1. Jonathan White, of, Glens Falls (Vanderbilt)
arm is his weakest tool, but he is an athletic, above-average runner
(6.5 seconds over 60 yards) with offensive potential. His season ended
prematurely with a broken hand.
2. Nick Stewart, of, Geneva (Francis Marion, S.C.)
rising senior, Stewart has good size (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) and raw
tools, leading the league in home runs (seven) while also being one of
its best runners.
3. Austin Hyatt, rhp, Amsterdam (Alabama)
Braves’ 23rd-round pick out of a Georgia high school in 2004, Hyatt
didn’t sign and has pitched just three innings for the Crimson tide.
His breaking ball remains inconsistent, but his average fastball and
changeup helped him strike out 41 in 32 innings this summer.
4. David Flores, 3b, Little Falls (Sacramento State)
has good defensive tools at third base and used an improved swing with
wood to hit .331 with six homers this summer after hitting .331 with
three homers during the spring.
5. Jordon Herr, of, Rochester (Delaware)
son of ex-big leaguer Tommy Herr, Jordan Herr was one of the league’s
best athletes. He showed 6.8 speed in the 60 and average arm strength,
if not a tick above. He also showed surprising power (five homers) in
his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame.
6. Gerry Spessard, of/1b, Watertown (Maryland)
lefthanded hitter with good size, Spessard has not fully tapped into
his power. He’s athletic and runs well for his size, giving him a
chance to play the outfield as well as first base.
7. Ezequiel Ruvalcaba, rhp, Saratoga (Loyola Marymount)
league’s top closer relied on a low-90s fastball that touched 93 mph.
His slider and split-finger fastball remain fringy, but he didn’t give
up an earned run in 17 innings in the NYCBL.
8. Brandon Malkowsi, rhp, Amsterdam (St. Rose, N.Y.)
off nasal surgery in the spring that cost him 15 pounds of strength,
Malkowski was in midseason form this summer, flashing some 90s on radar
guns and giving scouts hope for projection in his lanky 6-foot-6,
9. Cody Eppley, rhp, Elmira (Virginia Commonwealth)
projectable at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, Eppley registered 59 strikeouts in
51 innings thanks to his ability to throw three pitches for strikes.
His best pitch is a high-80s sinker.
10. Chris Dove, of, Saratoga (Elon)
Dove impressed managers with his defensive ability in center field. His other tools are average or below.