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2017 Atlantic Sun All-Draft Team (Hitters)

C – Griffin Helms
1B – Austin Upshaw
2B – Hunter Hanks
SS – Julio Gonzalez
3B – Alex Merritt
OF – Michael Gigliotti, JJ Shimko, Taylor Allum

The offensive headliners in the Atlantic Sun this year can be found roaming the outfields. Michael Gigliotti, who has been compared to both Leonys Martin and Josh Hart by Perfect Game in the past, was the consensus top hitter in the conference coming into the year, but a down draft season has opened the door for challengers to his throne to rise up. The most impressive of said challengers is JJ Shimko, a player with similar strengths (hit tool, speed, arm, CF range, approach) and weaknesses (mainly power). As I’ve said a few times this spring already, players like Gigliotti and Shimko would have been really high on my board in previous years. This year, however, I’m finding myself a little burnt out on non-power types. That’s probably not a fair characterization of either player — Gigliotti and Shimko both have average raw power even if it’s only really shown up for them in one of their three respective college seasons — but it isn’t so far off the mark that I have to rewrite this whole paragraph. Thank goodness for that.

The positive sell on both guys is pretty easy: both are natural center fielders who can run, throw, and, most importantly, hit. Add in positive plate discipline indicators and it’s enough to help both guys profile as potential average to slightly above-average regulars once defense and base running are factored in. One comp for Gigliotti that comes to mind is Jackie Bradley Jr. Their college stat comparison is a little interesting…

.306/.418/.429 with 98 BB/97 K and 58/73 SB
.331/.425/.530 with 97 BB/106 K and 17/23 SB

Top is Gigliotti, bottom is Bradley Jr. You could elaborate on the comp with the qualifier “less pop, more speed,” but at that point does the comp still hold water? Yeah, he’s just like Jackie Bradley Jr. except he’s faster but with less power…and, oh yeah, maybe he’ll wind up hitting for a higher average, too. I don’t know. I tried.

I do like Gigliotti a little more than Shimko, but not by as large a margin as I assume the industry leaders will separate the two come draft day. If the choice is Gigliotti in round two or Shimko in round eight, I’m cool grabbing a surer thing power-wise and waiting on the true center fielder until later.

I’ve got nothing on fellow Taylor Allum minus the obvious that is his outstanding 2017 performance. In a thin outfield class beyond the big two of Gigliotti and Shimko, that’s more than enough to get a seat at the table. He’s high on my list of players I’d like to find out more about between now and June.

Griffin Helms‘s tools have long fascinated me, but an ugly BB/K has been as much a part of his game as his plus athleticism and enticing power/speed/defensive upside. If he slips because of that iffy plate discipline, he could be a fun mid-round value play for a team with a strong track record of channeling overly aggressive hitters towards positive outcomes.

All four first basemen listed could be drafted next month, but the two that stand out above the rest are Nick Rivera and Austin Upshaw. Picking between the two is an admittedly pointless exercise — that’s harsh, but seeing as both guys should be available late in the draft so teams could easily take both at a low cost if they really can’t decide — created solely to fit the little all-conference gimmick I’ve got going here, but I suppose it’s ultimately of some value if a hypothetical either/or situation comes up for a scouting director in June. Forced to choose just one guy, I’d go Upshaw due to his present power, room to put on some bulk, and command of the strike zone. Rivera, no slouch in any of those departments, is a little older and little more physically maxed out; some teams may prefer that to Upshaw, a potential senior-sign next year like Rivera is now, while other teams may go for the younger, slenderer type. Not for nothing, but doesn’t slenderer feel like a word that shouldn’t exist? Looks weird, sounds weird.

Hunter Hanks‘s average tools could give him a shot to play a long time in pro ball as a potential utility guy, especially if you buy the glove and arm as good enough to handle short in a pinch as I do. Same goes for Julio Gonzalez, a more natural shortstop currently in the midst of a really impressive draft season. All my notes on him focused on his glove coming into the year — generally positive buzz there, for what it’s worth — but the bat coming on this strong has been a pleasant surprise. He joins Allum on my list of guys I need to find out more about over these next few weeks. Lee Solomon could also join the utility player party, but more of a combo second base/outfielder type. People I’ve heard from swear he’s the same game this year as last minus some bad luck on balls in play. If that’s the case, he could go a lot higher than his current .236/.357/.348 line might suggest.

Others receiving consideration…

C – Jake Perry, Austin Hale
1B – Nick Rivera, Charlie Carpenter, Christian Diaz
2B – Lee Solomon, Grant Williams, Matt Reardon, Patrick Ervin
SS – N/A
3B – Jeremy Howell
OF – Eli Lovell, Gage Morey, Nathan Koslowski, Evan Pietronico, Chris Thibideau, Wesley Weeks, Yahir Gurrola

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2016 MLB Draft Follow Lists – Atlantic Sun

I can’t get enough of Mitchell Jordan. His command, control, pitchability, and willingness to throw any pitch in any count make him a lot of fun to watch at this level. There will be understandable questions about how his slightly below-average fastball velocity (upper-80s, though it can sit low-90s and hit 93 on his best days) will translate to the pro game, but put me down as a believer that his command of the pitch coupled with the unpredictability of his pitch selection (happy to go CB, SL, or CU in plus or minus counts) will make him a viable long-term big league starting pitcher with continued development. He reminds me some of Kyle Hendricks, an eighth round pick out of Dartmouth in 2011. Feedback on Jordan has returned a wide range of potential draft outcomes with some saying as high as the third and others insisting his ceiling as fifth starter/swingman puts him closer to the bottom of the single-digit rounds than the top. Hendricks lasting until the eighth round has turned out to be a great value, so we’ll see if teams learned their lesson and pop Jordan sooner in 2016.

Corbin Olmstead deserves to be on any shortlist of top two-way college players. When it comes to his pro potential, however, it’s his above-average fastball (88-92) and plus slider that make the slugging first baseman a better bet on the mound. Last year’s numbers (12.34 K/9 and 0.26 ERA in 35.1 IP) and his start to this season (9.86 K/9 and 0.00 ERA in 7.1 IP) back up the high praise he’s received from scouts along the way. As a consistently productive, athletic, potentially quick-moving relief arm (with a chance to improve even more once he devotes his focus to pitching full-time), Olmstead is one of my favorite round six to ten money-saving senior-signs.

