Florida Collegiate Summer League Top 10 Prospects
Compiled by John Manuel
1. Jon Lucroy, c, Winter Park (Louisiana-Lafayette)
Lucroy is a solid defensive catcher with arm strength who threw out 25 percent of runners this spring for the Ragin' Cajuns. He led UL-Lafayette in homers, and he hit six with wood this summer while leading the league in RBIs.2. Ty Pryor, rhp, Winter Pines, (North Florida)
a powerful frame (6-foot-2, 215 pounds), Pryor pushed his fastball into
the 90-93 mph range, while also using a solid changeup and a slider.
Pryor, whose uncle Greg was a big league infielder for 10 seasons, has
been drafted twice, out of high school (2004, 27th round, Brewers) and
this year as an eligible sophomore at Tennessee (26th round, Indians).
He is transferring to North Florida for the 2007 season.3. Alan Farina, rhp, Orlando, (Clemson)
Farina, heading to Clemson from Daytona Beach CC, is a short (5-foot-11) power pitcher who works in the low 90s but has hit 95 mph with his fastball. He used his heat and solid slider to strike out 35 in 31 innings.4. William Jackel, rhp, Winter Park, (Tallahassee CC)
Drafted by the Marlins this June (43rd round), Jackel began his college career at Florida State and has shown a mid-90s fastball. The rising redshirt junior, who has solid size (6-foot-1, 220 pounds), improved his slider over the course of the summer.5. Gene Howard, util, Winter Park, (Rollins College)
Howard showed some tools both on the mound and as a hitter. He played several positions and has potential for pull power, and he led Rollins this spring in batting. He also has reached the low 90s with his fastball and shown a good curveball at times in limited action on the mound.6. Andrew Laughter, rhp, Winter Park (Louisiana-Lafayette)
Still raw, Laughter has a good pitcher's frame at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds and reaches the low 90s with his fastball. His secondary stuff (slider, changeup) remains inconsistent. 7. Kent Matthes, of, Winter Pines, (Alabama)
The league's leading home run hitter with seven, Matthes also showed solid athletic ability, playing center and right field and displaying an average arm. 8. Avery Barnes, 2b, Altamonte Springs (Florida)
A lefthanded hitter with above-average speed, Barnes led the league with 21 stolen bases and was caught just three times. He earned managers' appreciation for his approach to the game.9. Mark Gildea, of, Altamonte Springs, (Florida State)
Highly recruited out of the Tampa area, Gildea has size (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) and speed (18 steals) as well as the ability to play center field. He needs at-bats to start developing his power. 10. Mike Marseco, ss, Sanford (Samford)
While Altamonte Springs' Anthony Ottrando (Kentucky) was the league MVP, league managers considered Marseco the better prospect by a hair because of his quick hands and release and good range at shortstop, making him the better defender. He also ranked second in the league with 38 hits.