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Perfect Game So Cal Prospect Report
Posted On: 12/13/2012
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So Cal Lg. Prospect Reports
Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012
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Southern California Collegiate Baseball League top 10 prospects (list)
Perfect Game Summer Collegiate top prospect coverage

The Southern California Collegiate League continues to clamor for due recognition as a viable summer league, but national respect may not be fully forthcoming until a rival team or two steps up and consistently challenges the Palm Springs Power for league supremacy.

The appropriately-named Power has exacted its own power play by thoroughly dominating the SCCBL in its six-year existence, posting a 219-43 record overall in that period. If anything, the gap between the Power and its competition appears to be widening as it has gone 83-11 overall and 39-5 in league play the last two years alone, leading to consecutive league titles.

There were indications this summer that the SCCBL may become more than a one-team league going forward as the Long Beach Legends, for one, went a respectable 36-18 overall and 13-7 in league play, and even gave the Power a run for its money by consciously striving to field a prospect-oriented club somewhat along the lines of teams that the Power typically assemble.

Though the Power dominated the accompanying list of the SCCBL’s top prospects, with six of the top 10 and eight of the top 15 for the second straight season, the Legends contributed four prospects to the list and the team’s best prospect, righthander Josh Frye, seriously challenged Power righthander Matt Anderson for the honor of being ranked No. 1. Both Anderson and Frye, coincidentally, were teammates last spring at Long Beach State, but Anderson has since moved on as he elected to sign a free-agent contract with the Seattle Mariners following a dominant SCCBL season.

FAST FACTS


Year League Established:
2007.
States Represented in League: California.
No. of Teams in League: 6 (6 in 2011).
Regular-Season Champion: Palm Springs Power (17-4, 42-7 overall).
Post-Season Champion: Palm Springs Power.
Teams, PG CrossChecker Summer 50/Final Ranking: No. 23 Palm Springs Power.
No. 1 Prospect, 2011 (per PG CrossChecker): Ryan Garvey, of, Palm Springs Power (Riverside, Calif., CC; Rockies/33rd round, 2012 draft).
First 2011 Player Selected, 2012 Draft: Casey McCarthy, rhp, Palm Springs Power (Cal State San Bernardino; Marlins/28th round).

Player of the Year:
Brooks Klein, of, Palm Springs Power.
Pitcher of the Year: Matt Anderson, rhp, Palm Springs Power.

BATTING LEADERS (all games)

Batting Average:
Anthony Torres, c, Palm Springs Power (.415).
Slugging Percentage: Danny Haley, of, Long Beach Legends (.532).
On-Base Average: Anthony Torres, c, Palm Springs Power (.482).
Home Runs: Chris Vopinek, if, Long Beach Legends; Ryan Jones, 1b, Palm Springs Power (3).
RBIs: Steve Garber, 1b, Long Beach Legends (32).
Stolen Bases: Todd Dunham, 2b, Palm Springs Power (26).

PITCHING LEADERS (all games)

Wins:
Ryan DeJesus, lhp, Palm Springs Power (8).
ERA: Matt Montgomery, rhp, Long Beach Legends (0.21).
Saves: Edgar Gomez, rhp, Palm Springs Power (7).
Strikeouts: Matt Anderson, rhp, Palm Springs Power (95).

BEST TOOLS

Best Athlete:
Adam Quintana, rhp/of, Diamond Valley Sabers
Best Hitter: Anthony Torres, c, Palm Springs Power
Best Power: Brooks Klein, of, Palm Springs Power
Fastest Base Runner: David Kiriakos, ss, Palm Springs Power
Best Defensive Player: Adam Quintana, rhp/of, Diamond Valley Sabers
Best Velocity: Matt Anderson, rhp, Palm Springs Power
Best Breaking Ball: Matt Anderson, Palm Springs Power
Best Command: Matt Anderson, rhp, Palm Springs Power

TOP 10 PROSPECTS

1. MATT ANDERSON, rhp, Palm Springs Power (SIGNED/Seattle Mariners, NDFA)
SCOUTING PROFILE: Anderson, No. 2 on this list a year ago, is Exhibit A of how the baseball draft can occasionally work in strange ways. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound righthander was curiously passed over in this year’s draft, even as he produced a steady 4-3, 2.74 record (85 IP, 36 BB/60 SO) as a junior as Long Beach State’s Friday-night starter. A year earlier, he was selected by the Miami Marlins (41st round) out of California’s Chaffey JC while in the process of transitioning from a position player to a full-time pitcher. Motivated by his apparent snub in June, Anderson returned to Palm Springs for a second summer and there was simply no overlooking his dominating performance as he went 5-1, 1.03 in 11 appearances (seven starts) for the Power. In 61 innings, he fanned 95 while walking just eight. Opponents batted just .120 against him and he finished the season with 32 straight scoreless innings. So dominating was his summer season that big-league teams lined up for his services, with the Seattle Mariners winning a bidding war and signing him as a non-drafted free agent. Anderson displayed a live arm for Palm Springs and routinely pumped his fastball at 93-94 mph, peaking at 95, while complementing it with an above-average breaking ball. He made huge strides in refining the command of both pitches over the past year, while also maintaining his velocity deep into games. Used only in relief after signing with the Mariners, in deference to his heavy spring/summer workload, Anderson continued his dominant pitching at the pro level, going 2-0, 0.00 in six appearances while walking two and striking out 12 in nine innings in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

