Florida Collegiate Summer League Top 10 Prospects



Compiled by Aaron Fitt

Postseason recap: Leesburg won the Florida Collegiate Summer League championship at Tropicana Field--home of the Devil Rays--with a 6-0 victory against Altamonte Springs, its 15th victory in the last 17 games. Five Leesburg pitchers combined on the shutout, striking out 16 in a combined four-hitter.

1. Aaron Tullo, rhp, Winter Park (So., St. Petersburg, Fla., CC)


Tullo is a power pitcher who showcased a 94 mph fastball for the Diamond Dogs this summer. He also throws a curveball, slider and changeup, helping him rack up 43 strikeouts and allow just 19 hits in 26 innings. At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, Tullo has a solid professional build to go along with his quality four-pitch repertoire.

2. Jeff Walters, rhp, Winter Springs (So., St. Petersburg, Fla., CC)

Walters posted dominant numbers in the FCSL, going 2-2, 1.01 with a 30-22 strikeout-walk ratio and just 26 hits allowed in 44 innings. Walters works in the 88-91 mph range with his lively fastball, and he could add velocity as he fills out his 6-foot-4, 185-pound frame.

3. Drew Buonanni, lhp, Leesburg (So., Florida Tech)

After making just three appearances for Florida Tech this spring, Buonanni went 2-0, 0.90 with a 30-14 K-BB ratio in 30 innings this summer. Buonanni owns a four-pitch mix and a fastball in the 88-89 range, but he figures to add velocity as he fills out his projectable 6-foot-6, 210-pound frame.

4. Chris Heston, rhp, Altamonte (So., Seminole, Fla., CC)

Heston was solid in 51 innings in his collegiate debut this spring, and he showed very good control for Altamonte this summer, going 2-2, 3.51 with a 40-9 K-BB ratio in 33 innings. Heston has a very projectable 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame, but he can already run his fastball up to 93 mph. He complements the pitch with a good curveball and promising changeup.

5. Colin Arnold, of, Winter Park (Jr., Central Florida)
    
The Yankees drafted Arnold in the 47th round in June out of Daytona Beach (Fla.) CC, but he did not sign and transferred to Central Florida, where he figures to step into a starting outfield role. He had a solid summer for Winter Park, batting .274/.370/.349 with eight doubles and 12 stolen bases in 17 attempts. The lefthanded-hitting Arnold has shown the ability to drive the ball to all fields. Arnold has an athletic 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame, and he's a solid defender with good range and a strong arm.    

6. Bo O’Dell, rhp, Altamonte (Jr., Florida State)

After transferring from Seminole CC, O'Dell went 3-1, 5.06 in a swing role for Florida State this spring. He was one of the best pitchers in the FCSL this summer, going 5-1, 2.01 with 61 strikeouts and 16 walks in 54 innings. A 23rd-round pick of the Braves in 2006, O'Dell has a professional body at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds.

7. Ohmed Danesh, of, Winter Springs (So., Florida State)

A 41st-round pick of the Yankees in 2006, Danesh had a solid freshman year for the Seminoles, batting .321/.424/.488 in 84 at-bats. He followed it up by leading the FCSL in doubles (nine) and slugging (.470), tying for the lead in homers (three), and finishing third in batting (.316) and RBIs (21). The 6-foot, 190-pound Danesh showed off a compact, lefthanded swing and the ability to drive the ball to all fields.
    
8. Matt Fairel, lhp, Winter Springs (So., Florida State)

Fairel, a 32nd-round pick of the Giants out of high school in 2006, emerged as a key contributor in Florida State's bullpen this spring, going 2-0, 2.94 in 34 innings. Winter Springs used him in mostly a starting role, and he handled it just fine, going 1-2, 2.39 with a 30-11 K-BB ratio in 26 innings. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound lefthander has a quality three-pitch mix highlighted by a fastball that sat in the 87-89 mph range this summer.

9. Marcus White, rhp, Winter Park (Sr., Indiana Tech)

White followed up his 9-0, 1.95 spring with a strong summer, going 0-3, 2.70 with a 48-22 K-BB ratio in 53 innings. He has a good pitcher's frame at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, and he pounds the strike zone with an 87-90 mph fastball. White uses a quality three-pitch mix to keep hitters off balance.

10. Jaager Good, rhp, Winter Springs (Sr., Central Florida)

Good moved into the rotation this spring for Central Florida and had the best season of his three-year college career, going 5-5, 3.89 with 62 strikeouts and 38 walks in 88 innings. The 6-foot, 190-pound Good ably handled a light workload this summer, going 2-0, 1.76 with a 23-10 K-BB ratio in 15 innings. Despite his undersized frame, Good can run his fastball up to 93 mph, though he works in the 88-90 range. He has good command of a three-pitch repertoire, including a curveball and changeup.