Florida Collegiate League Top 10 Prospects
Nick Goody (State JC of Florida) struck out nine over seven innings of shutout, two-hit ball to lead Winter Park to a 1-0 win against Leesburg in the FCSL's championship game at Tropicana Field. Chase Okey (Lake Sumter, Fla., CC) broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the seventh to complete Winter Park's run. The Diamond Dawgs won just 10 games a year ago, but they finished the 2010 regular season with a 28-11 mark, tying the FCSL record for most wins in a season.
1. Brandon Thomas, of, Sanford (So., Georgia Tech)
A 37th-round pick by the Mariners out of high school in Atlanta, Thomas hit .262/.385/.381 in 84 at-bats as a reserve at Georgia Tech this spring, then showed what he can do in an everyday role this summer, hitting .312/.395/.413 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 138 at-bats. He has above-average speed out of the box, and he stole 17 bases in 23 tries this summer. His speed also plays well in the outfield, where he takes good routes to fly balls. A switch-hitter, Thomas already flashes good power potential, and his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame has plenty of room for projection. He's still polishing some rough edges, but he has legitimate five-tool potential.
2. Jabari Blash, of, Sanford (SIGNED: Mariners)
Blash ranked atop this list last summer, after the Rangers drafted him in the ninth round. He did not sign by the end of that summer and hit .341 with just one homer as a fourth-year sophomore at Miami-Dade CC in 2010. He was kicked off the team in April then was drafted by the Mariners in the eighth round in June. He hit .303/.415/.500 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 66 at-bats in the FCSL before signing for $140,000. Blash has plus raw power, a premium arm and good speed for his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame. His big raw tools give him a chance to be a big league regular down the road, but he is still refining his game and is far from a safe bet to put it all together.
3. Robert Beary, c/if/of, Leesburg (Sr., South Carolina)
Fresh off a national championship, Beary came to Leesburg and continued his winning ways by hitting .410/.513/.475 in 61 at-bats. Though he's just 5-foot-9, Beary has good strength in his 190-pound frame. He's also a very good athlete who runs well and has a strong arm. Beary is versatile enough to fill in at corner outfield and infield spots, but he projects best as a catcher at the next level.
4. Nick Goody, rhp, Winter Park (So., State JC of Florida)
Goody earned championship game MVP honors to cap a fine summer—he finished 4-2, 1.84 with 40 strikeouts and just five walks in 34 innings. At 6 feet, 180 pounds, Goody is not intimidating, but he has a quick arm and good feel for pitching. He works in the 88-91 mph range but has been clocked as high as 94. He also utilizes a slider in the upper 70s and a changeup in the low 80s.
5. Spencer Theisen, of, Winter Park (Jr., Stetson)
After posting a .930 OPS as a sophomore at Stetson this spring, Theisen hit .333/.429/.476 in 42 at-bats this summer. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder is a prototypical top-of-the-order table-setter who has flashed occasional home run pop. His smooth lefthanded swing and professional approach give him a strong foundation at the plate. Thiesen uses all fields and is willing to work the count.
6. Joe Lovecchio, rhp, Orlando (So., Seminole State, Fla., JC)
Lovecchio pitched sparingly as a freshman for Miami this spring, going 1-0, 6.75 in nine innings over five relief appearances, and he'll transfer to Seminole State for his sophomore year. Lovecchio has a big frame (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) and a smooth delivery that produces a low-90s fastball, a 74-75 mph curveball and 77-78 changeup. He needs to continue to develop his secondary stuff, but he showed plenty of improvement as the summer progressed. He finished the summer 2-1, 2.73 with 19 strikeouts and seven walks in 33 innings.
7. D.J. Hicks, 1b/rhp, Orlando (So., Central Florida)
A rib injury forced Hicks to redshirt this spring, and he started working himself back into baseball shape in the FCSL, hitting .209/.325/.328 in 67 at-bats. Hicks has great size (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) and strength and is consistently improving in both the field and at the plate. He's a poor runner who also must improve his mobility at first base. A 49th-round pick by the Giants out of high school, Hicks flashes very good bat speed and plus power potential when healthy. He is a two-way talent who will also pitch in UCF's bullpen. Hicks owns an 86-90 mph fastball and a split-finger off the mound.
8. Spencer Medick, lhp, Sanford (So., Hampden-Sydney, Va.)
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Medick is a loose, athletic lefty with excellent projectability. He currently pitches in the 85-88 mph range and possesses a sharp, tight slider. Medick held hitters to a .167 batting average this summer while compiling a league-leading 1.30 ERA in 28 innings. He also demonstrated good control, posting a 28-6 strikeout-walk mark.
9. Hunter Scantling, rhp, DeLand (Jr., Florida State)
Scantling was a late addition to the Suns after reaching the College World Series with Florida State, for whom he went 3-2, 4.47 with 42 strikeouts in 46 innings this spring. He quickly got the attention of opposing teams in the FCSL, posting a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings. A former high school basketball player, Scantling has projection in his physical 6-foot-8, 270-pound frame, and he ran his fastball up to 91 mph this summer. He also has feel for his secondary stuff but might tighten up his slider to make it a true out pitch.
10. Trey Pilkington, rhp, Sanford (So., Alabama)
After pitching sparingly as a freshman this spring, Pilkington went 3-3, 4.46 with 19 strikeouts and 16 walks in 34 innings this summer. At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, he has good size and strength to go along with an 88-91 mph fastball and an improving slider at 78-80. He has some effort in his delivery and must improve his control and feel for pitching.