Arkansas Scouting Reports

THIS YEAR’S CROP
***** One for the books
**** Banner year
*** Solid, not spectacular
** Not up to par
* Nothing to see here

It’s
another ho-hum year in Arkansas, which probably won’t have a player
taken in the first five rounds. There’s no match for last year’s top
prospect, high school lefthander Travis Wood (who became a second-round
pick of the Reds), and the state hasn’™t produced a significant hitter
since Eric Hinske came out of the University of Arkansas as a Cubs
17th-rounder in 1998. The best prospect in the state is Razorbacks
lefthander Nick Schmidt, but he’s a sophomore who won’t be
draft-eligible until 2007.

1. Jarred Holloway, lhp, Russellville HS
2. Danny Hamblin, 1b, Arkansas
3. Craig Gentry, of, Arkansas
4. Aubrey Miller, rhp, Arkansas Tech
5. DeMarcus Ingram, of, North Little Rock HS, Little Rock
6. Murray Watts, 1b, Jonesboro HS
7. Blake Parker, 3b/c, Arkansas
8. Daryl Maday, rhp, Arkansas
9. Brett Kinning, 2b, Arkansas State
10. Joel Boeschen, lhp, Arkansas State

Razorbacks Dominate State’s Talent List

Lefthander Jarred Holloway
is still the state’s top prospect, but his stock has dropped a little
over the course of the spring. Though he’s big (6-foot-3 and 210
pounds) and strong (his fastball sits at 89-91 mph), scouts would like
him to tone up his body and show good stuff on a more consistent basis.
While his curveball is promising, his command needs a lot of
improvement. He may not get picked high enough to divert him from
Mississippi State.

First baseman Danny Hamblin
profiled better as a third baseman, the position he played before
damaging his right shoulder on a slide as a freshman in 2004. His arm
strength hasn’t come back since surgery that offseason, though he’s
athletic enough to possibly play the outfield as a pro. He’s a solid
athlete with power and speed. If Hamblin signs, his replacement at
first base for the Razorbacks will be imposing 6-foot-7, 250 pound Murray Watts. The state’s high school athlete of the year, Watts has tremendous lefthanded power potential and runs well for his size.

Outfielder Craig Gentry
offers an impressive physical package. He’s 6-foot-2, 190-pounder with
speed, raw power and center-field skills. He wasn’t drafted as a junior
last year in part because he needed Tommy John surgery, and he missed
time this spring with an infected right knee. He should go in the sixth
to 10th round as a senior sign.

Arkansas Tech, an NCAA Division II program, is the home of the state’s best college pitching prospect. Righthander Aubrey Miller is a 6-foot-4, 211-pounder with an 88-92 mph fastball. He could sneak into the first 10 rounds.

Outfielder DeMarcus Ingram
should be at least a draft-and-follow after committing to Pensacola
(Fla.) Junior College. A star at tailback for North Little Rock High’s
football team, he’s an outstanding athlete with speed and plenty of
center-field range. He’s a spray hitter and some scouts have questions
about him at the plate, though he does have bat speed.

Draft | #2006

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