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Summer Collegiate : : Rankings
Jayhawk League: Top 20 Prospects, 2010
   
Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010

JAYHAWK LEAGUE
TOP 20 PROSPECTS, 2010
 
COMPILED BY ALLAN SIMPSON
In Association with League Managers and Scouts
 
Official League Website: www.jayhawkbaseballleague.org
 
FAST FACTS
Year League Established: 1976.
States Represented in League: Kansas.
Level of Competition (1-to-4 Scale, 1 being highest): 3.
No. of Teams in League: 6 (5 in 2009).
Regular-Season Champion: Haysville Heat.
Post-Season Champion: NONE. Derby Twins, El Dorado Broncos, Haysville Heat and Liberal Bee Jays all represented league in National Baseball Congress World Series, Wichita, Kan. Liberal won championship.
Teams, PG CrossChecker Summer 30/Final Ranking: No. 5 Liberal Bee Jays.
No. 1 Prospect, 2009 (per PG CrossChecker): Bobby Doran, rhp, Liberal Bee Jays (Texas Tech; drafted by Astros/4th round).
First 2009 Player Selected, 2010 Draft: Bobby Doran, rhp, Liberal Bee Jays (Texas Tech, drafted by Astros/4th round).
 
Most Valuable Player: Gary Owens, of, Haysville Heat.
 
BATTING LEADERS (League games only)
Batting Average: Gary Owens, of, Haysville Heat (.391).
Home Runs: Three tied at 7.
RBIs: Cameron Brown, 3b, Hays Larks (38).
Stolen Bases: Kelby Tomlinson, ss, Liberal Bee Jays (27).
 
PITCHING LEADERS (League games only)
Wins: David Harden, rhp, Haysville Heat (6).
ERA: Mike McBride, rhp, Liberal Bee Jays (2.10).
Saves: Heath Wyatt, rhp, Haysville Heat.
Strikeouts: Levi Schlick, lhp, Hays Larks (39).
 
BEST TOOLS
Best Athlete: Kelby Tomlinson, ss, Liberal Bee Jays.
Best Hitter: Brock Green, 1b, Dodge City A’s.
Best Power: Blake Bergeron, 1b, Liberal Bee Jays.
Fastest Base Runner: Kelby Tomlinson, ss, Liberal Bee Jays.
Best Defensive Player: Kelby Tomlinson, ss, Liberal Bee Jays.
Best Velocity: Charlie Lowell, lhp, El Dorado Broncos.
Best Breaking Ball: Charlie Lowell, lhp, El Dorado Broncos.
Best Command: Andrew Heck, lhp, Hays Larks.
 
TOP 20 PROSPECTS
 
1. CHARLIE LOWELL, lhp, El Dorado Broncos (Wichita State/JR in 2011)
Gains edge over Flynn, WSU teammate, because more polished/better secondary stuff; FB peaked at 95, SL ++ tough on LH bats
2. BRIAN FLYNN, lhp, El Dorado Broncos (Wichita State/SO)
6-8 LHP/ex-Bosox 18th-rounder brought back slow after R/S (academics) in spring; FB in low 90s/other stuff up/down; 48 IP/65 SO
3. KELBY TOMLINSON, ss, Liberal BeeJays (Texas Tech/JR)
Solid grades for all tools (except power), BB IQ, passion for game; + range/arm/hands at SS, key to team’s NBC title (.339, 36 SB)
4. PARKER MARKEL, rhp, Liberal Bee Jays (SIGNED/Rays)
Arizona JC arm made early statement with + frame, running 90-92 FB, + SL, but erratic overall (2-2, 4.08), left early to sign with TB
5. LEVI SCHLICK, lhp, Hays Larks (Kansas State/SO)
6-6/230 LHP topped JL in SO (39, 34 IP), tradeoff was 25 BB, 5.35 ERA; velo only 83-88, lot more in there; + when commands CH
6. GARRETT BAYLIFF, of, Derby Twins (Wichita State/SO)
Tough, little leadoff type in Brett Gardner mould; hit .323-3-16, 16 SB; puts ball in play, needs to get stronger; could emerge in 2011
7. ROB ELLIOTT, 3b, Hays Larks (Bradley/SR)
Lost after 8 G when rolled over outside pitch and re-aggravated ligament in left hand; was hitting .419-1-7, ++range/hands at 3B
8. HEATH WYATT, rhp, Haysville Heat (Southeastern Oklahoma/SR)
Most effective closer in league; creates + deception, tough to hit at 87-88 coming from low slot; master at changing angles/speeds
9. ANDREW HECK, rhp/of, Hays Larks (Oklahoma State/SR)
Excelled for 2nd summer in 2-way role; ++ on mound (6-0, 55 IP/6 BB), FB only 88-90, ++ commands CH; to OSU from Duquesne
10. CAMERON BROWN, 1b/3b, Hays Larks (Lubbock Christian/JR)
League’s top run producer can drive FB, struggles with breaking stuff/plate discipline; adequate on either corner; Australian product
11. BLAKE BERGERON, 1b, Liberal Bee Jays (Nicholls State/SR)
Top HR source (.345-10-46) for NBC W/S champs; legit power in 6-3/240 frame, but holes in swing; is agile in field, stole 13 bags
12. BEN KLINE, ss, Haysville Heat (Creighton/JR)
Two-year starter at SS for Nebraska, sat out 2010 while transferring; solid defender, + arm; hit .359-5-26, still room to grow at plate
13. RICHARD BOHLKEN, 2b/3b, Liberal Bee Jays (Lubbock Christian/SO)
Former Angels farmhand, regrouping as college player; hit 26 HR at LCC in spring, ++ strong/athletic, but streaky at plate, in field
14. JACOB BOODEN, rhp, Hays Larks (Bradley/JR)
Lacks velo expected of 6-8 RHP, but room to add 25-30 pounds; FB tops at 90-91, but up/down, command of all stuff inconsistent
15. K.C. PFISTER, 3b, Haysville Heat (Southeastern Oklahoma/SR)
Tough out, one of league’s top run producers (.359-6-31), can drive balls to all fields; lean frame, 6.8 speed, + arm at 3B/corner OF
16. BRIAN MARTIN, of/2b, Hays Larks (Bradley/SR)
Has gap power, knack for squaring up balls, hit .395-2-26; ex-wrestler at Fresno State, lacks size, but strong/quick; position unclear
17. RYAN JONES, of, Derby Twins (Wichita State/graduated)
Tools still readily evident, but went undrafted in June as college senior; hit .324-4-26, runs well (20 SB), but holes in swing/approach
18. BROCK GREEN, 1b, Dodge City A’s (Ouachita Baptist, Ark./JR)
Batted .336-3-26 for A’s; stepped right in as 4-hole hitter for Haysville at NBC World Series; pure hitter, easy hands, more a DH type
19. PAUL GONZALEZ, rhp, Liberal Bee Jays (Lubbock Christian/SR)
Most polished arm for NBC champs (6-0, 1.98), but lacks overpowering stuff; cut FB is best pitch, only 86-88, but spots, hides it well
20. GARY OWENS, of, Haysville Heat (Southern Poly, Ga./graduated)
Passed over in draft as college SR, but may have best tools on league’s No. 1 team; good pop, + runner, solid defender, arm short