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2007 National Showcase






2007 Top Prospects

Jake Thompson - RHP - 2007 - Cerritos, CA
Didn’t pitch HS in 2007 because of transfer eligibility snafu, has the talent to be a top 2 round pick and maybe better.


2008 Top Prospects

Eric Hosmer - 1B - 2008 - Cooper City, FL
Can do it all with the bat, power to all fields, pro level approach. Underrated athlete with soft hands, 90+ arm strength.

Tim Melville - RHP - 2008 - Wentzville, MO
Excellent athlete who would be a top 5 round 3B prospect; pitched between 92-95 mph with a fluid arm, resembles Mark Prior in many ways athletically and as a pitcher.

Ethan Martin - 3B - 2008 - Toccoa, GA
Combines some of the best power in the 2008 class with the strongest throwing arm across the infield, plus he’s lean and athletically projectable.

Michael Palazzone - RHP - 2008 - Marietta, GA
Threw 92-94 mph airing it out for an inning; his 12/6 curveball is the best in the 2008 class, no question.

Gerrit Cole - RHP - 2008 - Santa Ana, CA
Has the best pure stuff in a showcase environment in the 2008 class, 94-96 mph with excellent life and two quality off speed pitches from a low effort delivery.

Harold Martinez - SS - 2008 - Miami, FL
Fun to watch play defense, he has big league actions and tools at all three infield positions; the bat is coming quickly and he’s showing his bat speed and power.

Aaron Hicks - OF - 2008 - Long Beach, CA
Great 2-way prospect, threw 95 off the mound, ran 6.4 and switch-hits; may have been hindered by a stiff shoulder.

Kyle Long - 1B - 2008 - Ivy, VA
Unique athlete and larger than life personality at 6-7, 280 lbs; throws up to 96 mph from the left side and hits bombs with the bat.

Tim Beckham - SS - 2008 - Griffin, GA
Middle of the field athletic ability combined with 6.3 speed; the special part of Beckham’s package could be his hands, he is lightning quick to the ball and has underrated power.

BJ Hermsen - RHP - 2008 - Masonville, IA
The velocity is starting to come, up to 93 mph in Cincinnati with the same plus command and curveball potential.

Scott Silverstein - LHP - 2008 - Brookeville, MD
Big surprise from the left side, up to 93 mph with plus command and life and a nice breaking ball.

Kyle Skipworth - C - 2008 - Riverside, CA
Firmly established himself as the top 2008 high school catcher; will get plenty of Joe Mauer comparisons for his 6-3, 190 lb frame, left handed bat.

Xavier Avery - OF - 2008 - Decatur, GA
Not just a speed player despite a 6.18 60 time, he has juice in his bat with more to come. Also a star football prospect, like his comp Carl Crawford was at the same point.

Alex Meyer - RHP - 2008 - Greensburg, IN
6-7, 200 lbs and loose and easy with a fastball up to 95 mph and an low 80’s curveball. Could end up right at the top of the prospect list.

Brett DeVall - LHP - 2008 - Niceville, FL
Polished southpaw with a very advanced feel for location and ball movement; can pitch in the low 90’s but rarely needs or wants to.

Robbie Grossman - OF - 2008 - Cypress, TX
Switch-hitter and the ball explodes off his bat from both sides, strong/fast athlete from the Jay Bruce mold as a Houston area player.

Sonny Gray - RHP - 2008 - Smyrna, TN
Despite an athletic 6-0 frame had some of the most consistent mid-90’s velocity at the event along with a nasty mid-80’s slider.

Destin Hood - SS - 2008 - Eight Mile (Mobile), AL
Raw skills due to a football background, but took the best BP of the showcase and could have a special bat with more repetitions.

Chris Amezquita - SS - 2008 - La Mirada, CA
Only lacks plus running speed to be a 5-tool player and his offensive ability if he can stay in the middle infield could make him an impact type player; comps will be made to 2007 first rounder Matt Dominguez.

Wesley Freeman - OF - 2008 - Lakeland, FL
The 6.37 speed on a cut 6-4, 210 lb athlete gets immediate attention, as did his long game home run off a 91 mph fastball.

Walker Kelly - LHP - 2008 - Fort Worth, TX
High energy delivery makes his low 92-93 mph fastball and nasty curveball even harder to hit; one of the most aggressive pitchers out there, too.

