2017 Prospect League Top Prospects

Prospect League Top Prospects
Will Freeman, rhp, Kokomo (So., Jones County (Miss.) CC)
Connor Coward, rhp, Butler (Sr., Virginia Tech)
Connor Curlis, lhp, Champion City (Jr., Ohio State)
Brad Depperman, rhp, Lafayette (Sr., North Florida)
Pat Ferguson, if, Butler (So., Kent State)
Nic Laio, rhp, Chillicoche (Jr., Western Michigan)
Seth Gray, if, Champion City (So., Wright State)
Tanner Murphy, of, Butler (So. North Florida)
Tanner Piechnick, c, Chillicothe (So., Ohio)
Nic Webre, of, Danville (Fr. Louisiana State)

SEE ALSO: Summer College League Top Prospects

Postseason Recap: After suffering a blowout loss at home in Game 1 of the Prospect League championship series, the Lafayette Aviators stormed back on the road to take Games 2 and 3 from the Butler Blue Sox to capture the league crown. Lafayette's championship run culminated in a 10-run ninth inning during the third game of the series, solidifying a 12-0 trouncing to end the season. Lafayette surrendered 22 runs over the first two games of the series but limited Butler to just five hits in Game 3 thanks in large part to Butler's Sam Hubbe, who tossed three hitless innings and earned the win. Hubbe tallied 11 shutouts innings throughout the TPL playoffs.

1. Will Freeman, RHP, Kokomo (So., Jones County, Miss., JC)

A 6-foot-2, 213-pound righthander, Freeman featured one of the Prospect League's best fastballs this summer, according to coaches in the league, and he impressed with his ability to command four pitches. Freeman's four-seam fastball sat 90-92 mph most of the summer, coaches said, and approached 94 mph on occasion. Freeman used an 83-84 mph slider and a curveball at 79-81 mph to collect 59 strikeouts in just 45.1 innings for Kokomo. He also showed good feel for a two-seam fastball and a changeup to lefthanded hitters. Coaches described Freeman, who went 4-1, 2.58 overall,  as a big, strong kid who "dominated this league."

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