The lists below are based on information put together before the season began, but that doesn’t stop me from at least taking a cursory glance at how these guys have done so far in 2016. The results of the majority of the hitters at the top are…not great so far. Thankfully, Austin Hays, a pre-season FAVORITE due to his patient approach (easiest way to become a FAVORITE as a hitter), plus arm, strong glove, and above-average speed, has done his part in the early going. Hays may get stuck with the tweener label for some – not quite enough pop for a corner, not quite enough glove for center – but a more open-minded team might view perceived negative as a strength: Hays isn’t a tweener, he’s versatile! I’m not sure I’d go quite that far, but I still like Hays a whole lot. Interestingly enough (to me), Hays’s teammate at Jacksonville, JJ Gould, also received the coveted FAVORITE tag in my notes. The Florida State transfer still has some of that old Seminole approach at the plate that I like. He’s one of the better under-the-radar late-round middle infield senior-signs in this class.

One of the better on-the-radar mid-round (or better) middle infield juniors is Jake Noll. Noll is a good hitter with above-average bat speed, above-average foot speed, and enough defensive versatility (2B, 3B, OF) to be a really interesting pro prospect. He’s hit well so far in 2016 despite some uncommon plate discipline struggles (small sample alert!), so his opportunity to rise up boards in a college class in need of more up-the-middle talent remains present. I like Noll more than I love him right now, but he’s earned his spot atop an average at best all-around class of hitting talent.

Hitters

  1. Florida Gulf Coast rJR 2B/OF Jake Noll
  2. Jacksonville JR OF Austin Hays
  3. Florida Gulf Coast SR 1B Nick Rivera
  4. Stetson rJR OF/1B Vance Vizcaino
  5. Kennesaw State SR OF Alex Liquori
  6. South Carolina Upstate JR SS Daniel Fickas
  7. North Florida SR C Keith Skinner
  8. Jacksonville SR 2B/SS JJ Gould
  9. Lipscomb rSR 1B Adam Lee
  10. New Jersey Tech JR C Cody Kramer
  11. Stetson SR OF/RHP Kevin Fagan
  12. South Carolina Upstate SR OF James Fowlkes
  13. Jacksonville SR OF Parker Perez
  14. Jacksonville rJR OF Nathan Koslowski
  15. Kennesaw State SR C Brennan Morgan
  16. South Carolina Upstate JR 1B Zach Krider
  17. Florida Gulf Coast SR OF Tyler Selesky
  18. Lipscomb rSO OF Allan Hooker
  19. Kennesaw State JR 3B Jeremy Howell
  20. North Florida SR 2B/SS Kyle Brooks
  21. New Jersey Tech SR C Stephan Halibej
  22. North Florida rSR OF/1B Nick Karmeris
  23. Kennesaw State JR OF Jordan Getzelman

Pitchers

  1. Stetson JR RHP Mitchell Jordan
  2. North Florida SR RHP/1B Corbin Olmstead
  3. Lipscomb rJR RHP Dalton Curtis
  4. Kennesaw State JR LHP/OF Chris Erwin
  5. Florida Gulf Coast rSR RHP Brady Anderson
  6. North Florida JR RHP Bryan Baker
  7. Kennesaw State JR LHP Richard Lovelady
  8. Jacksonville JR RHP Nathan Disch
  9. Kennesaw State JR RHP Gabe Friese
  10. Florida Gulf Coast JR RHP Sterling Koerner
  11. North Florida JR LHP Kyle Kalbaugh
  12. New Jersey Tech SR LHP Ian Bentley
  13. Kennesaw State JR RHP Erich Stahl
  14. New Jersey Tech JR RHP/SS Bryan Haberstroh
  15. Stetson JR RHP Walker Sheller
  16. Lipscomb rSR RHP Jaesung Hwang
  17. Stetson rJR RHP Frankie Romano
  18. Stetson SR RHP Josh Thorne
  19. South Carolina Upstate SR RHP Cody Brittain
  20. Stetson JR LHP Tyler Keller
  21. Jacksonville rSO RHP Shane Wise
  22. Lipscomb rSR LHP Cody Glenn

Florida Gulf Coast

JR RHP Sterling Koerner (2016)
JR RHP Garrett Anderson (2016)
rSO RHP Mario Leon (2016)
rSR RHP Brady Anderson (2016)
rJR 2B/OF Jake Noll (2016)
SR 1B Nick Rivera (2016)
SR OF Colton Bottomley (2016)
SR OF Tyler Selesky (2016)
rSO OF Gage Morey (2016)
SO LHP Josh Dye (2017)
SO 2B Matt Reardon (2017)
SO OF Zach Spivey (2017)

High Priority Follows: Sterling Koerner, Garrett Anderson, Brady Anderson, Jake Noll, Nick Rivera, Tyler Selesky

Jacksonville

SR RHP Ryan Quintero (2016)
rSR LHP Casey Kulina (2016)
JR RHP Nathan Disch (2016)
rSO RHP Shane Wise (2016)
rSR RHP Jeff Tanner (2016)
rJR LHP/OF Josh Baker (2016)
SR OF Parker Perez (2016)
JR OF Austin Hays (2016)
JR C Franco Guardascione (2016)
SR OF Nate Ricci (2016)
rJR OF Nathan Koslowski (2016)
SR OF Michael Babb (2016)
SR 2B/SS JJ Gould (2016)
JR INF Alex Seifert (2016)
SO RHP Michael Baumann (2017)
SO RHP Spencer Stockton (2017)
SO RHP Greg Shannahan (2017)
SO 3B Sam Armstrong (2017)
FR RHP/C Mike Cassala (2018)
FR RHP/OF Chris Gau (2018)
FR 2B/SS Dakota Julylia (2018)
FR 3B Angel Camacho (2018)
FR OF Connor Stephens (2018)

High Priority Follows: Nathan Disch, Shane Wise, Parker Perez, Austin Hays, Nathan Koslowski, JJ Gould

Kennesaw State

JR LHP Richard Lovelady (2016)
JR RHP Erich Stahl (2016)
JR RHP Gabe Friese (2016)
rSO RHP Jordan Versteeg (2016)
JR LHP Mason Ward (2016)
SR RHP Brock Turner (2016)
JR LHP/OF Chris Erwin (2016)
SR OF Alex Liquori (2016)
SR C Brennan Morgan (2016)
JR 3B Jeremy Howell (2016)
JR OF Jordan Getzelman (2016)
rSO OF Taylor Allum (2016)
JR 1B Corey Greeson (2016)
SO RHP AJ Moore (2017)
SO RHP Tony Dibrell (2017)
SO RHP Logan Hutchinson (2017)
rFR RHP Logan Hicks (2017)
SO C Griffin Helms (2017)
SO 2B Grant Williams (2017)
SO 1B Austin Upshaw (2017)
FR SS Trevor Brown (2018)
FR SS David Chabut (2018)

