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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

SoCal League Prospect Reports

Allan Simpson        
Photo: Palm Springs Power

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www.sccbaseball.com
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No summer league in the country has been dominated by one team in recent years more than the Southern California Collegiate League, where the Palm Springs Power has run roughshod over its competition. The Power won its third straight league title this summer, posting a team record for wins in going 46-5 overall while compiling a 17-3 mark in league play. Over the last five years, the Power is a staggering 197-27 overall and 94-12 in the SCCBL.

Besides being the only team in the league to make an overt attempt to recruit players from beyond the California state line, the Power has always had a decided advantage by playing a vast majority of its games at home, and went 43-3 on its own turf this summer. It played just five games as a visiting team, going 3-2.

With such a pronounced home-field advantage, Palm Springs may soon find that too much of a good thing may not be in its best interests, or the league overall, as the Long Beach Legends, who have finished second in the league the last two years and provided the Power with its stiffest competition, won’t return to the SCCBL in 2014 and will seek a league in the area where the playing field is a little more level.


FAST FACTS

Year League Established:
2007
States Represented in League: California
No. of Teams in League: 6
Regular-Season Champion: Palm Springs Power (17-3, 46-5 overall)
Post-Season Champion: Palm Springs Power
Teams, Perfect Summer 50/Final Ranking: No. 18 Palm Springs Power
No. 1 Prospect, 2012 (per PG CrossChecker): Matt Anderson, rhp, Palm Springs Power (SIGNED, Seattle Mariners / non-drafted free agent)
First 2012 Player Selected, 2013 Draft: None selected

Player of the Year:
T.J. Bennett, of, Palm Springs Power (Utah)
Pitcher of the Year: Taylor Valentine, rhp, Inland Valley Pirates (Cal State San Bernardino)

BATTING LEADERS (all games)

Batting Average:
Zach Hubert, inf, Riverside Rebels (.470)
Home Runs: Ryan Jones, 1b, Palm Springs Power (6)
RBI: T.J. Bennett, of, Palm Springs Power (40)
Stolen Bases: Jared Thiesen, of, Palm Springs Power (40)

PITCHING LEADERS (all games)

Wins:
Cody Yates, rhp, Long Beach Legends (7)
ERA: Taylor Valentine, rhp, Inland Valley Pirates (0.66)
Saves: Pete Reyes, rhp, Palm Springs Power (6)
Strikeouts: Kyle Crawford, lhp, Palm Springs Power (64)

BEST TOOLS

Best Athlete:
Jake Howeth, of, Palm Springs Power
Best Hitter: T.J. Bennett, of, Palm Springs Power
Best Power: Austin Barrett, c, Palm Springs Power
Fastest Base Runner: Hugo Rodriguez, of, Long Beach Legends
Best Defensive Player: Hugo Rodriguez, of, Long Beach Legends
Best Velocity: Jackson McClelland, rhp, Palm Springs Power
Best Breaking Ball: Adam Quintana, rhp, Riverside Rebels
Best Command: Taylor Valentine, rhp, Inland Valley Pirates


TOP 10 PROSPECTS

1. JACKSON McCLELLAND, rhp, Palm Springs Power (Pepperdine/SO in 2014)
With a 4-1, 2.88 record in 10 appearances (5 starts), McClelland was hardly the go-to arm on the Power staff this summer. But at a physically-imposing 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, and coming off an impressive freshman season at Pepperdine (2-1, 1.46 in 22 appearances, mostly in a mid-week starter and set-up role), McClelland easily showcased the most upside of any player in the SCCBL. A 35th-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2012 draft out of a California high school, where he starred equally as a pitcher and at the plate, McClelland is very athletic on the mound and has the makings of two above-average pitches in his fastball and breaking ball while coming from a high-three-quarters delivery. A spot in the Pepperdine weekend rotation as a sophomore should be his for the taking if he can master a reliable changeup, develop his command and raw stuff, and continue to grow into his big frame.


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