We continue the list today with number 17 in our countdown with junior catcher Blake Forsythe from Tennessee. He is Memphis, Tennessee and attended Christian Brothers High School where he played under Buster Kelso. He had an outstanding senior season where he hit .433 with 53 RBI and a school record 13 home runs. He also led the state with 50 walks. He was named to the All-America and All-Region by ABCA.
Blake saw limited action as a freshman playing in 22 games while starting 16. He finished with a .176 average with four RBI. He did pick up ten walks in only 52 plate appearances. He had his breakout season as a sophomore as he served as the everyday catcher for the Vols. He appeared in all 55 games (catching 53 and DH twice) accumulating a batting average of .347 with 15 homers and 46 RBI. His slugging percentage for the 2009 season was .663 while having an on base percentage of .486. Blake also threw out 13 out of 49 potential baserunners but allowed six passed balls and got called for catcher’s interference once. He was named All-SEC First Team selection. He spent the summer of 2009 with the USA Collegiate National Team where he appeared in 21 games including 17 starts. He had a .293 average while hitting two homers and nine RBI. Baseball America rated him as the 18th best prospect on the USA National Team.