Aflac Preview: East And West Rosters

EAST
10
Steven Brooks
OF
Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, N.J.
Bats:
R Throws: R Height:
6-0 Weight: 175
There might not be a
faster player than Brooks in attendance at this year’s Aflac All-American game.
He’s turned in 60-yard-dash times near 6.4 seconds. His speed serves him well
on the basepaths, as well as in center field.
22
Madison Bumgarner
LHP
South Caldwell HS, Hudson, N.C.
Bats:
R Throws: L Height:
6-5 Weight: 220
Bumgarner has a strong,
sturdy frame and an effortless delivery. He has some feel for pitching, with an
ability to throw all three of his pitches for strikes in any count. Bumgarner’s
fastball has been clocked as high as 95 mph.
25
Michael Burgess
OF
Hillsborough HS, Tampa
Bats:
L Throws: L Height:
5-11 Weight: 190
The lean, athletic and
strong Burgess has blasted home run after home run on his way to elite prospect
status. He has shown all the signs of blossoming into a power-hitting right
fielder with outstanding bat speed.
27Evan
Danieli
RHP
Seton
Hall Prep, West Orange, N.J.
Bats:
R Throws: R Height:
6-8 Weight: 225
Tall, strong and lean,
Danieli has a prototypical pitcher’s body and talent to match. His fastball has
been clocked in the low 90s, but his bread and butter is a hard, nasty breaking
ball which he can throw for strikes or bury in the dirt and make hitters chase
it.
20
Kentrail Davis
OF
Theodore (Ala.) HS
Bats:
L Throws: R Height:
5-9 Weight: 195
Like fellow East
outfielder Michael Burgess, Davis
has a compact, muscular frame and a powerful lefthanded swing. He runs well and
plays the game with fervor, aggressiveness and intensity.
32
Derek Dietrich
3B/2B
Saint Ignatius HS,
Cleveland
Bats: L Throws:
R Height: 6-1 Weight:
190
A throwback-style player, Dietrich has a good feel for all phases
of the game. He has good hands and a strong arm in the field, and a quick
lefthanded swing at the plate that yields above-average raw power.
14
Yasmani Grandal
C
Miami Springs (Fla.) HS
Bats:
B Throws: R Height:
6-2 Weight: 205
Entering the summer,
there was not a consensus top catcher in the prep Class of 2007, but Grandal
was making a name for himself entering the Aflac game because of his ability at
the plate and behind it.
30
Matt Harvey
RHP
Fitch HS, Groton, Conn.
Bats:
R Throws: R Height:
6-4 Weight: 190
Harvey has a loose, fluid delivery that he
repeats well, enabling him to pound the strike zone with three plus pitches.
His fastball sits between 90-92 mph, and he complements it with one of the best
breaking balls among the high school Class of 2007.
24
Jason Heyward
OF/1B
Henry
County HS,
McDonough, Ga.
Bats:
L Throws: L Height:
6-3 • Weight: 215
Heyward
possesses intriguing raw power from a tall, strong and proportionate frame. He
has drawn comparisons to former major leaguer Fred McGriff for his powerful
lefthanded swing.
2
Justin Jackson
SS
Roberson HS, Asheville, N.C.
Bats:
R Throws: R Height:
6-2 Weight: 175
The latest in a long
line of standouts from Roberson High, Jackson is an outstanding defensive
shortstop with good hands, excellent range and a strong arm. His patient,
mature approach at the plate rounds out arguably the best total package of any
position player in this year’s high school class.
12D.J.
LeMahieu

