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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

All-American Lg. Prospect Reports

Allan Simpson        
Photo: Trey Wilson

Official League Website: 
www.allamericanleague.com
2013 Summer Collegiate Top Prospect coverage
All-American League Top Prospect list (free)


North Carolina was already the hub for three summer-college leagues, and along came a fourth in 2013—the All-American Collegiate League. The new league has a vision of being more national in scope than either the Southern Collegiate or Carolina-Virginia League, who limit their recruiting focus, and aims to go after higher-profile Division I talent more in line with the reach that the more established Coastal Plain League has.

That may occur in time, but the All-American League had only a sprinkling of D-I prospects in its inaugural season. Most of the players given the best shot of playing at the next level, such as Bluefield (Va.) College rising senior outfielder Chris Rosa, came from more unconventional talent sources.

Nonetheless, it was a successful first season on the field for the All-American League, with the Mooresville All-Americans narrowly beating out the Rowan Patriots in the race for first place in the regular season, with the Patriots then turning the table on Mooresville in the league championship series.


FAST FACTS

Year League Established:
2013
States Represented in League: North Carolina
No. of Teams in League: 6
Regular-Season Champion (best record): Mooresville All-Americans (21-11, 25-12 overall)
Post-Season Champion: Rowan Patriots
Teams, PG CrossChecker Summer 50/Final Ranking: None

Most Valuable Player:
Chris Rosa, of, Mooresville All-Americans (Bluefield, Va.)
Most Outstanding Pitcher: Bradley Robbins, rhp, Rowan Patriots (Tallahassee, Fla., CC)

BATTING LEADERS

Batting Average:
Andrew Bryant, ss/2b, Rowan Patriots (.458)
Slugging Percentage: Gage Grant, c, Mooresville All-Americans (.779)
On-Base Average: Andrew Bryant, ss/2b, Rowan Patriots (.567)
Home Runs: Chris Rosa, of, Mooresville All-Americans (8)
RBIs: Chris Rosa, of, Mooresville All-Americans (31)
Stolen Bases: Chris Rosa, of, Mooresville All-Americans (19)

PITCHING LEADERS

Wins:
Logan Howard, rhp, Rowan Patriots (8)
ERA: Christian Hicks, rhp, Mooresville All-Americans (0.74)
Saves: Christian Hicks, rhp, Mooresville All-Americans (7)
Strikeouts: Bradley Robbins, rhp, Rowan Patriots (60)


TOP 10 PROSPECTS

1. CHRIS ROSA, of, Mooresville All-Americans (Bluefield, Va./SR in 2014)
The 6-foot, 200-pound Rosa spent the 2012 season with Mooresville, when it was a member of the Carolina-Virginia League, and didn’t stand out to the degree then that he did this summer. As an obscure sophomore a year ago out of Massasoit (Mass.) CC, he hit .287-4-23 for the All-Americans with a team high 25 stolen bases; this summer, as an undrafted junior out of Bluefield College, a Virginia-based NAIA school, he hit a more robust .374-8-31 with 19 steals, topping the new AACBL in homers, RBI and stolen bases. Not only did the lefthanded swinging Rosa dominate the league from a performance standpoint in almost every way possible, but his tools were superior to any player in the league in almost every phase of his game as well. His power and overall hitting ability stood out, but so did his outfield play, with his arm, clocked at 94 mph, possibly his best tool. His speed may actually grade out as his weakest overall tool, even as he topped the AACBL in steals. At the league All-Star Game skills competition, he was clocked in the 60 in 6.74 seconds. For all his tools, Rosa has always been an afterthought in the draft, but his day of reckoning should undoubtedly come a year from now if he can produce anywhere near the season as a college senior that he did this summer.


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