2011 preseason top 300 draft prospects (1-100)
top 300 draft prospects:
pt.3 (1 - 100)
Nick J. Faleris
February 17, 2011
The first top 300 list of the 2011 season could best be described as
a "follow list", with a rough approximation as to how these players would currently rank on our draft board.
Through summer showcases and tournaments, collegiate wood bat leagues, fall pro scout days, and fall workouts and tournaments,
we have seen the majority of players on this list in person, and a good number otherwise on video, with a small portion
of the list made up of players identified through statistical analysis and speaking with other evaluators. The greatest
amount of variation is expected to come between our preseason top 300 and our mid-season top 300 (which we expect to post
around the middle of April). From there on, we would expect some tweaking before our draft board posts the first week
of June. Thank you for your interest, and please do not hesitate to send us your thoughts using the comment box at
the bottom of the page!
|Rank|| Player|| Year|| Position|| School|
| 1.|| Anthony
Rendon|| Jr.|| 3b|| Rice
| 2.|| Gerrit Cole|| Jr.|| rhp|| Univ. of California - Los Angeles|
| 3.|| Matt Purke|| So.|| lhp|| Texas Christian Univ.|
| 4. || Sonny Gray|| Jr.|| rhp|| Vanderbilt
| 5.|| Daniel Norris|| Sr.|| lhp|| Science Hill HS, Johnson City, Tenn.|
| 6.|| Derek "Bubba" Starling|| Sr.|| of/rhp|| Gardner Edgerton HS, Gardner, Kan.|
| 7.|| Taylor Jungmann|| Jr.|| rhp|| Univ. of Texas - Austin|
| 8.|| Archie Bradley|| Sr.|| rhp|| Broken
Arrow HS, Broken Arrow, Okla.|
| 9.|| Jed Bradley|| Jr.|| lhp|| Georgia
| 10.|| Jackie Bradley, Jr.|| Jr.|| of|| Univ. of South Carolina|
| 11.|| Matt Barnes|| Jr.|| rhp|| Univ. of Connecticut|
| 12.|| George Springer|| Jr.|| of|| Univ.
| 13.|| Blake Swihart|| Sr.|| c|| Cleveland HS, Rio Rancho, N.M.|
| 14.|| John Stilson||Jr. || rhp|| Texas A&M Univ.|
| 15.|| Francisco
Lindor||Sr. ||ss || Montverde HS, Montverde, Fla.|
| 16.|| Dillon Howard||Sr. || rhp|| Searcy HS, Searcy, Ark.|
| 17.|| Danny Hultzen||Jr. ||lhp || Univ.
| 18.|| Kolten Wong||Jr. ||2b
|| Univ. of Hawai'i|
| 19.|| Dylan Bundy||Sr. ||rhp || Owasso HS, Owasso, Okla.|
| 20.|| Jose Fernandez||Sr. ||rhp || Alonso
HS, Tampa, Fla.|
Player spotlight: Taylor Jungmann
Jungmann has the physicality of a durable front-end starter to go along
with good power in all three of his offerings. He has a long frame but does not maximize his extension, leaving some
effort and recoil. The Texas ace displays excellent arm speed, which generates velocity and some life on his fastball,
as well as excellent spin on both his breaking ball and his change. His fastball is a consistent low-90s offering, regularly
climbing to 94/95 mph, and he moves it around to all quadrants. Jungmann’s low-80s power breaker has a slurvy shape
but comes with tight spin and gets incredibly late bite to go along with good depth. It’s one of the better breaking
balls around and he knows how to hit his spots with it. His third offering is a change-up that he turns over to get
fade. In fact, he throws with such good arm speed that the fade produced by the heavy spin ends-up generating fringe-breaking
ball depth to the arm side (Jungmann acknowledges this heavy action with his hand signal for the pitch during warm-ups, which
features the standard palm-down glove indicating a change-up, followed by a rolling over of the glove to the arm side).
