2017 Jayhawk League Top Prospects

Colin Simpson (Courtesy of Oklahoma State Athletics)
Jayhawk League Top Prospects
Colin Simpson, c, Hays (Jr., Oklahoma State)
Gabe Constantine, lhp, Derby (So., Grayson College)
Tyler Starks, lhp, Hays (Jr., Stephen F. Austin)
Benjamin Sems, ss, Great Bend (So., Kansas)
Jaron Robinson, ss, Liberal (Jr., Murray State)
Trevor Boone, of, Hays (So., Oklahoma State)
Chance Carner, rhp, Liberal (R-Jr., Murray State)
Joe Corbett, rhp, Oklahoma City (Jr., West Texas A&M)
Jordan Wilkerson, of, Great Bend (Jr., Fort Hays State)
Clayton Rasbeary, of, Hays (So., Grayson College)

SEE ALSO: Summer College League Top Prospects

Postseason Recap: The Liberal BeeJays and Hays Larks battled down to the wire for the Jayhawk League title and in fact finished tied at 30-12 overall, but the BeeJays won the title by virtue of a 4-2 head-to-head record against the Larks. Both teams advanced to the National Baseball Congress World Series, with the third-place Derby Twins (28-14) and fourth-place Great Bend Bat Cats (23-19) joining them. Though the Larks didn't win the title, their head coach, Frank Leo, achieved a significant milestone when he earned his 1,000th win with the Larks on June 14.

1. Colin Simpson, c, Hays (Jr., Oklahoma State)

Simpson mainly caught this summer for Hays, but the lefty's bat was so devastating he DHed when not behind the dish. When a person imagines a DHing catcher, that is what Simpson looks like at 5-foot-9, 221 pounds. His compact size keeps him small behind the plate, but his power is going to carry him to the next level. In his sophomore season, he led Oklahoma State in home runs (11). He continued his power hitting into the summer with a Jayhawk League-leading 12 home runs. He finished the season with a .451/.500/.797 slash line, and his 1.297 OPS easily led the league (min 20 PA). Even with his ability to barrel up the ball, he showed some surprising athleticism and speed. He made it to second base in 8.51 seconds on a hustle double.

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