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2016 MLB Draft Follow Lists – America East

Five America East players were drafted in last year’s MLB Draft. Thirty players from the America East have been selected over the past five years. Draft trends aren’t typically my preferred entry point when discussing a conference’s present talent levels, but, lacking a hook otherwise, let’s focus in on the five or six top names that could wind up repping the conference this June.

Right off the top, I’m fairly comfortable declaring that Stephen Woods is the most talented 2016 MLB Draft prospect in the America East. That may or may not be enough to make him the best prospect, but it certainly puts him in the mix. Woods has a big-time arm (95-96 peak) with an intriguing curve and an unusually firm yet effective changeup. All of that was enough to make him a sixth round pick out of high school. His biggest issue has always been control: he walked 9.9 batters per nine his freshman year, 7.0 batters per nine last year, and sits at 6.1 in the early going this season. Any team drafting Woods with a single-digit round pick will have to weigh his raw stuff against his wild ways. Look at his early 2016 line: 13.1 IP 16 H 11 ER 9 BB 25 K. What in the world do we make of that? Really good stuff + elite ability to miss bats + well below-average control + inconsistent (at best) track record of run prevention = I have no idea and I’m glad I’m not paid to make a definitive statement about his draft future. A selection anywhere from as high as round five to as low as the twenties wouldn’t surprise me at this point. When it doubt it never hurts to gamble on arm strength guys with pedigree like Woods, but know that his eventual pro future will be dictated far more on development than an accurate scouting report.

In addition to Woods, I count no less than a dozen 2016 draft prospects that throw 90 MPH or better. That benchmark alone isn’t enough to get a player drafted these days, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Cameron Stone (plus CU), Mike Bunal (athleticism), David Drouin (above-average CB), Tyler Honahan (lefty pitchability), and Kyle Gauthier (plus command) are just some of the young arms that throw hard and bring something else impressive to the table. An argument could be made that Jeff Gelinas, the projectable righty out of Maine, has the most upside out of any draft-eligible arm in the conference. I bring it up because, as luck would have it, a baseball friend of mine based out of the Boston area actually made that argument to me when I was asking around about this list. Gelinas has a big arm (up to 94) and plenty of untapped upside, but many of the same issues as Woods (control, obviously) without the same offspeed refinement.

Still lacking an obvious angle to discuss the America East hitting prospects, let’s go with a quick breakdown of the three outfielders at the top. Here’s where I have Toby Handley, Ian Strom, and Jack Parenty…

Hit: Handley, Parenty, Strom
Power: Parenty, Strom, Handley
Speed: Strom, Handley, Parenty
Glove: Strom, Handley, Parenty
Arm: Strom, Handley, Parenty

If you’ve come to this site knowing nothing about these three players, which guy do you like best? Handley is the hitter, Parenty has the most pop, and Strom brings the most appealing all-around athletic profile. A case could be made for any of the three as the conference’s top hitting prospect in 2016. I went with the hitter for now, but reserve the right to make the swap for the athlete with the funky swing who glides around in center with the best that college ball has to offer.

Hitters

  1. Stony Brook JR OF Toby Handley
  2. UMass-Lowell JR OF/LHP Ian Strom
  3. Stony Brook SR OF Jack Parenty
  4. Hartford JR 1B/3B David MacKinnon
  5. Stony Brook JR 1B/OF Casey Baker
  6. Maine JR OF Tyler Schwanz
  7. UMBC JR C Hunter Dolshun
  8. Maine SR C Kevin Stypulkowski
  9. Albany rJR C/1B Evan Harasta
  10. Binghamton JR OF/1B Brendan Skidmore
  11. UMBC SR SS Kevin Lachance
  12. UMBC JR OF Andrew Casali
  13. Binghamton rSO INF Justin Yurchak
  14. UMBC rSR 1B Anthony Gatto
  15. Maine SR 3B/SS Brett Chappell
  16. Binghamton SR 2B Reed Gamache
  17. Hartford SR OF Chris DelDebbio
  18. Albany SR OF Will Miller
  19. Hartford SR 2B/SS Aaron Wilson
  20. Albany SR SS Trevor DeMerritt
  21. Albany JR OF Eric Mueller
  22. UMBC rJR OF/RHP Tim Kelly
  23. Stony Brook rJR C David Real
  24. Albany rJR 3B Matt Hinchy
  25. UMass-Lowell SR OF Joe Consolmagno
  26. Stony Brook SR 3B Johnny Caputo
  27. Binghamton JR C Edward Posavec
  28. Maine SR 1B Brenden Geary
  29. UMBC rSR OF Nick Naumann
  30. UMBC rSO 3B Mitchell Carroll
  31. Binghamton JR OF Darian Herncane
  32. UMass-Lowell JR 1B/3B Zack Tower