Andy Burns - SS - 2008 - Ft. Collins, CO
Pleasant surprise as this Colorado athlete stood out in all areas and gained Aflac All American status; can really hit and has upper level shortstop tools.

Trey Haley - RHP - 2008 - San Augustine, TX
Electric arm strength up to 95 mph and flashed a plus curveball at times as well; not as well known as some other Texas pitchers but may be better than all of them.

Ricky Oropesa - 3B - 2008 - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Extra strong with power tools, hits the ball as hard as anyone in the country, could end up at either 3B or 1B depending on how his mobility develops; also 90-94 mph off the hill.

Austin Wright - LHP - 2008 - Schaumburg, IL
Power body at 6-3, 210 lbs and a power arm in the low 90’s to go with it; think Randy Myers when he’s fully mature.

Nick Maronde - LHP - 2008 - Lexington, KY
Polished southpaw, can carve up hitters with command and his FB/SL/Chg, fastball velo was up to 92 mph.

Jordan Swagerty - C - 2008 - Sachse, TX
Lots of debate about his best position, he dominates on the mound with quality present stuff and is a switch-hitting catcher with bat speed.

Garrison Lassiter - SS - 2008 - High Point, NC
Has magical hands to hit with, can really whip the wood and drive the ball, smooth defensive actions but arm strength just playable for now.

Robbie Ross - LHP - 2008 - Nicholasville, KY
Smaller left hander but excellent athlete, pitches at 90-92 mph, change up is an excellent pitch and slider is pretty good, too.

Brad Dydalewicz - LHP - 2008 - Spicewood, TX
Nasty present stuff from a funky, deceptive delivery; fastball was 90-93 mph with lots of life and curveball broke big.

Rolando Gomez - MIF - 2008 - Pembroke Pines, FL
Not a physical player but just performs, surprising power in his bat and hits everything hard; some project to 2B in the future but keeps getting better defensively.

Gregory Conver - RHP - 2008 - Margate, FL
Long and tall with an intimidating low ¾’s release point; low 90’s with more to come and watch out when he learns how to throw a slider.

Brent Warren - OF - 2008 - Robins, IA
Took the next step in his miraculous recovery from heart surgery; showed big power at the plate and ran 6.4. Just a great story with more to come!

J P Ramirez - OF - 2008 - New Braunfels, TX
One of the top hitters in the 2008 class despite his 5-10 frame, can just rake, hit a long home run in game action and will hit many more in the future.

Steven Upchurch - RHP - 2008 - Mobile, AL
Excellent downhill angle on a 90-92 fastball and a sharp curveball to go with it; pitches with a purpose and doesn’t appear to like hitters very much.

Tyler Chatwood - SS - 2008 - Yucaipa, CA
Has one of the top run/throw combinations in the country, is looking to settle on a position as he plays everywhere, including throwing 94 off the mound and wait for the bat to mature.

Jarred Cosart - OF - 2008 - League City, TX
Pitching ability will start coming together when he’s not a fly around the field playing shortstop; great athlete with a 93 mph arm.

Brad Hand - LHP - 2008 - Chaska, MN
Northwoods hockey star was a big surprise, throwing up to 93 after being 86-88 in the spring; also a potential draft talent as a power hitting first baseman.

Tyler Pastornicky - MIF - 2008 - Bradenton, FL
Outstanding instincts and approach to the game, undervalued raw tools as he runs 6.6, throws 90 and hits the ball all over the field. A Ball Player.

Cutter Dykstra - SS - 2008 - Thousand Oaks, CA
Lenny Dykstra’s son has some of the same athletic ability/tools; very quick bat with gap power and he can fly, likely an offensive second baseman at the upper levels.

Jake Odorizzi - RHP - 2008 - Highland, IL
Young body with very loose and easy actions, threw in the low 90’s with a sharp breaking ball but some may like him better as a middle infield prospect.

Adrian Nieto - C - 2008 - Hialeah, FL
Arm problems kept the Aflac All-American from catching but he showed his switch-hitting power and baseball savvy on offense.

Ezekiel Spruill - RHP - 2008 - Marietta, GA
Extremely projectable at 6-5, 190 and loose, strength is throwing strikes with his 90 mph fastball and big/sharp slider, touched 93 mph to show what’s there in the future.

