ATVL has taken some time to delve through Baseball America’s preseason college coverage, as usual, while watching for connections to the Valley League. BA listed the top draft prospects for each conference, and many former players were named.
Here is part one!
American Athletic Conference
- Fred Villarreal (Waynesboro 2018), from Houston, is the league’s 9th best draft prospect. Fred was the Valley’s 4th best starter last summer, and made all three prospect lists (BA #3, Perfect Game #8, ATVL #4).
- Pat Doudican (Purcellville 2016), from South Florida, is the 16th best draft prospect in the league. The 6-foot-1 lefty spent his first two seasons in college at Polk State. In 2016, Pat went 2-4, 3.72 for the Cannons, with 35 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings pitched.
- Dalton Wingo (Waynesboro 2018) isn’t eligible for the 2019 draft, but he was listed as #10 in the league for the 2020 draft. He’s a sophomore at Central Florida. Dalton hit 236/347/358 for the Generals last summer.
- Layne Looney (Charlottesville 2017), from Richmond, is getting some ink out of the bullpen. BA has him pegged as the 2nd best draft prospect in the league. Layne was the 12th best reliever in the summer of 2017.
- Marc Coffers (New Market 2018) is the 2nd best draft prospect in the league. The outfielder for Florida Gulf Coast hit 264/375/528 for the Rebels last summer, and then finished up in the Cape Cod League.
- Jacob Koos (Winchester 2016), from Stetson, is the 4th best draft prospect. Jacob hit 291/387/423 in 234 at-bats for the Hatters in 2018, along with 23 stolen bases and a 32/29 BB/K ratio. He went 20-69 for the Royals in 2016.
- Alex Brait (Waynesboro 2018), also from Florida Gulf Coast, is the 8th best prospect. Alex hit 335/404/467 in 182 at-bats for FGC last spring, and was named ATVL’s 6th best prospect in the league last summer.
- Zach Peek (Strasburg 2017) was not only the #1 starter in the Valley League that year, but now is BA’s preseason Pitcher of the Year and 3rd best draft prospect. Winthrop’s big righthander went 6-5, 3.74, with 99 strikeouts in 89 innings last spring.
- Zach’s teammate Nate Pawelczyk (New Market 2016) is BA’s 5th best draft prospect. Nate went 7-6, 3.77, with 77 strikeouts in 88 innings last spring for Winthrop.
- An easy one- former Front Royal Cardinal (2017) Dominic Canzone, from Ohio State, is the 7th best draft prospect in the league. Dominic was amazing in the Valley- he hit 404/457/544, and was named the league’s 5th best hitter.