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2005 Top Prospects

Ricky Bowen  RHP - 2005 - Jasper, AL
Mississippi State

Bowen is a 23 year old free agent who was released by the Reds after spending 2010 in the Midwest League, going 5-8, 5.38 in 82 innings as a starter. The former Mississippi State pitcher was consistently down in the strike zone with a 92-95 mph fastball and threw a big breaking 84 mph slider. He didn’t show the fastball command or change up to be a starter but there has to be a place in middle relief in some organization for a loose armed 23 year old with a 95 mph fastball.

2009 Top Prospects

Vincent Spilker  RHP - 2009 - Raytown, MO
Central Missouri/Johnson County CC

Spilker went 6-3, 3.46 in 62 innings as a sophomore starter at Johnson County CC this year but he looks like a power bullpen arm for us. He sat at 94 mph and touched 96 with his fastball, although he tended to throw too many curveballs, which was a clear secondary pitch to his fastball and a sign that he’s used to working as a starter.

2011 Top Prospects

Eric Haase  C - 2011 - Westland, MI
Ohio State

Haase showed high level tools behind the plate with good receiving skills, plus arm strength and good catch and throw skills, posted a 1.83 pop time in the workout. Big offensive power, impact bat, serious offensive tools.

Ryan Harris  RHP - 2011 - Jupiter, FL

Harris didn’t pitch for over a year due to reoccurring back problems and has been trying to make up time with scouts this spring. The Florida signee pitched at 91-93 mph with an 84 mph slider that flashed plus action at times. He’s also a very good athlete who can swing the bat and runs a 6.75.

Ben Roberts  OF - 2011 - Missoula, MT
Washington State

The Montana native catches the eye with his chiseled 6-4, 210 lb frame and he was probably the main draw at the event for the scouts. He compares best with former Iowa high school standout and current Oakland A’s outfielder Ryan Sweeney, with a grade less bat speed at the same age and less natural defensive ability.

Braden Shull  LHP - 2011 - Mt. Pleasant, IA
Kansas State

Shull is a 6-6 lefty with a loose arm who tops out at 91 mph, which is always something that jumps out at scouts. He could develop more power on his mid-70’s curveball but does a very good job of throwing the pitch for strikes and working ahead in counts.

Drew Stiner  C - 2011 - Sand Springs, OK
Oklahoma State

Stiner has been seen by virtually every high level scout in the country this year as national top pitching prospect RHP Dylan Bundy’s catcher at Owasso High School. The Oklahoma State signee has legitimate prospect tools himself both offensively and defensively.

Dakota Freese  RHP - 2011 - Cedar Rapids, IA
LSU - Eunice

Freese pretty much sat at 91 mph early and did a much better job of mixing his pitches up. He unveiled an 85 mph slider that he sometimes forgets about and is a good pitch for him, along with getting some much needed movement on his fastball.

Brandon Platts  RHP - 2011 - Mason City, IA

Platts is coming off a hamstring injury that has sidelined him most of the spring and he understandably looked a little rusty. But the Missouri signee showed his arm strength, touching 91 mph with a big downer curveball at 77 mph.

Nick Day  OF - 2011 - Solon, IA

Day is a 6.6 runner and grades out right at the top of the grading scale as a defensive outfielder and close to pro level as a shortstop as well. His outfield arm is a plus in terms of strength and is uncanny in its accuracy. If Day gets stronger and develops more bat speed, he could be a big factor in the 2014 draft.

Javier Reynoso  LHP - 2011 - Odessa, FL
Coastal Carolina

The versatile Florida native should take it as high praise when we say he’s going to be a great two-way talent at Coastal Carolina. He was 88-90 mph off the mound with a big curveball and hits the ball hard from both sides of the plate.

JC Coban  C - 2011 - Boca Raton, FL

Coban has always performed well at Perfect Game events and this was no exception. The Penn State signee showed big power in batting practice, shortened his swing up well against live pitching and threw very well in both drills and game action.

Alex DeBellis  C - 2011 - Kinnelon, NJ

The Connecticut signee showed impressive strength and bat speed during batting practice and had some good game at bats as well. His offense is ahead of his defense but he has the arm strength and athleticism to keep improving behind the plate.

Derrick Loveless  OF - 2011 - Solon, IA

Loveless keeps showing small signs that he’s improving at the plate and both his swing and throwing arm were noticeably looser and easier than earlier in the spring. He’s too good a natural athlete to not keep improving as he plays more.

Adam Eggnatz  OF - 2011 - Tampa, FL
Coastal Carolina

Eggnatz put on a show during the workout portion, with a blazing 6.59 60 yard dash time and throwing 92 from the outfield with good carry and sound defensive actions. Showed improved swing mechanics from the right side and is rapidly becoming a good hitter after scrapping switch hitting to focus on his natural right handed swing.

Vincent Tranchina  C - 2011 - Manasquan, NJ
St. John's

Tranchina looks the part of a big time Catching prospect at 6-2 198 lbs. He has the defensive skills to back it up, plus arm strength (83 behind the plate, been up to 85) with very good receiving and blocking skills. Bat has life in it, simple plate approach, ball jumps off his bat.

Michael Bradshaw  OF - 2011 - Crestwood, NY
St. John's/Howard College

Big strong build, athletic for his size. Bradshaw runs well (6.87 60) with good arm strength (threw 89 at this event, has been up to 92 in the past). Switch hitter with polish from the right side, drives the ball with authority.

Jason McMurray  SS - 2011 - West Des Moines, IA
Old Dominion

Polished hitter who showed off good bat speed and hit to all fields. Has skill to square up tough pitches consistently, high level hit tool. Strong defensive MIF, soft hands, smooth actions, good balance, can also handle 3B.

Ryan Krill  1B - 2011 - Kalamazoo, MI
Michigan State

Tall lean build, ideal 1B frame with some room to fill. Good bat speed with strength at contact, hit to all fields. Good balance throughout swing, gets leverage, occasional power at present with more to come. Good defensive skill at 1B.

Andrew Hedrick  LHP - 2011 - Polk City, IA

Hedrick is a loose armed lefty who comfortably sat 86-87 while touching 88 on occasion. Good three pitch mix, solid curveball with depth, good changeup with late fading action. Struck out the side in his one inning appearance.

Nolan Peterson  RHP - 2011 - Milwaukee, WI

Peterson showed good movement on his fastball that touched 90 mph with solid command. Delivery has some deception to it, very solid curveball, good downer break with hard biting action at 75. Works down in zone and throws strikes.

Austin Christensen  LHP - 2011 - Cedar Rapids, IA

Tall athletic pitchers build. Consistent 86-87 mph fastball with good command and tailing action. Low effort delivery, solid changeup at 77 with good feel. Good depth on curveball at 73, occasional tight spin. Solid hitting tools as well.

2012 Top Prospects

Josh Martsching  SS - 2012 - Bloomfield, IA

Solid bat speed, projects to develop power. Athletic build with room to fill. Good rhythm at the plate, kept his hands inside the ball well. Good balance and body control defensively, throws carry, arm projects.

Calvin Mathews  RHP - 2012 - Bloomfield, IA

Although Mathews is not draft eligible until next year, Iowa’s top 2012 prospect showed his stuff for the scouts, striking out the side in his one inning of work while topping out at 91 mph.

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