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Summer Collegiate : : Rankings
NECBL: Top Prospects, 2010
   
Published: Wednesday, September 22, 2010

NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATE LEAGUE
TOP 30 PROSPECTS, 2010
 
COMPILED BY ALLAN SIMPSON
In Association with League Managers and Scouts
 
Official League Website: www.necbl.com
 
FAST FACTS
Year League Established: 1993.
States Represented in League: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont.
Level of Competition (1-to-4 Scale, 1 being highest): 2.
No. of Teams in League: 12 (12 in 2009).
Regular-Season Champion (best overall record): Newport Gulls.
Post-Season Champion: North Shore Navigators.
Teams, PG CrossChecker Summer 30/Final Ranking: No. 16 North Shore Navigators; No. 24 Newport Gulls.
No. 1 Prospect, 2009 (per PG CrossChecker): Tyler Mizenko, rhp, Sanford Mainers (Winthrop; played in Cape Cod League in 2010).
First 2009 Player Selected, 2010 Draft: Tim Smalling, ss, Newport Gulls (Virginia Tech; Nationals/14th round).
 
Most Valuable Player: Effrey Valdez, 3b, Lowell All-Americans.
Top Starting Pitcher: Mike Hauschild, rhp, Danbury Westerners; Top Relief Pitcher Tucker Healy, rhp, Bristol Collegiate.
Top Prospect (as selected by league): Mark Appel, rhp, Newport Gulls.
 
BATTING LEADERS (League games only)
Batting Average: Matt Chavez, of, New Bedford Bay Sox (.355).
Slugging Percentage: Matt Petty, 2b/3b, North Adams Steeple Cats (.547).
On-Base Average: Zach Babbit, of, Vermont Mountaineers (.444).
Home Runs: Three tied at 6.
RBIs: Effrey Valdez, 3b, Lowell All-Americans (42).
Stolen Bases: Dave Ciocchi, 1b, Danbury Westerners (20).
 
PITCHING LEADERS (League games only)
Wins: Three tied at 6.
ERA: Tony Bucciferro, rhp, Newport Gulls (0.82).
Saves: Sean Albury, rhp, North Adams SteepleCats (11).
Strikeouts: Tyler Joyner, lhp, Laconia Muskrats (53).
 
BEST TOOLS
Best Athlete: Kenny Diekroeger, ss/3b, Newport Gulls.
Best Hitter: William Carmona, rhp, Vermont Mountaineers.
Best Power: Jeremy Baltz, of, Keene SwampBats.
Fastest Base Runner: Kyle Johnson, of, Newport Gulls.
Best Defensive Player: Mike Williams, c, Danbury Westerners.
Best Velocity: Mark Appel, rhp, Newport Gulls.
Best Breaking Ball: Jarrett Miller, rhp, Laconia Muskrats.
Best Command: Mike Hauschild, rhp, Danbury Westerners.
 
