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Six Anglers featured on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects

by Anglers Media Team
Sunday, May 19, 2013

Six Anglers featured on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects

The Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft will begin on June 6th and a number of Chatham Anglers will likely be selected in the early rounds. Baseball America released a list of the top 100 prospects last week and it featured six Anglers.

Kris Bryant (Chatham '11) is expected to be taken with one of the first ten picks. Baseball America ranked him the third best prospect behind only Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray and Stanford's Mark Appel. Bryant had 11 extra-base hits for Chatham in 2011. The San Diego junior has exploded this year for an NCAA leading 30 home runs, which is 11 more than any Division-I player. He also leads the Torreros with 68 hits, 72 runs, 61 RBIs and 57 walks.

Bryant's exploits this season have earned him a lot of media attention. Hes been featured on MLB.com, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and the New York Times .

Chad Pinder ('12) came in at 53rd on Baseball America's list. Pinder hit .278 with 4 home runs and 25 RBIs in 21 games for Chatham last summer. The junior has started in all 52 games hes played in for Virginia Tech this year. He is hitting .322 with 12 doubles and 4 home runs for the Hokies in 2013.

California's Andrew Knapp (Chatham '12) was ranked the 70th best
MLB prospect by Baseball America

Baseball America ranked Andrew Knapp ('12) as the 70th best MLB prospect. He was one of three CCBL All-Stars on the 2012 Anglers. Knapp led the team with a .293 batting average, 41 hits, 13 doubles, 8 home runs and 29 RBIs. He has been the best hitter for California this year. He's hitting .356 with 8 home runs and 41 RBIs for the Golden Bears this year.

Louisville's Dace Kime ('11-12) came in at 91 on the list. He has played in Chatham for the last two summers. He struck out 28 batters in 25.1 innings in 11 relief appearances for the Anglers last summer. The right-hander is having a fantastic year on the mound for a 46-10 Louisville team. He is 5-1 with a 3.28 ERA in 23 appearances for the Cardinals.

Buck Farmer ('11) was ranked 98th. The Georgia Tech pitcher started four games for Chatham in 2011. He has been the Yellow Jackets number one starter this year. He is 8-4 with a team best 2.80 ERA and two complete games. He has struck out 104 batters and walked just 29 in 96.1 innings of work.

Two-way player Aaron Brown ('12) rounds out the Anglers on the list at 99. Brown excelled as a pitcher for the Anglers last summer. He had a 1.68 ERA in 8 appearances on the mound for Chatham. He has started 12 games on the bump for Pepperdine in 2013, going 6-3 with a complete game. As a hitter, Brown is hitting .313 with 3 home runs and 23 RBIs.

Other players to keep an eye on in the early rounds are Pepperdine's Scott Frazier ('12) and San Diego's Michael Wagner ('12). Frazier is 5-5 as a starter for Pepperdine this season. He has struck out 83 batters in 88.2 innings. Wagner was a Cape League All-Star for Chatham in 2012 and was one of the team's top starting pitchers. He had a 1.57 ERA in a team high 34.1 innings.

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