State Report: Upper New England

Even thinner than usual in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont






See also: Baseball America's Complete 2010 Draft Map


THIS YEAR'S CROP
***** One for the books
**** Banner year
*** Solid, not spectacular
** Not up to par
* Nothing to see here
Since 2006, when the region produced a pair of Top 200 talents in Jeff Locke and Garrett Olson, Upper New England—which includes Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont—has been a one-star area every year. But the talent pool in the region has never been shallower than it is this year. Franklin Pierce righthander Jose Macias is the only player in Upper New England with a chance to be drafted in the top 15 rounds. Only Macias and Dartmouth senior lefty Robert Young are likely to sign pro contracts this year.

NATIONAL TOP 200 PROSPECTS

None

OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE

1. Jose Macias, rhp, Franklin Pierce (N.H.)
2. Mike Montville, 1b/of, Portsmouth (N.H.) HS
3. Carson Cross, rhp, Exeter (N.H.) HS
4. Robert Young, lhp, Dartmouth
5. Lincoln Sanborn, ss, Bonny Eagle HS, Standish, Maine
6. Matt Verrier, c, Oxford Hills HS, South Paris, Maine
7. Brian Maloney, lhp, Franklin Pierce (N.H.)

SCOUTING REPORTS

Another Raven Leads The Way

In recent years, Division II Franklin Pierce (N.H.) has produced pro talent more consistently than any program in Upper New England, and its 16 draftees since 2001 are third-most in New England, behind just Boston College (28) and Connecticut (20). The Ravens boast Upper New England's top prospect again this year in junior righthander Jose Macias, who went 9-1, 0.96 with 110 strikeouts and 19 walks in 85 innings to lead Franklin Pierce back to the Division II World Series. Macias, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, played shortstop during his 2008 freshman year at Monroe (N.Y.) CC and his sophomore year at Franklin Pierce. He threw just one inning in 2009, but the Ravens decided to convert him to the mound full-time for his junior season, and he earned East Region pitcher of the year honors. Macias dominated largely with his fringe-average 75-81 mph slider, and scouts said they wanted to see him pitch more off his fastball, which ranges from 88-91 mph. He flashes an occasional changeup, but rarely before the fourth inning. Macias has some athleticism and arm strength, but he's not overly physical. He projects as a 10th- to 15th-round pick.

Fellow junior Brian Maloney put up excellent numbers in his own right, going 4-4, 2.16 with 83 strikeouts and 19 walks in 67 innings heading into the World Series. A 6-foot, 180-pound lefthander, Maloney tops out around 86 mph with his fastball and pitches off his decent curveball. He is unlikely to be drafted this year but could be a late senior sign next year.

Dartmouth lefthander Robert Young has put up lackluster numbers, going 3-5, 6.79 with 38 strikeouts and 11 walks in 58 innings, but he has a chance to be a late senior sign. Young's older brother Russell was the 2008 Ivy League pitcher of the year for the Big Green and was drafted in the 28th round by the Indians. Young's 6-foot-3, 230-pound frame is durable but maxed out. He throws strikes with a below-average fastball in the 87-90 mph range with a bit of run, an inconsistent curveball and an average changeup that is his go-to pitch against both righties and lefties.

The top high school players in the region are almost certainly headed to college. Connecticut signee Carson Cross has intriguing projection in his 6-foot-6, 190-pound frame, and he throws downhill with a mid- to upper-80s fastball, but his curveball and changeup need improvement. Cross is a good athlete who also starred as the quarterback for Exeter High's football team and has committed to Connecticut. His father Jeff is a 6-foot-10 former basketball player who appeared in 21 games for the Los Angeles Clippers in 1986 before a broken foot ended his career.

Maryland signee Mike Montville has good strength in his 6-foot-2, 215-pound build, and he could blossom into a lefthanded power-hitting prospect in the ACC because he has solid hand-eye coordination. His all-around game needs refinement. St. John's recruit Lincoln Sanborn, the son of longtime Division III St. Joseph's (Maine) coach Will Sanborn, plays shortstop now but projects as a corner bat as he grows into his power potential. He's a below-average runner with some arm strength and decent hands in the infield. And Maine signee Matt Verrier is a promising receiver behind the plate with a quick release and a strong arm. His bat lags behind, however.