Summer Collegiate : : Story
Monday, October 07, 2013

California Lg. prospect reports

Allan Simpson        

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The Santa Barbara Foresters have forged their reputation as the flagship franchise in the California Collegiate League, and one of the elite teams in the summer college ranks nationally, largely on the strength of dominant pitching.

Over the last five years, the No. 1 prospect in the CCL has been a fire-balling Santa Barbara pitcher, and this summer stands out as much as any for the depth of power arms on the Foresters staff. No fewer than six Santa Barbara pitchers are represented in the top 10 on the accompanying list of the league’s top prospects, including righthanders Riley Ferrell and Patrick Weigel, ranked 1-2. Both were clocked as high as 97 mph on the summer, while three of their pitching mates ranked in the top 10 topped out at 94.

As a staff, Santa Barbara posted a 2.51 ERA with 532 strikeouts in 484 innings—or about 10 per nine innings. That compares to 2.41 in 2012, with 530 strikeouts in 520 innings, when Oklahoma State righthander Jason Hursh ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the CCL on his way to being selected in the first round of this year’s draft by the Atlanta Braves.

Yet for all their depth of power arms, the Foresters had a down season in 2013—at least, by their own lofty standards. They walked away empty-handed in both league and national play, losing out to the upstart Los Angeles Brewers with the CCL title on the line, while finishing fourth at the National Baseball Congress World Series with a third consecutive championship within their grasp.

The Brewers defeated the 10-time defending league champions at their own game, beating the Foresters 3-0 and 6-1 in a best-of-3 final, after surging to a Southern Division title on the strength of the heavy hitting of first baseman Rob Fonseca, the league’s top hitter; shortstop/third baseman Matt Tietz, the CCL home run leader; and second baseman/third baseman Caleb Whelan, the league MVP. At No. 21, Whelan was the highest-ranked prospect on the Brewers roster.

Even though the Foresters did not have a full complement of arms in Wichita for their run at a fifth NBC World Series title in eight years, they still had easily the most prospect-rich staff of all 32 teams in the competition. They won their first three games by shutout, before losing their next two games at the double-elimination event.

Prior to 2013, the CCL was essentially a one-team league with Santa Barbara winning or sharing 19 of 20 championships. But with the expansion and general upgrade of the league in 2013 from six to eight teams, the San Luis Obispo Blues continuing to nip at the heels of the Foresters, and now the Brewers dethroning the mighty Foresters, the CCL hardly ranks any longer as a league that is the domain of one team. In the process, it has crossed the threshold to rank among the nation’s elite summer leagues.


FAST FACTS

Year League Established:
1993
States Represented in League: California
No. of Teams in League: 8 (6 in 2012)
Regular-Season Champions (record): North--Santa Barbara Foresters (22-16, 36-18 overall); South—Los Angeles Brewers (25-13, 29-14 overall)
Post-Season Champion: Los Angeles Brewers. Santa Barbara Foresters/San Luis Obispo Blues advanced to National Baseball Congress World Series, Wichita, Kan.
Teams, Perfect Game Summer 50/Final Ranking: No. 17 Santa Barbara Foresters; No. 24 Los Angeles Brewers; No. 38 San Luis Obispo Blues
No. 1 Prospect, 2012 (per PG CrossChecker): Jason Hursh, rhp, Santa Barbara Foresters (Oklahoma State; Braves/first round, 31st pick in 2013 draft)
First 2012 Player Selected, 2013 Draft: Jason Hursh, rhp, Santa Barbara Foresters (Oklahoma State; Braves/1st round, 31st pick)

Player of the Year:
Rob Fonseca, 1b, Los Angeles Brewers (Northeastern)
Pitcher of the Year: Dalton Saberhagen, lhp, Conejo Oaks (Tennessee)
Top Batting Prospect (as selected by league): Rob Fonseca, 1b, Los Angeles Brewers
Top Pitching Prospect (as selected by league): Riley Ferrell, rhp, Santa Barbara Foresters

BATTING LEADERS (League games only)

