PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

  • Monte Harrison

    Scouts have always been excited about Harrison’s athleticism and raw tools. He runs well and has a plus arm that would translate to average defense in center field and above average in right. He also has projectable raw power, but there were serious questions about his ability to hit. Those questions still remain, but some are comforted by the fact that he made adjustments over the winter and showed less hand movement at the plate. Also a standout football player, Harrison is committed to Nebraska for both sports. He’s certainly not an easy sign, but he’s shown the dedication to baseball that make scouts think he can be swayed to choose baseball. He has taken extra batting practices for scouts and was at many of the events that the top players are expected to attend.

     

  • Scott Blewett

    After his World Wood Bat Championship outing in Jupiter, FL, in October, it was obvious that scouts would follow Blewett closely come spring. At 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, he offers good size and projection. He’s capable of throwing 90-94 mph fastball, though his velocity was inconsistent this spring and he didn’t always hold it deep into games. His curveball can be above average with sharp bite around 76. His changeup sits in the low 80s and is still developing. There are more questions than answers with Blewett, but Northeast arms have a good track record of taking off quickly so a team could still take a chance on him in the first few rounds. He is committed to St. John's.

     

  • Cameron Varga

    Varga committed to Florida before playing a varsity inning, but that was when he live on the Gulf Coast and was a shortstop. He moved to Cincinnati two years later, decommitted from Florida and announced his pledge to North Carolina—as a pitcher. He has dominated inferior competition, racking up video game like strikeout numbers with a low 90s fastball and power curveball that earns above-average grades from scouts. Varga has the projectable frame that scouts dream on, standing at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. He flashes a changeup in warm-ups, but the pitch is useless to him at the high school level. The knock against Varga is his age, shortening the window for when organizations would ideally like to see him knocking on the door of the big leagues. He will turn 20 soon after the draft, virtually making him the equivalent of a college sophomore. His father played professional basketball overseas and the transfer back to school in the United States delayed Varga’s graduation timetable. Even so, he’s likely to get picked in the first three rounds.

     

  • David Peterson

    Tall and projectable at 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, Peterson is one of the top high school southpaws in the country. Playing for one of Colorado’s top teams, Peterson was a priority target to see at the National High School Invitational in March. However, Peterson suffered a broken leg before the season started and was sidelined until April. He returned to the mound, closing games as he worked his way back to full strength. By the end of the season, he was able to pitch a full game and held his velocity, even reaching back to find a tick more in pressure situations. He sat at 88-89 mph with his fastball, but could get 90-91 when he needed it. He has good control from a three-quarter arm slot and has shown a sharp breaking ball in the high 70s in the past. His changeup sits 79-81. He is committed to Oregon.

     

  • Evan Skoug

    The debate on Skoug is whether or not he’ll stick behind the plate, but most scouts seem to push those worries aside as they love his bat. He has a strong, powerful frame at 5-foot-11, 200 pounds with a thick lower half. Swinging from the left side, Skoug simply punishes the baseball and shows power to all fields. He’s not a lock to stay behind the plate and could be moved simply so the development of his bat isn’t slowed. He fits into the third- to fifth-round discussion, but some scouts think he has priced himself out of that projection. He is committed to Texas Christian.

     

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2014 PBR Overall Rankings

Rank Name State School Class Position
1 Monte Harrison MO Lee's Summit West 2014 OF
2 Cameron Varga OH Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 2014 RHP
3 Jake Latz IL Lemont 2014 LHP
4 Evan Skoug IL Libertyville 2014 C
5 Brendan McKay PA Blackhawk 2014 LHP
6 Bryce Montes de Oca KS Lawrence 2014 RHP
7 Jayce Vancena OH Lake 2014 RHP
8 Jake Godfrey IL Providence Catholic 2014 RHP
9 Shane Benes MO Westminster 2014 SS
10 Alex Lange MO Lee's Summit West 2014 RHP
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