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From Perfect Game USA: Top 100 Junior College Prospects for 2011 MLB Draft
 May 12, 2011

From Perfect Game USA (http://www.perfectgame.org/)


Junior-college baseball was put on a national pedestal for one of the few times ever in 2010 when the College of Southern Nevada's teenage prodigy Bryce Harper became the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft. The Washington Nationals selected the 17-year-old catching phenom after he skipped his final two years of high school and enjoyed a historic freshman season in the juco ranks.

Never before in the draft's 45-year history had a junior-college player commanded such national notoriety or even been a candidate to go first overall. The Nationals eventually signed Harper to a $9.9 million major-league contract, including a signing bonus of $6.25 million.

Suffice to say, there is no one in this year's draft class of junior-college prospects that will command that kind of a contract, let alone be drafted anywhere close to the first pick overall.

But the 2011 junior-college crop has been picking up momentum throughout the spring, and there is an outside chance that one and possibly two Florida junior-college prospects will crack the first round—notably either Miami-Dade outfielder Brian Goodwin or Indian River State infielder Cory Spangenberg.

Those players rank 1-2 on Perfect Game's list of the Top 100 Junior-College Prospects for this year's draft, as compiled by PG's Allan Simpson, one of the nation's foremost authorities on junior-college baseball.

Goodwin, a potential five-tool talent, transferred to Miami-Dade in January after spending his freshman year at North Carolina. Spangenberg, the Florida junior-college player of the year and one of the elite hitting prospects in the entire draft, is a transfer from Virginia Military Academy. He has spent the spring at third base for Indian River State, but profiles an offensive second baseman at the pro level.

Typically, junior-college players come from varied backgrounds, and this draft class is no different.

In addition to Goodwin and Spangenberg, other four-year college transfers who have garnered significant attention from scouts are Angelina (Texas) righthander Ian Gardeck (No. 4), a transfer from Dayton; Seminole State (Fla.) righthander Mike Clevinger (No. 11), a transfer from The Citadel; and Walters State (Tenn.) first baseman Cory Stubbs (No. 12), a transfer from Tennessee.

Among the returning junior-college players who have significantly elevated their draft worth this season as sophomores are highly-athletic Central Arizona outfielder Keenyn Walker (No. 3) and Johnson County (Kan.) lefthander Jeff Soptic (No. 5), whose fastball has been clocked in the high-90s.

Merced (Calif.) righthander Jake Sisco (No. 6) and Oxnard (Calif.) JC righthander Jesus Valdez (No. 10) highlight the group of junior-college players that were drafted out of high school a year ago. Valdez was an unsigned fifth-round pick of the Los Angeles Angels, while Sisco has made huge strides as a freshman after being drafted in the 37th round a year ago by the San Francisco Giants.

Our top 100 list includes both a player's overall ranking plus his Perfect Game draft grouping. Players in Group 1 (a total of 9) are generally projected to go in Rounds 1-3, while players in Group 2 (a total of 53) are considered 4th-10th round talents. The balance of the players in the Top 100 are in Group 3, and candidates to go from Rounds 11-25.

As part of Perfect Game's ongoing preview coverage of the 2011 draft, we identified the Top 100 College Prospects on Monday, and we will unveil a corresponding list of the Top 100 High-School Prospects on Wednesday.

