Perfect Game Fall Championship Top 20 Prospects




The PG/BA WWBA Fall Championship is the final major stop on the showcase and national tournament schedule for the calendar year. In this year's draft, eight high school players who participated in the 2004 event were taken in the first round. Although this year's event wasn't packed with as many top names, here's a look at the top 20 seniors in attendance, as judged by BA associate editor Alan Matthews in conjunction with scouts in attendance. Rankings reflect the player's ceiling and likelihood of reaching that ceiling with some consideration to performance at the event.

Rank Player, Position High School Skinny
1. Chris Marrero, 3b Monsignor Pace HS, Opa Locka, Fla. Sweet stroke, athleticism, sinewy frame make Marrero cream of mediocre position player crop
2. Carmine Giardina, lhp Durant HS, Plant City, Fla. One of a handful of advanced lefties in the class, Giardina has a feel for three pitches, including plus curve
3. Jacob Brigham, rhp Central Fla. Christian Acad., Ocoee, Fla. Was hit hard in lone outing, but has feel for pitching along with a free and easy motion
4. Josh Thrailkill, rhp T.C. Roberson HS, Asheville, N.C. Lacks fanfare of other elite arms, but owns polished changeup and effortless delivery
5. Cody Johnson, 1b/of Mosley HS, Lynnhaven, Fla. Has struggled since July, but could come on next spring with classes' best raw power potential
6. Chris Parmelee, 1b/of Chino Hills (Calif.) HS If he can stick in outfield, he might make his way into first round thanks to consistent hard contact from left side
7. Hank Conger, c Huntington Beach (Calif.) HS Arguably best performance on major stage for Conger, who has plus power and playable catch and throw tools
8. Max Sapp, c/1b Bishop Moore HS, Orlando Under the lights in front of more than 100 scouts, turned in jaw-dropping performance behind the plate
9. Ryan Adams, 2b/ss Jesuit HS, New Orleans Adams added some pop to his patient approach and good bat control to make a positive impression
10. Cory Rasmus, rhp Russell County HS, Seale, Ala. Rasmus' plus-plus arm strength is lone plus tool; flashed best velocity at event
11. David Christensen, of Douglas HS, Parkland, Fla. Miami-signee has holes, but has above-average power when he makes solid contact to go with plus arm
12. Marcus Lemon, ss/2b Eustis (Fla.) HS Solid all-around player is beginning to grow on scouts who like Lemon's pedigree and lefthanded bat
13. Derrick Robinson, of P.K. Yonge HS, Gainesville, Fla. Was slowed by a toe injury but is still the fastest player in the class; has a ways to go from the left side
14. Jonathan Pigott, of Seabreeze HS, Daytona Beach, Fla. The closest specimen of five-tool potential in attendance, Pigott's bat piques scouts' interest
15. Aaron Miller, 1b/lhp Channelview (Texas) HS Baylor-signee made best impression at the plate with quick hands, balanced swing and line-drive stroke
16. Cedric Hunter, of M.L. King HS, Lithonia, Ga. Hunter unleashed a quick bat from the left side with raw power and good defensive skills
17. Devin Shepherd, of Oxnard (Calif.) HS Reigning Aflac All-American Classic MVP offered another strong performance with sharp contact at the plate
18. Justin Edwards, lhp Olympia HS, Orlando Projectable lefty with feel for changeup and ability to command the strike zone
19. Bryan Morgado, lhp Florida Christian HS, Miami More upside than Edwards, but without his polish and command; Morgado's stuff has good life
20. Josh Ravin, rhp Chatsworth (Calif.) HS Ravin surfaced this summer and touched 93 in Jupiter with a quick arm from drop and drive delivery