CONNECTICUT/RHODE ISLAND ***
1. *Keith Reed, of, Providence College
With Providence College disbanding its baseball program after this season, OF Keith Reed will live on as the greatest player in school history. A relative unknown at the start of the season, his stock skyrocketed as he hit better than .400 and led the Friars to one of their best seasons. Reed has a cornerback's body (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) and is very athletic. He had more of a basketball background in high school and is still a little green in certain aspects of the game. He has a tremendous upside with a chance to be a legitimate five-tool player, though his arm may always be a little short. He runs the 60 in 6.8 seconds and has the potential to hit 30 home runs . . . 1B Mike O'Keefe provided ample support for Reed as the cleanup hitter in Providence's batting order, but he may be too small to make his mark at first base. He is as strong as an ox, but probably will have to demonstrate he can play left field to be a viable prospect. A draft-eligible sophomore, he will play next year at St. John's if he doesn't sign . . . C Jay Perez was a man among boys in the Connecticut high school ranks this spring. He's a powerful lefthanded hitter with an aggressive uppercut swing and has all the tools to be a complete catcher. He has quick feet but has work to do on his receiving skills . . . OF Ben Johnstone was the Ivy League's best player. He's a prototypical leadoff hitter whose entire game is built around speed.
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