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Top Prospects

Wady Rufino  OF - - Santo Domingo, DOM DOM   Uncommitted

Super mid to better 90s arm from the outfield and big time power potential. As good a arm as we’ve seen in 9 years on a high school age player.

Vladimir Frias  SS - - Los Alcarrizos, DOM DOM   Tennessee Wesleyan College

Esmil Rogers  SS - - San Pedro, DOM DOM   Uncommitted


2004 Top Prospects

Erik Davis  RHP - 2004 - Mountain View, CA   Stanford

Three quality pitches in his 90-92 FB, biting curve and deceptive change and outstanding command of each of them. The physical and mechanical similarities to Mark Prior don't hurt his evaluation. He could easily develop into the top high school pitcher in the 04 class.

Tate Casey  RHP - 2004 - Longview, TX   Uncommitted

A extra big pitcher with a simple delivery and a loose, quick arm. Casey threw lots of 91's and complimented those with a quality change up. If there is a candidate to throw 95 mph consistently from this event, it's Casey. The word is that football may get him first as a quarterback.

Andrew Gale  RHP - 2004 - Durham, NH   North Carolina

Gale, the son of former ML pitcher Rich Gale, showed quality pitches in a 88-90 mph fastball, 80 mph slider and 78 mph change and he used them with purpose and maturity.

Will Jostock  RHP - 2004 - Lapeer, MI   Pensacola State

At 6-6, 200 lbs, Jostock is still growing and will be a horse someday. He has some mechanical issues but threw 88-91 (we've seen him at 93-94 before) on a great downward plane.

Chris Davis  1B - 2004 - Longview, TX   Navarro College

It would surprise no one if Davis topped many prospect lists before the 2004 draft, especially with some mechanical adjustments at the plate. He hit balls completely out of the stadium in BP and touched 90 off the mound.

Javier Guerra  RHP - 2004 - Denton, TX   Arizona

Guerra's unique delivery can best be described as controversial, but there was no questioning he had the quickest and loosest arm in Lincoln. He Topped out at 91-92 but we've seen him at 96 mph.

Jacob McGee  LHP - 2004 - Sparks, NV   UNLV

McGee combines excellent pitchability with a deceivingly quick 87-89 mph fastball and plenty of projectablity. Give him a hard breaking ball and the ski's the limit.

Chris Jones  OF - 2004 - Dove Canyon, CA   Texas A&M

Power both off the mound (90-92 with excellent command and life) and at the plate, where he hit several long BP home runs.

Blake Johnson  RHP - 2004 - Baton Rouge, LA   Louisiana State

We've seen Johnson much better than the 86-90 mph he threw in Lincoln. He's a big, strong multi-talented athlete with a high ceiling.

Eamon Portice  RHP - 2004 - Oakland Park, FL   High Point

Unquestionably one of the loosest, quickest arms in Lincoln. Portice's deliberate Hideo Nomo delivery adds deception to his 89-91 mph fastball.

David Kopp  RHP - 2004 - Coral Springs, FL   Clemson

By mixing arm angles and four effective pitches including a 89 mph fastball, curve, slider and very deception change up, Kopp presents a wide and very difficult to hit arsenal for hitters. Projects in a big way.

Erik Cordier  RHP - 2004 - Sturgeon Bay, WI   North Carolina State

We've seen Cordier better many times, but he still threw 88-91 and flashed an effective slider.

Cale Iorg  SS - 2004 - Knoxville, TN   Alabama

The son of former Major Leaguer Garth Iorg, Cale showed above average speed (6.68) and solid tools in the field and at the plate. A little more strength could make him a top round pick.

Seth Garrison  SS - 2004 - Coppell, TX   Arizona State

Garrison's plus arm and smooth actions at shortstop are even more impressive considering his 6-4 frame. He'll need to show more with the bat, though, and could evolve into a top pitching prospect. He threw 90 in Lincoln.

Preston Clark  C - 2004 - Rockwall, TX   Texas

Next to “05” Judtin Upton, maybe the top position player at the event, Clark also heads a group of solid '04 high school catchers. Along with an intense, leadership oriented makeup, Clark had good defensive tools and a quick, powerful bat.

Tyler Beranek  1B - 2004 - Waukesha, WI   UNLV

2004 is a top year for Wisconsin baseball. At 6-5, 225, Beranek looks and moves like a NFL tight end and has enormous power potential down the road.

Jared Kubin  OF - 2004 - Oakton, VA   Florida

Kubin has as much raw power as any player in the country. We'll see him plenty later in the summer when he's adjusted to wood bats.

