Our 3rd round pick in the 2007 draft, Nick Barnese, was named the NY-P's #9 prospect:
"Barnese established a reputation as a strike-thrower in his pro debut last year in the Rookie-level Appalachian League, posting a dazzling 37-4 K-BB ratio in 36 innings. He continued to pound the zone but was even more dominating this summer as a 19-year-old in the NY-P, striking out 11.5 batters per nine innings.
Barnese's biggest strength is his excellent command of a low-90s fastball with outstanding life down in the zone. He has a loose arm action and a projectable 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame, suggesting he could add velocity as he matures. He has an aggressive, unflappable mound demeanor and isn't afraid to attack hitters on the inner half.
His breaking ball is also a quality offering, with good depth and late break. Barnese made progress with his changeup this summer, and it projects as a third average-or-better pitch."
If Barnese is only 8th, it's not surprising no one else from HV made it. I would have liked to see our 6th rounder in the June draft, RHSP Shane Dyer, make it, but it would be a tough argument because the NY-P was loaded this year. To see stats on all of Hudson Valley's pitchers see our Hudson Valley season in review: Pitching.
From the chat about this list:
"Q: JAYPERS from IL asks: Where would you rank Barnese amongst the bevy of other well-known top Rays young arms, such as Price, Davis, McGee, Hellickson, Cobb, etc? Also, what timetable are the Rays setting for him?Danny's not the only one interested in Jacob Jefferies:
A: Aaron Fitt: I like Barnese a lot, but I would rank him behind that group of more advanced prospects, just because he's farther away. He also does not have the upside of the Price/Davis/McGee/Hellickson group. I see him more as a No. 3 or No. 4, whereas you could really project those other guys as having top half of the rotation upside."
"Q: JAYPERS from IL asks: Did Jacob Jeffries get consideration for this list? His plate discipline seems to stand out the most, but what about his other tools?
A: Aaron Fitt: His plate discipline has always been his biggest asset -- he was one of the toughest hitters in the nation to strike out this spring at UC Davis. He's a really soft hitter, though, who hit a lot of balls between shortstop and the left-field line. It was hard to get a feel for his defense this summer, because he DHed a lot more than he caught, but he had a reputation as an average catch-and-throw guy in college, with a fringe-average arm. Scouts were not impressed with his arm this summer."