He had this “screw change” on display at last year’s College Classic at Minute Maid Park, but can also throw
a more traditional circle change. Jungmann has the size and stuff to project, even with some effort in his motion --
a member of the top tier of an elite crop of college arms, he is well positioned to compete for the top spot on draft boards
| 21.|| Trevor Bauer||Jr. ||rhp
|| Univ. of California - Los Angeles |
| 22.|| Andrew Susac|| So.|| c|| Oregon St. Univ.|
| 23.|| Austin Wood||Jr. ||rhp || Univ.
of Southern California |
| 24.|| Brian Goodwin|| So.||of
|| Miami Dade Coll.|
| 25.|| Joshua Bell||Sr. ||of || Jesuit Coll. Prep., Dallas, Texas |
| 26.|| Javier Baez||Sr. ||inf/c || Arlington Country Day School, Jacksonville, Fla. |
| 27.|| Tyler Anderson||Jr.
||lhp || Univ. of Oregon|
| 28.|| Austin
Hedges||Sr. ||c || JSerra HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.|
| 29.|| Peter
O'Brien||Jr. ||c || Bethune-Cookman Univ.|
| 30.|| Henry Owens||Sr. ||lhp || Edison
HS, Huntington Beach, Calif.|
| 31.|| Jason Esposito||Jr. ||ss/3b || Vanderbilt
| 32.|| Tony Zych||Jr. ||rhp
|| Univ. of Louisville|
| 33.|| Robert Stephenson||Sr.
||rhp || Alhambra HS, Martinez, Calif.|
| 34.|| Zach
Cone||Jr. ||of || Univ. of Georgia|
| 35.|| Ryan Wright||Jr. ||2b/ss || Univ.
| 36.|| Michael Kelly||Sr. ||rhp
|| West Boca Raton Comm. HS,
Boca Raton, Fla. |
| 37.|| Jason Coats||Jr. ||of
|| Texas Christian Univ.|
| 38.|| Logan Verrett||Jr.
|| rhp|| Baylor Univ.|
| 39.|| Derek Fisher||Sr. ||of || Cedar Crest HS, Lebanon, Penn.|
| 40.|| Jake Cave||Sr. ||lhp/of || Kecoughtan
HS, Hampton, Va.|
Player spotlight: Tyler Anderson
Anderson is one of the top lefties in a draft class relatively thin in
that department. His fastball sits 89-92, touching 92/93, and working most effectively to the outer half of the plate
against lefties. His curve is an upper-70s offering with average depth and flashes potential as a freeze pitch.
His slider gives him another look coming with low-80s velo and some tilt. He rounds out an impressive four-pitch arsenal
with a solid change at 77-78 mph. There is some deception in Anderson’s high kick and arm action, though he can
also get long to home due to each (1.76 - 1.82 seconds in game action this past summer). Anderson has a solid ability
to repeat and a workable four-pitch mix that can be built upon at the next level. His probability is a bit lower than
some of the top tier arms in the class, but there is plenty to like here. The Ducks ace could warrant 1st Round consideration
with a solid spring, and looks to be a good bet to be off the board at latest in the supplemental-1st or early-2nd Round.
| 41.|| Anthony Meo||Jr. ||rhp
|| Coastal Carolina Univ.|
| 42.|| Alex Meyer||Jr. ||rhp || Univ. of Kentucky|
| 43.|| C.J.
Cron||Jr. ||c/1b || Univ. of Utah|
| 44.|| Joe Panik||Jr. ||ss || St. John's Univ. (N.Y.)|
| 45.|| Julius Gaines||Sr. ||ss
|| Luella HS, Locust Grove, Ga.|
| 46.|| Brandon Nimmo||Sr.
