9/5/09

Update: Top Outfielders in 2010 MLB Draft

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1. Bryce Brentz – Middle Tennessee State – has the most raw power in the draft class… incredible bat command and speed… projects out as a first baseman… even as a pitcher he had 63Ks in 88.2 IP and a 4.57 ERA


7/07 fr. http://www.projectprospect.com/: If you want your kid to be a massive power hitter, name him Bryce. Bryce Brentz is the No. 1 power hitting prospect from the four-year college ranks. Brentz lead all of Division-I in batting average, slugging percentage, home runs, and total bases all that ads up to a triple slash line of .465/.535/.930 with 28 home runs. While MTSU plays in a strong hitter park (120 PF, BoydsWorld.com), Brentz compliments his outstanding power with very solid zone judgement. Brentz walked 11.4% of the time last year while striking out in just 11.8% of his plate appearances. A college center fielder, Brentz gets knocked some for his defense as some think he may wind up at first base in the pros. Wherever he plays, his bat could be special.
7/09 fr. Keith Law/ http://www.espn.com/ : “he was by far the best player on Team USA".

7/13: As of July 13, hitting .476 for Team USA.

7-21: 2010 MLB Mock Draft - 2nd Edition - July 21, 2009 by Scouting The Sports http://scoutingthesports.com/?p=3632 - 8. Baltimore Orioles - Bryce Brentz Outfielder Middle Tennessee State - -In his first year, Brentz was a collegiate freshman All-American. In his second year, Brentz’s average actually rose and so did his homer run total. He finished with a .465/.535/.930 line in 230 at-bats, slugging 28 home runs, 19 doubles, and a pair of triples. Brentz has the most raw power in a draft class which is already loaded with power, and has incredible bat command and even better bat speed. Brentz can easily play any of the corner outfield positions with decent range and an above average arm. Teams could also look into developing him into a first baseman.


2. Austin Wilson –( up from 7th) - Harvard-Westlake H.S. (CA.) – 6-4, 200 - has most power of the draft… not polished, but who cares… hit two 500+ HRs at Florida showcase, both to different parts of the field. One scout said he’s a “young Adam Jones”… 2008 Area Code games alumni… projects out on corners… average speed… excellent arm… star in batting practice…

7-21: 2010 MLB Mock Draft - 2nd Edition - July 21, 2009 by Scouting The Sports http://scoutingthesports.com/?p=3632 - - 3. San Diego Padres - Austin Wilson Outfielder Harvard-Westlake High School, Los Angeles, California - The Padres have holes at almost every position and need a superstar to build on. Local boy Austin Wood will be a good guy to start the rebuilding process. While he is unpolished, this AFLAC All-American has shown his that he has the most natural batting practice power in the 2010 draft At a showcase in Florida (where he was the only Junior invited) he hit a few batting practice balls over 500 feet, each one to different parts of the field. Wilson also has above average speed, stealing 12 of 13 bases last season, and a fantastic arm. With a .526 batting average as well as 6 home runs, 27 runs scored and 27 RBI’s in only 77 official at-bats

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: 60-70 arm strength, runs well underway, made contact, showed some power in BP, didn't display it in 4 games however. Looks great in a uniform, definitely need to see again.


8-6: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - Already a chiseled 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, Wilson is a physical specimen who stands out on the field. He's an average runner but has a cannon for an arm, and he should have the size, athleticism and tools to be a special player.


8-10: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/ – Area Code Games - Wilson packs a plus arm and provocative power in his 6-foot-4, 213-pound build. He’s a superlative athlete as well, reeling off a 6.79 60 and a 35.4 vertical jump.


8-15: from XMLBScout on www.perfectgame.com: certainly displayed the power and some loft in his swing in the game, other than just in BP. Some of the tv talent experts were fishing out there on comparable current ML players, but the one that sticks out to me is a throwback era player, Ellis Valentine, very similar hitting approaches, throwing ability, flat out running speed.



