Southern Collegiate League Top 10 Prospects
The Tennessee Tornado edged the Lake Norman Copperheads 6-4 in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League championship game. The game was actually even closer than the score indicates, as two Lake Norman runners were thrown out at the plate. Outfielder Shane Brown (Charlotte) was thrown out trying to score on a single to right field, and outfielder Brian Bogue (Winthrop) was caught at home after trying to advance two bases on a Tornado throwing error to second base.
1. Boo Morrow, rhp, Tennessee (Sr., Tusculum, Tenn., College)
Morrow earned Division II All-America honors this spring, going 7-0, 2.00 for Tusculum. He followed that up by earning most valuable pitcher honors in the SCBL, going 5-0, 2.16. A consummate winner, Morrow has never lost in three years at Tusculum or two summers in the SCBL. Morrow can be dominant against righthanded hitters. He uses his high-80s fastball to set up his slider, which is a swing-and-miss pitch against righties. He also throws a quality changeup that gives him a weapon against lefties.
2. Brad Agustin, ss, Morganton, (R-Jr., Buffalo)
Agustin was a two-year starter in the middle infield for Buffalo before missing all of 2008 with an injury. He bounced back to win the SCBL most valuable player award, batting .390/.453/.589 with six homers and 41 RBIs. Agustin has a mature offensive approach and uses all fields. He packs some strength into his 5-foot-10, 190-pound frame. He has good range at shortstop but profiles better as a second baseman.
3. Anthony Markham, rhp, Carolina, (So., Charleston Southern)
After going 4-6, 4.66 as a freshman for CSU, Markham had a good summer in the SCBL and was the runner-up to Boo Morrow for the league's most valuable pitcher award. He boasted the best fastball in the league and figures to add velocity as he fills out his 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame. He uses his fastball to set up his breaking ball and his very good changeup.
4. Anthony Sosnoskie, c, Lake Norman (Jr., Virginia Tech)
Sosnoskie hit .315 with six homers this spring for Virginia Tech and was the runner-up for the SCBL MVP award this summer, hitting .368 with a league-leading seven homers. He has a good, compact swing and plenty of strength in his 5-foot-11, 192-pound frame.
5. R.J. Schenk, 1b, Tennessee, (Sr., Virginia Commonwealth)
After spending two years at Walters State (Tenn.) CC, Schenk hit .308 in his first Division I season at VCU. The 6-foot, 225-pound Shenk has great bat speed and excellent hands. A lefthanded hitter, Schenk can drive the ball to all fields and has a knack for coming up with clutch hits.
6. Craige Lyerly, of, Morganton, (Jr., Catawba, N.C.)
Lyerly had a huge spring for Division II power Catawba, batting .390/.439/.657 with 13 homers and 70 RBIs in 251 at-bats. The fastest player in the SCBL, Lyerly used his excellent speed to his advantage this summer. He has good bat control and excels at bunting for hits. He's not imposing at 6-foot, 175 pounds, but he's a very good athlete.
7. Jesse Cadenhead, rhp, Lake Norman, (So., Charleston Southern)
Cadenhead struggled as a freshman for Charleston Southern this spring, going 1-2, 6.12 in 32 innings, but had a good summer and was named MVP of the SCBL all-star game after striking out two of the three batters he faced. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Cadenhead attacks hitters with a low-90s fastball. He excels at getting ahead early in the count and using his offspeed stuff to get outs.
8. Marty Parks, of, Tennessee, (Sr., Trevecca Nazarene, Tenn.)
Parks hit .346/.431/.562 with 23 steals in 24 attempts this spring for NAIA Trevecca Nazarene. His speed is his best asset, and he's a threat to steal any base at any time. The 5-foot-10 Parks also has some power to the gaps. He has exceptional range in the outfield and is a true center fielder.
9. Jason Coker, if, Spartanburg, (So., UNC Pembroke)
Coker showed some power as a freshman at Division II UNC Pembroke, belting nine home runs and 12 doubles. A 6-foot, 185-pound gamer, Coker has outstanding baseball instincts. He can play multiple positions in the infield and does whatever it takes to win. Offensively, Coker has good power to the gaps and decent speed, and he sprays the ball all over the field.
10. Bart Roark, 1b/3b, Tennessee, (Sr., East Tennessee State)
Roark has the ability to hit the ball out the park to all fields, but he can also hit for average. He batted .328/.379/.511 with five homers in 131 at-bats for ETSU this spring. He has a strong lower body, which enables him to utilize the whole field with his power.