||of || East HS, Cheyenne, Wyo.|
| 47.|| Hudson
Boyd||Sr. ||rhp || Bishop Verot Cath. HS, Ft. Meyers, Fla.|
| 48.|| Kyle
Gaedele||Jr. ||of || Valparaiso Univ.|
| 49.|| Charlie Tilson||Sr. ||of || New Trier
HS, Winnetka. Ill.|
| 50.|| Brad Miller||Jr. ||ss/2b
|| Clemson Univ.|
| 51.|| Kyle Winkler||Jr. ||rhp || Texas Christian Univ.|
| 52.|| Noe
Ramirez||Jr. ||lhp || California St. Univ. - Fullerton|
| 53.|| Taylor Guerrieri||Sr. ||rhp || North Augusta HS, North Augusta, S.C.|
| 54.|| Tyler Beede||Sr. ||rhp || Lawrence Academy, Groton, Mass.|
| 55.|| Nicky Delmonico||Sr. ||c || Farragut
HS, Knoxville, Tenn.|
| 56.|| Shon Carson||Sr. ||of/ss
|| Lake City HS, Lake City, S.C.|
|57.|| Carson Smith||Jr.||rhp|| Texas St. Univ.|
| 58.|| Andrew Chafin||So. ||lhp || Kent
| 59.|| Bryan Brickhouse||Sr. ||rhp
|| The Woodlands HS, The Woodlands,
| 60.|| Trevor Story||Sr. ||ss
|| Irving HS, Irving, Texas|
Player spotlight: Charlie Tilson
Tilson has a compact stroke from the left side, generating some lift without driving the barrel out of the
zone too quickly. The talented center fielder staked a claim to 1st Round consideration when he launched the only non-BP
homerun of the Area Code Games back in August, and has continued to blossom under more intense scouting scrutiny. Defensively
he has the footspeed to cover the gaps in center and shows solid carry with his fringe-average arm strength. Tilson’s
athleticism and agility is top notch, as he routinely puts up plus to plus-plus times in the 60 and out of the box home-to-first.
At the Area Code Games he clocked the fastest time in the Shuttle (4.03) and the fifth fastest 30-/60-yard time (3.65/6.54).
The Illinois prep product would be a top 50 favorite in a less stacked draft class, and still has a chance to push his way
into the top 30 with a strong spring. More likely, he should make and excellent target for a number of teams with a
few extra early picks -- many evaluators are cautiously optimistic that the Illinois commit will not be a difficult sign if
he comes off the board early enough.
|61.|| Nick Burdi||Sr.||rhp|| Downers Grove HS, Downers
| 62.|| Adam Conley||Jr. ||lhp
|| Washington St. Univ.|
|63.|| Alex Dickerson||Jr.
||of/1b || Indiana Univ.|
| 64.|| Dwight Smith, Jr.
||Sr.||of || McIntosh
HS, Peachtree City, Ga.|
| 65.|| Scott McGough||Jr. ||rhp/ss
|| Univ. of Oregon|
| 66.|| Levi Michael||Jr. ||ss/2b || Univ. of North Carolina|
| 67.|| Phillip
Evans||Sr. ||ss/2b || La Costa Canyon HS, Carlsbad, Calif.|
| 68.|| James McCann||Jr. ||c || Univ.
of South Carolina|
| 69.|| Ryan Carpenter||Jr. ||lhp
|| Gonzaga Univ.|
| 70.|| Preston Tucker||Jr.
||1b/of || Univ. of Florida|
| 71.|| Kevin
Comer||Sr. ||rhp || Seneca HS, Tabernacle, N.J.|
| 72.|| Mason Hope||Sr. ||rhp || Broken
Arrow HS, Broken Arrow, Okla.|
| 73.|| B.A. Vollmuth||Jr. ||ss/3b || Univ.
of Southern Mississippi|
| 74.|| Marcus Semien||Jr. ||ss
|| Univ. of California - Berkley|
| 75.|| Madison Boer||Jr. ||rhp || Univ. of Oregon|
| 76.|| Harold
Martinez||Jr. ||3b || Univ. of Miami (Fla.)|
| 77.|| Matt Price||So. ||rhp || Univ.
of South Carolina|
| 78.|| Adam McCreery||Sr. ||rhp
|| Bonita HS, La Verne, Calif.|
| 79.|| Philip Pfeifer||Sr.
||lhp || Farragut HS, Knoxville, Tenn.|
| 80.|| Nick
Martini||Jr. ||of || Kansas St. Univ.|
Player spotlight: Mason Hope
projectable Oklahoma righty joins top 10 standout Archie Bradley as a member of the Broken Arrow High School pitching staff,
as one of the top four high school arms in the state (along with Dylan Bundy and Adrian Houser), and as an Oklahoma commit.
