World Wood Bat Class Of 2007 Top 20 Prospects

Class Of 2007 Top 20 Prospects

The WWBA fall championship is
the final major scouting event of the year and has become a valuable
setting for scouts to evaluate some of the country’s best high school
players. Here’s a look at the top 20 seniors in attendance, as judged
by BA’s Alan Matthews in conjunction with scouts in attendance.
Rankings reflect the player’s ceiling and likelihood of reaching that
ceiling with some consideration to performance at the event.

Rank Name, Pos. High
School
The
Skinny
1. Rick Porcello,
rhp
Seton Hall Prep, West Orange,
N.J.
Scouting directors are stocking up on thermal
underwear, as Porcello is one of a bevy of big arms out of the
Northeast.
2. Jack McGeary,
lhp/1b
Roxbury (Mass.) Latin
HS
McGeary isn’t among the class’ hardest throwers,
but his feel for pitching, secondary stuff and command make him a
potential front-of-the-rotation starter.
3. Michael Burgess,
of
Hillsborough HS,
Tampa
Burgess’ bat speed is unmatched among high
school hitters, prompting one scout to compare it to that of Mets
prospect Lastings Milledge.
4. Josh
Vitters, 3b
Cypress (Calif.)
HS
The class’ best pure hitter, Vitters reinforced
his stock with another strong performance.
5. Jason Heyward,
of
Henry County HS, McDonough,
Ga.
A man-child with strength and power, Heyward
combines awe-inspiring physical tools with instincts and feel for the
game.
6. Michael Main,
rhp/of
Deland (Fla.) HS While
his performance was lackluster in Jupiter, Main’s lightning-quick arm
and athleticism make him a potential
first-rounder.
7. Ryan Dent,
ss
Wilson HS, Los Angeles Dent
displayed the event’s best top-of-the-lineup tools, and his all-out,
aggressive approach made a positive
impression.
8. Nick Noonan,
ss/2b
Parker HS, San
Diego
Another high-profile event, another solid
performance for Noonan, who has a knack for making consistent hard
contact with wood.
9. Josh Smoker,
lhp
Calhoun (Ga.) HS If ever
performance was a factor in evaluating a high school prospect, it has
to be considered with Smoker, who struck out 21 in nine
innings.
10. Justin Jackson,
ss
Roberson HS, Asheville,
N.C.
Jackson, who was Team USA’s starting shortstop
in Cuba last month, looked exhausted and didn’t perform well, but
remains one of the class’ top shortstop
prospects.
11. Yasmani Grandal,
c
Miami Springs (Fla.) HS For
those riding the fence on Grandal’s prospect status, they likely left
Jupiter convinced he can remain behind the plate and handle the bat
adequately.
12. Peter Kozma,
ss
Owasso (Okla.) HS Kozma
quietly continues to impress with well-above-average defensive skills,
plus running ability and a confident approach at the
plate.
13. Christian Colon,
ss/2b
Canyon HS, Anaheim Colon
swung the bat well in Jupiter and compares with Kozma
defensively.
14. Kevin Ahrens,
3b
Memorial HS, Houston Ahrens’
towering home run punctuated the Heat’s win over East Cobb (Ga.) and
showed one of the many ways this talented switch-hitter can affect a
game.
15. John Tolisano,
2b
Estero (Fla.) HS Like
Jackson, Tolisano didn’t perform especially well, but has a chance to
stay in the middle of the diamond and hit for average in the big
leagues.
16. Andrew Lambo,
1b/of
Newbury Park (Calif.)
HS
Lambo raised his profile by displaying plus
hitting ability and a mature approach that produced eight hits in 21
at-bats.
17. Nathan Vineyard,
lhp
Woodland HS, Cartersville,
Ga.
This loose, projectable lefthander has a chance
for three plus pitches, and a solid-average fastball that could climb
in velocity.
18. Brett Krill,
of
Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo,
Calif.
Like Heyward, Krill is physically imposing,
though his approach is more aggressive and his power is a slightly more
developed tool.
19. Derek Dietrich,
3b/c
Saint Ignatius HS,
Cleveland
Throwback-style player makes hard contact
from the left side of the plate, is instinctive and has one of the
strongest arms in the class.
20. Danny Rams,
c
Gulliver Prep, Miami Like
Tolisano, Rams is a veteran of these events and his powerful
righthanded bat reminds us why he’s been well-known for so
long.

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