DRAFT 2011  
TOP 100 PROSPECT--Junior College Players    
Compiled by Allan Simpson / Perfect Game USA
May 1, 2011
1 Brian Goodwin OF So. L-R 6-1 190 Miami-Dade FL Rocky Mount NC White Sox '09 (17)  
2 Cory Spangenberg 3B/2B So. L-R 6-1 190 Indian River State FL Clarks Summit PA Never drafted Miami (Fla.)
3 Keenyn Walker OF So. B-R 6-2 185 Central Arizona AZ Salt Lake City UT Phillies '10 (38) Utah
  4 Ian Gardeck RHP So. R-R 6-2 200 Angelina TX Lake in the Hills IL Never drafted Alabama
  5 Jeff Soptic RHP So. R-R 6-6 210 Johnson County KS Shawnee Mission KS Royals '09 (43) Missouri
  6 Jake Sisco RHP Fr. R-R 6-3 200 Merced CA Modesto CA Giants '10 (37)  
  7 Kylin Turnbull LHP So. L-L 6-5 195 Santa Barbara CA Hillsboro OR White Sox '10 (30)  
  8 Kenny Giles RHP So. R-R 6-2 170 Yavapai AZ Albuquerque NM Marlins '09 (44) Arizona
  9 Jeff Ames RHP So. R-R 6-5 210 Lower Columbia WA Vancouver WA Rockies '10 (30)  
  10 Jesus Valdez RHP Fr. L-R 6-3 190 Oxnard CA Port Hueneme CA Angels '10 (5)  
  11 Michael Clevinger RHP So. R-R 6-4 195 Seminole State FL Jacksonville FL Never drafted  
  12 Cody Stubbs OF/1B So. L-R 6-4 225 Walters State TN Waynesville NC Never drafted North Carolina
  13 Miguel Pena LHP So. L-L 6-2 165 San Jacinto TX La Joya TX Padres '10 (13) Lubbock Christian
  14 Derek Law RHP So. R-R 6-2 200 Miami-Dade FL Pittsburgh PA Rangers '09 (28)  
  15 Mark Blackmar RHP/OF Fr. R-R 6-4 190 Temple TX Corpus Christi TX Royals '10 (34)  
  16 Cody Hebner RHP So. R-R 6-0 160 Green River WA Auburn WA Never drafted  
  17 Connor Sadzeck RHP Fr. R-R 6-5 195 Howard TX Crystal Lake IL Pirates '10 (45)  
  18 Cody Anderson RHP So. R-R 6-4 210 Feather River CA Quincy CA Rays '10 (17) Texas Christian
  19 Jon Matthews OF So. R-R 6-3 200 St. Petersburg FL Marietta GA Never drafted  
  20 Sean Buckley 1B So. R-R 6-3 210 St. Petersburg FL Tampa FL Cubs ’08 (29)  
  21 Bryce Dial OF So. R-R 6-3 215 Chattahoochee Valley AL Columbus GA Never drafted  
  22 Matt Taylor LHP So. R-L 6-1 170 Middle Georgia GA Midland GA Pirates '09 (50) Georgia
  23 Derrick Bleeker RHP/OF So. R-R 6-5 200 Howard TX Longmont CO Never drafted North Carolina
  24 Clint Wright RHP So. R-R 6-6 245 Columbia State TN Lawrenceburg TN Never drafted Austin Peay State
  25 Nick Grim RHP So. R-R 6-3 190 Monterey Peninsula CA Salinas CA Never drafted Cal Poly
  26 Tyler Mapes RHP So. R-R 6-0 190 Navarro TX Plano TX Never drafted Tulane
  27 Zach Good OF/LHP Fr. L-L 6-4 185 Grayson County TX Mesquite TX Never drafted  
  28 Chris Joyce LHP So. L-L 6-0 190 Santa Barbara CA Santa Barbara CA Tigers '10 (29)  
  29 Damien Magnifico RHP Fr. B-R 6-1 190 Howard TX Mesquite. Texas TX Mets '09 (5) Oklahoma
  30 Nick Goody RHP So. B-R 6-0 190 Manatee FL Orlando FL Never drafted Louisiana State
  31 Brett Lee LHP So. L-L 6-5 205 St. Petersburg FL Pensacola FL Dodgers '10 (33)  
  32 Hommy Rosado C/1B Fr. R-R 6-1 210 LSU-Eunice LA Lake Charles LA Rockies '10 (11)  
  33 Dominique Taylor OF Fr. R-R 6-0 190 Salt Lake UT Layton UT Never drafted  
