Summer Collegiate : : Rankings
Wednesday, October 04, 2017

California League top prospects

Mike Rooney        
Photo: Texas Tech Athletics/Michael Strong

2017 Summer Collegiate Top Prospect Index
Year established: 1993
States represented: California
No. of teams: 13
Regular season Champion (best overall record): Healdsburg Prune Packers (35-15)
Postseason Champion: Orange County Riptide 
No. 1 prospect, 2016: Kyle Johnston, rhp, Santa Barbara (Texas)
First 2016 player selected, 2017 MLB Draft: Tyler Ivey, rhp, Menlo Park (Grayson JC/Astros, 3rd round)

Player of the Year: Dominic Fletcher, of, Orange County (Arkansas)
Pitcher of the Year: Chase Gardner, lhp, Healdsburg (Connecticut)

The top of the CCL continues to get more and more interesting as a new team seems to assert itself each and every year. The league grew to 13 teams in 2017 and the Healdsburg Prune Packers won the North Division and the overall regular season crown by percentage points over the Orange County Riptide.

Healdsburg and Orange County then met in the postseason finals with the Riptide winning a deciding game three to earn their first CCL title. Both clubs had excellent summers but another commonality for the two clubs were strong family ties to the big leagues. Healdsburg was run by Joey Gomes (brother of Jonny) and Orange County was skippered by Tyger Pederson (brother of Joc) this year.

One other interesting hallmark of the CCL has been the league’s ability to attract players from marquis Power 5 programs.  This summer was no exception as this Top 20 prospect list includes eight players from Arkansas, Texas, and Texas Tech. Fans of the old Southwest Conference would be proud.  

Top 20 Prospects

Rk. Player POS. B-T HT WT Hometown ST 2018 School YR Class Last Drafted
1 John McMillon OF/RHP L-R 6-3 225 Jasper  TX Texas Tech SO 2019 Rays '16 (21)
2 Dominic Fletcher OF  L-L 5-10 185 Cypress CA Arkansas SO 2019 Never drafted
3 Josh Jung 3B R-R 6-2 215 San Antonio TX Texas Tech SO 2019 Never drafted
4 Blair Henley RHP R-R 6-3 200 Fort Worth TX Texas   SO 2018 Yankees '16 (22)
5 Beau Philip SS R-R 6-1 180 Sacramento CA San Jouquin Delta SO 2019 Never drafted
6 Chase Gardner LHP L-L 6-6 240 Novato CA Connecticut JR 2018 Never drafted
7 Evan Lee LHP/OF L-L 6-2 190 Bryant AR Arkansas SO 2018 Never drafted
8 Mac Lardner LHP L-L 6-4 195 Templeton CA Gonzaga SO 2019 Never drafted
9 Tanner Lawson LHP L-L 6-1 190 Spring TX St. Edward's JR 2018 Never drafted
10 Caleb Kilian RHP R-R 6-3 185 Flower Mound TX Texas Tech SO 2018 Never drafted
11 James Free II C B-R 6-2 205 Walnut CA Pacific SO 2019 Never drafted
12 Grant Little SS/OF R-R 6-1 175 Midland TX Texas Tech SO 2018 Never drafted
13 David Clawson C L-R 6-1 205 Dana Point CA BYU SO 2018 Yankees '16 (34)
14 Daniel Vasquez RHP R-R 5-10 185 El Cajon CA Tennessee JR 2018 Never drafted
15 Garrett Gayle RHP R-R 6-1 180 Cypress TX Rice SO 2018 Never drafted
16 Nolan Bond RHP R-R 6-6 205 Spring TX Houston JR 2018 Never drafted
17 David Hamilton SS L-R 5-10 170 San Marcos TX Texas   SO 2019 Angels '17 (28)
18 Solomon Bates RHP R-R 6-2 210 Victorville CA Southern California JR 2018 Never drafted
19 Dean Miller OF R-R 6-2 215 Riverside CA UC Riverside* SO 2019 Braves '17 (37)
20 Eric Wagaman 1B R-R 6-4 205 Aliso Niguel CA SIGNED/Yankees Yankees '17 (13)

* Transfer

Top 10 Prospect Reports

1. John McMillon, rhp/of, Santa Barbara (Texas Tech/SO in 2018)
McMillon is one of the more intriguing prospects in all of college baseball. His fastball routinely touched 98 mph this summer and you could argue that he possesses more raw power than any of his peers in the sophomore class. McMillon is a ‘three true outcomes’ (walk, strikeout, home run) player and the stats back that up. He homered 10 times in 104 official at-bats through the spring and summer while also striking out an eye-popping 51 times. As it stands today, McMillon’s insanely high upside is more playable on the mound and he dominated CCL hitters this summer with 35 strikeouts in just 20 innings. This is a player with two elite tools so the sky is the limit here.

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