First round done but plenty of under-the-radar talent still in draft
Aramis Garcia is a strong catching prospect whose defense is ahead of his offense
A scout raved about Richard Prigitano's batting practice performance
John Norwood, a prep outfielder from New Jersey, has outstanding speed
Below is a look at some of the best players still available in the MLB Draft after Monday's first round and compensation round. To read Dave Perkin's pick-by-pick analysis of each of the 60 picks from Monday night, click here.
Aramis Garcia, Pines Charter HS, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Solidly built at 6'1" and 190 pounds, Garcia is a rarity: an athletic high school catching prospect with remarkably quick feet and fluid receiving skills. His home-to-second-base throwing times range from 1.85 to 1.95 seconds, already above major league average. Garcia is not quite as advanced with the bat, but he does show the potential to hit for power.
Richard Prigatano, St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif.
Scouts descended, en masse, to St. Francis High this spring to observe Tyler Goeddel, a top third base prospect. Prigatano was thus discovered. Strong, athletic and mobile at 6'3" and 200 pounds, Prigatano, a righthanded hitter, dazzled scouts with his picturesque power swing. Said one scout, "I'd pay him $400,000 based on his batting practice."
Trent Gilbert, Torrance HS, Torrance, Calif.
Unimpressive during the summer and fall showcase season in 2010, Gilbert has improved significantly in the spring of 2011. Leaner, quicker and fitter than he was last year, Gilbert is an angular shortstop with silky smooth fielding ability, a strong arm, quick reactions and generous range. His lefthanded swing is sweet, exhibiting bat speed and line-drive pull power.
Robert Gsellman, Westchester HS, Westchester, Calif.
A member of Westchester's perennial powerhouse basketball team, the tall and lanky Gsellman has been by far the biggest "find" of the 2011 season in Southern California. His easy throwing motion permits him to touch 88-89 off of the mound. Gsellman is a newcomer to third base. He flashes intriguing fielding skills but could easily transfer to rightfield if needed. Scouts are excited about the power potential in Gsellman's bat. He utilizes a sweeping cut which often produces long, towering home runs.
Billy Flamion, Central Catholic HS, Modesto, Calif.
A sluggish start combined with unfounded rumors of an exorbitant price tag resulted in many scouts abandoning Flamion. He has since ignited, showing an exceptionally quick and powerful lefthanded swing. At a recent pre-draft big league workout, Flamion ripped a long wood bat double off of a college senior's 96 mph fastball.
Rashard Harlin, Helix HS, San Diego, Calif.
Scouts flocking to Helix High School to view teammate Jake Reed discovered Harlin. A bit raw in his baseball mechanics, Harlin is an excellent all around athlete, displaying fine speed, a decent arm and flashy fielding ability. Harlin's best asset is his unusually quick bat.
John Norwood, Seton Hall HS, Gladstone, NJ
Lithe and wiry, Norwood is an athletic CF/LF prospect with adequate defensive talents and outstanding speed -- 6.64 in the 60-yard dash. Norwood's whippy swing incorporates a few old-fashioned elements but is fundamentally sound and free of unnecessary movement. He profiles as a top of the order line-drive hitter who utilizes all fields.
Daniel Camarena, Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego, Calif.
Camarena's raw stuff is not devastating, but he has outstanding command and pitching intelligence. A lefty in the mold of the Cardinals' Jaime Garcia or the Blue Jays' Ricky Romero, Camarena delivers an 88-91 mph fastball which he can cut or sink. His best pitch is his mid-70's curve and he adds a vastly promising changeup. Tough, smart and competitive, Camarena also profiles as an excellent hitting pitcher with Gold Glove-level defensive skills.
Matt Summers, University of California-Irvine
A converted centerfielder who was drafted by the Yankees in the 43rd round out of high school in 2008, Summers has emerged as the ace of the UCI pitching staff. Stoutly built at 6' 1" and 205 pounds, Summers has a 11-2 record in 2011 with a microscopic 1.72 ERA. An aggressive, attacking hurler, Summers' fastball sits in the 92 mph range but can touch the mid-90's. He adds a hard, biting low-70's to low-80's curve. Summers projects best as a short reliever.
Dave Perkin was a scout for the New York Mets from 2003 to 2006 and a scout and correspondent for Baseball America from 2007 through 2010. He is the author of Five Plus Tools, which is available online at www.fiveplustools.com.
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