3. Trey Griffin – MLK H.S. (Stockbridge, GA.) – 5-tooler… quickly reads ball off of bat… good speed… also plays SS… incredible hands… power to all fields.

7-21: 2010 MLB Mock Draft - 2nd Edition - July 21, 2009 by Scouting The Sports http://scoutingthesports.com/?p=3632 - 4. Kansas City Royals - Trey Griffin Outfielder Martin Luther King High School, Stockbridge Georgia - Griffin is a five-tool prospect with incredible athleticism who can play a few different positions. In high school, Griffin has mainly played the outfield position, where his ability to quickly read balls off the bat and good speed have allowed him to cover tons of ground. However Griffin has also played some shortstop in high school, where his incredible hands and good arm strength make him the most talented fielding shortstop in this draft. Wherever Griffin plays, he will hit. Griffin has power to all fields and incredible bat control for a prospect his age.

7-29: From http://www.baseballfactory.com/: - Trey is a premium athlete with the body and skills to be a future top round pick. He has is a plus runner with arm strength and advanced ability at the plate. He shows flashes of present power with more to come. His overall package has elicited comparisons to last year’s Under Armour All-America Game participant Donovan Tate.


8-6: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - Griffin is a gifted athlete with good size and strength that provides him with the tools and athleticism to be a good all-around player. He hits from an open stance and runs the 60-yard dash in 6.8 seconds. Griffin's half brother, Xavier Avery, was a second-round pick by the Orioles last year.


8-9: from http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - Griffin tied the game in the fourth when he doubled home Castellanos, but then gave Baseball Factory the lead when he caught catcher Jacob Felts sleeping as he stole home when Felts was lobbing the ball back to the pitcher.




4. Leon Landry – LSU – 5-10, 200, L/R -


7/07 fr. http://www.projectprospect.com/: Leon Landry will follow in the footsteps of teammate Jared Mitchell as a super-toolsy two-sport athlete outfielder from LSU.


8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: this kid can really run, has probs earlier in the year and was sat down, however when he got his opportunity against some of the best college pitchers, he showed much better focus as a hitter. 70 runner with solid defensive skills and range, 40 plus arm. Will be one to watch for 2010 for sure.



5. Tyler Holt – Florida State -


7/07 fr. http://www.projectprospect.com/: While Holt may not have the same buzz as the rest of guys above him on this list, he is very deserving. At least a plus runner, Holt gets good jumps on the ball and covers tons of ground in centerfield. He’s an asset in the field and on the base paths (34-39 stolen base attempts). Holt’s biggest tool is his on-base ability, as he walked an astonishing 17.9% of the time last spring boosting his overall line to .401/.520/.578. A line-drive hitter with strong wrists and good bat-speed and a fantastic approach, Holt projects as a prototypical lead-off hitter.

7/13: As of July 13, hitting .438 for Team USA.



6. Kevin Keyes – (up from 9th) - Texas – 6-4, 225… excellent bat speed and strength… 2nd on team in 2009 in HRs and doubles… charts out as a RFer… average arm

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: power stroke, runs well, better underway and has at least a 55-60 arm, reminds me a lot of JD Dye of the White Sox.


8-2: from 6-16 article www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com: Keyes has physicality that can't be ignored at 6-4, 225 pounds. He has bat speed and strength that plays even in Texas' spacious Disch-Falk Field, as he ranks second on the team in home runs and doubles. He profiles as a right fielder with an average arm and enough speed for the position. His draft status will depend on how well he taps into his raw power.



7. Jarrett Parker – (up from 12th) - Virginia – 6-4, 205 junior… excellent size, power, speed, and defense… zero HRs as a freshman, 15 as a sophomore… struck out 76 times in 259 at bats.