High Priority Follows: Richard Lovelady, Erich Stahl, Gabe Friese, Chris Erwin, Alex Liquori, Brennan Morgan, Jeremy Howell, Jordan Getzelman, Taylor Allum

Lipscomb

rSR RHP Jaesung Hwang (2016)
rJR RHP Dalton Curtis (2016)
SR RHP Denton Norman (2016)
rSR LHP Cody Glenn (2016)
JR LHP John Pryor (2016)
rSR 1B Adam Lee (2016)
rSO OF Allan Hooker (2016)
SR C Chucky Vazquez (2016)
rJR C Tyler Bethune (2016)
JR 2B Hunter Hanks (2016)
rFR RHP Kyle Kemp (2017)
SO RHP Brady Puckett (2017)
SO RHP Jeffrey Passantino (2017)
SO OF Michael Gigliotti (2017)
SO C Jeffrey Crisan (2017)
FR OF Von Watson (2017)
FR RHP Cole White (2018)
FR INF Andrew Knell (2018)
FR INF Zeke Dodson (2018)
FR INF Cade Sorrells (2018)

High Priority Follows: Jaesung Hwang, Dalton Curtis, Cody Glenn, Adam Lee, Allan Hooker, Tyler Bethune

New Jersey Tech

SR LHP Ian Bentley (2016)
JR RHP/SS Bryan Haberstroh (2016)
SR C Stephan Halibej (2016)
JR C Cody Kramer (2016)
rSO OF Jesse Uttendorfer (2016)
SO RHP Sean Lubreski (2017)
SO RHP Tommy Derer (2017)
SO LHP Justin Chin (2017)
SO RHP Brent Jones (2017)
SO RHP/2B Johnny Malatesta (2017)
SO OF Evan Pietronico (2017)
FR SS Justin Etts (2018)

High Priority Follows: Ian Bentley, Bryan Haberstroh, Stephan Halibej, Cody Kramer, Jesse Uttendorfer

North Florida

JR RHP Anthony Delaney (2016)
JR LHP Kyle Kalbaugh (2016)
rJR RHP Alex Smith (2016)
JR RHP Bryan Baker (2016)
rJR RHP Matthew Naylor (2016)
SR RHP/1B Corbin Olmstead (2016)
rSR OF/1B Nick Karmeris (2016)
SR C Keith Skinner (2016)
SR 2B/SS Kyle Brooks (2016)
rJR 2B/SS Patrick Ervin (2016)
JR OF/1B Chris Thibideau (2016)
JR C Alex Merritt (2016)
SO RHP Brad Deppermann (2017)
SO RHP Connor Andrews (2017)
FR RHP Franklin German (2018)
FR LHP Austin Drury (2018)
FR RHP Anthony Delaney (2018)
FR OF Dalton Board (2018)
FR C Jarrett O’Leary (2018)
FR 3B Chris Berry (2018)

High Priority Follows: Kyle Kalbaugh, Bryan Baker, Corbin Olmstead, Nick Karmeris, Keith Skinner, Kyle Brooks, Chris Thibideau

South Carolina Upstate

SR RHP Cody Brittain (2016)
rJR RHP Tyler Jackson (2016)
JR RHP Jordan Miller (2016)
JR RHP Bryan Hathaway (2016)
JR RHP Brian Boocock (2016)
JR RHP Zach Mitchell (2016)
JR RHP Eric Birklund (2016)
JR RHP Richie Lacell (2016)
SR OF James Fowlkes (2016)
SR 3B Jake Beaver (2016)
JR 1B Zach Krider (2016)
JR SS Daniel Fickas (2016)
SO RHP Blake Whitney (2017)
SO RHP Kevin Hickey (2017)
SO OF JJ Shimko (2017)
SO 1B Charlie Carpenter (2017)

High Priority Follows: Cody Brittain, Brian Boocock, James Fowlkes, Jake Beaver, Zach Krider, Daniel Fickas

Stetson

JR RHP Mitchell Jordan (2016)
JR RHP Walker Sheller (2016)
rJR RHP Frankie Romano (2016)
SR RHP Josh Thorne (2016)
SR LHP Adam Schaly (2016)
JR LHP Tyler Keller (2016)
rJR RHP Evin Lynch (2016)
SR OF/RHP Kevin Fagan (2016)
rJR OF/1B Vance Vizcaino (2016)
rSR OF/3B Cory Reid (2016)
SR 1B Will Mackenzie (2016)
SR OF John Fussell (2016)
SR 2B Jack Machonis (2016)
SO LHP Ben Onyshko (2017)
SO RHP Brooks Wilson (2017)
FR RHP Jack Perkins (2018)
FR RHP Logan Gilbert (2018)
FR RHP Joey Gonzalez (2018)
FR SS Matt Morales (2018)
FR OF Kirk Sidwell (2018)
FR C Benito Varela (2018)
FR OF Jacob Koos (2018)

High Priority Follows: Mitchell Jordan, Walker Sheller, Frankie Romano, Josh Thorne, Adam Schaly, Tyler Keller, Kevin Fagan, Vance Vizcaino, Cory Reid, Will Mackenzie

Atlantic Sun 2015 MLB Draft All-Prospect Team

Stetson JR C Pat Mazeika
Jacksonville JR 1B Connor Marabell
Florida Gulf Coast rSO 2B Jake Noll
Kennesaw State JR SS Kal Simmons
North Florida SR 3B Trent Higginbothem
North Florida rSO OF Donnie Dewees
Kennesaw State JR OF Alex Liquori
Florida Gulf Coast JR OF Colton Bottomley

Kennesaw State JR RHP Jordan Hillyer
Kennesaw State JR LHP Travis Bergen
Florida Gulf Coast SR RHP Jack English
Florida Gulf Coast JR RHP Michael Murray
North Florida JR RHP Corbin Olmstead

Stetson has a pair of really good catching prospects that should make some serious noise in June. I’ve flip-flopped on each player’s future position multiple times, but people smarter than I seem mostly convinced both JR Pat Mazeika and SR Garrett Russini will stick behind the plate. Mazeika (also a 1B) is one of the college game’s underappreciated bats with an above-average hit tool, above-average raw power, and outstanding plate discipline. Russini (also an OF) is a notch below in every area as a hitter, but no slouch when compared to the rest of this year’s class of college catchers. JR 1B Connor Marabell (Jacksonville) is another strong hitter with a shot to move up boards. If he can convince teams he can play average or better defense in an outfield corner, watch out. Either way, he’s a bat to keep a close eye on. I originally had SR 1B Griffin Moore (Lipscomb) over him, and I think a strong argument could be made for Moore when you factor in his upside on the mound. JR 1B Nick Rivera (Florida Gulf Coast) is a comparable hitter to Marabell even though he doesn’t get quite the acclaim. I guess I’m a bit hypocritical for mentioning that considering I have the latter ranked first and the former ranked third. Whoops. Both guys are good, though!

