the weeks leading up to the draft, Perfect Game will be providing a
detailed overview of each state in the U.S., including the District
of Columbia, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. These overviews will
list the state's strengths, weaknesses and the players with the best
tools, as well as providing scouting reports on all Group 1 and 2
players as ranked in Perfect Game's state-by-state scouting lists.
Delaware State-by-State List
2011 Delaware Overview
Year for Delaware as State Has Pair of Prep Drafts
has had only two players drafted in the top 10 rounds since 2004 and
both occurred in 2008, when Seaford High shortstop Derrik Gibson was
picked by the Boston Red Sox in the second round and University of
Delaware second baseman Alex Buchholz by the Cincinnati Reds in the
dry spell should end this year as Delaware has two high-school
players, outfielder Jamie Jarmon and righthander Nick Grant, both
garnering top-10-round attention. Jarmon, who was also selected the
state’s player of the year in football last fall, could go as high
as the third round, especially if scouts think he will choose
professional ball over playing for two-time defending national
champion South Carolina.
by Jarmon and Grant, it’s possible that as many as 7-8 players with
Delaware connections could be drafted this year. That’s in contrast
to 2011, when the state had only two players total selected, with
another multiple sport high-school athlete, outfielder Jerrell Allen,
being the only one to sign. He was an 11th-round
pick of the Kansas City Royals.
is no clear-cut choice as the top college draft pick in the state,
although University of Delaware closer Stephen Richter has the arm
strength and athleticism to interest a pro team in developing his
command and pitchability further. Fellow Blue Hens righthander Matt
Soren has also attracted attention.
Delaware may play a greater role in the draft, Delaware State had the
better college team this spring, going 40-17, including 22-2 in
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season play before losing to
Bethune-Cookman in the conference playoffs with an NCAA tournament
bid at stake. The Hornets also defeated Delaware twice in
in a nutshell:
Front-line college prospect.
(1-to-5 scale): 4.
HIGH SCHOOL TEAM:
St. Mark’s HS, Wilmington.
OUT-OF-STATE PROSPECT, Delaware Connection:
Dan Schafferman, c, George Mason University (Attended high school in
Kevin Trader, rhp, Delmar HS.
Brock Niggebrugge, ss, Delaware State University.
Derrick May, of, Newark HS (1986, Cubs/1st round, 9th pick).
Davison, ss, University of Delaware (Orioles/19th round).
Menchaca, of, University of Delaware (Reds/13th round).
Gibson, ss, Seaford HS (Red Sox/2nd round).
Holliday, of, Wilmington College (Mets/18th round).
Cuneo, 1b, University of Delaware (Cubs/20th round).
Allen, of, Milford HS (Royals/11th round).
College Players Drafted/Signed:
School Players Drafted/Signed:
PROSPECTS, GROUPS ONE and TWO
GROUP ONE (Projected
ELITE-Round Draft / Rounds 1-3)
GROUP TWO (Projected
HIGH-Round Draft / Rounds 4-10)
1. JAMIE JARMON, of,
Indian River HS, Millsboro
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound
Jarmon was named the 2011 Gatorade football player of the year in
Delaware, joining top baseball prospects Jameis Winston (Alabama) and
Anthony Alford (Mississippi) in earning that acclaim; all three are
quarterbacks with aspirations of being drafted in the first 3-4
rounds. Jarmon passed for 2,022 yards and 24 touchdowns, and rushed
for an additional 1,302 yards and 26 touchdowns in leading Indian
River High to a perfect 12-0 record and 2-A state championship.
Unlike Winston and Alford, Jarmon is regarded as a baseball-first
athlete and has signed a baseball-only scholarship to South Carolina.
Not surprisingly for a two-sport standout from Delaware, Jarmon’s
baseball skills are still on the raw side, but his athleticism and
upside potential stand out. He has a very promising power/speed
combination, along with a fairly advanced feel for how to use his
speed, both on the bases and in the outfield. Jarmon has an
above-average outfield arm that should play very well in right field,
and he has even hit 93 mph off the mound in summer competition,
although he rarely pitches for his high-school team. Some scouts
believe that Jarmon could stay in center field, where he plays in
high school, instead of moving to right, due to his speed and
aggressive style of play.
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