|Coastal Plain League Top Prospects|
|Andre Nnebe, of, Wilson (So., Santa Clara)|
|Nick Podkul, 2b, Morehead City (Jr., Notre Dame)|
|Matt Cronin, lhp, Holly Springs (So., Arkansas)|
|Will Matthiessen, RHP, Morehead City (So., Stanford)|
|Cory Wood, 2b/of, Holly Springs (So., Coastal Carolina)|
|Chris Chatfield, OF, Forest City (Jr., South Florida)|
|Connor Riley, RHP, Martinsville (So., Long Beach State)|
|Jamie Galazin, OF/RHP, Edenton (Sr., St. John's)|
|Connor Grant, OF, Forest City (Jr., North Greenville (S.C.))|
|Tad Ratliff, RHP, Peninsula (Signed: Royals)|
SEE ALSO: Summer College League Top Prospects
Postseason Recap: The Gastonia Grizzlies claimed the 2017 Petit Cup after defeating Wilmington, 12-3, in Game 2 of a best-of-three series. Evan Wise's squad entered the CPL playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference but more than proved its dominance by sweeping through three different teams without a loss. Blake Waldren (Belmont Abbey, N.C.) proved crucial in Game 1 of the finals. He pitched five scoreless innings in a lightning-delayed game, which the Grizzlies went on to win, 7-4. The second game began with Gastonia jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first on a mess of errors and wild pitches, a lead that never changed hands—furnishing Gastonia with its second CPL championship. Chaz Davey (Erskine, S.C.), the first baseman and offensive MVP, finished the game with four hits, including a double.
1. Andre Nnebe, of, Wilson (So., Santa Clara)
Nnebe's raw tools are off-the-charts and immediately apparent at one glance at his 6-foot-6, 230-pound frame. Coming out of high school, scouts compared the northern California native to Aaron Judge for his power antics, and coaches now note he might be even taller than his listed height. Despite his giant levers, Nnebe had a very successful freshman season at Santa Clara, batting .293 as their everyday center fielder. And while his plate discipline and swing mechanics have a ways to go—understandably given his body—his raw power is unrivaled in the league. To boot, he's been clocked at as low as 6.5 seconds in a 60-yard dash. That speed plays well in the outfield, giving Nnebe a chance to stick in centerfield for now then slide over to left field as he adds mass and slows down. No matter where he plays, the tools are all there for Nnebe to become a first-round talent down the road.