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July 24, 2002

Team One South Top-10 Prospects

Team One Top TenThe Team One South Showcase featured 180 of the best prospects out of the Southeastern states. This year it was held at Georgia Tech, in Atlanta.

It was hard to pick out a Top-10 because there were many players in attendance who appeared capable of becoming a first or second round pick. I would not at all be surprised if a player not listed here ends up going in the first round next June.

The field was particularly dominated by pitching as eight of the Top-10 prospects came off the mound.

The Top-10 is chosen by Team One staff, with input from Jeff Spelman, Stan Brzezicki, Kevin Nateman, Carl Andrietta, and myself. These are the players whom we consider at this time to be the Top-10 pro draft prospects from the event.

On Thursday evening, we’ll announce the other 30 Team One South nominees for the Team One National Prospects Game. The National will be held November 15th-16th in Las Vegas, and will feature the 40+ elite players in the country. At least 30 of those players will be chosen out of the four regional showcases.

Here are the Top-10 Prospects from the Team One South:

1. Asher Demme, RHP, South Lakes (VA) HS 6-2, 195 R/R
Demme has the look of a very early pick. He’s an athletic righty, with smooth arm-action, and consistent 90-91 MPH arm-strength. To go with the fastball, Demme showed the best curveball in camp and among the best in the country. He projects well physically and has the command to move quick. He’ll need to develop a third pitch down the road. Demme also showed pro hitting potential in batting practice and can easily be a draft pick as a position player.

2. Scott Maine, LHP, W.T. Dwyer (FL) HS 6-1, 170 L/L
Maine comes out of a three-quarter release and still throws consistently around 90 MPH. His fastball has a lot of run and his slider is a big-breaker at 76-79 MPH. Lefties with that kind of stuff are hard to find in high school and his stuff should only get better when he fills out a very lanky frame. Durability may be his only question mark, with his stature and a low-elbowed arm-action.

3. Chris Worster, RHP, W.T. Dwyer (FL) HS 6-4, 195 R/R
You read that right, Worster goes to the same school as Maine. This is South Florida’s answer to Drysdale/Koufax or at least Everts/Kazmir as far as high school righty/lefty combinations are concerned. Worster has early-pick potential all the way. His body is ideal for a pitcher as is his arm-action. He threw consistently 88-90 MPH and showed the makings of a big league curveball and change-up. Worster also showed a precocious pitchability (like Maine) and the courage to throw inside. He’s all-around solid, with the potential for much more, though none of his “tools” jump out just yet.

4. Paul Bacot, RHP, Lakeside (GA) HS 6-6, 190 R/R
Bacot is a 6-6 righty who showed consistent 90 MPH arm-strength. That’s enough to get scouts’ attentions right there, but he is also very coordinated and can spin a curveball. When he physically matures, his stuff could really elevate, perhaps even beyond the three pitchers rated ahead of him here. There are no obvious weaknesses except a little extra movement in his delivery which will probably be toned down at the next level; I could see his command wavering, though it looked fine in Atlanta last weekend.

5. Jake Stevens, LHP, Cape Coral (FL) HS 6-3, 220 L/L
Stevens is out of a much different mold than the four mentioned above. He’s a horse at a physically mature 6-3, 220. His three pitches right now are as good as any of them. Stevens threw 89-90 MPH (two-seamer) consistently from the left side and showed a few quality change-ups and curveballs. It’s hard to project his body, but one would think he has a chance to be durable with such a husky build and easy arm-action. Stevens will have to show better pitchability and trust his off-speed more to get out high-level hitters, but he has the stuff to do just that.

6. Sean Rodriguez, SS/CF, Coral Park (FL) HS 6-0, 170 R/R
Rodriguez is in the elite group of high school shortstops for the 2003 Draft, which includes high school teammate Robert Valido and Philip Stringer from Houston. Rodriguez is oozing with tools and probably has the best bat-speed I’ve ever seen in a high school shortstop. The ball jumps off, and he’s very smooth at short and in center field. Rodriguez doesn’t have a lot of raw speed (7.27 60 yd in Atlanta) and won’t be the factor on the basepaths that most shortstop/centerfielders are. But his defensive quickness is impressive.

7. Robert Woodard, RHP, Myers Park (NC) HS 6-2, 185 R/R
Woodard had an abbreviated outing, but showed his stuff anyway. At 6-2, 185, he has a strong, sturdy pitcher’s body that will project. He was consistently 88 MPH and also showed a promising breaking pitch. Woodard throws from a three-quarter slot that puts running action on his heater. He has the solid overall package that could make him a premium pick in June. Like Asher Demme, Woodard has pro potential as a hitter, also.

8. Jess Stewart, RHP, Osbourn City (VA) HS 6-4, 210 R/R
Stewart is physically strong and has a fastball/slider combination that should project. His wide-shouldered frame will allow him to carry a lot more weight when he matures. Stewart was 88-90 MPH with a lively, running fastball, while his slider was a biter in the low-80s. There is some effort with his arm-action and he’ll probably be taught to better synchronize his delivery and checkpoints.

9. Alex Boston, OF, Bartow (FL) HS 6-2, 225 R/R
Boston is a physical specimen and his run-and-throw skills may be unparalleled among high school outfielders in the 2003 Draft. His 6-2 frame is already sculpted and can easily gain 20 more pounds of muscle by maturity. Still, he ran the fastest 60 yd in camp (6.56 seconds). He also showed the strongest arm in right field, which is already above major league average despite some mechanical flaws. Boston has a lot of natural power at the plate, but he needs to generate much better hand-speed and to make adjustments to curveballs. His raw-ness as a hitter is what could keep him out of the first two rounds. Boston is also one of the premier football prospects in the country as a defensive end.

10. Nolan Mulligan, RHP, Chaminade-Madonna (FL) HS 6-5, 175 R/R
There’s a lot of projection with Mulligan. He’s a long, lanky 6-5, and can generate easy 88-89 MPH. There is also a good amount of tilt to his curveball and I can see it becoming a major league hammer down the road. Mulligan has some work to do with his command, which may come on with tweaking of his delivery in pro ball. The raw material is definitely there.



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