Anthony Encinas  RHP - 2004 - Norwalk, CA   Southern California

Featured a 91 mph fastball and sharp 76 mph curveball, but his two biggest pluses were his deceptive delivery and his above average athleticism.

Christopher Kirkland  C - 2004 - Knoxville, TN   Memphis

Kirkland showed a above average arm and consistent release times in the 1.80 range. At 6-3, 190 and lanky, he's very projectable.

Brad Bergesen  RHP - 2004 - Pleasanton, CA   San Diego

Outstanding arm, threw low 90s and can pitch. Athletic kid who loves to play. Hits and plays the outfield very well.!

Alex Garabedian  C - 2004 - Miami, FL   College of Charleston

Garabedian had to leave the showcase early due to an injury, but showed us plenty of his above average bat speed and power. He'll need to work constantly on keeping his body loose.

Randy Molina  SS - 2004 - South Gate, CA   Stanford

Big time potential with the bat. Excellent straight away power with wood. Arm plays, needs to run a bit better.

Andy Lentz  2B - 2004 - Woodinville, WA   Washington

The latest in the Lentz family legacy, Ryan swings a potent bat from the left side. His agility and solid average arm give him the ability to play a wide variety of positions.

Christian Garcia  RHP - 2004 - Miami, FL   South Carolina

We finally got see defensive wizard Garcia and his plus arm on the mound and were impressed: 88-90 with some sharpness to his curveball.

Greg Burns  OF - 2004 - West Covina, CA   Hawaii

Burns easily posted the fastest 60 time in Lincoln at 6.44 and showed just enough with the bat to give us hope that he'll improve with added strength.

Jonathan Arencibia  C - 2004 - Miami, FL   Tennessee

We've seen Arencibia better before and will see him better in the future. He's got solid defensive tools and an advanced hitting approach for a young catcher.

Joseph Dunigan  OF - 2004 - Chicago, IL   Oklahoma

Physically Dunigan looks like something the Chicago Bears served up. He has enormous strength and average speed and arm strength. If his skills catch up to his body, watch out!

John Poterson  OF - 2004 - Chandler, AZ   Uncommitted

Poterson has a strong, athletic body and some serious power from the left side of the plate. He also plays the game with an infectious emotion that we really liked.

Luke French  LHP - 2004 - Littleton, CO   UNLV

After he threw 87 mph across the infield, everyone was looking forward to seeing French on the mound. He showed very good pitchability but was only 85-86 mph. We bet we'll see more next time.

John Lalor  RHP - 2004 - Germantown, TN   Mississippi State

Scouts play "When will it happen?" with the 6-6, 190 lb. Lalor. His size and loose arm mean that his current 84-86 will jump up into the 90's at some point. We'll wait patiently.

Michael Fisher  SS - 2004 - Nashville, TN   Georgia Tech

No single tool stands out, but Fisher is solid across the board both offensively and defensively in a draft year that features few middle infield prospects.

Brian Juhl  C - 2004 - Katy, TX   Stanford

Juhl impressed us with his extremely professional and polished approach to the game. He receives the ball well, plays hard and throws just as quickly and accurately in games as in drills. Being a switch hitting catcher is a plus.

Jordan Pacheco  2B - 2004 - Albuquerque, NM   New Mexico

Pacheco came off a solid performance at second base to show the best curveball at the event the last day, a 77-79 mph hammer that was a present plus big league pitch. He pitched at 86-88 with his fastball.

Bobby Bell  RHP - 2004 - Aledo, TX   Rice

Good athlete with a great body. Throws 90 ftrom the hill.

Dontavious McDowell  OF - 2004 - Atlanta, GA   Nebraska

For pure athletic ability, no one touches McDowell, a nationally recruited football quarterback. He hasn't had nearly as many baseball repetitions as someone like Carl Crawford did at the same age, though.

Mark McGonigle  OF - 2004 - Houston, TX   New Orleans

The switch-hitting McGonigle stung the ball from both sides of the plate virtually every at bat for three days. His other tools are playable but it will be his bat that carries him.

Ryan Pond  3B - 2004 - Chesapeake, VA   North Carolina State

Pond is a college coaches' dream, a power hitting third baseman who can come in and throw 90+ off the mound

Ryan Webb  RHP - 2004 - Palm Harbor, FL   Wake Forest

A prototypical projectable 6-6 pitcher, Webb has taken huge steps forward in the last six months and showed an 88-90 mph fastball and a sharp hi-70's slurve.

Willie Bowman  3B - 2004 - Carson City, NV   UNLV

Bowman was one of the best defensive players in Lincoln at each of the three infield positions we tried him at. He'll play as high as his bat takes him.