Batting Average:
Michael Pritchard, of, San Luis Obispo Blues (.386)
Slugging Percentage: Rob Fonseca, 1b, Los Angeles Brewers (.638)
On-Base Average: Michael Pritchard, of, San Luis Obispo (.478)
Home Runs: Matt Tietz, ss/3b, Los Angeles Brewers (9)
RBI: Conor Smith, 1b, Southern California Catch (41)
Stolen Bases: Three tied at 18

PITCHING LEADERS (League games only)

Wins:
Dalton Saberhagen, lhp, Conejo Oaks (7)
ERA: Billy Kirkpatrick, lhp, Southern California Catch (0.52)
Saves: Drake Owenby, lhp, San Luis Obispo (8)
Strikeouts: Drew Van Orden, rhp, Santa Barbara Foresters (65)

BEST TOOLS

Best Athlete:
Ben Johnson, of, Santa Barbara Foresters
Best Hitter: Caleb Whelan, 3b/of, Los Angeles Brewers
Best Power: Rob Fonseca, 1b, Los Angeles Brewers
Fastest Base Runner: Ben Johnson, of, Santa Barbara Foresters
Best Defensive Player: Jean Ramirez, c, Conejo Oaks
Best Velocity: Riley Ferrell, rhp, Santa Barbara Foresters; Patrick Weigel, rhp, Santa Barbara Foresters
Best Breaking Ball: Riley Ferrell, rhp, Santa Barbara Foresters
Best Command: Parker French, rhp, Santa Barbara Foresters


TOP 30 PROSPECTS

1. RILEY FERRELL, rhp, Santa Barbara Foresters (Texas Christian/SO in 2014)
Ferrell went undrafted out of a Texas high school in 2012 but enjoyed a successful freshman season at TCU despite going 0-2. In 23 relief appearances, mostly in a set-up role, Ferrell posted a 2.20 ERA in 33 innings, walking 11 and striking out 39. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound righthander took his game to another level being used in a similar role in summer ball, first in a trial run for the Foresters and ultimately for USA Baseball’s college national team. With a fastball that peaked at 97 mph and a slider up to 87, Ferrell has serious raw arm strength and was overpowering in four relief outings for Santa Barbara, walking three and striking out 10 in seven innings. Word quickly reached Jim Schlossnagle, Ferrell’s coach at TCU who served as Team USA’s head coach this summer, and Schlossnagle found a last-minute spot for him on the national-team roster. Ferrell assumed a meaningful role in the back end of the bullpen, initially as a set-up man for the team’s established closer, Ryan Burr (Arizona State), before saving two games himself. In nine scoreless innings spread over nine appearances, he allowed one hit, walked four and struck out 15, throwing mostly a fastball that ranged from 95-98 mph. He had excellent life on his fastball, and also impressive command, particularly on the inner half of the plate against righthanded hitters, though had difficulty at times locating his breaking stuff. Ferrell’s arm action and aggressive approach to pitching are geared to a closer role, though it’s possible he could start down the road if he can develop his changeup into a reliable third pitch. On the strength of his breakout summer, he now profiles as one of the top college draft picks in 2015.

2. PATRICK WEIGEL, rhp, Santa Barbara Foresters (Oxnard, Calif., CC/SO in 2014)
The Foresters have a well-documented pitching plan that focuses on streamlining mechanics and strength training, and the 6-foot-6 Weigel, a classic risk/rewards arm, made huge strides on the summer in that environment after a difficult freshman season at Pacific. He went 0-2, 8.02 during the spring in 20 appearances (4 starts) while being utilized in a variety of roles, but improved dramatically to 3-1, 3.56 in 21 appearances for Santa Barbara while working consistently out of the back end of the bullpen. His turnaround was best reflected in his walk-strikeout ratio, which was 27-18 in 34 innings at Pacific, and a more representative 14-35 in 30 innings for the Foresters after he made adjustments to his delivery and slowed his tempo, resulting in much-improved command. In the process, his fastball velocity saw a significant spike to 96-97 mph with good life on the pitch from a high three-quarters slot; with a better feel for pitching, he also made significant strides in the development of both of his breaking balls, a biting low- to mid-80s slider and hard, 77-80 mph curve. Still more of a thrower than pitcher, Weigel conceivably could move into a starting role if he can continue to refine a fourth pitch, a low-80s change with arm-side sink. That could happen as early as 2014, especially with Weigel choosing not to return to Pacific and enrolling instead at Oxnard JC, just down the road from Santa Barbara, though his profile is that of a reliever.

