Un-signed Senior Showcase: Top 15 Breakdown
1. Rhett Stafford-Cheraw, C, 6-2/210, R/R Committed to Marshall
Big body, big power and a 6.77 runner! Stafford is an unusual blend of power and speed that will force pro scouts to make plans to see him this spring. He has as much juice in his bat as anyone in our state this year and only a handful of 2007 graduates are better runners. The question mark on Stafford will end up being where he will play at the next level. A slow transfer and erratic arm are cause for concern behind the plate. But because of the other tools he possesses, a move to a corner outfield position is likely. Stafford’s raw arm strength may be good enough to play right. First base could certainly be a possibility as he’d make for an inviting target on throws across the infield. Stafford looked like a man among boys in this DP event.
2. Nick Aranas-Lexington, 3B, 6-0/180, R/R Committed to USC-Aiken
An athlete with good feet, a strong arm and swings it a little bit too. A 7.0 runner, Aranas is more than capable of playing the hot corner but looks like a guy who could just as easily play all over the infield and in the outfield too. His defensive abilities are right in line with anything you’d see at a high level of college baseball. Aranas’ bat has good pop and his swing should project at the next level.
3. Anthony Markham-Summerville, P, 6-3/170, R/R Committed to Charleston Southern
Probably the top right-handed arm still available in the 2007 class. Normally pitching at 85-87, Markham sat at 84-86 in this event and was roughed up a little in his outing. His track record, however, is a good one and so is his upside. At 6-3/170 and a clean arm action, all the signs are there for another velocity jump. As Markham continues to learn how to pitch, he could make the school that snags him look like a genius.
4. Joshua Troutman-North Augusta, C/P, 5-11/180, R/R Committed to Limestone
Troutman can hit. Though predominantly a pull hitter, this kid seldom gets fooled and barrels plenty of balls. He is a doubles machine with pop enough to project homerun power. Troutman is a 7.3 runner but athletic enough to be a serviceable outfielder. Troutman throws well but produces POP times in the 2.1-2.2 range due to a slow transfer. He is a solid receiver and blocker. Troutman doubles as a RHP and can pitch in the low-80’s with a good breaking ball but his future is in the right-handed batters box.
5. Josh Lovvorn-Emerald, C, 5-10/175, R/R Committed to Lander
Athletic catcher that can run (6.92) and throw (2.01-2.13). Shows every sign of a solid college backstop with the versatility to play other positions. Offensively, Lovvorn sprayed line drives all over the field and showed good plate coverage; in live action he continued to miss underneath the ball.
6. Nick Osterman-Stratford, P, 5-11/160, R/R Committed to College of Charleston
Osterman pitched at 83-86 in this event and flashed the day’s best curveball. Osterman has become a three-pitch guy after relying mostly on a fastball and breaking ball last spring. Osterman works down in the zone and is a strike-thrower. Osterman really competes and looks like a guy who will get plenty of big outs at the next level.
7. Robert Pritcher-James Island, C, 5-10/160, S/R Committed to Spartanburg Methodist
Switch-hitting catcher that has above average defensive ability. Pritcher throws well (2.02-2.16) and is accurate. He also blocks well and is a very good receiver. Pritcher can also move out behind the plate to play an outfield corner. At the plate, Pritcher looks better from the right side and has a line drive approach and swing. From the left side, his swing looks just as good but ‘just misses’ too many pitches. Pritcher has a solid baseball IQ and above average feel for the game.
8. Robert Skinner-Hartsville, SS/3B, 5-10/175, R/R Committed to Lander
Another alert player with a high baseball IQ. Skinner is a good ballplayer. He is a very good situational hitter, never gives away an at bat, makes the routine play and runs the bases well. He flexed his muscles with perhaps the days longest homerun but is more of a doubles guy. Not a runner, Skinner will most likely see a move to 3B at the next level though he is very serviceable in the middle. His arm strength will allow him to remain on the left side of the infield.
9. Luke Danielewicz-Dorman, OF, 5-11/160, R/R Committed to Erskine
This kid had the best day at the plate, hands down. Danielewicz was a triple short of The Cycle. In his three AB’s he singled and homered to left, he also doubled into the left-center field gap, and all three of them jumped off his bat. A 7.2 runner with a left field arm, Danielewicz grabbed coaches attention with his aggressive approach and results in only three plate appearances.
10. Thomas Fekete-South Aiken, P/OF, 6-3/165, R/R Committed to Limestone
For quite some time Fekete has been viewed by most as a pitcher-only prospect, he might be able to do both at the right school. Fekete ran a 6.9 and barreled all ten of his swings in BP spraying line drives all over Legion Field. On the mound, Fekete was 81-82 with a sinking fastball and a change-up that has splitty action. Fekete’s swing and delivery are stiff and unorthodox which could be the reason he is still available. Fekete, however, gets results which ultimately is the bottom line.
11. Drew Sheridan-Wando, OF/P, 6-1/180, R/R Committed to Wofford
Plus arm strength and good athlete. One of the state’s top outfield arms is normally in the upper-80’s on the bump but was 84-85 in this event. Very raw on the mound, Sheridan shoots from an ‘Iron Mike’ slot and competes. A right-handed hitter, Sheridan has good pop but hooks everything, use of the whole field will make him a more attractive hitter. Sheridan is a 7.1 runner and takes very good routes in the outfield as a legit right fielder in college. He is also a very aggressive baserunner.
12. Tyler Vick-Waccamaw, P, 6-1/215, R/R Committed to Spartanburg Methodist
This kid really competes. Very aggressive pitcher with slightly below average stuff, Vick is normally 84-85 but was 79-81 on Saturday. His out-pitch is a splitty that he has plenty of confidence in. Vick possesses plus make-up.
13. Logan Daniels-Dutch Fork, OF, 6-1/165, R/R
Good runner (6.88) with an above average arm that is accurate. Daniels is a legit prospect with those two tools, if he turns a corner offensively, then he quickly becomes a guy that needs to be gobbled up by a school.
14. Walt Quattlebaum-Dorchester Academy, INF/P, 5-11/175, R/R Committed to Anderson
Interesting player that emerged with a good BP round. Quattlebaum ran a 7.3 and projects better as an outfielder at the next level. He has pop in his bat and was 80-81 on the mound with no second pitch.
15. Alex Downing-Carolina Forest, P/INF, L/R Committed to Francis Marion
Downing is an enigma. In the spring he was dominant with a mid-80’s fastball that had tons of late life from a low-3/4 slot. On Saturday he sat in the 75-76 range, touching 79. Even with the velocity drop off, Downing still showed pitch-ability and the same late movement, just not as quick. If Downing gets back into the mid-80’s, he projects as a deadly match-up righty at a high level of college baseball. If not, he still knows how to gets outs. At the right school, Downing might be a two-way player but his infield actions and speed (7.51) are likely to move him out of the middle. His swing is a good one and is interesting from the left side.
(tie) Nathan Richards-Byrnes, SS/2B, R/R, 5-10/135
Richards gets better every time he shows up at an event. He sports good infield actions and an arm that borders on one good enough to play on the left side. He runs well enough (6.98) to stay in the middle as well. His bat has made the most progress and has begun to show the signs of a tough out.
Note: Ranking is based on performance at the showcase combined with previous evaluations by DP.
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