Port St. Lucie, FL - There were 24 teams competing in six different classifications this past week in St. Lucie. With so many good Florida teams in attendance, it’s only natural that they also had good players.
While Archbishop McCarthy shortstop Nick Castellanos was the only surefire early-round 2010 pick in Port St. Lucie, there were a number of other seniors who should get draft attention either now or after going to college.
These rankings are based on my opinion from this week and it’s very possible it doesn’t correlate with draft order in a couple weeks.
TOP-10 SENIOR PROSPECTS AT FHSAA CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Nick Castellanos, SS, Archbishop McCarthy
A pure hitter with an outstanding 6’2”, 200 lb frame, Castellanos may go in the first round this year. Projects best at third base. Lacks raw speed and agility, but has good hands and makes plays. Committed to Miami.
2. CT Bradford, LHP/OF, Pace
Remarkable performance for two-way player, but pro future is on mound. Threw high-80s with very good curveball and excellent pitchability. Lack of size (5’8”, 160 lbs) has surely deterred many scouts, but his loose arm gives him a little more projection. Signed with Mississippi State
3. Daniel Gibson, LHP, Tampa Jesuit
Strong-bodied 6’2” lefty flirted with 94 MPH and showed good arm-strength. Fastball has effective movement out of three-quarter slot. Signed with Florida but has chance to go in first few rounds.
4. Chino Vega, SS, Trinity Christian-Deltona
Very slick-fielding shortstop and high-energy player with a pesky bat. Lack of size hurts him (5’8”, 165 lbs.) to scouts, but it’s still shocking that no school has signed him.
5. Shane Rowland, C, Tampa Catholic
Undersized catcher (5’8”, 160 lbs) with very good hands and receiving ability, future average MLB arm. Also has strong, compact lefthanded stroke. Signed with Miami but may also be drafted.
6. Mike Carballo, CF, Archbishop McCarthy
The 5’9” outfielder has plus speed and is a gutty competitor. Good approach at plate, but lacks projection with swing. Signed with Georgia Tech and has chance to be drafted in 2010.
7. Rush Hendricks, C, Jay
Strong-bodied 6’2”, 215 lb catcher with MLB-average arm-strength and potential for plus raw power. Needs better accuracy with throws. Has signed to play football for South Alabama, but has talent to play baseball as well.
8. Geoffrey Jiminez, CF, Flanagan
Off-the-charts 80 runner (on 20-80 scale) who plays aggressive and has exceptional instincts. 5’5”, 125 lb outfielders aren’t the prototype, but pesky bat will give him a chance to exploit speed and go far. Signed with Florida Atlantic.
9. Tyler Alexander, LHP, Armwood
Threw mid-high-80s with slow curve and lots of deception. Projectable 6’1”, 175 lb frame. No known college commitment.
10. Zack Powers, RHP, Armwood
Heavy, sinking fastball in the 86-87 MPH range with a lanky 6’4” frame that will surely get stronger. Signed with Florida.
Check back as I will also put out Top-5s for the junior and sophomore classes at the FHSAA State Finals. Those classes were both surprisingly stronger and deeper than the senior group.