Baseball America Names 5 Senators to CGL Top 10 Prospects List
Once again, Baseball America has compiled its Top Prospect lists for 18 different summer leagues, and noted that 2007 was a fine year for of its perennial mainstays, the Clark Griffith League. Top 10 Prospects lists were compiled at the conclusion of the extensive process of gathering information from league coaches and scouts. As with most Baseball America rankings, emphasis is on long-term professional potential over collegiate potential. Players are identified with their class in school as of the 2007-'08 academic year.
The Senators took up half the spots on Baseball America's Top prospect List in 2007. The Senators posted a 44-7 record in '07, with a 7th place finish in the NBC World Series. The Senators also were ranked high as 6th in the country by rankings found on the PGCrosschecker Summer 16 poll.
PLAYER POS. TEAM B-T HT WT YR SCHOOL
1. Aaron Loup LHP Vienna Senators L-L 5-10 170 So. Tulane
At 6-feet, 175 pounds, Loup is undersized, but he makes up for it with an electric, resilient arm, excellent command and good mound presence. Loup fell just three strikeouts shy of winning the CGBL's pitching triple crown, going 8-0, 0.98 with 63 strikeouts and 14 walks in 55 innings. His 88-90 mph fastball is a tick above average from the left side, and the ball jumps out of his hand because of his smooth arm action and deception from a three-quarters arm slot. His hard slider with 10-4 break is a true plus pitch, and he has good feel for a changeup, though he slows his arm a bit when he throws it. Loup worked mostly in relief for Tulane this spring, but he could be the Green Wave's Saturday starter next year, and a top-five-rounds pick in two years.
2. Nate Newman RHP Vienna Senators R-R 6-5 215 Jr. Pepperdine
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Newman is so athletic that he belted 15 homers to win the CGBL home run derby even though he spent the entire summer exclusively as a pitcher. Newman was a Division I quarterback recruit out of high school but elected to play baseball at Tulane, then transferred to Grayson County CC to work on solely pitching for his sophomore year, which was sullied by injuries. He was healthy this summer, going 6-0, 1.80 with with 66 strikeouts and 20 walks in 55 innings to team with Aaron Loup and give Vienna a dynamic one-two pitching punch. Newman's sinking, boring fastball sits in the 89-91 mph range and touched 93 this summer. He has good command of a sharp slurve and dabbles with a promising hard split-finger. Newman transferred to Pepperdine this summer and figures to be a key cog in the Waves's weekend rotation.
5. Sam Honeck 1B Vienna Senators L-L 6-3 215 Jr. Tulane
Honeck, who transferred from Grayson County (Texas) CC to Tulane this summer, has big-time lefthanded power potential in his 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame. He tied for the CGBL home run title (10) while batting .307/.451/.640 in 137 at-bats. Honeck is a streaky hitter who can get hot and carry his team for a week or two at a time. He's a dead pull hitter with a surprisingly quick swing, and he has the ability to shorten up and go the other way with two strikes. He's also a patient hitter, as evidenced by his 30-23 walk-strikeout ratio this summer. Honeck needs to become a more consistent defender at first base, but he's strong enough to become the next in a line of slugging Tulane first baseman to play professional ball, following Michael Aubrey and Mark Hamilton.
9. Ryan Eden OF Vienna Senators R-R 6-0 190 So. New Orleans
Eden made just 10 starts for New Orleans as a freshman, but he had a breakout summer for the Senators, batting .404/.484/.500 in 104 at-bats, just short of the cutoff for the league batting title. At 6-feet, 190 pounds, Eden lacks strength but is an excellent contact hitter from the right side with superb pitch recognition. He's an above-average runner who stole 15 bases in 18 attempts, and he coves plenty of ground in center field. His best tool might be his well-above-average, accurate arm.
10. Darrin Campbell RHP Vienna Senators R-R 6-4 190 Fr. San Diego
Campbell missed all of 2007 after having Tommy John surgery in January 2006, but he bounced back strong this summer, going 2-0, 1.53 with 19 strikeouts and six walks in 18 innings. At 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Campbell pitches with a good downward angle, and his 89-92 mph fastball has plenty of sink and run. Campbell worked consistently in the 90-93 range in the National Baseball Congress World Series, and he commanded a good slider and promising changeup. Campbell still has plenty of projection left in his frame, though he'll have his work cut out for him finding innings in San Diego's loaded pitching staff next spring.