Midseason Top 50 Prospects
Click above to listen the Midseason Top 50 Prospects Podcast This list bears little resemblance to the Top 100 Prospects ranking we published before the season, and that’s because so […]
By Alan Simpson
(National ranking in parentheses)
OTHERS TO WATCH
Six-foot-7, 225-pound freshman RHP Enrique Garcia (1) made a big impression on scouts this spring—if you saw him on the right day. He threw one no-hitter and was taken out of another potential no-hitter when he reached his pitch count. Raw when he enrolled in school, Garcia still lacks polish but he shows the makings of three pitches, including a 90-91 mph fastball that touches 94. He also has a slider and a split-finger he uses for a changeup.
Six-foot-2, 230-pound RHP Chris Cummings (2) was expected to be West Virginia’s first pick on the basis of a strong 2004 summer season in the Great Lakes League, but he went backward, compiling a 3-4, 6.27 record with 61 walks and only 40 strikeouts in 60 innings. His velocity, which was 90-94 mph in short bursts as a reliever in 2004, backed up to 87-90, though he was plagued with biceps tendonitis. He was used in a starting role this year, but projects as a reliever.
West Virginia University’s best picks should be senior OF Lee
Fritz (3), who led the team with a .379 average, and junior 1B Stan
Posluszny (5), who was drafted in the 21st round by the Angels a year
ago. Posluszny, who has explosive power and has hit some of the longest
home runs in school history, pressed so much to raise his profile that
he went into a major slump at the start of the year. He rallied to finish
the year at .286-12-50.