We continue the countdown today at number 71 with Florida’s Nick Maronde. He is a 6’3 195 pound left-handed pitcher out of Lexington Kentucky where he attended Lexington Catholic High School. As a senior in high school, he had a record of 8-1 with a 0.54 ERA and struck out 129 batters in 77 innings while issuing 21 walks. He was named first-team all-state while also being named Co-Pitcher of the Year on the Lexington Herald-Leader All-City Team. Maronde was ranked No. 19 on Baseball America’s list of 2008 Top 100 High School Prospects, was No. 26 on Rivals.com High 100, checked in at No. 28 on RISE Magazine’s Top 75 High School Baseball Players and ranked No. 43 in the Class of 2008 Final Rankings from Perfect Game. The Oakland A’s ended up selecting him in the 2008 MLB Draft in the 43rd round (1,294th pick) but were not able to sign him as he went to the University of Florida.
Frankie Pilere of Fanhouse.com continues to update his top prospects for the 2011 MLB Draft. He checks in today with his top 115 players that he believes has top four round talent. This is his list of player he has seen with his own eyes so there will be additions to the list in the coming months. He has put out two previous updates from July 3rd (FULL ARTICLE) and July 24th (FULL ARTICLE). You can check out the full list below. Frankie also includes comments on each player on his site which can be read by clicking here.