T.J. Collett Ranks No. 1 Among Prospect League Prospects

Summer College League Top Prospects

T.J. Collett (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

T.J. Collett (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

Prospect League Top Prospects
T.J. Collett, c, Terre Haute (Fr., Kentucky)
Joey Polak, 3b/1b, Quincy (Fr., South Carolina)
Aaron Meyer, 2b, DuPage (Sr., Missouri State)
Brian Hobbie , rhp, Terra Haute (Jr., Indiana)
Zane Collins, lhp, Champion City (So., Wright State)
Jake Anchia, c, DuPage (So., Nova Southeastern, Fla.)
Connor Coward, rhp, Butler (Jr., Virginia Tech)
Tanner Allison, lhp, Chillicothe (Jr., Western Michigan)
Jacob Belinda, rhp, West Virginia (Sr., Lock Haven, Pa.)
Brendan Burns, rhp, Chillicothe (Jr., Ball State)

SEE ALSO: Summer College League Top Prospects

Postseason Recap: For the third time in the Prospect League's eight-year history, the West Virginia Miners emerged as champions, culminating a perfect 4-0 playoffs with a 9-6, 11-inning victory over the Quincy Gems. It was premier pitching that helped the Miners cruise through the playoffs. The West Virginia staff complied a 1.89 ERA with 35 strikeouts across the four playoff games. In addition to the mound work, the Miners also got a big-time performance from slugger Dan Ward (Eastern New Mexico), whoe went 9-for-17 in the playoffs with 6 runs scored and 6 RBIs. The title is the first for the team since 2013.

1. T.J. Collett, c, Terre Haute (Fr., Kentucky)

Collet ranked No. 364 in Baseball America's top 500 draft prospects this spring—he passed on signing as a 40th round pick—and showed why over the summer. The rising freshman at Kentucky has a potential plus hit tool and above-average power as well. His pitch recognition has earned the praise of scouts and also helped him grind out a .345 average this summer. At 6-foot, 225 pounds, he has good size to project explosive power in his big lefthanded swing. His receiving and blocking are serviceable right now but will need development in college, while his arm is clearly his best tool defensively.

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