Alec Bohm Ranks No. 1 In Coastal Plain League Top Prospects
|Coastal Plain League Top Prospects|
|Alec Bohm, 3b, Wilmington (So., Wichita State)|
|Jameson Hannah, of, Savannah (So., Dallas Baptist)|
|Barrett Loseke, rhp, Gastonia (So., Arkansas)|
|Will Shepherd, of, Peninsula (Sr., Liberty)|
|Hunter Dolshun, c, Fayetteville (Sr., Maryland-Baltimore County)|
|Ryan Kelly, rhp, Wilmington (Sr., Saint Joseph’s)|
|Brady Feigl, rhp, Asheboro (R-So., Mississippi)|
|Luke Watts, rhp, Morehead City (Jr., Appalachian State)|
|Dillon Stewart, of, Holly Springs (Sr., UNC Greensboro)|
|Logan Moody, 1b/of, Savannah (So., Georgia)|
SEE ALSO: Summer College League Top Prospects Postseason Recap: The Peninsula Pilots came into the Petit Cup finals looking for their third trophy in four years, but that quest was squashed at the hands of the Savannah Bananas. In their inaugural season in the Coastal Plain League, the Bananas took home the league crown with a 9-7 victory over the Peninsula Pilots. With the series tied at one game apiece, the Bananas came out strong in game three as they broke open a five run lead by the third inning. The big blows came on back-to-back home runs in the second from Jameson Hannah (Dallas Baptist)—a three-run blast—and Rylan Bannon (Xavier). The Pilots did not go down quietly though, trading blows with Savannah the rest of the way to keep the game close until Ryan Flores (Richland (Texas) CC) came on to close it out.
1. Alec Bohm, 3b, Wilmington (So., Wichita State) One of the top high school players out of Nebraska in 2015, Bohm nonetheless went undrafted and headed to Wichita State to sharpen his raw tools. Standing at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, Bohm is a physical specimen but still moves well in the infield. The righthanded hitter has begun to refine his power, and it is translating into games. Bohm hit .303 with six home runs this spring as a true freshman at Wichita State, but has really found a power stroke with wood this summer. Bohm tore up the CPL to the tune of a .330/.407/.552 line with 11 home runs.
2. Jameson Hannah, of, Savannah (So., Dallas Baptist) After hitting .332 for Dallas Baptist this spring, Hannah was poised for a breakout summer. The speedy lefthanded hitter finished the summer at .374/.455/.551 while walking more times (24) than he struck out (23). His opposite field approach in games and good plate discipline make Hannah a tough out. He has sneaky pop, and can turn on mistakes on the inner half. Hannah has above-average speed, and he uses it to his advantage in the outfield, as his speed and great reaction time put almost any ball within his range.
3. Barrett Loseke, rhp, Gastonia (So., Arkansas) Loseke held his own as a freshman in 2016, owning a 3.03 ERA at Arkansas this spring. Walks were his issue for the Razorbacks, but he showed promising signs this summer by handing out just 13 free passes in 41 innings for Gastonia. He operates with an 89-92 mph fastball that has touched 94 and has significant arm side run. League coaches and scouts alike praise the depth of his curve, as well as his ability to throw his breaking pitch for strikes.
4. Will Shepherd, of, Peninsula (Sr., Liberty) Shepherd flies under the radar, even though he has athleticism and the ability to impact games with his speed. The rising senior at Liberty boasts average all-around tools, with his arm and speed being plus. The speedy outfielder had a breakout spring for Liberty, hitting .328 with eight homers after batting .235 as a sophomore. He slashed .407/.480/.605 this summer while also swiping 16 bags. If there is a knock on him, it’s that he’s undersized, but he makes up for it with speed and natural ability.
5. Hunter Dolshun, c, Fayetteville (Sr., Maryland-Baltimore County) Even though Dolshun is known more for his bat than his glove, he has shown signs of life behind the plate this year. He is a big catcher at 6-foot-1, 245 pounds, but still manages games well. He threw out 36 percent of base stealers this spring and carried that over this summer with a consistent 1.9-second pop time. He did have trouble with blocking pitches in the dirt, but his bat remains his calling card. Dolshun boasts considerable pull side power, and it translated to games this spring. Dolshun hit 13 home runs as the primary catcher at UMBC and five more with Fayetteville. His future behind the plate is up in the air, but his power is an interesting tool.
6. Ryan Kelly, rhp, Wilmington (Sr., Saint Joseph’s) A 6-foot-4 righthander with a live arm, Kelly has struggled with control issues for much of his career, but he may have broken through this summer. Kelly was able to locate his 91-93 mph fastball, and he has a wicked 83-85 slider as a second offering. His changeup is definitely his No. 3 pitch, but it flashed a little depth at times. He still has a long way to go with his command, but after walking just eight in 23 innings this summer, it seems like Kelly is starting to click.
7. Brady Feigl, rhp, Asheboro (R-So., Mississippi) A draft-eligible sophomore because of an injury his freshman year, Feigl looked sharp this summer. His fastball sat at 91-93 mph, and he complimented that with a sharp breaking ball. He commanded both the fastball and breaking ball well this summer. He has consistent mechanics, and has no trouble pounding the zone. The 6-foot-5 sophomore is poised to have his role increase next spring for Mississippi, and with his improving command, he may work his way up the draft class.
8. Luke Watts, rhp, Morehead City (Jr., Appalachian State) Watts has nice size for a starter at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, and he uses it well. Watts tossed 62 innings across 10 appearances (nine starts) this summer. After having some control issues this spring, the righthander pounded the zone with three pitches this summer. Opposing coaches said he controlled at-bats by commanding his 88-90 mph fastball, working it inside and outside. Watts was among the league's best in ERA (2.77) and opposing batting average (.225). He also struck out 58 and flashed sharp break on his curve at times. Even though he shows starter traits, Watts will need to iron out all of his control issues to move up draft boards.
9. Dillon Stewart, of, Holly Springs (Sr., UNC Greensboro) After some issues early on in his college career caused Stewart to bounce around schools, he has finally found his home at Greensboro. Using athleticism and bat speed, Stewart hit .340 with 10 home runs this summer. He is very aggressive at the plate, which causes him to strike out in large quantities, but he is still raw. He is also aggressive on the base paths, swiping 14 this summer. His athleticism has allowed him to make adjustments the first three years of college, and time will tell if he can do it again to improve more next spring.
Data Missing: Top MLB Rookies Receive 'Incomplete' Grade In 2020
If Baseball America had chosen its Rookie of the Year on Sept. 1, it would have been a three-player race. Here's how the race shifted.
10. Logan Moody, 1b/of, Savannah (So., Georgia) Moody took his lumps as a freshman in the Southeastern Conference this year, hitting .220 in 59 at-bats, but showed promise as a prospect this summer. The 6-foot-3, 205 pound outfielder has plenty of room to grow into his frame and try to add some more power. He hit .351 this summer with 17 RBIs and eight steals and earned praise for his ability to keep the barrel in the zone. He showed decent pitch recognition and got on base at a .471 clip, but he’ll need to show more thump in the future as a player wit his size.