If this list seems like a fairly straightforward combination of two previously published rankings cobbled together to buy some time while other projects are completed, then, well, congratulations because you’re right. In my half-hearted defense, I think there is some value in combining 1B and 3B into one great big “corner infielder” umbrella category due to the high probability that at least a few of the third basemen on the list wind up at first base (Coy and Shaw are two highly ranked names that stand out) sooner rather than later. I also think there is value from a methodological standpoint, at least from a personal ranking philosophy standpoint. One quick observation on said methods: the 1B list is one that looks better when viewed from a college production standpoint (e.g. Troy Channing and Jordan Ribera ranking so highly), while the 3B list skews towards projection and scouting (e.g. the aggressive placement of Andy Burns and Adam Smith). All legitimate rankings in a vacuum, I think, but difficult when attempting to mesh the two lists together. At least the top spot was an easy one to pick…
Working on the college shortstop list. Hoping to get to the revised catching list and then outfielders at some point over the weekend. After wrapping up the position players, we’ll move on to college pitching and, finally, some 2011 high school prospect talk. Once the rankings are all out of the way — my goal this year was to finish them all before the college season, i.e. the unofficial start of “draft season,” and it looks like I’ll get there — then we can get into some of the new, fun ideas that have been kicking around in my head the past few months.
- Rice JR 3B Anthony Rendon
- Southern Mississippi JR 3B BA Vollmuth
- Vanderbilt JR 3B Jason Esposito
- Florida JR 1B Preston Tucker
- Georgia Tech JR 3B Matt Skole
- Southern California JR 1B Ricky Oropesa
- Miami JR 3B Harold Martinez
- Arizona JR 3B Andy Burns
- Arizona State JR 3B Riccio Torrez
- Wichita State JR 3B Johnny Coy
- Texas A&M JR 3B Adam Smith
- Kent State JR 3B Travis Shaw
- Clemson JR 3B John Hinson
- St. Mary’s JR 1B Troy Channing
- Texas State JR 3B Kyle Kubitza
- Winthrop JR 3B Chas Crane
- Coastal Carolina SR 3B Scott Woodward
- Oklahoma JR 3B Garrett Buechele
- Fresno State SR 1B Jordan Ribera
- Washington State JR 1B Taylor Ard
- East Tennessee State SR 1B Paul Hoilman
- Cal State Fullerton JR 1B Nick Ramirez
- TCU SO 3B Jantzen Witte
- Texas JR 3B Kevin Lusson
- Texas-Pan American JR 3B Vincent Mejia
- San Francisco SR 3B Steven Yarrow
- UCLA JR 1B Dean Espy
- Vanderbilt JR 1B Aaron Westlake
- North Carolina State JR 1B Harold Riggins
- Tarleton State SR 3B Chris Casazza
- Oklahoma State JR 3B Mark Ginther
- Nebraska JR 3B Cody Asche
- Texas A&M JR 3B Matt Juengel
- Virginia JR 3B Steven Proscia
- Louisiana Tech JR 3B Matt Threlkeld
- College of Charleston JR 3B Matt Leeds
- Mississippi JR 1B Matt Snyder
- Oklahoma City SR 3B Kirk Walker
- Baylor SO 3B Cal Towey
- Liberty JR 3B Tyler Bream
- Northwestern JR 1B Paul Snieder
- Cal State Fullerton SO 1B Carlos Lopez
- Oklahoma JR 1B Cam Seitzer
- Southern Illinois JR 1B Chris Serritella
- Cal Irvine JR 1B Jordan Leyland
- East Carolina JR 3B Corey Thompson
- Wake Forest JR 1B Austin Stadler
- Washington SR 1B Troy Scott
- Georgia JR 1B Chase Davidson
- Mercer JR 3B Jacob Tanis
You must include Cole Fenzel in the top 1B of Arizona. He is in top 10 of numberous Pac 10 hitting categories. Thoughts?
Initial thoughts? Frenzel intrigues me. He wasn’t on the radar for me at the onset of the year because I tend to miss players who are draft eligible because of age when quickly scanning rosters. Frenzel is a true sophomore, but is eligible for the 2011 draft because of his 3/13/90 DOB. I won’t pretend to know a ton about him, but at first glance I have to admit the approach (29 BB/27 K) appeals to me. My biggest worry at this point is the lack of power. Only one extra base hit as a freshman (77 at bats) combined with an artificially high slugging number this year (list at .511, but park/schedule adjustments bring it down to .429). I know he had the hamate injury last year, so that could be part of the reason for the power outage. Definitely have a soft spot for prospects from North Dakota, so I’ll be pulling for him.
Frenzel named All Pac 10. 2nd in Pac 10 in BA (.365), first in OBA (.477), 5th in SLG (.490), 4th in RBI (44), 6th in doubles.
Good size and strength.
Now that he is on your “radar”, where would he fit in your top 50 draft eligible college corner infielders. I would think these numbers would be impressive to some scouts.
Wake Forest Junior 3rd Baseman Carlos Lopez needs consideration for your list of top 3rd basemen.
6’1″ 215 lbs.
has 8 HRs this season- 3rd in the ACC Top 10 in ACC Slugging %
Many people say he has the best infield arm in the ACC!
Has made a lot of spectacular plays
I wrote about him a real little bit back in November: “JR 3B/OF Carlos Lopez is my dark horse to go later in the draft to a team willing to bet on his interesting physical tools, including his very quick wrists.”
Your comment has me more intrigued than ever, especially the positive reviews on both his arm and defense at third. If I knew for sure he’d stick at the hot corner, I think he might have cracked that preseason top 30. I’d say he’d definitely make it, but it is an unusually deep college 3B class this year. After the start to his year, I’d say he’d definitely be up there – well above-average power for any 3B has to get you noticed. Anyway, thanks for the tip on Lopez and I’ll be sure to get back to you if I can dig up anything more on him. Additionally, please feel free to add any more insight if you’ve got it…I love hearing from anybody who has the chance to see some of these prospects close up.
A follow up on Wake Forest 3rd baseman Carlos Lopez
Finished the season with 11 HRs
Finished 6th in the ACC in Slugging and second in HRs
Lopez hit the greatest home run I have ever seen anywhere at the Durham Bulls Atletic Park vs. Duke.
The shot cleared the “Blue Monster” wall in left field at the 375′ mark and then hit the bottom of a 4th story window on a building that rises 5 stories from the patio which sits (starts)30+ feet above the field at the top of the wall. The ball was still climbing when it hit the wall. At the point of contact it was at least 430 feet from home
plate and 70 feet above the field (40 feet over the wall).I have never seen a baseball hit that hard!Even the Duke fans stood and clapped.