Southern Collegiate League Top 10 Prospects



Compiled by John Manuel

1. Calvin Lester, of, Davidson (Prairie View A&M)

Lester was a driving force behind Prairie View A&M's high-octane offense that won the Southwestern Athletic Conference this spring, and his above-average (6.4 seconds in 60 yards) speed is his best tool. He also has range in center fielder with an average arm. Lester will never hit for much power but has a contact-oriented game with good plate discipline.

2. Creighton McCallum, rhp, Davidson (Coastal Carolina)

McCallum, a transfer from the Citadel, showed the league's top fastball, topping out at 93 mph, and threw strikes with his curveball, slider and changeup at times as well.

3. Ben Swaggerty, lhp, Tennessee (Tusculum, Tenn.)

Swaggerty has average fastball velocity (88-92 mph) and good arm strength. His mechanics have limited him in college and his control is still an issue (23 BB in 18 IP), but he was virtually unhittable this summer, giving up just four hits while striking out 23.

4. Terry Gallo, of, Monroe (Towson)

Gallo has solid tools as an above-average (6.6 60) runner and good defensive outfielder with arm strength. His lack of patience at the plate holds him back.

5. Ricky Pruitt, of, Morganton (Montevallo, Ala.)

Pruitt helped lead Morganton to the league championship with good speed (21-for-22 on stolen bases) and a savvy, contact-oriented approach at the plate.

6. Ben Wilshire, rhp, Monroe (Austin Peay)

While he's had little success in college, Wilshire showed an 89-90 mph fastball with boring action in a relief role, and he has good size (6-foot-4, 200 pounds).

7. J.J. Potrikus, rhp, Morganton (Siena)

A rising sophomore, Potrikus has a projectable frame and upper-80s fastball that he can throw for strikes. He pumped his heater up to 92 as Morganton's closer, registering 10 saves and 30 strikeouts in 24 innings.

8. Jordan Hotchkiss, rhp, Asheville (Brevard, N.C.)

Hotchkiss' loose, fresh arm (he just became a pitcher two years ago) attracts interest, as does his ability to hit 92 mph. He's raw, as evidenced by 18 walks in as many innings this summer.

9. Kevin Mattison, of, Asheville (UNC Asheville)

Mattison's solid speed, throwing arm and athleticism made him one of the league's more well-rounded position players. He has a line-drive swing and makes consistent contact.

10. Jeremy Triche, c, Morganton (Southern Arkansas)

A rising senior, Triche needs work defensively, though he has raw arm strength. He has some athletic ability and bat speed, having led Southern Arkansas in batting and home runs this spring.