2011 DRAFT: - Top 12 First Basemen

1. Travis Harrison:

6-15-10 from: - http://www.deepleagues.com/?p=1830  – 2011 Mock Draft - 5. Arizona Diamondbacks Travis Harrison 1B, Orange County, CA

6-27 from: - link  - Day two at TOS - LF, Travis Harrison, 6'2 220, R/R, strong upper body, arm strength and power in his bat for sure, ran 4.5 to 1b on IF grounder, called a hit? Supposedly ran sub 7.0, 60, but this kids way to the next level will be the bat. It's definitely there and he's slimmmed down a bit since last year, another good indication of progress. Now lets find him a position and see if he can keep hitting.
2. Preston Tucker – Florida sophomore – graduated Plant H.S., Tampa… 2009: 62-G, .364, 15-HR, 85-RBI, only 22-K

12-25-9 from http://www.collegebaseballblog.com/ : - named the 27th top 2010 college baseball player

6-14-10 from: - http://prospectinsider.com/360mock.php  - 2011 Mock Draft – 14 Colorado Preston Tucker, 1B -- Florida

6-15-10 from: - http://www.deepleagues.com/?p=1830  – 2011 Mock Draft - 17. New York Mets Preston Tucker 1B, Univ. of Florida

3. Ricky Oropesa:

6-12-10 from: - http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/wait-til-next-year-2011-draft-preview  - The best first baseman in the class is USC’s Ricky Oropesa (.353/.434/.711), one of the first highly touted recruits to live up to the hype during Chad Kreuter’s tenure as coach. He’s got massive power

6-14-10 from: - http://prospectinsider.com/360mock.php  - 2011 Mock Draft – 22 Los Angeles-A Ricky Oropesa, 1B/3B -- USC

6-18 from: - http://www.mlbbonusbaby.com/2010/6/17/1523259/summer-league-roundup-week-1  - Arguably the best bat on the Cape right now is fellow Pac 10 player Ricky Oropesa from USC. He's gone 4-for-14 so far, hitting a double and homer in the process, but he's not controlling the strike zone enough right now, though 3 games is way too small of a sample to draw conclusions. He's an interesting bat to follow when you include his pop, so be on the lookout.

6-21-10 from: - http://thecollegebaseballblog.com/2010/06/21/cape-cod-baseball-league-players-of-the-week-2  - Chatham first baseman Rick Oropesa (USC) has been named 2010’s first Coca Cola Player of the Week. Over his first week of Cape League games, Oropesa batted a strong .304, but it was his power numbers earned him this week’s honor. The Trojan’s two home runs leave him tied for the most over the past week, while his seven runs batted in stand alone atop the leader board. A .609 slugging percentage, good for fourth in the league, coupled with a .429 on-base percentage make Oropesa a force at the plate. The sophomore USC product’s success should not be a shock. This past season for the Trojans, Oropesa led the team in all three triple crown categories: batting average (.353), home runs (20) and runs batted in (67). He was named All-America Second Team and received All Pac-10 honors last year after being named Freshman All-America the season before. Oropesa was drafted in the 24th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft by the Boston Red Sox upon graduation from high school, before deciding to attend USC.

6-25 from: - http://thecollegebaseballblog.com/2010/06/25/ricky-oropesa-showing-skills-in-the-cape-cod-league  - 1B Ricky Oropesa carried the offense for the Pac-10 Cellar Dwellars, the USC Trojans, leading in Batting Average, Homeruns, RBI, Doubles, OBP, SLG, Walks, and Steals. Oropesa is going to be able to focus on different parts of his game now that he isn’t carrying an inept offense like the one he leads at Dedeaux Field, as he is playing in the Cape Cod League for the Chatham Anglers. He will have a chance to be a first round pick next season if he stays healthy, and he is already off to a great start with the wood bat, hitting .289 with 2 Home Runs.

