John Tolisano - Tolisano packs quite a set of tools in his compact frame. He's been nothing short of a hitting machine in his high school career, hitting an incredible .610 as a junior. The power has also been present, launching nine long balls. His ability to take the ball to all fields also has scouts intrigued. He should also develop into a threat on the basepaths and has solid range in the infield. What's especially interesting about Tolisano is he's already performing at a world class level, but he still has a tremendous ceiling to reach. His arm and range profile well for the shortstop position and with his offensive production it could mean big things for the young Florida native.
Justin Jackson - Recently named to the Aflac All-American team, Jackson is one of the "toolsiest" players in the 2007 draft class. While many highly rated prep prospects are more about the bat, Jackson has shown exciting potential in the field as well. His arm, which has been clocked at 85 MPH, speaks for itself. His soft hands and range are some of the finest among high school prospects in recent memory, giving every indication he will stay at this position as he moves into the professioanl ranks. Scouts love the possibilities of his wiry frame maturing. His bat speed already ranks among the best in the high school class, and while he's not a pure power hitter, his swing produces consistent line drives.
Closest To The Majors
Zack Cozart - University of Mississippi's Zack Cozart has been everything a team could wish for. He's hit for average, power, steals bases, and plays outstanding defense. Like 2006 first round pick Evan Longoria, Cozart shows no dazzling tools, but should improve across the board. In 2006, Cozart committed only eight errors in the field, proving he can adjust well to the professional game. Cozart is fundamentally sound, executing the hit-and-run and proficient in running the basepaths. Scouts aren't certain how his power will translate, but are confident that his short, compact swing will allow him to hit for a high average.
Josh Horton - The catalyst for College World Series participant, North Carolina, Horton is as important a player for the Tarheels as a club could ever have. Horton has a short, sweet, lefty stroke that produces surprising pop. And, while he has above average foot speed, he has proved to be more than just a slap hitter, hitting line drive after line drive as sophomore. But, Josh's ability to make contact is what makes him such an outstanding prospect and has him pegged as a player that can smoothly make the transition into professional ball. Horton is a true throwback that isn't afraid to get dirty and plays the game the right way. There isn't a team in the world that wouldn't love to have his leadership, hard nose style and pure ability on their squad. Racking up 23 errors on the season, Horton does have some work to do if he wishes to remain at shortstop at the professional level, but his bat is most certainly the real deal.
Nick Noonan - While he has yet to truly realize his potential, Noonan is a highly intriguing middle infield prospect that most scouts believe can remain at shortstop for the long haul. He figures to be a far above average defensive player at the next level with an outstanding, accurate throwing arm. Noonan's bat has not quite caught up to his defense, but the potential is immense. Showing flashes of quick wrists, Noonan can turn on even the best inside fastball. On the other hand, he'll need to learn how to handle outside and off-speed pitches if his bat is going to play at the next level.
Darwin Barney - This college shortstop may not be hitting that many long balls anytime time soon, but Barney brings an abundance of other attributes to the table. His lack of power, even with aluminum bats, may work against him, but if he continues to be such an electrifying sparkplug atop the Oregon State lineup, he figures to draw serious interest in next year's draft. His speed, ability to make contact, and defensive promise figure to play very well at the professional level.
2007 MLB Draft: Sizing up the shortstops
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