Summer Collegiate : : Rankings
Coastal Plain League: Top 40 Prospects, 2010
Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010
COASTAL PLAIN LEAGUE
TOP 40 PROSPECTS, 2010
COMPILED BY ALLAN SIMPSON
Association with League Managers and Scouts
Official League Website: www.coastalplain.com
States Represented in League:
North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia.
Level of Competition (1-to-4 Scale, 1 being highest):
of Teams in League:
15 (14 in 2009).
Regular-Season Champion (best overall record):
Forest City Owls/Wilson Tobs.
Forest City Owls.
Teams, PG CrossChecker Summer 30/Final Ranking:
4 Forest City Owls, No. 20 Edenton Steamers.
1 Prospect, 2009 (per PG CrossChecker):
Lamb, lhp/of, Peninsula Pilots (Clemson; played in Coastal Plain League in
First 2009 Player Selected, 2010 Draft:
Asher Wojiechowski, rhp, Thomasville Hi-Toms (The Citadel; Blue
Jays/supplemental first round).
Player of the Year:
Chas Crane, 3b, Peninsula Pilots.
Pitcher of the Year:
Coty Saranthus, rhp, Edenton Steamers.
Prospect (as selected by league):
BATTING LEADERS (League games only)
A.J. Rusbarsky, ss, Edenton Steamers (.345).
Chas Crane, 3b, Peninsula Pilots (.600).
Chas Crane, 3b, Peninsula (.462).
Chas Crane, 3b, Peninsula Pilots (9).
Chas Crane, 3b, Peninsula Pilots (48).
Brandy Arias, of, Columbia Blowfish (45).
PITCHING LEADERS (League games only)
Three tied at 7.
Coty Saranthus, rhp, Edenton Steamers (0.68).
Corey Deighan, rhp, Asheboro Copperheads (17).
Jonathan Cornelius, lhp, Martinsville Mustangs (91).
Lamb, of/lhp, Peninsula Pilots.
Chas Crane, 3b, Peninsula Pilots.
David Chester, 1b, Gastonia Grizzlies.
Fastest Base Runner:
Will Lamb, of/lhp, Peninsula Pilots.
Peter Mooney, ss, Florence RedWolves.
Carter Capps, rhp, Fayetteville SwampDogs.
Montgomery, rhp, Edenton Steamers.
Jonathan Cornelius, lhp, Martinsville Mustangs.
TOP 40 PROSPECTS
WILL LAMB, of/lhp, Peninsula Pilots (Clemson/JR in 2011).
1 on this list a year ago, No. 1 again; legit 2-way talent, but played in field
only to rest arm; ++ CF, runs 6.4, power developing
CARTER CAPPS, rhp, Fayetteville Swampdogs (Mt. Olive, N.C./SO)
RHP ran FB up to 96-97 with easy arm stroke; still new to pitching, made +
strikes developing a SL; 3-1, 1.60 as starter/closer
KES CARTER, of, Peninsula Pilots (Western Kentucky/JR)
Impressive tools, but nagging hip flexor hurt production (.228-0-8, 57 AB); big
RF arm, + speed, emerging raw power; hard-nosed
KEVIN McKAGUE, rhp/1b, Peninsula Pilots (Army/SR)
Struggled at plate (.191-2-16), only start, but was a revelation out of bullpen;
flashed 94-96 velo, 88 SL, had 5 SV; horse at 6-5/240
PETER MOONEY, ss, Florence RedWolves (South Carolina/JR)
Florida JC transfer set to step in at SS for national champs; true SS with ++
hands/range/arm; ++ hands to hit, + pop for 5-9 frame
LOGAN ROBBINS, ss, Peninsula Pilots (Western Kentucky/JR)
all the tools, just hasn’t put them together; ++ range/arm at SS, needs to
refine footwork; flashes power, needs better technique
CHAS CRANE, 3b, Peninsula Pilots (Winthrop/JR)
League’s dominant hitter (.344-9-48), ++ approach, more advanced from RH side,
