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AFLAC All-American High School Baseball Classic Rosters

By Alan Matthews
August 19, 2003

AFLAC

Sports America, Inc. has announced its inaugural AFLAC All-American High School Baseball Classic rosters. The event will be held on August 23, 2003, at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida, the spring training home of the Minnesota Twins and permanent stadium for the Fort Myers Miracle. The event is endorsed by many of the game's pillars, including Major League Baseball, Baseball America, and Perfect Game.

"Major League Baseball is happy to support this effort by Baseball America and Sports America to promote high school baseball," said Sandy Alderson, executive vice president of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball.

The AFLAC All-American Teams feature the top rising high school senior baseball players in the country, as determined by official selection partners, Baseball America and Perfect Game.

Net proceeds from the event will benefit Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida as part of AFLAC's ongoing commitment to support research and treatment of pediatric cancer.

East Team

No.

Pos.

Name

Hgt.

Wgt.

High School (Hometown)

22 RHP Nick Adenhart 6’3 180 Williamsport H.S. (Hagerstown, MD)
    Perhaps the top righthander in the Class of '04, Adenhart has a fluid delivery and feel for three pitches, including a 91-94 mph fastball
21 2B Eric Campbell 6’0 175 Gibson Southern H.S. (Owensville, IN)
    Coming off an impressive summer, Campbell has good plate discipline and the potential to hit for power as well as average
17 RF Stephen Chapman 6’1 180 Marianna H.S. (Marianna, FL)
    An athletic and powerful lefty who reminds scouts of Angels' outfielder Darin Erstad because of his bat and glove
4 IF Brad Emaus 6’0 180 East Coweta H.S. (Senoia, GA)
    Hard-nosed player with good makeup and a quick bat who has excelled throughout a long career in the East Cobb program
24 CF Dexter Fowler 6’4 160 Milton H.S. (Alpharetta, GA)
    Fowler's potential abounds with good speed and power and effortless movement in the outfield
20 RHP Andy Gale 6’6 220 Phillips Exeter H.S. (Durham, NH)
    Also a hockey and football prospect, Gale operates with a deceptive release point and a 90-92 mph fastball and good changeup
14 C Alex Garabedian 6’2 210 Columbus H.S. (Miami, FL)
    Physically advanced, Garabedian's big, athletic frame works well behind the plate and his short stroke generates plenty of pop
23 C Chris Garcia 6’4 180 Gulliver Prep H.S. (Miami, FL)
    Perhaps the best throwing catcher in his class, Garcia has a laser from behind the dish
13 LHP Giovani Gonzalez 6’0 185 Pace H.S. (Hialeah, FL)
    Gonzalez has a knack for pitching, and while he's not overpowering he throws strikes with a sneaky 87-91 mph fastball
15 RHP Eric Hurley 6’4 185 Wolfson H.S. (Jacksonville, FL)
    Hurley has a projectable body and a plus breaking ball to go along with a fastball that maintains its low-90s velocity deep into outings
16 3B

Cale Iorg

6’2 175 Karns H.S. (Knoxville, TN)
    What Iorg lacks in tools, he makes up for with the great instincts that come with being the son of a former major leaguer, Garth
30 1B Jared Kubin 6’3 225 Oakton H.S. (Oakton, VA)
    One of the most powerful hitters in his class, Kubin has impressive plate coverage and the ability to slam tape-measure home runs
7 LF Warren McFadden 6’0 185 Nova H.S. (Plantation, FL)
    McFadden has a good glove, arm strength, above-average speed and a bat that continues to produce pop as he's matured
8 SS Christopher Nelson 5’11 175 Redan H.S. (Decatur, GA)
    Nelson's action at shortstop and aggressive approach at the plate have prompted comparisons to A's shortstop Miguel Tejada
26 RHP Jay Rainville 6’3 220 Bishop Hendricken H.S. (Pawtucket, RI)
    Rainville is the best prep pitcher in the Northeast and rode his mid-90s heat up the prospect charts this summer
28 RHP Mark Rogers 6’2 200 Mt. Arafat H.S. (Orrs Island, ME)
    Still somewhat raw, Rogers has plenty of upside and a commendable work ethic to go along with his lively, 95 mph gas
18 3B Anthony Russell 6’0 195 DeMatha Catholic H.S. (Waldorf, MD)
    Russell maximizes his solid frame and put on a power display at Camden Yards recently, homering to all fields
32 OF Michael Taylor 6’6 230 Apopka H.S. (Apopka, FL)
    With the ability to drive the ball, run and cut down runners with a plus arm, Taylor's tools are among the most impressive in his class
12 C Neil Walker 6’3 205 Pine Richland H.S. (Gibsonia, PA)
    Walker's refined approach at the plate and game-calling skills make him one of the most coveted catchers in his class

West Team

No.