TOP 30 PROSPECTS
 
1. MARK APPEL, rhp, Newport Gulls (Stanford/SO in 2011)
Extremely projectable with free/easy arm in 6-5/200 frame; FB 92-97, other stuff needs work; went 6-1, 1.87, lot of ground-ball outs
2. KENNY DIEKROEGER, ss/3b, Newport Gulls (Stanford/SO)
2009 2nd-rounder has whole package; bat speed/polished approach at plate, smooth actions in field, range at SS/quickness for 3B
3. JEREMY BALTZ, of, Keene SwampBats (St. John’s/SO)
Followed up monster .396-24-85 FR year with .301-2-25 summer; huge bat speed, short/flat swing; runs OK, adequate OF, LF arm
4. MIKE WILLIAMS, c, Danbury Westerners (Kentucky/JR)
Excellent defender in all phases, capable of shutting down running game; has + raw power, needs ABs after limited action in college
5. MIKE CARASITI, rhp, Bristol Collegiate (St. John’s/SO)
Young arm with + upside; went 3-2, 2.70, struggles with mechanics, repeating delivery, but FB in 91-94 range, flashes + SL, splitter
6. IAN GARDECK, rhp, Danbury Westerners (Angelina, Texas, JC/SO)
Stocky frame limits projection, but may have had best raw stuff in league (FB up to 96, 86-87 SL); new to pitching, Dayton transfer
7. ALEX WOOD, lhp, Keene SwampBats (Georgia/FR)
Missed FR year with TJ surgery; just feeling way back in 2-3, 3.96 summer; 6-3/220 frame, FB at 90-93, + CH, command got better
8. TYLER JOYNER, lhp, Laconia Muskrats (East Carolina/SO)
LHP with slender frame, but has nasty arm, led league in SO; lively 88-91 FB, touches 93; hammer CU, needs to develop command
9. EVAN MARZILLI, of, Laconia Muskrats (South Carolina/SO)
Hit .385 in leadoff role for CWS champs, showcased live/athletic frame, excellent speed in all phases, explosive actions, gap power
10. WILLIAM CARMONA, 3b/rhp, Vermont Mountaineers (Stony Brook/SO)
Switch-hitter with serious juice from both sides; hit hard .280-6-27 in big park; huge arm, also closes, but lacks athleticism in field
11. JARRETT MILLER, rhp, Laconia Muskrats (UNC Greensboro/JR)
Posted solid 3-1, 1.64 record (33 IP/44 SO) with 88-92 FB, best assortment of breaking pitches in league (true 12/6 CU, 81-83 SL)
12. MIKE GALLIC, of, Bristol Collegiate (Marist/SR)
Undrafted junior, yet surprised scouts with big-league frame, assortment of tools; won 60 at ASG in 6.45, ++ CF, hits, lacks power
13. ANTHONY GOMEZ, if, Sanford Mainers (Vanderbilt/SO)
Didn’t play at same level as big spring (.379 vs. .261); + BB player, but didn’t show arm/actions in field, bat/power scouts expected
14. KYLE JOHNSON, of, Newport Gulls (Washington State/JR)
Fastest player in league, had green light, was perfect on 18 SB attempts; hit .289-1-9, puts ++ pressure on defense, excels in CF
15. MATT CHAVEZ, 1b/rhp, New Bedford Bay Sox (San Francisco/SR)
Intriguing 2-way talent; drafted by White Sox as pitcher after reaching 95 in spring, but prefers hitting, made mark in NECBL at plate
16. ELLIOTT BYERS, rhp, New Bedford Bay Sox (Stanford/SO)
Still more thrower than pitcher, but has power arm, touched 96, struck out 26 in 16 IP; struggles to throw strikes, but better SL
17. TONY BUCCIFERRO, rhp, Newport Gulls (Michigan State/JR)
Posted solid numbers (4-1, 0.82, 44 IP/8 BB/42 SO), steady stream of ground-ball outs with + command, heavy sink on 87-90 FB
18. PAT LIGHT, rhp, Newport Gulls (Monmouth/SO)
6-5/200 RHP went 5-0, 2.36 with sinking FB at 89-91, solid SL; needs a more consistent arm slot as pitches tend to flatten out
19. SCOTT FIRTH, rhp, Keene SwampBats (Clemson/SO)
Has small/wiry non-projectable frame, but easy arm/clean mechanics, commands 3 pitches (FB up to 92-93, + SL/CH), + competes
20. MIKE HAUSCHILD, rhp, Danbury Westerners (Dayton/JR)
Went 6-2, 1.24 in season, then spun 3-hit ShO with 13 K’s in playoffs; fills zone with strikes, FB 87-91, dynamic splitter is out pitch
21. TYLER GEBLER, rhp, North Adams SteepleCats (Rutgers/SO)
6-5/240 frame, had 12 SV as FR; has 3-pitch stuff to start, went 5-2, 2.12 in role on summer, FB only 91, question if more in there
22. TYLER BERNARD, ss, Keene SwampBats (Palomar, Calif., JC/FR)
Ex-20th rounder sat out FR year at Arizona State, hit .285-2-14 on summer; slap hitter, acrobatic actions in field, more suited for 2B
23. JON WENDEL, 2b, Sanford Mainers (West Chester, Pa./JR)
Smaller frame (5-9/160), D-II pedigree are limiting factors, but hit .311-2-15, had line-drive power to all fields, made all plays in hole
24.BRANDON MILLER, c, Holyoke Blue Sox (Samford/JR)
Has obvious raw power/arm strength, big frame, but holes in swing (44 SO/121 AB); adequate catcher, vulnerable to yips on throws
25. BRANDON BOUDREAUX, of, Danbury Westerners (Tulane/SO
Lacks size, battled assortment of injuries to hit .269-2-14, has excellent swing path, puts a charge in balls; average speed, ++ arm
26. MICAH JOHNSON, if, Vermont Mountaineers (Indiana/SO)
Hit .312/11 HR as Indiana freshman 3B; has quick hands, but more an aluminum bat swing; athletic in field, but actions suited for 2B
27. MATT BLOW, 1b, Newport Gulls (Virginia Tech/SR)
Big LH pop in powerful 6-6/230 frame; has loft in swing, ball jumps off bat, learned to lay off pitches out of zone; limited in field to 1B
28. TUCKER HEALY, rhp, Bristol Collegiate (Ithaca, N.Y./JR)
D-III arm dominated as closer (3-0, 0.37, 25 IP/39 SO) with just one pitch, 91-93 FB; gets excellent deception, cut action, ++ locates
29. KEENAN KOLINSKY, lhp, New Bedford Red Sox (Vanderbilt/SO)
Debate whether crafty Kolinsky (1-0, 1.27) or 6-7 North Dakota State fireballer Anthony Klinskie (FB 90-95) is the better prospect
30. HUNTER RIVERS, rhp, North Shore Navigators (Jacksonville State/SO)
Lone player from league champs to crack list; blossomed in relief role, saved championship game; thin frame, lively 88-91 FB, + SL