Summer Collegiate : : Rankings
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Futures League top prospects

Vincent Cervino        
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2017 Summer Collegiate Top Prospect Index
Year Established: 2011
States Represented: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire
No. of Teams: 9
Regular Season Champion (best overall record): Brockton Rox (32-21)
Postseason Champion: Nashua Silver Knights
No. 1 Prospect, 2016: Nick Mondak, lhp, Torrington (St. John’s)
First 2016 Player Selected, 2017 Draft: Jake Nelson, rhp, Nashua (University of Pennsylvania/Tigers, 33rd round)

Player of the Year: Zack Tower, 1b, Wachusett (Franklin Pierce)
Pitcher of the Year: Austen Michel, rhp, North Shore (Dartmouth)

In the seventh season of the Futures League, the Nashua Silver Knights captured their fourth league title, and their second one in a row. The Knights swept the Worcester Bravehearts in a best-of-three series which featured a strong effort by the pitching staff, including starter Anthony Lupi (Merrimack), to force the shutout and clinch the championship.

The League MVP, Zack Tower (Franklin Pierce), had a huge season offensively while showing big-time power from the right side of the plate, leading the league in home runs (18) and RBI (50). Righthanded pitcher Austen Michel (Dartmouth) was named the Pitcher of the Year with an ERA of 1.55 and a WHIP that was under 1.00.

Youth was the theme of the list of top prospects from this summer as six of the top 10 prospects will be entering their freshman year. 2016 Perfect Game All-American Philip Clarke was named the No. 1 prospect for the Futures League and will be attending Vanderbilt this fall as a freshman.

Top 10 Prospects

Rk. Player POS. B-T HT WT Hometown ST 2018 School YR Class Last Drafted
1 Philip Clarke C L-R 5-11 190 Gallatin TN Vanderbilt^ FR 2019 Never drafted
2 Jayson Gonzalez  SS/3B R-R 6-2 205 Covina CA Vanderbilt^ FR 2020 Never drafted
3 Zack Martin RHP R-R 6-5 224 Plainfield IL Notre Dame SO 2019 Never drafted
4 Cade Cavalli RHP/3B R-R 6-4 200 Bixby OK Oklahoma^ FR 2020 Braves '17 (29)
5 Zack Shannon 1B R-R 6-3 230 Cincinnati OH Delta State SR 2018 Never drafted
6 Joe Simeone RHP R-R 6-3 200 Groton MA Connecticut^ FR 2020 Never drafted
7 Billy DeVito RHP R-R 6-4 200 Stamford CT Hartford JR 2018 Never drafted
8 Zack Tower 1B R-R 6-4 225 Auburn MA Franklin Pierce SR 2018 Never drafted
9 Hal Hughes  SS/2B R-R 5-11 165 Norman OK Louisiana State^ FR 2020 Never drafted
10 David Bates RHP R-R 6-5 215 Nashville  TN Vanderbilt^ FR 2019 Never drafted

* Transfer
^ Incoming Freshman

Top 5 Prospect Reports

1. Philip Clarke, c, Marthas Vineyard (Vanderbilt/FR in 2018)
2016 Perfect Game All-American had a big year on the summer circuit as he comes in as the No. 1 prospect in the Futures League. Clarke did nothing but hit during the summer circuit and finished with a .337 batting average in 47 games played. There is power potential in the swing and strong frame and he collected four homers in 169 at-bats this summer. There was an element of swing-and-miss to the game but the hitting tools are very loud. The progression of his defensive skills will be something to monitor, and if he can stick at the position he could improve his draft stock to one of the better collegiate catchers.

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