2013 HS Scouting Reports: 26-50
As the high school season gets
underway, we'll take a look at the scouting reports for Baseball
America's Top 100 high school prospects, from bottom to top. Here are
the reports on the prospects in the 26-50 range . . .
See Also: 2013 HS Top 100 Scouting Reports, 1-25
See Also: 2013 HS Top 100 Scouting Reports, 51-75
See Also: 2013 HS Top 100 Scouting Reports, 76-100
See Also: 50 Players Who Just Missed The 2013 HS Top 100
26. Chris Okey, c, Eustis (Fla.) HS (@Chris_Okey14)
Okey has an average build for a catcher with an athletic 6-foot, 175-pound frame. He has plenty of big-game experience after three summers with the USA Baseball program. In 2010, he was one of three 2013 players on the 16-and-under team, and he was a catcher for the 18-and-under team the past two years, as one of two underclassmen in 2011 and helping bring home gold medals in 2012. Okey stands out as a polished defender behind the plate with some offensive upside. He receives and blocks with easy, shows a strong throwing arm, as well as good leadership and makeup for the position. As a hitter, he has a balanced, righthanded swing and a gap-to-gap approach. He has been a member of the Florida Travel Ball program and is committed to Clemson.
27. Casey Shane, rhp, Centennial HS, Burleson, Texas (@caseyshane28)
Shane has a solid 6-foot-4, 200-pound build with strong legs. His size and demeanor gives him an intimidating mound presence. He has a strong delivery, drives off the mound well and stays in-line to the plate. Shane's heavy fastball sits in the 89-91 mph range, but he gets as high as 93. The pitch shows late sinking life with armside run. He mixes in a 71-73 mph curveball, an upper-70s slider and a 80-82 mph changeup. Shane is young for the class and won't turn 18 until August. He played travel ball for the Fort Worth Cats in the summer and is committed to Texas A&M.
28. Terry McClure, of, Riverwood International Charter HS, Sandy Springs, Ga. (@Lights_Outx24x)
McClure has a lean, athletic frame at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds. He is an explosive athlete with the ability to patrol center field with ease. McClure is a 65 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale, running the 60-yard dash in 6.63 seconds at the East Coast Professional Showcase and he has average arm strength. At the plate, McClure hits from a narrow, upright stance, but has a balanced approach. His swing is loose and easy and the ball jumps off his bat. His bat speed leads to present power potential and he could be a big power-speed threat as he gets stronger. McClure comes from the East Cobb program and is committed to Georgia Tech.
29. Ivan Wilson, of, Ruston (La.) HS
Wilson immediately stands out with his chiseled 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame. He has his "man strength" already and played wide receiver for his high school football team, but his future is on the baseball diamond. Wilson is an above-average runner, posting a 6.72-second 60-yard dash time at the East Coast Professional Showcase. While his speed isn't quite good enough to stick in center field long term, Wilson fits the right-field profile well and shows solid-average arm strength. He has natural rhythm and balance in his righthanded swing and obvious strength. Wilson is the type of player who could really take off when he starts focusing on baseball full-time, and scouts are intrigued by his power-speed combination. He played summer ball for the NOLA Prospects and he is not yet committed to a college.
30. J.B. Woodman, of, Edgewater HS, Orlando (@woodman1213)
Woodman has an athletic build at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds. He throws righthanded—and is also the quarterback for Edgewater—but bats lefthanded and profiles as a top-of-the-order hitter. He has solid-average speed, running the 60-yard dash in 6.84 seconds at the East Coast Professional Showcase. Woodman has a quick bat and a smooth stroke, though he does sometimes collapse his back leg, which causes his swing to get a little uphill. The Mississippi recruit plays the game hard and shows good instincts and game awareness. One instance that stood out this summer was when, after hitting a 90 mph Robert Tyler fastball to center field, Woodman took an aggressive turn around first base and charged into second when the outfielder's routine throw came in late. Woodman played in the summer with the Orlando Scorpions.
