It will be a long time before the Garden State produces another player like 2009 first-rounder Mike Trout, but it is likely to produce another first-round pick this year in lefthander Rob Kaminsky. There’s a steep drop after him, however.
|THIS YEAR’S CROP|
|*****||One for the books|
|***||Solid, not spectacular|
|**||Not up to par|
|*||Nothing to see here|
|Rating compares this year’s group to what a state typically produces, not to other states|
The talent behind Kaminsky is concentrated in the high school ranks. Matthew Thaiss has a chance to stay behind the plate, but is probably best suited for college. High schooler Joe Dudek is limited to first base, but is a good hitter and should get a chance to prove himself in three years with North Carolina. Chris Oakley is a monster righthander at 6-foot-8, 225 pounds, but he has trouble finding the strike zone. He can sit in the low 90s, but dials it back to the high 80s in order to throw strikes.
Seton Hall, which finished tied for second in the Big East Conference but was left out of regionals, should contribute at least a couple of players to the draft, but the college crop is exceptionally weak.
|NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS|
|BA 500 Scouting Reports|
1. Rob Kaminsky, LHP, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J. (National Rank: 21)
2. Matthew Thaiss, C, Jackson (N.J.) Memorial HS (National Rank: 224)
3. Brian Gilbert, RHP, Seton Hall (National Rank: 495)
|OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE|
4. Michael Shawaryn, RHP, Gloucester Catholic HS, Gloucester City, N.J.
5. Joe Dudek, 1B, Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, N.J.
6. Jarrett DeHart, OF, Shawnee (N.J.) HS
7. Chris Oakley, RHP, St. Augustine Prep, Richland, N.J.
8. Jon Prosinski, RHP, Seton Hall
9. Nick Cieri, 3B, Rancocas Valley Regional HS, Mt. Holly, N.J.
10. Zack Granite, OF, Seton Hall