New York Collegiate League Top 10 Prospects

Compiled by Aaron Fitt

Postseason recap: Elmira, which went 16-7 in the second half of the regular season, went undefeated in the NYCBL playoffs, beating Glens Falls 9-5 in the title game.

1. Eric Beaulac, rhp, Amsterdam (Jr., LeMoyne)

Beaulac, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound righthander, went 8-1, 2.94 as Le Moyne's Saturday starter, and he struck out 30 in 27 innings this summer, though he went just 2-1, 5.00 because of spotty command. He has run his fastball up to 94 mph in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament and worked in the 90-93 range all summer for Amsterdam. Beaulac's 82-84 mph slider is a very good pitch, and he worked on his developing changeup in the NYCBL, showing some feel for the pitch. Beaulac needs to decrease his walk totals--he issued 50 free passes in 83 innings this spring and 16 more this summer--and do a better job hitting his spots more consistently, but his upside is significant.

2. Tom Edwards, 3b/1b, Little Falls (Jr., Rutgers)

Edwards was a vital cog in Rutgers' high-powered offense this spring, batting .340/.416/.471 with seven homers, and he followed it up with a solid summer for Little Falls, batting .299/.442/.496 with three homers and 29 RBIs in 127 at-bats. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Edwards can play either corner position, and his smooth lefthanded swing produces hard line drives to all fields.

3. Mark Lamm, rhp, Saratoga (R-Fr., Vanderbilt)

Lamm, who redshirted this spring for Vanderbilt, had a fine showing in the NYCBL, going 2-1, 1.19 with a 38-12 K-BB ratio in 30 innings. Lamm has a projectable 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame and a loose, easy arm action. He ran his fastball into the low 90s this summer and flashed a plus breaking ball.

4. Jake Shaffer, of, Glens Falls (Jr., Northern Kentucky)

After spending his freshman year at Winthrop, Shaffer transferred to Division II Northern Kentucky and batted .347 with 19 stolen bases this spring. The lefthanded hitter continued to make consistent contact this summer in the NYCBL, batting .333/.418/.458 in 144 at-bats. The 6-foot-2 Shaffer is an above-average runner with good range in center field and a strong enough arm for right.

5. Kyle Bellamy, rhp, Geneva (So., Miami)

Bellamy struggled to throw strikes for the Hurricanes this spring, going 0-1, 8.65 with 15 strikeouts and 12 walks in nine innings, but location was not an issue this summer, when he went 1-0, 1.29 with 11 saves and a 26-4 strikeout-walk ratio in 21 innings. The 6-foot-5 Bellamy has an imposing mound presence and a deceptive sidearm delivery. He can run his high-80s fastball into the low 90s, and it has plenty of movement.

6. Nathan Lape, of, Amsterdam (Jr., Marshall)

Lape transferred from North Carolina to Marshall after receiving limited playing time as a freshman in 2006, and he slugged .513 in 119 at-bats this spring. He batted .257/.323/.424 this summer and flashed his huge potential with three mammoth home runs and 11 doubles. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Lape has yet to fully tap into his significant raw power potential. He needs to make more consistent contact and cut down his strikeouts (44-12 K-BB ratio), and he needs to continue filling out his lanky frame. Lape moves well in the outfield, running the 60-yard dash in 6.7 seconds, and he has a strong outfield arm.

7. Kurt Hayer, rhp, Little Falls (So., Boston College)

Like Kyle Bellamy, Hayer was sabotaged by erratic control as a freshman this spring, going 1-0, 13.09 with a 12-28 K-BB ratio in 11 innings. Like Bellamy, Hayer made progress this summer, going 0-3, 2.38 with a 36-19 K-BB rate in 23 innings. Undersized at 5-foot-10, 178 pounds, Hayer makes up for his stature with an electric arm--he has run his fastball up to 95 mph this summer.

8. Daniel Tenholder, rhp, Hornell (So., Austin Peay)

Tenholder is another righthander who saw limited time this spring because of erratic command--he went 0-1, 8.10 with eight walks in seven innings. But Tenholder was lights out this summer, going 0-2, 0.00 with a 35-7 K-BB ratio in 22 innings of relief. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Tenholder has an explosive fastball that sat in the 87-91 mph range and topped out at 93 this summer. He also flashed a plus slider, but he'll need a third pitch if he wants to make the transition to starting. He also needs to clean up his mechanics.

9. Kevin Mahoney, 3b, Glens Falls (Jr., Canisius)

Mahoney flashed power his first two seasons at Canisius, hitting 13 home runs, and he led the NYCBL with seven homers and 44 RBIs this summer while posting a .309/.391/.559 line. The 5-foot-11, 209-pound Mahoney showed the ability to drive the ball to all fields and is an adequate defender at the hot corner.

10. Mike Wanamaker, rhp, Glens Falls (Jr., Penn State)

Wanamaker spent his freshman year at Boston College, his sophomore year at St. Petersburg (Fla). CC and transferred to Penn State this summer. He showed a glimpse of the talent the Nittany Lions hope to harness in the NYCBL, going 4-0, 2.02 with a 38-12 K-BB rate in 36 innings. Wanamaker has an excellent feel for pitching and good command of a three-pitch mix. He works in the high 80s with his fastball and occasionally runs it up to 90-91 mph. His 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame could use a little firming up.