2017 Northwoods League Top Prospects

Zach Watson (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Northwoods League Top Prospects
Zach Watson, OF, Rockford (So., Louisiana State)
Tyler Dyson, RHP, Madison (So., Florida)
Bryson Stott, SS, Wisconsin Rapids (So., UNLV)
Hunter Feduccia, C, Rockford (Jr., LSU)
Kenyon Yovan, RHP, Rochester (So., Oregon)
Zach Zubia, 1B/DH, Rochester (R-Fr., Texas)
Michael Busch, IF, St. Cloud (North Carolina, So.)
Jake Guenther, OF, Wisconsin Rapids (R-So., Sacramento (Calif.) City CC)
Daniel Ritcheson, RHP, Kalamazoo (Fr., San Diego State)
Parker Sanburn, RHP, Lakeshore (SIGNED: Rangers)

SEE ALSO: Summer College League Top Prospects

Postseason Recap: The St. Cloud Rox won their first-ever Northwoods League championship in three games over the Battle Creek Bombers. The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters easily had the best regular season record, going 52-20, but the Bombers knocked them off with a 6-1 victory to reach the championship series. The Rox beat the Mankato Moondogs 5-2 in 12 innings to set up the final matchup. After St. Cloud beat Battle Creek 7-5 in the first game of the championship series, Battle Creek pulled out a 3-2 win in 10 innings in Game 2. The Rox clinched the series with a 5-3 win in Game 3, with Nick Morreale (Georgetown) and Jackson Rose (Minnesota) combining for three scoreless, hitless innings of relief for St. Cloud.

1. Zach Watson, OF, Rockford (So., Louisiana State)

LSU's frenetic offensive attack helped the Tigers reach the College World Series championship series this year, and Watson was a key piece of that unit. The draft-eligible sophomore has speed and range on par with former LSU star and current big leaguer Andrew Stevenson, getting down the line in around 4.1 seconds from the righthanded batter's box and running the 60-yard dash in 6.4 seconds. Watson, lithely built at 6-foot, 165 pounds, has quick, strong hands and excellent pop for his size. His swing plane is built for line drives, but he often scalds balls hard enough to send them over the fence, and his speed is probably best suited for a gap approach anyways. Watson's arm is just average, but even with that, his toolsy skill set stands out to evaluators.

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