3. DRAKE OWENBY, lhp, San Luis Obispo Blues (Tennessee/SO in 2014)
Tennessee had a landmark recruiting class a year ago, with the powerfully-built Owenby the pitcher that generated the most hype. He didn’t come close to living up to his press clippings as a freshman for the Volunteers, going 2-1, 5.60 with two saves in 16 appearances, along with 22 walks and 20 strikeouts in 27 innings. He was a vastly different pitcher this summer as a closer for the Blues, though, with command of a 90-93 mph fastball and nasty, biting 72-74 curve that only made his fastball look even faster. In 20 appearances, he went 1-1, 1.01 with eight saves; in the same 27-inning workload, he walked nine, struck out 50 and limited opponents to a .183 batting average. Though he thrived as a closer this summer and has the mentality to excel in that role, Owenby also has feel for a changeup and could evolve into a starter if he develops the pitch into a dependable third offering. With a durable 6-foot-2, 225-pound frame, he has a very quick arm from a high three-quarters slot.

4. PARKER FRENCH, rhp, Santa Barbara Foresters (Texas/JR in 2014)
French’s raw stuff doesn’t quite stack up to the first three arms on this list, but he is the farthest along in his overall development as a pitcher. He was the only one to have success at the college level in the spring in his role as the Friday starter at Texas, and also displayed the cleanest, most-polished mechanics and best command during the summer. For the Foresters he went 2-3, 3.28 with 15 walks and 34 strikeouts in 36 innings. He worked with a solid three-pitch mix, with a fastball at 91-94 mph, slider at 83-84 and changeup at 80-82, and induced a steady diet of ground balls with the arm-side run he generated on his fastball and change. He also demonstrated the ability to locate all his pitches low and away consistently, though still needs to refine the command of his secondary stuff. The most noteworthy development on the summer for French was adding 15 pounds to his 6-foot-4 frame, and there’s hope that a stronger, more durable physique will enable him to improve his strikeout count and achieve the kind of success as a junior at Texas that will push him squarely into the top 2-3 rounds of the 2014 draft after he went a combined 10-7, 2.75 with 76 strikeouts in 144 innings in his first two seasons for the Longhorns.

5. GRAYSON LONG, rhp, San Luis Obispo Blues (Texas A&M/SO in 2014)
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound righthander, projected as a possible first-rounder entering his senior year at a Texas high school in 2012, continues to show flashes of his upside. After posting a 4-2, 3.52 record as a freshman at Texas A&M, with 25 walks and 38 strikeouts in 46 innings, almost all in a starting role, Long improved his command noticeably on the summer at San Luis Obispo, walking seven and striking out 32 in 38 innings, while posting a 2-3, 1.88 record. He was used as a starter, and as both a long and short reliever, before missing the final two weeks of the season with shoulder tendinitis. His absence from the Blues roster, along with several other premium arms, was pivotal as the team made a hasty exit from the NBC World Series. With his loose arm action and tall, lean frame, Long pounded the inner half of the strike zone with the makings of a shutdown fastball that typically ranged from 90-93 mph, but crept to the mid-90s on occasion. His slider was a devastating secondary pitch at times, with two-plane tilt in the mid-80s, and he also showed feel for a changeup.

6. TYLER KRIEGER, ss/3b, Santa Barbara Foresters (Clemson/SO in 2014)
Summer ended after just 8 games when broke hand after being hit by a pitch; had already demonstrated was best hitting prospect on Foresters roster by batting .387 with two monster home runs; hit .257-0-27 with 11 EBH (28 BB/30 SO) as everyday SS as FR at Clemson, but bat just starting to come around by end of season; chance to become prolific hitter should enable him to play anywhere in field; a SS now, could end up at 2B/3B, even LF.

