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2014 HS Outfielders

This list isn’t all that I wanted it to be, but it’s still a fairly strong representation of the players that I’ve either seen up close or feel like I have enough information on to make an educated guess about. Information becomes more scarce the further down the list you go, so keep it that in mind if you’re the type to think the guy listed at 28 is WAY better than the player listed at 17. In fact, it might just be best to focus on the rankings closer to the top of the list while using the back end as just a quick shorthand for the most notable tools each player possesses. Lastly, this list is just a quick version of what I have. If you want to know more about anybody — or want to add something — please don’t hesitate to ask/contribute any way you see fit.

  1. OF/RHP Michael Gettys (Gainesville HS, Georgia): plus to plus-plus arm strength; plus speed; CF range; good understanding of hitting; bat speed in spades; above-average to plus raw power; can’t shake the Clint Frazier feeling; maybe some Puig; unusually smart player; BA comp: Hunter Renfroe; like a pitcher with inconsistent mechanics, his swing is different at bat to at bat; like Gatewood, will be a player development success or failure; really weird cautionary comps I’ve heard: Michael Main and Anthony Hewitt; tantalizing upside remains; very glad I’m just a guy on the internet and not a professional paid to make a decision on how high to select him; 88-93 FB, 94-95 peak; 75-82 CB/SL flashes plus; 71 CU; heard a Drew Stubbs comp recently that feels pretty strong; 6-2, 200 pounds
  2. OF Marcus Wilson (Junipero Serra HS, California): CF range; great athlete; plus speed; plus arm; better baseball skills than given credit for; average power, more raw; PG Dexter Fowler comp; FAVORITE; 6-3, 185 pounds
  3. OF Monte Harrison (Lee’s Summit West HS, Missouri): phenomenal athlete; plus arm strength; above-average to plus speed; raw, but much better skills and feel for game than given credit; quick bat; above-average to plus raw power; average hit tool upside; strong; older for class; FAVORITE; 6-3, 200 pounds
  4. OF Derek Hill (Elk Grove HS, California): plus-plus speed; quick bat; chance for average power, but gap between now and future is large; silly CF range; average or better arm; love his approach; plus athlete; FAVORITE; 6-1, 175 pounds
  5. OF Stone Garrett (George Ranch HS, Texas): above-average to plus speed; above-average to plus arm; potentially special bat; born to hit; physically strong, well put together; little bit of Phillip Ervin to him; love the Bernard Gilkey (!) comp; FAVORITE; 6-0, 180 pounds
  6. OF Todd Isaacs (American Heritage HS, Florida): plus to plus-plus speed; interesting power, could be average; strong hit tool; good arm; good athlete; 5-10, 170 pounds
  7. OF Trenton Kemp (Buchanan HS, California): plus bat speed; plus raw power; plus speed; good athlete; FAVORITE; 6-2, 185 pounds
  8. OF Dalton Ewing (Milton HS, Georgia): above-average to plus speed; above-average to plus arm; good athlete; CF range; really quick bat; can get too aggressive; Kiley McDaniel comp: Ryan Boldt; 6-1, 180 pounds
  9. OF Matthew Railey (North Florida Christian HS, Florida): great athlete; plus bat speed; plus raw power, likely topping average at best in-game; plus speed; average arm; clear CF tools; Denard Span comp; gifted hitter; really old for class; 6-0, 190 pounds
  10. OF Gareth Morgan (North Toronto Collegiate SS, Ontario): plus raw power; plus arm strength, can be inconsistent; future RF for me; physically looks like Mike Stanton/George Springer; rawness with swing to be expected; below-average speed; 6-4, 210 pounds
  11. OF Jeren Kendall (Holmen HS, Wisconsin): plus speed; plus CF range; plus arm; plays within himself; leadoff approach; sneaky pop makes him better than most run-first leadoff types; hit tool will come, but not there yet; FAVORITE; 5-10, 170 pounds
  12. OF Carl Chester (Lake Brantley HS, Florida): plus-plus speed; intriguing pop; big league range in CF; average or better arm; great athlete; good approach; FAVORITE; 6-0, 180 pounds
  13. OF Clay Casey (Olive Branch HS, Tennessee): plus bat speed; power upside; good hit tool; strong arm; good approach; good athlete; good speed; 6-3, 200 pounds
  14. OF/RHP Scott Hurst (Bishop Amat HS, California): above-average to plus arm; intriguing power; RF professionally, but good range out there; above-average hit tool; love his swing; mature approach; good athlete; could also play 2B; plus speed; 88-92 FB; 74-75 CB; 6-0, 180 pounds
  15. OF/LHP Adam Haseley (First Academy, Florida): plus speed; mature approach; PG comp: Johnny Damon; 85-91 FB, 92 peak; 77-80 SL; 80 CU; 6-0, 180 pounds
  16. OF Zach Sullivan (Corning HS, New York): loaded with tools; quick bat; love the swing, well-coordinated; above-average arm strength, very accurate; really good speed; CF range, impressive instincts and first step quickness; big power and coming on fast; 6-3, 185 pounds
  17. OF/RHP Zach Shannon (Moeller HS, Ohio): interesting power, plus for some; love his swing; uses the whole field; strong hit tool; plus arm strength; average at best speed; young for class; 88-92 FB, 94-95 peak; plus 76-81 SL; good 83-85 CU; FAVORITE; 6-3, 215 pounds
