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2007 Southeast Underclass Showcase






2009 Top Prospects

Zachary Lowery - 1B - 2009 - Acworth, GA
Lowery is 6-3, 205 and very athletic and with better speed (7.18) would be fringing in on 5-tool potential. He is an excellent looking young hitter with plus bat speed and plays the game with a hustling, intense approach that was unmistakable.

Derrick Thomas - OF - 2009 - Roswell, GA
Thomas looks like a prospect at 6-3, 190 lbs and has a sweet, easy swing that he keeps short and quick for a young, tall hitter. Thomas runs very well, although his arm is short at present, but it’s all going to be about how his already advanced bat develops.

Cody Lodge - OF - 2009 - Kennesaw, GA
Lodge can run (6.9), throw (90 mph from the OF), play defense and hit. He’s more of a contact/line drive hitter at 5-10, 155 lbs but has strength and bat speed. Kennessaw Mt. HS’s outfield the next two years will be outstanding with Lodge and Lowery manning two of the positions.

Clay Dalton - 1B - 2009 - Kennesaw, GA
The 6-3, 185 lb Dalton could develop either way; he throws in the mid 80’s with minimal effort on the mound and has a smooth, easy swing with bat speed and projectable power as a hitter. Or maybe develop both ways!

Dane Williams - RHP - 2009 - Ft Lauderdale, FL
Williams’ mechanics are raw and his secondary pitches developing, but he’s 6-5, 210 lbs and has a fast, whip like arm that throws 85-87 mph now with little effort.

Reid Handler - RHP - 2009 - Roswell, GA
Handler is 6-2, 190 lbs and throws in the mid-80’s from a low ¾’s release point with very good command and pitchability. Colleges should take note, too, as Handler can really swing the bat and could develop as an outfield prospect as well.

Trey Pilkington - RHP - 2009 - Anniston, AL
Pilkington throws 85-86 mph consistently and his fastball looks harder because of the deception in his delivery. He should fill out his 6-2, 185 lb frame and throw even harder in the future.

Ricky Kleban - OF - 2009 - Marietta, GA
Kleban should be listed as an “athlete”, he runs a 6.7 60, swings the bat with prospect bat speed, throws in the low 80’s off the mound with a nasty curveball and is very projectable at 6-1, 170 lbs and loose.

Danny Collins - MIF - 2009 - Niceville, FL
Collins could end up at either 2B or 3B depending on how his quickness develops, but his tool is his bat. Collins is confident, skilled young hitter who drives the ball hard to all fields and projects power as he gets stronger.

Travis Lee - C - 2009 - Griffin, GA
Lee is 6-4, 210 lbs but is pretty quick and agile behind the plate and has plus type arm strength on his throws. He shows power in his bat, especially to right centerfield.

Taylor Edwards - OF - 2009 - Huntsville, AL
Edwards is a live bodied athlete who can run (6.89) and has some juice in his bat. His best offensive tool may be his aggressiveness, he attacks the ball like he wants to hit it hard. C Avi Ahlzadeh (2009/Dunwoody HS, GA): Ahlzadeh is big and strong for his age but also has some looseness and quickness to his actions. He has tools, but he also plays the game hard and with the intensity you want to see in a catcher.

Chandler Tarr - RHP - 2009 - Knoxville, TN
Tarr threw at the Atlantic Coast Underclass a few weeks prior but threw even better in Marietta, sitting at 83-84 mph with very good looseness and projection. He’s a nice athlete at 6-3, 185 lbs who can swing the bat.


2010 Top Prospects

Austen Smith - 1B - 2010 - Cantonment, FL
Smith has the special type of usable power you don’t see very often in young hitters, and Smith is very young. What happens with his fairly mature and already strong body will be important to watch as he develops as a prospect, but he’s a good athlete and pretty mobile for a 6-3, 210 15 year old.

Wes Mugarian - RHP - 2010 - Pensacola, FL
Mugarian will likely move to 3B as he fills out his 6-1, 170 lb frame, as speed is the only tool he’s lacking. He has top level hitting skills and bat speed and already throws 85 mph off the mound to highlight his arm strength.

Nick Castellanos - INF - 2010 - Davie, FL
Castellanos has an ideal athletic frame at 6-3, 185 lbs and is a smooth, quick twitch athlete. He may end up reminding people down in the Miami area of 2006 1st round draft choice Chris Marrero, especially if his bat keeps coming on.

Jordan Shusteric - MIF - 2010 - Riverview, MI
Shusteric came all the way down south from Michigan and it was well worth the trip. He’s a switch-hitting middle infielder with some juice in his bat, especially from the left side, and the skills and quickness to stay in the middle infield.

Robert Ray - LHP - 2010 - Brentwood, TN
Ray is long and loose at 6-2, 165 lbs and shows four quality pitches, including a low 80’s fastball, that are going to keep getting better. His slider is his best breaking ball.

Esteban Rodriguez - OF - 2010 - Miami, FL
Rodriguez has a nice set of run, hit and throw tools that all play and more present strength than most 2010 prospects.


2012 Top Prospects

James Matthew Crownover - LHP - 2012 - Ringgold, GA
Crownover is only in 8th grade but he touched 85 mph from the left side and showed an idea with a curveball and change up. His delivery needs smoothing out and he won’t turn 15 until March, but his potential is pretty impressive.