Hope lacks Bradley's physicality and present velocity, but shows good command of an 88-92 heater with some run.
All three of Hope’s secondaries could be at least average, with his 78-81 mph slider and mid-70s curve the two most
promising. With so many quality right-handed prep arms in the mix, Hope could find himself one of many highly talented
high schoolers to come off the board later than their total skllis package would otherwise suggest. With a quick arm,
repeatable motion, room to add strength and some slight mechanical tweaks that could improve his drive towards home, there
is plenty for a pro developmental staff to nurture into a quality pro starter. If he lasts until the 3rd Round, he could
be a terrific “get” for a lucky organization.
|81.|| Dillon Maples||Sr.||rhp|| Pinecrest HS, Southern Pines, N.C.|
| 82.|| Billy Flamion||Sr. ||of || Central Catholic HS, Modesto, Calif.|
| 83.|| Andrew Gagnon||Jr. ||rhp || Long Beach St. Univ.|
| 84.|| Austin Nola||Jr. ||ss || Louisiana
| 85.|| Jake Hager||Sr. ||ss
|| Sierra Vista HS, Las Vegas, Nev.|
| 86.|| Mikie Mahtook||Jr.
||of || Louisiana St. Univ.|
| 87.|| Brett
Mooneyham||Jr. ||lhp || Stanford Univ.|
| 88.|| Jerrick Suiter||Sr. ||rhp || Valparaiso
HS, Valparaiso, Ind.|
| 89.|| Zach Wilson||Jr. ||of/3b
|| Arizona St. Univ.|
| 90.|| Sam Stafford||Jr. ||lhp || Univ. of Texas - Austin|
| 91.|| Jack
Armstrong, Jr.||Jr. ||rhp || Vanderbilt Univ.|
| 92.|| Cody Kukuk||Sr. ||lhp || Lawrence
Free State HS, Lawrence, Kan.|
| 93.|| Ian Gardeck||So. ||rhp || Angelina
| 94.|| Travis Harrison||Sr. ||of/3b
|| Tustin HS, Tustin, Calif.|
| 95.|| Joshua Tobias||Sr.
||2b/of || Southeast Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.|
| 96.|| Joe Ross||Sr. ||rhp || Bishop O'Dowd HS, Oakland, Calif.|
| 97.|| Johnny Eierman||Sr. ||ss/of || Warsaw HS, Warsaw, Mo.|
| 98.|| Kevin Medrano||Jr. ||2b || Missouri
| 99.|| Dixon Anderson||Jr. ||rhp
|| Univ. of California - Berkley|
| 100.|| Chris Marlowe||Jr.
||rhp || Oklahoma St. Univ.|
Player spotlight: Brett Mooneyham
Mooneyham has been plagued with inconsistency in his stuff, and more importantly in his command and control.
The result has been an uneven tour through his first two years at Stanford, including a 2010 that saw him fan hitters at a
10.24 SO/9 clip while walking the same at an uncomfortable rate of 6.41 BB/9. His release and arm slot lack uniformity
from pitch-to-pitch, and are a large part of his control issues. As is apparent in the numbers, however, his stuff is
true swing-and-miss quality, with a fastball generally sitting 89-93 mph and bumping 94/95 mph (though this past summer he
was closer to 87-90, bumping 91/92). At its best, Mooneyham's slider is an above-average pitch that can be plus
or better once he learns to throw the offering with more precision. When properly snapped-off, he gets hard late bite with
good depth. He also drops a rudimentary change-up that shows promising tumble. As noted above, the talented 2011
draft class is relatively thin on lefty arms, which gives Mooneyham a window into early round consideration in spite of his
inconsistencies. If he can show his usual velocity this spring with a touch more consistency and fidelity, he will have
no shortage of suitors.
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