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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Coastal Plain top prospects

Brian Sakowski        
Photo: Santa Clara University Athletics

2017 Summer Collegiate Top Prospect Index
Year Established: 1997
States Represented: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
No. of Teams: 15
Regular Season Champion (best overall record): Forest City Owls (36-18)
Postseason Champion: Gastonia Grizzlies
No. 1 Prospect, 2016: Barrett Loseke, rhp, Gastonia (Arkansas)
First 2016 Player Selected, 2017 Draft: Nick Maton, ss, Fayetteville (Lincoln Land CC; Phillies/7th round)

Player of the Year: Evan Edwards, of, High Point-Thomasville (North Carolina State)
Pitcher of the Year: Zach Neff, lhp, Fayetteville (Austin Peay)

The Gastonia Grizzlies reigned victorious in the CPL Championship Series, claiming the Pettit Cup. They did so by way of quite the Cinderella journey, barely squeaking into the playoffs as the fourth seed in the West Division and owning the lowest winning percentage of any of the eight CPL playoff clubs.

In terms of prospects the league once again looks to be among the upper echelons of collegiate summer leagues, roughly on par with leagues such as the Northwoods and Alaska, for reference. There exists a good mix of underclassmen talent, notably No. 1 prospect sophomore Andre Nnebe from Santa Clara, along with seven more sophomores dotting the top 20. There are, however, several notable talents who will be draft eligible in 2018, led by overall No. 2 prospet Nick Podkul of Notre Dame along with No. 3 Graham Lawson of South Carolina.

Both the Player and Pitcher of the Year enjoyed huge summer seasons and as a result were named to
Perfect Game Summer Collegiate All-America teams. Player of the Year Evan Edwards was named to the Third Team after slashing .355/.474/.703 with 13 doubles and 13 home runs. Pitcher of the Year Zach Neff had even more video game-like numbers, being named to the First Team after going 7-0 with a pair of saves, a 1.45 ERA and an eye-popping 65-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 49 2/3 innings of work.

Top 20 Prospects

Rk. Player POS. B-T HT WT Hometown ST 2018 School YR Class Last Drafted
1 Andre Nnebe OF R-R 6-6 230 Albany CA Santa Clara SO 2019 Never drafted
2 Nick Podkul 2B R-R 6-2 195 Munster IN Notre Dame JR 2018 Never drafted
3 Graham Lawson RHP R-R 6-1 215 Woodruff SC South Carolina JR 2018 Never drafted
4 Matt Cronin LHP L-L 6-2 190 Navarre FL Arkansas SO 2019 Never drafted
5 Jonathan Jahn LHP L-L 6-0 200 Augusta GA South Carolina SO 2018 Never drafted
6 Cory Wood OF L-R 5-10 170 Raleigh NC Coastal Carolina SO 2019 Never drafted
7 Chris Chatfield OF L-L 6-4 200 Riverview FL South Florida JR 2018 Padres '15 (23)
8 Avery Greer RHP R-R 6-5 215 Kennesaw GA North Greenville SR 2018 Never drafted
9 Will Matthiessen RHP/IF R-R 6-5 205 West Linn OR Stanford SO 2019 Never drafted
10 Griffin McLarty RHP R-R 6-3 185 Buckner KY College of Charleston SO 2019 Never drafted
11 Jamie Galazin OF/RHP R-R 6-3 195 Langhorne PA St. John's SR 2018 Never drafted
12 John Michael Stephens LHP L-L 6-8 210 Troy AL New Orleans SO 2019 Never drafted
13 Connor Riley RHP R-R 6-6 205 Redondo Beach CA Long Beach State SO 2019 Never drafted
14 Tad Ratliff RHP R-R 6-2 240 Taylorsville NC SIGNED/Royals Never drafted
15 Clark Brinkman OF R-R 6-3 185 Addison IL Creighton JR 2018 Never drafted
16 Connor Grant OF R-R 6-3 190 Blythewood SC North Greenville JR 2018 Never drafted
17 Devin Sweet RHP R-R 5-11 180 Greensboro SC North Carolina Central SR 2018 Never drafted
18 Luke Morgan SS R-R 6-3 195 New Lenox IL College of Charleston SR 2018 Never drafted
19 James Battley OF S-R 6-0 190 Zion IL Illinois-Springfield SR 2018 Never drafted
20 Zach Neff LHP L-L 6-1 190 Belleville IL Austin Peay SR 2018 Never drafted

Top 10 Prospect Reports

1. Andre Nnebe, of, Wilson (Santa Clara/SO in 2018)
Whenever a player is compared, however lightly, to Aaron Judge, one tends to listen up a little better. That was the case when speaking with evaluators about Andre Nnebe of Santa Clara, only a sophomore in 2018. Physically imposing in the same way Aaron Judge was at Fresno State, Nnebe comes with the same concerns evaluators had with Judge. Nnebe is as XL as XL gets in baseball, standing 6-foot-6 and weighing in somewhere around 240 pounds with excellent strength and athleticism for his size. The calling card here is, of course, Nnebe’s prodigious righthanded power which grades out at least plus at present with a chance to be off-the-scale in terms of raw power at peak. The length of his limbs creates issues with velocity at times, and he’s susceptible to swinging and missing frequently, but the power with quality feel to hit as well the tremendous for-his-size athleticism that he possesses are too much to ignore.

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