31. Jeremy Martinez, c, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif. (@J_Mart25)
Martinez has been a big name for the 2013 class for the past couple years after hitting two home runs in one game during the 2011 Tournament of Stars and being one of two underclassmen (along with Okey) on USA Baseball's 2011 18U team. Martinez has a 5-foot-11, 195-pound build, but scouts thought he looked a little soft this summer and fall and will have to keep his conditioning in check. He shows good leadership and intelligence on the field to go along with his solid defensive skills and arm strength. Martinez stands out most for his bat. He utilizes a stance nearly identical to Albert Pujols and has a good feel for hitting, as well as at least average power potential. Martinez is committed to Southern California along with his high school teammate, Ryan McMahon.
32. Hunter Green, lhp, Warren East HS, Bowling Green, Ky. (@hunterbgreen1)
Green has a slender, projectable build at 6-foot-3, 160 pounds. Despite his thin frame, he shows interesting athleticism and strength projection. He has a clean, quiet delivery that lulls hitters to sleep a little bit, allowing his 85-88 mph fastball to play up. He touches 90 mph and his fastball has some sinking life to it. Green's easy delivery allows him to fill up the strike zone and he mixes in a mid-70s curveball and a 78-82 mph changeup with nice sink and fade. Like any high school pitcher, his secondary stuff needs more consistency, but he already shows a good feel for both pitches. Green is young for the class and won't turn 18 until about a month after the draft. He plays for Marucci Elite and is committed to Kentucky.
33. Cord Sandberg, of, Manatee HS, Bradenton, Fla.
Sandberg has a big league body already at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. He bats and throws lefthanded, just like his father Chuck, who was a ninth-round pick out of Florida in 1979 and spent three years in the Red Sox system. Sandberg is a premium athlete with five-tool potential. He ran a 6.64-second 60-yard dash at the East Coast Professional Showcase this summer, which helps him make an impact on offense and defense. The ball jumps off his bat and he has a smooth swing with bat speed. It's a line-drive swing now, but Sandberg has power potential and will learn how to gain more leverage when he focuses on one sport. In addition to his baseball talent, Sandberg is one of the best quarterbacks in the country. During his senior season, he completed 186 of 265 passes for 2,674 yards, 35 touchdowns and just one interception. He also rushed for 591 yards and 10 more touchdowns. Sandberg is committed to Mississippi State, but has indicated he would likely only focus on football if he winds up on campus.
34. Jan Hernandez, ss, Beltran Baseball Acadmey, Florida, P.R.
While Hernandez doesn't have Carlos Correa's tools, he is another talented shortstop from Puerto Rico. Hernandez, who plays for Team Mizuno Puerto Rico, stands 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. He uses a big leg kick in his setup at the plate and shows a loose, quick swing. He has above-average bat speed and is mostly a line-drive doubles hitter now. He can try to get too big at times at the plate, instead of staying inside himself and spraying the ball from gap to gap. Hernandez is an average runner. In the field, he shows nice actions, but will need to continue to improve his hands and feet to stay at shortstop. If he has to move off the position, he has plenty of arm strength to move to third base.
35. Hunter Harvey, rhp, Bandys HS, Catawba, N.C.
Harvey is the son of two-time all-star closer Bryan Harvey. During the summer, Harvey had a thin, 6-foot-3, 168-pound frame, but added some strength over the offseason. His fastball sat in the 89-92 mph range with good downhill plane at the East Coast Pro Showcase, but his added strength gave his fastball a little bump this spring and he reportedly touched 94 mph in a recent scrimmage. He mixes in a 74-77 mph curveball that showed flashes of being a quality pitch and an occasional 79-82 mph changeup. Harvey has a fresh arm, as he's one of the few players in this day and age who doesn't play on a summer travel team. Harvey has yet to commit to a college and could pitch his way into first round if he continues to flirt with the mid-90s.
36. Connor Jones, rhp, Great Bridge HS, Chesapeake, Va. (@Hoo__CJ33)
Jones is committed to Virginia and has already started using the pitching mechanics as the Cavaliers pitchers. He has an athletic 6-foot-3, 190-pound build and a loose arm action. His fastball sits in the 89-91 mph range, but he gets as high as 93. The pitch has hard sinking life and Jones will be a groundball machine. His slider and changeup are both in the 77-80 mph range and show the potential to be solid complementary pieces. Jones pitches for the Evoshield Canes in the summer and fall.
