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Junior College Top 100 Prospects (With Scouting Reports)

       

Compiled by Allan Simpson / Perfect Game USA
January 15, 2009

Junior College Top 100 Prospects (with Mini Scouting Reports)

Rank Player Pos. Class B-T HT WT Junior College Prev. Drafted Commitment B’date
1. Daniel Webb RHP Fr. R-R 6-3 210 Northwest Florida State D’backs ’08 (12) 8-18-89
COMMENT: A potential first-rounder a year ago as a Kentucky prep phenom, Webb’s 96-mph fastball and power curve make him the nation’s best juco prospect
2. Ryan Weber RHP Fr. R-R 6-0 170 St. Petersburg (Fla.) Phillies ’08 (12) 8-12-90
COMMENT: Weber lacks the big fastball and isn’t overly projectable, but his sinker/slider combo and pinpoint control have made him a proven winner at all levels
3. Kendal Korbal RHP So. R-R 6-6 205 Blinn (Texas) Never drafted Texas Christian 11-28-88
COMMENT: With a pro-style body and electric stuff that includes a 91-95 mph fastball, Korbal should improve dramatically on a 0-5, 5.30 freshman year at Arkansas
4. Mike Rayl LHP So. L-L 6-3 180 Palm Beach (Fla.) Nationals ’08 (41) Florida 11-1-88
COMMENT: Big, lanky lefty has three solid pitches, including a moving 87-92 mph fastball; moves in as team’s No. 1 starter after going 4-0, 4.05 with 28 K’s in 40 IP
5. Jake Cowan RHP So. L-R 6-3 175 San Jacinto (Texas) Red Sox ’07 (14) Texas 6-30-88
COMMENT: San Jac has added some big arms, none with more upside than Cowan, a Virginia transfer (2-1, 3.34) with plus three pitches, including a 95-mph fastball
6. Kevin Gelinas LHP So. L-L 6-5 230 Central Arizona Never drafted UC Santa Barbara
COMMENT: Gelinas got only four IP as a Pepperdine freshman, but dominated as a closer in summer ball with a 92-93 mph fastball; hneeds to refine a second pitch
7. Patrick Corbin LHP So. L-L 6-3 165 Chipola (Fla.) Never drafted
COMMENT: An unheralded transfer from Mohawk Valley (N.Y.) CC, Corbin blossomed in fall competition with his deception, an 88-92 mph heater and plus slider
8. Brett Bruening RHP So. R-R 6-6 210 Grayson County (Texas) Cardinals ’08 (30) Louisiana State 12-28-88
COMMENT: Bruening pitched Grayson to a national title in 2008, and returns with a beefed-up repertoire that includes a 90-96 fastball and a more repeatable delivery
9. Brett Wallach RHP/3B So. R-R 6-2 185 Orange Coast (Calif.) Never drafted Long Beach State
COMMENT: Ex-big leaguer Tim Wallach’s son doubles as a shortstop (.288-0-19) and closer (3-2, 3.13, 10 SV), but scouts prefer his 91-mph fastball and plus slider
10. Shawn Sanford LHP/OF So. L-L 6-5 190 Palomar (Calif.) Never drafted San Diego State 4-16-89
COMMENT: A tall, projectable lefty with an 88-90 mph fastball, plus change and developing slider, Sanford should improve on 1-1, 6.35 record in 11 IP as a freshman
11. Trent Rothlin RHP So. R-R 6-2 190 Walters State (Tenn.) Mariners ’07 (35) Mississippi 1-29-89
COMMENT: Rothlin struggled to find regular work in ’08 at Clemson (1-0, 9.69 in 13 IP), but with a nasty running fastball up to 94, he’ll pitch a lot this spring in JC
12. Rey Cotilla RHP So. R-R 6-4 195 Miami-Dade Royals ’08 (32) North Carolina State 12-14-88
COMMENT: Two years removed from Tommy John surgery, the projectable Cotilla should finally be ready to unleash his 94-mph heat; went 5-1, 3.00 in 36 IP in ‘08
13. Bradin Hagens RHP So. R-R 6-4 205 Merced (Calif.) Royals ’08 (37) Oklahoma State 5-12-89
COMMENT: A sidearm slot enables Hagens to get good sink and run on his fastball; with improved velocity, often up to 93-94 mph, he’s become a legit prospect
