"There have been many changes in amateur baseball since 1998, but there is one thing that has not changed. The Prospects organization is still the standard that all baseball clubs in St. Louis model their clubs after."
Scout, Cleveland Indians
Max Scherzer St. Louis, MO
Before twice leading the American League in victories and signing the richest deal for a pitcher in Major League history, Max Scherzer was a Prospect. The 11th overall selection of the 2006 draft out of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Max made his Major League debut with the Diamondbacks at 23 years of age. A three-time All-Star, he also has four consecutive seasons of 230 or more strikeouts. In 2015, while pitching with the Nationals, Max threw two no-hitters.
Jacob Turner St. Charles, MO
The 9th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Westminster High School, Jacob escalated quickly through the Tigers minor league system. Promoted to AAA just a year after his senior high school season, Jacob made his Major League debut in July of 2011 at just 20 years of age. Traded by the Tigers to the Marlins in the July 2013 trade which sent Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Tigers, Jacob is currently pitching in the White Sox organization.
ROSS DETWILER St. Louis, MO
Ross is a native of Wentzville, MO and attended Holt High School while playing for the Prospects during the summer. After starring for Missouri State University, Ross was drafted as the 6th overall player in the 2007 Major League draft. A 10-game winner in 2012, Ross pitched in parts of 7 seasons with the Nationals. He has also played for the Rangers, Braves and Indians.
Shae Simmons Scott City, MO
Shae was a standout pitcher on the 2011 Prospects. Consistently reaching the mid 90s on the gun, the Scott City, MO native attended Southeast Missouri State University. After being drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 22nd round of the 2012 amateur draft, Shae spent just two full seasons in the minors before making his Major League debut with the Braves on May 31, 2014 at 23 years of age.
Bobby Keppel St. Louis, MO
Bobby Keppel was the first Prospect to reach the Major Leagues. Growing up in St. Louis, Bobby attended De Smet Jesuit High School and the University of Notre Dame before the New York Mets drafted him as the 36th overall selection of the 2000 draft. After debuting at age 23, Bobby has also played in the Royals, Rockies, and Twins organizations. He also played professionally for Nippon Ham of the Pacific League.
Blake DeWitt Sikeston, MO
Blake was one of the best high school players in Missouri history. Hitting .558 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs his senior season, Blake also hit over .400 for the Prospects and was selected as the 28th overall pick in the first round of the 2004 draft. Forgoing his scholarship to Georgia Tech, Blake rifled through the Dodgers minor leagues and debuted at age 22. In 2008, he drove in six runs during the Dodgers eight games between the Division and Championship series. After playing for the Cubs and Braves, injuries forced Blake to retire in 2013.
Blake Tekotte Columbia, MO
While attending Hickman High School in Columbia, MO, Blake played for the Prospects and earned a scholarship to the University of Miami. After enjoying a successful college career, Blake was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 draft by the San Diego Padres, making his Major League debut a day after his 24th birthday. He has played for the Padres, White Sox, Diamondbacks and Red Sox organizations in his professional career.
Lucas May Ballwin, MO
A product of Parkway West High School, Lucas’ tenure with the Prospects earned him an 8th round selection of the 2003 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2010, Lucas made his Major League debut as a catcher. Over his career, he has played for the Dodgers, Royals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Pirates and Brewers organizations.
Sam Lecure Jefferson City, MO
Sam attended Helias High School in Jefferson City, MO while playing with the Prospects. After a great career at the University of Texas in Austin, Sam was selected in the 4th round of the 2005 draft by the Reds. Making his debut in 2010, Sam has enjoyed success in the Major League bullpen, posting a sub ERA every season.
David Phelps Florissant, MO
David attended Hazelwood High School while playing for the Prospects. Though David was the 6th highest ranked prospect in Missouri after his senior season, his prowess in the classroom—he was a National Honor Society Member—influenced his decision to attend the University of Notre Dame earning Big East All-Conference honors his sophomore season. After being drafted by the Yankees in 2008, David was named their Minor League pitcher of the year in 2010. David has pitched for the Miami Marlins since a trade from the Yankees before the 2015 season.
John Hellweg O'Fallon, MO
John attended St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon while playing for the Prospects. A 6’9” pitcher from Florida State College, John was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 2008. After a 2013 debut with the Brewers, John currently pitches in the Padres organization.
Shaun Marcum Kansas City, MO
Shaun, from Excelsior Spring High School, traveled from Kansas City to play for the Prospects. Attending Missouri State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia, Shaun was a highly sought after prospect, drafted in the 3rd round of the 2003 draft. A solid starter for many seasons, Shaun was a double digit winner three times and earned a 3.57 ERA between 2008-2011. He has pitched for the Blue Jays, Brewers, Mets and Indians.
Kyle McClellan Florissant, MO
The local kid from Florissant, MO and Hazelwood West High School, Kyle debuted for his hometown St. Louis Cardinals when he was 23 years old. Kyle pitched in parts of six Major League seasons, highlighted by a 2.27 ERA in 2010 while working primarily out of the Cardinals bullpen. He also appeared in at least 65 games in 2008, 2009 and 2010, proving to be a workhorse for the perennial contenders.