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2003 South Top Prospect Showcase






2003 Top Prospects

Gabriel Marchant - OF - 2003 - Dallas, TX
Marchant is an unsigned senior that was the biggest surprise of the showcase. He has a plus body at 6 foot 3 and 190 pounds and showed power and athleticism to his game. He ran a 6.80 in the 60, showed nice actions defensively in the outfield including 88 mph velocity on his throws and swung the bat with Major League qualities. He controlled his bat well, hit deep line drives that carried far into the gaps and showed fast bat-speed through the zone. He showed nothing that he can not do at or above Major League average. Maybe the top unsigned senior in the Nation.


2004 Top Prospects

Gregory Golson - OF - 2004 - Austin, TX
Golson showed a package of not only the best tools in the South Top Prospect showcase but arguably the top package of tools in the nation. He began by running a 6.42 and a second time of 6.35 in the 60, threw several 95 mph missiles from the outfield and put on a display of launching shots deep into both gaps during batting practice. His first at bat resulted in the most impressive F-7 we have seen this year coming off a 93 mph fastball and nearly penetrating the clouds, being caught at the wall. His bat-speed is presently Major League level and his instincts and actions show baseball readiness. He is a potential early draft pick.

Tate Casey - RHP - 2004 - Longview, TX
Casey is a dominating presence at 6 foot 6 and 220 pounds. He has a strong build with lots of projection still ahead. The interesting thing about him is that he already throws 3 Big League pitches with potential to get even better including an 88-92 mph fastball that we have seen up to 94 from him. Mix in a hard 76 mph curveball and a change-up that showed sink at 76-78 mph and you have the makings of possibly the top right-handed pitching prospect in the Nation.

Javier Guerra - RHP - 2004 - Denton, TX
With the top fastball at the showcase, Guerra drew attention with his powerful hop-delivery and ease at which his arm worked. He dominated 3 impressive innings maintaining 90-93 mph velocity on the fastball and a hard 2-plane breaking ball at 78 mph. He also showed an 80 mph change-up and mixed all three pitches well. We have seen him up to 96 mph this year and in Waco he settled in consistently at 91-92 and filled the zone with strikes. His arm is one of the most gifted in the class.

Brandon Allen - OF - 2004 - Montgomery, TX
A pleasant surprise at the showcase, Allen was one of the most impressive hitters there. He is a big strong outfielder at 6 foot 1 and 220 pounds emerging as the top power hitter in the event with Major League tools in addition the bat. He ran a 6.89 in the 60 and he showed a good arm from the outfield during the workout with 87 mph velocity and good carry. He displayed plus power with wood, excellent bat-speed and sprayed the stadium wall for extra base hits. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed and he also showed well at third base. Top pure bat in Waco.

Stan Widmann - SS - 2004 - Hurst, TX
The #1 shortstop at the South Top Prospect showcase, Widmann showed some of the easiest actions and top ability to excel as a shortstop at the next level. He ran a 7.06 in the 60 and that speed translates even better at his position and from home to first. He showed soft hands and good arm strength from the hole. With the bat he kept his hands inside the ball, showed a nice swing and drove the ball deep and hard consistently showing some good power. Definite big time player!

Preston Clark - C - 2004 - Rockwall, TX
Clark is a polished catcher with possibly the best offensive/defensive package in the Nation and he showed in Waco, why he is atop our list. He pops routinely under 2, on the bag and his catch and throw skills are presently amongst Major League average catchers. His best tool yet may be his bat. He can flat out hit with wood and has average power already. In fact, at 5 foot 10 and 180 pounds Clark has more power for his size than possibly anyone in the Nation. And he can center the ball with wood and abuses the sweet spot on his barrel. If Clark got more at-bats in Waco he would likely have been higher on this list. He is one of the premier catchers in the Prep Class.

Chance Corgan - RHP - 2004 - Forney, TX
At 6 foot 2 and 170 pounds, Corgan has a very projectable body with an already strong core to build on. He is a right-hander with a fast arm and balanced delivery combining a tall posture with a good leg drive. He showed the best command in the showcase and repeated his release point with precision. He threw a fastball between 88-90 mph and showed 2 other impressive pitches in his curve and a sharp 78 mph slider. He works quickly on the mound and shows maturity and an offensive mentality. Corgan easily showed some of the best pitchability in the showcase.

David Armstrong - C - 2004 - Arlington, TX
In a very strong group of catchers, Armstrong showed that he was one of the best in Waco with his tools alone. He began the event by running a 6.81 which is a plus time for a catching prospect. He showed off his arm by popping routinely between 2.0-2.1 in a low posture and throwing 78 mph on the bag. His pop times were comparable to game situations as he preferred not to cheat from where he received the ball. His bat is another big attribute as he showed hard line drive ability in his short and strong swing. He has power and showed some impressive swings from some top pitching.

C.J. Blue - LHP - 2004 - Mesquite, TX
Blue is a left-hander who showed us 3 quality pitches and command of all three. He stands 6 feet 1 and has 165 pounds of lean body mass that will fill out and further develop over time. He is athletic and can contribute at the next level with the bat but his arm and pitchability are at the top of the charts for left-handers who can get outs the way Blue can. He showed a lively fastball between 85-88 mph that spent much of its time cruising at 86-87mph. He located the ball very well and pitched ahead the entire outing. His curveball sat between 71-73 mph with a good bite and again, location. He also flashed a good 76 mph change-up that was untouched coming from the same fast arm he threw his fastballs with. Good mechanics, good ceiling and command of his stuff earns him a top 10 ranking from the South Top prospect showcase.

Miles Morgan - RHP - 2004 - Lubbock, TX
Easy 89 fastball, 75 curve, 75 change and nothing but strikes!

Erik Paulson - RHP - 2004 - Midland, TX
Downhill pitcher with 90 mph fastball, 74 split and 73 curve.

Marshal Davis - SS - 2004 - Willis, TX
Slick SS with big arm, plus actions and throwback desire to play!

Tyler Adkins - RHP - 2004 - Norman, OK
88-90 even out of the stretch, good working curve & Snapped 3 bats!

Kevin Thomas - RHP - 2004 - Lufkin, TX
Cruised at a lively 86-88 mph with a hard 78 mph 2-plane curve.