2. JOSH FRYE, rhp, Long Beach Legends (Long Beach State/JR in 2013)
SCOUTING PROFILE: 6-7/195 RHP was a teammate of No. 1 prospect Matt Anderson during the spring at Long Beach State, working exclusively in relief (2-2, 2.79, 19 IP, 6 BB/16 SO); moved to rotation for the Legends, he responded by going 4-1, 1.88 (43 IP, 14 BB/59 SO); gets excellent tilt/sinking action on low-90s FB, commands SL well on outer half of plate.

3. CHESNY YOUNG, 3b/ss, Palm Springs Power (Mercer/SO in 2013)
SCOUTING PROFILE: Power got a productive 2011 season out of Mercer SS/3B Evan Boyd (.387-1-22), also ranked No. 3 on this list; Young, who hit .367-3-37 as a Mercer freshman, followed in Boyd’s footsteps by hitting .355-1-28 for Power; mostly a line-drive hitter, uses all fields, flashes occasional power; adequate speed on bases/range in field, though profiles in long run as a 3B.

4. ADAM QUINTANA, rhp/of, Diamond Valley Sabers (Concordia, Calif./JR in 2013)
SCOUTING PROFILE: Earned acclaim in spring at California’s San Bernardino Valley JC as athletic 2-way talent, but became apparent during summer that upside is on mound; impressive arm in 6-3/200 frame with command of FB that peaks at 94, 12-6 CU, also mixes in CH; will go both ways in 2013 at NAIA Concordia, can swing bat, Gold Glove-quality defender in CF.

5. ANTHONY TORRES, c, Palm Springs Power (Iowa/SO in 2013)
SCOUTING PROFILE: San Diego prep product, played sparingly as FR at Iowa (.391-0-3 in 23 AB), but won SCCBL batting title during summer (.412-0-15); line-drive bat with gap power, will develop with experience; polished defender for young catcher, has above-average arm strength; runs well for position, smart base runner; a baseball rat, comes to play.

6. CADE GOTTA, of, Team San Diego (Texas State/JR in 2013)
SCOUTING PROFILE: Another San Diego high-school product, spent last two years at Riverside (Calif.) CC, promising career never took off in JC as projected; still teases scouts with lively 6-2/190 frame, speed, arm, CF range; mostly a singles hitter, but will flash gap power; high-intensity player; will resume college career in 2013 at Texas State.

7. STEVE GARBER, 1b, Long Beach Legends (Northwest Missouri State/SO in 2013)
SCOUTING PROFILE: California prep product with D-II background, enjoyed surprising success on summer, leading SCCBL in runs (38), hits (60), doubles (13), RBIs (32), walks (36), while hitting .351; failed to go deep even once, but lefthanded power evolving in long, lanky 6-6/210 frame, mostly to opposite-field gap now; has patient approach, solid defender.

8. DAVID KIRIAKOS, ss, Palm Springs Power (Vanguard, Calif./SR in 2013)
SCOUTING PROFILE: Returning Power player, ranked in same spot as 2011; solid, if unspectacular talent; hit .331-0-30 (16 BB/7 SO), uses whole field; has solid hands/actions in field, capable of making spectacular/routine plays with equal efficiency; makes throws from all sides/arm angles; also has speed/quickness/instincts on bases, stole 13 of 16 bags.

9. RYAN DeJESUS, lhp, Palm Beach Power (San Francisco State/SR in 2013)
SCOUTING PROFILE: 6-5/220 lefty posted mixed results in spring at San Francisco State (2-4, 4.69, 71 IP, 13 BB/46 SO), but elevated game to next level with dominant performance during summer (8-0, 1.26, 57 IP, 6 BB/58 SO); not overpowering despite big frame, but gets good movement on fastball, flashes above-average CU.

10. BROOKS KLEIN, of, Palm Springs Power (Nevada/SR in 2013)
SCOUTING PROFILE: If nothing else, 6-2/185 Klein can hit; earned all-WAC honors in spring by hitting .335-8-42 for Nevada, leading Wolf Pack in each category; was offensive force during summer for Power, hitting .357-2-29; in process was named SCCBL player of the year; remainder of his tools are considered marginal by pro standards.






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