Sorting through the conference’s unusually deep group of middle infield prospects makes for a fun little rainy day activity. JR SS Kal Simmons (Kennesaw State) appears to be the obvious headliner, but I’m not so sure. In fairness, I haven’t personally seen a lot of Simmons, so I have a harder time taking the word of those who rave about his progress over the summer – of which there are many – at the level I probably ought to. There’s no debate about his fantastic defense – hands, arm, range, everything – and the fact that Baseball America compared his glove (and overall game, but we’ll get back to that) to the recently retired John McDonald definitely says something. He’s going to catch the ball enough to keep getting chances to figure it out at the plate, and it’s pretty clear to anybody who has seen him in the field that as long as he does enough in the box to hit eighth he has a chance to have value as an overall player. That’s pretty big. For as much as I value defense, however, (and I swear I do!) I’d have a hard time taking such a one-dimensional player as high as I think you’d have to take a shot on Simmons. John McDonald had a long, lucrative ($13+ million!) career, so that aforementioned comparison should in no way be taken as a slight on Simmons’ pro prospects in any way. In fact, I think if the gains made over the summer that so many are convinced are real are, you know, really real, then we can start upping the McDonald comps to names like Jack Wilson, Zack Cozart, and Orlando Cabrera. If Simmons can get himself in that offensive range (around 80% of what a league average hitter looks like), then some of the lofty draft talk could be in play.

I’ve used up all my words on Simmons, so we’ll go lighting round with some of the other infield prospects in the conference. Like most players with two full remaining years of eligibility remaining, rSO 2B/3B Jake Noll could be a tough sign unless he hits his way up draft boards this spring. I’m very bullish on that happening, for what it’s worth. Just behind him for me is JR 2B/SS JJ Gould (Jacksonville), a Florida State transfer on the verge of a breakout 2015 season. SR SS Grant Massey (Lipscomb) is the last of the middle infielders I’d consider a draft lock at this point. He’s in position to be a really nice senior sign for a club in need of a steady glove, patient bat (40 BB and 44 K in 2014) and smart base running.

As mentioned, I’m cautiously optimistic that Kal Simmons’ summer breakout will continue into the spring. A better bat combined with his consistently awesome glove would make him the top prospect in the conference in almost any smart person’s eyes. That said, it would take a big spring for him to knock off rSO OF Donnie Dewees from his perch as top A-Sun prospect. I’d like to think that’s because Dewees is just that good because the alternative – I’m just not a smart person – isn’t as fun. Dewees is that good. In a neat twist of fate, the only question I have about Dewees’ game right now is his defense, specifically his future defensive home. He’ll hit enough to be an asset in a corner, but if he can play center then his stock will, in the immortal words of James Brown, get on up. I can buy his speed and arm playing to at least average in center, so it’ll come down to how comfortable he looks in space. Dewees is obviously quite well known in scouting circles, both at the ballparks and right here in internet land, but I still think he’s not getting quite the level of attention a player of his caliber warrants at this stage of the draft process. Too many people know and like him for me to stake any claim on him, but he’s an all-caps FAVORITE on my board whom I’m very excited to see at some point between now and the close of the season.

Kennesaw State’s pair of aces gives them a gigantic head start on the rest of the conference. JR RHP Jordan Hillyer and JR LHP Travis Bergen are very similar pitchers physically, stylistically, and statistically. Both guys are around the same size (6-0, 200 pounds, give or take), work in the same velocity range (86ish to 93ish), throw the same quality softer offspeed stuff (average or better changeups) and harder offspeed stuff (above-average to plus mid-80s cutters/cut-sliders/whatever you want to call its). The only major differences are Hillyer’s ability to spin a curve and more deceptive delivery. You could also tack on Bergen’s lefthandedness and his more advanced command and control, the latter of which is among the best in all of college baseball. It’s hard to say where they’ll eventually wind up, but both seem to fit the back-end starter or surprisingly quick-moving and effective reliever prospect profile pretty well.

The Florida Gulf Coast pair of arms right below are no slouches by comparison. SR RHP Jack English can throw any of his four average or better pitches for strikes in any count and JR RHP Michael Murray has been able to combine good stuff with great pitchability to keep very effectively keep runs off the board (1.85 ERA in 107 IP last year). There’s enough depth in pitching in the conference that an all-caps FAVORITE like JR RHP Corbin Olmstead (North Florida) barely cracks the top five, a 6-6 lefthander who lives in the low-90s falls even lower than that (Lipscomb SR LHP Nick Andros), and striking out a batter an inning with nice stuff barely gets you on the board at all (Stetson rJR RHP Tyler Warmoth). I could also go on about the entirety of the Lipscomb staff (Andros, rSR RHP Will Blalock and his mid-90s heat, rSO RHP Dalton Curtis bringing serious untapped upside to the party) or how it’s a particularly intriguing year for two-way talent in the league (Moore, Olmstead, Florida Gulf Coast rJR RHP/OF Brady Anderson and rSR RHP/SS Alex Diaz, Stetson SR RHP/1B Josh Powers), but the season starts soon and I have what feels like one hundred more conferences to get to.

2015 MLB Draft Talent – Hitting 

  1. North Florida rSO OF Donnie Dewees
  2. Kennesaw State JR SS Kal Simmons
  3. Stetson JR C/1B Pat Mazeika
  4. Jacksonville JR 1B/OF Connor Marabell
  5. Florida Gulf Coast rSO 2B/3B Jake Noll
  6. Kennesaw State JR OF Alex Liquori
  7. Lipscomb SR SS Grant Massey
  8. Stetson SR C/OF Garrett Russini
  9. Lipscomb SR 1B/RHP Griffin Moore
  10. Florida Gulf Coast JR 1B Nick Rivera
  11. North Florida SR 3B Trent Higginbothem
  12. Jacksonville JR 2B/SS JJ Gould
  13. Northern Kentucky JR C Logan Spurlin
  14. Florida Gulf Coast JR OF Colton Bottomley
  15. Lipscomb SR OF Jonathan Allison
  16. Stetson JR OF/RHP Kevin Fagan
  17. Jacksonville JR OF Dylan Dillard
  18. Stetson JR SS/2B Tyler Bocock
  19. South Carolina Upstate JR OF James Fowlkes
  20. North Florida rSO SS Patrick Ervin
  21. Northern Kentucky SR OF Cole Bauml
  22. Florida Gulf Coast SR C Blake Berger
  23. Kennesaw State SR 1B Colin Bennett
  24. Jacksonville SR SS Angelo Amendolare
  25. North Florida JR 2B/SS Kyle Brooks
  26. South Carolina Upstate JR 3B Jake Beaver
  27. Lipscomb rSO C Tyler Bethune
  28. Jacksonville SR OF Cameron Gibson
  29. Lipscomb SR 2B/SS Mike Korte
  30. Florida Gulf Coast JR OF Tyler Selesky

