1. Calvin Lester, of, Davidson (Prairie View A&M)
was a driving force behind Prairie View A&M’s high-octane offense
that won the Southwestern Athletic Conference this spring, and his
above-average (6.4 seconds in 60 yards) speed is his best tool. He also
has range in center fielder with an average arm. Lester will never hit
for much power but has a contact-oriented game with good plate
2. Creighton McCallum, rhp, Davidson (Coastal Carolina)
a transfer from the Citadel, showed the league’s top fastball, topping
out at 93 mph, and threw strikes with his curveball, slider and
changeup at times as well.
3. Ben Swaggerty, lhp, Tennessee (Tusculum, Tenn.)
has average fastball velocity (88-92 mph) and good arm strength. His
mechanics have limited him in college and his control is still an issue
(23 BB in 18 IP), but he was virtually unhittable this summer, giving
up just four hits while striking out 23.
4. Terry Gallo, of, Monroe (Towson)
has solid tools as an above-average (6.6 60) runner and good defensive
outfielder with arm strength. His lack of patience at the plate holds
5. Ricky Pruitt, of, Morganton (Montevallo, Ala.)
helped lead Morganton to the league championship with good speed
(21-for-22 on stolen bases) and a savvy, contact-oriented approach at
6. Ben Wilshire, rhp, Monroe (Austin Peay)
he’s had little success in college, Wilshire showed an 89-90 mph
fastball with boring action in a relief role, and he has good size
(6-foot-4, 200 pounds).
7. J.J. Potrikus, rhp, Morganton (Siena)
rising sophomore, Potrikus has a projectable frame and upper-80s
fastball that he can throw for strikes. He pumped his heater up to 92
as Morganton’s closer, registering 10 saves and 30 strikeouts in 24
8. Jordan Hotchkiss, rhp, Asheville (Brevard, N.C.)
loose, fresh arm (he just became a pitcher two years ago) attracts
interest, as does his ability to hit 92 mph. He’s raw, as evidenced by
18 walks in as many innings this summer.
9. Kevin Mattison, of, Asheville (UNC Asheville)
solid speed, throwing arm and athleticism made him one of the league’s
more well-rounded position players. He has a line-drive swing and makes
10. Jeremy Triche, c, Morganton (Southern Arkansas)
rising senior, Triche needs work defensively, though he has raw arm
strength. He has some athletic ability and bat speed, having led
Southern Arkansas in batting and home runs this spring.