  34 Jonathan Gray RHP Fr. R-R 6-4 240 Eastern Oklahoma OK Chandler OK Royals '10 (13)  
  35 Michael Jensen RHP Fr. R-R 6-0 180 Hartnell CA Salinas CA Never drafted  
  36 Trey Ford 3B/SS So. R-R 6-3 200 South Mountain AZ Paradise Valley AZ Diamondbacks '10 (50) Texas Tech
  37 Justin Hancock RHP So. R-R 6-3 175 Lincoln Trail IL Defiance OH Never drafted Indiana State
  38 Dejai Oliver RHP So. R-R 6-1 185 Seminole State FL Orlando FL Never drafted Central Florida
  39 Josh Mooney RHP/OF So. R-R 6-4 220 Salt Lake UT American Fork UT Never drafted  
  40 Nick Carmichael RHP Fr. R-R 6-6 200 Palomar CA San Diego CA Never drafted  
  41 Austin Urban RHP Fr. L-R 6-1 170 Des Moines Area IA Windber PA Orioles '10 (27)  
  42 Cody Geyer RHP/3B Fr. R-R 5-11 205 Walters State TN Weaverville NC Never drafted  
  43 Chris Lee LHP Fr. L-L 6-3 175 Santa Fe FL Tampa FL White Sox '10 (37)  
  44 Zach Dando RHP So. R-R 6-2 200 Central Arizona AZ Aurora CO Never drafted Southern California
  45 Travis Burnside OF So. R-R 6-2 185 Spartanburg Methodist SC Waterloo SC Dodgers '09 (48)  
  46 Ryan Tella OF/LHP So. L-L 6-0 175 Ohlone CA Fremont CA Never drafted Auburn
  47 Arturo Maltos-Garcia RHP So. R-R 6-0 190 Lamar CO Brush CO Never drafted New Mexico
  48 Travious Relaford SS Fr. R-R 6-0 170 Hinds MS Union City GA Never drafted  
  49 Jerad Grundy LHP/OF So. L-L 6-1 180 Heartland IL Johnsburg IL Rangers '09 (46) Kentucky
  50 Dane Gronewald LHP Fr. L-L 6-5 215 Jefferson MO Winfield MO Never drafted  
  51 James Pugliese RHP Fr. R-R 6-3 195 Mercer County NJ Hamilton NJ Never drafted  
  52 Nick Lee LHP/OF So. L-L 6-1 190 Weatherford TX San Antonio TX Nationals '10 (38) Oklahoma
  53 Travis Huber RHP So. R-R 6-3 210 Southern Idaho ID Salt Lake City UT Marlins '10 (47) Nebraska
  54 Jesen Dygestile-Therrien RHP So. R-R 6-2 190 Ahuntsic QU Montreal QU Mets '10 (36)  
  55 Max Rossiter C So. R-R 6-0 200 Central Arizona AZ Gilbert AZ Never drafted Arizona State
  56 Damek Tomscha SS Fr. R-R 6-3 200 Iowa Western IA Sioux City IA Phillies '10 (50)  
  57 Cooper Moseley RHP/SS So. L-R 5-11 170 Central Alabama AL Montgomery AL Never drafted  
  58 Mikey Reynolds SS So. R-R 5-9 170 Paradise Valley AZ Glendale AZ Never drafted Texas A&M
  59 Demondre Arnold RHP Fr. R-R 6-3 190 Middle Georgia GA Fairburn GA Rays '10 (37)  
  60 Kentrell Hill OF So.   6-0 175 Arkansas Baptist AR Ashdown AR Never drafted Oral Roberts
  61 Chris Garrison RHP So. R-R 6-5 200 Western Nevada NV Rocklin CA Orioles ’08 (48)  
  62 Zak Miller RHP Fr. R-R 6-4 195 Yavapai AZ Surrey BC Never drafted Arizona State
  63 Cole Brocker RHP So. R-R 6-3 205 Sacramento CA Appleton WI Never drafted  
  64 Roderick Shoulders 1B/3B Fr. L-R 6-2 225 Manatee FL Brandon FL Red Sox '10 (20)  
  65 Abel Baker C So. L-R 6-1 195 Grayson County TX Denton TX Never drafted  
  66 D'Andre Toney OF Fr. R-R 5-10 170 Gulf Coast FL Columbus GA Marlins '10 (33)  
  67 Nick Sawyer RHP Fr. R-R 5-10 180 Howard TX Carrollton TX Reds '10 (37) Oklahoma
