Top 10 Draft Prospects At 2012 Tournament Of Stars
With several top players missing from the event for various reasons, scouts were underwhelmed with the overall crop of talent at this year's Tournament of Stars. Here are the top 10 prospects from the event from the 2013 draft class. . .
1. Rob Kaminsky, lhp, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.
Though he's not tall, Kaminsky has a muscular, 6-foot, 190-pound build. With an athletic delivery that he repeats well, Kaminsky features a fastball that sits in the 88-90 mph range and touched 93. He showed the ability to throw his fastball for strikes to both sides of the plate and loves to challenge hitters inside. In addition to his fastball, Kaminsky mixes in a sharp 76-79 mph curveball and a solid 77 mph changeup. Kaminsky made the first round of cuts for USA Baseball's 18-and-under team.
2. Reese McGuire, c, Kentwood HS, Kent, Wash.
McGuire has something teams love—lefthanded power from an up-the-middle player. Hitting from a wide base, McGuire gets good loft and shows impressive power to his pull side, but also has the ability to drive the ball the other way. With good athleticism and agility for the position, McGuire looks like an natural behind the plate. He shows soft hands and above-average arm strength. He has fringe-average speed, but shows awareness on the bases and plays the game hard. McGuire helped Kentwood win Washington's 4-A state title in 2012 and is verbally committed to San Diego.
3. Chris Okey, c, Eustis (Fla.) HS
Okey has an average build for a catcher with an athletic 6-foot, 175-pound frame. The Clemson recruit stands out as a polished defender behind the plate with some offensive upside. Okey receives and blocks with ease. He also has a strong throwing arm and shows good leadership and makeup for the position. As a hitter, he has a balanced righthanded swing with very little head movement. Even in a strong year for prep catchers, Okey stands out as one of the best. Okey played on Team USA's 18-and-under team last year and made the first round of cuts this time around.
4. Stephen Gonsalves, lhp, Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego
Gonsalves has a lot for scouts to dream on. First of all, he's a 6-foot-5, 205-pound lefthander with good athleticism and a clean, effortless delivery, though his arm action can get a little long in the back. His fastball sits in the 89-91 mph range, but his secondary stuff needs further development. Gonsalves, who is committed to San Diego, throws a soft curveball in the 70-71 mph range and mixes in an occasional 76 mph changeup.
5. Keegan Thompson, rhp, Cullman (Ala.) HS
Thompson has an ideal pitcher's build at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds with strong legs. His strength and athleticism allows him to repeat his delivery well and he really sticks his landing, helping him to throw a lot of strikes with his full arsenal of pitches. Thompson's fastball sat in the 89-91 mph range at this event, though he's shown a little more arm strength in the past. He has a slight plunge in his arm action in the back, which caused him to get under his curveball, but his slider and changeup were effective. Thompson was the staff ace of Team USA's 16-and-under team last year and is committed to Auburn.
6. Justin Williams, of, Terrebonne HS, Houma, La.
Williams is a physical specimen with impressive power from the left side. A good athlete at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Williams has broad shoulders and a tapered waist. He plays some third base for his high school, but profiles best as a corner outfielder. Williams is a fringe-average runner, but should be able to man right field thanks to his solid arm strength. His arm should improve, too, as he gets on a throwing program and learns how to crow hop. At the plate, the Louisiana State recruit shows a keen eye for the strike zone. He has some of the best raw power in the class, but it's unclear how much of that he'll be able to tap into because he swings and misses a lot and tends to slow his bat down on offspeed pitches.
7. Dustin Driver, rhp, Wenatchee (Wash.) HS
Driver has an athletic, projectable build at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds. His fastball already sits in the 90-92 mph range and he's already touched as high as 94. He pitches downhill and gets some occasional armside run on his fastball. Driver, a UCLA recruit, likes to pitch off of his fastball and is the rare high school pitcher whose changeup is ahead of his breaking ball. Driver has confidence in his 82-85 mph changeup, but his curveball can be inconsistent. The pitch ranges anywhere from 73-78 mph, but he has a tendency to get under it at times and it flattens out. Despite his size, scouts say that Driver has small hands. Driver's delivery shows good tempo and he stays in-line to the plate well. He works fast and throws a lot of strikes.
8. Garrett Williams, lhp, Calvary Baptist HS, Shreveport, La.
If it wasn't already clear, this year's high school class is heavy on catchers and lefthanders. Scouting directors aren't complaining, as those are two positions that usually get stuffed up draft boards anyway. Williams has a solid pitcher's physique at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds. His delivery can be rushed at times, but he's a good athlete who throws his fastball in the 88-91 mph range. His best secondary offering is a hard, tight curveball in the 76-78 mph range.
9. Ryan Boldt, of, Red Wing (Minn.) HS
Much like Brandon Nimmo did two summers ago, Boldt impressed as a speedy centerfielder with a sweet lefthanded swing from a state not traditionally known for churning out premium prospects. The Nebraska recruit is an above-average runner who shows good bat speed and consistently drove the ball to the left-center gap. Boldt put together quality at-bats, tracking the ball well and showing quiet takes. As a child, Boldt batted and threw lefthanded, but an arm injury when he was 8 years old forced him to learn how to throw with his right arm. His speed plays well in center field, but his arm strength is below average right now.
10. Ian Clarkin, lhp, Madison HS, San Diego
Clarkin stands 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds. There's a little funk to his delivery, as he holds his hands up near his head before breaking them, but he stays in-line to the plate well. His fastball sat in the 90-92 mph range and he mixed in a big curveball with sharp break. Like Gonsalves, Clarkin is also committed to San Diego.