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Monday, September 09, 2013

Golden State top prospect reports

Allan Simpson        
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2013 Summer Collegiate Top Prospect coverage
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Summer-league baseball in northern California has been in a steady state of upheaval in recent years, with clubs jumping from one league to another on a recurring basis. The first-year Golden State Collegiate League is the latest attempt to bring some normalcy to the process.

Launched inauspiciously this summer with seven clubs, including four former members from the rival Pacific West League, the GSCBL will bolster its profile considerably in 2014 with the addition of three more teams, including Top Speed Baseball and the California Warriors, two prospect-heavy clubs from the improved, but suddenly vulnerable Far West League. For Petaluma-based Top Speed, which has compiled a 220-70 record in its five-year existence, it will mark the fourth straight year that it has participated in a different summer league.

In Top Speed’s absence, the pitching-rich Alameda Merchants dominated the new GSCBL on the field in 2013, winning both the regular-season and playoff titles. But it hardly had a monopoly on the best prospects in the league as talent was fairly distributed among several clubs.


Year League Established:
States Represented in League: California, Nevada
No. of Teams in League: 7
Regular-Season Champion: Alameda Merchants (20-4, 31-13-1 overall)
Post-Season Champion: Alameda Merchants
Teams, Perfect Game Summer 50/Final Ranking: No. 49 Alameda Merchants

Most Valuable Player:
Antonio Ibarra, 2b, Auburn Wildcats
Pitcher of the Year: Kyle Slinger, lhp, San Francisco Seagulls (Tufts, Mass.)


Batting Average:
Anthony Roberts, inf, Nevada Big Horns (.388)
Home Runs: Ethan McGill, 1b, Auburn Wildcats; Matthew Moceri, inf, Atwater Aviators (8)
RBIs: Stefan Kancylarz, ss, Auburn Wildcats (42)
Stolen Bases: J.R. Davis, 2b, Alameda Merchants (17)


Matt Fontaine, rhp, Alameda Merchants (7)
ERA: Matt Fontaine, rhp, Alameda Merchants (1.91)
Saves: 3 tied at 3
Strikeouts: George Asmus, rhp, Alameda Merchants (64)


Best Athlete:
Mitch Ravizza, inf, San Francisco Seagulls
Best Hitter: Antonio Ibarra, 2b, Auburn, Wildcats
Best Power: Rowdy Tellez, 1b, Tri-Valley Berkovich
Fastest Base Runner: J.R. Davis, 2b, Alameda Merchants
Best Defensive Player: Gordon Madej, ss, South Bay Storm
Best Velocity: Ricky Delgado, rhp, Alameda Merchants
Best Breaking Ball: George Asmus, rhp, Alameda Merchants
Best Command: Matt Fontaine, rhp, Alameda Merchants


1. ROWDY TELLEZ, 1b, Tri-Valley Berkovich (SIGNED / Blue Jays)
Toronto’s inability to sign California prep righthander Philip Bickford, its first-round pick in this year’s draft, opened the door for the Blue Jays to make an aggressive last-minute pitch at Tellez, their 31st-round selection from Elk Grove (Calif.) High. He signed for $850,000, marking the largest bonus paid out to a player drafted after the 10th round under new bonus rules that went into effect in 2012. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Tellez, whose given name in Ryan, was initially expected to be among the top 100 selections in the draft. When he wasn’t, he slid precipitously as his bonus demands and college commitment to USC deterred clubs from taking an early-to-mid-round stab at him. He ended up playing in only five games this summer as a rare high-school talent in the GSCBL, but his massive lefthanded power potential, especially to the pull side, was readily evident. In 16 at-bats, he hit .438-1-4. As a high-school senior, he hit .500-9-46 with a .979 slugging average. Easy raw power to all fields is Tellez’ most obvious tool, and in time he could evolve into a solid all-around hitter and defender. He has sound plate discipline and moves well around the bag for a player his size. Tellez went on to hit .234-2-20 in 34 games in his pro debut with the Jays entry in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

2. RYAN MASON, rhp, Auburn Wildcats (California/SO in 2014)
6-7/195 RHP became ace of Cal staff as a FR, going 5-3, 3.76; led team with 69 IP, and heavy spring workload resulted in curtailed activity on summer; made only three appearances for Wildcats, but was starter/winner in league all-star game, went 1-0, 2.40 overall with 9 BB/21 SO in 15 IP; can overpower hitters with heavy, sinking, low-90s fastball, but slider/changeup are more advanced pitches; has advanced, no-fear approach to craft.

