Watertown's Erick Gaylord (Campbell) is the 2011 PGCBL Top Prospect according to Perfect Game USA
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Perfect Game USA has released a list of the top 30 professional prospects from the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League for the 2011 season. The prospect list, according to a release by the scouting service, was compiled through personal observation, contact with scouts and input from league managers. The full top 30 can be viewed at this link here
Erick Gaylord (Campbell), the 2011 PGCBL Player of the Year, was selected as the league’s top professional prospect. Gaylord, an outfielder for the Watertown Wizards, nearly captured the PGCBL Triple Crown. He topped the circuit in home runs (10) and runs batted in (42) however he finished fourth in batting average (.360). Gaylord was the only PGCBL player to hit at least 10 home runs and drive in 40. The Watertown center fielder concluded the regular season ranked among the top five in nine different offensive categories and he led the league in home runs, RBI, total bases (100) and sacrifice flies. He set Watertown franchise records for home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. Additionally, Gaylord compiled one of the best offensive nights in the short history of the PGCBL when he blasted four home runs and went 5-for-5 with seven RBI in a Watertown win at Amsterdam on July 16.
Josh Anderson (Yavapai) of Glens Falls, Amsterdam’s Luke Maile (Kentucky) and Josh Alexander (Utah) and Cooperstown’s Parker Ray (Texarkana JC) rounded out the top five.
Both Anderson and Maile were named to the All-PGCBL first team. Josh Anderson, an All-Star Game starter and runner-up in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby, tied for second in the league in home runs (nine) and total bases (92). He finished third among all PGCBL hitters in batting average (.368) and was fourth in runs batted in (38). The now sophomore at Poway (Calif.) College set Golden Eagles single-season franchise records for home runs and batting average. Anderson was also named to the PGCBL Rising Stars team.
Luke Maile, a 2009 draft pick of the Boston Red Sox, batted .378 with eight home runs and 25 RBI over just 26 games. He led the 2011 PGCBL Championship Series runner-up Mohawks in batting average, slugging percentage (.722), on-base percentage (.509) and walks (20). His eight home runs tied for first on the club and Maile was third on the Mohawks in RBI. The Crestview Hills, Ky., native is currently at junior at the University of Kentucky.
Josh Alexander and Parker Ray were both part of the PGCBL Rising Stars team. Alexander, a 19th-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 2010, was a regular in the Amsterdam outfield throughout the summer and he appeared in 40 games. Alexander excelled in the PGCBL postseason, leading the Mohawks with a .500 batting average and 10 hits. Six of his 10 postseason hits were recorded in the PGCBL Championship Series against Newark. Alexander went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored in the winner-take-all Game 3 of the PGCBLCS. The Phoenix, Ariz., native is a sophomore at the University of Utah.
Ray, a PGCBL All-Star Game selection, was the closer for the PGCBL West Division regular season champion Cooperstown Hawkeyes. The converted catcher/infielder topped the Hawkeyes in saves (five), appearances (16), opponents’ batting average (.140) and strikeouts by a reliever (36). The hard-throwing former high school quarterback went 3-2 with a 2.83 earned run average in 28.2 innings. The Cooperstown fireballer struck out five twice and fanned at least two batters on 11 occasions. Ray, a redshirt sophomore, is slated to pitch for Texas A&M this spring.
Overall, Amsterdam dominated the prospect list with 11 selections. Glens Falls was second with five selections and Watertown finished third with four players named to the prospect list. PGCBL playoff champion Newark and Mohawk Valley each had three players chosen while Elmira boasted two. Cooperstown and Albany rounded out the selections with one player each.
Perfect Game USA, baseball’s largest scouting service, partnered with eight summer collegiate baseball teams located in upstate New York to form the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League in the fall of 2010. In addition to naming rights, Perfect Game actively assists the league and its member clubs in identifying and recruiting top college and junior college prospects.