Junior College Kickoff Classic & Showcase Watchlist

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More than 20 junior college teams, including six ranked in the top 20, will compete at the 2018 Junior College Kickoff Classic and Showcase in Clearwater, FL, on Jan. 27-28.

We've compiled a list of some of the top athletes and Division I stars of tomorrow to watch at the annual showcase.

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NamePositionYearCollegeScouting Report
Morgan CushmanPSophomoreCollege of Central Florida
Cushman is primed for a stellar sophomore season. Part of the 1-2 punch for the College of Central Florida, Cushman recorded 174 strikeouts last season.
Shayne O'ConnellPSophomoreCollege of Central Florida
O'Connell is the top pitcher to watch at the JUCO Kickoff Classic after accumulating 210 strikeouts with a 1.19 ERA in 2017.
Giovanni WattsPSophomoreFlorida Southwestern StateWatts returns as the ace for Florida Southwestern, which made it to St. George, Utah, finishing third. She held a 1.37 ERA with 104 strikeouts. 
Riley RussellOFSophomoreFlorida Southwestern StateWe know one thing is for sure: Russell loves to run. With over 60 stolen bases last season, Russell is projected to crush it this season. Batting .390 last season, she will be a force at the top of the order.
Carolina ColliMIF/C/OFSophomoreFlorida State College at JacksonvilleColli mainly plays second base but could easily play shortstop, catcher, or outfielder. She is an aggressive and intense player. She will make diving, acrobatic plays as well as the routine ones. Colli has a strong arm and good range. Offensively, she handles the bat very well and hits the ball hard to both gaps and can also go yard on occasion. Considered the team leader, Colli is an impact player.
Noa ArmirottoSSSophomoreFlorida State College at JacksonvilleAll the way from Edegem, Belgium, Armirotto is a terrific athlete who was a member of both Belgium’s national softball and handball team programs. She will play shortstop but can also catch and roam center fielder. She has a cannon for an arm, runs well, and has good pop in her bat. Her intensity and work ethic is tremendous. She is a dynamic player and a game changer.
Alia Booth1BSophomoreGeorgia Highlands CollegeBooth is a Gardner Webb University transfer who is a true lefty with power. At Gardner Webb, she was a first-team All-Big South selection and also made the all-freshman team. She currently holds a 3.60 GPA.
Micayla McCoyPSophomoreGeorgia Highlands CollegeWith a 19-5 record, McCoy was selected to the 2017 NJCAA All-Region team. She held a 2.21 ERA with 101 strikeouts. She throws in the low 60s.
Shayla SmithUTLSophomoreGeorgia Highlands CollegeSmith was selected to the 2017 NJCAA All-Region team. She was a Carolyn Hamrick Advocacy Scholarship recipient. As a utility player, she has tremendous arm strength and power. Batting over .400 as a freshman, Smith will be a powerful component of the Chargers offense. She has a 3.40 GPA.
Chandler SparkmanP/DPSophomoreGulf Coast State CollegeSparkman is a transfer from the University of South Alabama. She has good speed and mixes well. Sparkman has a great stick and will hit in the middle of the order. She will graduate in May with her AA degree.
Kristina MantheiPSophomoreGulf Coast State CollegeManthei is GCSC's leading returning pitcher. She had a great fall and is expected to continue to build on that success this spring. She will graduate with her AA degree in May.
Morgan GrecoOFSophomoreIndian River State CollegeGreco batted .394 last season earning first-team all-conference honors. She will be essential to Indian River's offense.
Savannah JulyliaSSSophomoreIndian River State CollegeJulylia was a 2017 first-team all-conference selection.
Valerie AlvaradoPSophomoreIndian River State CollegeA redshirt sophomore, Alvarado was the 2016 Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year.
Brooke Ferguson2B/OFSophomoreLake-Sumter State CollegeFerguson is a returning all-conference infielder who has only played softball for five years. She is one of the best under-the-radar players in the state of Florida.
Jasmine McQuaigPSophomoreLake-Sumter State CollegeMcQuaig had a rocky freshman season but is poised for a big sophomore year. She has put the work and will see the benefits in 2018.
Rachel Phelps1BSophomoreLake-Sumter State CollegePhelps was honorable mention all-conference selection as a freshman. She is a two-time captain, selected by her teammates. 
Emma MaitlandPSophomoreMiami Dade CollegeLast season, Maitland earned first-team All-Southern Conference honors. She's been lauded as a leader to Miami Dade's freshman class.
Danielle deRuiterSS/C/CFSophomorePensacola State CollegeA member of the Canadian junior national team in the summer of 2017, deRuiter is a true athlete who can play multiple positions.
