BASEBALL: Players to Watch (Broward)

Broward County's Class of 2009 looks very strong and is here to break it down for you, giving you a closer look at some of the area's top prospects.

Below are some of the top prospects Broward County has to offer for the baseball Class of 2009.

RHP Kevin Alexander, 6-0, 160, R/R, Taravella
While he doesn't have the biggest frame or the best fastball around, Alexander flat out gets the job done. A second team All-Area pick last spring, Alexander pitched for the Florida Bombers this summer and was their most effective pitcher. He threw 40 innings, went 6-0 with a 1.20 ERA and 48 strikeouts. He topped out at just 85 at East Cobb this summer, showing you that he flat out knows how to pitch. He also carries a 4.5+ GPA inside the classroom and is committed to FAU already.

SS Michael Broad, 6-0, 170, R/R, Nova
A first team All-Area pick as a junior, Broad hit .410 with 9 home runs and 43 RBI. He also plays football at Nova and has been clocked in the low 6.6's. A good student, Broad played for the East Cobb Astros this summer and will be one of the most heavily recruited shortstops in South Florida this year.

1B Anthony DeAngelo, 6-2, 205, R/R, Western
DeAngelo put his name on the radar with a strong junior season, when he hit .500 with six home runs and 18 RBI. A big, strong kid at first, DeAngelo played with the Florida Pokers and is definitely a player to keep an eye on.

MIF Chase Greene, 5-11, 175, R/R, Douglas
A University of South Florida commitment, Greene played with the Florida Bombers this summer. He has experience playing both middle infield positions and has been clocked in the low 6.6's. He's a player to watch this recruiting season.

RHP Daniel Healey, 6-2, 190, R/R, Cooper City
A University of Florida commitment, Healey has one of the best fastballs in south Florida this year. He hit 91 at a showcase in December and hit 90 ae East Cobb this summer, throwing for the All-American Prospects. With a good frame and already being in the low 90's, Healey's stock continues to rise.

MIF Devin Marrero, 6-1, 180, R/R, American Heritage
Considered by many to be the county's top prospect for the 09 class, Marrero helped lead his team to the state championship in 08. He was part of a loaded American Heritage team and hit .473 with 8 home runs and 36 RBI. He's been clocked in the 6.75 range and has played travel ball with the Midland Redkins out of Texas. Marrero's father, Luis, played in the minors.

OF/RHP Cody Stiles, 6-1, 175, R/R, Taravella
Stiles is an excellent combo player who brings a lot to the table as both an outfielder and a pitcher. He's been timed as low as 6.72, showing off excellent speed in the outfield. Off the mound, he's bumped 90 a few times. He toppped out at 90 at East Cobb this summer, pitching for the All American Prospects. He also carries a 4.0+ GPA inside the classroom.

RHP Eric Whaley, 6-3, 180, R/R, Cardinal Gibbons
A first team All-Area pick in 08, Whaley went 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 58 strikeouts. Also a basketball player, Whaley has been clocked as low as 6.51, showing off outstanding athletic ability. He's touched low 90's and topped out at 89 at East Cobb this summer playing for the South Florida Bandits. With a 6-3 frame, Whaley is expected to get even more power behind his fastball as his body continues to develop physically.

RHP Dane Williams, 6-5, 210, L/R, Cardinal Gibbons
A bit of a sleeper, Williams has a lot of physical tools coaches look for. Anytime you're 6-5 and throw in the 90s, which he did (90) ar East Cobb this summer, you're going to attract some interest. Playing for the All-American Prospects, Williams is coming off a good summer.

IF/RHP Brent Zimmerman, 6-0, 170, R/R, Nova
One of the top few two-way players in the area this year, Zimmerman finished his junior season hitting .456 with 28 RBI. Playing for the Florida Bombers this summer, Zimmerman hit .308 with three home runs and 18 RBI. He also went 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA and 9 K's in 15 innings. He topped out at 89 this summer and has been clocked in the 7.15 range.

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