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2007 Top Prospects

Yasmani Grandal  C - 2007 - Hialeah, FL   Miami

Easily the top prospect at the Sunshine East and likely one of the top catchers in the 2007 class nationally, Grandel has excellent bat speed from both sides and major league catching tools. He graded out as both the best hitter and the best defensive player among 200-plus prospects. You’ll be hearing plenty about him during the next year.

Michael Bridgeman  OF - 2007 - Laurel Hill, NC   Uncommitted

Bridgeman runs (6.78 in the 60) and throws (88 mph from the outfield) at the top prospect level, which gives him a chance to play either shortstop or center field. He has plus bat speed and some power potential, which will buy him plenty of time to define himself defensively.

Gaspar Santiago  LHP - 2007 - Vega Baja, PR   Uncommitted

Santiago is a very loose-armed southpaw with a prototype projectable body. He threw 91 mph the week before Sunshine East and was 87-89 at the event. His changeup is very good but his breaking ball still needs work.

Andrew Cobb  OF - 2007 - Apopka, FL   Western Carolina

Cobb got everyone’s attention right away with the fastest 60 (6.62) and second-best outfield arm (92 mph) at the event. He has plenty of strength to create bat speed but will have to refine his hitting mechanics.

Jaime Matos  RHP - 2007 - Vega Baja, PR   Uncommitted

Matos is very strong and mature physically, with a Luis Pujols type body. He has plus power potential at the plate and threw 84-86 mph off the mound. He could end up at either position in the future.

Dayan Sanchez  OF - 2007 - Cooper City, FL   Uncommitted

Sanchez didn’t stand out with his 5-foot-9, 185-pound build but he had some of the best bat speed and power of any hitter at the event, plus he really attacked pitches aggressively. Sanchez’s speed (6.87 seconds) and arm strength (85 mph from the outfield) are prospect level tools, too.

Anthony Rizzo  1B - 2007 - Parkland, FL   Florida Atlantic

Rizzo was one of the top hitters at the event, with easy plus power in his lefthanded bat. He generates easy bat speed and lift in his swing. Rizzo also plays a very good defensive first base.

Luke Smierciak  MIF - 2007 - Gainesville, FL   Florida State

Smierciak lacks both size (5-10, 170) and finesse to his game but showed very good tools. He runs well (6.96), can drive the ball to the gaps, play middle infield and even threw 90 mph off the mound.

Chris Duncan  OF - 2007 - Alpharetta, GA   Chattahoochee Valley CC

Duncan was perhaps the best defensive outfielder at the event. He is both fast (6.65) and has a strong arm (82 from the outfield) along with having plus instincts. His bat speed and hitting project well, too.

Julio Morales  RHP - 2007 - San Juan, PR   Wabash Valley College

A Puerto Rican native like Santiago, Morales has a very athletic body and pro level speed (6.96 in the 60) and arm strength (89 from the outfield). He has nice, raw bat speed and projects across the board.

Eric Stampfl  RHP - 2007 - Dix Hills, NY   Uncommitted

Stampfl impressed both with his raw stuff, which included an 87 mph fastball, 73 mph curveball and 78 mph change, but with his polish and command as well. His fastball easily projects into the low 90s.

Austin Harclerode  3B - 2007 - Ellicott City, MD   Towson

Herclerode’s swing isn’t refined but he is strong and opened eyes with two doubles and a triple in one game. He runs very well for his size (6-2, 210) and has very good arm strength.

Ben Cornwell  RHP - 2007 - Atlanta, GA   Georgia

Perfect Game scouts said that the 6-foot-3 Cornwell had Jared Weaver’s mechanics and approach to pitching. He threw 84-87 with a sharp 68 mph curveball and attacked the strike zone aggressively.

Jason Postill  OF - 2007 - Winter Springs, FL   Uncommitted

Postill is very slender and wiry at 5-foot-11, 150 pounds but all his tools are very good (6.75 speed/88 mph arm strength). He generates surprising bat speed and can drive the ball a long way.

Bryan Penalo  RHP - 2007 - Highland Mills, NY   St. Joseph's

Penalo threw well off the mound at 84-86 mph. Along with being loose and projectable, he’s a very good athlete who impressed as an outfield prospect, too.

Cassidy McDaniel  RHP - 2007 - Warrenton, VA   Radford

One of the best-looking physical specimens in Fort Myers at 6-foot-5 and a chiseled 220 pounds, McDaniel is raw-skilled but very athletic. He threw 85-87 mph from the mound and flashed plus power with the bat.

2008 Top Prospects

Jordan Rasinski  RHP - 2008 - Winter Springs, FL   UCF

Rasinski listed himself as a primary pitcher but ran well, threw 94 from the outfield and showed some of the best bat speed at the event. He also threw 85-88 from the mound but he may be a better position prospect now. Rasinski looks bigger than his listed 5-foot-10, 170-pound size.

Joey Belviso  OF - 2008 - Pembroke Pines, FL   Jacksonville

Belviso’s pro profile body continues to mature, as does his tools. His speed and arm are plus tools in the future and he has plus bat speed as well, although his hitting mechanics are still raw.

Raiko Alfonso  MIF - 2008 - Key West, FL   Florida International

Alfonso gained early prospect attention even before high school as a slick-fielding shortstop, but his bat speed and power potential, especially from the right side, are almost as impressive now. He really attacks the ball well with very good bat speed.

J. Ryan Rennspies  C - 2008 - Cantonment, FL   Wallace State CC-Hanceville

Rennspies was the second-best catching prospect at the event behind Yasmani Grandel. He’s extremely polished for his age, especially defensively, and has a projectable, athletic build.

Jeramy Matos  3B - 2008 - Lake Worth, FL   Bethune-Cookman

Matos is very strong and mature physically, with a Luis Pujols type body. He has plus power potential at the plate and threw 84-86 mph off the mound. He could end up at either position in the future.

Tyler Pastornicky  MIF - 2008 - Bradenton, FL   Florida State

Pastornicky has the speed, quickness, actions and arm strength to stay at shortstop through the upper levels of the game. His bat speed and hitting ability continue to improve.

Nicholas Lettas  RHP - 2008 - St. James, NY   High Point

Lettas grades out pretty evenly as both a pitcher and third baseman. His loose, easy arm and projectability, especially while throwing 84-86 mph at the end of his sophomore year, definitely points to a nice pitching future.

2010 Top Prospects

Tyler Ross  C - 2010 - Naples, FL   Louisiana State

There were few 2009 prospects at the event and only one 2010 prospect, but the 2010 prospect, Ross, stood out. He has all the early ingredients to be a top prospect down the road as he matures.

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