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.
Rhode Island State-by-State List
2011 Rhode Island Overview
Pickings Again in Rhode Island College, Prep Ranks
Island hasn’t produced a draft pick any higher than the 22nd round the last two years, and little is expected to change this year
as there isn’t an obvious draftable talent at either the college or
of Rhode Island record-setting shortstop Mike LeBel might have been a
solid senior pick in a draft that suddenly has a placed a premium on
college seniors with new draft rules in place, but he hurt his
(non-throwing) shoulder in mid-March, underwent shoulder surgery and
was lost for the season. Bryant righthander Peter Kelich had a big
junior season in leading his team to a Northeast Conference
regular-season title, while also earning conference
pitcher-of-the-year honors for himself by going 8-3, 1.81, but he
simply doesn't throw very hard. Almost by default, that leaves Bryant
outfielder Kevin Brown as the top talent in the Rhode Island college
the high school level, Bishop Hendricken High outfielder Tom Pannone
and right handed pitcher Justin Patrick of Cumberland are
acknowledged as the top prep talents in the state. Pannone has
superior hitting skills and he genuinely drew his share of attention
from scouts, and Patrick has promise given his size and
projectability, but neither is expected to be drafted high enough to
be bought out of scholarships to Miami and South Florida
most-noteworthy development that will impact Rhode Island from a
draft standpoint will probably be the selection of University of
South Carolina outfielder Evan Marzilli, possibly as early as the
third round. He is a product of a Rhode Island high school. A year
ago, essentially the same scenario unfolded as another South Carolina
college player with Rhode Island connections, Coastal Carolina
righthander Anthony Meo, was drafted in the second round.
Island in a nutshell:
Bryant University talent.
Depth of talent.
(1-to-5 scale): 1.
CC of Rhode Island.
HIGH SCHOOL TEAM:
North Providence HS.
OUT-OF-STATE PROSPECT, Rhode Island Connection:
Evan Marzilli, of, University of South Carolina (Attended high school
Jeff Roy, of, University of Rhode Island.
Kevin McAvoy, rhp, Bryant University.
Bill Almon, ss, Brown University (1974, Padres/1st round, 1st pick).
Holmes, rhp, University of Rhode Island (Mets/5th round).
Thomas, c, Brown University (Tigers/7th round).
Westmoreland, of, Portsmouth HS (Red Sox/5th round).
Smith, rhp, University of Rhode Island (Diamondbacks/2nd round).
Jeff Vigurs, c, Bryant University (Cubs/22nd round).
Colantonio, c, Brown University (Padres/22nd round).
College Players Drafted/Signed:
School Players Drafted/Signed:
PROSPECTS, GROUPS ONE and TWO
PROSPECT TO WATCH
BROWN, of Bryant University (Jr.)
made a solid contribution to Bryant winning the Northeast Conference
regular-season title this spring, just as he was a central figure for
Keene as it won a New England Collegiate League championship last
summer. He hit .325-8-29 with a league-best 33 runs scored for Keene,
and hit .281-9-35 this spring for Bryant, leading the Bulldogs in
homers and RBIs. The lefthanded-hitting Brown is more ball player
than prospect, but his value is enhanced because of his ability to
hit in and adapt to any of the top four spots in the batting order.
His ability to both hit and hit with power, display solid strike-zone
disciple and run the 60 in 6.9 seconds makes him a valuable offensive