Pos.

Name

Hgt.

Wgt.

High School (Hometown)

21 C David Armstrong 6’1 182 Country Day H.S. (Arlington, TX)
    A versatile player, Armstrong plays the infield, outfield and catcher positions well and was teammates with Widmann this summer
22 RHP Homer Bailey 6’3 185 LaGrange H.S. (LaGrange, TX)
    Armed with a low-90s fastball and hammer curveball, Bailey works with a picture-perfect, effortless delivery
5 1B Tyler Beranek 6’5 215 Waukesha South H.S. (Waukesha, WI)
    A power hitter with good plate coverage, Beranek feasts on the inside pitch, in particular
10 SS/P Matt Bush 6’0 170 Mission Bay H.S. (San Diego, CA)
    Bush has superb actions in the field and an impressive arsenal on the mound, not to mention a live bat
7 C

Preston Clark

5’10 175 Rockwall H.S. (Rockwall, TX)
    Arguably the top catcher in Texas, Clark has strong catch and throw skills, a good bat and plays his best in big games

19

RHP

Erik Davis

6’3

180

Mountain View H.S. (Mountain View, CA)

    One of the top pitchers on the junior national team this summer, Davis topped out at 93 and developed a good changeup
11 LF Joseph Dunigan 6’1 205 St. Ignatius Prep H.S. (Chicago, IL)
    Dunigan's linebacker build generates outstanding power from the left side
20 1B Luke French 6’3 220 Heritage H.S. (Littleton, CO)
    A big, physical lefthander, French shows legitimate two-way potential with an 86 mph fastball and a live bat
15 CF Greg Golson 6’1 185 Connally H.S. (Austin, TX)
    Golson has world-class speed to go with exciting all-around tools, including a line-drive bat, plus arm and range in center field
14 RHP Javier Guerra 6’2 180 Ryan H.S. (Denton, TX)
    Guerra has a unique delivery, catapulting himself off the rubber and actually leaving the ground to generate explosive 91-92 mph heat
33 RHP Will Jostock 6’6 190 Lapeer West H.S. (Lapeer, MI)
    Jostock has an outstanding arm action that produces 92 mph heat and a sharp slider
23 RHP

Kenn Kasparek

6’10 225 Weimar H.S. (Weimar, TX)
    Kasparek has a sound delivery and throws 92 mph. A power pitcher built like Rice ace Jeff Niemann, he spins a tight curveball
6 C Chris Kirkland 6’3 190 South Doyle H.S. (Knoxville, TN)
    Known best for his defensive skills behind the plate, Kirkland reminds some of former major leaguer Charlie O'Brien
4 OF Andy Lentz 6’0 185 Woodinville H.S. (Woodinville, WA)
    Like his older brothers Ryan and Richie, who were both top prospects, Lentz has good instincts and a plus arm
24 RF/LHP Chuck Lofgren 6’3 190

Junipero Serra H.S. (Burlingame, CA)

    Like Bush, Lofgren shows promise as a position player and pitcher with a knee-buckling curveball as well as a sweet, powerful stroke
9 3B Steven Marquardt 6’2 190 Kennewick H.S. (Kennewick, WA)
    Marquardt employs a hard line-drive stroke with enough power to carry the ball into the alleys
2 LHP Troy Patton 6’1 175 Tomball H.S. (Magnolia, TX)
    Patton has electric stuff, generating 89-92 mph velocity that provides a deceptive look for hitters
3 2B/P Trevor Plouffe 6’1 170 Crespi H.S. (Northridge, CA)
    Plouffe's tools have solid potential across the board, including a quick line-drive swing and plus arm strength
8 SS Stan Widmann 6’1 180 L.D. Bell H.S. (Hurst, TX)
    An impressive defensive infielder, Widmann has soft hands and an excellent arm that plays well at third base, too

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