Austin Lee  RHP - 2004 - Fairhope, AL   South Alabama

Excellent RHP with MLB average heater and much more.

Dale Longfellow  RHP - 2004 - St. Louis, MO   Duke

Longfellow showed a hard sinking 87-90 mph fastball and a 74-76 curveball that had good action when it was down.

Parker Hanks  C - 2004 - Danville, CA   UCLA

Hanks was one of the strongest players at the event and it showed in his quick, powerful bat. We'd like to see more of his defense but he's athletic enough to play other positions as well.

Joseph Spiers  MIF - 2004 - San Bernardino, CA   Hawaii

What Spiers lacks in height he makes up for in tools and skills. He has above average speed and some pop in his bat. Second base is probably is future position.

Tanner Hiles  RHP - 2004 - Knoxville, TN   Tennessee Wesleyan College

Hiles came into the showcase with very limited mound experience, but showed a 88-92 mph fastball with excellent boring and sinking life. He'll be fun to watch develop.

Will Romanowicz  RHP - 2004 - West Chester, PA   Stetson

Romanowicz's tight 76 mph curve and diving 80 mph change up were two outstanding off speed pitches and complimented his 87-90 mph fastball well.

Michael Harrington  OF - 2004 - Cedar Rapids, IA   College of Charleston

Although Harrington will have to work hard on finding his best position, he already has one of the better pure left handed bats in the country. He hits all types of pitches hard to all fields.

Steve Salas  RHP - 2004 - Whittier, CA   Chandler-Gilbert CC

If he was 6-4 instead of 6-0, Salas would be way up the list. He had a quick arm, a 87-89 mph fastball that jumped on hitters and a nasty big breaking 72 mph curveball that they had no chance on.

Michael Hollander  MIF - 2004 - Mandeville, LA   Louisiana State

Hollander has two present average tools in his running speed and arm strength, but was most impressive were his short quick actions both in the field and at bat. Surprising power!

Tim Radmacher  RHP - 2004 - Rosemount, MN   Nebraska

Excellent athletic RHP who can throw in the 90s.

Clay Whittemore  OF - 2004 - Cullman, AL   Georgia

Very good all-round playe with MLB tools and projection.

Joel Collins  C - 2004 - Richmond Hill, ON CAN   South Alabama

Very good catcher with strong arm and line drive bat.

J.J Sferra  OF - 2004 - Phoenix, AZ   Arizona State

As he gets stronger he’ll become one of the best in the country.

Ricky Hargrove  RHP - 2004 - Katy, TX   Houston

Good RHP and athlete who flirts with 90 mph once in awhile.

K.C. Herren  OF - 2004 - Auburn, WA   Uncommitted

Big strong athlete who can really swing the bat and much more.

Daniel Bales  LHP - 2004 - Cedar Rapids, IA   Iowa

One of the hardest to hit lefties in high school baseball. Plus curveball!

Drew Bowman  LHP - 2004 - Morrison, CO   Arizona State

A loose, lanky 6-4 southpaw with long arms and loose wrists, Bowman threw 87 mph with a solid curveball. He's a very good athlete and has tons of room for improvement.

Alex Hale  C - 2004 - Omaha, NE   Richmond

Many catchers made the top 65 list, a promisingly high number given recent trends at that position. Ruiz and Hale are very similar players; both have excellent catcher's bodies and advanced defensive skills. Where they end up will be determined by the adjustments they make with their bats.

Jett Ruiz  C - 2004 - Lakeside, CA   Boston College

Many catchers made the top 65 list, a promisingly high number given recent trends at that position. Ruiz and Hale are very similar players; both have excellent catcher's bodies and advanced defensive skills. Where they end up will be determined by the adjustments they make with their bats.

D'Korian Williams  OF - 2004 - Sugar Land, TX   Houston

A star three-sport athlete, Williams was the best defensive outfielder in Lincoln and showed a tick above average speed.

Thad McBurrows  OF - 2004 - Lake Wales, FL   Florida

Lefty with 90+ heater and very athletic.

Adam Krieger  RHP - 2004 - Clearwater, FL   UNC-Greensboro

Hard telling how good he might end up being. Already near 90 mph.

Bobby Molinaro  SS - 2004 - Delray Beach, FL   Uncommitted

Outstanding all-round baseball player. Big time DI college star.

James Parr  RHP - 2004 - Alburquerque, NM   Hawaii

He threw real well, but he can really play the game too.

Andrew Walker  C - 2004 - Houston, TX   TCU

He showed bat speed and a solid right handed stroke at the plate. Strong arm and catching ability.

