Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate League Top 10 Prospects
Youse's Maryland Orioles won their first Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League championship by defeating the College Park Bombers, 11-1. The Orioles, who posted the best regular-season record in league history (35-7), were led by third baseman Patrick Long (Georgia Tech) who went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a home run. Lefthander Max Russell (Florida Southern) pitched eight strong innings, giving up one run on four hits and striking out nine. The Orioles followed the title by winning their sixth consecutive AAABA Tournament championship in Johnstown, Pa. They beat the Clark Griffith League's McLean Raiders 9-1 in the final.
1. Leon Landry, of, Youse's Orioles (So., Louisiana State)
Landry seized LSU's starting center field job as a freshman and helped lead the Tigers to the College World Series. The athletic, 5-foot-11, 195-pounder followed that up by batting .320/.412/.420 for Youse's Orioles, earning plaudits for his polish in all phases of the game. He has good power to the gaps presently and projects for some home run power as well, and he's an excellent baserunner with plus speed, which helps him rate as a plus defender. He also boasts an average arm.
2. Quinton Miller, rhp, Youse's Orioles (SIGNED: Pirates)
As a senior at Shawnee High in Medford, N.J., Miller ranked as the top professional prospect in the state this spring but slipped to the 20th round because of his strong commitment to North Carolina. The Pirates signed him for a $900,000 bonus right before the Aug. 15 signing deadline after he held his own against older competition in the Ripken League this summer, going 1-2, 4.36 with 22 strikeouts in 25 innings. He works in the low 90s with his fastball, touching 93-94, and flashes an above-average hard slider and an average changeup. He has a very good feel for pitching and does a good job mixing speeds and locations to keep hitters off balance.
3. Kevin Brady, rhp, Youse's Orioles (Fr., Clemson)
Brady ranked as the top prep prospect in Maryland and was drafted by the Orioles in the 44th round this June out of Gaithersburg High. He's young for his class but has a man's body at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds. Brady's sinking fastball sat in the 88-90 range and touched 91 in high school, but this summer he sat consistently in the 90-93 range and reached 93-95 in a postseason elimination game. He needs to work on keeping his fastball down in the zone, adding depth to his curveball and commanding his changeup. His upside is tantalizing, thanks to a projectable frame, a power arm and a good delivery from a high three-quarters slot.
4. Tyler Massey, 1b, Youse's Orioles (SIGNED: Rockies)
Massey held his own but did not dazzle against older competition this summer, hitting .252/.323/.315 with one homer in 111 at-bats. The Rockies gave him a $525,000 bonus as a 14th-round pick to buy him out of a commitment to Virginia. Massey earns raves for his athleticism and makeup. He has a short lefthanded swing and is a spray hitter to gaps now with potential for above-average power down the road. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder projects at first base or as corner outfielder. He is an average runner who is an outstanding defender at first, where he made just one error in 254 chances this summer.
5. Jeff Rowland, of, Youse's Orioles (So., Georgia Tech)
Rowland earned Georgia Tech's starting center field job as a freshman and finished second on the team with a .322 average, and he was even better with a wood bat this summer, going .331/.442/.366. He is a patient hitter and a good table setter who drew 27 walks while striking out just 18 times this summer. An average-to-plus runner who gets up the line in 4.20 seconds, Rowland stole 27 bases in 33 attempts for the Orioles after swiping 22 in 26 tries for the Yellow Jackets. A plus defender who alternated between left and center with Leon Landry, Rowland has an average center field arm, gets to the gaps easily and quickly reads balls off the bat.
6. Reed Gragnani, 2b, Youse's Orioles (Sr., Mills Godwin HS, Richmond)
Gragnani joined the Orioles late in the season and hit .324/.375/.378 in 37 at-bats against much older competition. Gragnani is a switch-hitter with a short, quick swing and the ability to make consistent contact. At 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, he projects for some power to the gaps but not a lot of home run power. He showed excellent plate discipline this summer, striking out just three times in 40 plate appearances, and he played excellent defense at second, making just one error in 33 chances.
7. Scott Swinson, rhp, Youse's Orioles (Jr., Maryland)
Intelligent and durable, Swinson's calling card is his plus command of an average 88-91 mph fastball that touches 92 on occasion. After tossing a no-hitter for Maryland this spring, Swinson dominated Ripken League hitters this summer, going 5-1, 1.03 with 39 strikeouts and 11 walks in 44 innings. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Swinson pitches from a mid-three-quarters delivery and gets ahead early in counts. His best secondary pitch is an average slider in the 80-82 mph range, but he also throws a curveball and changeup.
8. Cody Allen, rhp, Bethesda (So., Central Florida)
Allen struck out 45 in 39 innings as a freshman at UCF this spring and continued to miss bats this summer, going 3-3, 4.00 with a 48-20 K-BB ratio in 36 innings. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Allen pitches from a mid-three-quarters delivery with an 88-92 mph two-seam fastball with heavy sinking action. When hitters make contact, they tend to put the ball on the ground. Allen's best secondary offering is an 82 mph changeup.
9. T.J. O'Grady, rhp, Herndon (Jr., George Mason)
O'Grady struggled in two years in George Mason's bullpen, where he showed a below-average 85-87 mph fastball this spring. But this summer his fastball velocity jumped to 90-91, to go along with an 83-84 change and a 73-74 curve. O'Grady went 3-0, 0.90 with a 21-8 K-BB ratio in 20 innings for Herndon, holding opposing hitters to a .179 average. He has a physical 6-foot-1, 215-pound frame and a three-quarters delivery.
10. Patrick Long, if, Youse's Orioles (Jr., Georgia Tech)
After a down spring with the Yellow Jackets, Long busted out this summer, batting .385/.496/.538 with nine doubles in 91 at-bats. He showed excellent plate discipline, drawing 22 walks and striking out just 17 times. Long has a lefthanded line-drive swing with a slight uppercut. He's a gap hitter with occasional power, particularly to the opposite field. Primarily a third baseman, Long has soft hands but a fringy arm. He played three out of four infield positions this summer and projects best as a utilityman.