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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

SoCal League prospect reports

Allan Simpson        
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Southern California Collegiate League top 15 prospects (list)

The Palm Springs Power has dominated the Southern California Collegiate League in its five-year existence, posting a 177-36 record overall in that period. But the Power never had a season quite like it did in 2011, when it went a stunning 41-4 (21-1 in league play), set a team record for wins and handily beat the Southern California A’s in the championship series for its third league title.

No summer college team assembled a more impressive record or ran roughshod over its competition quite like the Power, though the emerging SCCBL hardly stacks up as one of the nation’s stronger leagues. The Power not only won on the field, but dominated the accompanying list of the league’s top prospects, with eight of 15 selections. Of significance, four of the league’s top five prospects were selected in this year’s draft, with a familiar name at the top of the list.

Power outfielder Ryan Garvey is the son of former big-league star Ryan Garvey, and will be furthering his career at Southern California after spurning a mid-round draft offer from the Philadelphia Phillies. Garvey stood out as the only high-school graduate on the Palm Springs roster. A large number of the 15 highlighted players, meanwhile, were California junior-college products who used the SCCBL season to get themselves ready for the transition to the four-year college level.

FAST FACTS

Year League Established:
2007.
States Represented in League: California.
No. of Teams in League: 6.
Regular-Season Champion: Palm Springs Power.
Post-Season Champion: Palm Springs Power.
Teams, PG CrossChecker Summer 18/Final Ranking: No. 16 Palm Springs Power.

NOTE: Statistics/leaders unavailable.

BEST TOOLS

Best Athlete:
Brent Warren, of, Azusa Pirates.
Best Hitter: Andrew Mistone, 3b, Southern California A’s.
Best Power: Ryan Garvey, of, Palm Springs Power.
Fastest Base Runner: Chris Ramirez, of, Southern California A’s.
Best Defensive Player: Andrew Mistone, 3b, Southern California A’s.
Best Velocity: Matt Anderson, rhp, Azusa Pirates.
Best Breaking Ball: Matt Anderson, rhp, Azusa Pirates.
Best Command: Nick Baker, rhp, Palm Springs Power.

TOP 15 PROSPECTS

1. RYAN GARVEY, of/1b, Palm Springs Power (Southern California/FR in 2012)
SCOUTING PROFILE: A product of nearby Palm Desert High, Garvey hit .372-9-44 as a prep senior on his way to being drafted in the 15th round by the Phillies. Though it was expected all along that he would forego turning pro immediately and attend USC, he didn’t make a final decision on his immediate career path until making a trip to Philadelphia just prior to the signing deadline to make one final push on trying to get a deal done. With the Power, Garvey played all three outfield positions and first base, and is expected to be given an extended trial at both corner-outfield positions, and possibly first base with the Trojans. At 6-feet, Garvey is a bigger model than his father, but has the same strong, compact frame and his best tool is also his powerful bat. Though he struggled early at the plate for the Power and played only an abbreviated schedule with the team, he eventually got comfortable and went on to hit .379-3-21 while posting a team-high .773 slugging average. Balls began to jump off his bat, and his raw power was most prominently on display during the league’s Home Run Derby, where he led all comers with 10 long blasts. His speed and arm strength are playable tools, and it’s just a matter of identifying a regular position—an issue that his father had to deal with early in his distinguished career with the Los Angeles Dodgers before finally settling in as a Gold Glove-caliber first baseman.

2. MATT ANDERSON, rhp, Azusa Pirates (Long Beach State/JR in 2012)
SCOUTING PROFILE: Converted position player, so relatively new to pitching; FB was steady 91-92 mph in spring at California’s Chaffey JC, leading to selection by Marlins in draft/scholarship offer from Long Beach State; hit .336, topped Chaffey in wins (7), SBs (15); FB at 93-94 on summer, still needs to command the pitch; breaking ball is best offering.

3. EVAN BOYD, ss, Palm Springs Power (Mercer/JR in 2012)
SCOUTING PROFILE: Two-year starter at SS for Mercer (.265-2-22, 31 BB in 2011), had solid summer at plate (.387-1-22, 16/7 BB:SO ratio), in field for Power; made all plays at SS, smart/instinctive player, but lack of quickness may push him to 3B at next level; LH bat, power will continue to evolve as he adds weight/strength to slender 6-3/185 frame.

4. JOSH POND, rhp, Palm Springs Power (Cal State San Bernardino/SR in 2012)
SCOUTING PROFILE: 6-6/245 Pond had 7 BB/37 SO in 23 IP and tied for national D-II lead with 16 SV as a college JR, on his way to being drafted in 39th round by Padres; didn’t sign and posted 1-0, 0.00 record in 12 second-half relief outings for Power, though had just 1 SV; very aggressive with 90-94 FB, also has SL/split, needs to develop secondary stuff.