  68 Matt Dunbar LHP So. L-L 6-1 200 Southern Nevada NV Torrance CA Never drafted Arizona State
  69 David Rollins LHP So. L-L 6-1 195 San Jacinto TX Dallas TX Mariners '10 (46) Lubbock Christian
  70 Ryan Rieger OF/1B So. L-L 6-1 190 JC of the Sequoias CA Roseville CA Never drafted  
  71 Robert Shipman 1B/LHP So. L-L 6-2 230 Chattahoochee Valley AL Quitman GA Never drafted  
  72 Arby Fields OF So. B-R 5-9 200 Cypress CA Rancho Cucamonga CA Braves '09 (34)  
  73 Ben O'Shea LHP So. R-L 6-5 250 Santa Fe FL Reading MA Never drafted  
  74 Zach Houchins 3B/SS Fr.   6-2 185 Louisburg NC Wilson NC Never drafted East Carolina
  75 Brent Bonvillain LHP So. L-L 6-4 175 Delgado LA Thibodaux LA Never drafted Louisiana State
  76 Devon Conley OF  Fr. R-R 6-0 170 New Mexico NM Albuquerque NM Never drafted Texas Tech
  77 Mason Justice RHP Fr. R-R 6-4 180 Eastern Oklahoma OK Tulsa OK Red Sox '10 (21)  
  78 Chris Constantino 3B/RHP Fr. R-R 6-2 230 Walters State TN Lincoln RI Red Sox '09 (49)  
  79 Tyler Collins OF So. L-L 6-0 200 Howard TX Trophy Club TX Never drafted Texas Christian
  80 Sam Wolff RHP/SS So. R-R 6-1 190 Southern Nevada NV Rapid City SD Angels '09 (42) New Mexico 
  81 Geno Escalante C So. R-R 5-11 200 Chipola FL Fairfield CA Brewers '09 (28) East Carolina
  82 Khirus Ware OF Fr. L-R 6-1 175 Middle Georgia GA Lithonia GA Never drafted  
  83 Ethan Carter RHP So. R-R 6-5 200 Louisburg NC Newport News VA Never drafted  
  84 Jacob Newberry RHP So. R-R 6-1 210 Seminole State FL Eagle Lake FL Never drafted High Point
  85 Malcolm Clapsaddle RHP So. R-R 6-2 190 Santa Fe FL Geneva FL Orioles '09 (34) High Point
  86 Kyle Devore RHP So. R-R 6-5 225 Sacramento CA Elk Grove CA Never drafted  
  87 Cody Poarch RHP Fr. R-R 6-5 195 Walters State TN Hudson NC Never drafted  
  88 Ryan Merritt LHP Fr. L-L     McLennan TX Celina TX Never drafted  
  89 Terrance Gore OF Fr. R-R 5-9 170 Gulf Coast FL Gray GA Never drafted  
  90 Jerad Eickhoff RHP So. R-R 6-3 180 Olney Central IL Evansville IN Cubs '10 (46) Western Kentucky
  91 Tyler Wright LHP So. L-L 6-1 175 San Jacinto TX Houston TX Never drafted Arkansas
  92 Tym Pearson OF So. R-R 6-2 205 Lane OR Eugene OR Yankees '10 (41)  
  93 Derrick Pitts OF/LHP Fr. L-L 6-2 200 Chipola FL Salt Lake City UT Never drafted  
  94 Michael Botelho RHP So. R-R 6-2 215 Chabot CA Castro Valley CA Royals '10 (42) Long Beach State
  95 Steven Okert LHP So. L-L 6-3 220 Grayson County TX Rowlett TX Brewers '10 (43) Oklahoma
  96 Patrick Smith OF Fr. L-R 6-1 170 Middle Georgia GA Stone Mountain GA Red Sox '10 (43)  
  97 Christian Pfaff RHP Fr. R-R 6-3 200 Pitt NC Rutherfordton NC Never drafted  
  98 Josue Montanez LHP Fr. L-L 6-2 195 Miami-Dade FL San Juan PR Padres '10 (25)  
  99 Luis DeJesus RHP Fr. R-R 6-3 180 Angelina TX Diboll TX Never drafted  
  100 Ryan Crowley LHP So. L-L 6-3 190 Northwest Florida State FL Berwyn IL White Sox '09 (36) Charleston


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