2006 National Underclass Showcase
2008 Top Prospects
- RHP - 2008 - Boynton Beach, FL
Adelman is one of the high velocity pitchers in the 2008 class, already touching 92 mph with lots more in his 6-3, 180 lb frame. How his breaking ball develops will be key.
- MIF - 2008 - Key West, FL
As a freshman and sophomore, Alfonso gained more notice with his glove. Ironically, it’s his switch-hitting ability and power potential than is noticed first now.
- RHP - 2008 - Jupiter, FL
Former #1 pick (1987) Jack Armstrong’s son might be the most projectable pitcher in the country. He’s 6-7 and extra loose and athletic and is already throwing in the upper 80’s with good feel for his pitches.
Joseph (Jay) Austin
- OF - 2008 - Atlanta, GA
Austin has a 2009 birthdate and potential 5-tool ability. Watching how his power continues to develop as he matures will be a key. Don’t be surprised to see him move up the prospect list over the next year.
- OF - 2008 - Decatur, GA
Avery ran the top 60 at the showcase at 6.49 and is starting to get bigger and stronger. He has surprising pop in his bat and can cover all of centerfield.
- OF - 2008 - Pembroke Pines, FL
Belviso is a potential 5-tool player as his bat continues to come around. He’s a 6.5 runner with strength and a powerful arm.
- RHP - 2008 - Berkeley, CA
Bremer topped out at 88 mph with excellent life on his fastball. His curveball and change up are quality pitches and he attacks hitters aggressively.
- LHP - 2008 - Boca Raton, FL
Busch is extra strong at 6-3, 210 lbs and has present tools on both sides of the ball that play at the upper college level.
- RHP - 2008 - Cartersville, GA
Cline is a primary outfielder right now but we see him as a full-time pitcher before long. He throws 90 mph with plus life and a nice slider.
- OF - 2008 - League City, TX
The 6-3, 170 lb Cosart was up to 93 mph with a variety of secondary pitches and is very projectable. He also showed prospect level hitting ability. It will be interesting to see how he develops over the next year or two.
- OF - 2008 - Kennesaw, GA
Craft has all the tools and is still projectable. He hits and hits with power, runs 6.8 and throws 93 from the outfield and in the upper 80’s from the mound.
- 3B - 2008 - Grove Hill, AL
Cross has quick hands and excellent raw bat speed and the chance to hit with both power and average with some adjustments.
- LHP - 2008 - Niceville, FL
DeVall threw 92 mph, his slider was the best breaking ball at the showcase and his change up was almost as good. He’s very athletic at 6-4, 205 and everything comes together so easily when he throws. DeVall might be the top 2008 pitcher in the country.
- SS - 2008 - Tequesta, FL
Dickinson is a toolsy outfielder with 6.9 speed, plus arm strength and a good bat. It would be interesting to see him play the infield.
- RHP - 2008 - Gainesville , FL
The 6-3, 170 lb Ellington is the rare young pitcher who throws 90-91 but who’s curveball and change up are better present pitches. He’s high ceiling talent if he can make some delivery adjustments.
- OF - 2008 - Norman, OK
Ellison is a quick twitch athlete who has top level bat speed and quickness and projects plenty of strength. He’s also a 6.8 runner who throws 90 mph.
- LHP - 2008 - Richmond, VA
Erickson has some mechanical issues to work through but there aren’t many better southpaw arms. He throws 90 mph and his curveball has nasty late break to it.
- LHP - 2008 - Riverview, FL
Consistency seems to be the key to Ferrara ’s game. He’s been low 90’s with plus life on his fastball every time he’s taken the mound for us the past year.
- LHP - 2008 - Pembroke Pines, FL
Fondon’s curveball and change up are top pitches and his mid-80’s fastball keeps hitters off-balance. He’s been a big winner at WWBA events.
- OF - 2008 - Lakeland, FL
Scouts will bear down on the 6-4, 215 lb Freeman over the next 1 ½ years. He runs 6.7 and has big time power potential.
- 3B - 2008 - Dallas, GA
Gaylord’s age is firmly in the 2009 class, but his present tools make him standout among the 2008’s. He has middle infield skills with very good offensive potential.
- RHP - 2008 - Beachwood, OH
Goldberg is big and strong at 6-3, 215 and is a polished pitcher for his age. He commands three pitches well, including an 89 mph fastball and sharp curve.
- MIF - 2008 - Pembroke Pines, FL
Gomez’ defense has taken a step forward and he’s looking more and more like an upper level shortstop. His left handed bat has always been his primary tool.
