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Bay area baseball draft prospects

Top area prospects

Hillsborough County

Nolan Brannon, 3B, Tampa/St. Petersburg High: Hit .364 with five homers and team-high 49 RBIs.

Sean Buckley, 1B, King: Hit .448; has signed with USF and made it clear he wants to go to college; might be a mid to late-round pick.

Paul Cruz, OF, Tampa/Brandon High: Hit .362 with 26 extra-base hits (17 doubles, five triples and four homers).

Anthony Ferrara, LHP/1B, Riverview: Projected to go in the third round; ranked No. 189 by Baseball America; 4-3, 2.74 ERA, 81 strikeouts in 46 innings; .371 average; USF signee.

Jose Jimenez, 1B, Tampa: Hit 41 homers in three seasons.

Jamie Mallard, 1B/3B, Middleton: Hit .574 with seven homers and 31 RBIs; UCF signee.

Alex Panteliodis, LHP/1B, Alonso: Teammate Tommy Toledo went 117th overall in 2007 but passed up going pro to play for Florida; Panteliodis (9-2, 2.37 ERA) could do the same.

Corey Thomas, RHP/SS, Middleton: Mid 90s fastball; 2-3, 4.30 ERA, 45 strikeouts in 39 innings; USF signee.

Preston Tucker, 1B, Plant: Hit .456 with nine homers and 46 RBIs; Florida signee.

Kenny Wilson, CF, Sickles: 26 steals and 37 runs scored while playing excellent defense; Florida signee.

Pasco County

Brandon Decker, OF, South Florida CC/Gulf High: Ranked
No. 7 nationally among junior college players; 20 homers.

John Servidio, OF, Barry/Ridgewood High: Hit .366; led team in homers (14), RBIs (69) and triples (four).

Pinellas County

Justin Dalles, C, SPC: South Carolina signee did well handling the Tritons staff.

Jarred Holloway, LHP, SPC: Mississippi State transfer is part of a strong rotation.

Sam Mende, SS, Clearwater Central Catholic: Hit .480 with eight homers; USF signee.

Drew Poulk, OF, SPC: North Carolina transfer is capable of big numbers.

Jake Rogers, SS, Dunedin: Broke nine school records, including career homers (27).

Aaron Tullo, RHP, SPC/St. Petersburg High: Tennessee signee.

Jeff Walters, RHP, SPC: Georgia recruit is 6 feet 3 and throws 89-92 mph.

Ryan Weber, RHP, Clearwater Central Catholic: 9-0 with 50 strikeouts and seven walks this season.

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