2015 MLB Draft Talent – Pitching 

  1. Kennesaw State JR RHP Jordan Hillyer
  2. Kennesaw State JR LHP Travis Bergen
  3. Florida Gulf Coast SR RHP Jack English
  4. Florida Gulf Coast JR RHP Michael Murray
  5. North Florida JR RHP/1B Corbin Olmstead
  6. Florida Gulf Coast rJR RHP/OF Brady Anderson
  7. Lipscomb SR LHP Nick Andros
  8. Lipscomb rSR RHP Will Blalock
  9. Kennesaw State SR LHP Will Solomon
  10. Florida Gulf Coast SR LHP Nick Deckert
  11. Florida Gulf Coast JR RHP Jordan Desguin
  12. Lipscomb rSO RHP Dalton Curtis
  13. Kennesaw State SR RHP Nathan Harsh
  14. Kennesaw State JR RHP Kendall Hawkins
  15. Lipscomb rJR RHP Jaesung Hwang
  16. Florida Gulf Coast rSR RHP/SS Alex Diaz
  17. Stetson JR RHP Josh Thorne
  18. Stetson rJR RHP Ben Rakus
  19. Stetson rJR RHP Tyler Warmoth
  20. Stetson SR RHP/1B Josh Powers
  21. Lipscomb SR RHP Ian Martinez-McGraw

2015 MLB Draft Prospects – Atlantic Sun Follow List

Florida Gulf Coast

SR RHP Jack English (2015)
JR RHP Michael Murray (2015)
SR LHP Nick Deckert (2015)
SR LHP Andris Gonzalez (2015)
JR RHP Jordan Desguin (2015)
rJR RHP/OF Brady Anderson (2015)
rSR RHP/SS Alex Diaz (2015)
SR OF Adam Eggnatz (2015)
JR 1B Nick Rivera (2015)
JR OF Colton Bottomley (2015)
SR C Blake Berger (2015)
JR OF Tyler Selesky (2015)
rSO 2B/3B Jake Noll (2015)
SO OF Gage Morey (2016)
SO RHP Sterling Koerner (2016)
SO RHP Garrett Anderson (2016)
SO RHP Mario Leon (2016)
FR LHP Devin Smeltzer (2017)
FR 2B Matt Reardon (2017)

Jacksonville

JR OF Dylan Dillard (2015)
SR OF Cameron Gibson (2015)
JR OF Parker Perez (2015)
JR OF Nate Ricci (2015)
JR 1B/OF Connor Marabell (2015)
SR SS Angelo Amendolare (2015)
JR OF Michael Babb (2015)
JR 2B/SS JJ Gould (2015)
SR RHP Jeff Tanner (2015)
rJR LHP Casey Kulina (2015)
JR LHP/OF Josh Baker (2015)
JR RHP Ryan Quintero (2015)
SO RHP Nathan Disch (2016)
SO OF Austin Hays (2016)
FR RHP Michael Baumann (2017)
FR RHP Spencer Stockton (2017)

Kennesaw State

JR RHP Jordan Hillyer (2015)
JR LHP Travis Bergen (2015)
SR LHP Will Solomon (2015)
SR RHP Nathan Harsh (2015)
JR RHP Kendall Hawkins (2015)
JR SS Kal Simmons (2015)
JR OF Alex Liquori (2015)
JR C Brennan Morgan (2015)
rSR 1B/OF Chris McGowan (2015)
SR 1B Colin Bennett (2015)
SR OF Justin Motley (2015)
SO SS/2B Cornell Nixon (2016)
SO RHP Gabe Friese (2016)
SO LHP Chris Erwin (2016)
SO RHP Jordan VerSteeg (2016):
SO 3B Jeremy Howell (2016):
FR RHP AJ Moore (2017)
FR RHP Tony Dibrell (2017)
FR RHP Logan Hutchinson (2017)
FR RHP Logan Hicks (2017)
FR C Griffin Helms (2017)

Lipscomb

SR OF Jonathan Allison (2015)
SR SS Grant Massey (2015)
rSR OF Josh Lee (2015)
SR 2B/SS Mike Korte (2015)
rSO C Tyler Bethune (2015)
SR 1B/RHP Griffin Moore (2015)
SR 1B/RHP Tyson Ashcraft (2015)
rJR RHP Jaesung Hwang (2015)
rSR RHP Will Blalock (2015)
rSO RHP Dalton Curtis (2015)
SR RHP Ian Martinez-McGraw (2015)
JR RHP Denton Norman (2015)
SR LHP Nick Andros (2015)
SR LHP Jason Ziegler (2015)
rJR LHP Cody Glenn (2015)
SO LHP John Pryor (2016)
SO 2B Hunter Hanks (2016)
FR RHP Kyle Kemp (2017)

North Florida

rSO OF Donnie Dewees (2015)
JR C Keith Skinner (2015)
SR 3B Trent Higginbothem (2015)
rSR OF Alex Bacon (2015)
JR 2B/SS Kyle Brooks (2015)
rSO SS Patrick Ervin (2015)
SR C James Abbatinozzi (2015)
JR RHP/1B Corbin Olmstead (2015)
SR RHP Dan VanSickle (2015)
rSR RHP Tyler Moore (2015)
SO RHP Bryan Baker (2016)
SO C Alex Merritt (2016)
FR RHP Brad Depperman (2017)
FR RHP Connor Andrews (2017)
FR RHP Pearson McMahan (2017)

Northern Kentucky

SR LHP Cody Cooper (2015)
rJR RHP Alex Bolia (2015)
JR RHP Aric Harris (2015)
JR C Logan Spurlin (2015)
SR OF Cole Bauml (2015)
rJR C Cody Kuzniczci (2015)
SO SS Kyle Colletta (2016)
SO RHP Jake Shaw (2016)

South Carolina Upstate

SR OF Stephen Dowling (2015)
SR 2B/OF Erik Samples (2015)
JR OF James Fowlkes (2015)
JR 3B Jake Beaver (2015)
JR RHP Cody Brittain (2015)
JR RHP Tyler Jackson (2015)
SR RHP Dylan Parker (2015)
SR RHP Tresco Shannon (2015)
SO RHP Jordan Miller (2016)
SO RHP Bryan Hathaway (2016)
SO RHP Brian Boocock (2016)
SO 1B Zach Krider (2016)
FR OF JJ Shimko (2017)

