Summer Collegiate | Rankings | 10/9/2018

California League top prospects

Mike Rooney        
Photo: Caleb Sloan (TCU Athletics)

2018 Summer Collegiate Top Prospect Index

Year established: 1993
States represented: California
No. of teams: 8
Regular season Champion (best overall record): Santa Barbara Foresters (34-6)
Postseason Champion: Conejo Oaks
No. 1 prospect, 2017: John McMillon, rhp, Santa Barbara (Texas Tech)
First 2017 player selected, 2018 MLB Draft: Grant Little, of, Healdsburg (Texas Tech/Padres, 2nd round)

Player of the Year: Brandon Lewis, 3b, Conejo (UC Irvine)
Pitcher of the Year: Hunter Breault, rhp, Santa Barbara (Oregon)

The Conejo Oaks, in their 13th year in the CCL, won their first ever league championship by defeating the Orange County Riptide in the title game. Oaks’ skipper David Soliz was named Coach of the Year and third baseman Brandon Lewis was named league MVP. Lewis, who is now a junior at UC Irvine by way of Pierce College, also won the CCL Triple Crown with a line of .397-8-25.

In another piece of great news for the CCL, the Santa Barbara Foresters won their seventh National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series Championship this summer. That is the most ever for one team in the 84-year history of the event. The Foresters once again added to their case for the title of best Collegiate Summer franchise of all time. 

One of the fascinating aspects of the CCL continues to be its national draw, especially among Power 5 schools. The 2018 All-CCL team included six players from both the SEC and the Big 12. Per usual, the West Coast was also well represented with eight all league players combined from the Pac-12, Big West and WCC.

Top 25 Prospects

Rk. Player Pos. B-T HT WT Hometown ST School YR Class Last Drafted
1 Caleb Sloan RHP R-R 6-3 215 Centennial CO TCU SO 2020 Never drafted
2 Michael Hobbs RHP R-R 6-2 220 Corona CA Saint Mary's SO 2020 Never drafted
3 Chase Illig C L-R 6-0 195 Bluefield WV West Virginia R-JR 2019 Never drafted
4 Jackson Wolf LHP L-L 6-7 200 Gahanna OH West Virginia SO 2020 Never drafted
5 Brandon Lewis 3B R-R 6-3 215 Porter Ranch CA UC Irvine* JR 2019 Never drafted
6 Chase Cockrell OF R-R 6-4 227 Bastrop LA Mississippi SR 2019 Never drafted
7 Hunter Breault RHP R-R 6-2 200 Kapolei HI Oregon SO 2020 Never drafted
8 Bryan Arias 2B R-R 6-0 185 San Antonio TX Texas-San Antonio SR 2019 Never drafted
9 Elliott Anderson LHP L-L 6-3 220 Cartersville GA Auburn JR 2019 Never drafted
10 Andrew Lucas OF R-R 5-11 175 Camarillo CA Cal State Northridge^ FR 2021 Never drafted
11 Ryan Sublette RHP R-R 6-2 190 Lemont IL Texas Tech SO 2020 Never drafted
12 Jordan McFarland 1B R-R 6-3 220 St. Louis MO Arkansas JR 2019 Nationals '16 (36)
13 Chase Gardner LHP L-L 6-6  245 Novato CA Connecticut SR 2019 Never drafted
14 Masen Hibbeler IF/OF R-R 6-0 190 Cypress TX Texas SR 2019 Never drafted
15 Tanner Bibee RHP R-R 6-2 195 Mission Viejo CA Cal State Fullerton SO 2020 Never drafted
16 Conor Davis OF R-R 6-3 225 Roswell GA Auburn JR 2019 Never drafted
17 Micah Pries OF L-R 6-4 205 San Juan Capistrano CA Point Loma JR 2019 Never drafted
18 Ryan Shreve RHP R-R 6-6 215 Sherman Oaks CA Pacific JR 2019 Never drafted
19 Jay Charleston 2B/OF R-R 5-11 175 Longwood FL Tennessee JR 2019 Never drafted
20 Ian Villers RHP R-R 6-5 220 Walnut Creek CA California^ FR 2021 Padres '18 (19)
21 Logan Allen OF R-R 5-10 180 Bryant  AR Arkansas - Fort Smith JR 2019 Never drafted
22 Chase Wallace  RHP R-R 6-2 195 Sevierville TN Tennessee SO 2020 Never drafted
23 Cade Smith RHP R-R 6-5 210 Abbotsford BC Hawaii SO 2020 Twins '17 (16)
24 Frank Scalzo RHP R-R 6-2 190 Vista CA San Jose State SO 2020 Never drafted
25 Luke Bandy OF R-R 6-0 180 Bentonville AR Dallas Baptist JR 2019 Royals '16 (32)

* Transfer
^ Incoming Freshman

Top 10 Prospect Reports

1. Caleb Sloan, rhp, Santa Barbara (Texas Christian/SO in 2019)

Colorado pitchers are known for a slower development path and Sloan fits nicely into that category after a breakout summer in Santa Barbara. Sloan possesses a big arm and the perfect pitcher’s frame at 6-foot-3, 215-pounds, yet his freshman season at TCU was rather pedestrian. He gained significant polish in the CCL, showing above average command of a fastball that sat 91-93 mph. Sloan’s curveball is another above average offering and he commanded that pitch as well. He averaged over a strikeout per inning and his walks were down this summer. Sloan seemed to unlock his pitchability with the Foresters and there is considerable upside left in the tank.

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