Riverside, CA - These prospect reports are in no particular order.
Danny Agramont - 2015 RHP Roosevelt HS - Agramont's future more than likely is on the mound. He's a decent athlete, with a quick arm and flashed a sharp slider with depth at times. In the game, Danny sat 85-87mph, threw a lot of strikes and kept hitters off-balance with is slider. We can see Agramont as a small college closer and potentially a starter if he continues to develop arm strength and endurance.
Bryson Erman - 2015 1B/3B Norco HS - Erman can run, clocking a 6.79 sec 60 time. During BP he showed a short, quick swing that was direct to the ball and made consistent solid contact. Bryson has some stiffness to his game defensively, but showed a playable arm at 1B. Erman needs to work on his hands and feet defensively this spring.
Chris Ritter - 2016 C Arlington HS - Defensively, Ritter was one of the better catchers at the showcase. He POP'd a 2.01 sec time, and showed a 40-45 arm with accuracy. One of the best things about his throws was that they were straight to the bag, not a lot of movement. Ritter's hands were soft in receiving, he blocked well and was a high energy player which is what you want behind the plate. Offensively, we need to see more of Chris to better evaluate his bat.
Cody Rawson - 2018 C Damien HS - Rawson could end up being a very interesting prospect over the next several years. Right now, as a freshman, he was a bit raw but showed some tools behind the plate. He showed some arm strength and carry on his throws to 2B and POP'd a 2.31 sec time. Cody's receiving was a a little stiff and his transfer was a bit slow but that doesn't concern us right now because of his age. He has a lot of projectability, and with time and maturity Rawson may be one to watch in a year or two.
Cory Konter - 2015 1B/3B Paraclete HS - Konter is a thick physical body type with a very strong lower half. Defensively, he showed a 40-45 arm and average footwork around the bag and needs to work on his hands a bit. We were'nt able to get a good read on Cory's offensive ability, but defensively if he works on his footwork and hands, he'll become a solid defender.
Zac Skov - 2018 RHP - Skov was close to making our top 10 prospects at the showcase. He has a chance to be a name colleges add to their recruiting lists over the next couple of years. For a freshman, Zac showed some advanced pitchability with his fastball that sat 80-81mph. He was able to spot his fastball and flashed a curveball that at times had tight spin but was inconsistent. He had a tendancy to get around his curveball at times which led to the inconsistency. When he was able to get on top of his curveball, it was a good pitch with depth. Skov's mechanics were sound and he repeated his delivery extremely well for a 2018 grad. We think Skov is a sleeper in southern California for the 2018 grad class.
Daniel De La Pena - 2017 RHP Mark Keppel HS - De La Pena could've easily made our top 10 prospects at the showcase based on his projectability, mechanics, and the way his arm worked. Daniel showed great extension and the ability to make adjustments from pitch to pitch as we asked him to do so during his bullpen. De La Pena may have had the cleanest arm action at the showcase, kept everything down in the zone and sat 82-83mph with his fastball. His curveball sat in the 70-73mph range and is a developing pitch. We can see Daniel making a decent jump in velocity over the next year or two. He's a long-limbed, lanky, and angular body type which is ideal for a pitcher. De La Pena is one colleges need to keep a close eye on.
Noah Brockway - 2018 INF - The more we watched Noah play, the more we liked him and kept asking his coaches questions about his game performances. Noah has a chance to be one of the better 2018 infielders in southern California. He showed a very quick hands and feet during infield drills, along with a quick release. His arm strength right now is better suited for 2B but being only a 2018 grad, he has plenty of time to get stronger. He attacked the baseball defensively. Combine quick hands, quick feet, and a quick release with attacking the baseball and Brockway may end up being a plus defender. We need to see more of Noah offensively to get a better read on his bat.
