We continue the list today with number 43 in our countdown with Coastal Carolina junior LHP Cody Wheeler. He is from Spotsylvania, Va.where he attended Spotsylvania High School. He has a strong senior season as he went 10-2 with a 1.59 earned-run average and hit .529 with 24 RBI. He set a school record with 112 strikeouts on the mound while opponents hit just .123 off of him.
We continue the list today with number 51 in our countdown with Kansas junior RHP TJ Walz. He is from Omaha Nebraska as he attended Skutt Catholic High School. He picked up three letters playing under head coach Keith Englekamp. His senior season saw him go 11-1 with a 1.81 ERA while striking out 136 batters in 81 innings.
We continue the list today with number 75 in our countdown with Hawaii sophomore infielder/outfielder Kolten Wong. He is from Kamehameha-Hawaii High School in Kea’au, Hawai`i where he lettered in baseball and football. He was named State Co-Player of the Year as senior after hitting .660 for the season. He was named All-League First team from 2005-2008 while being named first team All-State in 2006 and 2008. He was selected in the 16th round by the Minnesota Twins but was not able to come to an agreement with the team.
We continue the list today with number 77 in our countdown with Arkansas junior first baseman Andy Wilkins. He is from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and attended Broken Arrow High School. He had an outstanding high school career as a senior batted .538 (63 for 117) with 18 doubles, a triple and 12 home runs. He also scored 52 runs and drove in 53 his final year with a .635 on-base percentage and slugged 1.017. He also hit .496 as a junior with a school record 17 home runs and 16 doubles while scoring 30 runs and driving in 60. He finished the season with a 1.109 slugging and .519 on-base percentage. He was named a Louisville Slugger High School All-American twice and rated as the 11th best prospect out of Oklahoma by Baseball America. The Texas Rangers selected him in the 25th round but could not come to terms with him making him head to Fayetteville Arkansas to play for the Razorbacks.
We continue the list today with number 78 in our countdown with Louisville sophomore RHP Tony Zych. He is from Monee Illinois and attended St. Rita High School where he played four seasons under Mike Zunica. He finished his senior season with a .426 batting average with eight homers and 30 RBI as a second baseman.
We continue the list today with number 98 in our countdown with Tulane sophomore catcher Jeremy Schaffer. He is from Bellaire Texas where he attended Bellaire High School. He was a four year letter winner in high school where he hit .404 with eight homers and 40 RBI in his senior campaign.
We continue the list today with number 99 in our countdown with junior outfielder Matt Newman from Arizona State who stands at 5’11 175 pounds. He comes from Brophy Prep School and Glendale Arizona. After earning his two letters with Brophy, he was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 49th round (1419th overall) of the 2007 MLB Draft. He couldn’t come to an agreement with the Diamondbacks which saw him continue his career at Arizona State.
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DURHAM, N.C.–Mississippi and Washington State lead all schools by placing five players apiece on Baseball America’s top prospects lists for 18 different summer college leagues and Team USA. Last summer, Louisiana State and Texas each led the nation with five players apiece on BA’s summer league lists, and those two teams wound up facing off for the national championship at the College World Series.
BA ranked the top 30 prospects for the talent-rich Cape Cod League, and the top 10 prospects in 17 other summer college leagues. In addition, the top 20 Team USA prospects were ranked.
Ryan Schulz of The Commodore Nation Magazine has put out an excellent article about sophomore to be Sonny Gray who has overcame the loss of his father when he was a freshman in high school. Gray has been successful as he was the number 51 high school prospect by Baseball America and played for the USA National Team this past summer where he had a 3-1 record with a 0.75 ERA in eight appearance (two starts).
Aaron Fitt of Baseball America has an excellent article recapping the summer that Team USA had as they won the World Baseball Challenge on Sunday with a victory over Germany by a score of 8-1. He talks about how good of a summer that UCLA’s RHP Gerrit Cole and Ole Miss LHP Drew Pomeranz. He also discusses how the worst thing to happen to the squad was the injury to Christian Colon on Friday night when he broke two bones in his leg on a take out slide at second base.