Arkansas outfielder Christian Franklin (Arkansas photo)

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Prospect Rundown: 2019 Santa Barbara Foresters

Summer Baseball

A handful of summer ball programs outside the Cape Cod and Northwoods leagues reliably attract and develop notable draft talent year-in and year-out, and D1Baseball shines a spotlight on some of those programs as the summer winds down. Foremost among those non-Cape League programs is the Santa Barbara Foresters, the perennial California Collegiate League powerhouse and NBC World Series dynasty. Longtime Foresters coach Bill Pintard earned his 1,000th career win in his 25th year at the helm this summer, while leading Santa Barbara to the California state championship, though the Foresters were unable to repeat as NBC World Series champions.

Pintard said the talent level on the Santa Barbara roster was as strong as ever this year, especially on the mound.

“We had some great arms,” he said.  “I’ve never had as many guys throw so hard — we had 10 guys who were 93 and above, and we had five that were 95 and above.”

Here’s a rundown of Santa Barbara’s 2019 prospect crop.

Pitchers

• Perhaps the biggest name on the Santa Barbara roster this summer was Texas Tech righthander Clayton Beeter, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound flame-thrower with electric raw stuff. Pintard called his fastball a 70 on the 20-80 scale, ranging from 94-98 mph and averaging 95-96, with tough downhill angle from a higher slot. He also …


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