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First Look: 2011 Draft Prospects (High School Outfielders)

October 1, 2010

As we conclude our Fall Preview of the 2011 draft here in early October 2010, here’s a look at some of the outfielders nationwide who will receive interest from scouts. As we said in our Fall previews of pitchers, infielders and outfielders, September previews are meant to be road maps rather than definitive lists. Some will rise, some will fall, and some names that are not listed here will come out of nowhere.

This is an annual thing we do every Fall. We take a look at all our scouting notes from the past several months and come up with the “First Looks” list. These aren’t rankings, because we’re not into the torch and pitchfork mentality, but these are the players we have seen along the way that look like potential draft picks or Division I college players. These are written in late September 2010, so if you find these in June 2011 and wonder why a guy is or isn’t here, it’s because of the date. If you are just finding Baseball Beginnings through this list, make sure to hang around. I guarantee you, many times, we’ll have more on a player than you ever thought you would find.

Jacob Anderson, R/R, 6-4, 185 (Chino HS, CA)

Put the ball in play. Fair tools across the board.

Jo-El Bennett, R/R, 6-2, 180 (Houston Academy, AL)

Just scratching the surface when I saw him, plus athletic ability, instinctive ball hawk, has a little uppercut. Could be a very good player if he develops what he has.

Michael Conforto, L/R, 6-0, 200 (Redmond HS, WA)

Not sure what position he’ll wind up in, but I’m willing to bet someone out there will like the bat.

Shawon Dunston Jr., L/R, 6-2, 165 (Valley Christian HS, CA)

Plus runner, plus range, plus defender, plus speed. Limited power, yet gets pull crazy, needs to spray and run.

Billy Flamion, L/L, 6-1, 187 (Central Catholic HS, CA)

Solid left-handed hitting foundation, solid average speed, arm and defense, my only nit pick is he doesn’t get his hands extended away from his body enough. It’s an adjustment to be made before hard velocity and stuff commanded on the outer half starts showing up.

Larry Greene, L/R, 6-1, 230 (Berrien HS, GA)

Down the line, this guy might have some left-handed power production potential.

James Harris Jr., R/R, 6-1, 175 (Oakland Technical HS, CA)

Plus, plus defensive center fielder. Plus runner, good first step out of the box. Plus athleticism. Limited raw power, needs to develop enough consistent contact ability to make himself dangerous.

Desmond Henry, R/R, 6-1, 172 (Centennial HS, CA)

Helped himself tremendously at Area Codes by finally showing consistent contact to go with above average speed.

C.J. McElroy, R/R, 5-10, 185 (Clear Creek HS, TX)

Bat speed with pop, swing can be too long, strong and put together, plus, plus runner.

Eric Snyder, L/R, 6-0, 175 (Edison HS, CA)

Did not see this summer, but there are those who love the bat. I’ve seen only a little bit, some good days, and some bad. I haven’t seen enough to decide on him yet, but he will be drafted, I can tell you that.

Derek Starling, R/R, 6-5, 190 (Edgerton HS, KS)

Apparently world famous for athletic skills, I thought he had a long swing and looked very inexperienced offensively. Could have raw power and power production potential but would need to square more balls up. Bat is behind the athleticism.

Trevor Story, R/R, 6-2, 175 (Irving HS, TX)

Made the infielders list too, but he might have bad the best right field arm at the Area Codes. My grades say the bat is going to be there and the raw will be solid average, or plus average.

Charles Tilson, L/L, 6-0, 175 (New Trier HS, IL)

Very solid offensive foundation from the left side, plus, plus runner, rangy center fielder. A chance to become a very solid pro.


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