BOCA RATON, FL - Congrats to the following players who were named to the 1st Team All-Tournament Team:
FIRST TEAM ALL-TOURNAMENT
C - Chucky Vasquez, South Florida Elite Squad Black
Vasquez finished the tournament hitting .647 en route to a tournament batting crown. Vasquez added 7 runs and 4 RBI during the tournament while showing a big arm behind the plate that kept the opposing teams' running game in check.
1B -Nick Travieso, South Florida Elite Squad Black
Travieso struggled on the mound in the championship game, but actually produced big numbers out of the 4-hole for the Elite. Travieso finished in the top-15 in batting average, top 5 in RBI, top 5 in hits, tied for 2nd in doubles and tied for 2nd in triples.
2B - Patrick Rivera, CBC Storm
Rivera tied Vasquez for the tournament batting crown, adding an additional 3 RBI in the championship game. He finished with 11 RBI, 2 doubles and 8 runs scored. Rivera is the type of player that finds a way on base and uses all parts of the field. Rivera even used the opposite field foul line in the championship game to knot the score at 7 with a 2-RBI basehit that snuck inside the bag.
SS - John Sternagal, Florida Stars
Sternagal impressed all week going 6 for 13, 5 runs scored, 4 RBI 1 double and a tournament-leading 3 triples. He made some stellar defensive plays as well and is a potential prospect and easy division 1 player.
3B -Brooks Morgan, Florida Hardballers
Morgan had at least 1 hit, 1 run scored and 1 RBI in every game played. He also hit a double in 3 of his 4 games. He finished 6 for 10, 6 runs scored, 5 RBI, 3 doubles and 1 for 1 on stolen bases.
OF - Esteban Puerta, South Florida Elite Squad Black (Co-MVP)
Puerta earned his MVP by finding ways to keep the Elite offense moving. If they needed a base runner, Puerta got on. If they needed an RBI, Puerta drove it in. He finished the tournament going 10 for 17, 5 RBI, 10 runs score, 2 doubles and 2 triples - getting at least 1 hit and scoring at least 1 run in every game of the tournament. Puerta is the 3-hole hitter on a star-studded team, showing just how highly the people who coach him everyday think of him.
OF - Jake Jacob, CBC Storm
What didn't Jacob do? The catalyst for the top offense in the tournament went 13 for 21, 4 RBI, 2 triples, 14 runs scored and 6 for 6 on stolen bases in 6 games played. He accounted for almost 2 hits per game, more than 2 runs scored per game and 1 stolen base per game. Jacob is slightly undersized, probably hindering his professional potential. But Jacob will easily play at the division 1 level, showing batspeed and an ability to hit high end pitching.
OF - Jordan Austin, Florida Hardballers
Austin has a chance to be special. The Gainesville, FL native hit 8 for 13, 5 RBI, 2 doubles, 8 runs scored, 4 for 4 on stolen bases and added 1 scoreless inning on the mound with 2 Ks. Austin flashed well above average batspeed and good swing during his time in the tournament before his Hardballers fell victim to the CBC Storm.
SP - Ivan Pelaez, LHP, South Florida Elite Squad Black (Co-MVP)
Pelaez earned a co-MVP by tossing 8 innings of shutout baseball in 2 appearances, allowing just 1 hit, and punching out 17 batters. Pelaez also added a 3-inning save earlier in the tournament. Pelaez used a mid 80's fastball to set-up hitters and complimented it with a sharp curveball to dominate opposing batters.
SP - Victor Arche, LHP, Almendares Baseball
Arche only sat in the mid 70's on the mound, but threw 2 different types of breaking balls that were just filthy and proceeded to punch out 10 Jacksonville Warriors in a big quarterfinal win to advance them to the Final Four.
SP - Jarrod Petree, RHP, Game Time Academy
Petree came through with a big performance in the final game of pool play throwing a complete game 3-hitter and punching out 9 in the pool clinching win over the PW Futures. The final score was 1-0, and Petree's shutout was just what Game Time needed to advance. The righty sat 83-84mph during his critical outing.
SP - Kevin Perez, RHP, South Florida Elite Squad Black
Like his teammate Pelaez, Perez also had 2 appearances going 10 IP, giving up 2 earned runs, scattering just 4 hits, punching out 10 batters and walking 3. Perez topped out at 89mph on a few pitches during his first outing at the beginning of the week.
SP - Nate Brecklin, LHP, Game Time Academy
It's hard to ignore what Brecklin did in his one appearance on the mound going 6 IP, giving up just 1 hit and punching out 13. Brecklin was only 78-80mph on the gun, but obviously showed he has more to him than what reads on the radar gun.
SP - Carson Sands, LHP, Southeast Bluesox
Sands just makes the cut here as his one outing was 5 IP, 1 hit and 7 Ks. It should be noted that the lefty from Tallahassee, FL is not even in 9th grade yet. Sands has a textbook pitchers frame as a tall, lean lefty. His fastball sat 81-83mph, not bad for 14/15 years old.