14. Mitch Mormann RHP So. R-R 6-7 230 Des Moines Area (Iowa) Indians ’08 (17) Louisiana State 3-17-89
COMMENT: Mormann emerged as a prospect in 2008 while going 4-3, 3.76 with 59 K’s in 53 IP; with a 91-95 mph fastball, there’s clearly a lot more in the tank
15. Chad Bell LHP So. R-L 6-3 205 Walters State (Tenn.) Indians ’08 (37) Tennessee 2-28-89
COMMENT: Bell went 12-2, 3.70 with 106 K’s in 105 IP as a freshman; with a fastball ranging from 85-91 and tremendous pitchability, more of the same is in order
16. Jason Townsend RHP So. R-R 6-3 195 Chipola (Fla.) Never drafted Alabama 9-17-88
COMMENT: If signable, he might have gone in the top five rounds in 2008 after going 7-3, 4.57; his fastball routinely tops at 93-94, his secondary stuff is improved
17. Blake Drake RHP So. R-R 6-7 185 Wabash Valley (Ill.) Never drafted Arizona
COMMENT: Drake went 4-0, 5.73 with 26 K’s in 22 IP as a JC freshman, but the tall, lanky righty has an 89-93 mph fastball and has just scratched the surface
18. Kevin Brahney LHP So. L-L 6-4 185 West Valley (Calif.) Never drafted
COMMENT: Brahney didn’t pitch a year ago at D-I St. Mary’s, but an improving 90-94 mph fastball has quickly elevated him among the elite JC arms in California
19. Andrew Durden OF/RHP So. R-R 5-11 200 Indian River (Fla.) Blue Jays ’08 (42) Miami 11-27-88
COMMENT: Durden hit .335-12-47 with 15 SB as a freshman; his strength/speed combo makes him a threat, but scouts may be more impressed with his 92-mph velo
20. Miles Hamblin C So. L-R 6-2 190 Howard (Texas) Never drafted Mississippi
COMMENT: Hamblin hit a resounding .412-11-56 in ‘08; he has plus arm strength and continues to show improvement behind the plate after catching for only a year
21. Jaron Shepherd OF So. L-R 6-3 190 Navarro (Texas) Pirates ’08 (17) Mississippi State 10-30-88
COMMENT: An athletic center fielder with power, speed and bloodlines (son of ex-big leaguer Ron Shepherd), he should improve on .343-4-29 freshman numbers
22. Danny Jimenez LHP Fr. L-L 6-2 205 John A. Logan (Ill.) Cardinals ’08 (37) 9-23-89
COMMENT: One of Illinois’ elite high-school arms in 2008, Jimenez had an excellent fall, topping out at 92 mph, and steps right into the No. 1 spot in JAL rotation
23. Eric Swegman RHP So. R-R 6-6 210 Young Harris (Ga.) Royals ’08 (33) Georgia 8-3-88
COMMENT: Swegman is still growing into his 6-6 frame, but has an 89-92 mph fastball with late life and a hard, 81-83 slider; went 3-0, 3.76 with 25 K’s in 26 IP in ‘08
24. David Buchanan RHP So. R-R 6-3 180 Chipola (Fla.) Never drafted 5-11-89
COMMENT: Buchanan is similar in style to Jason Townsend (No. 16 above), but his consistent 94-mph fastball is the best on the Chipola staff; went 2-0, 6.93 in ‘08
25. Tommy Collier RHP Fr. R-R 6-2 190 San Jacinto (Texas) Brewers ’08 (29) 12-3-89
COMMENT: With three plus pitches, including a fastball in the 88-94 mph range, Collier should have no trouble making the adjustment to the junior-college level
26. Patrick Cooper RHP So. R-R 6-3 205 Des Moines Area (Iowa) Never drafted Bradley
COMMENT: Cooper went just 1-6, 7.71 as a freshman at Eastern Kentucky, but excelled in summer ball with a 92-93 mph fastball, plus slider and workable change
27. Bryan Blough RHP So. R-R 6-1 190 Middle Georgia Never drafted Georgia 8-29-89
COMMENT: An athletic righthander with a 93-mph fastball and plus slider, Blough should hit his stride after going 6-2, 7.50 at Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.) JC in 2008
28. Runey Davis OF So. R-R 6-0 185 Howard (Texas) Pirates ’07 (11) Mississippi State 1-29-89
