Carlos Cortes Showed He Belonged In Florida Collegiate Summer League

Summer College League Top Prospects

Carlos Cortes (Photo by Alyson Boyer Rode)

Carlos Cortes (Photo by Alyson Boyer Rode)

Florida Collegiate League Top Prospects
Carlos Cortes, 2b/3b, Sanford (Fr., South Carolina)
Cody Beckman, lhp, Sanford (R-Jr., North Carolina State)
Brant Blaylock, of, Sanford (R-Fr., Mississippi State)
Joe Dudek, 1b, DeLand (Signed: Royals)
Garrett Wolforth, c, Sanford (So., Dallas Baptist)
Jordan Gubelman, rhp, Sanford (So., State JC of Florida)
Clay Simmons, ss/3b, Leesburg (R-Jr., Columbia State, Tenn., JC)
Reed Hayes, of/rhp, Sanford (R-Jr., Vanderbilt)
Codi Heuer, rhp, Altamonte Springs (So., Wichita State)
Jacob Billingsley, rhp, Sanford (R-Jr., Mississippi State)

SEE ALSO: Summer College League Top Prospects

Postseason Recap: The Altamonte Springs Boom claimed their first Florida Collegiate Summer League championship, upsetting the top-seeded Sanford River Rats, 5-4, in the title game played at Tropicana Field. The Boom first had to survive a tightly contested best-of-three semifinal series against DeLand before advancing to face Sanford in the final. The Boom and River Rats were tied 3-3 through seven innings before Altamonte Springs took the lead for good in the eighth when Seth Johnson (Grand Valley State, Mich.) scored on a wild pitch. The Boom got an insurance run in the top of the ninth, which proved vital when Sanford scored once and had the bases loaded in the bottom half. But the Boom escaped, as Jason Bahr (Central Florida) fanned Sanford's Sergio Lopez (Hillsborough, Fla., JC) to end the game in thrilling fashion.

1. Carlos Cortes, 2b/3b, Sanford (Fr., South Carolina)

Cortes ranked as the No. 128 overall prospect for this year's draft but passed on signing as a 20th-round pick of the Mets, choosing to honor his commitment to South Carolina where he should be an immediate contributor. He only played 12 games for Sanford but more than held his own against older competition as a rising freshman, hitting .426/.500/.638. Cortes has a balanced swing that produces consistent hard contact to all fields. His best position is the batter's box though, as scouts have little certainty about where he'll ultimately land defensively. He played mostly second and third base this summer—he's also tried catching and playing in the outfield in the past—with second base figuring to be his best bet for the future, as he has below-average speed and a fringy throwing arm.

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