Tampa - After two showcases and three tournaments to start the summer, our staff is getting a pretty good grasp on who some of the better 2017 and even 2018 players in Florida, Arizona, California and the Mid-Atlantic.
There are some 2016 players that we hadn't scouted before that will appear in the rankings. There are some 2016's that have either improved, stayed the same or regressed a bit since this past spring and last summer that will move up or down in the rankings.
The rankings got started as early as this past spring at several spring break tournaments we scouted. Then we had our Inaugural All-State Showcase presented by IMG that produced quite a few players we had never scouted before that can really play.
We officially started the summer with a bang on Memorial Day Weekend with our Florida WSL Kickoff. We were able to scout all kinds of new players from three different grad years. We even saw some 2014-15 grads that were new and could really play.
Sarasota Week started with a new pre-Florida State Finals showcase that was a big success and drew nearly 30-40 colleges to Ed Smith Stadium. The Elite 100 showcased some of the best 2015-16 and 2017 grads. A couple tools that you can't teach are speed and power. Our staff always looks for players that can run with good eye-hand coordination. Speed was definitely evident at the Elite 100 and it was no surprise to our staff since that's a tool we look for in position players. Batspeed and power were also on display. I think the ball that Bubba Sangster hit in BP is still in orbit somewhere over New Mexico probably by now.
With nearly 130 teams, it's hard to see every kid at Sarasota Week but our staff did an outstanding job of identifying new players to rank and bearing down on players we needed to bear down on.
In Arizona, the talent just like the weather was HOT. Phoenix Week had more teams than ever and our staff was able to identify quite a few new players for our AZ Rankings. We got to re-evaluate some 2015 grads as well as see some new players that made big impressions. The arms were up this year compared to last year which is ALWAYS a good thing. There were plenty of Cali kids that impressed as well.
The summer's just getting started for PW, but as I mentioned earlier we already have a pretty good feel for who the better players are in Florida, Arizona, California and the Mid-Atlantic. Some of these players were invited to our Underclass All-American Games which annually draws 40 plus colleges and is an excellent way for a player to end his summer on a big stage.
Next stop for our scouting staff, back to AZ for a great WSL event then to University of Tennessee and coverage of TopTenn's Boro Classic (www.toptennbaseball.com) in Murfreesboro, TN. Our staff will be looking for players to invite to our Underclass All-American Games Southeast at Auburn during our time in Tennesse.
We finish out our summer with our WSL Mid-Atlantic Regional, PW World Series both East and West before we wrap things up with our PW Underclass All-American Games (East, Southeast and West).
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