The Hotlist: Sneak Peek At Risers In 2015 Rankings
Wed March 26, 2014
By Nathan Rode and PBR Staff
The 2015 Overall Rankings will be updated soon and to whet your appetite, the Hotlist is providing a sneak peek at who will be climbing the list. Below are several players that have made progress in recent months and will be attached to a higher number when the list is posted.
Zac Conner, RHP, Paul Laurence Dunbar HS, KY
Previously unranked, Conner attended Kentucky’s Preseason All-State Showcase and emerged as a potential high-level prospect. His fastball touched 86 mph on several occasions and had late arm-side run. His curveball sat 74-76, and he showed a 78-mph slider. While both pitches tended to be a little flat, they could become solid offerings with continued development. Conner’s changeup is currently his best secondary pitch, as he throws it with good arm action at 76-79 with late fade. At 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, Conner is very projectable and should continue to show velocity gains in the near future.
Trey Dawson, SS, Hurricane HS, WV
Dawson is a slick-fielding infielder that stands at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds He verbally committed to West Virginia and will log some innings on the mound this year. Dawson has added to his athletic frame and has shown improved arm strength on a yearly basis. He has the athleticism, arm strength and size to remain on the left side of the infield at the next level.
Greyson Jenista, RHP, Desoto HS, KS
A Wichita State recruit and KC Barnstormers product, Jenista certainly has the physical part of the equation figured out, standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing 215 pounds. He showed excellent balance throughout his delivery allowing his powerful arm to deliver mid-to-upper 80s fastballs for strikes with, at times, late life. Jenista also flashed a 74-77 breaking ball and 76-79 changeup. He is also a left-hand hitting infielder who showed good hands and a strong, accurate arm working out at both first base and shortstop. His performance during batting practice was a lot like his pitching—controlled aggression. His talents on the mound narrowly edge out his abilities as a position player—but his ability to contribute as both at the next level shouldn’t be ruled out. He also ran a 7.15-second 60-yard dash, impressive for such an imposing figure.
Brendon Little, LHP, Conestoga HS, PA
Little isn’t so little, standing at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds. The junior made a splash over the summer and fall leading to a verbal commitment to North Carolina. He is currently sitting in the mid-80s with a 75-mph curveball. He is athletic and has a frame that projects for added velocity. Little is one of eight members of Conestoga’s roster currently committed to Division I programs.
Doran Turchin, OF, Oak Creek HS, WI
Turchin has always been a highly touted athlete and after a series of strong performances this winter, capped off by the Milwaukee Preseason I.D. Showcase, Turchin moved up to the No. 3 spot in Wisconsin and recently took his name off the market with his verbal commitment to Illinois. Turchin is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound outfielder with a highly developed build. Defensively he has plus arm strength from the outfield at 94 mph from his crow hop. He has a traditional outfield arm action, which produces advanced carry. He has natural outfield actions, plays through the baseball aggressively and efficiently, and his exchange is clean. Turchin also shows advanced foot speed, getting down the line in 4.09 seconds. He has advanced offensive abilities, hitting from a tall, narrow stance and using a smooth loading action and regular stride length with a quiet setup. He maintains excellent balance while generating advanced bat speed and shows quick-twitch hands, a short bat path with extension and fluid rhythm.
Kyle Shimp, LHP, Yorkville HS, IL
An Iowa recruit, Shimp is a high-ceiling prospect who has the potential to receive significant draft interest next year. He is an athletic southpaw, standing at 6-foot-6, 190 pounds with long limbs and plenty of room to physically develop. He operates from a three-quarter slot with a long, loose arm action, athletic delivery and smooth tempo. He works free and easy across his body. At the Illinois Preseason All-State Showcase he topped out at 87 with his fastball, sitting 85-86 with late arm-side run when down in the zone. His changeup has sinking action in the 72-73 range and he shows good feel for the pitch. His curveball has sweeping action in the 64-67 range. In a class loaded with right-handed pitchers in Illinois, Shimp is clearly one of the top left-handed prospects in Illinois with the potential to be one of the premier left-handers in the Midwest.
Grant Sloan, RHP, Zionsville HS, IN
The 6-foot-4, 195 pound righty recently attended Indiana’s Preseason All-State Showcase where he showcased a heavy fastball with very little effort at 85 mph. It is easy to project his fastball reaching the upper 80s this spring as he touched 89 last July. Sloan has arguably one of the highest ceilings in the 2015 class.
Adam Wolf, LHP, Edison HS, OH
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound southpaw has continued to show growth every time he takes the mound. He impressed last month, showing increased velocity. Previously, he had been pitching in the low to mid 80s, but in late February he jumped, and displayed a consistent 85-88 mph fastball with cut. His lower half continues to show improvements, but there is still plenty of room to grow. Also adding a solid 68-71 mph breaking ball and a developing changeup, he is still a ways away from hitting his ceiling. With a high ceiling and projectable frame this southpaw’s stock continues to rise and will likely be a hot commodity come summer.