2011 preseason top 300 draft prospects (1-100)

2011 preseason 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!

Preseason Content:
 
Positional rankings: c | 1b | 2b | 3b | ss | of | p
High School Regional Previews: southeast | east | midwest | west | southwest
Collegiate Regional Previews: southeast | east | midwest | west | southwest
 
Top 300 overall: 201 - 300 | 101 - 200 | 1 - 100
 
Rank Player Year Position School
     
  1. Anthony Rendon
 Jr. 3b Rice Univ.
  2. Gerrit Cole
 Jr. rhp Univ. of California - Los Angeles
  3. Matt Purke
 So. lhp Texas Christian Univ.
  4.  Sonny Gray
 Jr. rhp Vanderbilt Univ.
  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 Tech
 10. Jackie Bradley, Jr.
 Jr. of Univ. of South Carolina
 11. Matt Barnes
 Jr. rhp Univ. of Connecticut
 12. George Springer
 Jr. of Univ. of Connecticut
 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. of Virginia
 18. Kolten Wong
Jr.
2b
 Univ. of Hawai'i
 19. Dylan BundySr.
rhp
 Owasso HS, Owasso, Okla.
 20. Jose Fernandez
Sr.
rhp
 Alonso HS, Tampa, Fla.

Rankings/PSJungmann.JPGPlayer 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 this spring.

 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 Univ.
 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. of Louisville
 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.

Rankings/PSAnderson.JPGPlayer 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 PanikJr.
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 St. Univ.
 59. Bryan Brickhouse
Sr.
rhp
 The Woodlands HS, The Woodlands, Texas
 60. Trevor Story
Sr.
ss
 Irving HS, Irving, Texas
Rankings/PSTilson.JPGPlayer 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 Grove, Ill.
 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 McGoughJr.
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.
Rankings/PSHope.JPGPlayer spotlight: Mason Hope
The 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 MaplesSr.
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 St. Univ.
 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 Coll. (Texas)
 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 St. Univ.
 99. Dixon Anderson
Jr.
rhp
 Univ. of California - Berkley
 100. Chris Marlowe
Jr.
rhp
 Oklahoma St. Univ.
Rankings/MooneyhamBr2.JPGPlayer 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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