3B/SS
Brother Rice HS, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Bats:
R Throws: R Height:
6-4 Weight: 185
As Michigan’s lone Aflac representative this
year, LeMahieu offers lots of upside as a versatile infielder. He can play all
four infield positions, has the arm for third base and the actions and hands to
handle shortstop presently.
16
Michael Main
RHP
De Land
(Fla.)
HS
Bats: R
Throws: R Height: 6-1
Weight: 170
Extremely athletic and
talented, Main has all the ingredients of a
future major leaguer. He has above-average tools in all five categories, with
plus-plus arm strength, savvy and guile that make him the class’ top pitching
prospect.
15
Hunter Morris
3B/OF
Grissom HS, Huntsville, Ala.
Bats:
L Throws: R Height:
6-4 Weight: 200
Morris’ combination of
solid tools and feel for the game makes him one of the best all-around position
players in the rising senior high school class. His best tool is his bat, as he
shows good plate discipline and a polished approach.
21Rick
Porcello
RHP
Seton Hall Prep High School,
West Orange, N.J.
Bats:
R Throws: R Height:
6-5 Weight: 195
Porcello offers a
projectable frame as well as above-average present stuff, and has drawn
comparisons to Tigers righthander Justin Verlander. His fastball has been
clocked between 91-95 mph with life and action at the plate.
26Neil
Ramirez
RHP
Kempsville
(Va.)
High
Bats: R
Throws: R Height: 6-3
Weight: 190
One of a handful of
projectable righthanders in this year’s class, Ramirez has a loose arm and an
effortless delivery. His fastball has been clocked at 94 mph, and he works
quickly and efficiently, throwing lots of strikes and commanding his pitches
well.
5
Danny Rams
C
Gulliver Prep, Miami
Bats:
R Throws: R Height:
6-2 Weight: 220
With outstanding size
and strength, Rams has plus raw power. His catch-and-throw skills are
highlighted by plus arm strength, and he could potentially develop into a
reliable receiver.
35
Sam Runion
RHP
Reynolds HS, Asheville, N.C.
Bats:
R Throws: R Height:
6-4 Weight: 220
A big, broad-shouldered
righthander, Runion offers a good feel for pitching as well as a hard, heavy
fastball that sits near 90 mph with good sinking action. He works both sides pf
the plate, can elevate his fastball and pounds the strike zone.
17Josh
Smoker
LHP
Calhoun
(Ga.)
HS
Bats: L
Throws: L Height: 6-2
Weight: 190
One of the top lefthanded
pitching prospects in the Class of 2007, Smoker offers exceptional upside on
the mound. His arm works well from a loose and easy delivery that enables him
to generate low- to mid-90s fastballs. His slider, split-finger fastball and
changeup are also dependable offerings.
7John
Tolisano

SS/2B
Estero (Fla.) HS
Bats:
B Throws: R Height:
6-1 Weight: 180
A year after Florida produced one of
the best infielders in the high school Class of 2006 in Aflac All-American
Chris Marrero, Tolisano could take over that designation. A switch-hitter,
Tolisano is athletic, strong and fluid in all phases of the game.

WEST
32
Tim Alderson
RHP
Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Bats:
R Throws: R Height:
6-7 Weight: 208
There is a lot to like
about Alderson. His 6-foot-7 frame allows him to create good downward plane on
his fastball, which he throws as hard as the mid-90s. He also has a nasty
breaking ball and deft command.
15
Blake Beavan
RHP
Irving
(Texas)
HS
Bats: R
Throws: R Height: 6-6
Weight: 200
Texas
baseball lore is rich with high school pitching prospects, and Beavan is one of
the up-and-coming Texas
hurlers who could follow in the long line of them. He’s tall and lean, and
works from a three-quarters arm slot that generates good movement on his 90-93
mph fastball.
13
Kyle Blair
RHP
Los Gatos
(Calif.)
HS
Bats: R
Throws: R Height: 6-3
Weight: 200
With a prototypical
pitcher’s frame, arm strength and a feel for pitching, Blair ranks as one of
the country’s top pitching prospects in the Class of 2007. His fastball has
routinely been clocked at 90 mph and better, and he features a breaking ball
near 80 mph with sharp, late break.
22
Drake Britton
LHP
Tomball (Texas) HS
Bats:
L Throws: L Height:
6-2 Weight: 200
Britton fills the
profile of a young lefthander who is already advanced for his age, but has a
considerable ceiling with lots of projection in the future, as well. He
complements his low-90s fastball with a filthy breaking ball.
4
Christian Colon
SS
Canyon HS, Anaheim
Bats:
B Throws: R Height:
5-11 Weight: 175
A Puerto Rico native, Colon has a good blend of
defensive skill and offensive upside. He has above-average range, good hands
and a strong arm at shortstop. He runs well, has good bat control and makes
consistent sharp contact at the plate.
12Paul
Demny
RHP
East
Bernard (Texas)
HS
Bats: R
Throws: R Height: 6-2
Weight: 200
Blake Beavan, Drake Britton
and Demny represent this year’s top Texas
pitching prospects. Demny has dialed his fastball up to 94 mph. He pitches
aggressively and his fastball has late life.
8
Freddie Freeman
1B/RHP
El Modena High School, Orange, Calif.
Bats:
L Throws: R Height:
6-4 • Weight: 200
With a lively
fastball and plus raw power, Freeman is one of the country’s most intriguing
players, possessing upside as a pitcher and a hitter. He was used primarily as
a position player as a junior in high school and his power and hit tools
profile in the middle of the lineup.
25Jon
Gilmore