- MIF - 2008 - Kernersville, NC
Hanover is a high performance gamer but it was good to see him in a showcase environment, too. He plays well above his tools but his tools are pretty good.
- RHP - 2008 - Odenton, MD
Hibbs isn’t physical at 5-11, 165 but his upper 80’s fastball is projectable and his slider is one of the best breaking balls in the 2008 class.
- C - 2008 - Cartersville, GA
Hightower’s defensive skills are exceptional, with consistent sub 1.80’s pops and very good athletic agility. His bat is developing well and he has the strength to drive the ball.
- 1B - 2008 - Cooper City, FL
Hosmer is the best hitter in the 2008 class and is likely to remain in that position. He also threw 90 mph across the infield and was in excellent physical condition.
- RHP - 2008 - Scottsdale, AZ
Hulse has a young body and an upper 80’s fastball from a low ¾’s release point that has excellent life when it’s down in the zone.
- SS - 2008 - Franklin, TN
Joseph is a slick fielding shortstop but his real tool is his left handed bat. He is a very advanced hitter who has plus bat speed and an excellent swing.
- SS - 2008 - Sarasota, FL
Kelly has the strength, speed and easy athletic actions of a top prospect. Whether he chooses baseball or football (QB) to shine in is still to be determined.
- OF - 2008 - Wellington, FL
King is a high ceiling athlete, who can run and throw at a high level and is very loose and projectable. We understand he’s a top pitching prospect, too, but he didn’t take the mound at this event.
- C - 2008 - Oldsmar, FL
Leone is big and strong and has polished tools on both sides of the ball. Being a left handed power hitter is a big plus for a catcher.
- OF - 2008 - Annandale, NJ
Marquis has big time power potential and the ball jumps off his bat. His other tools (6.9 runner, 86 arm strength) play, too.
- RHP - 2008 - Midlothian, VA
Marrs didn’t throw any breaking balls in what amounted to an off-season workout, but he did throw 93-94 mph frequently and his split finger continues to improve with more consistent mechanics.
- SS - 2008 - Miami, FL
Martinez ’s arm strength is at the top of the class and his defensive actions are a match. He showed us excellent bat speed we hadn’t seen before.
- LHP - 2008 - Boynton Beach, FL
If you want a sleeper on this list, the 6-5, 195 lb Matulis might be it. He has high ceiling potential both as a pitcher and hitter when he gets stronger.
- OF - 2008 - Fayetteville, GA
May is a very live bodied, high ceiling athlete with 6.53 speed and very good raw bat speed. He could become one of the top OF’ers in the class as he improves his overall fundamentals and skills.
- SS - 2008 - Yorktown, VA
McConnell’s tools are solid across the board and he has pure shortstop actions. He has some juice in his bat and throws 85 mph off the mound as well.
- SS - 2008 - Miramar, FL
Mejia is big and physical for a shortstop but has easy, smooth actions and a cannon arm. His strength gives him very good bat speed and gap power.
- C - 2008 - Tyrone, GA
Miller combines very good tools with a high energy, hustling approach to the game. His defensive tools will rank with the best in the 2008 class, but he can hit, too.
- MIF - 2008 - McDonough, GA
Newalu’s tools keep getting better, especially his speed (6.6) and he’s a top level defender who knows how to play.
- C - 2008 - Hialeah, FL
A switch-hitting catcher with power from both sides, Nieto will be among the elite level catchers in the 2008 class. His defense keeps getting better every time we see him.
- MIF - 2008 - Bradenton, FL
Pastornicky keeps getting better every time we see him. He can play shortstop at a high level and his bat is coming on quickly. He also has as much fun playing as anyone we see.
- OF - 2008 - St Louis, MO
Piwnica-Worms has an excellent projectable frame and top level power/speed tools. Top level academic schools should get on him quickly due to his academics.
- RHP - 2008 - Marietta, GA
Pope isn’t the hardest thrower on the prospect list, topping out at 88 mph, but he has a killer 75 mph curveball and excellent command of his pitches.
- RHP - 2008 - Doylestown, PA
Putnam combines very good pitchability with a nasty curveball and a upper 80’s fastball.
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- OF - 2008 - New Braunfels, TX
One of the top hitters in the 2008 class, Ramirez hits with power to all fields and has excellent bat speed. His athletic tools are solid, but his bat makes him special.