7. TEJAY ANTONE, rhp, Santa Barbara Foresters (Weatherford, Texas, JC/SO in 2014)
6-5/220 RHP with makings of two plus pitches in 90-94 mph FB with arm-side sink, plus 78-79 slider with cutting action; worked as both starter/reliever for Foresters, went 4-0, 1.75 in 20 appearances, had 13 BB/36 SO in 36 IP; future role will depend on development of 81-82 CH, which flashes good running action, and command; 22nd-round pick of Mets in 2012 out of Texas HS, but pitched sparingly as FR at TCU (6 G, 7 IP, 0-0 record), has since elected to transfer to Weatherford JC for SO year; father played on Oklahoma national-championship football team in 1975, uncle Frank selected in first baseball draft.

8. COREY RAY, rhp, San Luis Obispo Blues (Texas A&M/JR in 2014)
Inconsistent SO season at A&M (3-2, 5.11, 44 IP, 21 BB/29 SO), working as both starter/reliever; focused on being starter only during summer for Blues, game soon took off, velocity on FB sat at 90-93, touched 94-95; could throw even harder once fills out long/loose 6-4/190 frame; went 4-1, 3.54 with 22 BB/39 SO in 48 IP for Blues; has high ceiling, good feel for pitching, showed signs of dominant secondary stuff, especially solid-average change; chance to be solid draft in 2014 with continued improvement.

9. JORDAN STEPHENS, rhp, Santa Barbara Foresters (Rice/JR in 2014)
Shut down for summer after 6 IP with Foresters, but not because of heavy workload in spring at Rice; became evident shortly after Stephens arrived in Santa Barbara that not himself physically, subsequently went home, underwent surgery to have gall bladder removed; had 2 BB/10 SO, 1.50 ERA, 1 SV as reliever in brief time with Foresters after going 8-4, 2.43 in 21 appearances (17 starts) for Rice in spring, led team with 119 IP, second with 100 SO; signature outing for Owls came in 1-0, 2-hit, 11-strikeout win over Oregon in Eugene NCAA regional; FB is solid pitch at 89-92 with good run, also has solid-average curve, still needs to refine change to solidify future as starter.

10. DREW VAN ORDEN, rhp, Santa Barbara Foresters (Duke/SR in 2014)
Has excelled in summer competition last two years, including big 2012 season in Alaska, but struggled to harness potential in three college seasons at Duke; moved from pen to rotation as JR for Blue Devils, went 3-5, 5.94 (64 IP, 32 BB/56 SO) as back issue hampered mechanics/command, went undrafted; thrived as all-star starter for Foresters, leading CCL in strikeouts (65, along with 13 BB in 49 IP), went 5-2, 1.29 with excellent command of FB at 91-94, curve with good bite, changeup to 83 with arm-side run; very projectable in 6-4/205 frame, with loose/quick arm; should be quality SR sign in 2014.

11. BEN JOHNSON, of, Santa Barbara Foresters (Texas/SO in 2014)
Johnson’s superior athleticism and impressive array of tools were evident as a FR at Texas, but saw only part-time duty for Longhorns, hit .220-3-9; given a chance to play regularly for Foresters, he batted .281-2-25 with league-leading 18 steals; more importantly, his 6.4 speed in 60 was more of a factor with better jumps on bases, also took better routes, got better jumps on balls in CF, showed off his superior arm more consistently; has the look of future big-leaguer in strong, athletic 6-1/190 frame, power still evolving.

12. CALEB WHALEN, 3b/of, Los Angeles Brewers (Portland/JR in 2014)
League player of year, led surprising Brewers to CCL title on strength of .361 average, 20 extra-base hits; earned all-star recognition at 2B, but versatile, athletic player, also saw significant time at 3B, in CF/RF; consensus among scouts is CF is future home, though has middle-infield actions to fit at 2B, arm/footwork to settle in at hot corner, speed/arm strength for regular OF play; ultimate position may depend on how raw power evolves, has very quick hands at plate, homered once in spring at Portland (.245-1-16), once on summer for Brewers, though hit 6-7 balls that went just foul as gets out front so often with superior bat speed; father Shawn, ex-minor leaguer, is Brewers scout in Northwest.