5. MICHAEL FINNIGAN, lhp, Azusa Pirates (Azusa Pacific, Calif./JR in 2012)
SCOUTING PROFILE: Orioles 25th-rounder in June after modest 2-1, 4.50 season (40 IP, 16 BB/48 SO) at San Bernardino Valley JC; has live, loose arm, easy delivery in 6-4/205 frame; FB mainly 87-89 mph, peaks at 91, but tendency to overthrow, so command inconsistent; SL is solid pitch; was second drafted Azusa pitcher to go unsigned.

6. ANDREW MISTONE, 3b, Southern California A’s (Mississippi/JR in 2012)
SCOUTING PROFILE: Hit a robust .454-6-42, made only 2 errors at 3B as all-state player in spring for 36-3 Rio Hondo (Calif.) JC team; line-drive hitter with gap power, has sound plate discipline; natural 3B with easy actions, good hands/arm strength, lateral movement; may end up at 2B if developing power doesn’t evolve to remain at 3B; Ole Miss transfer.

7. DAVID KIRIAKOS, ss, Palm Springs Power (Vanguard, Calif./JR in 2012)
SCOUTING PROFILE: Late arrival to Power as injury fill-in, but became clutch hitter, best all-around player on roster; hit .414-0-11, had .570 on-base average; solid hands/actions in the field, capable of making throws from all sides/arm angles; has speed/quickness/instincts on bases, stole 12 bags; hit .319-1-25 with team-high 9 SB in spring at Riverside CC.

8. NICK BAKER, rhp, Palm Springs Power (Chico State, Calif./SO in 2012)
SCOUTING PROFILE: Late-round Dodgers draft in 2010 out of a local HS; won’t overwhelm scouts with raw stuff, but knows how to win; went 9-2, 4.06 as FR at D-II Chico State, a perfect 10-0, 1.53 on summer; in combined 122 IP, walked 19, fanned 77; FB only at 84-88, but has excellent command of three pitches; needs to add strength to 6-2/180 frame.

9. BRENT WARREN, of, Azusa Pirates (Azusa Pacific, Calif./SR in 2012)
SCOUTING PROFILE: High-profile talent out of Iowa HS in 2008, but documented heart condition has compromised his prospect standing; career never materialized at Oregon State, but showed signs of life as JR at APU (.322-3-27, 10 SB), on summer; athletic player with excellent speed/CF skills, has gotten stronger and power has finally begun to evolve.

10. CHRIS RAMIREZ, of, Southern California A’s (UC Irvine/SR in 2012)
SCOUTING PROFILE: Will be R/S SR at UCI in 2012, so age is against him; 5-9/165 frame also perceived as a negative, but his raw speed is a difference-maker; excels at small-ball approach at the top of a lineup, and on bases, also sound defender in CF; hit .281-0-32 in spring for Anteaters with power to gaps, and slugged five homers on summer for A’s.

11. JUSTIN CURETON, of, Palm Springs Power (Indiana/JR in 2012)
SCOUTING PROFILE: Everything boils down to the bat; has 6.6-second speed in the 60, excels defensively in CF and on bases, arm also an asset; struggled early at the plate for Power, but came on to hit .308-0-21 after .289-2-13 spring season at Indiana; has trouble with breaking balls, needs to get more selective at plate (10/38 BB/SO ratio at Indiana)

12. ALEX DeLEON, c, Palm Springs Power (Kansas/SR in 2012)
SCOUTING PROFILE: Has big frame (6-2/230), pro-level power potential; hit .320-6-23 in platoon role as catcher at Kansas in spring, power not as evident on summer for Power (.275-0-19) as he struggled with off-speed stuff; adequate defender behind plate, works well with pitchers, has arm strength but lacks consistent accuracy

13. ALEX RUBANOWITZ, ss, L.A. Thrashers (UC Riverside/FR in 2012)
SCOUTING PROFILE: Recent Calabasas High graduate more than held his own at plate for Thrashers; had extensive prior experience with wood, and adapted easily to college-level pitching; solid swing from left side, should add power as he gets stronger and may end up at 3B; shortstop skills, arm, speed all adequate tools for now.

14. JUSTIN GRIJALVA, lhp, Southern California A’s (Loyola Marymount/JR in 2012)
SCOUTING PROFILE: Grijalva had limited success in two years at Citrus (Calif.) JC, going 2-7, 6.29 with 40 BB/51 SO in 49 IP as a sophomore as starter, but was impressive during the summer with a fastball in the 89-91 mph range from the left side, and surprisingly good command of the pitch; he’ll get a chance to test his worth at the Division I level in 2012.

15. TONY GUERRA, rhp, Palm Springs Power (Cal State San Bernardino/JR in 2012)
SCOUTING PROFILE: Guerra will join his summer teammate Pond, the NCAA Division II saves leader, in the back end of the Cal State San Bernardino bullpen in 2012 after a dominating season as the closer for the Power; he went 1-0, 1.38 with 9 SV, impressive secondary numbers (24 IP/10 H/3 BB/32 SO); has good movement on 88-92 FB, plus slider.

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