- 3B - 2008 - Miami, FL
Ramjit has a pro profile body at 6-3, 195 and has upper level defensive skills at third base, along with some power in his bat.
- C - 2008 - Knoxville, TN
Ramsey pitched (92 mph FB), played outfield and caught, all at a high level. We like his tools and skills best behind the plate.
- RHP - 2008 - Winter Springs, FL
Rasinski throws 92 mph off the mound with very good fastball life. He’s also an outfield prospect with good speed and some pop in his bat.
- OF - 2008 - Dallas, TX
Robinson has serious juice in his bat right handed and is solid swinging left handed, too. He’s a quality defensive outfielder with speed (6.9) and arm strength.
- MIF - 2008 - Oak Hill, VA
The son of a former professional middle infielder, Rodriguez has very smooth and easy defensive skills at shortstop. His bat has improved as he’s become stronger.
- LHP - 2008 - Novi, MI
Saunderson is a quality projectable two-way prospect who throws 87 off the mound and can run and hit. He could be a sleeper from up north.
- RHP - 2008 - Marietta, GA
Spruill is long and lean at 6-5, 185 lbs and throws 90 with a sharp 80 mph slider. His stuff projects well and no 2008 throws more strikes or has better command.
- 1B - 2008 - Wellington, FL
Stermer’s bat keeps getting better and better as he gets stronger and more experienced. He’s still a pretty good left handed pitcher, too.
- OF - 2008 - Gainesville, FL
Thomas is a quick twitch quick athlete with multiple raw tools that could play big as his game matures.
- 1B - 2008 - Chula Vista, CA
Torres slammed 2 game home runs and showed in BP that it was no accident. He has a lightning quick left handed swing and attacks the ball aggressively.
- LHP - 2008 - Katy, TX
Turnbull projects well at 6-2, 160 with a loose, easy arm and has all the pitches and the ability to use them. His fastball topped at 87 mph with much more there.
- RHP - 2008 - Mobile, AL
Upchurch is high the projectable list; he’s 6-4, 175 lbs and everything comes easy to him on the mound. He topped out at 88 mph and had the ability to add and subtract, spin the ball and locate in the strike zone.
- RHP - 2008 - Houston, TX
Vanderlean is a 6-0 right hander who throws 90 mph, but he has so much life on his fastball that he’s going to be awfully hard to hit consistently.
- RHP - 2008 - Canton, GA
Wakefield dominated, striking out all 9 hitters with a 91 mph fastball and sharp 76 mph slurve. He’s a good hitter, too, who can play both ways at the college level.
- RHP - 2008 - St. Petersburg, FL
Weber’s pitchability is at the top of the 2008 class. His fastball has moved up to the upper 80’s with outstanding life and his slider is a strikeout pitch.
- C - 2008 - Knoxville, TN
Williams has present strength, physical tools and very sound fundamentals behind the plate for a young catcher.
- RHP - 2008 - Wake Forest, NC
Williamson told us that he wanted to be considered a pitching prospect, not a catcher. Then he went out and proved it, throwing 90-92 with a loose, easy arm and very good CB/SL potential. We’re convinced.
- SS - 2008 - St. Leonard, MD
Winegardner’s arm and defensive skills are a big plus at shortstop. He’s a switch-hitter who has bat speed and projects some power. Winegardner also throws 90 mph off the mound.
- RHP - 2008 - Niceville, FL
Woods has a profile pitcher’s frame at 6-4, 200 lbs and throws 90 mph with little effort. He’s a quality athlete who could be a solid OF prospect as well.
- SS - 2008 - Tallahassee, FL
A two-way prospect who grades out higher on the mound right now, Workman throws 90 with a nasty slider and has solid middle infield skills.
2009 Top Prospects
- RHP - 2009 - High Point, NC
Avidon throws 90 mph from a low ¾’s release point and has excellent life. His secondary pitches are solid as well. He’s a quality athlete who could be very, very hard to hit as he gets stronger and throws harder.
- LHP - 2009 - Westbury, NY
Bishop is a strong athlete who throws 94 from the outfield along with 91 from the mound, while running a 6.9. He could blossom in any number of different ways.
- 3B - 2009 - Alva, FL
At 6-4, 185, Borchering has long limbs and excellent leverage in his swing from both sides of the plate. With some strength he could become a special type of hitter.
- RHP - 2009 - Geneva , FL
Clapsaddle already pitches like a veteran with command and three solid pitches. His velocity projects easily from his present 86-88 mph.
