Preseason High School All-Americans





A.J. Cole
A.J. Cole, rhp
Oviedo (Fla.) HS
Before seeing him throw a pitch, scouts take a liking to Cole. He has an ideal, projectable pitcher's frame at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds to go with a good arsenal. His fastball regularly sits 90-93 mph but he has run it up to 95 on several occasions. His second-best pitch is a 77-80 knuckle-curve that has sharp, 11-to-5 break. He also has a good changeup with fade, a rare commodity among prep arms.
 
Dylan Covey
Dylan Covey, rhp
Maranatha HS, Pasadena, Calif.
Covey has an explosive, 92-95 mph fastball. He has a big frame, but is still athletic. He also throws a power breaking ball in the 82-84 mph range and has some feel for a changeup. A San Diego commit, he was impressive at the Aflac game, striking out two of the three hitters he faced. Covey projects as a first-round talent—significantly higher than his father, Darrell, went (29th round) to the Mets in 1968.
Kevin Gausman
Kevin Gausman, rhp
Grandview HS, Aurora, Colo.
Long and lanky, Gausman has a fastball that sits in the low 90s and touches 95 mph with good sink. He's aggressive on the mound and can locate his fastball to both sides of the plate. He also throws a 76 mph curveball and a changeup that he holds like a splitter. Gausman has the chance to be the first first-round pitcher from Colorado since Roy Halladay in 1995.
 
Jameson Taillon
Jameson Taillon, rhp
The Woodland (Texas) HS
An imposing figure on the mound at 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, Taillon also has an exceptional repertoire. His strength produces a heavy fastball that sits 92-94 mph and can touch 96-97. He also possesses two good breaking pitches in an 84-86 mph slider and 82-83 hammer. He is probably physically maxed out, but his stuff speaks for itself. A commitment to Rice shouldn't prevent him being a top 10 pick in June.
Karsten Whitson
Karsten Whitson, rhp
Chipley (Fla.) HS
There are several power-armed righties in this class, and Whitson is toward the front of the pack with the likes of Taillon and Cole. His 92-94 mph fastball has late life and has touched 95. He also has a 78-81 slider and 80-82 changeup. His delivery is fluid and easy. He doesn't figure to last past the first half of the first round unless his commitment to being a Gator becomes a factor.
 
Alex Lavisky
Alex Lavisky, c
St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio
This year's catching crop pales in comparison to 2009, but Lavisky is a bright spot in the class. He's strong and agile behind the plate and has a good body for a receiver. He'll develop some power and has natural rhythm in his swing. He can also obviously handle catching velocity as his prep teammate is Stetson Allie, who regularly runs his fastball up to 97 mph.
Christian Yelich
Christian Yelich, 1b
Westlake HS, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
With a tall, slender frame, Yelich is a big target over at first base, but he's athletic enough to play other positions. He will play mostly third base this spring for his high school and has also seen time in the outfield. As a hitter, he has a patient approach and a pretty swing from the left side of the plate. Yelich has strong hands that result in a quick, smooth swing.
 
Nick Castellanos
Nick Castellanos, 3b
Archbishop McCarthy HS, SW Ranches, Fla.
At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, Castellanos has a good, strong frame with some projection for a corner infielder. His long limbs allow him to get good extension and leverage in his swing, which also lends to him being one of the better hitters in the 2010 class. As he fills out, Castellanos projects to have plus power. His hands work at third base and some improved footwork would allow him to stay there.
Yordy Cabrera
Yordy Cabrera, mif
Lakeland (Fla.) HS
Cabrera is one of the most interesting stories among this year's crop of high school players. His father, Basilio, is a hitting coordinator in the Tigers system and Yordy moved to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic for high school. Because of this, he's the oldest player in the class and will turn 20 a few months after the draft. Cabrera has a pro body with a strong arm and powerful bat.
 
Manny Machado
Manny Machado, mif
Brito HS, Miami
Machado is a silky-smooth defender—the rare prep shortstop who projects to stay at the position long-term. He's a tick above-average as a runner with quick feet, soft hands and a strong arm. At the plate, he has a quick bat and projects to hit for more power as he adds muscle to his long, lean frame. Machado hit .367/.472/.600 as the everyday shortstop for Team USA's 18U gold medal run.
Stetson Allie
Stetson Allie, Utility
St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio
Allie is a serious prospect both on the mound and as a third baseman. With a burly build, he sits in the mid-to-upper 90s with his fastball and has a hard, sharp slider. Control can be an issue, but there's no denying the stuff. His strength also shows up when he's hitting, as Allie has some of the best power in this year's class.
 
Chevez Clarke
Chevez Clarke, of
Marietta (Ga.) HS
A little undersized at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Clarke is athletic and packs a punch. He has good speed, running a 6.41 60 and can get down the line in 4.1 seconds from the left side. A switch-hitter, he's a little more refined from the left side though there are some questions about his overall hitting ability. He's an athletic outfielder with a good arm to go with his speed and other tools.
Josh Sale
Josh Sale, of
Bishop Blanchet HS, Seattle
Sale is the most advanced hitter in this year's class—for both average and power. He's a workaholic that heads to the batting cage at 6 a.m. each day before school. He's a tick below-average as a runner and that limits him to left field, but he won't be a liability out there. The Gonzaga commit hits the books as hard as he hits baseballs and is lauded for his off-the-charts makeup.
 
Austin Wilson
Austin Wilson
Harvard-Westlake HS, Los Angeles
Wilson easily passes the eye test with his athletic, 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame. His strength exudes big, raw power that he displayed at the Under Armour All-America Game with a monster home run off of Karsten Whitson. Wilson profiles as a right fielder with his power potential, average speed and exceptionally strong arm. He is also an exceptional student with parents who are graduates of MIT and Stanford.