8-2: from 6-16 article www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com: Few hitters in the Class of 2010 can match Parker's combination of size, speed, power and defense. Parker worked hard in the offseason to add about 20 pounds of muscle to his athletic 6-4, 205-pound frame, and as a result he pounded 16 homers this year after hitting none in 50 games as a freshman. But he did not lose his speed or agility, and his range, instincts and arm strength are all assets in center field. The biggest thing Parker must improve is his contact rate; he has struck out 76 times in 259 at-bats this spring.


8. Josh Sale - Bishop Blanchet HS (WA) – 6-1, 195, L/L …

8-10: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/ – Area Code Games - Sale homered twice in last year’s Area Code Games and he picked up where he left off on Wednesday night, blasting another round tripper out of spacious Blair Field.

8-19: Jeff Sullivan from the AFLAC Games: - Sale is one of the top hitters in the country. It is unsure where he will play defensively but his bat should play anywhere. He went 0-1 with a walk during the gam. I wouldn’t be surprised if by draft time, he is the top high school hitter in the draft.


9. Jabari Blash – (up from 11th) – Miami-Dade C.C. –

7/09 fr. http://www.withthefirstpick.net/: - Jabari Blash, an outfielder from Miami-Dade Community College, is one of the most exciting prospects eligible for the draft. He's got plenty of speed, huge power and profiles in center-field or right. Blash's tools don't always translate to games, but he has All-Star talent. We ranked Blash 63rd overall and the Rangers selected him in the ninth round (he has yet to sign). The Virgin Islands native has been playing this summer for the Deland Suns of the Florida Collegiate Summer League, where he is hitting .234/.388/328.

8-31: From www.baseballamerica: Blash has tremendous raw talent, and he was drafted by the Rangers in the ninth round this June but did not sign. Blash has a great body at 6-foot-6, 220 pounds and has the potential to be a five-tool player. He has a strong enough arm to play right field and enough speed to play center. Blash hit .279/.400/.365 in 104 at-bats this summer but hit just one homer after blasting 10 in 102 at-bats this spring. He has plus raw power to go along with his plus speed and plus arm, but he has holes in his swing and is still learning the nuances of the game.




10. Gary Brown – Cal State Fullerton – also plays 3B and projects out as a 2Bman… excellent speed… needs to develop consistency.




11. Kurtis Muller – Iowa – 5-10, 165, Junior

7-24 – Fr. http://www.rivals.yahoo.com/: The skinny: Muller had an average spring campaign for the Hawkeyes and finished the season hitting .296 with a pair of homers and 20 RBIs. But with a wood bat this summer, Muller has elevated his game in many ways. For the Mallards, Muller is hitting .328 with eight doubles, a triple, three homers and 23 RBIs. He also was named the Most Valuable Player of the Northwoods All-Star game.



12. Matt Newman – Arizona State –

July 13: went 3-5, with 4-RBIs for Team USA in their 7-5 loss to Team Japan… hitting .424 with 10 RBIs so far for Team USA


7-20: In the 6-3 Team USA loss to Team Germany: hit solo home run


13. Reggie Golden – (up from 21st) - Wetumpka HS (AL) – 5-11, 200 - 2009: .458, 9-HR, 30-RBI… verbally committed to Alabama…


7-29: from http://www.baseballfactory.com/: - Built like a running back, Reggie packs a punch on the diamond with an exceptional combination of speed and power as well as a strong throwing arm. He makes good, consistent contact at the plate and puts on shows in batting practice

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: solid runner, 4.25 to 1b, ave to just abv ave arm strength, has power in his swing, chased many pitches up in the zone and didn't do a thing with it, showed BP power during BP, will need to make adjustments next spring to cut down on swing n misses. Good athlete.

8-9: from www.baseballamerica.com: - Golden is another raw, athletic outfielder that has big power but can struggle with pitches away. Well, in his last at-bat he got a fastball in and absolutely crushed it to left-center, just missing leaving the stadium and landing on Waveland Avenue by only a couple of feet.