COMMENT: A potential five-tool talent who has been clocked at 6.29 in the 60, Davis needs consistency at the plate after getting just one at-bat at Texas in 2008
29. Kelvin Clark OF So. R-R 6-1 185 Manatee (Fla.) Nationals ’07 (26) 11-29-88
COMMENT: Clark hit .340 with 14 homers while flashing 6.8 speed as a freshman at Lake City (Fla.) CC, before the school abruptly abandoned its athletic program
30. Joe Devine RHP So. R-R 6-2 175 Wabash Valley (Ill.) Never drafted Kentucky 5-2-89
COMMENT: Installed as the No. 1 starter for ’09 after going 4-2, 4.50 with 47 K’s in 44 IP, Devine’s repertoire includes an 89-92 mph fastball and slurve-like breaker
31. Keon Broxton SS Fr. R-R 6-3 185 Santa Fe (Fla.) Phillies ’08 (29) 5-7-90
COMMENT: Best known in high school as a wide receiver, the athletic Broxton initially committed to play football at Florida Atlantic; his raw bat speed is his strength
32. Austin Wright LHP/1B Fr. L-L 6-3 220 Chipola (Fla.) Pirates ’08 (23) 9-26-89
COMMENT: A 6-3 lefty with a 90-92 mph fastball, Wright was the No. 2 prep prospect in Illinois a year ago and decided on a JC after initially committing to Arkansas
33. Chris Balcom-Miller RHP/3B So. R-R 6-2 200 West Valley (Calif.) Royals ’08 (35) 3-3-89
COMMENT: He struggled as a freshman shortstop, hitting .214-0-23, but showed promise on the hill (0-0, 4.08) with an 89-92 mph fastball and developing curveball
34. Xorge Carrillo C So. R-R 6-1 220 Central Arizona Blue Jays ’07 (28) Arizona State 4-12-89
COMMENT: A solid defender with gap power and sound plate discipline, Carrillo hit .347-1-41 with wood in ’08 on a team that finished third in JUCO World Series
35. Connor Hoehn RHP So. R-R 6-2 200 St. Petersburg (Fla.) Brewers ’07 (21) 7-5-89
COMMENT: Even with a 92-mph fastball, Hoehn saw just six IP as a freshman at Alabama; a chance to start in JC prompted him to transfer at the semester break
36. Burch Smith RHP Fr. R-R 6-5 180 Howard (Texas) Never drafted
COMMENT: An unheralded Texas prep product, the tall, athletic Smith made big strides in the fall with command of three pitches and a fastball that sat in the low 90s
37. Jason Fuqua LHP So. L-L 6-2 185 Alvin (Texas) Never drafted Arkansas
COMMENT: Fuqua has an advanced feel for pitching and a fastball at 88-91, and should improve on a 5-0, 1.87 record (43 IP/40 SO) with an increased workload
38. Drew Madrigal RHP/OF So. R-R 6-2 200 Mt. San Jacinto (Calif.) Never drafted 1-16-89
COMMENT: Madrigal earned team MVP and all-conference honors in ’08 for his two-way play, but scouts like his stuff and makeup—and prefer him on the mound
39. David Rollins LHP Fr. L-L 6-1 185 San Jacinto (Texas) Dodgers ’08 (19) 12-21-89
COMMENT: A young lefty with a quick arm and solid stuff, Rollins ended up in the San Jac rotation when he turned down the Dodgers and a Missouri scholarship
40. Jarret Martin LHP/1B Fr. L-L 6-3 200 Bakersfield (Calif.) Orioles ’08 (19) 8-14-89
COMMENT: Martin clubbed 18 HRs while struggled to throw strikes at a local high school in 2008, but scouts remain more intrigued with his 89-92 mph fastball
41. David Stewart OF So. L-R 6-4 240 Grayson County (Texas) Nationals ’07 (31) 11-23-88
COMMENT: An impressive specimen with light-tower power and plus arm strength, Stewart just needs to show he can hit after getting only 55 ABs at Nebraska in ‘08
42. Egan Smith LHP So. L-L 6-4 205 Southern Nevada Indians ’08 (35) 3-16-89
COMMENT: With ace Taylor Cole on a Mormon mission, Smith (6-4, 2.79) becomes CSN’s No. 1 arm; he has an 89-91 mph fastball, but a split-finger is his SO pitch