Matt Marquis - OF - 2008 - Annandale, NJ
Classic RF tools, shows big time right handed power at the plate and always performs at a high level.

Michael Tonkin - RHP - 2008 - Palmdale, CA
6-6 and all arms and legs coming to the plate; very uncomfortable for hitters to face with a 93 mph fastball and sharp breaking ball and all the deception.

Bobby Bundy - RHP - 2008 - Sperry, OK
Mature power pitcher’s build hides above average athletic ability and a loose arm; very heavy low 90’s fastball could still add velocity.

Taylor Hightower - C - 2008 - Cartersville, GA
Stands out defensively with his combo of arm strength and athletic ability, has caught many of the top HS pitchers in the past; bat is a work in progress but improving.

Jason Esposito - 3B - 2008 - Bethany, CT
Looks like a future 3B but keeps playing like a shortstop, has more athleticism than given credit for and he can really hit the ball.

Ryan Weber - RHP - 2008 - St. Petersburg, FL
High performance game pitcher not in his element at a showcase, but flashed 91 mph with his usual life and sharp slider; can cut up a line up quickly when in rhythm.

Zack Cox - RHP - 2008 - Louisville, KY
Many may have Cox in about the same slot on the pitcher’s top prospect list, he hits and throws at the same level at this point.

David Olson - RHP - 2008 - Auburn, WA
Will be on some scout’s lists as a power hitting first baseman but throws 89-91 off the mound with more there; could emerge next spring in either role or in college as both.

Brian Litwin - OF - 2008 - Hickory, NC
Like many above him can run and throw at the highest levels; he has the bat speed to hit at that level as well as his game approach matures.

Quinton Miller - RHP - 2008 - Medford, NJ
Sidelined with a shoulder impingement prior to the showcase, threw a bullpen and was loose and easy at 90-92; would rank much higher if fully healthy and able to show his abilities.

Mac Williamson - RHP - 2008 - Wake Forest, NC
Converted catcher doesn’t look like a catcher, 6-4 and long and loose; showed signs in Cincy that he could move up the prospect charts very quickly.

Anthony Gose - OF - 2008 - Bellflower, CA
Yet another top run (6.5) and throw (95 OF/92 mound) athlete whose bat needs to come, there are tons in this class. Gose has the advantage of being left handed.

Greg Larson - RHP - 2008 - Longwood, FL
6-8, 200 lbs and everything works smoothly, keeps gain velocity and now is up to 93 mph; curveball and deception will need fine tuning at the next level.

Jack Armstrong - RHP - 2008 - Jupiter, FL
Ultra athletic 6-6 right hander and son of the ex-big leaguer Jack Armstrong throws with little effort; fastball still in the upper 80’s but has a high ceiling.

Ryan O'Sullivan - RHP - 2008 - El Cajon, CA
Quality two-way prospect who some may like better more in the infield, velocity and pitching feel could surge ahead if he’s just on the mound, though.

Niko Vasquez - SS - 2008 - Las Vegas, NV
Polished defender with exceptional arm strength, line drive hitter with gap power and very quick hands, knows how to play.

Kevin Eichhorn - RHP - 2008 - Aptos, CA
Doesn’t throw at all like his father, former ML submariner Mark, has true arm strength from up top, advanced pitchability and a nasty curveball.

Jason Hanson - IF - 2008 - Tucson, AZ
Excellent hitter for a middle infielder, drives the ball hard to the gaps, 6.64 runner, has plenty of arm strength and good infield actions.

Jarrod McKinney - OF - 2008 - Hughes Springs, TX
Skills are a bit raw but tools are huge, very strong but can run (6.57) and throw with the best; could be a big surprise if the bat comes, plays very hard and plays to win.

Tyler Sample - RHP - 2008 - Elizabeth, CO
6-7 with a high downhill release point, the ball comes out of his hand easy at 90-92; TJ surgery as a sophomore so he’s still making up for lost time and doing it quickly.

Danny Oh - OF - 2008 - Everett, WA
A pure hitter with surprising pop for a slender 5-11, 175 left handed hitter; scouts will have decide whether to invest now or wait until he gets stronger at college and is a potential top round pick.

