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High School Names to Know

by Steve Garrity on Aug. 15, 2011

 

The summer of 2011 is coming to a close. Both of the top high school All-American games took place over the weekend, with the Perfect Game Classic and the Under-Armor game taking place on Saturday and Sunday.  The top showcases have come and gone and there has been plenty of time to find some of the more intriguing names of the prep class. Below is DraftSite’s list of the top five most interesting names to follow heading into 2012:

 

1.) Kayden Porter –RHP/1B

HT – 6’5’’

WT – 240 LBS

Spanish fork HS (UT)

-Porter is ridiculously built for a high school kid and an impressive athlete. On the mound he uses his intimidating presence to blast mid 90’s heat. But his real potential may lie at the plate. This summer Porter was invited to compete at the Triple A All-Star game homerun derby and he didn’t just do it for a story. In the first round he blasted 13 bombs and hit one 474 feet; eventually he would make it all the way to the finals falling short but he showed what he could do. His performance got everyone so amped up that one publication asked if he was the next Bryce Harper. He used a metal bat in the event but the talent is true and he has shown himself as someone to watch.

2) Lucas Giolito - RHP

HT – 6’6’’

WT – 230

Harvard Westlake (CA)

-Coming into the summer it was Lance McCullers in the top spot and everyone else. However, Giolito wasn’t listening and has taken over. He broke out at the end of 2010 during the Area Code games but this summer he ruled everything. At the Tournament of Stars he dominated, pitching in the mid- 90’s with a mid-80’s change and a curveball with sharp bite. His combination of size and stuff has made several scouts push Giolito ahead of McCullers as the top prep arm in the 2012 class and Lucas is now in the running for the number one overall pick.

3) Stryker Trahan – C/1B

HT -6’1’’

WT – 215

Acadiana (LA)

-Trahan was basically born into his position; both of his parents were catchers growing up.  Coming into 2011 he was a bit of a sleeper but he has made himself known to everyone. His breakout came at the Area Code games this year. He squared up everything and showed impressive power. Behind the plate he shows off extremely quick feet and an impressive arm (1.87 pop time).  Trahan is also an extremely impressive athlete as he is also a star quarterback (making the strong arm no surprise).  Young catchers with both the defense and offense are hard to find, and with an impressive senior season it wouldn’t be a shock to see Stryker’s name soar up draft boards.

4) Lance McCullers – RHP/SS

HT -6’2’’

WT -195

Tampa Jesuit (FL)

-For a while it seemed like McCullers would have an easy ride as the top prep arm and possibly all the way to the top overall pick. However, he has been hit a little harder than usual this year and Lucas Giolito has jumped ahead of him in the rankings. But don’t get it twisted, McCullers is still a top three prospect. He is an impressive athlete, who also plays shortstop. He can get it up to 98 mph and pairs it with a filthy mid 80’s curve, along with a developing change.  He also has the bloodlines that scouts love so much as his dad pitched in the Majors for seven seasons with the Padres in the 80’s. In an interesting move, McCullers chose to stick with his AAU team this summer instead of playing for Team USA – giving scouts more looks at Giolito. He will no doubt get a chance to start at the next level but his frame and delivery now have some scouts wondering if he would be better suited for closing; Just one more thing to monitor during his senior season.

5) Byron Buxton – OF

HT-6’3’’

WT-175

Appling County (GA)

The 2012 class is showing itself to be slightly deeper than assumed and this is another sleeper in this class. Byron Buxton’s name has been shooting up boards towards the end of the summer. His breakout event was the East Coast Professional Showcase this year. He showed he could be a true five tool talent – he can also pitch and has hit 94 MPH, showcasing his strong arm.  An outstanding athlete, his East Coast Showcase performance has made some scouts call Buxton a version of Justin Upton with more useable speed. That is high praise and makes Buxton a top name to watch.

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CJ Hinajosa –SS

HT -5’11

WT- 180

Klein Collins (TX)

-Hinajosa doesn’t get a lot of pub but this summer he has squared the ball up at every showcase he has gone to. He has shown off a solid all-around package of tools and athleticism. He probably moves off of shortstop, maybe over to second but he is an interesting name to follow. 

 

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