7-13-10: - MaxPreps Junior All-American Baseball Team - Brett Austin, Providence (Charlotte, N.C.), Outfield - The Southwestern 4A Conference Player of the Year, Austin was also named to the All-Observer team after batting .436 with 12 home runs, 8 doubles, 2 triples and 29 RBI.
7-25 from: - link - I thought long and hard about having Bandy in my top 50, but there are enough questions about his catching ability for me to have him in the 51-65 range. He’s got a solid-average bat with above-average raw power, though he’s more of a gap-to-gap hitter right now with the power being more about projection and his batting practices. There’s little doubt that he’ll be able to be at least a solid hitter against quality pitching, so the question is more about his glove. He has an above-average arm, but his footwork and receiving needs some work. I was a little surprised he was cut from Team USA in the trials, as I’d take him over Steve Rodriguez and have him and Pete O’Brien as a relative wash.
7-26 from: - link - Here are some names of draft eligibles for 2011 who have not been mentioned much and are definitely on the radar for 2011 MLB scouting depts. - LHP - Josh Poytress, Fresno St, 6'1 185, another out of the pen arm who touches low 90's, repeating delivery is key for his future.
7-27-10 from: - link - Ricardo Jacquez, RHP/SS, El Paso Franklin (TX) HS - Jacquez is only 5’9”, but I see an especially quick arm and project him as a reliever. Super-athletic with a fluid arm-action, Jacquez can deliver in the low-90s for a couple innings and has the makings of a knockout big league slider. Jacquez’s athleticism comes through at shortstop and he may have the tools to play there all the way up, but he’s “only” an average runner and the bat is not nearly as superlative.
7-27-10 from: - link - Kolten Wong (Hawaii)- He is second in the league with a .331 batting average while hitting three homers and driving in six runs. He has 17 stolen bases in 24 attempts this summer. I saw Wong last summer with the USA Collegiate National Team where he had a .215 average with eight RBI in 21 games. He had a much stronger 2010 college season with Hawaii as he hit .357 with seven homers and 40 RBI while stealing 19 bases in 26 attempts.