37. Ryder Jones, 3b/rhp, Watauga HS, Boone, N.C. (@Jonesy_56)
Jones is new to North Carolina, having moved out this summer when his father Billy, previously the recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State, accepted the head coaching position at Appalachian State. Signability will be a question, but he gives area scouts another key player, as one of the top two-way talents in this year's draft. He's better as an infielder. He plays shortstop now and shows clean actions, fluid footwork for his size and a strong arm. He plays through balls well, but his lateral range is limited because he's a below-average runner. With his tools, transitioning to third base won't be an issue and he shows profile power for the position. Jones is a lefthanded hitter who puts together good at-bats, already has a plan at the plate and attacks his pitch. He has a strong, short swing and already knows how to generate loft and backspin balls. As a righthanded pitcher, Jones sits in the 88-90 mph range and tops out at 92 with natural sink. He mixes in a slider that shows potential, but pitching is more of a fallback option. Jones has played for several different summer teams, and last summer he was with the Midland Braves. He is committed to Stanford.
38. Billy McKinney, of, Plano (Texas) West HS (@billy_mckinney)
McKinney has one of the best bats in this year's class. A lefthanded hitter with a solid 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame, he shows excellent bat speed with natural rhythm, balance and timing. He shows a natural feel for hitting along with the potential for above-average power. He's a solid-average runner, so he's limited to a corner outfield position, but his bat won't make that an issue. McKinney plays in the summers with the D-BAT Mustangs and is committed to Texas Christian.
39. Devin Williams, rhp, Hazelwood (Mo.) West HS
Williams has a lean, wiry frame at 6-foot-3 and 165 pounds. At USA Baseball's Breakthrough Series this summer, Williams was in the 85-88 mph range and his projection was evident because of his build and his loose, easy delivery. But the velocity jump came sooner than expected. Williams, pitching for the St. Louis Pirates last fall in Jupiter, Fla., sat in the 91-93 mph range. He mixes in a low-80s slider and a changeup with nice fade. Williams is committed to Missouri.
40. Tucker Neuhaus, 3b, Wharton HS, Tampa
Neuhaus gives scouts a big league look, from his chiseled 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame to his elbow guard, shinguard, taped wrists, wristbands and single earflap helmet at the plate. He has a cocky swagger between the lines and is young for the class, as he will still be 17 on draft day. At the plate, Neuhaus—a lefthanded hitter—stands out for his simple, balanced swing with above-average bat speed. He has very little stride at the plate, just picking his front foot up and putting it back down. He is a solid average runner with average actions in the field and above-average arm strength. If Neuhaus struggles this spring, it will be understandable. His older brother, Ty, died this winter. Tucker played for the Florida Hardballers in the summer and is committed to Louisville.
41. Chris Kohler, lhp, Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (@C_Kohler32)
It's a loaded year for lefthanded prep pitching, as Kohler is already the eighth southpaw on this Top 100 list. He has a muscular build at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds and pitches with an easy, smooth tempo. He shows very good balance in his delivery and the ball comes out of his hand with ease. Kohler's fastball sits in the 86-88 mph range and he mixes in a tight 70-74 mph curveball with 11-5 break and good depth, along with a 78-80 mph changeup. Kohler fills up the strike zone with all three pitches and shows excellent poise and competitive desire on the mound. He played for the ABD Bulldogs in the summer and is committed to Oklahoma.
42. Zack Collins, c/1b, American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.
Collins stands out for his bat. He is listed as a catcher, but at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds is more likely to wind up in left field or first base. His bat should profile, as the lefthanded hitter shows a good eye at the plate and the ball really jumps off his bat. He has above-average potential for hitting and power. Collins has a little coil to his load, turning his hips in toward the plate before unleashing ferocious bat speed. He also has a late hand pump as part of his timing mechanism, a la Josh Hamilton. While it can cause him to be late on balls occasionally, it also shows how strong he is through the hands, wrists and forearms. He is a bottom-of-the-scale runner on the 20-80 scouting scale with average arm strength. Collins plays for South Florida Elite in the summer and is committed to Miami.
43. 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 sits in the 89-91 mph range, 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 can cause him to get under his curveball, but his slider and changeup are effective. Thompson was the staff ace of Team USA's 16U team last year and also shows potential as a third baseman because of his premium athleticism, strength and coordination. He plays for the Alabama Seminoles in the summer and is committed to Auburn.