Stetson

SR C/OF Garrett Russini (2015)
JR C/1B Pat Mazeika (2015)
JR SS/2B Tyler Bocock (2015)
SR 3B Kyle Pitts (2015)
rJR OF Cory Reid (2015)
rSO 1B/OF Vance Vizcaino (2015)
JR 1B Will Mackenzie (2015)
JR OF/RHP Kevin Fagan (2015)
SR RHP/1B Josh Powers (2015)
rJR RHP Ben Rakus (2015)
rJR RHP Tyler Warmoth (2015)
JR RHP Josh Thorne (2015)
JR LHP Adam Schaly (2015)
SO RHP Walker Sheller (2016)
SO RHP Mitchell Jordan (2016)
FR LHP Ben Onyshko (2017)

2014 MLB Draft (And Beyond) – Atlantic Sun Follow List

Much like the Atlantic 10, I already covered the Atlantic Sun in detail a few weeks ago. Read that, read this, read both, read neither…the choice is entirely yours! I really want to get a few different things published this week, but can’t promise a ton of activity due to what looks like a busy work week. We’ll see.

One of the few questions I occasionally get asked is often the simple “I’m seeing ______ this weekend. Do they have anybody worth watching?” Here’s your answer for the Atlantic Sun…

East Tennessee State

SR 1B/LHP Clint Freeman
JR SS Jordan Sanford
JR SS Chris Riopedre
JR RHP Jimmy Nesselt
SR RHP Will Chesney
SR OF Dylan Tritsch
SO OF Jeremy Taylor (2015)
SO RHP Griffin Krieg (2015)
SO LHP Josh Jacques (2015)
FR 3B/RHP Chris Cook (2016)
FR C Gage Downey (2016)

Florida Gulf Coast

JR OF/1B Michael Suchy
JR OF Adam Eggnatz
rJR SS/RHP Alex Diaz
JR 3B/RHP Zack Tillery
rSO RHP/OF Brady Anderson
JR RHP Jack English
SR LHP Ryan Atwood
rFR RHP Brad Labozzetta (2015)
SO RHP Michael Murray (2015)
SO INF Nick Rivera (2015)
SO INF Tyler Selesky (2015)
FR 2B Jake Noll (2016)

Jacksonville

JR RHP Alex McRae
SR LHP Will Flor
SR RHP Adam Maxon
SR RHP Zach Gordon
JR RHP Jeff Tanner
SR C Drew Luther
JR OF Cameron Gibson
SO 1B/OF Conor Marabell (2015)
SO OF Michael Babb (2015)
SO OF Dylan Dillard (2015)
SO LHP/OF Josh Baker (2015)
FR 2B Khalil Searcy (2016)

Kennesaw State

JR C Max Pentecost
JR OF Jacob Bruce
SR OF Bo Way
rJR OF Chris McGowan
JR 3B Matt Bahnick
JR LHP Will Solomon
rJR RHP Justin McCalvin
JR RHP Nathan Harsh
SO RHP Jordan Hillyer (2015)
SO OF Alex Liquori (2015)
SO RHP Kendall Hawkins (2015)
SO SS Kal Simmons (2015)
SO RHP Travis Bergen (2015)
FR SS Cornell Nixon (2016)
FR Chris Erwin (2016)

Lipscomb

JR 1B/RHP Griffin Moore
SR OF Chad Shannon
SR OF Drew Adams
JR OF Jonathan Allison
JR 1B/RHP Tyson Ashcraft
JR RHP Jaesung Hwang
rJR RHP Hunter Brothers
rJR RHP Will Blalock
rFR RHP Dalton Curtis (2015)

Mercer

JR 3B/SS Chesny Young
SR C Austin Barrett
SR OF Derrick Workman
SR OF Sasha LaGarde
SR 1B Nick Backlund
SR 2B/SS Michael Massi
SR RHP/2B DJ Johnson
SR RHP Brandon Barker
JR RHP Ben Lumsden
JR RHP Dmitri Kourtis
FR SS Matt Meeder (2016)

North Florida

JR 3B Trent Higginbothem
rJR OF Alex Bacon
SR 1B/C Ryan Roberson
JR OF/RHP Drew Weeks
SR RHP David Trexler
SR RHP Tyler Moore
SO RHP Corbin Olmstead (2015)
SO OF Donnie Dewees (2015)
SO 2B/SS Kyle Brooks (2015)
rFR SS Patrick Ervin (2015)
FR RHP Bryan Baker (2016)
FR C Alex Merritt (2016)

Northern Kentucky

SR LHP Matt Jefferson
JR LHP Cody Cooper

South Carolina Upstate

JR RHP Chad Sobotka
SR LHP David Roseboom
SR C Luke Weber
SR OF Tyler Lesch

Stetson

JR C Garrett Russini
JR SS/2B Tyler Bocock
SR SS/2B K’Shawn Smith
SR OF Kyle Zech
JR 1B/OF Tanner Blackman
rSR RHP Kurt Schluter
SR LHP Austin Perez
rSO RHP Ben Rakus
JR RHP Josh Powers
rSO RHP Tyler Warmoth
SO 1B/C Pat Mazeika (2015)
SO RHP Josh Thorne (2015)
SO INF/RHP Kevin Fagan (2015)
SO LHP Adam Schaly (2015)
FR RHP Taylor Cockrell (2016)

2014 MLB Draft: Atlantic Sun Follow Lists

Players aren’t listed in any particularly order — other than grouping them as hitters vs pitchers — so don’t read anything into placement, though I tried to highlight the best and the brightest in the comments. If I missed anybody that so obviously should have been there, please yell at me in the comments or via email.

East Tennessee State

SR 1B/LHP Clint Freeman
JR SS Jordan Sanford
JR SS Chris Riopedre
JR RHP Jimmy Nesselt
SR RHP Will Chesney
SR OF Dylan Tritsch

There has to be a home in pro ball for SR 1B/LHP Clint Freeman, right? There’s enough flashes of power, defensive versatility (he’s athletic enough to hang in an OF corner, I think), and a viable fallback option of moving to the mound to justify a mid- to late-round selection. Can’t say I see anybody else on the roster jumping off the page in the same way, unfortunately. JR SS Jordan Sanford or SR RHP Will Chesney, maybe?