Austin Wood - RHP - 2008 - Niceville, FL
Dominated on the mound with 6 K’s in 2 innings, low 90’s fastball and sharp slider looked to be helped by a deceptive delivery.

Will Clinard - RHP - 2008 - Cross Plains, TN
Big and athletic at 6-4, 215 lbs with a power arm, throws up to 92 mph and has deception and an idea with his pitches.

Chase Davidson - 1B - 2008 - Alpharetta, GA
Hit the longest home run of batting practice, no small feat in this group, and also showed huge power to the opposite field. When his approach becomes consistent, watch out!

Dimitri De La Fuente - SS - 2008 - West Covina, CA
Tons of tools, could be a offensive force if he can stay at shortstop, more likely 3B and very good at that in the future.

Jimmy Messer - RHP - 2008 - Hudson, NC
Aggressive, high energy delivery raises questions but stuff is top drawer, fastball was frequently 92-93 and his curveball has hard and unhittable at times.

Mark Ginther - SS - 2008 - Tulsa, OK
Star QB and stud athlete looked great in batting practice but game at bats keep him from being ranked higher; Oklahoma native could move up like Peter Kozma (2007) by next spring.

Vance Woodruff - RHP - 2008 - Forney, TX
Transplant from Southern California to Texas , high energy windmill delivery can’t be fun to hit against, especially with a 90-93 mph fastball coming from it.

Brian Busick - RHP - 2008 - Poway, CA
Ranks among the most polished pitchers in the 2008 class, probably best to see him in game action where he can show all his pitches and pin point command.

Joseph Loftus - 3B - 2008 - Savage, MN
Once scouts get a feel for his bat he could move way up the draft lists like a Kevin Ahrens from 2007, excellent young hitter with a pro profile build.

Hunter Cervenka - LHP - 2008 - Baytown, TX
Still teasing on the mound, always 90-92 mph but still looking to refine his command/approach; also an underrated outfield prospect who can run, hit with power.

Brian Ellington - RHP - 2008 - Gainesville , FL
Very athletic with a young body and great projection, will need to tone down delivery but low 90’s fastball/CB/Chg are all quality pitches right now.

Ben Grisz - RHP - 2008 - Dallas, TX
Former top OF prospect looks like a primary pitcher now; power fastball, high effort delivery and extra aggressive approach paint him as a potential future closer.

Clark Murphy - 1B - 2008 - Fallbrook, CA
Much acclaimed power hitter, has made some ill advised swing changes but has consistently shown top level hitting tools in the past; no reason he can’t return to his previous level.

Elliott Byers - RHP - 2008 - Moscow, PA
Big, strong pitcher who is finally seeing his velo spike, touched 93 mph with a sharp downer curveball.

Matt Richardson - SS - 2008 - Lake Mary, FL
Underrated shortstop prospect, can do about everything on the field and can really play defense; a pure shortstop with a cannon arm.

Grayson Garvin - LHP - 2008 - Suwanee, GA
Pro Profile build at 6-5, 215 lbs and loose and easy in his actions; excellent command of upper 80’s FB and change, more velo to come.

LJ Hoes - OF - 2008 - Mitchellville, MD
Excellent line drive swing, squares up to everything, 6.7 runner with howitzer (95 mph) arm strength in right field; could really move up when his power comes.

Joey Belviso - OF - 2008 - Pembroke Pines, FL
Excellent defensive out fielder with speed (6.45), plus instincts and cannon arm strength; has the raw tools/bat speed to develop as a hitter.

Stosh Wawrzasek - RHP - 2008 - Langley, BC
Extra big body Canadian is much looser than he looks, his heavy fastball sat in the low 90’s with minimal effort and his curveball looks good, too.

Pablo Bermudez - OF - 2008 - Miami Shores, FL
This year’s Denny Almonte (2nd round, 2007) from the Miami area; more speed than Almonte, not quite as physical but scouts will look at them similarly.

Corey Williams - LHP - 2008 - Huntsville, AL
Stuff has really improved in the last year, throwing mid 80’s before, now up to 91 mph with late life, slider is a swing/miss pitch at times, good mechanics/fundamentals.

Anthony DeSclafani - RHP - 2008 - Freehold, NJ
Slender and projectable at 6-3, 175 lbs, can make his fastball jump at 92 mph or sink hard at 87, breaking stuff still developing.

