1. Adam Olbrychowski, rhp, Vienna (Pepperdine)
striking out just 20 in 41 innings for Pepperdine this spring,
Olbrychowski dominated Clark Griffith League hitters, going 4-2, 1.10
with a 56-17 strikeout-walk ratio in 49 innings. His physical 6-foot-3,
195-pound frame allows him to maintain his 89-92 mph velocity late into
games, and his fastball has good movement. Olbrychowski didn’t really
need his secondary stuff to get hitters out this summer, but his
mid-70s curveball seemed to get better as the summer progressed, and he
flashed a few low-80s changeups as well.
2. Jordan Flasher, rhp, Herndon (Geoge Mason)
had more success as the closer for Herndon than he did as the closer
for George Mason this spring, though he did lead a horrendous Patriots
staff with a 4.34 ERA and four saves. At just 5-foot-11, 165 pounds,
Flasher’s slight build gives scouts pause, but he can pump out 90-92
mph fastballs with his quick arm. He flashes a dirty slider, but he
relied almost exclusively on his fastball this summer.
3. Xavier Qualls, of, Vienna (Southeastern Louisiana)
who is transferring from Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) JC to Southeastern
Louisiana, tied for the league lead with five home runs this summer
while also leading the circuit in RBIs (31) and slugging (.542). Qualls
has a physical 6-foot-2 frame and moves well in the outfield, but his
best attributes are at the plate. A switch-hitter, Qualls showed
average to slightly above-average power from both sides of the plate.
At the very least, he looks like a solid college player entering his
4. Franco Valdes, c, Vienna (Broward, Fla., CC)
tied with Qualls and Fauquier’s Matt Hinson for the league homer title,
and he was second to Qualls with a .538 slugging percentage. A
15th-round pick in June by the Tigers out of Monsignor Pace High in Opa
Locka, Fla., Valdes is another switch-hitter with even better power
than Qualls from both sides of the plate. He needs to improve his
footwork and arm slot behind the plate, but his 5-foot-10, 205-pound
frame is well suited for catching.
5. Anthony Scelfo, ss, Vienna (Tulane)
is also a backup quarterback for the Tulane football team, whose head
coach is his uncle and whose offensive coordinator is his father.
Scelfo hit just .241 in 54 at-bats as a freshman for the Green Wave
this spring but showed a little bit of every tool this summer. Not
surprisingly for a quarterback, Scelfo has a very strong arm at
shortstop, where he also has good range. Offensively, Scelfo has good
power to the gaps and the ability to turn on balls inside, and he has a
patient approach that allowed him to lead the league with a .434
6. Dave Kellerberg, rhp, Vienna (Florida Southern)
tied for the Clark Griffith lead in wins (six) and strikeouts (58).
Kellerberg has a good pro body (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) and solid command
of a heavy 85-89 mph fastball. The rising junior, who is transferring
from Valencia (Fla.) CC to Division II Florida Southern, also flashes a
12-to-6 hammer curveball that he needs to learn to command better.
7. Ryan Woolley, rhp, Herndon (Georgia)
has big-game experience, going head-to-head with first-round pick
Jeremy Jeffress in front of loads of scouts in a high school playoff
game this spring. He more than held his own against older competition
in the Clark Griffith League this summer, going 2-1, 1.95 with 33
strikeouts and 13 walks in 32 innings. His fastball is fringe-average
right now, touching 90-91, but his 6-foot-1 frame still has projection.
He also has a feel for a breaking ball, but like the rest of his
repertoire, it needs to be refined.
8. John Zorich, lhp, Herndon (CC of Baltimore County-Dundalk)
matched Kellerberg with six wins and 58 strikeouts, while posting an
even better ERA (0.92 to 1.76). Zorich also played outfield for CC of
Baltimore County-Dundalk, but he figures to be a difference maker on
the mound for a Division I school in the spring–he is transferring,
but it has not yet been determined where he will land. Zorich is not
overpowering but spots his mid-80s fastball well and also has good
command of a 74-77 mph curveball.
9. J.B. Blixt, rhp, Fairfax (Radford)
Kellerberg, Blixt has good size (6-foot-4, 215) and a decent fastball
that topped out at 92 mph. He has a chance to add velocity as he fills
out, but he is already an intriguing package. He also features a slider
and a changeup, which he commands fairly well, although he needs to cut
down his walks a bit. He issued 20 free passes while striking out just
28 in 48 innings. Blixt did, however, tie for the league lead with six
10. Carlos Del Rosario, of, Fairfax (Indian River, Fla., CC)
Rosario, who moved to New York City from the Dominican Republic at a
young age, remains raw but has undeniable physical tools. A 42nd-round
pick by the Angels out of New York’s George Washington High in 2005,
Del Rosario battled for playing time at Indian River this spring and
hit just .230 with one home run in 74 at-bats for Fairfax in the
summer, but he put on impressive shows in batting practice thanks to
his huge raw power from the left side. He also runs the 60-yard dash in
6.8 seconds and has a strong outfield arm.