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Summer Collegiate : : Story
Hawaii League prospect reports
Allan Simpson        
Published: Saturday, August 27, 2011

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League Strength: **

Hawaii Collegiate League top 15 prospects (list)

Any mainland scout’s dream assignment is to cover games in Hawaii, but until 2010 the Hawaii Collegiate League, in its sixth season, rarely had the kind of talent to justify the expense that big-league teams would incur in sending scouts to the islands to evaluate players.

Last year, the HCL made a concerted effort to recruit more high-profile, just-graduated high-school products than ever before, and a pair of 11th-rounders from the 2010 draft, both from California, stood out among the elite talent in the league. One of those players, outfielder Joc Pederson, ended up signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers for $600,000 following the HCL season—and he wasn’t even regarded as the best prospect in the six-team league at the time.

The Hawaii Collegiate League fielded more high-school players this summer than ever before, but the quality was not as evident as in 2010. Stanford-bound lefthander Jon Hochstatter was the most-noteworthy of three such imports from the mainland, but he was passed over in this year’s draft and ended up failing to win a single game.

If anything, the HCL made a more-concerted effort to incorporate local prep talent into the league after seven high-school players from Hawaii were drafted in June. In all, eight Hawaiian prepsters landed playing time in the HCL.

Two such players cracked the accompanying list of the league’s 15 best prospects, including Kansas-bound righthander Robert Kahana at No. 3, while another, Oahu righthander Tre Haliburton-Goeas, tied for the league lead in wins.

The state’s two-highest picks from this year’s draft, though, lefthander Carlos Rodriguez (San Luis Obispo Blues/California Collegiate) and outfielder Michael Suiter (Mat-Su Miners/Alaska), elected to play in other summer college leagues. Rodriguez will play collegiately at Oregon State, Suiter at Kansas.

The HCL’s best prospect this season, meanwhile, was 6-foot-5 righthander Trey Teakell, who sat out the 2011 college season as a freshman at Texas Christian. Teakell dominated the league and was a unanimous No. 1 selection by everyone who saw him pitch this summer. His Hawaiian experience should put him squarely in the running for a starting job in TCU’s draft-depleted rotation in 2012.

FAST FACTS

Year League Established:
2005.
States Represented in League: Hawaii.
No. of Teams in League: 6.
Regular-Season Champion: Oahu Paddlers.
Post-Season Champion: Kamuela Paniolos.
Teams, PG Crosschecker Summer 50/Final Ranking: None.
No. 1 Prospect, 2010 (per PG CrossChecker): Ka’iani Eldredge, c/ss, Oahu Paddlers (Kansas; played in Hawaii Collegiate League in 2011).
First 2010 Player Selected, 2011 Draft: None drafted.

Most Valuable Player:
Jimmy Filter, ss, Oahu Paddlers.
Most Outstanding Pitcher: Trey Teakell, rhp, Kauai Menehunes.
Top Prospect (as selected by league): None selected.

BATTING LEADERS (League games only)

Batting Average:
Travis Israel, ss, Oahu Paddlers/Waikiki Surfers (.359).
Slugging Percentage: Jimmy Filter, ss, Oahu Paddlers (.540).
On-Base Average: Luke Esquerra, of, Waimea Waves (.425).
Home Runs: Jimmy Filter, ss, Oahu Paddlers (2).
RBIs: Luke Esquerra, of, Waimea Waves (24).
Stolen Bases: Andrew Rodriguez, of, Waimea Waves (23).

PITCHING LEADERS (League games only)

Wins:
Sheldon Ekstrand, rhp, Kauai Menehunes; Tre Haliburton-Goeas, rhp, Oahu Paddlers; Jip Richards, rhp, Waikiki Surfers (5).
ERA: Nick Pasquale, rhp, Waimea Waves (0.84).
Saves: Sheldon Ekstrand, rhp, Kauai Menehunes (5).
Strikeouts: Eric Van Wyk, lhp, Waimea Waves (51).

BEST TOOLS

Best Athlete:
Ka’iani Eldredge, c/ss, Oahu Paddlers.
Best Hitter: James Stanfield, c, Kamuela Paniolos.
Best Power: Luke Esquerra, of, Waimea Waves.
Fastest Base Runner: Andrew Rodriguez, of, Waimea Waves.
Best Defensive Player: Ka’iani Eldredge, c/ss, Oahu Paddlers.
Best Velocity: James Yacabonis, rhp. Waikiki Surfers.
Best Breaking Ball: Trey Teakell, rhp, Kauai Menehunes.
Best Command: Matthew Johnson, rhp, Hawaii Aliis.

TOP 15 PROSPECTS

1. TREY TEAKELL, rhp, Kauai Menehunes (Texas Christian/FR in 2012)
SCOUTING PROFILE: With little opportunity for Teakell to find meaningful innings last spring on a deep, talented pitching staff at Texas Christian, it was determined by the TCU coaches that he would be red-shirted and use the summer to make up for lost time. The skinny 6-foot-5 righthander did much more than that as he quickly emerged as the dominant prospect in the HCL this summer. Though he went only 3-2 for the Menehunes, two of his wins were complete-game shutouts against regular-season champion Oahu in his final two outings. Teakell closed out the summer by throwing 24 straight scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.91, second-best in the league. His velocity on his four-seam fastball was customarily in the high-80s, peaking at 92, but it had late, explosive life and it was his ability to throw all four of his pitches for strikes that set him apart. He broke out his fourth offering, a split-finger fastball, in his final two starts against Oahu and got most of his strikeouts on that pitch, though will need to learn to throw it and all his off-speed pitches harder as he progresses. With a lean, athletic 6-foot-5, 165-pound frame, along with a lightning-quick arm, Teakell should have little trouble throwing harder as he gets bigger and stronger.


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