Pitchers

  1. Albany JR RHP Stephen Woods
  2. Stony Brook JR RHP Cameron Stone
  3. Binghamton SR RHP/OF Mike Bunal
  4. Hartford rSO RHP David Drouin
  5. Stony Brook SR LHP Tyler Honahan
  6. Hartford SR RHP Kyle Gauthier
  7. Maine JR RHP Jeff Gelinas
  8. Hartford JR RHP John LaRossa
  9. Hartford SR RHP Jacob Mellin
  10. Hartford JR RHP Brian Stepniak
  11. UMBC SR RHP Conrad Wozniak
  12. Maine SR RHP Charlie Butler
  13. Albany JR RHP JT Genovese
  14. UMBC rSO RHP Patrick Phillips
  15. UMBC SR RHP Denis Mikush
  16. Albany JR RHP Joe Romero
  17. Binghamton rSO RHP Jacob Wloczewski
  18. Hartford SR RHP Brian Murphy
  19. Binghamton rJR RHP Jake Cryts
  20. Maine SR RHP Logan Fullmer
  21. UMass-Lowell JR RHP Steve Xirinachs
  22. UMBC JR RHP Cory Callahan
  23. Maine SR RHP Jake Marks
  24. Hartford SR RHP Sam McKay

Albany

JR RHP Stephen Woods (2016)
rJR RHP Ryan Stinar (2016)
JR LHP Marcus Failing (2016)
JR RHP Joe Romero (2016)
JR RHP JT Genovese (2016)
SR SS Trevor DeMerritt (2016)
SR 2B Karson Canaday (2016)
rJR 3B Matt Hinchy (2016)
SR OF Will Miller (2016)
rJR C/1B Evan Harasta (2016)
JR OF Eric Mueller (2016)
FR 2B Pat Lagravinese (2018)
FR SS Kevin Donati (2018)
FR C Matt Codispoti (2018)

High Priority Follows: Stephen Woods, Joe Romero, JT Genovese, Trevor DeMerritt, Karson Canaday, Matt Hinchy, Will Miller, Evan Harasta, Eric Mueller

Binghamton

rJR RHP Jake Cryts (2016)
rSO RHP Jacob Wloczewski (2016)
SR RHP/OF Mike Bunal (2016)
JR OF/1B Brendan Skidmore (2016)
rSO INF Justin Yurchak (2016)
SR 2B Reed Gamache (2016)
SR 3B David Schanz (2016)
JR C Edward Posavec (2016)
JR OF Darian Herncane (2016)
SO RHP Jake Erhard (2017)
SO LHP/1B Nick Wegmann (2017)
SO C/1B Jason Agresti (2017)
SO OF Chris McGee (2017)
SO OF/2B CJ Krowiak (2017)
SO 3B/1B Luke Tevlin (2017)
FR RHP Nick Gallagher (2018)

High Priority Follows: Jake Cryts, Jacob Wloczewski, Mike Bunal, Brendan Skidmore, Justin Yurchak, Reed Gamache, Edward Posavec, Darian Herncane

Hartford

SR RHP Sam McKay (2016)
SR RHP Brian Murphy (2016)
SR RHP Kyle Gauthier (2016)
SR RHP Jacob Mellin (2016)
JR RHP John LaRossa (2016)
rSO RHP David Drouin (2016)
JR RHP Brian Stepniak (2016)
JR 1B/3B David MacKinnon (2016)
SR 2B/SS Aaron Wilson (2016)
SR OF Chris DelDebbio (2016)
SR C/1B Billy Walker (2016)
JR 2B/3B Dalton Ruch (2016)
SO RHP Kevin Tise (2017)
SO C Erik Ostberg (2017)
SO 3B/SS TJ Ward (2017)
SO SS/3B Ben Bengtson (2017)
SO OF Nick Campana (2017)
FR RHP Justin Cashman (2018)
FR RHP Billy Devito (2018)
FR RHP Seth Pinkerton (2018)
FR OF Ashton Bardzell (2018)
FR 3B Chris Sullivan (2018)