9-5: from Jonathan Mayo’s 8-26 article on www.minors.mlbblogs.com: - He's got all the raw tools you'd want to see and might have the best overall tool package in the Draft class. He's an above-average runner, he's got raw power to spare. The question is whether he'll make adjustments. If he does in the spring, he'll move up in a hurry.


14. Blake Dean - LSU… 6-0, 193, L/L, senior … 2008 Baseball America First-Team All-American… named one of Baseball America's Top 300 High School Players of 2006. 2008: .353, 20 HRs, 73 RBIs

8-20: from http://www.rivals.yahoo.com/: He certainly wasn’t the most athletic college player in the draft, but it still surprises me the Twins waited until the 10th round to select Dean. Even with how late he was drafted, it’s even more surprising to me that Dean decided to return to college. After a trio of outstanding campaigns for LSU, Dean has little to prove with the program. Perhaps the Twins acknowledged early in the negotiation process they wouldn’t be able to offer him a substantial contract. Only Dean really knows that. But either way, it was interesting that Dean decided to return to school. LSU coach Paul Mainieri was thrilled with his decision.




15. Mark Canha – Univ. of California – Junior – 6-2, 195… 2009: .366, 17-2B, 12-HR, 43-RBI, 75-H, 130-TB, .634 SLG, .444-OBP, 44-R… earned All-Pac 10… also plays 1B… hits for power… good threat for base stealing



16. Joc Peterson – (new) –

8-9: from Keith Law/ www.espn.com: RF Joc Pederson has a great swing that is quick to the ball with a nice follow through. Along with his above-average speed and ability to probably play center, Pederson figures to be on everyone's 2010 first round radar.

17. Taylor Lindsay - Desert Mountain HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. –


18. Chris Lewis – Western Michigan – 6-0, 190, senior, S/R… played 2009 summer ball for the Battle Creek Bombers…

7-24 – Fr. http://www.rivals.yahoo.com/: The skinny: Lewis is another player having a year to remember. Lewis finished the spring at Western Michigan hitting .318 with seven homers and 39 RBIs. He’s also making a huge statement at the Northwoods League this summer. He is hitting .333 with seven doubles, four triples, three homers and 35 RBIs. He also is slugging .458 and has an impressive .425 on-base percentage. His summer is good news for the Broncos.


19. Krey Bratsen - Bryan HS, Texas -

20. Michael Choice - UT Arlington -

7/9 fr. Keith Law http://www.espn.com/: Michael Choice, OF, Texas-Arlington: He has below average speed and arm strength, so his only available defensive position is likely left field, but he has shown great power.


21. Kolten Wong – Hawaii - named to the 2009 USA Baseball national team… 2009: .341, 11-HR, 21-doubles, 52-RBIs, 46-R, 11-SB… led team in outfield assists.

22. Rance Roundy – UNLV – 6-2, 180, junior… 2008: .283 (53-187) with two home runs and 30 RBI ... Scored 31 runs and had 14 extra-base hits ... Had 14 multi-hit games, including seven of three or more.. played 2009 summer ball for the Rochester Honkers.

7-24 – Fr. http://www.rivals.yahoo.com/: The skinny: Roundy is having a year to remember at the plate. This past spring with the Rebels, Roundy finished the season hitting .364 with three homers, 32 RBIs and a .403 on-base percentage. His summer at the Northwoods has been equally impressive. Roundy is hitting .322 with 19 doubles, a triple, five homers and 25 RBIs. He also is slugging .519 and has a .393 on-base percentage. The Rebels desperately will need another productive campaign from him next spring.


