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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Texas League prospect reports

Kendall Rogers        
Photo: Texas A&M

Official League Website:
2013 Summer Collegiate Top Prospect coverage
Texas Collegiate League Top Prospect list (free)

The Texas Collegiate League has had its fair share of success over the past few years, but reached a new milestone this summer when the Brazos Valley Bombers were named the top team in the country at the end of the summer by Perfect Game.

Though the Bombers had plenty of prospects – nine of the 30 prospects we detail in these scouting reports – the team as a whole had a nice balance of prospects and role players.

From a prospect standpoint, the Bombers were led by rising Texas A&M righthanded pitcher Parker Ray, lefthanded pitcher Zac Curtis of Middle Tennessee State and Temple Junior College outfielder Blake Kopetsky, who parlayed his summer into a scholarship at Texas A&M, effective for the 2015 college baseball season.

The Bombers compiled some astonishing numbers this summer. They compiled an impressive 26-4 record during the first half of the summer, 20-10 mark the second half and a 46-14 overall mark for the summer, including the TCL championship.

While what the Bombers accomplished this summer is the headline of the league, the contributions of catcher Mitchell Nau and first baseman G.R. Hinsley are worth mentioning. Nau finished the summer with a batting average of .350, while Hinsley, who is now at Texas A&M this fall, was an RBI machine with 55 in the TCL.


Year League Established:
States Represented in League: Texas, Louisiana
No. of Teams in League: 7
Regular-Season Champion (best overall record): Brazos Valley Bombers
Post-Season Champion: Brazos Valley Bombers
Teams, Perfect Game Summer 50/Final Ranking: No. 1 Brazos Valley Bombers
No. 1 Prospect, 2012: Jason Jester, rhp, Brazos Valley (Played at Texas A&M in 2013)
First 2012 Player Selected, 2013 Draft: Dillon Newman, rhp, Victoria Generals (16th round, Astros, UNSIGNED)

Player of the Year:
Mitchell Nau, c, Acadiana Cane Cutters (Texas A&M)
Pitcher of the Year: Nick Rossetta, rhp, East Texas Pump Jacks (Long Beach State)


Batting Average:
Mitchell Nau, c, Acadiana Cane Cutters (.350)
Slugging Percentage: Mitchell Nau, Acadiana Cane Cutters (.550)
On-Base Average: Logan Taylor, ss, Acadiana Cane Cutters (.445)
Home Runs: Kevin Santana, 2b, Woodlands Strykers (8)
RBI: G.R. Hinsley, 1b, Brazos Valley Bombers (55)
Stolen Bases: Matthew Dickey, of, East Texas Pump Jacks (40)


Jake Winston, rhp, Acadiana Cane Cutters (7)
ERA: Nick Rossetta, rhp, East Texas Pump Jacks (1.23)
Saves: Gandy Stubblefield, rhp, Woodlands Strykers (8)
Strikeouts: Kyle Keller, rhp, Victoria Generals (61)


Best Athlete:
Connor Barron, ss/of, Acadiana Cane Cutters (Southern Miss)
Best Hitter: Mitchell Nau, c, Acadiana Cane Cutters (Texas A&M)
Best Power: Dirk Masters, 1b, Woodlands Strykers (Sam Houston State)
Fastest Base Runner: Matthew Dickey, of, East Texas Pump Jacks (SFA)
Best Defensive Player: Logan Taylor, ss, Acadiana Cane Cutters (Texas A&M)
Best Velocity: Kyle Keller, rhp, Victoria Generals (Southeastern Louisiana)
Best Breaking Ball: Parker Ray, rhp, Brazos Valley Bombers (Texas A&M)
Best Command: Parker Ray, rhp, Brazos Valley Bombers (Texas A&M)


1. PARKER RAY, rhp, Brazos Valley Bombers (Texas A&M/SR in 2014)
Ray has had quite an impressive past 4-5 months on the mound for both the Aggies and Brazos Valley Bombers. Ray wasn't a front-line arm for the Aggies to begin the college season in 2013. However, his role progressively got bigger as the season progressed, and he was A&M's No. 2 starting pitcher by the NCAA postseason. Ray finished the college season with a 1.73 ERA in 67 2/3 innings of work. He only increased his stock this summer by shining in the Texas Collegiate League, tallying a 1.69 ERA in 48 innings, along with 49 strikeouts and 14 walks. From a stuff standpoint, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, isn't necessarily a flamethrower, but does sit 88-91 with his fastball with a legitimate four-pitch mix. Ray, who's very advanced from a mental standpoint, will throw his pitches in any count, and those pitches include a 12-to-6 curveball, slider and a changeup – the change being his best secondary offering. Ray's changeup sits anywhere from 78-80 and typically travels on the same plane as his fastball, making it a very deceptive pitch for opposing hitters. Ray wasn't drafted in the 2013 MLB draft, but certainly has increased his stock enough this summer to make that change next summer.

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