2017 PGCBL Home Run Derby champion, Conor Grammes (Xavier), was one of 20 PGCBL players recognized by Perfect Game as a top-20 prospect (photo credit: Travis Larner).
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Perfect Game, the nation’s largest independent amateur scouting bureau, released it selections for the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s (PGCBL) Top 20 professional prospects from the 2017 summer season on Friday.
The list is top by Amsterdam catcher/first baseman T.J. Collett (Kentucky), who was also crowned the top prospect by Baseball America last week. Collett, a rising sophomore, played in 20 games with the Mohawks this season and slashed .375/.465/.639 with five home runs and 24 RBIs. The Terre Haute, Ind., native is known best for his tremendous power and looks to be a staple in the middle of the Kentucky Wildcats’ lineup this spring.
Collett was one of 10 Amsterdam Mohawks ranked by Perfect Game. Shortstop Will Holland (Auburn) was chosen as the third-best prospect in the PGCBL, followed respectively by outfielders Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic) and Matt Gorski (Indiana) at No. 5 and No. 7. Right-handed pitcher Mathieu Gauthier (N.C. State) was selected at No. 8, catcher Dustin Skelton (Mississippi State) ranked 12th and was followed by corner infielder/outfielder Anthony Gonnella (South Florida) at No. 13. Pitchers Andrew Saalfrank (Indiana), Brandon Reitz (Florida State) and Thomas Lane (Boston College) rounded out Amsterdam’s prospects in order at 16th, 18th and 19th.
The Elmira Pioneers were represented by five players, including the No. 2-ranked prospect, Houston Roth (Ole Miss). The right-handed hurler capped off the summer with a minute 1.75 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 36.0 innings of work. He secured one of his two regular-season victories in a record-setting performance on June 24, when the rising sophomore struck out 20 batters in a complete-game victory against Newark. Fellow Pioneers Conor Grammes (Xavier) - the 2017 PGCBL Home Run Derby champion - and Brett Rodriguez (Wofford) were listed back-to-back at Nos. 9 and 10.
Also ranked inside the top five was Glens Falls pitcher Tyler Mattison (Bryant), who is entering his freshman year with the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound righty showed off a mid-90s fastball and struck out 41 batters versus only 13 walks in just 28.2 innings with the Dragons.
Here is the complete list of Perfect Game’s Top 20 Prospects for the 2017 PGCBL season:
1. T.J. Collett (Kentucky), C/1B, Amsterdam
2. Houston Roth (Ole Miss), RHP, Elmira
3. Will Holland (Auburn), SS, Amsterdam
4. Tyler Mattison (Bryant), RHP, Glens Falls
5. Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic), OF, Amsterdam
6. Josh Smith (Grand Valley State*), LHP, Elmira
7. Matt Gorski (Indiana), OF, Amsterdam
8. Mathieu Gauthier (N.C. State), RHP, Amsterdam
9. Conor Grammes (Xavier), IF/RHP, Elmira
10. Brett Rodriguez (Wofford), SS/2B, Elmira
11. Devon Garcia (Ohio), OF, Utica
12. Dustin Skelton (Mississippi State), C, Amsterdam
13. Anthony Gonnella (State College of Florida**), INF/OF, Amsterdam
14. Greg Marino (Stony Brook), RHP, Albany
15. Allbry Major (Xavier), OF/RHP, Elmira
16. Andrew Saalfrank (Indiana), LHP, Amsterdam
17. Russ Olive (UMass Lowell), 1B/OF, Mohawk Valley
18. Brandon Reitz (Tallahassee C.C.***), RHP, Amsterdam
19. Thomas Lane (Boston College), RHP, Amsterdam
20. Roel Garcia (Rice), RHP, Albany
*Transferring to Grand Valley State after spending his first two seasons at Kentucky.
**Transferring to State College of Florida after spending his freshman season at South Florida.
*** Transferring to Tallahassee C.C. after spending his freshman season at Florida State.
About the PGCBL
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is a 13-team summer collegiate baseball league in Upstate New York. Since its inaugural season in 2011, the PGCBL – which annually draws talent from some of the best NCAA, NAIA, and junior college programs – has quickly evolved into the premier wood bat league in the state of New York, while becoming one of the most widely respected summer leagues in the country. The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game, the nation’s largest independent amateur scouting bureau. Last year, there were more than 1,500 players in the pros who either wore the uniform of a PGCBL team or participated in a Perfect Game event. For more information, please visit www.pgcbl.com.