Going through my notes file of all the 2013 high school players I’ve seen over the past several months, here are six players, listed alphabetically, who didn’t make Baseball America’s High School Top 100 ($) list, or the list of 50 players who just missed ($), but who are still guys that I really liked when I saw them. Some will be drafted out of high school, others may have to go prove themselves in college, but these are all guys who drew my attention for one reason or another.
Malik Collymore, ss, Port Credit SS, Mississauga, Ont.
Collymore has a tightly-wound, compact build at 6 feet and 190 pounds. He is a tick above average as a runner, shows nice infield actions and average arm strength, giving him a chance to stay at shortstop. Otherwise, he’ll make a fine defensive second baseman. He has interesting bat speed and some sneaky power for his size. Collymore is committed to North Carolina State.
Tanner Draper, rhp, Riverton (Utah) HS
Draper has an athletic frame at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. His fastball has heavy life in the 87-89 mph range, but he drops into the mid-80s after a couple innings. He throws a tight curveball in the mid-to-upper 70s and an occasional changeup. Draper will need to do a better job commanding his pitches and is committed to Oregon State.
Nick Eicholtz, rhp, Cambridge Christian HS, Tampa
Eicholtz has an ideal build at 6-foot-4 and 175 pounds. His fastball sat in the 87-88 mph range but touched 90. He has a slow, deliberate delivery and mixes in a sharp, 74-76 mph curveball and an occasional 80-81 mph changeup. Eicholtz is committed to Alabama.
Chasen Ford, rhp, El Toro HS, Lake Forest, Calif.
Ford passes the eye test with his 6-foot-3, 200-pound build and his fastball is intriguing in the 87-89 mph range and tops out at 91. His breaking ball is slurvy and inconsistent and he’s likely to wind up at school, considering he is committed to Yale.
J.T. Ford, rhp, Hickory Ridge HS, Harrisburg, N.C.
I noticed Ford while he was pitching against lefthander Jonah Wesely last fall at the World Wood Bat Tournament in Jupiter, Fla. Ford was pitching for the On Deck O’s and first stood out for his good size at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds. His fastball was in the 87-88 mph range and he mixed in a tight 76-77 mph curveball. Ford is still uncommitted.
Jake Fraley, of, Red Lion (Del.) Christian Academy
Fraley has a tightly-wound build at 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds. He’s a solid-average runner and gets good jumps in center field. Fraley also shows at least average arm strength. He has a nice, compact swing from the left side of the plate with some sneaky power because of his quick hands and strong core. Fraley is committed to Louisiana State.