Florida Gulf Coast

JR OF/1B Michael Suchy
JR OF Adam Eggnatz
rJR SS/RHP Alex Diaz
JR 3B/RHP Zack Tillery
rSO RHP/OF Brady Anderson
JR RHP Jack English
SR LHP Ryan Atwood

In a college class lacking in power – feel like that’s something we’ve repeated more years than not – JR OF/1B Michael Suchy’s impressive size/strength/swing geared for power combination bears watching. He also does enough well athletically that he should have no problem sticking in the outfield, perhaps even in right field. Like so many young power hitters, Suchy’s swing can get long, but, from what I’ve gathered, he’s improved his balance and overall approach quite a bit since enrolling. Fun, somewhat odd head-to-head prospect comparison between two guys with vaguely similar scouting profiles:

Florida State JR OF Michael Suchy

2012: .211/.319/.244 – 16 BB/40 K – 5/5 SB – 123 AB
2013: .327/.396/.487 – 23 BB/46 K – 7/11 SB – 226 AB

Michigan State JR OF Jimmy Pickens

2012: .268/.362/.448 – 13 BB/46 K – 2/3 SB – 183 AB
2013: .297/.372/.523 – 19 BB/39 K – 6/10 SB – 195 AB

JR RHP Jack English doesn’t have the size most teams want in a righthanded pitching prospect, but his present stuff is quite strong (90-93 FB, flashes plus 75-77 CB). I’d like to see rJR SS/RHP Alex Diaz unleashed on the mound to better put his similarly hot fastball to use, but I can understand the coaching staff wanting to keep his plus glove at short. If his bat shows any signs of life, then he becomes really interesting as a position player really fast.

rSO RHP/OF Brady Anderson missed last season due to an ACL injury, so his return to form may take a little bit of time. The real shame of his injury – besides the fact that leg injuries are absolutely no fan at all, said the has-been in need of a new hip – is that Anderson, despite modest speed numbers in his freshman season, could really, really run. If his fallback is on the mound, he remains a nice prospect if healthy: 88-92 FB (94 peak), good upper-70s SL, shows a CU, good athleticism (again, if healthy).

I don’t yet have a great read on the Florida Gulf Coast underclass prospects, but, for now, a pair of sophomore infielders, Nick Rivera and Tyler Selesky, sit atop my 2015 follow list.

Jacksonville

JR RHP Alex McRae
SR LHP Will Flor
SR RHP Adam Maxon
SR RHP Zach Gordon
JR RHP Jeff Tanner
SR C Drew Luther
JR OF Cameron Gibson

JR RHP Alex McRae has been a true workhorse since his taking the ball his first day on campus. I appreciate his fastball (88-92, spots it well) and his frame is one you can see growing into something sturdy, but, for all his innings-eating success thus far, his peripherals (4.47 K/9 in 2012, 4.29 K/9 in 2013) don’t exactly scream pro prospect. There’s too much good here to write him off this early in his development, but whether or not he can take matters into his own hands (arm?) this season will tell us something. McRae wasn’t the unanimous winner of “best Jacksonville pitching prospect” (yes, I asked multiple people who know about this stuff that question…and actually got back a few non-sarcastic answers!): SR LHP Will Flor also received some love. Now you know.

Excited to see what SO 1B/OF Conor Marabell and SO OF Dylan Dillard (looking to build on a really nice freshman year) do this season.

Kennesaw State

JR C Max Pentecost
JR OF Jacob Bruce
SR OF Bo Way
rJR OF Chris McGowan
JR 3B Matt Bahnick
JR LHP Will Solomon
rJR RHP Justin McCalvin
JR RHP Nathan Harsh

You can’t really follow amateur ball and not love what JR C Max Pentecost brings to the table. Catchers who flash all five tools (none worse than average) who are assured to stick behind the plate long-term have that kind of effect on people. I’ve long posited a theory that there are two central types of amateur catching prospects: plus arm/plus power oversized (and often stiff) all-or-nothing players and well-rounded, athletic smaller framed players. Pentecost clearly falls more into the latter group than the former. He’s really athletic, runs well (and not just for a catcher, either!), and throws well. I’m lighter on the bat that most – though average hit tool and average raw power are nothing to dismiss, especially for a catcher – but that’s more of a product of me being not 100% ready to buy his outstanding run on the Cape this summer as the “real” Pentecost. If that power spike is real, and many smarter than me seem to have bought in, I could see Pentecost getting some warranted Jonathan Lucroy comps. That would make him a no-brainer first rounder, right?

Pentecost will be joined in the lineup by a crowded outfield. JR OF Jacob Bruce, SR OF Bo Way, and rJR OF Chris McGowan all do enough well to at least enter the draft discussion at this point. I’d set the over/under on drafted outfielders from this group at 0.5. I’d put that number higher for members of the pitching staff as I think each one of JR LHP Will Solomon, rJR RHP Justin McCalvin, and JR RHP Nathan Harsh is draft-worthy. Solomon has above-average stuff and his lefthandedness going for him. McCalvin and Harsh both put up eye-popping 2012 numbers while showing, you guessed it, above-average stuff. McCalvin has the better present secondary stuff (his SL is a good one, flashes plus) and higher peak FB velocity (93ish vs. 90ish), but Harsh has the edge in projectability (Harsh goes 6-6, 230 vs. McCalvin’s 6-0, 180 pounds). All good, all draftable.

A strong group of underclass talent is usually the telltale sign of a healthy program. Astute observations aside, Kennesaw State really does have one heck of a nice thing going. Almost any of their 2015 class could emerge as the next early round candidate, but smart money right now goes to SO OF Alex Liquori. If you prefer SO RHP Jordan Hillyer, SO RHP Kendall Hawkins, SO SS Kal Simmons, or SO RHP Travis Bergen, well, I couldn’t really argue.

Lipscomb

JR 1B Griffin Moore
SR OF Chad Shannon
SR OF Drew Adams
JR OF Jonathan Allison
JR 1B/RHP Tyson Ashcraft
JR RHP Jaesung Hwang
rJR RHP Hunter Brothers
rJR RHP Will Blalock

JR 1B Griffin Moore got slapped with the FAVORITE tag from me based on a few looks over the years, positive commentary from old pals who have seen him more than that, and assorted observations from the industry leaders (BA and PG). I stand by it because of his power upside, bat speed, strong arm, steady glove, frame (6-4, 200), and patient approach. There’s really a lot to like there. Unfortunately, he followed up his .226/.308/.285 freshman year with a .205/.375/.313 sophomore year. No doubt that this upcoming year is a big one for him.

Doing this year-round – even when I’m not posting – gets me occasionally behind on which prospects sign and which prospects return to school. Based on raw stuff and the occasional flashes of dominance I figured there was little chance I’d see Hunter Brothers name pop up on the Lipscomb roster in 2014. Here he is, though, despite being draft-eligible last season and equipped with a fastball peaking at 96-97 MPH and a mid-80s SL that flashes plus. Control remains his biggest bugaboo, but his big league reliever upside is undeniable. rJR RHP Will Blalock has a less famous last name, but similar profile and upside. JR RHP Jaesung Hwang has less exciting peak stuff, but his well-rounded arsenal could make him a potential fifth starter/swingman prospect in either this draft or next. rFR RHP Dalton Curtis is one to watch for 2015.

