2017 Futures League Top 10 Prospects

Phil Clarke (Photo by Stacy Jo Grant)

Futures League Top Prospects
Phil Clarke, c, Martha's Vineyard (Fr., Vanderbilt)
Jayson Gonzalez, inf, Bristol (Fr., Vanderbilt)
Tyler Hardman, inf, Martha's Vineyard (Fr., Oklahoma)
Zack Martin, rhp, Brockton (So., Notre Dame)
Cade Cavalli, inf/rhp, Pittsfield (Fr., Oklahoma)
Joe Gobillot, lhp, Seacoast (Fr., Vanderbilt)
Aldirch De Jongh, of, Brockton (So., Florida Atlantic)
Billy DeVito, rhp, Worcester (Jr., Hartford)
Joe Simeone, rhp, Wachusett (Fr., Connecticut)
Garrett Blaylock, inf, Bristol (Fr., Vanderbilt)

SEE ALSO: Summer College League Top Prospects

Postseason Recap: For the second consecutive year and fourth time in the league's seven-year history, the Nashua Sliver Knights claimed the Futures Collegiate Baseball League championship this summer. It seemed to be a case of deja vu for the Sliver Knights, who swept the Worcester Bravehearts in the best-of-three championship series for the second straight year.

Behind back-to-back strong pitching performances, the Silver Knights won Game 1 by a final score of 4-1 before clinching the championship with a 2-0 victory in Game 2. Righthanded reliever Kyle Murphy (Jr., Northeastern) won the 2017 FCBL Playoff MVP award, totaling four saves in four scoreless relief appearances during Nashua's flawless postseason run.

Waschusett Dirt Dawgs first baseman Zach Tower (Sr., Franklin Pierce) won the FCBL regular season MVP award, leading the league in home runs (18), RBIs (50), slugging percentage (.676) and OPS (1.074). North Shore Navigators righthander Austen Michel (So., Darmouth) won the league's pitcher of the year award, finishing the summer 2-0, 1.52, while striking out 50 and walking only seven in 47.1 innings.

1. Phil Clarke, C, Martha's Vineyard (Fr., Vanderbilt)

Listed as the 167th-best draft prospect in this year's BA Top 500, Clarke is a smooth-swinging, lefthanded-hitting catcher out of Nashville who is staying close to home. Consistently listed by Futures League observers as the top prospect in the league, Clarke has an above-average hit tool and at least average projected power as his two carrying tools. Several managers said Clarke was among the toughest outs in the league, with an advanced approach and excellent barrel awareness helping him hit .337/.427/.479.

While receiving several compliments on his work ethic and athleticism,Clarke's defense is currently behind his bat. Mostly regarded as a solid receiver with room for improvement in regards to his arm strength, there seemed to be near consensus that three additional years to physically mature at Vanderbilt could have Clarke as one of the top college catchers in 2020.

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