43. Kellen Moen RHP So. R-R 6-2 175 El Camino (Calif.) Never drafted Oregon
COMMENT: Moen went 8-2, 2.74 with 106 K’s in 89 IP as a freshman with a splitter as his out-pitch; if he can fill out his thin frame, his fastball could become his best
44. Jimmy Patterson OF/LHP So. R-L 6-0 185 Central Arizona Never drafted Arizona State
COMMENT: A legit two-way talent, Patterson will bat cleanup and be team’s No. 1 starter in ‘09; he hit .343-8-33 (with wood) as a freshman and was clocked at 90
45. John Michael Blake RHP So. R-R 6-1 195 Lake Sumter (Fla.) Giants ’08 (32) Central Florida 3-8-89
COMMENT: Blake had trouble throwing strikes in a 3-3, 8.31 frosh season, but has learned to locate his 91-94 mph fastball low in zone and now is his team’s ace
46. Brian Feekin LHP So. L-L 6-6 225 Iowa Western Rangers ’08 (41) Arkansas 9-12-88
COMMENT: Iowa Western has three premium arms, but none may have the upside of Feekin (5-1, 6.49), who should eventually move past his present velocity of 92
47. Jon Weaver RHP Fr. R-R 6-3 185 Heartland (Ill.) White Sox ’08 (17) 5-20-90
COMMENT: The homestate White Sox failed to sign Weaver last summer, but clearly saw the upside in his lanky frame, silky-smooth arm action and low 90s fastball
48. Boogie Anagnostou RHP So. R-R 5-11 205 Alvin (Texas) Never drafted Rice 7-2-88
COMMENT: Boogie not only has one of the best names around, but one of the best fastballs (94); he steps in as Alvin’s ace after working just 13 IP at TCU in ‘08
49. John Mincone LHP So. L-L 6-1 195 Suffolk-Brentwood (N.Y.) Never drafted
COMMENT: After spending his freshman year at James Madison (1-3, 8.86) and the fall at St. Pete JC, Mincone returns to his New York roots—and should dominate
50. Clint Dempster LHP/OF So. L-L 6-1 180 Mississippi Gulf Coast Never drafted Nicholls State 8-29-89
COMMENT: With a 90-93 mph fastball, above-average curve and solid change, Demspter will look to improve on a solid 7-5, 3.14 (68 IP/85 SO) freshman season
51. Creede Simpson OF Fr. R-R 6-2 180 Northwest Florida State Yankees ’08 (45) Auburn 9-8-89
COMMENT: With No. 1-ranked Daniel Webb as the staff ace, Simpson will get plenty of exposure in ‘09; he’s already his team’s best athlete, hitter and base runner
52. Ryan Hughes LHP So. L-L 6-6 220 Chabot (Calif.) D’backs ’08 (16) Nebraska 5-20-88
COMMENT: It’s all about projection with Hughes, who was an all-state discus thrower in high school and worked in just 11 IP as a JC freshman; dad played in NFL
53. Nick Vickerson SS So. R-R 6-0 195 Shelton State (Ala.) Never drafted Mississippi State 7-8-89
COMMENT: Vickerson, a solid defender at short and sparkplug on offense, lasted only one season at Florida State before moving on to his third school in two years
54. Tyler Newsome LHP/1B So. L-L 6-1 195 South Suburban (Ill.) Orioles ’07 (49) 11-17-88
COMMENT: A two-way star at a local high school, Newsome returns home after struggling at plate (.172-0-3), on mound (1-2, 8.13) as a Michigan State freshman
55. Gabe Weidenaar RHP/IF Fr. B-R 6-4 190 Southern Nevada Never drafted
COMMENT: A Montana HS product, Weidenaar was so raw in ’08 that he threw just six IP; he made huge strides in the fall with the development of a 92-mph fastball
56. Stephen Hagen 3B/OF Fr. R-R 6-2 225 Eastern Oklahoma Athletics ’07 (50) Texas Tech 10-26-88
COMMENT: Hagen is slow afoot and lacks a position, but has exceptional power (11 homers in fall ball); he transferred from Oregon State, where he red-shited in ’08
57. Ryan Mathews 1B/3B So. R-R 6-4 190 Santa Fe (Fla.) Never drafted North Carolina State 8-1-89
