Clarkson's Coleman named Top 10 Draft Prospect in New York by Baseball America
With the Major League Baseball Rule 4 Amateur Draft only 10 days away, the publication Baseball America started rolling out its state-by-state coverage this week and the Clarkson University Baseball team's Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) was ranked as the 10th best prospect in New York among all Division I, II, III, juco, and high school prospects.
Coleman, who was picked as a Liberty League all-star for the third straight year, all at different positions, was the seventh position player picked. According to the scouting report provided by Baseball America, Coleman's "athleticism sticks out like a sore thumb in D-III" and projects as a corner outfielder as a "plus runner with a good arm."The annual MLB Amateur Draft is difficult to gauge, especially in later rounds, but Coleman projects as a mid-round selection. In his Clarkson career, Coleman has posted a .348 batting average with a .515 slugging percentage with 39 extra-base hits. A three-time conference all-star, he was an all-star at catcher as a freshman, an all-star outfielder as a sophomore, and this season was the conference's top selection at shortstop.
Earlier this season, Coleman was named the second overall prospect among Division III players. While the team was in Florida on its annual spring trip, more than a dozen scouts came to watch Coleman play and take batting practice.