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

MINK LEAGUE
TOP 20 PROSPECTS, 2010
 
COMPILED BY ALLAN SIMPSON
In Association with League Managers and Scouts
 
Official League Website: minkleaguebaseball.com
 
FAST FACTS
Year League Established: 1995.
States Represented in League: Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska.
Level of Competition (1-to-4 Scale, 1 being highest): 3.
No. of Teams in League: 10 (10 in 2009).
Regular-Season Champion: Sedalia Bombers.
Post-Season Champion: NONE. Chillicothe, Nevada, St. Joseph and Sedalia participated in National Baseball Congress World Series, Wichita, Kan.
Teams, PG CrossChecker Summer 30/Final Ranking: No. 10 Sedalia Bombers.
No. 1 Prospect, 2009 (per PG CrossChecker): Adam Smith, ss/rhp, Beatrice Bruins (Texas A&M; injured/did not play this summer).
First 2009 Player Selected, 2010 Draft: Mike Kickham, lhp, Sedalia Bombers (Missouri State; drafted by Giants/6th round).
 
Most Valuable Player: None selected.
Most Outstanding Pitcher: None selected.
Top Prospect (as selected by league): None selected.
 
BATTING LEADERS (League games only)
Batting Average: Jose Behar, c, Sedalia Bombers (.433).
Slugging Percentage: Johnny Coy, 1b, St. Joseph Mustangs (.674).
On-Base Average: Jose Behar, c, Sedalia Bombers (.477).
Home Runs: Johnny Coy, 1b, St. Joseph Mustangs (12).
RBIs: Johnny Coy, 1b, St. Joseph Mustangs (49).
Stolen Bases: Zach Cardwell, of, Nevada Griffons (24).
 
PITCHING LEADERS (League games only)
Wins: Jake Powers, rhp, Sedalia Bombers (6).
ERA: Danny Potje, rhp, Sedalia Bombers (1.50).
Saves: Steve Martin, rhp, Chillicothe Mudcats (6).
Strikeouts: Cory Trudell, rhp, Chillicothe Mudcats (61).
 
BEST TOOLS
Best Athlete: Johnny Coy, 1b, St. Joseph Mustangs.
Best Hitter: Jeremy Patton, 2b/3b, Sedalia Bombers.
Best Power: Johnny Coy, 1b, St. Joseph Mustangs; Matt Skipper, 1b, Mac N Seitz.
Fastest Base Runner: No candidate.
Best Defensive Player: Jose Behar, c, Sedalia Bombers.
Best Velocity: Steve Martin, rhp, Chillicothe Mudcats.
Best Breaking Ball: Mike Kickham, lhp, Sedalia Bombers.
Best Command: Mike Kickham, lhp, Sedalia Bombers.
 
TOP 20 PROSPECTS
 
1. JOHNNY COY, 1b, St. Joseph Mustangs (Wichita State/SO in 2011)
League’;s best position prospect by a wide margin; ball jumps off bat, huge power to all fields in 6-8 frame; still refining 1B skills
2. MIKE KICKHAM, lhp, Sedalia Bombers (SIGNED/Giants)
Made huge strides since HS, became premium 2010 draft; 6-3/220 frame, 88-94 FB, ++ hard SL, + 12/6 CU, added CH in spring
3. JOSE BEHAR, c, Sedalia Bombers (Florida International/SR)
Had reputation as + defender with ++ arm, made huge gains this summer with bat, led league at .433; swing still needs tinkering
4. JEREMY PATTON, 2b/3b, Sedalia Bombers (Florida International/JR)
Excellent swing mechanics/command of hitting zone; hit .405-3-18 in 79 AB, 28-9 BB-SO ratio; profiles at 2B, but lacks ideal speed
5. MATT SKIPPER, 1b/rhp, Mac N Seitz A’s (Embry Riddle, Fla./JR)
Intimidating 6-9/250 size translates to massive raw power, but swing has flaws; also has power arm on mound, but slowed by injury
6. DAN KICKHAM, rhp, Sedalia Bombers (Missouri State/JR)
Twin brother of Mike (No. 2), but is RHP, lack of size/stuff reflected in devalued draft status; 89-91 FB/81-83 SL ideal in short role
7. JAKE JOHANSEN, rhp, Omaha Diamond Spirit (Dallas Baptist/FR)
Mets saw upside in 6-6/220 frame in ’09 draft, flashes 93-95 FB, sharp SL, but very raw, R/S as college FR, went 0-6 on summer
8. SAM LIND, ss/2b, St. Joseph Mustangs (Vanderbilt/JR)
Arizona JC player of year; played in 13 G before moving on to Northwoods League; handles bat ++ well, runs OK, lacks SS range
9. LUKE VOIT, c/1b, Sedalia Bombers (Missouri State/SO)
Country strong in 6-3/225 frame; has obvious power potential, but struggled adjusting to wood (.287-1-23); + arm, agile behind plate
10. KYLE HARDY, 3b, Sedalia Bombers (Missouri State/JR)
Giants saw all the physical tools (size, raw power, 3B range/arm) to pop him in 31st round out of MO JC; needs to fix holes in swing
11. STEVE MARTIN, rhp/1b, Chillicothe Mudcats (Texas A&M/SR)
Has seen limited action in college while transitioning from power-hitting 1B to power arm; dominated (23 IP/46) with 94-96 FB, + SL
12. BROCK SIMON, rhp, St. Joseph Mustangs (Santa Clara/SO)
Went 1-2, 7.79 as midweek starter at Santa Clara, hit stride in summer ball (4-2, 2.70); generates + life on average FB, has ++ CH
13. CALEB McCLANAHAN, rhp, St. Joseph Mustangs (Northeast Texas JC/SO)
Former Arkansas recruit has projectable 6-5 frame, two pitches to excel in short role: 88-92 FB with + 2-seam movement, sharp SL
14. MARK ROBINETTE, rhp/1b, Chillicothe Mudcats (Northeast Texas JC/SO)
Solid 2-way success on summer (.355-2-26; 2-2, 2.08, 37 IP/49 SO), but lively arm, 2-pitch mix (90-91 FB, + SL) suited for mound
15. RUDY BROWN, lhp, Excelsior Springs Cougars (SIGNED/Royals)
Passed in draft as closer at D-II UNC Pembroke, despite 6-5 frame, 95 FB/84 SL; tossed 7 scoreless IP on summer, signed with KC
16. JON WEGENER, of, Sedalia Bombers (Central Missouri/SR)
D-II player, passed over in draft as JR, but should warrant look as SR; average power (5 HR)/speed (6.8), + swing, patient approach
17. BRENT SEIFERT, 3b, St. Joseph Mustangs (Missouri State/JR)
Hit robust .497-17-88 for Iowa Western, national JC champs; solid HR pop for size, displays good range at 3B, hurt by 7.0 speed
18. KYLE STINER, ss, Nevada Griffons (New Mexico/JR)
Arizona JC transfer has array of tools to make mark at D-I level; 6.6 speed/+ arm play in field, has pop from left side, but long swing
19. TRAVIS McCORMACK, ss, Sedalia Bombers (Missouri State/SO)
McCormick teamed with 5-5 2B T.S. Reed as league’s smallest, but best DP combo; has good LH pop, speed, arm, but size is issue
20. BRYAN NICHOLSON, 1b, Clarinda A’s (Concordia, Calif./JR)
Yet another power bat in league, only Coy (No. 1), Skipper (No. 5) hit balls further; struggled to make contact; adequate defender