Daryl Jones  1B - 2004 - Los Angeles, CA   Cal State Fullerton

Jones will play all summer at 16 years old and his skills show it against older competition. But at 6-4, 210 with enormous strength and bat speed, his potential is huge.

Leonard Zalopany  3B - 2004 - Koloa, HI   Hawaii

Big strong athlete with serious hitting potential.

Will Schmidley  OF - 2004 - Little Rock, AR   Uncommitted

One of the best power guys in Lincoln.

Joey Garcia  SS - 2004 - Henderson, NV   Uncommitted

Excellent player who can really swing the lumber.

Ryan Schweikert  1B - 2004 - Brookfield, WI   Illinois-Chicago

Very big and strong left handed bat. Big time power potential.

David Conroy  RHP - 2004 - Mt. Vernon, IA   Iowa

Touches 90 now, but there’s much more in him.

Austin Reilly  MIF - 2004 - Aledo, TX   Richmond

Excellent player with developing tools.

Keith Moreland  RHP - 2004 - Silver Spring, MD   UNC-Charlotte

Big athlete with a chance to throw real hard.

Jim Crew  RHP - 2004 - Birmingham, AL   Uncommitted

High 80s should turn into 90s before long.

Bryce Massanari  C - 2004 - Las Vegas, NV   UNLV

Strong catcher with powerful bat.

Kale Staunch  3B - 2004 - Alpharetta, GA   Stetson

The ball really jumps off his bat.

Derek Barham  RHP - 2004 - Fresno, CA   Uncommitted

Vinny Biancamano  SS - 2004 - Glendale, AZ   Arizona State

Dexter Butler  MIF - 2004 - Key West, FL   South Florida

Kyle Byler  SS - 2004 - Chesapeake, VA   Kansas State

Ronald Causey  C - 2004 - Summerfield, NC   Duke

Michael DeVito  OF - 2004 - Glendale, AZ   Uncommitted

Eric Evans  LHP - 2004 - Mobile, AL   Radford

Logan Gelbrich  C - 2004 - Los Angeles, CA   San Diego

Connor Graham  RHP - 2004 - Bowling Green, OH   Miami (OH)

Lauren Green  RHP - 2004 - Inglewood, CA   Uncommitted

Nick Hall  1B - 2004 - Woodinville, WA   Washington State

Thomas Hanson  RHP - 2004 - Redlands, CA   Riverside CC

Travis High  RHP - 2004 - Kernersville, NC   North Carolina State

Justin Hildreth  RHP - 2004 - Montezuma, GA   Uncommitted

Cody Moore  1B - 2004 - Comfort, TX   Uncommitted

Scott Mueller  RHP - 2004 - Peoria, AZ   Arizona State

Chad Murray  3B - 2004 - Littleton, CO   William & Mary

Efren Navarro  LHP - 2004 - Lynwood, CA   UNLV

James O'Donnell  OF - 2004 - Millville, NJ   High Point

James Oliver  RHP - 2004 - Birmingham, AL   Birmingham-Southern College

Chris Parker  OF - 2004 - Greenwood Village, CO   Uncommitted

Gary Perinar  RHP - 2004 - Shorewood, IL   Minnesota

Derek Shunk  MIF - 2004 - Yardley, PA   Villanova

David Steele  OF - 2004 - Mandeville, LA   Southern Miss

Brendan Twomey  OF - 2004 - Boca Raton, FL   Uncommitted

Philip Valle  MIF - 2004 - Bellevue, WA   Uncommitted

David Wolfford  C - 2004 - Boston, VA   Liberty


2005 Top Prospects

Justin Upton  SS - 2005 - Chesapeake, VA   North Carolina State

Top MLB prospect at the event. 5 plus tool type. Brother BJ was second pick in 2002. Justin is stronger and faster.

Jeremy Hellickson  RHP - 2005 - Des Moines, IA   Louisiana State

Consistent 91-93 fastball reaches mid 90s and good high 70s breaking ball. Beautiful arm action!

Eric Massingham  RHP - 2005 - Benicia, CA   Cal Poly

One of the top pitching prospects in his class. Super pitcher with MLB average fastball and plus life.

Zach Putnam  RHP - 2005 - Ann Arbor, MI   Michigan

90+ fastball and more. The future looks bright for this big strong right-hander.

Josh Zeid  RHP - 2005 - New Haven, CT   Tulane

Big hard throwing RHP to watch closely. Fastball is 87-90 already and good breaker.

William Cherry  OF - 2005 - Lakeland, FL   Florida Southern

Can hit and play. Gets better each time we see him. Keep an eye on this kid.

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