COMMENT: Originally a Florida signee, the versatile Mathews hit .297-5-30 at Western Carolina before moving on again; he’ll provide big power for his third school
58. Garrett Weber SS So. R-R 5-11 185 Fresno (Calif.) Royals ’07 (35) Fresno State 3-29-89
COMMENT: Weber hit .393-3-53 with 15 SBs as a freshman; his glove/arm are solid and he can swing the bat, but his overall skills may be better suited for college
59. Adrian Morales 2B So. R-R 5-9 175 Miami-Dade Never drafted South Carolina 2-12-88
COMMENT: A hard-nosed player who thrives in clutch situations and is a threat at bat, Morales batted .401 with seven homers and 17 SBs as an all-state freshman
60. Randy Yard RHP So. R-R 6-0 160 Central Arizona Braves ’07 (37) Hawaii 4-20-89
COMMENT: A transfer from Riverside (Calif.) CC, where he went 0-1, 3.86 in 30 IP, Yard was clocked at 95 mph in the fall and quickly installed into the CAC rotation
61. Josh Botts OF So. L-L 5-9 175 NE Oklahoma A&M Never drafted Oklahoma State
COMMENT: Pound for pound, Botts may be the best college player in Oklahoma; an all-state sprinter in high school who excels in center field, he hit .400-12-32 in ‘08
62. Matt Sample RHP So. R-R 6-5 200 Crowder (Mo.) Rangers ’08 (49) 8-16-88
COMMENT: Sample has an ideal pitcher’s frame and comes from a three-quarters angle with a 92-mph fastball, but his inability to throw strikes has been an issue
63. Logan Odom RHP/OF So. L-R 6-6 250 Western Nevada Never drafted Southern California
COMMENT: Big and physical, Odom ran his fastball up to 93 mph in the fall but he’s so raw because he’s new to pitching that he struggles to throw consistent strikes
64. Joe Talerico OF So. R-R 6-1 185 Brookdale (N.J.) Never drafted 10-21-88
COMMENT: Talerico hit just .179-0-3 in 28 ABs at Seton Hall in ’08, but his tools—especially his arm and speed—play much better; this could be his breakout season
65. Vance Woodruff RHP Fr. L-R 6-2 190 Grayson County (Texas) Never drafted 12-28-89
COMMENT: With a fastball that is a steady 88-92 mph and will touch 94, and solid off-speed stuff, Woodruff can be dominant when he’s throwing strikes consistently
66. Jake Rogers 3B/OF Fr. R-R 6-5 200 Chipola (Fla.) Red Sox ’08 (29) 8-23-89
COMMENT: One of the best power-hitting prospects in the junior-college ranks, Rogers flashes 80 power in BP but tends to be too tentative at the plate in games
67. Ben Cornwall RHP Fr. R-R 6-3 210 Georgia Perimeter Never drafted Georgia 11-2-88
COMMENT: Cornwall possesses a quick, strong right arm and returns to his Georgia roots after red-shirting at Virginia Tech; he was the state AA player of year in ‘07
68. Robert Beary C/OF So. R-R 5-10 184 Pensacola (Fla.) Never drafted South Carolina
COMMENT: At .426-16-76, Beary was the most feared hitter on a team ranked No. 1 nationally much of 2008; he moves behind the plate on a full-time basis in ‘09
69. Lionel Morrill OF Fr. R-R 6-4 190 Southern Idaho Twins ’08 (24) 10-6-90
COMMENT: A live-bodied, athletic Canadian who flashes all five tools, Morrill is a work-in-progress who needs playing time to develop better instincts for the game
70. Jeremy Penn RHP So. R-R 6-3 185 Western Oklahoma Giants ’08 (37) Oklahoma State 12-15-89
COMMENT: A two-time draft from the Virgin Islands, Penn has made huge strides in refining his loose, easy delivery, 88-92 mph fastball and swing-and-miss slider
71. D.J. Leonard OF So. R-R 5-11 195 Palm Beach (Fla.) Never drafted Bethune-Cookman 3-1-89
COMMENT: After breaking his neck in a home-plate collision as a prep senior, the power-packed Leonard slugged 12 HRs for St. Pete JC as a juco freshman