13. RYAN O’HEARN, 1b, Santa Barbara Foresters (Sam Houston State/JR in 2014)
Second-year player for Foresters; has impressive array of tools/skills in athletic 6-3/210 build, but scouts still waiting for offensive game to blossom; sandwiched modest .268-2-30 and .276-4-25 summers around .262-1-25 season as SO at Sam Houston State, but readily apparent that has nice stroke, serious raw power from left side, just needs to tap into it, needs to cut down on strikeouts (combined 80 SO between spring/summer); 6.8 speed is above average for position, solid defender at 1B with good arm/carry on throws.

14. BRAYDEN TORRES, lhp, Santa Paula Halos (Nevada-Las Vegas/SO in 2014)
Had solid FR season as reliever at UNLV with 0-0, 3.00 record in 20 appearances (27 IP, 7 BB/29 SO), and on summer as mostly starter for Halos (2-3, 3.50, 44 IP, 25 BB/53 SO); has significant upside in lanky 6-5/190 frame, loose/easy arm action; has plenty of life on present 88-92 mph FB, very tough on LH hitters, should add velocity as bulks up, refines mechanics; profiles as starter with solid 3-pitch mix, has slider with good bite, makings of solid change that he learned on summer, works consistently in bottom half of strike zone.

15. KYLE JOHNSON, rhp/of, San Luis Obispo (Purdue/SO in 2014)
With athletic 6-5/215 frame, fits profile of power-hitting RF and power-armed RHP; upside generally considered higher on mound with FB up to 93-94 mph, but also has intriguing 6.7 speed as solid complement to untapped power-hitting ability, also plus arm in both RF/CF, takes good routes to balls; hit .266-2-25 (18 BB/36 SO) as FR at Purdue, worked in just four innings, posted 0-0, 22.09 record; made solid strides in both areas on summer by hitting .336-2-16 (23 BB/33 SO), while going 3-2, 4.54 (36 IP, 12 BB/25 SO); generally worked at 89-91 as pitcher, has chance for plus breaking ball with depth, just needs more reps to add consistent velo to FB.

16. JEAN RAMIREZ, c, Conejo Oaks (Grayson County, Texas, CC/SO in 2014)
Red-shirted in 2012 at Arkansas, played sparingly last spring, hitting .172-0-1 in 29 at-bats, and has since elected to transfer to national JC power Grayson County (Texas) for 2014 season when prospects for greater playing time with Razorbacks didn’t materialize; got only 55 ABs on summer for Conejo, hit .182-0-7, but played enough for exceptional catching skills to become talk of league; a big-league catcher in all phases, with steady in-game pop times ranging from 1.79-1.85 seconds; got slightly better at plate with more regular work; second go-around in CCL as also played for since-disbanded Team Vegas in 2012.

17. DILLON TATE, rhp, Academy Barons (UC Santa Barbara/SO in 2014)
Excellent physical projection readily evident in young, very athletic 6-2/180 frame; has loose, quick, lively arm with FB at 90-93, plenty of room for more velocity; secondary pitches still developing, but gets good cutting action on 2-seam FB away from RH hitters, shows flashes with biting 72-73 mph curve, changeup at 74-75; has chance to become back-end starter once stuff/command develop; worked in 4 games/3 innings as FR at UCSB, made steady headway on summer with 1-0, 4.13 mark for MLB Academy team, walked 12, struck out 18 in 33 IP.

18. JIMMY ALLEN, 3b, San Luis Obispo Blues (Cal Poly/SR in 2014)
Drafted by Red Sox in 2013 (23rd round), didn’t sign, hooked on instead with hometown Blues, should be solid SR sign in 2014; efficient player across the board, has hands, arm strength, solid instincts for hot corner, though size (5-11/190), power potential may profile better as offensive 2B; has good bat speed, level swing, bat stays in zone long time; hit .299-1-39 (5 BB, 44 SO) as junior at Cal Poly, .277-1-16 (5 BB, 13 SO in 94 ABs) on summer for Blues.

