SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly relief pitcher Taylor Dollard has moved into D1Baseball.com's list of top 100 pro prospects.
The college baseball web site lists the 6-2, 175-pound junior right-hander No. 81 on its most recent top 100 list. The rankings were compiled by David Seifert, Kendall Rogers, Aaron Fitt and Nick Faleris.
A graduate of Crespi High School in the San Fernando Valley, Dollard notched four saves to go along with a 5-0 record and 2.89 ERA last spring. He was 5-0 with a 1.67 ERA and three saves in Big West games only, allowing conference batters to hit just .190.
Dollard pitched six innings in relief for the win at UC Santa Barbara, struck out five over three innings for a win versus CSUN and pitched three or more innings five times. His .194 opponents' batting average for a season is No. 5 in Cal Poly's 25 Division I seasons.
Dollard was named to the All-Big West Conference First Team and earned the Mustangs' Jim Newkirk Fireman's Award for the second year in a row as the team's top reliever.
Competing for Yarmouth-Dennis in the Cape Cod League this summer, Dollard was 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA and five saves and 27 strikeouts over 17 1/3 innings.
In other Mustang baseball news:
• D1Baseball.com named incoming freshman shortstop Brooks Lee as the top pro prospect in the West Coast League this summer.
"Lee was one of the nation's premier prep players last season but chose to attend college to play for his father, Larry Lee," the web site wrote. "Brooks was a 35th-round pick of the Giants in the MLB draft this past summer, but obviously would've been chosen much higher had he showed a willingness to sign.
"Lee, a 6-foot-1, 188-pounder, put together quite the summer with the Corvallis Knights, hitting .342 with 12 doubles, two home runs and 30 RBIs, along with 19 walks and just 16 strikeouts," the story adds. "Lee is a switch hitter who has a mature approach at the plate, along with a power tool that scouts believe will come sooner rather than later.
"He was a solid defender for the Knights, but scouts say he could move around the infield, possibly even moving to the hot corner at Cal Poly or at the professional level. Much like UCLA's Matt McClain last summer, Lee made a bold statement in his first action against college competition."
Lee (pictured at left) is a 2019 graduate of San Luis Obispo High School, where he hit .405 as a senior last spring, going 32-for-79 at the plate with 13 doubles, two home runs and 25 RBIs. He struck out just nine times in 92 plate appearances and led the Tigers of head coach Brian Wong to a 23-5-1 overall record, second-place finish in the Mountain League and to the semifinal round of the CIF-Central Section Division 1 playoffs.
Lee hit .437 in his three varsity seasons with 122 hits, including 28 doubles, four triples and six home runs. He drove in 78 runs and also scored 78 times, striking out 22 times in 328 career plate appearances. Lee compiled a .630 slugging percentage and .487 on-base percentage in his prep career.
Lee was named to Baseball America's High School All-America Third Team in July.
• Cal Poly made Baseball America's list of 10 recruiting classes that just missed the Top 25 and also named Brooks Lee as the top recruit of the Mustangs.
"Lee … is the fourth-highest ranked player to make it to campus this year, trailing only Jack Leiter (Vanderbilt), Hunter Barco (Florida) and Maurice Hampton (Louisiana State)," Teddy Cahill of Baseball America writes. "He's likely the best recruit in Cal Poly history and has tremendous upside. A switch-hitter, Lee was seen as the best pure hitter in Southern California last year and hits line drives to all fields. He's an advanced defender, and while he may end up at second base in pro ball, he should have no problem handling shortstop for the Mustangs.
"Lee's classmates aren't as famous, but they are talented in their own right," Cahill adds. "Righthander Derek True is coming off a good summer in the California Collegiate League and a projectable frame that calls to mind former Cal Poly ace Spencer Howard. True's fastball sits 88-92 mph, and he pairs it with a sharp slider. Righthander Drew Thorpe also has a great pitcher's build at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds and has advanced pitchability that played well this summer in the Alaska League. He also has two-way ability and his lefthanded bat could get him time at catcher or first base.
"Infielder Nick Marinconz, the younger brother of former Mustang Kyle Marinconz, has good athleticism and bounced back well this summer in the Northwoods League after a broken leg sidelined him this spring. Taison Corio comes to Cal Poly as a sophomore after one year of junior college and the switch-hitter provides a good feel for hitting and above-average speed. He'll likely settle in at second base. Righthander Connor Wilford gives the class another pitcher with upside. His velocity has been ticking up, and if he can continue to make strides in that department, he has a chance to develop into a starter."
Tenth-year assistant coach Teddy Warrecker is Cal Poly's recruiting coordinator.