NEW YORK ***
1. Ruddy Lugo, ss/rhp, Xaverian HS, Brooklyn
RHP Ruddy Lugo has one of the more intriguing arms in the draft, but scouts are unsure what to make of him. There's concern that he's too small (5-foot-10, 190 pounds) to be a legitimate first-round pick. And there's a faction that can't decide whether he's more of a pitcher or an everyday player. Most see him as a pitcher because he has outstanding velocity (93-94 mph). But he doesn't pitch on a downward plane, his fastball is straight and his other pitches are inconsistent, though he shows a plus slider at times. He dominated against local competition but was knocked around a bit when his team played in the National Classic high school tournament in California in April, and there's concern he won't stand out in pro ball. As a shortstop, he swings the bat well and has good natural actions and a strong arm in the field . . . Size is not an issue for 6-foot-5 RHP Pat Collins, who teases scouts with his stuff. He can throw his fastball up to 95 mph and his slider at 83, but the location of his pitches is poor and he rarely sustains his velocity deep into games. He could range anywhere from the second to sixth rounds, depending on who saw him on what day . . . The most interesting new name to surface in New York this spring was RHP Hawkeye Wayne, an outfielder for his first three years at Columbia. New coach Mik Aoki knew that Wayne, the older brother of Stanford pitching prospect Justin Wayne, had pitched in high school in Hawaii and auditioned him in that role. The results were staggering. He made just four starts and was wild at times but was clocked at 94 mph. Word got out quickly to scouts, who flocked in to see him. It would be a gamble to take him in the first five rounds because he's an older player who will need patience in his new role . . . RHP Kevin Olore would be a much safer pick than Wayne, but his upside is considerably lower. He's a control artist whose best pitch is a curveball . . . Six-foot-6, 245-pound RHP Vance Cozier would be a good value as a senior sign. He pitched well this spring, holding his 90-92 mph velocity deep into almost every start . . . OF Todd Donovan is the state's best everyday player. He got good exposure last summer in the Cape Cod League all-star game and continued his strong play this spring. He has one outstanding tool: speed. He's been clocked at 6.38 seconds over 60 yards, and his speed plays well as both a leadoff hitter and center fielder . . . 3B Mike Dzurilla is a sound hitter. He finished among the national leaders in average and doubles, but scouts aren't sure he has the power to be an everyday third baseman . . . Scouts had two good reasons to attend Connetquot High games this season: 1B Dom Ambrosini and RHP/OF B.J. LaMura . . . A 5-foot-9 player would normally be considered too small to be a first baseman in pro ball, but scouts seem to be willing to make an exception for Ambrosini. He can really swing the bat and handles himself like a big man around the bag, though left field would seem to be a better position. He's already been penciled in to play there next year at Arizona State . . . Clemson signee LaMura is a two-way player whose greater upside appears to be on the mound. He just now is developing velocity.
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