Mercer

JR 3B/SS Chesny Young
SR C Austin Barrett
SR OF Derrick Workman
SR OF Sasha LaGarde
SR 1B Nick Backlund
SR 2B/SS Michael Massi
SR RHP/2B DJ Johnson
SR RHP Brandon Barker
JR RHP Ben Lumsden
JR RHP Dmitri Kourtis

I don’t know enough about college ball as an entity that exists beyond my draft Draft DRAFT worldview, but, damn, the Atlantic Sun looks like a really fun, really competitive conference on paper. I know it’s not one of the big boys, but there are some really good looking teams here, and the amount of depth to be found compares quite well with any mid-major (or whatever we’re calling them these days) conference I’ve looked at so far. Mercer, a school I don’t typically think of as one of the more talented compared to Kennesaw State and Florida Gulf Coast, exemplifies the depth this conference has to offer. Again, I’m just talking prospects here and not college won/loss results.

Max Pentecost has gotten all the headlines (deservedly so, of course), but don’t sleep on JR 3B/2B Chesny Young, a second early-round bat from the Atlantic Sun. As a draft prospect, he reminds me a little bit of old favorite Kolbrin Vitek. Young’s glove is stronger and his power less prodigious, but the basic template – positional versatility, well-rounded skill set, mature approach, smaller school background – is there. If he can play second base, as some believe, then his lack of raw power won’t be as big an issue for teams worried about traditional offensive roles for the starting eight (a bad habit of mine that I’m trying to break one weird wonderful prospect at a time).

SR C Austin Barrett looks like one of the better mid- to late-round organizational catcher prospects who may eventually hang around AAA long enough to make it as a serviceable big league backup catcher. I’ve always had a soft spot for those guys. SR OF Derrick Workman shows three big league tools (speed, arm, pop), but his approach is one of the most hacktastic (78 K, 71 K, and 59 K through three seasons) in all of amateur ball. SR OF Sasha LaGarde has a little more usable speed, a little less power, and similar swing-and-miss issues (55 K last year). SR 1B Nick Backlund joined the 50 K club, but he may have enough power to make it worth some team’s while in the later rounds.

I like both JR RHP Ben Lumsden and JR RHP Dmitri Kourtis a lot. Lumsden is a hard thrower (94 peak) with good size and a track record of success (2013: 7.97 K/9 | 1.79 BB/9 | 3.78 FIP | 55.1 IP). Kourtis may just qualify as a “sleeper” — I hate that term so much, yet use it all the time — even though he’s a pretty well-known name in the scouting community. What gives him “sleeper” potential for me is how high I think he can rise between now and June. What’s not to like about a guy who gets ground balls, lives 88-92 (touching 93), throws a mean changeup (flashes plus), and is coming off a strong season (2013: 8.02 K/9 | 2.00 BB/9 | 3.25 FIP | 67.1 IP)? The name of the game is missing bats and getting diplomatic ground ball outs, and Kourtis does both quite well.

North Florida

JR 3B Trent Higginbothem
rJR OF Alex Bacon
SR 1B/C Ryan Roberson
JR 3B/RHP Drew Weeks
SR RHP David Trexler
SR RHP Tyler Moore
SO RHP Corbin Olmstead
SO OF Donnie Dewees
SO 2B/SS Kyle Brooks
rFR SS Patrick Ervin
FR RHP Bryan Baker

SR 1B/C Ryan Roberson isn’t really a prospect unless he can stay behind the plate. I still like him as a college hitter. JR 3B Trent Higginbothem is probably North Florida’s best hitting prospect and a certifiable “sleeper” — everybody is a sleeper! — if he hits as expected in 2014. SR RHP Tyler Moore is probably North Florida’s best overall 2014 prospect and a certifiable “sleeper” — sorry! — if healthy in 2014. Moore has performed at every turn since stepping on campus and his stuff, while not overwhelming, is strong enough (88-92 FB, really good breaking ball) to make it in pro ball. FR RHP Bryan Baker is probably North Florida’s best overall prospect (draft year be damned).

Northern Kentucky

SR LHP Matt Jefferson
JR LHP Cody Cooper

A pair of lefthanded arms stood out to me among the rest when looking at Northern Kentucky: SR LHP Matt Jefferson and JR LHP Cody Cooper. Hard to put either in the draftable range at this point, but that’s why they play the games, right?

South Carolina Upstate

JR RHP Chad Sobotka
SR LHP David Roseboom
SR C Luke Weber
SR OF Tyler Lesch

Very easy to see why JR RHP Chad Sobotka is getting some loud early draft buzz. Size (6-6, 200), heat (90-94, 95-96 peak), a second knockout pitch (82-85 SL), and the ability to miss bats (9.77 K/9 in 2012, 10.61 K/9 in 2013) all have his arrow pointing up. Refining his stuff to include an effective softer pitch could make him a starter at the next level, but he may be one of those guys best left to let it fly out of the pen. Either way, his control needs some tightening up. Easy single digit round prospect no matter his future role, I think.

With Sobotka pitching out of the pen to this point, SR LHP David Roseboom is technically the best starting pitching prospect on the roster. He’s carried a heavy load the past two years and figures to use his average fastball, plus SL, and CU with promise to do much of the same in 2013. A year closer to his freshman season should get him drafted.

Stetson

JR C Garrett Russini
JR SS/2B Tyler Bocock
SR SS/2B K’Shawn Smith
SR OF Kyle Zech
JR 1B/OF Tanner Blackman
rSR RHP Kurt Schluter
SR LHP Austin Perez
rSO RHP Ben Rakus
JR RHP Josh Powers
rSO RHP Tyler Warmoth

JR C Garrett Russini has a little Atlantic Sun helium as a 2014 breakout candidate, according to those in the know. His defense is solid and the bat has a good deal of untapped upside. With a surprisingly impressive — surprising in that he hasn’t been scooped up by a pro team yet — four-pitch mix, rSR RHP Kurt Schluter is one of 2014’s best potential senior signs. SR LHP Austin Perez has done well for himself, but is short on stuff. rSO RHP Ben Rakus and JR RHP Josh Powers haven’t been as sharp — in terms of peripherals, mostly — but have the kind of size and stuff that could get them noticed with an uptick of bats missed.

SO 1B/C Pat Mazeika is already one of my favorite underclass bats to watch.