- C - 2009 - Lexington, KY
Crain is tall and angular at 6-2, 180, but very light and quick on his feet. All his tools project out well and he has potential on the mound as well.
- C - 2009 - Roswell, GA
Crohan’s bat is very advanced for a 2009 catcher. He’s loose and athletic and projects very well.
- SS - 2009 - Longwood, FL
A quality two-way prospect, Franklin has a loose, powerful arm that touches the low 90’s. He’s also a switch-hitter with a quick left handed swing and a sub-7.00 runner.
- OF - 2009 - Houston, TX
Harrell is big-time power/speed potential as he grows into his 6-2 frame. He runs 6.7 already and has a strong outfield arm.
- RHP - 2009 - Cooper City, FL
Healy throws in the upper 80’s with an easy arm action and hasn’t started to fill out his 6-2 frame yet.
- MIF - 2009 - Bradenton, FL
The multi-talented Heller could go either way the next few years, either as a hard throwing pitcher or as a athletic middle infielder with some pop in his bat.
- RHP - 2009 - Brandon, FL
Knott is 6-3, 170 lbs and is very athletic. He will hit and hit with power as he gets stronger but he might have a bigger upside on the mound.
- RHP - 2009 - Wilbur By the Sea, FL
Lovecchio pounds the strike zone with a solid 87 mph fastball/71 mph curveball combo and is very projectable.
- C - 2009 - Collegeville, PA
Chris Lubanski’s younger brother is a completely different athlete, with excellent present strength, a power bat and catching skills that are coming on quickly.
- MIF - 2009 - Davie, FL
Marrero has played above his class defensively for some time, but his bat has caught up quickly as he’s matured. He’s a different athlete than 1st cousin Chris (2006 1st round pick of the Reds) but might be just as talented.
- RHP - 2009 - Naples, FL
The 2009 list is full of young, projectable pitchers who throw in the mid to upper 80’s. Matson is one of them.
- MIF - 2009 - North Lauderdale, FL
Medina is small framed (5-9, 140) but has top level body life and excellent defensive skills. He can swing the bat, but people will talk about him for his glove.
- OF - 2009 - Southlake, TX
A two-way left handed prospect, Mitchell strongly resembles Isaiah Froneberger from the 2007 class physically and tool-wise.
- MIF - 2009 - Montgomery, AL
Moseley is a quick twitch athlete with outstanding baseball skills. He has lightning bat speed from the left side and all the skills to play shortstop, including a cannon arm that throws 90 off the mound.
- LHP - 2009 - Holiday, FL
The 6-4 Schuster throws from a low 3/4’s cross fire delivery that may need adjustments, but his stuff is present nasty and hard to hit.
- OF - 2009 - Houston, TX
Seger has one of the most projectable power bats in the 2009 class and when he grows into his 6-3 frame, he’s going to be very strong.
- 3B - 2009 - Knoxville, TN
Stallings is plus present strong and the ball just explodes off his bat. He also throws 88 mph off the mound.
- RHP - 2009 - Birmingham, AL
Strauss is a slender 6-2 and has a smooth and easy arm that generates a 87 mph that is sure to improve with strength.
- RHP - 2009 - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Theodore is present strong at 6-2, 190 and throws upper 80’s with little effort and smooth mechanics. His slider looks like a potential plus pitch.
- C - 2009 - Cape Coral, FL
Zunino, whose father Greg is a Reds area scout, has mature skills and a strong balance of defensive and hitting tools. He’s athletic and very projectable.
2010 Top Prospects
- - 2010 - Adel, GA
Like many 2010’s, it’s difficult to say where Cowart is a better propect. He’s athletic, swing the bat with authority and is loose and polished on the mound.
- OF - 2010 - Stockbridge, GA
Comparisons to a young Cameron Maybin seem appropriate, especially when it comes to the type of power that Griffin will start developing over the next few years.
- C - 2010 - Wauconda, IL
Jackson doesn’t look or play like a freshman, especially on defense. He’s going to be big and strong and hit with power some day.
- MIF - 2010 - Sandwich, IL
Morse has a live, athletic body and is already showing very good bat speed with wood with some pop. He plays some outfield but projects best in the infield.
- C - 2010 - Naples, FL
Freshman catchers popping under 1.90 and throwing 77 mph get attention, and Ross’s bat looks just as good as his defensive tools.
- SS - 2010 - Lake City, FL
The best comparison for Tillotson is that he’s a young John Tolisano who throws 90 mph off the mound. The switch-hitting ability and precocious athleticism are similar.