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Southeast Top - top prospects

Showcase : : Top Prospect List
David Rawnsley        
Published: Saturday, August 27, 2011

Following are some of the top prospects from the recent Southeast Top Prospect Showcase. This isn’t the official top prospect list; that will be posted after the reports are written and the PG Grades assigned, but it represents a quick take on who stood out. All players are 2012’s unless noted.

3B Alfredo Escalera (IMG Academy, Lakewood Ranch, FL):
Top hitter at the showcase, loose easy swing with bat speed, pull hitter. 6.59 runner, very athletic at third base, will have to work on his throwing, comps to Phillies 3B Placido Polanco.

3B/RHP Travis Demeritte (2013/Winder Barrow HS, Stratham, GA):
Top level 2-way prospect, shows easy power at the plate, game home run, very athletic defensively at third base. Topped out at 88 on the mound, touched 91 a few weeks ago.

SS Tyler Krieger (Northview HS, Johns Creek, GA):
Switch hitting middle infielder, has a quality bat from both sides of the plate, projects physically, smooth actions at shortstop, raw arm strength might dictate move to second base.

OF Alex Liquori (Whitewater HS, Brooks, GA):
Strong left handed hitter with 6.7 speed, produces big power to left centerfield, dropped a big game home run in that direction, still learning to use his strength in pulling the ball.

3B Chase Scott (Luella HS, Hampton, GA):
Strong right handed hitter, graded out as one of the top hitters of the event, short hard swing, consistent line drive contact, drives the ball to both gaps. Solid defensive actions at third base.

SS Johnny Ruiz (2013/Westminster HS, Coral Gables, FL):
Flashy defensive middle infielder, has all the tools and instincts for a young player, excellent hands and balance. Line drive hitter with a quiet, sound approach.

OF Jonathan Pryor (2013/Woodward Academy, Atlanta, GA):
6-1/180 left handed hitter with solid tools across the board. 6.97 runner, shows present bat speed and an aggressive approach at the plate, solid outfield arm strength. Should keep improving.

RHP Andrew Bartek (Jefferson (GA) HS):
Mature physically at 6-2/215 but has a good delivery and effort less arm action. Topped out at 88 mph with a hard downer 78 mph curveball he threw for strikes. Will get lots of outs right away at the next level.

RHP Corey Kafka (Ringgold HS, Turner Hill, GA):
Sturdy 6-1/210 build, mid ¾’s crossfire release point creates deception, topped out at 88 mph, big sharp curveball is a major weapon, especially against right handed hitters.

3B Pete Alonso (2013/Tampa Jesuit HS, FL):
Big strong 6-3/205 right handed hitter who showed easy power and the ability to reach the fences. Arm strength is his best defensive tool.

C Davis Marlar (Carrollton (GA) HS):
Strong mature athlete at 6-0/190, solid all around catching tools, very good arm strength, likes to throw the ball, has power at the plate and some bat speed. Plays the game hard and competes.

C Brennan Morgan (McIntosh HS, Peachtree City, GA):
Long and angular 6-4/215 build, very good swing mechanics and developing bat speed, nice young hitter. Athletic actions behind the plate, enough arm strength, can improve footwork.

RHP Ty Alvey (Northgate HS, Newnan, GA):
Looks the prospect part at 6-4/225 and throws up to 88 mph with good downhill angle to the plate, with some feel for a curveball and change up.

RHP Blake Burkett (West Forsyth HS, Cumming, GA):
Nice 6-3/200 lb build, throws easy, sound delivery, pitches in the mid 80’s and touches 87 mph, good curveball he commands and uses effectively, polished pitching approach.

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