2006 Mountain Collegiate League Top 5 Prospects

Editor’s Note: Because the first-year
Mountain Collegiate League has just four teams, BA stopped its top
prospect list for the league at five.

1. Jareck West, of, Laramie (Delta, Mo., State)

excellent athlete built like Kirby Puckett, West hit .409/.476/.591
with seven home runs and 51 RBIs in 176 at-bats for the MCBL champion
Laramie Colts. His best tool is his plus speed that allows him to cover
plenty of ground in center field, and he has a slightly above average
arm. At the plate, West generates good bat speed thanks to his quick
hands, but he remains raw with a long swing.

2. Travis Mortimore, lhp, Laramie (Wayne, Neb., State College)

worked his way from the bullpen to the No. 1 starter role for Wayne
State this spring, finishing 9-2, 2.07 to win pitcher of the year
honors in his conference. Mortimore has good life on his 86-89 mph
fastball that touches 91, and his 6-foot-5, 235-pound frame suggests he
could add velocity. He remains rather raw but has a feel for a slider
and changeup.

3. Stephen Vogt, c/1b, Fort Collins (Azusa, Calif., Pacific)

two-time NAIA all-American, Vogt was the best pure hitter in the MCBL,
lining balls from gap to gap with a smooth lefthanded swing. He is an
adequate defender behind the plate, but his future is probably at first

4. Chuck Huggins, lhp, Fort Collins (Trinity, Texas)

needs to work on his command (he struck out 54 but walked 40 in 54
innings for Trinity this spring), but he has a sturdy frame with good
actions. He works with an 86-88 mph fastball and a promising changeup.

5. Ross Bennett, 1b, Greeley (Wisconsin-Platteville)

carrying UWP’s offense with a .385/.471/.720 performance this spring,
Bennett slugged .515 in 68 at-bats to power Greeley’s offense. Bennett
generates good raw power with a solid 6-foot-1, 215-pound frame and
quick hands.