23. Casey McGrew - Wright State –


24. James Meador – San Diego – senior… 2009: .376 in 213 at bats… .976 fielding… projects out as right fielder

25. Ryan Dew – Ohio State – Senior… 6-1, 220, L/L… led team in hitting in 2009: .388/.429/.562… 7-HR, 42-RBI… 1.000% fielding percentage

26. Evan Hilton – Woodlands HS (GA) – 5-10, 165, S/L – two-way… athletic… very accurate outfield arm… 6.93 speed… 83-86 fastball…

27. Brandon Beans – Hartsville HS (SC) – 5-10, 175… also is RHP…

PG Cross Checker ranks Beans as the 7th top SC prospect out of high school, and the 348th in the nation…


28. Todd Cunningham – – Jacksonville State – S/R junior…

7-23: stats thru 7-15 in Cape Cod League: .368, 2-HR, 9-RBI… starting in Cape Cod All-Star game


8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: same school produced Tootle this year, Todd has a very good approach to hitting from both sides of the plate and at least average tools across the board. Also plays the game the way it's supposed to be played, and that's "all out!". Lots of ink on him this summer, however, it's best to watch him play, he will grow on you!



29. Gary Brown – Cal State Fullerton – junior R/R…

7-23: stats thru 7-15 in Cape Cod League: .344, 2-HR, 9-RBI… starting in Cape Cod All-Star game


8-2: from 6-16 article http://www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/: Brown's speed tantalizes scouts, who would love to see him perform at a more consistent level. He's bounced between the outfield corners and third base for the Titans and may profile best at second. His well-above-average speed would play anywhere in the middle of the diamond, or at the top of the lineup as his bat develops.


30. Taylor Kaczmarek – Desert Ridge HS (AZ) – 6-2, 210, R/R – very lively swing… raw power, projects out eithr on corners or first base….



31. Jordan Scott – Greer HS (SC) – 6-1, 160… also plays shortstop… verbally committed to South Carolina…


PG Gross Checker ranks Scott the 24th top SC high school prospect, and 288th overall in the nation…

32. Deshun Dixon – (up from #41) - Terry HS (MS) – OF/LHP –

7-29: From: http://www.baseballfactory.com/: - Smaller than his brother Rashun, a prospect in the Athletics organization, Deshun is an athletic and exciting player. His speed gives him the range to be a true center fielder and a terror on the bases. He hits from the right side and knows how to get on base. He also has a strong arm, getting it up to the low 90s off the mound.


8-15: from XMLBScout on www.perfectgame.com: first time seeing him this year, said to be a solid 2 way player (football & baseball) and showed very good defense and arm strength also pitched an inning to help his cause. Very interesting to see for 2010.



33. Brian Ragira – (up from 46th) – Martin HS (TX) – 6-3, 175 -


8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: long limbs and neck, pure hitter with doubles type power, foul line HR power, hit the ball where it was pitched, runs better on the way and adequate arm strength, on the bump he was 84-87 on the stalker, there is arm strength there, and great character too. Another who will need to get bigger and stronger in college then watch out.


8-6: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - Ragira is an athletic player with room to fill out as he matures and adds strength. He's still learning how to handle wood bats, but shows flashes of potential and has good bat speed. He's patient at the plate but aggressive on the bases with his above-average speed.


9-5: from Jonathan Mayo’s 8-26 article on www.minors.mlbblogs.com: - Brian Ragira showed a really good approach at the plate, laying off breaking balls and showing he can hit a fastball anywhere. When the game sped up, he kept up. He's a Stanford commitment, so he might be hard to woo away from college.


34. Cheves Clark – (up from 44th) – Marietta HS (GA) – 6-0, 185 – verbally committed to Georgia Tech


7-29: From: http://www.baseballfactory.com/: - Clarke is an advanced young player with a complete game. He has a short, quick stroke from both sides of the plate that leads to consistent hard contact. He already shows gap power and can turn on balls at times. He can go get it in the outfield and throws well from all three spots. Overall, Clarke has the tools and polish that make him one of the top all-around players in the class


8-6: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - Clarke is a flashy outfielder who has been on the prospect map for awhile. The 6-foot, 190-pounder is a toolsy center fielder that hits from both sides of the plate, runs well and shows off above-average arm strength.