4. Chase Davidson:

6-15-10 from: - http://www.deepleagues.com/?p=1830  – 2011 Mock Draft - 30. New York Yankees Chase Davidson 1B, Georgia

5. Nick Ramirez:

4-27 from: - http://thecollegebaseballblog.com/2010/04/27/big-west-players-of-the-week-7  - Cal State Fullerton sophomore Nick Ramirez (Anaheim, Calif./Katella HS) garnered Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week honors after hitting .643 to help his team to a 4-0 record. The first baseman hit safely in all four games and now owns a hitting streak of 16 straight. He scored six runs and had five RBI as the Titans defeated Pepperdine in a midweek non-conference game and swept Cal Poly in a Big West series. Ramirez belted four doubles among his nine hits for the week, including a pair of RBI doubles in CSF’s 12-5 win over the Waves Tuesday. He went 4-for-5 with three RBI in that game.

6-13 from: - http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/4/OpenTopic?a=tpc&s=114295945&f=6174069131&m=3221081702  - 1b, Nick Ramirez, CS-Fullerton, 6'2 220, lefty pop, not a good runner, but not embarassing, throws well and plays the bag like he knows what he's doing. Pena anyone? Also can close games.

6. Aaron Westlake – Vanderbilt – C/1B… 2009: .377 best in SEC), 10-HR, 57-RBI, .440m OBP… summer ball: .312, 2-HR, 24-RBI…

12-6-9 from http://www.collegebaseballblog.com/ : named the 46th top college play to play the 2010 season…

7. Grant Dozar – LSU

12-23-9 fr. http://baseballdraftreport.com/  - SO INF Grant Dozar (2011) impressed those who saw him practice with the team last season, but didn’t get enough at bats in 2009 to make any conclusions about what kind of player he’ll be on the college level. As of now, he is expected to see time at both first and third. If he can earn some playing time behind the plate, as some have speculated he might, the added versatility would give this under the radar prospect a chance to get a little recognition.

8. Cameron Coombs

1-21-10 from http://www.baseballamerica/ : - From the class of 2011, some of the top players were . . . Cameron Coombs, 1b, Durango HS, Las Vegas: Only 16, Coombs is already 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds. Coombs does not run well (7.50), so his future will be limited to pitching or first base. He shows potential at both spots. On the mound, he delivers an 86 to 88 mph fastball and 67-68 curve, despite a funky delivery. At bat, Coombs shows provocative power, despite his unusual stand up stance and swing in which his legs are nearly straight throughout.

9. Joey Terdoslavich:

4-20 from: - http://baseballdraftreport.com/  - Long Beach State SO 1B Joey Terdoslavich - Terdoslavich was once a pretty exciting prospect, but his transfer to Long Beach has taken his name out of the big-time college spotlight. His power remains, but the 2010 drop in plate discipline is worrying. In his favor, however, is the positional versatility so many of these first base prospects will need if they want big league bench jobs someday.

10. Max Homick - 1B OF/P Rancho Bernardo San Diego CA

11. Dan Vogelbach:

6-27 from: - http://perfectgame.atinfopop.com/4/OpenTopic?q=Y&a=tpc&s=114295945&f=6174069131&m=3221081702&p=2   - Day two at TOS - 1b, Dan Vogelbach, 6'1 240, L/R, one kid that stood out as a solid hitter in every respect was this young man. He may not have the prettiest builds of any of the players, neither did John Kruk, but this kid can hit and he's got thunder in his bat if you put in up in the middle of the plate. Fields position but speed he definitely lacks, runs like Babe Ruth films though, LOL. From Bishop Verot HS, Fla.

12. Travis Shaw:

6-28 from: - http://thecollegebaseballblog.com/2010/06/28/cape-cod-baseball-league-players-of-the-week-june-28th  - Travis Shaw, Bourne 1B/DH - Bourne slugger Travis Shaw (Kent State) has secured this week’s Coca-Cola Player of the Week award after putting together a stretch of four games that any Cape Leaguer will be hard-pressed to match this season. Shaw hit .714, with a .775 on-base percentage, slugging two home runs and knocking in seven runs. He batted .330 in his sophomore season at Kent State, with 15 home runs. Shaw was taken in the 32nd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft out of high school by the Red Sox, but elected to attend Kent State.


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