72. Brandon Pinder RHP So. R-R 6-2 185 Santa Ana (Calif.) Never drafted Long Beach State 1-26-89
COMMENT: The top returning starter on the state’s No. 1-ranked juco team, Pinder (7-2, 4.23) is a converted catcher whose fastball already is a steady 90-92 mph
73. James Jones RHP So. R-R 6-3 210 John A. Logan (Ill.) Never drafted Lipscomb
COMMENT: Jones worked sparingly as a freshman, going 2-2, 3.15 in 21 IP, but his stuff—92-94 mph fastball, plus slider—should play well in a closer role in ‘09
74. Zac Fuesser LHP Fr. L-L 6-2 195 Walters State (Tenn.) Braves ’08 (19) 7-19-90
COMMENT: Fuesser has forced his way into the Walters State rotation as a freshman on the strength of his pitchability, though his 85-89 mph fastball has touched 92
75. Cody Fassold RHP So. R-R 6-3 220 Lower Columbia (Wash.) Never drafted
COMMENT: Off a fastball at 91-93 mph and a slider at 83 last summer in the West Coast League, Fassold ranks as the top juco prospect in the Pacific Northwest
76. Hunter Hill RHP So. R-R 5-11 185 Howard (Texas) Rangers ’07 (38) Texas State 11-30-88
COMMENT: Hill worked one inning as a Texas freshman in 2008; a 91-93 fastball and 12-6 power breaking ball make him ideal to close for Howard, despite his size
77. Jonathan Griffin 1B So. R-R 6-6 200 Manatee (Fla.) Red Sox ’08 (45) 4-29-89
COMMENT: Drafted out of high school as a pitcher, the powerful Griffin led the state in homers (22), RBIs (74) as a freshman but must learn to curb his strikeout total
78. Rick Anton LHP So. L-L 6-0 180 Yavapai (Ariz.) Never drafted Utah
COMMENT: A clone of LHP Josh Spence, who dominated the AZ juco ranks in ’07-’08, Anton went 13-4, 1.38, relying more on finesse and command than raw stuff
79. Brett Hambright C/3B So. R-R 6-1 215 Riverside (Calif.) Phillies ’07 (34) Oregon 11-29-88
COMMENT: The powerfully-built Hambright is relatively new to catching, but can fill in at third; he hit .235-2-6 in 11 games at UC Riverside in ’08, and offers more
80. Dillon Hazlett SS So. R-R 6-1 190 Allen County (Kan.) Never drafted North Carolina
COMMENT: Hazlett’s speed, arm strength and versatility are all assets, but his best tool may be his bat; he hit .377-7-51 with 24 SBs as a freshman in 2008
81. Cody Rogers OF So. L-R 6-2 175 Panola (Texas) Never drafted Texas A&M
COMMENT: His 6.4-second speed in the 60 is an appealing tool, but Rogers hit .339-7-43 with 19 SBs as a freshman and is considered a complete offensive player
82. Jesse Wierzbicki C So. R-R 6-2 200 Walters State (Tenn.) Braves ’08 (40) North Carolina 11-24-88
COMMENT: An offensive-oriented catcher, Wierzbicki topped powerful Walters State with a .433 average in ’08; his arm strength/receiving skills are both a bit short
83. Jack Wagoner RHP So. R-R 6-3 190 St. Petersburg (Fla.) Never drafted Florida Gulf Coast
COMMENT: Wagoner went just 2-8, 5.84 as a freshman at D-! Sacred Heart; with a 90-94 mph fastball, he could take off in ’09 if he can improve his breaking stuff
84. Virgil Hill OF So. R-R 6-0 185 Los Angeles Mission Athletics ’08 (35) 9-9-89
COMMENT: The son of two ex-Olympic silver medalists, Hill was mainly a track star in HS and can fly; a two-time draft pick, he hit .391 in ’08 but his bat is suspect
85. Tyler Hibbs SS/RHP Fr. R-R 5-11 165 Tallahassee (Fla.) Never drafted Florida State 1-3-90
COMMENT: Talented two-way Maryland prep product is making a one-year pit stop at a JC after an off-field indiscretion led Florida State to revoke his scholarship
86. Trey Rackel RHP/SS So. R-R 6-2 200 Angelina (Texas) Never drafted Lamar
