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The title is pretty self-explanatory. The following are some seniors in this year's draft class that shouldn't be forgotten. Disclaimer: These are not ranked in order of projected draft status.
Josh Spence, LHP, Arizona State: Deemed the 'Jamie Moyer of College Baseball', Spence has not pitched this season due to a nerve issue in his elbow. A third round pick by the Angels last year, his fastball barely registers on the grading scale, and yet has consistently put up shockingly surprising numbers at both Central Arizona JC and ASU. He routinely changes speeds, arm angles, and locations to frustrate hitters every time he takes the mound. There is talk that he could red shirt and return for another year for the Sun Devils, though.
Kyle Roller, 1B, East Carolina: Plus power potential, works the count deep. Strikeouts and contact issues hinder his draft status. Hit well in the Cape last year, blasting 10 home runs. Below average speed. Limited to 1B, defensively.
Matt den Dekker, OF, Florida: Speedy center fielder for the Gators. Has shown a consistent knowledge of the strike zone and getting on base. Struggles with breaking balls. Adequate power for position. Concerns with the bat is main concern.
Bryan Holaday, C, Texas Christian: Terrific make-up, above average power potential, tremendous gap hitter, very good behind the plate. Very similar to Micah Gibbs. High floor backstop. Safe pick with high floor.
Ryan Strausborger, OF/SS, Indiana State: Superior athlete. Uses above average speed to keep the defense on its' toes. Should stick in CF. Improving plate discipline. Will need to adjust to quality pitching and wood bats better.
Aaron Barrett, RHP, Mississippi: See Andy's report of Barrett here.
Connor Powers, 3B/1B, Mississippi State: Plus power potential, significantly cut down the strikeouts from last year by drawing more walks than K's. Struggled with wood bats and quality pitching in the Cape the past two years. The bat will be his calling card, as he will be limited to 1B and is average defensively there. Strikeouts are still a concern, but he has a pretty good eye. Very similar to Roller.
Alex McRee, LHP, Georgia: Big-bodied southpaw that throws from three-quarters delivery. Ground ball machine. Low-90's fastball with good late life and a sweeping slider that he backdoors to righties. Has dominating stuff at times, but struggles with control and command. Stuff could translate well to next level with some mechanical adjustments.
Justin LaTempa, RHP, Oregon: Tough, physical pitcher who throws low-to-mid-90's. Commands three pitches well, the fastball, a mid-70's sweeping curveball and a deceptive off-speed. A bit on the older side, LaTempa has something to offer.
Alan Oaks, RHP, Michigan: Remember him from 2007? No? He was the one who hit the pinch-hit, walk-off HR off David Price to win the 2007 Nashville Regional over Vanderbilt. His repertoire includes a low-90's fastball, low-90's slider, and a high-70's change-up. Has confidence in all three pitches at any count in any at bat.
Honorable Mentions: Blake Dean, 1B/OF, Louisiana State; Andrew Clark, 1B, Louisville; Tyler Lyons, LHP, Oklahoma State; Aaron Senne, 1B/OF, Missouri.