Shane Rowland is a catcher for Tampa Catholic High and was on the West team in last week's Florida Athletic Coaches Association Baseball Classic. Shane has grown up around the game, and it shows in his maturity and confidence. His father, Donny, is a long-time scout who was the scouting director for the Angels from 2000-2003 and is now the international scouting director for the Yankees. Baseball America's Conor Glassey caught up with Shane for a few minutes last week. . .
Minooka (Ill.) High righthander Mike Foltynewicz came into the season ranked as the No. 63 high school prospect in the country, but has steadily been gaining momentum as his fastball has gone from the 90-92 mph range it was in the summer to 93-95 this spring, even touching a little higher.
Baseball America's Conor Glassey caught up with Foltynewicz on April 29. Listen to the interview to hear "Folty" talk about what it's like to be a pitcher in a cold-weather state, his experience as a fan at the College World Series and his dream car. . .
Tall, lanky, loose and projectable, Ragira is one of the premier high school outfield prospects for the 2010 draft.
Ragira is an above-average runner, which helps him in the outfield and on the basepaths. He exhibits provocative hitting ability, showing patience at the plate and can whip and accelerate the bat head at contact to produce fine exit speed on his drives.
Ragira has projection remaining and still needs to refine some of his tools and skills, like his routes in the outfield, his running technique and his ability to drive the ball. So, he's going to be a tough pry from Stanford, as is usually the case.
Baseball America's Conor Glassey caught up with Ragira over the phone on April 15. Listen to the interview to learn about Ragira's parents coming over from Kenya, how playing for Team USA prepared him for his future as a baseball player and what four people he would have over for a dinner party. . . [...] Continue Reading »
Tony Wolters is a shortstop from Rancho Buena Vista High in Vista, Calif. He's a little undersized at 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, but Wolters is a polished hitter that plays the game hard.
He was the MVP of the Aflac All-American Game last summer at Petco Park and also played for Team USA's gold medal Junior National team, where he led the everyday players with a .371 batting average.
Baseball America's Conor Glassey caught up with Wolters recently over the phone for an interview. Check it out to hear about Wolters' approach in his at-bats, the prank he played on his friends for April Fools Day and what four people he would like to have over for dinner. . .
Kevin Gausman, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound righthander from Grandview High in Aurora, Colo., is the No. 7 prospect on Baseball America's high school Top 100 list.
The Louisiana State commit features a mid-90s fastball with good sink, a changeup and both a curveball and a slider. Listen to the interview to hear Kevin talk about his time on the summer showcase circuit, including a Gold Medal run with Team USA, how his NCAA bracket is holding up and his love for Little Debbie snacks. . .
Keenan Kish is a two-way player for Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pa. and he currently ranks No. 59 on Baseball America's high school Top 100 list.
From a pro standpoint, he's more projectable as a pitcher. Kish presently throws his fastball in the upper 80s to low 90s and also mixes in a changeup and a curveball. He has an athletic frame with projection remaining and smooth mechanics that help him to throw a lot of strikes. But he's also a good third baseman that hits from the left side and plays the game hard. [...] Continue Reading »
On March 9, Charlotte Christian—ranked No. 23 in the preseason poll—faced off against Forsyth Country Day School (Lewisville, N.C.). The matchup was a magnet for scouts, as Charlotte Christian features outfielder Ty Linton—ranked No. 35 in our high school Top 100—and Forsyth Country Day features righthander Adam Griffin, one of the top pitchers in the 2011 class. [...] Continue Reading »
Pine View High (St. George, Utah) shortstop Marcus Littlewood has grown up around the game. HIs father, Mike, played at Brigham Young University and was a 37th-round draft pick by the Brewers in 1988. Mike has been the head coach at Dixie State College since 1996, leading the Red Storm to a national championship in 2004.
Marcus is a talented shortstop—ranked No. 24 on our latest high school Top 100—and spoke with BA's Conor Glassey on March 4 about growing up with his dad at the ballpark, winning a gold medal with the 2008 16U Team USA team and learning how to switch hit.
One of the features we're rolling out on the new High School Blog is regular interviews with high school prospects, and there isn't a better way to kick it off than with an interview with The Woodlands (Texas) High righthander, Jameson Taillon.
After absolutely dominating on the high school showcase circuit, Taillon led Team USA's 18U team to their first-ever gold medal run by going 2-0, 0.00 with 28 strikeouts over 13.2 innings. The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder was a unanimous first-team All-American, as voted on by scouting directors, and is the No. 1 high school prospect in the country. [...] Continue Reading »
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