Taylor Wrenn - MIF - 2008 - Lakeland, FL
Has taken his game to the next level since we saw him last, stronger and faster and it showed in his left handed bat speed and gap power.

Curtis Petersen - RHP - 2008 - Aubrey, TX
Pitches at 90 mph from a balanced delivery; throws both a CB and a SL and both are sharp and nasty at times.

Peter Verdin - OF - 2008 - Alexandria, VA
Speed player, can fly, contact approach at the plate and wreaks havoc on the bases, one of the top OF arms in the class as well in CF.

Joseph (Jay) Austin - OF - 2008 - Atlanta, GA
6.2 speed and a 90 mph fastball from the left side really stand out athletically; would be ranked much higher except his bat, which has looked good in the past, didn’t measure up against elite level stuff.

Spencer Dickinson - SS - 2008 - Tequesta, FL
Lacks size at 5-9 but not tools, swings the bat hard and can really run and throw; would look more interesting at second base if he could play it.

Ray Hanson - RHP - 2008 - Long Beach, CA
Throws 89-91 and will be the third hardest thrower at LB Wilson HS next spring (Aaron Hicks/Jack Thompson; at 6-8, 195 lbs will tease scouts with his projection and size.

Billy (Trey) Brown - RHP - 2008 - Lake Charles, LA
2008 version of the yearly top prospect from Barbe HS, Slider is a great equalizer and weapon and he pitched at 90-91 mph.

Matt Ramsey - C - 2008 - Knoxville, TN
His ability to throw 90-92 off the mound my overshadow his catching prospect status at times; moving to the top of the defensive list among 2008 catchers the more he plays in front of the scouts.

Abraham Ruiz - 3B - 2008 - Pacific Grove, CA
Huge power bat at third base, he has an advanced ability to hit and to hit with power for his age; is improving his athletic ability/agility and looked good on defense.

Thomas Taylor - RHP - 2008 - Overland Park, KS
Kansas scouts will be debating the merits of Taylor vs. Jordan Cooper (below); Taylor is polished/projectable and has a better curveball at present.

Alex Blodgett - RHP - 2008 - Lexington, KY
Lots of very good Kentucky prospects in the 2008 class, Blodgett projects better than most at 6-4, 190 and loose, touched 92 mph and showed nice feel for his curveball.

Jordan Craft - OF - 2008 - Kennesaw, GA
Excellent athlete who is a two-way prospect and will flash 5 tools; power right field arm and 90 mph fastball, runs 6.7 and can hit with power.

Jordan Cooper - RHP - 2008 - Berryton, KS
See Thomas Taylor above; Cooper has a power arm and throws harder, up to 92-93 mph at times.

Christian Glisson - C - 2008 - Hahira, GA
Left handed hitting catcher with strong, projectable build, shows power with the bat and good athletic mobility behind the plate.

Brad Hook - 1B - 2008 - Franklin, IN
Could be among the top pure hitters in the draft class, strong left handed swing and hits every type of pitch hard to some part of the field.

David Rollins - LHP - 2008 - Carthage, TX
Polished southpaw can carve up hitters quickly with his 90 mph and slider; good athlete who projects to get stronger.

Riccio Torrez - 2B - 2008 - Phoenix, AZ
Strong, mature build but has the skills, quickness for upper level second base; bat is his primary tool, aggressive hitter with bat speed and power potential.

Chris Wakefield - RHP - 2008 - Canton, GA
Recently moved to Georgia from Wisconsin , one of the top 2-way talents anywhere and his stuff keeps getting better and better on the mound.

Kyle Beverley - 3B - 2008 - Midvale, UT
Surprising power and wore out the gaps in Cincinnati , can really swing the bat against top pitching; plays all three infield positions well.

Luke Erickson - LHP - 2008 - Richmond, VA
Another transfer/family move, from Florida to Virginia during the last year. Projectable LH’d arm in the upper 80’s and he can really spin the breaking ball.

Erik Johnson - RHP - 2008 - Los Altos, CA
Power pitcher’s build and throws easy, fastball steady at 90-92 mph and his curveball could be a good one in the future.