  18. OF KJ Bryant (Wade Hampton HS, South Carolina): love the swing mechanics, lower-half works; plus athlete; strong; good in corner; average or better (plus) arm; plus speed
  19. OF Brodie Leftridge (St. John’s HS, Maryland): plus arm; CF range; great athlete; strong hit tool; power upside; 6-1, 180 pounds
  20. OF Tristan Rojas (Monroe HS, New York): good speed; good athlete; quick bat; good arm; big power upside; 5-11
  21. OF Darius Day (Simeon HS, Illinois): plus speed; strong arm; good athlete; PG Curtis Granderson comp; 5-11, 180 pounds
  22. OF/SS Reese Cooley (Fleming Island HS, Florida): plus speed; good range; strong arm; impressive pop; 6-0, 180 pounds
  23. OF Braden Mosley (Moline HS, Illinois): good athlete; above-average speed; strong arm; plus raw power; 6-2, 200 pounds
  24. OF Raphael Ramirez (Pace Academy HS, Georgia): good to plus speed; outstanding defender; CF range, but build could move him off; plus arm; consistent hard contact
  25. OF Luke Bonfield (IMG Academy, Florida): all he does is hit; easy to believe in the bat; average speed; average arm; LF profile; Skye Bolt comp for me
  26. OF DJ Peters (Glendora HS, California): quick bat; average or better arm; underrated athlete; average or better power upside, plus for some; average at best speed; 6-6, 215 pounds
  27. OF Justin Smith (Bartram Trail HS, Florida): plus arm; plus speed; quick bat; strong; impressive power; 6-2, 210 pounds
  28. OF Jon Littell (Stillwater HS, Oklahoma): power upside; good arm; good athlete
  29. OF/1B Khevin Brewer (Travis HS, Texas): good athlete; good speed; strong arm; power upside; 6-1, 225 pounds
  30. OF Gerald Hernandez (Pinnacle HS, Arizona): big raw power; huge bat speed
  31. OF Anfernee Seymour (American Heritage HS, Florida): plus-plus speed; plus arm; 5-10, 170 pounds
  32. OF BJ White (Opelika HS, Alabama): strong hit tool; good defender; very good athlete
  33. OF/1B Kel Johnson (Home School, Georgia): above-average to plus power upside, easy power during BP; sprays ball all over; more power than hit tool; slow; below-average arm; uncanny similarities to Hunter Pence physically; 6-4, 215 pounds
  34. OF Roberto Gonzalez (University HS, Florida):  strong arm; good speed; power upside; 6-2, 190 pounds
  35. OF/1B Gerard Hernandez (Pinnacle HS, Arizona): quick bat; big raw power
  36. OF Keenan Eaton (Chaparral HS, Colorado): good CF; really quick bat; 6-0, 200 pounds
  37. OF Denz’l Chapman (Gardena Serra HS, California): plus-plus speed; average at best arm; 5-9, 180 pounds
  38. OF Ernie de la Trinidad (Mountain Pointe HS, Arizona): above-average speed; good athlete; popular David DeJesus comp (can’t recall source); 5-8, 150 pounds
  39. OF Alex Aristy (Florida): plus speed; plus bat speed; interesting power
  40. OF Branson Trube (Mountain View HS, Idaho): plus speed; power upside; good arm; 5-11, 180 pounds
  41. OF Zach Jancarski (Chestnut Hill Academy, Pennsylvania): really good speed; good athlete; good defender
  42. OF Troy Stokes (Calvert Hall HS, Maryland): good speed; CF range; average at best arm; interesting bat; leadoff approach; BA comp: LJ Hoes; 5-10, 185 pounds
  43. OF/C Stuart Fairchild (Seattle Prep HS, Washington): good speed; strong; power upside
  44. OF Eric Thomas (Langham Creek HS, Texas): plus speed
  45. OF Elliot Cary (Clackamas HS, Oregon): good athlete; strong hit tool; good speed; good arm; approach needs refinement
  46. OF Drew Ellis (Blythewood HS, South Carolina): average or better power; average at best speed; average at best arm; BA body comp: Shawn Green; 6-4, 200 pounds
  47. OF Lane Thomas (Bearden HS, Tennessee): plus speed; strong arm; average power; average hit tool; old for class; 6-0, 180 pounds
  48. OF Patrick Mathis (Venus HS, Texas): good speed; power upside; strong; 6-2, 200 pounds
  49. OF Aidan McDermott (South Plainfield HS, New Jersey): strong hit tool; 6-3
  50. OF/RHP Marcus Still (Queen Creek HS, Arizona): plus speed; plus CF range; 5-8, 160 pounds
  51. OF Austin Murphy (Episcopal HS, Florida): average power upside; good athlete; above-average speed; below-average arm; 6-2, 210 pounds
  52. OF/LHP Garrett McCain (Wylie East HS, Texas): good speed; strong arm; good range; 88-90 FB; 77 CB; 77 CU
  53. OF Jakob Goldfarb (Desert Mountain HS, Arizona): good athlete; strong arm; average speed
  54. OF Elijah Dilday (Francis Howell HS, Missouri): strong hit tool; 6-2, 190 pounds
  55. OF Giovanni Garbella (Cathedral Catholic HS, California): average speed; interesting hit tool
  56. OF Jack Benninghoff (Rockhurst HS, Missouri): plus arm; CF range
  57. OF Billy Wilson (Tolleson HS, Arizona): plus speed
  58. OF Marcos Rivera Rios (Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy, Puerto Rico): good speed; strong arm
  59. OF Jamal Howard (Central HS, Alabama): good athlete; strong; swings at everything; good speed; good arm; 6-3, 200 pounds
  60. OF Joey DeFloria (Hempfield HS, Pennsylvania): good speed; good athlete; average arm
  61. OF Jack Schaaf (Springboro HS, Ohio): good speed; good athlete; 6-2
  62. OF/RHP Jared Janczak (Belton HS, Texas): good speed; 88-89 FB; good 75 CB
  63. OF/LHP Andrew Shaps (Chaparral HS, Arizona): plus arm strength; 87-89 FB; 6-0, 160 pounds
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