Mack Draft: – Chris Benson, Top 100 Prospects, Dillon Howard, Lenny Linsky, and Taylor Black

Chris Benson – Utah Valley – Benson batted .408 last year, but he didn’t even lead his team in that category. Jace Brinkerhoff’s .456 average led the Wolverines, but Benson led his team in most other categories, including slugging percentage (.744), triples (11), total bases (195), and a nation-leading 89 RBIs. His 107 hits were the second-most in school history behind Brinkerhoff’s 118. Benson also had a school record 24-game hitting streak during the season. His freshman season was in 2006, but his sophomore year didn’t come until 2009 after he completed his LDS mission. He hit for the cycle in a game in that first year back. Utah Valley won 42 games last year, but stayed home in June because the Great West Conference does not receive an automatic NCAA bid.-  

Welcome to my yearly Pre-season college baseball top 100 (draft eligible) players. This list is not meant to be a prediction of draft position, although in some sense it wont be too far off. My list is more about who I think will have more success at the next level. This is not a science. It is purely my opinion after watching video, talking to scouts and scouting some of the players personally. This is the pre-season list which in all honesty shouldn’t really even be attempted. A chunk of these players won’t even be in the story by years end and many others will need to be included. This list is purely a vehicle to make you aware of what the college landscape and the MLB draft might look like. I will do this all over again after the college season is over. Questions and comments can be commented on below and you can also find me on Twitter @bkmhoxx.-

RHP Dillon Howard Searcy HS, Arkansas 6’2 1/2 195 – quality power arm with fb up to 95, most are 91-92 with sink when down and lively when up and out of zone, hard 12/6 downer cb with proper bite to get hitters looking, control is good but can get better as he learns to stay balanced through delivery process, tends to rush on occ and sometimes too often early in the game.

 Hawaii right-handed pitcher and closer Lenny Linsky who usually has worked in the low-90s with a heavy, sinking fastball, has reportedly been pitching in the 95-97 range recently, and is also touching the upper-80s with a hard slider. Linsky went 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 12 saves for the Rainbow Warriors last season. If that velocity continues, he’s going to be missing a lot more bats this spring, and it’s not surprising that with his hard sinker only seven of the 40 hits he allowed last year went for extra-bases. – 

UK senior shortstop Taylor Black was the 28th round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010 after batting .270 with 11 home runs, 37 RBI and 44 runs scored in 2010. Black was successful in all 12 of his stolen base attempts last season, and he started 55 of UK’s 56 games. Black slugged 10 of his 11 home runs in Southeastern Conference play, where he batted .300 with 22 RBI and 26 runs scored. Black batted .303 with one home run, nine RBI and 16 runs scored in 23 games for Columbia of the Coastal Plains League this summer. He walked 21 times while striking out just 16 times in the league. Black stole 28 of 31 bases on the summer season. The South Carolina native also played in 11 games for Cotuit of the Cape Cod League, where he was 3-24 with an RBI. Baseball America recently ranked Black the No. 26 senior draft prospect in college baseball –


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