Friday, September 16, 2005

Baseball America - 2005 College Summer Leagues: Top Prospects

2005 Summer League Outstanding Players and Prospects
"By Will Kimmey
August 25, 2005

� 2005 Summer Player of the Year: Andrew Miller
� 2005 Summer All-Americans

It's back to school time at college campuses across the nation, with students renewing acquaintances and sharing their summer experiences with one another. It's no different for the baseball players, a lot of whom enjoyed internships in summer wood-bat leagues.
Baseball America consulted with managers and scouts for 16 summer leagues to rank the Top 10 Prospects in each one. The Cape Cod League appeared last week, and here we present the valedictorians of 16 more leagues.

1. Michael Taylor, of, Mat-Su Miners (Stanford)

Extremely physical at 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, Taylor has an unlimited upside. He has solid tools across the board but has barely tapped into them. He struggled early at the plate, but made adjustments to develop a more fluid stroke and hit .317-4-25. He also led the league with 25 stolen bases, covered a lot of ground in right field with his long stride and showcased an above-average arm for that position. With continued improvement over the next two years at Stanford, particularly in unlocking his power potential, he could be one of the top picks in the 2007 draft.
Vin DiFazio, c, Quakertown (Indian River, Fla., CC)
DiFazio paced the ACBL with 42 RBIs and ranked second in hits, runs, doubles and triples while batting .331/.407/.570 to help lead Quakertown to the best record in the league and a league title. His defense behind the plate impressed just as much, especially his arm strength and sturdy frame (6-foot, 200... (TexBall Ed Note: This is a great review. To read the entire story go to the link above) "


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