more juice from left; adequate at 3B, + versatile
BRETT BILLIGEN, of/lhp, Edenton Steamers (Cornell/JR)
Smaller frame masks solid overall package; has ++ bat speed, power to all
fields, + plate coverage, 6.6 speed, ++ arm; hit .325-6-34
BUCK FARMER, rhp, Peninsula Pilots (Georgia Tech/SO)
Compares favorably to ex-Pilot/GT teammate/’10 first-rounder Deck McGuire; same
size, arm strength, command not as advanced
MARK MONTGOMERY, rhp, Edenton Steamers (Longwood/JR)
have had most electric stuff in league with 94 FB, ++ sharp, late SL; dominant
in closer role (12 SV, 28 IP/54 SO, .125 OBA)
SHAWN ARMSTRONG, rhp, Morehead City Marlins (East Carolina/SO)
much-needed IP this summer, went 4-3, 2.25 (64 IP/72 SO); FB up to 94, but tends
to lose velo quickly, secondary stuff erratic
TAYLOR BLACK, ss, Columbia Blowfish (Kentucky/SR)
Limited shot to showcase talent, arrived late/left early (hurt hand); ++ arm at
SS, made plays in hole; 28 SB in 23 G with 6.5 speed
THOMAS GIRDWOOD, rhp, Morehead City Marlins (Elon/SR)
Twins’ unsigned 15th-rounder remains an enigma; unhittable at times
(19 BB/34 SO, .131 OBA) with ++ FB/+ SL, but very hot/cold
JOHN CORNLEY, rhp, Outer Banks Daredevils (Wofford/SR)
Struggled badly as starter in spring, velo in mid-80s; different animal as a
closer, both 2009/2010 in CPL, moving FB up to 95, ++ SL
DAVID CHESTER, 1b, Gastonia Grizzlies (Pittsburgh/JR)
player, put on massive power show at league ASG; much better hitter than 2009,
better contact; surprisingly agile around bag
CHASE BORUFF, rhp, Forest City Owls (SIGNED/Royals)
Ex-football player, still new to BB; explosive arm, FB up to 96, flashes + spike
CU; 7 SV, 33 SO in 18 IP; signed with KC as NDFA
BRENT POWERS, lhp, Morehead City Marlins (Sam Houston State/SR)
effective LHP in league (7-2, 1.86, 53 IP/14 BB/70 SO); lacks pretty arm action,
but very steady with 89-92 FB, hammer CU
JHAREL COTTON, rhp, Peninsula Pilots (Miami-Dade, Fla., CC/SO)
Turned down $150K from Dodgers to return to JC; Pilots No. 1 starter (46 IP/57),
FB peaks at 92, ++ CH, SL has bite, inconsistent
WILL SKINNER, of, Forest City Owls (Middle Tennessee State/SR)
in Owls’ run to 2 straight league titles; .307-5-30 this summer, 3 HR in
playoffs; lacks pro frame, SO too much, but all tools play
JON CORNELIUS, lhp, Martinsville Mustangs (Florida Tech/SR)
numbers (1.23 ERA/.154 OBA; 73 IP/10 BB/91 SO) with modest stuff; uncanny
ability to locate FB, add/subtract, change angles
TERRAN SENAY, of, Forest City Owls (North Carolina State/SO)
raw power (.274-3-15, 3 HR in playoffs), knack for drawing BB (41 in 44 G) for
young player; too many SO (50), lacks speed
JORDAN JANKOWSKI, rhp, Thomasville Hi-Toms (Miami, Ohio/JR)
Tended to lose effectiveness after 3-4 IP as starter, but dominant out of pen
(2-2, 3.21, 48 IP/76 SO); + 2-pitch mix: 92-93 FB, SL
RONNIE FREEMAN, c, Florence RedWolves (Kennesaw State/SO)
.270-6-31, showed steady improvement in all areas; has power, became better
overall hitter; grinder behind plate, average arm
JOSEPH HUGHES, rhp, Asheboro Copperheads (East Carolina/SO)
