2017 Ripken Collegiate League Top Prospects

Ripken Collegiate League Top Prospects
Parker Caracci, rhp, Baltimore Redbirds (So., Mississippi)
Daniel Cabrera, of, Gaithersburg (Fr., Louisiana State)
Hayden Cantrelle, inf, Gaithersburg (Fr., Louisiana-Lafayette)
Randy Bednar, of, Baltimore Redbirds, Maryland
Jim Outman, of, Bethesda (Jr., Sacramento State)
Harrison Freed, of, D.C. (So., Butler)
Cole Zabowski, 1b, Baltimore Redbirds, (So., Mississippi)
Ciaran Devenney, catcher, Herndon (So., Delaware State)
Zach Jancarski, of, Bethesda (Sr., Maryland)
Ken Waldichuck, lhp, Bethesda (Jr., Saint Mary’s)

SEE ALSO: Summer College League Top Prospects

Postseason Recap: The Bethesda Big Train rolled over the Baltimore Redbirds in three games to claim the Ripken Collegiate League title for the second straight year. In the decisive game, the Big Train rode a strong outing by East Carolina righthander Tyler Smith, while Smith's catcher, Justin Morris (Maryland), provided the offense. Morris' three-run double in the fourth inning gave the Big Train an early lead, and the defending champs held on to win, 4-2.

1. Parker Caracci, RHP, Baltimore Redbirds (So., Mississippi)

Caracci warmed up for his first first full season at Ole Miss by dominating Ripken League hitters. A 2015 high school grad, he spent the last two years at an in-state prep school and will be draft-eligible in 2018. This summer the 6-foot, 200-pound righthander pitched and was first in wins (7), ERA (0.70), strikeouts (48, against 12 walks) and games pitched (20), all in relief. He gave up 18 hits with a o.73 WHIP. Caracci has a mid-to-high three-quarters delivery to power a 89-93 mph fastball. He’s very intense and tries to overpower hitters, sometimes leaving the pitch up in the zone or flattening out movement. His second pitch is an 86-87 slider with late-breaking action. He adds a 78-81 curve with late action away from righthanded hitters.

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