19. LUKE EUBANK, rhp, Conejo Oaks (Oxnard, Calif., JC/SO in 2014)
Went 11-0, 1.01 with three no-hitters as SR at Newbury Park HS, pitched team to CIF title, earned sectional player-of-year honors, but threw only 85-87 mph at time, so college options limited; skipped commitment to D-II Cal State Los Angeles, pitched instead at College of Western Nevada as FR, went 3-4, 2.89, 47 IP, 17 BB/50 SO; blossomed on summer as all-star starter in second year at Conejo, went 3-1, 2.72 (50 IP, 11 BB/47 SO), FB up to 89-91 with good arm-side run from funky high three-quarters slot, sweeping 77-78 slider still developing, flashes plus change with arm-side sink; has since transferred to JC near California home, should factor into 2014 draft.

20. BLAKE FOX, lhp, Santa Barbara Foresters (Rice/SO in 2014)
Overshadowed on prospect-rich Santa Barbara staff, but big, physical (6-4/220) lefty earned starting role for Foresters, moved to pen on team’s unsuccessful run at third straight NBC title, went 4-0, 2.35 overall (25 IP, 11 BB/25 SO); also went unbeaten as FR at Rice (6-0, 3.41, 37 IP, 13 BB/23 SO); FB at 87-89 mph with excellent breaking ball, change has evolved into solid third pitch, just needs work on FB command; latest Fox family member to play at Rice, following in footsteps of grandfather Jim, who went on to play in Yankees system; father Mike, who went on to reach Triple-A in Red Sox system; cousin Matt, who played in Royals system, was Blake’s coach in HS; Blake also saw time as 1B at Rice in 2013 (.241-0-7 in 54 ABs); will be age-eligible as SO for 2014 draft.

21. NICK KERN, rhp, Santa Barbara Foresters (UCLA/RS-FR in 2014)
Red-shirted as FR at UCLA, did not contribute to team’s run to first College World Series title; should factor prominently into bullpen role for Bruins in 2014 after solid summer campaign for Foresters; earned second-team CCL relief honors by striking out 22 in 12 IP, also allowed just 4 hits, 2 walks, went 0-0, 1.50 overall; was dominant with 90-93 mph fastball, two types of curves—one a traditional sharp, power curve, the other unconventional spike curve; creates good downhill angle on pitches despite 5-11/185 frame.

22. AARON ATTAWAY, ss, San Luis Obispo (Western Carolina/SR in 2014)
Passed over in 2013 draft despite being 3-year starter at SS for Western Carolina, also came off breakout JR season at plate (.363, 12 HRs, 32 EBH, Southern Conference-leading 97 H); had big summer at plate, as well, for Blues (.347-2-28, 12 SB), selected CCL all-star SS, had second-fastest time in 60 (6.44) at all-star game; polished player in all phases, smaller size (5-10/170) may lead to shift to 2B; despite smaller frame, has quick hands at plate, level swing, can handle velocity.

23. MATT TIETZ, ss/of, Los Angeles Brewers (Rutgers/SO in 2014)
Surprise HR leader in CCL; went deep nine times (playing in small park) after homering just once as FR at Rutgers; also led league in hitting much of summer, finished at .357 when installed in 3-hole for Brewers, saw fewer fastballs in that spot in order; has best raw power, most balanced swing, most patient approach among Big 3 bats in Brewers lineup, also most athletic of trio; played 3B as Big East Conference FR of year, spent most of summer at SS, has quick feet, soft hands, but= better fit at 3B, possibly even in OF over long haul; definitely has bat to play on a corner.

24. ROB FONSECA, 1b, Los Angeles Brewers (Northeastern/SR in 2014)
Topped league with .383 average, also among leaders in homers (8), RBI (35); came to Brewers as predominantly power hitter with big, muscular 6-2/215 frame, but has quick hands at plate, learned to become more complete hitter, used all fields on summer without compromising power; 1B is optimum position in field, moves well around bag, but also has enough arm, athletic ability to fill in a pinch at 3B/LF.