44. Josh Hart, of, Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. (@JoshHartKnows)
Hart has been on the radar for a while, first because he's been a staple at the top of the East Cobb Braves leadoff spot—a slot he also filled for last year's high school national champion Parkview Panthers. A lefthanded hitter and thrower, Hart checks in at 6-feet, 180 pounds. He is an above-average runner and gets good jumps both in center field and on the basepaths. Hart uses a flat, line-drive stroke, getting his foot down early and letting his hands work. He has below-average power potential and arm strength and is committed to Georgia Tech.
45. Thomas Milone, of, Masuk HS, Monroe, Conn.
Milone isn't overly physical at 6 feet and 185 pounds, but he showed some standout tools at the East Coast Professional Showcase. A lefthanded hitter and thrower, Milone showed above-average speed by posting one of the top 60-yard-dash times with a time of 6.68 seconds. Milone also showed intriguing pull power in batting practice with a quick bat. His speed allows him to cover a lot of ground in center field and he has an average arm. He plays for the Connecticut Gamers and is committed to Connecticut.
46. Mark Armstrong, rhp, Clarence (N.Y.) HS
Armstrong didn't have to travel far to make a name for himself at the East Coast Professional Showcase, which was held in Syracuse, N.Y. With a sturdy, 6-foot-3, 200-pound workhorse frame, Armstrong shows good direction to the plate and his fastball sits in the 88-91 mph range. He can get under his 71-74 mph curveball at times, but also mixes in a 78-80 mph changeup. Armstrong is working to get more comfortable with a two-seam fastball and a slider. Armstrong is also the quarterback for his school's football team and gave up hockey last year to focus on baseball, which explains his muscular, defined lower half. He plays for Syracuse Sports Zone in the summer and is committed to Pittsburgh.
47. Cal Quantrill, rhp, Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ont. (@cal_quantrill47)
Another pitcher with big league bloodlines, Cal's dad Paul pitched in the majors from 1992-2005 and was an all-star in 2001. Cal has a thin build at 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds with long arms and legs, though he also shows good athleticism and fields his position well. Quantrill's fastball currently sits in the 88-90 mph range with good downhill plane and some armside run, but it wouldn't be a shock to see him pitching in the mid-90s as he fills out and gets stronger. His second-best pitch is a changeup around 75-76 mph and he mixes in the occasional slider at around 79 mph. Quantrill has a clean delivery and works quickly during his outings. He shows excellent poise on the mound and that should come as no surprise considering his background and the fact that, as a member of the Canadian Junior National Team, he's used to pitching against college and professional hitters. With an SAT score of 2040, Quantrill is committed to Stanford.
48. Tyler Alamo, c, Cypress (Calif.) HS (@TylerAlamo_)
Alamo stands out for his tightly-wound, 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame. He looks like a hitter at the plate, but has some moving parts to his swing that could be toned down. He uses an aggressive stride, collapses his backside at times and has a tendency to stride toward third base, opening his hips early. There is some length to his swing at times, but he has obvious strength potential and an intriguing bat for a catcher. Behind the plate, he shows good agility for his size, along with strong hands and above average arm strength. Alamo comes from the Placentia Mustangs program, played for the Evoshield Canes this fall and is committed to Cal State Fullerton.
49. Marcus Doi, of, Mid-Pacific Institute, Honolulu
It's a boffo year for draft talent in Hawaii. Leading the way is Doi, a 6-foot, 185-pound outfielder who bats and throws righthanded. Doi put his name on the map with a standout performance at the Area Code Games last summer. He is an above-average runner, so he can stick in center field for now. Even if he has to move off the position, he has electric bat speed which gives him surprising power potential for his size. Doi played for the ABD Hawaii program and is committed to Hawaii.
50. Jordan Paroubeck, of, Serra HS, San Mateo, Calif.
Paroubeck has a proportioned, muscular build at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds with broad shoulders and a lean, tapered waist. He not only intrigues scouts with his body, but with his tools, too. Paroubeck is a center fielder with above-average speed and arm strength. He is a switch-hitter with a quick, simple swing from both sides of the plate and offers power potential because of his size, strength and bat speed. Paroubeck is committed to Fresno State.