9-5: from Jonathan Mayo’s 8-26 article on www.minors.mlbblogs.com: - Chevez Clarke showed a good, short and quick swing, but he didn't run as well as some had advertised.



35. David Donald – J.L. Mann (SC) – 5-11, 175… verbally committed to College of Charleston…

PG Cross Checker ranks Donald as the 481st top prospect in the nation

36. Cory Hahn – Mater Dei HS (CA) – 5-9, 160 – toolsy… 6.6 lightning speed… solid arm… quick bat… strikes out too much…


8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: 5'10 155 L/L, smooth lefty swing, solid arm, know how in the field, reminds me of John Drennen from a few years back in the AFLAC event. This young man has good upside, average runner with good quickness and 1st step.

37. Yordy Cabrera – (up from 44th) – Lakeland HS (FL) – 6-2, 190, R/R –

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: looks great in a uniform as well, ball off the wood jumps when he makes solid contact, pulls off the ball some, runs well underway, solid ave at the worst, also showed ML arm strength.

9-5: from Jonathan Mayo’s 8-26 article on www.minors.mlbblogs.com: - Yordy Cabrera showed good power and a nice swing -- it reminded some of Andruw Jones's finish -- though since he's a little older (he'll be 19 1/2 come next year's Draft), he's tougher to evaluate.


38. Michael Lorenzen – Fullerton HS (CA) – 6-2, 180 – 6.8 speed… powerful arm… also pitches in the low 90s… needs to develop plate discipline


39. Angelo Gumbs – Torrance HS (CA) – 6-1, 190 – gome to first in 4:07… prep shortstop… good arm… thows inconsistently…


40. Kyle LeBlanc – Newburyport H.S. – 6-0 - average bat… 6.41 in 60-yds… solid fielding… projects as CF


41. Brian Fletcher –Auburn junior R/R…

7-23: stats thru 7-15 in Cape Cod League: .317, 1-HR, 10-RBI… starting in Cape Cod All-Star game

42. Zach Cone – Georgia – freshman R/R…

7-23: stats thru 7-15 in Cape Cod League: .267, 1-HR, 9-RBI… starting in Cape Cod All-Star game

43. Daniel Groval – Virginia – junior L/L…

7-23: stats thru 7-15 in Cape Cod League: .294, 0-HR, 8-RBI… starting in Cape Cod All-Star game


44. Austin Wates – Virginia Tech – junior R/R…

7-23: stats thru 7-15 in Cape Cod League: .385, 0-HR, 10-RBI… starting in Cape Cod All-Star game

7-29: From http://www.capecodonline.com/: - Austin Wates may be flying, but it’s no longer under the radar. The Yarmouth-Dennis corner outfielder out of Virginia Tech has hit in the high .300s almost all season while displaying most of the tools scouts are looking for, including 6.5 speed in the 60. His starry summer on the Cape has put him in prime position for the 2010 draft. “I think he’ll go in the top five rounds,” said Y-D manager Scott Pickler.


45. JaDamion Williams – Brooks-DeBartolo HS (FL) – 6-1, 185 –


7-29: From http://www.baseballfactory.com/: - Williams is very fast and athletic. A switch-hitter, he has a quick bat and explosive swing from both sides of the plate. Williams’ father Reggie played four years in the big leagues with the Angels and Dodgers.



46. Drew Vettleson – Central Kitsay HS (WA) – 6-1, 185, L/L –

8-1: from http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/: hits the ball with some sting in his swing, runs better underway and 40 plus arm, that should get better in the next 2-3 years. Loves the game.

47. Kevin Jordan – Northside Columbus HS (GA) –

8-6: From http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - Jordan is an athletic 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds. While not a burner, he gets good reads on the ball and can play center field. He hits from the left side and shows some power to all fields, giving him a high ceiling.

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