West Coast Collegiate League Top 10 Prospects





Postseason recap: Moses Lake followed up the West Coast Collegiate League's best regular-season record (29-13) by beating Corvallis 3-2 to sweep the best-of-three championship series.

1. Jorge Reyes, rhp, Moses Lake (So., Oregon State)

The Most Outstanding Player of the 2007 College World Series, Reyes dominated in his second summer in the WCCBL, though he pitched just five times (three starts). He posted a 28-2 strikeout-walk ratio in 21 innings and has a big pro body with a clean, easy arm. The rising sophomore works off a fastball that sits in the 92-93 mph range.

2. Greg Peavey, rhp, Corvallis (Fr., Oregon State)

Peavey closed this summer in Corvallis and probably will do much of the same for three years for the Beavers after turning down six figures from the Yankees as a 24th-round pick. Peavey has effort in his delivery but usually has a fastball around 92 mph, touching 94, to go with a good, hard slider.

3. Kevin Castner, rhp, Corvallis (R-So., Cal Poly)

The physical 6-foot-4, 230-pound Castner has pitched just seven innings in college due to a shoulder injury that caused him to redshirt as a freshman, and due to poor performance this spring (15.43 ERA). He impressed scouts by topping out at 98 mph and pitching at 92-96 mph. He lacks much of a feel for anything soft and throws an inconsistent 83-84 mph slider. Castner could become a premium power reliever but needs work on his control.

4. Mike Koons, rhp, Corvallis (SIGNED: Astros)

Koons has good arm strength and showed average velocity on his fastball, slider and changeup both as a starter and as a reliever. None of his pitches is above-average but he competes well and throws strikes. He worked middle relief for San Diego State and signed with the Astros during the summer as a nondrafted free agent.

5. Paul Applebee, lhp, Bellingham (So., UC Riverside)

With a 0.60 ERA, Applebee led the league and had four of Bellingham's 16 victories. He works off an 86-88 mph fastball that had good life and knows how to command the pitch. He showed some feel for his breaking ball and changeup as well, and his quick arm works well. Applebee could stand to add some weight and strength to his 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame.

6. Blake Keitzman, lhp, Corvallis (So., Oregon State)

Keitzman could be next in the Oregon State lefthanded reliever tradition that includes Kevin Gunderson and Joe Paterson. Keitzman mostly started this summer and had success with it, striking out a batter an inning with a power breaking ball and 88-90 mph fastball. The effort in his delivery and his slight size (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) profile him better for the bullpen in the future, where his aggressiveness would be well-suited.

7. James Paxton, lhp, Kelowna (So., Kentucky)

The British Columbia native returned home and moved from a lefty-specialist role that he filled with Kentucky into a starting role. He was the league leader in starts (11), innings (70 1/3) and strikeouts (62). He has a lower arm slot conducive to his sinker-slider approach. His fastball runs into the upper 80s and he commands the pitch well. His breaking ball needs to improve to give him a second average pitch.

8. Marco Grifantini, rhp, Bend (Sr., UC Davis)

Grifantini was one of the league's older players but also one of its liveliest arms. His mechanics aren't clean but provide some deception, and the ball comes out of his hand with life. His fastball reaches 94 mph and sits in the low 90s, and he throws downhill from his 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame.

9. Kyle Howe, rhp, Kitsap (Sr., Nevada)

Another older pitcher, Howe has a big, durable body and throws downhill. His fastball sits in the mid-80s but has late life to his arm side, and he can touch 90. He keeps hitters off balance by using all parts of the strike zone and using his slider and solid-average changeup in fastball counts. He needs to learn to put hitters away (39 strikeouts in 60 innings).

10. Koa Kahalehoe, of, Bend (Jr., Oregon State (Bend)

After arriving late from the College World Series, Kahalehoe established himself as one of the league's top hitters and is the only one to crack the pitcher-heavy league's top 10. He's an average defender in the corners, runs well and showed improved power, hitting three homers with wood after going homerless with metal in the spring. That he showed good power after having wrist problems earlier in his career was another good sign for Kahalehoe's offense.