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Quick turnaround for us here at B3. Home quickly from North Carolina, turn around and head to Kansas City for the All-Star Game festivities (In B3 land, that’s the Futures Game and then that other stuff on Monday and Tuesday).
But I wanted to take a quick minute to provide a top prospects kind of list from the recently completed Prospect Classic, run by USA Baseball. The four-game event was extremely well attended by scouts, with a good amount of high-end talent from the high school and college ranks on the same field at the same time.
Overall, the scouting community has not been overwhelmed to date about the Class of 2013. That’s not to say there’s no talent or that some guys haven’t performed, but the overall evaluation of the group this summer has been so-so, at best. After talking with a few scouts, here are some of the better performers from the Prospect Classic, broken into college and high school groups.
Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego
Marco Gonzales, LHP/1B, Gonzaga
D.J. Peterson, 1B/OF, New Mexico
Ryne Stanek, RHP, Arkansas
Trea Turner, 2B, NC State (2014)
Bobby Wahl, RHP, Mississippi State
Willie Abreu, OF, Hialeah, Fla.
Cavan Biggio, IF/OF, Houston, Texas
Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, San Marcos, Calif.
Robert Kaminsky, LHP, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Christian Martinek, LHP, Portland, Ore. (2014)
After the first two games of USA Baseball’s Prospect Classic, it was time for the 18 and under team to make cuts. There were 40 high schoolers in attendance and the roster needed to be cut down to 28. Those 28 will play in games three and four of the Classic on Monday and Tuesday against the Collegiate National Team.
In case you missed it, here’s my feature on Jeremy Martinez, who did make the cut.
There were some tough choices to make, to be sure. The depth in catching alone was something that had to give. USA Baseball opted to take three backstops with them to the next step of the process — Martinez, Reese McGuire and Chris Okey. Here’s the 28-man roster:
Brigman, Gordon (Tom’s son, Dee’s brother), Martinek, Sands, Varga and Ward are all Class of 2014 guys.
In case you were curious, here’s the dozen who are no longer on the roster:
It’s quite an accomplishment to have made it this far, given that the Tournament of Stars began with 144 players here to be evaluated.
There’s still one more cut to go. The final roster that goes to Seoul for the IBAF Junior 18U World Championships will have just 20 players on it. So eight more from the 28 won’t make the trip. Glad I’m not the one who has to make that decision.
I’m heading to North Carolina in the morning to cover USA Baseball‘s Prospect Classic, which will put most of the top high school and college players for the Draft class of 2013 on one field. You can find all the info you need on the event right here, but Games 1 and 2 will be at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. Friday’s game is part of a doubleheader, with the Bulls hosting the Syracuse Chiefs right after. The first two games will feature two squads that mix the 18 and under national trials team with the collegiate team. Game 3 is on Monday, at the USA Baseball complex in Cary, with Game 4 back in Durham (7 p.m. and 6 p.m. starts there). Those two contests will pit a pared-down 18U team against the collegiate team. Games 1 and 2 can be seen on MLB Network on delay, on July 2 and 3 at 11 a.m. ET each day. Game 4 will be streamed on USA Baseball.com and MLB.com. I’ll try to hop on here each day with some news and notes, along with regular written content I’ll be providing (in addition to teaming with Pete McCarthy and Chris Burke on the broadcast team).
Be sure to check out Twitter as well as @USABaseball will surely be active. There’s a hashtag — #prospectclassic — and you can even follow the tweets from the 18U (@USABaseball18U) and College (@USABaseballCNT) National Teams.