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East Coast Professional Showcase Top 20 Prospects

Each summer, scouts from across the Eastern United States invite the region's best rising high school seniors to the East Coast Professional Showcase. Last year, No.1 overall pick Justin Upton and Chris Volstad, the 16th overall selection, were among the players in attendance in Wilmington, N.C. Following are the top 20 prospects from the Class of 2006 in attendance at this year's event, as judged by Baseball America associate editor Alan Matthews in conjunction with scouts in attendance. The ranking reflects the player’s overall ceiling, with some consideration given to event performance.

Rank, Player, Pos.

High School

1. Jeremy Jeffress, rhp

Halifax County HS, South Boston, Va.

2. Colton Willems, rhp

John Carroll HS, Fort Pierce, Fla.

3. Kasey Kiker, lhp

Russell County HS, Seale, Ala.

4. Matt Latos, rhp

Coconut Creek (Fla.) HS

5. Max Sapp, c

Bishop Moore HS, Orlando

6. Chris Duffy, 3b

Cypress Creek HS, Orlando

7. Jonathan Pigott, of

Seabreeze HS, Daytona Beach, Fla.

8. Ryan Adams, ss

Jesuit HS, New Orleans

9. Carmine Giardina, lhp

Durant HS, Plant City, Fla.

10. Jacob Brigham, rhp

Central Florida Christian Academy, Ocoee, Fla.

11. David Christensen, of

Douglas HS, Parkland, Fla.

12. Cedric Hunter, of

Martin Luther King HS, Lithonia, Ga.

13. Matt Petiton. lhp

Garden City (N.Y.) HS

14. Billy Rowell, 3b

Bishop Eustace Prep, Pennsauken, N.J.

15. Kyler Burke, lhp/of

Ooltewah (Tenn.) HS

16. Derrick Robinson, of

P.K. Yonge HS, Gainesville, Fla.

17. Brent Brewer, of/ss

Sandy Plains HS, Tyrone, Ga.

18. Ryan Jackson, ss

Florida Christian HS, Miami

19. Andrew Clark 1b/lhp

New Palestine (Ind.) HS

20. Drew Poulk, of

West Carteret HS, Morhead City, N.C.

 
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