COMMENT: Rackel is a legit middle-of-the-order bat, but scouts prefer him on the mound, where he went 9-2, 3.20 in 2008 with a 90-92 fastball and power slider
87. Tim Statz LHP/OF So. L-L 6-0 160 Hutchinson (Kan.) Never drafted Mississippi State 5-4-89
COMMENT: With a fastball that tops at 90 and swing-and-miss breaking ball as his primary pitches, Statz should improve on a 5-3, 3.54 season with 65 SO in 56 IP
88. Taylor Whitenton RHP So. R-R 6-3 192 Darton (Ga.) Braves ’07 (40) Kennesaw State 2-20-88
COMMENT: Whitenton has never focused solely on pitching and went a mediocre 4-4, 5.02 as a JC freshman, but scouts remain intrigued with his power arm
89. Blake Newalu SS Fr. R-R 5-10 180 Chipola (Fla.) Never drafted 5-9-89
COMMENT: A Georgia prep product, Newalu spent the fall at San Diego before leaving; his tools are modest, but he more than held his own last summer in Alaska
90. Justin Parker LHP Fr. L-L 6-4 230 Cosumnes River (Calif.) Red Sox ’08 (25) 4-21-90
COMMENT: Parker spent the fall at Loyola Marymount, but chose to transfer to a JC closer to his Northern California home; he went 6-1, 1.24 in ’08 as a prep senior
91. Chase Johnson RHP So. R-R 6-4 235 South Mountain (Ariz.) Never drafted 4-29-88
COMMENT: Johnson went 2-3, 7.20 in ‘08 at Central Arizona JC, and needs to find a second pitch to go with his 93-95 mph fastball, while also repeating his delivery
92. Brian Stamps SS/OF Fr. B-R 6-0 175 Sacramento (Calif.) Never drafted
COMMENT: A significant athlete with speed, huge arm strength and intriguing switch-hitting ability, Stamps red-shirted as freshman because he wasn’t ready to play
93. Parker Berberet C So. R-R 6-4 205 Cypress (Calif.) Never drafted Oregon State 10-20-89
COMMENT: The second of two California juco catchers committed to Oregon colleges in 2010, Berberet has a big arm but a suspect bat (.351-5-21 as a freshman)
94. Kirby Yates RHP So. L-R 5-11 190 Yavapai (Ariz.) Red Sox ’05 (26) 3-25-87
COMMENT: Two years removed from Tommy John surgery, Yates was 90-93 mph in 2008 and went 7-5, 3.76 as a third-year freshman; brother Tyler is a big leaguer
95. Evan Chambers OF So. R-R 5-9 220 Hillsborough (Fla.) Never drafted 3-24-89
COMMENT: Chambers had a wasted freshman year at Florida, getting only eight ABs, but he has good raw power and speed in a deceiving, non-projectable frame
96. Sean Koechler RHP So. R-R 6-3 190 Palm Beach (Fla.) D’backs ’08 (50) Nova Southeastern 9-29-88
COMMENT: A two-time draft pick, the rangy Koechler has three solid pitches, including a running fastball in the 87-93 mph range, but went a modest 3-3, 2.81 in ‘08
97. Kenny Swab C So. R-R 6-2 215 Young Harris (Ga.) Never drafted Virginia
COMMENT: A powerfully-built catcher with an above-average arm, Swab has developing power, particularly from the pull side, and hit .314-3-38 as a freshman
98. Mike Strong LHP So. L-L 6-0 170 Iowa Western Never drafted Oklahoma State
COMMENT: An athletic pitcher with a very quick arm and a low-90s fastball, Strong assumes the No. 1 starter’s job this spring at IWCC after going 3-0, 5.17 in 2008
99. B.J. Hyatt RHP So. L-R 6-5 215 USC Sumter Never drafted
COMMENT: An impressive physical specimen, Hyatt’s fastball was clocked at 89-94 mph this fall—two years after his career was derailed by Tommy John surgery
100. Josh Garton OF So. L-R 6-2 210 Volunteer State (Tenn.) Never drafted Fla. International
COMMENT: Not all the elite talent in Tennessee attends national power Walters State; Garton, a prolific lefthanded bat from Canada, hit .364-8-42 as a freshman
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