3. RICKY DELGADO, rhp, Alameda Merchants (San Joaquin Delta, Calif., JC/SO in 2014)
One-time Cal State Fullerton signee was re-routed to Diablo Valley (Calif.) JC as a freshman, will move on to San Joaquin Delta (Calif.) JC in 2014; big-framed 6-2/225 RHP with powerful lower half, had best fastball velocity in GSCBL with pitch that touched 93 mph, could add more velocity with maturity; used in relief role for Merchants, went 4-1, 1.29 with 1 SV, 16 BB/23 SO in 22 IP; battles control issues with inconsistent mechanics.

4. GORDON MADEJ, ss, South Bay Storm (Albany/JR in 2014)
Bay area product has been starting SS at Albany two years running, hit .285-0-22 as SO; earned all-star honors in GSCBL during summer by hitting .336-0-25 and displaying best defensive actions in league; has excellent hands, good range in field while quick release offsets average arm strength; prototypical leadoff hitter with keen strike-zone discipline (25 BB/14 SO), limited power in lean 6-0/170 frame; profiles as 2B at next level.

5. JEFF McGARRY, rhp/of, Atwater Aviators (Penn/SO in 2014)
Versatile player, worked as pitcher only in spring as R/S FR at Penn (4-4, 5.19), earned all-star honors as OF in GSCBL (.336-6-14, 7 SB), while pitching load curtailed to two starts (1-0, 0.90); has big (6-4/220), athletic frame, upside appears to be on mound with command of three pitches, FB at 88-92, decent change/breaking ball, but also hits for power/average, has good plate discipline, strong RF arm.

6. KYLE SLINGER, lhp, San Francisco Seagulls (Tufts, Mass./JR in 2014)
Earned league pitcher of year honors for 4-2, 2.57 season, with 12 BB/44 SO in 49 IP; produced near-identical 4-2, 2.71 record as starter in spring at Tufts, Massachusetts D-III college; has lanky frame (6-1/175), gets natural lefty action on 88-91 FB and profiles as starter with good breaking ball with 12-6 tilt, good change when he stays on line with mechanics; struggles at times with command.

7. JUSTIN GUBSER, c, San Francisco Seagulls (Canada, Calif., JC/SO in 2014)
Young, physical force in strapping 6-4/235 frame, still growing into body; has impressive bat speed/raw power to pull side and little trouble catching up to plus fastballs, though needs work on pitch recognition, using entire field; hit .241-6-24 on summer; adequate skills behind plate with average arm strength, blocking/receiving need improvement.

8. KELLY STARNES, of, Alameda Merchants (Cal State East Bay/JR in 2014)
Drafted by Twins in 40th round this summer out of California’s Los Medanos JC, turned down offer, will attend D-II Cal State East Bay as JR; speed is best tool, gets good jumps out of box, on bases, but needs to improve reads overall in CF; has gap power, could evolve into legit HR threat as he grows into 6-2/180 frame, adds strength; hit .321-1-11 on summer, drove balls consistently (11 2B/84 ABs), needs better hand speed to catch up to plus velocity.

9. J.R. DAVIS, 2b, Alameda Merchants (Contra Costa, Calif., JC/FR in 2014)
League’s fastest player, top base stealer; stole GSCBL-high 17 bags; has solid offensive approach overall despite 5-10/175 frame; hit .333-1-27, made hard, consistent contact (7 SO in 155 plate appearances), hit balls consistently where pitched; smooth actions at 2B with plus range, quick-twitch actions, solid arm; will be R/S freshman in 2014 at California JC.

10. ANTONIO IBARRA, 2b, Auburn Wildcats (Uncommitted in 2014)
Named league MVP after .363-2-28 season that included league highs of 37 R, 62 H, 17 2B, 5 3B, also stole 11 bases; has quick hands, good plate coverage; smaller frame at 5-10/180, but makes up for size with aggressive, flashy approach; still needs to qualify academically this fall for 4-year school after finishing up last spring at West Hills (Calif.) JC.

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