SS/RHP
Iowa City
(Iowa)
HS
Bats: R
Throws: R Height: 6-3
Weight: 190
Gilmore has above-average
tools on both sides of the game. His arm strength serves him well on the mound
and in the field. He’s got steady hands and good instincts defensively. He has
a short, balanced swing at the plate with potential to hit for a high average
as a professional.
33
Erik Goeddel
RHP
Bellarmine Prep, San Jose, Calif.
Bats:
R Throws: R Height:
6-1 Weight: 175
Goeddel has a lean,
projectable frame, above-average arm strength and a knack for performing well
on the biggest of stages. He also shows an advanced feel for pitching uncommon
among players his age.
11
Kevin Keyes
OF
Connally HS, Austin, Texas
Bats:
R Throws: R Height:
6-3 Weight: 205
Keyes hails from the
same high school as 2003 Aflac All-American Greg Golson, who went on to be
drafted in the first round by the Phillies in 2004, and his game isn’t unlike
Golson’s. He’s a good athlete with a plus arm and power potential.
10
Brett Krill
OF
Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Bats:
R Throws: R Height:
6-4 Weight: 200
Krill’s plus power
potential is his greatest asset. He has a quick swing that enables him to
launch balls with loft and carry out to all parts of the park.
26Joe
Leftridge
OF
Duncanville (Texas)
HS
Bats: R
Throws: R Height: 6-0
Weight: 170
Leftridge is among the top
athletes on this year’s Aflac rosters. He has game-changing speed and profiles
as a top-of-the-order catalyst with potential for power, as well. His arm is
accurate and he tracks balls with aplomb in center field.
20Nick
Noonan
SS
Francis
Parker HS, San Diego
Bats:
L Throws: R Height:
6-1 Weight: 170
Noonan offers a
promising package of baseball instincts, speed and hitting ability. With a
quick, balanced and short swing, he generates good bat speed and makes
consistent hard contact.
18
Greg Peavey
RHP
Hudson’s
Bay HS, Vancouver, Wash.
Bats:
R Throws: R Height:
6-2 Weight: 185
Peavey attacks hitters
with a power repertoire. His fastball sits near 94 mph and his 79-82 mph slider
has hard, late snap. He has a quick arm, repeatable delivery and outstanding
mound presence.
23
Tanner Robles
LHP
Cottonwood HS, Salt Lake City
Bats:
L Throws: L Height:
6-4 Weight: 190
This year’s Aflac teams
feature four precocious lefthanders, and Robles possesses an intriguing blend
of deception and power stuff. His low-90s fastball has late life and sink, and
hitters struggle to pick it up because of his delivery.
5
Cameron Rupp
C
Prestonwood
Christian Academy,
Plano, Texas
Bats:
R Throws: R Height:
6-2 Weight: 220
Big, strong and
physical, Rupp’s appearance alone can be intimidating to opposing pitchers. He
has a powerful righthanded swing and can drive balls out of the park to all
fields.
21
Robert Stock
C/RHP
Agoura (Calif.) High
School
Bats: L Throws:
R Height: 6-0 Weight:
185
Stock’s selection to the 2006 Aflac Classic was the latest in a
long line of honors and accomplishments he’s garnered. A powerful hitter and
pitcher, he features arm strength unrivaled among high school players.
6
Sequoyah Stonecipher
OF
Mission Bay High School, San
Diego
Bats: R
Throws: R Height: 6-1
Weight: 190
Stonecipher is the latest in
a long line of prominent prospects from San Diego’s Mission Bay High. He has a
quick bat and an aggressive, all-out approach.
9Josh
Vitters
3B
Cypress
(Calif.) HS
Bats: R
Throws: R Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
With a compact swing, strong
arm and lean, strong body, Vitters is one of the nation’s top hitting prospects
in the Class of 2007. He has a sound approach at the plate, outstanding bat
speed, impressive present power and all the tools that suggest improvement as
he matures.

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