Terps Pro Prospects

TSR talked to Baseball America's Aaron Fitt about the Terps pro baseball prospects.

TSR chatted with Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt about Maryland’s top prospects on the diamond.

-- Sr. RHP Sander Beck has been on the prospect map for a while, but has never quite been able to harness his control or his command. He ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League last summer, showing an 88-92 mph fastball with occasional arm-side run or sink and a decent 75-78 curveball that acts as his strikeout pitch. He's a bullpen piece for Maryland for now, but he probably has the most upside of their 2012 guys.

2012 stats: 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 6.0 IP. 4 K’s and 0 BB

-- Sr. RHP Brett Harman was Maryland's best pitcher two years ago, winning a number of big ACC games. He missed all of last year after having Tommy John surgery, but he returned strong against UCLA, going five scoreless and striking out eight. His fastball was only 85-87, but it should improve a few ticks as the season wears on, and it has excellent life down in the zone. His changeup is a really good pitch that looks like his fastball and tumbles out of the zone, and he mixes in a slider and curveball effectively. Advanced feel for pitching and command, could be a nice organizational pitcher.

2012 stats: 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 17.0 IP. 17 K’s and 3 BB’s

-- Sr. SS Alfredo Rodriguez is a slick fielder with a solid arm, good actions and range. He needs to prove he can hit enough to be more than a low-minors roster filler, but his defense gives him a chance. He's not a bad catalyst near the top of Maryland's order, at this level.

2012 stats: .250 (9-for 36) with a double and 7 RBI’s

-- I'm very intrigued by Jr. LHP Jimmy Reed, who is a little undersized at 6-foot, 175 pounds, but could have a future as a left-on-left specialist thanks to his excellent 80-82 slider with two-plane break. It's sharp, and he can throw it for strikes or use it as a chase pitch against both righties and lefties. His fastball is adequate, about 88-90.

2012 stats: 5 appearances, 3 saves, 6.2 IP, 7 K’s and 0 BB’s.

-- Sr. RHP David Carroll doesn't have big stuff, but he has good angle on his fastball thanks to his 6-foot-8 frame, and he's durable. He's got a chance to eat some innings in pro ball, but I don't see a lot of upside -- despite his size, I don't think his arm is really quick enough for him to add much velocity.

2012 stats: 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA and one complete game. 17.0 IP with 16 K’s and 6 BB’s.

For next year, Maryland has a couple of intriguing power-hitting prospects in big first baseman Tim Kiene and left fielder Mike Montville. RHP Jake Stinnett also has a very intriguing arm, a low-90s fastball with some upside. But the team's best overall prospect is a freshman -- third baseman K.J. Hockaday, who ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Cal Ripken League last summer. He's a physical specimen with big power potential, though he's still adjusting to Division I pitching.

You can follow Aaron on twitter @aaronfitt.

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