We continue the list today with number 20 in our countdown with sophomore LHP Sean Gilmartin from Florida State. He is from Moorpark California and attended Crespi Carmelite High School. He was a three-time All-League honoree (2006-08) and was selected in the 31st round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres.
We continue the list today with number 21 in our countdown with Rick Hague from Rice. He is from Spring Texas and attended Klein Collins High School. He picked up honorable mention Louisville Slugger High School All-American as a senior while also being named MVP of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association 4A-5A All-Star Game.
We continue the list today with number 22 in our countdown with Josh Spence from Arizona State. He is the only player on the list from outside of North America as he hails from Victoria, Australia and graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Newtown, Victoria, Australia.
We continue the list today with number 23 in our countdown with Virginia Tech RHP Jesse Hahn. He is from Groton Connecticut and was a teammate of UNC’s Matt Harvey at Fitch High School in Connecticut. As a senior, he went 5-1 with 65 strikeouts and allowing only six walks. He ended up tossing a no-hitter and three 1-hitters on the year. He also set a state record (minimum of 35 innings) with a 0.17 ERA. He picked up several awards including Pitcher of the Year, all-state, all-area and All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors. As a junior, he had a 3-1 record with a 0.48 ERA while allowing six walks again.
We continue the list today with number 24 in our countdown with Texas Tech RHP Chad Bettis. He is from Lubbock Texas and attended Lubbock Monterey High School. In his senior season, he posted a 1.11 ERA and an 11-2 record in 88 innings of work and 12 starts while striking out 109 batters and only allowed 11 walks and 14 earned runs. He received many awards including being selected to the Texas Sports Writers First-Team All-State list, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s South Plains Player of the Year recipient, THSBCA All-Star, First-Team All-State, District 2-5A Most Valuable Player, First-Team All-District, and Louisville Slugger High School All-American honorable mention honors. He was selected by the Houston Astros in the 2007 MLB Draft in the eighth round but decided to attend Texas Tech.
We continue the list today with number 25 in our countdown with Virginia Tech outfielder/first baseman Austin Wates. He is from Richmond Virginia and attended St. Christopher’s high school. In his senior season, he had a .449 batting average with seven homers and 21 RBI. He earned all-prep, all-state, and all-metro honors as a senior.
We continue the list today with number 26 in our countdown with UCLA sophomore RHP Trevor Bauer. He is from Valencia California and attended Hart High School. He ended up picking up two letters as he had an outstanding junior season which saw him go 12-0 with a 0.79 ERA while striking out 106 batters and walking 15 in 70.2 innings. As a junior, he earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division I honors and first-team All-Southern Section accolades from the California Baseball Coaches Association (CBCA).
We continue the list today with number 27 Florida sophomore first baseman Preston Tucker. He is from Tampa Florida and attended Plant High School. He had an outstanding senior season which saw him hit .468 with 46 runs batted in and nine home runs. He was named honorable mention Louisville Slugger All-American when he earned first-team all-state in Class 5A for the second season. During his junior season, he was even better with a .561 average with a school-record 51 runs batted in, 34 runs, nine homers, nine doubles and three triples. He won Hillsborough County’s Triple Crown and named to The Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County first-team and was a first-team all-state selection.
We continue the list today with number 28 junior outfielder Jarrett Parker from Virginia. He is from Stafford Virginia and attended Colonial Forge High School. His senior season saw him hit .470 with 12 homers, 27 RBI, 32 runs and 12 stolen bases. He picked up several honors including First-team All-Commonwealth District, All-Northwest Region, All-Area, and Second Team All-State. He participated in the Cal Ripken Senior League after his senior season where he finished with a .311 batting average which was fifth in the league. He was also named to the All-League Team and was a starting outfielder in the All-Star game.
We continue the list today with number 29 with South Carolina redshirt junior RHP Sam Dyson. He is from Tampa Florida where he attended Tampa Jesuit High School where he was a four year letter winners. He went 10-1 as a senior while picking up Sunbelt Player of the Year award. He was selected in the 19th round of the 2006 draft by the Washington Nationals.