Tony Zych - 2B - 2008 - Monee, IL
6.5 runner with very good arm strength and defensive skills; some might like more as a 90-92 mph reliever or college SS/Closer type.

Brandon Miller - C - 2008 - Tyrone, GA
Coming on quickly as a top catching prospect, very athletic for a catcher and has very projectable hitting tools as well. Could move way up the prospect lists by next June.

Grant Edwards - RHP - 2008 - Rogersville, AL
Huge upside if he can tone down his delivery, very projectable and already pitches at 89-92 mph, curveball is sharp and big.

Jacob Stallings - C - 2008 - Brentwood, TN
Standout defensive ability and one of the top throwing arms of the 2008 class; his bat still has some catching up to do. Athletic background as the son of Vanderbilt hoops coach Kevin Stallings.

Brett Huber - RHP - 2008 - Belleville, IL
Solid three pitch combination with some projectability, curveball is nasty at times and can be a plus pitch, fastball touched 91 mph.

Matthew Sisto - RHP - 2008 - Anaheim, CA
Hit the ball with more power and authority than previously seen, overshadowing his 90 mph fastball and polished command.

Derrik Gibson - SS - 2008 - Seaford, DE
One of the top defensive infielders during game action, had the chance to make plays at SS and 2B and made them with flair/ability. The rest of his tools play.

Mike Nastold - RHP - 2008 - Cincinnati, OH
Big time power arm on a broad shouldered pro profile frame, fastball touches 93 mph and curve is sharp and hard; delivery issues holding back his command/consistency at this point.

Matthew Harrison - SS - 2008 - Henderson, NV
Excellent shortstop actions with plus arm strength, makes playing shortstop look easy, high energy player; key for his ceiling will be his bat, flashes top level talent now but inconsistent.

John Lamb - LHP - 2008 - Laguna Hills, CA
Not a present hard thrower but very loose and projectable and really knows how to pitch, may take some time but will be a good one.

Brance Rivera - MIF - 2008 - Muscatine, IA
Lean and live bodied athlete, smooth shortstop actions, good runner at 6.69; the key is his bat is really coming quick and he’s driving the ball hard.

Raiko Alfonso - MIF - 2008 - Key West, FL


Royce Bolinger - 3B - 2008 - Scottsdale, AZ


Jamie Bruno - 1B - 2008 - Covington, LA


Kyle Buchanan - C - 2008 - Auburn, WA


Beau Didier - SS - 2008 - Federal Way, WA


Casey Dykes - C - 2008 - Franklin, TN


Chris Ellison - OF - 2008 - Norman, OK


Aaron Fujiki - C - 2008 - Honolulu, HI


Aaron Gates - LHP - 2008 - Villa Park, CA


Johnathan (J R) Graham - SS - 2008 - Livermore, CA


Steven Gruver - LHP - 2008 - Canfield, OH


Joey Hainsfurther - SS - 2008 - Dallas, TX


Tyler Hanover - MIF - 2008 - Kernersville, NC


Lucas Herbst - OF - 2008 - Monterey, CA


Kyle Higashioka - C - 2008 - Huntington Beach, CA


Jason Knapp - RHP - 2008 - Annandale, NJ


Clay Kollenbaum - RHP - 2008 - Tarpon Springs, FL


Shane Kroker - 3B - 2008 - Westlake Village, CA


Matthew Murray - RHP - 2008 - Spring City, PA


Blake Newalu - MIF - 2008 - McDonough, GA


William Piwnica-Worms - OF - 2008 - St Louis, MO


Philip Pohl - C - 2008 - Cooperstown, NY


Vickash Ramjit - 3B - 2008 - Miami, FL


Alfred Rodriguez - MIF - 2008 - Oak Hill, VA


John Ruettiger - OF - 2008 - Joliet, IL


Austin Stadler - 1B - 2008 - Midlothian, VA


Jonathon Taylor - OF - 2008 - Acworth, GA


Jomel Torres - 1B - 2008 - Chula Vista, CA


Gary Wilson - SS - 2008 - Marlton, NJ


David Wright - C - 2008 - Aledo, TX



2009 Top Prospects

Isaac Ballou - OF - 2009 - Smithfield, VA
Only a 2009 but stood out with the older players, great hands at the plate create whippy bat speed, 6.62 runner, good defender and really projects.