25. TYLER POWELL, rhp, San Luis Obispo (Western Carolina/JR in 2014)
Catches attention of scouts with eye-opening strikeout totals; had 55 K’s in 38 IP as SO at Western Carolina, fanned 25 more in only 14 IP for Blues; can dominate hitters with swing-and-miss fastball that peaked at 94-95 mph early in summer, also has power breaking ball; has yet to put it all together, though improved from 0-3, 9.56 as FR at WCU to 2-2, 2.82 with 2 SV in staff-high 34 appearances as SO; went 0-3, 4.42 with 3 SV on summer before shut down with injury.

26. JEREMY HALLONQUIST, rhp, Los Angeles Brewers (Texas State/RS-SO in 2014)
Most projectable arm on champion Brewers roster otherwise dominated by standout hitting; worked in only 11 IP on summer, but was 2-0, 0.82, walked none, fanned 10; workload limited as contracted mono just before arriving in CCL, also still only 14 months off TJ surgery, was a little tight/tender at start, went home early as precautionary measure; threw four pitches for strikes, nothing straight in limited look; FB was 92-93, plus slider vs. RH hitters, knee-buckling curve, change with sinking action; was red-shirted in 2012 as FR at Texas State while undergoing elbow surgery, brought back slowly last spring, went 1-1, 6.10 in 11 appearances (3 starts), walked six, struck out 17 in 21 innings.

27. ANDREW LEE, rhp/1b, San Luis Obispo Blues (Tennessee/SO in 2014)
Three-sport star at Tennessee HS, had chance to be significant draft pick in 2012 after posting 0.28 ERA, 90 SO in 50 IP as senior, but 6-5/215 RHP injured elbow on eve of draft, had TJ surgery, did not pitch at Tennessee as FR; was brought along slowly this summer by Blues in bullpen initially, before moved to starter role late in summer, went 0-1, 3.20 (20 IP, 7 BB/21 SO); FB was 86-90 mph early on, began touching 91-92, plenty of room for more velo once arm returns to full health; has good command of FB, gets ideal tilt with easy delivery, hitters don’t get good swings on pitch; flashes decent breaking ball, quality pitch when stays on top of it; athletic enough to play in field, hit .187-1-9 at Tennessee, .240-0-21 on summer.

28. KYLE FERRAMOLA, rhp, Conejo Oaks (Cal State Northridge/JR in 2014)
One of elite power arms in CCL with FB up to 96-97 mph, still working to improve command; threw only one IP in spring at Cal State Northridge, made 19 relief appearances on summer for Oaks, first as middle man, then as closer, went 0-2, 7.83 with 2 SV, walked 28, struck out 26 in 23 IP; unhittable in one stretch at mid-season when threw strikes with FB, plus slider, nothing straight; has ideal pitcher’s body at 6-4/220, could vault up draft boards if he irons out control.

29. GARRETT MATTLAGE, ss, Santa Barbara Foresters (Texas State/JR in 2014)
Quick, smallish middle infielder with ability to hit from both sides of plate; entered college ranks with considerable fanfare as 2011 draft pick of Royals (39th round), came into own as SO at Texas State (.320-3-44, 20 EBH), dipped to .282-1-22 on summer for Foresters, still flashed power, had adequate speed, though not a burner; plays SS/2B equally well with sound hands/range, good arm strength/accuracy, makes all routine plays, but actions a little cleaner, better instincts at 2B.

30. LOUIS LECHICH, of/lhp, Santa Barbara Foresters (San Diego/SR in 2014)
Drafted out of California HS in 2010, had expectations of being taken again in June after JR season at USD, but scouts unclear if upside as everyday player or pitcher; used both ways extensively in college (.265-1-25 as hitter, 3-3, 3.24 on mound, mostly as starter), but focused as position talent on summer (.328-4-32 as all-star OF), though went 2-0, 2.06 in five pitching appearances; rangy 6-4/205 frame appeals both ways, sound defender with big arm in CF, solid-average runner, has intriguing power potential through natural strength, raw bat speed, leverage in long frame; on mound, FB at 88-92, still working to develop secondary stuff.
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