Jensen StricklandP/DPSophomorePensacola State CollegeStrickland made the All-Panhandle Conference team as a freshman. She throws great off-speed pitches and a solid drop ball. She made the dean's list at Pensacola State and is studying criminal justice.
Lia JohnsonOFSophomorePensacola State CollegeFrom Panama City, FL, this lefty leadoff possesses DI speed with tremendous acceleration out of the box and base-stealing instincts. Johnson has a 4.0 GPA and is an NJCAA Academic All-American.
Chelsea PeaceC/3BSophomoreSeminole State College of FloridaPeace is a power hitter with a strong arm and great defensive skills.
Kyra GipsonP/1BSophomoreSeminole State College of FloridaOne of Seminole State's top pitchers to watch is Gipson, who held a 2.02 ERA while hitting .298 with 25 RBIs last season.
Meghan SextonSS/OFSophomoreSeminole State College of FloridaSexton played outfield last season and will take on a new role at shortstop. She will continue her softball career at Florida Southern next season.
Dienna WhiteCSophomoreSpartanburg Methodist CollegeFrom Arizona, White has been called the heart of her team and commands the defense behind the dish.
Maegan StoneSSSophomoreSt. John's River State CollegeStone is one of the most athletic players in the state. She’s fast, has a great arm, and has become a great leader on the infield.
Selena Bezares1B/DPSophomoreSt. John's River State CollegeA pure power hitter, Bezares had 11 home runs last year and is projected to top that number this season. She is an RBI machine who is clutch in pressure situations.
Caitly BerryP/MIFFreshmanFlorida State College JacksonvilleFrom Jacksonville, FL, Berry can pitch and play middle infield. She has gap-to-gap power and occasional home run power. She will likely be the ace in the circle clocked in the upper 50s to low 60s range. Her mixes a curve, screw, drop, change, and a late-breaking rise. She has solid control and is very poised on the mound. 
Eliza Artiles3BFreshmanMiami Dade CollegeArtiles is quick on a bunt and has an above average arm. She has a tremendous work ethic and continues to get better every day. She's positive and vocal on the field.
Melissa Mayeux SSFreshmanMiami Dade CollegeMayeux is the first woman to make the International Registration list and is eligible to be drafted by an MLB team. She's athletic and has a good glove with a strong arm. The more game time experience she gets in the game of softball the better she'll be. She's a hard worker on the field.
Maggie WhelessC/IFFreshmanNorthwest Florida State CollegeA solid defender with a lot of athleticism, Wheless has good speed and great power offensively. 
Marcie BewleyOFFreshmanNorthwest Florida State CollegeBeweley is a quick player with an accurate arm. From the left side, she can hit for power and average and can slap. 
Summer FryeOFFreshmanNorthwest Florida State CollegeFrye possesses true lefty power from the box but throws right-handed. She's a Georgia native with solid grades.
Savannah FosterPFreshmanPensacola State CollegeA former Florida Class 8A Pitcher of the Year at Niceville (FL) High School, Foster packs a strong punch in her 5-foot-3 frame. She throws a strong curveball and screwball. Could she be the next Kaitlin Lee?
Kiersten MooreMIF FreshmanSpartanburg Methodist CollegeWith great range and terrific ball-off-bat reads, expect Moore to be a staple on defense and put up solid power numbers.
Kristen GassOFFreshmanSpartanburg Methodist CollegeGass is a leadoff slapper in peak shape who is quick on defense and offense.
Kelsea FriendOFFreshmanSt. John's River State CollegeFriend showed lots of promise in the fall season. Her speed and softball IQ make her a tough out and a great defender.
Brooke DiazCSophomoreEastern Florida State College
Carina McCarver1B/3B/OFSophomoreEastern Florida State College
Gabby OrlandOFSophomoreEastern Florida State College
Jordan LawlisPSophomoreEastern Florida State College
Mary WaldronIFSophomoreEastern Florida State College
Savana GarrisonCFSophomoreEastern Florida State College
Dream AaronC/1BSophomoreIndian River State CollegeAaron was a 2017 first-team all-conference selected.
Jaden KlineCSophomoreIndian River State CollegeKline earned 2017 first-team all-conference after racking up 63 RBIs.
Michalyn BinghamOFSophomoreIndian River State CollegeBingham was a 2017 NJCAA All-American for IRSC.
Meghan CallahanOF/CSophomorePalm Beach State
Stacy PericlesP/OFSophomorePalm Beach State
Sydney Fugate1B/DPSophomorePalm Beach State
Aleysha N. SantiagoPSophomorePuerto Rico-Carolina
Andrea PeñaIFSophomorePuerto Rico-Carolina
Carolina MorenoOFSophomorePuerto Rico-Carolina

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