SO in ‘11, had breakthrough summer; went 5-3/2.64 (58 IP/52 SO); FB tops at 93,
++ when gets ball down/has 12/6 CU working
RICH WITTEN, 1b/rhp, Outer Banks Daredevils (Coastal Carolina/JR)
Shoulder/elbow surgeries have ruined career on mound, but has ++ bat speed/power
potential in 6-7 frame; hits tape-measure shots
MATT WILLIAMS, ss, Columbia Blowfish (Liberty/JR)
Contact hitter (.300-1-16), but prone to jump on first pitch; 6.7 speed plays,
solid range/hands at SS, but not in Black (No. 12) class
NEIKO JOHNSON, 2b/of, Edenton Steamers (Kentucky/SR)
Excels at small game (.307-0-18, 25 SB); sprays ball to all fields, can
push/drag for hits, steals at will, best base runner in league
MIKE DEVINE, rhp, Outer Banks Daredevils (Virginia Military/JR)
Arrived late from Cape, left early for ankle surgery; worked just 9 IP, but
generated ugly swings with 89-94 FB, + SL from ¾ angle
PATRICK MINCEY, rhp, Wilmington Sharks (Francis Marion, S.C./SR)
Throws from a variety of angles, stuff inconsistent but electric when throws
strikes, tough to barrel up; FB at 88-92, ++ 2-plane SL
BEN WHITE, rhp, Morehead City Marlins (Temple/SR)
Suffered poor JR year, but found groove in summer (57 IP/18 BB/74 SO); max
effort/aggressive but pounds zone with 89-92 FB/CU
JACOB WILSON, 3b/ss, Asheboro Copperheads (Memphis/JR)
.284-7-25, selected to ASG as SS; can pick it, + arm, but lacks range to remain
at SS in long run; may lack size/raw power for 3B
MICHAEL WHITE, rhp, Martinsville Mustangs (SIGNED/Brewers)
Projectable 6-6/180 frame; steady FB in 88-92 range, CU emerging; modest summer
success (2-1, 5.01), still signed with Brewers
BRAD McALLISTER, rhp, Morehead City Marlins (Barry, Fla./JR)
Lacks raw stuff with high-80s FB, but + CH, advanced approach/demeanor separates
him; works quickly, keeps hitters off balance
MICHAEL LANG, of, Outer Banks Daredevils (Rutgers/SR)
Skills still trying to catch up to ++ tools (quick-twitch actions, 6.5 speed, +
arm); funky swing, but gets + carry when barrels up balls
ALEX LOFTIN, rhp, Edenton Steamers (Akron/JR)
Began summer in Cape Cod, went on to post 5-1, 2.20 mark for Steamers; FB 89-92,
threw slow CU/hard SL for strikes; + competes
JOE SCLAFANI, ss, Morehead City Marlins (Dartmouth/JR)
Tools a little short, but a true ball player, ++ intangibles; adequate at plate
(.305-2-16), SS in college, comfort level at 3B, 2B in pros
COLBY HOLMES, rhp, Florence RedWolves (South Carolina/SO)
Midweek starter as FR for CWS champs, became staff ace this summer (3-3, 1.18);
FB 88-90, throws CH, 2 break balls for strikes
CHRIS BYFORD, rhp, Edenton Steamers (Oklahoma State/JR)
product, used summer success (1-1, 2.05, 22 IP/30 SO) to walk-on at OSU; huge
frame (6-5/245), hitters swung thru 93 FB
CASS HARGIS, of, Thomasville Hi-Toms (Southeastern Louisiana/SR)
Recorded fastest 60 at ASG (6.59), has speed to steal more bags than 15, gets +
jumps on balls in CF; compact swing, gap power
NICK ORVIN, of, Columbia Blowfish (The Citadel/SO)
Speed not in same class as OF mate Branfy Arias (45 SB), but more complete
player; runs 6.7, stole 28 bags; quick hands at plate