High Priority Follows: Sam McKay, Brian Murphy, Kyle Gauthier, Jacob Mellin, John LaRossa, David Drouin, Brian Stepniak, David MacKinnon, Aaron Wilson, Chris DelDebbio

Maine

JR RHP Zach Winn (2016)
SR RHP Logan Fullmer (2016)
SR RHP Jake Marks (2016)
SR RHP Charlie Butler (2016)
JR RHP Jeff Gelinas (2016)
JR OF Tyler Schwanz (2016)
SR C Kevin Stypulkowski (2016)
SR 3B/SS Brett Chappell (2016)
SR 1B Brenden Geary (2016)
SR 2B Shane Bussey (2016)
SO RHP Chris Murphy (2017)
SO RHP Justin Courtney (2017)
SO RHP John Arel (2017)
SO LHP Connor Johnson (2017)
SO RHP Clay Conaway (2017)
SO 2B Alex Cabrera (2017)
FR SS Jeremy Pena (2018)
FR 2B Danny Casals (2018)

High Priority Follows: Logan Fullmer, Jake Marks, Charlie Butler, Jeff Gelinas, Tyler Schwanz, Kevin Stypulkowski, Brett Chappell, Brenden Geary

Stony Brook

SR LHP Tyler Honahan (2016)
SR RHP Tim Knesnik (2016)
SR RHP Chad Lee (2016)
JR RHP Cameron Stone (2016)
JR OF Toby Handley (2016)
SR 3B Johnny Caputo (2016)
SR OF Jack Parenty (2016)
JR 1B/OF Casey Baker (2016)
rJR C David Real (2016)
SO C Drew Bene (2017)
SO 1B Malcolm Nachmanoff (2017)
SO 1B/3B Andruw Gazzola (2017)
SO 2B/SS Bobby Honeyman (2017)
SO SS Jeremy Giles (2017)
FR RHP Bret Clarke (2018)

High Priority Follows: Tyler Honahan, Cameron Stone, Toby Handley, Johnny Caputo, Jack Parenty, Casey Baker, David Real

Massachusetts – Lowell

JR RHP Steve Xirinachs (2016)
JR OF/LHP Ian Strom (2016)
JR 1B/3B Zack Tower (2016)
SR OF Joe Consolmagno (2016)
SO RHP Andrew Ryan (2017)
SO RHP Nick Kuzia (2017)
SO RHP Tim Fallon (2017)
FR OF Michael Young (2018)
FR OF Chris Sharpe (2018)
FR 1B/OF Steve Passatempo (2018)

High Priority Follows: Steve Xirinachs, Ian Strom, Zack Tower, Joe Consolmagno

UMBC

rSR LHP Joe Vanderplas (2016)
SR LHP Kevin Little (2016)
SR RHP Conrad Wozniak (2016)
JR RHP Cory Callahan (2016)
SR RHP Denis Mikush (2016)
rSO RHP Patrick Phillips (2016)
rJR OF/RHP Tim Kelly (2016)
JR 1B/LHP Connor Hax (2016)
SR SS Kevin Lachance (2016)
rSR 1B Anthony Gatto (2016)
JR C Hunter Dolshun (2016)
JR OF Andrew Casali (2016)
rSR OF Nick Naumann (2016)
rSO 3B Mitchell Carroll (2016)
SO RHP Matt Chanin (2017)
SO C Zack Bright (2017)
SO 1B Jamie Switalski (2017)
FR 3B AJ Wright (2018)

High Priority Follows: Joe Vanderplas, Conrad Wozniak, Cory Callahan, Denis Mikush, Patrick Phillips, Tim Kelly, Kevin Lachance, Anthony Gatto, Hunter Dolshun, Andrew Casali, Nick Naumann, Mitchell Carroll

