 Never drafted
15 Matt Kroon 3B R-R 6-0 205 Scottsdale AZ Oklahoma State* JR 2018 Phillies '16 (30)
16 Jonny DeLuca OF S-R 6-0  185 Agoura Hills CA  Oregon^ FR 2019 Twins '17 (39)
17 Connor White RHP R-R 6-2 205 Woodinville WA  Portland* JR 2018 Never drafted
18 Lucas Denney C/1B L-R 5-11 222 Golendale WA Seattle SR 2018 Never drafted
19 Evan Johnson OF R-R 5-8 195 Snoqualmie WA Northern Colorado SR 2018 Never drafted
20 Andrew Shaps OF L-L 6-1 190 Paradise Valley AZ Chico State* SR 2018 Never drafted

* Transfer
^ Incoming Freshman

Top 10 Prospect Reports

1. Jordan Qsar, of/rhp, Corvallis (Pepperdine/R-JR in 2018)
Sometimes two-way players are slower to find their groove in development and Qsar could be a perfect example of that. His name has been on the radar since he arrived in Malibu because of two show-stopping tools: a huge right arm and big-time lefthanded pop. While it has been more flashes of brilliance than sustained success at Pepperdine, Qsar put it all together this summer. He was up to 94 mph on the mound and showed the makings of a potentially plus slider. That stuff led to 12 strikeouts in just over six innings pitched. Qsar’s offensive numbers were even more impressive: an outrageous 34 extra-base hits combined with a .304 batting average. The most exciting part is that the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Qsar is described as wiry strong right now so there could be more in the tank for him.

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