America East 2015 MLB Draft All-Prospect Team

Albany JR C Evan Harasta
Maine SR 1B Scott Heath
Stony Brook SR 2B Robert Chavarria
Stony Brook SR SS Cole Peragine
Stony Brook JR 3B Johnny Caputo
Binghamton SR OF Jake Thomas
Stony Brook JR OF Jack Parenty
Hartford rSR OF Ryan Lukach
Binghamton SR RHP Mike Urbanski
Stony Brook rSO LHP Daniel Zamora
Stony Brook JR LHP Tyler Honahan
Binghamton JR RHP Mike Bunal
Hartford JR RHP Jacob Mellin

SR SS Cole Peragine (Stony Brook) has been a favorite for years because of a wise beyond his years approach to the game. The upside (minor league depth/utility infielder) is capped by a low functional power ceiling, but every other tool he has plays up due to his fantastic instinctual actions and high baseball IQ. As I was writing this, I had a strange sense of déjà vu wash over me…and then it hit me that I wrote about Peragine last January. Not a ton has changed since then, so let’s do some recycling…

JR SS Cole Peragine is another player I like more than I probably should. He has a steady glove, great instincts on the bases, and a mature approach to hitting. Unfortunately, his pop, identified as both “sneaky” and “surprising” in my notes, hasn’t revealed itself just yet (.379 and .323 SLG) as a collegiate hitter. There’s also the question of whether or not said steady glove fits best at SS or 2B, though I think the answer to that will ultimately come down more to his arm (stretched on the left side, but passable in my view) than anything else.

Rough freshman year aside, I like SO 3B Johnny Caputo’s upside with the bat a lot. That’s what I wrote about Caputo (Stony Brook) almost exactly one year ago on this site. More recycling! He’s a junior now and his last season went a little better than his first, but banking on Caputo is still doing so on as yet unseen progress being made with the bat.

Binghamton SR OF Jake Thomas has a swing that’s easy to see making consistent hard contact no matter the level of competition. His profile gets a little bit murkier beyond that, but he’s positioned himself to get drafted if he can keep up his level of production at the plate all the same.

Though he finished second at his position to JR C Evan Harasta (Albany), I’m quite intrigued to see what JR C Kevin Stypulkowski (Maine) does in the coming months. The Florida transfer’s brief and largely underwhelming run at Miami-Dade tempers my enthusiasm some, but I’m still curious to see what an SEC transplant can do in the America East.

SR RHP Mike Urbanski hasn’t missed as many bats as his stuff (low-90s heat, good low-80s slider, promising change) and size (6-4, 215) would have you think. He could be in store for a breakout senior season or continue to merely show glimpses of putting it together. If I had a better idea which direction he was going I’d probably wouldn’t be doing this for free, but take his elevated ranking as an indication to which way I lean. I’ve long been in the tank for rSO LHP Daniel Zamora (Stony Brook), a smart lefty with solid current stuff and still some projection left. An argument could be made, however, that he’s not even the best lefthanded prospect on his own pitching staff thanks to the presence of JR LHP Tyler Honahan. The two are basically a coin flip for me with the slight edge to Zamora, though I get why some would prefer Honahan and his changeup.

2015 MLB Draft Talent – Hitting 

  1. Stony Brook SR SS Cole Peragine
  2. Binghamton SR OF/C Jake Thomas
  3. Stony Brook JR 3B Johnny Caputo
  4. Maine SR 1B/LHP Scott Heath
  5. Massachusetts – Lowell SR SS Danny Mendick
  6. Albany JR C Evan Harasta
  7. Maine JR C Kevin Stypulkowski
  8. Stony Brook JR OF Jack Parenty
  9. UMBC JR SS Kevin Lachance
  10. Stony Brook SR 2B Robert Chavarria

2015 MLB Draft Talent – Pitching 

  1. Binghamton SR RHP Mike Urbanski
  2. Stony Brook rSO LHP Daniel Zamora
  3. Stony Brook JR LHP Tyler Honahan
  4. Binghamton JR RHP/OF Mike Bunal
  5. Hartford JR RHP Jacob Mellin
  6. Stony Brook rJR RHP Nick Brass