Xzavian Gonzalez - 2017 INF Jurupa Valley HS - Gonzalez is another player that was close to making our top 10 prospects. Offensively, he has a chance to hit at higher levels as he gets stronger. The batspeed wasn't quite there yet because Gonzalez lacks some strength, but his mechanics were sound and his bat path stayed in the zone for days. Defensively, he showed solid actions with a 35-40 arm. Gonzalez has a projectable body and we'd like to see him as a LHP at some point. We believe there's more arm strength to come with maturity. Xzavian just needs to let time pass and naturally mature and get stronger and colleges will start to take notice.
Andrew Renteria - 2016 INF Cesar Chavez HS - Renteria was an interesting player. He didn't do anything spectacular but was solid all around. Offensively, during BP he showed some bat quickness and was short and direct to the ball squaring up about everything. Defensively, he showed solid average actions, a quick arm and moved well both laterally and vertically.
Ethan Butka - 2016 RHP Aliso Niguel HS - Butka was a big bodied, strong kid that showed three solid pitches. His cutter sat 80-82mph and darted late. He showed a curveball with tight spin at 65mph and was around the zone with it. Ethan's change-up had good arm side run and had late downward action. Butka's not going to overpower anyone, but with three solid pitches that move, he'll able to get outs.
Alexis Paz - 2016 1B/3B Upland HS - Paz grew on our staff the more we watched him play. He had a physical body type, very strong and in games hit several balls hard. Defensively, Paz moved pretty well for a thicker body type and had average actions which can improve. He did show a solid 40 arm and an intensity in the games that you can't coach. Keep an eye on Paz, we think his best baseball is still ahead of him.
Casey Dykstra - 2017 OF Santiago HS - Dykstra has a chance to potentially become a special player but there's some adjustments we felt he was unable to make during BP and in the games. The good thing is that we feel he has the eye-hand coordination and time to make the necessary adjustments. Casey ran a 7.45 sec 60 which will improve as he gets stronger over the next couple of years. We didn't get a chance to fairly evaluate Dykstra's defensive ability. Offensively, the tools were there for Casey to become an elite hitter with some adjustments. He showed plus batspeed for his grad class from the left-side and was very short and direct to the baseball hitting hard line drives on any pitch middle in. There was no wasted movement in his swing, but his swing was a bit mechanical. Anything middle away from Dykstra, he struggled to go that way and square balls up. If Casey can work on hitting the ball backside, we think he can potentially become an elite hitter and will have the ability to hit at any level.
Mike Odgers - 2016 INF Granite Hills HS - Odgers can run a bit, clocking a 6.99 sec 60 time. He was a strong bodied kid, with a quick bat. Mike had a tendancy to try and pull everything in BP, but he made consistent hard contact. Defensively, he showed good actions, some athleticism, a 35-40 arm and attacked the baseball.
Kyle Csakan - 2016 INF Santiago HS - Kyle ran a 7.35 sec 60 and squared everything up in BP with average batspeed for his grad class. He showed decent rhythm and timing which is why he squared up a lot of balls. Csakan has a good body with some projectability. Defensively, he showed a 35-40 arm with a quick release.
Jake Bikle - 2016 INF Glendora HS - Bikle seemed to get better and better with each at bat in the games hitting several balls hard off some of the better pitching. Jake has a strong body and showed some athleticism running a 7.09 sec 60 and moving well laterally and vertically defensively. He's a player that you have to watch play over and over to understand that he's a solid all around player. He's got batspeed, a good bat path and barrels a lot of balls. He showed a solid 35-40 arm with a quick release. We can see Bikle moving to 2B potentially at the college level.
Zack Gillissee - 2017 RHP - We didn't get to see enough of Zack to fairly evaluate his abilities, but we did see enough to know he's a definite prospect. He had a strong body, with a potential power arm. His fastball sat 85-86mph, but it was straight over the top and flat. If Zack can develop a two-seam fastball or cutter, we think he'll start to dominate hitters. He flashed a solid curveball at times but it was inconsistent. The tools are there for Gillissee to become a solid college pitcher if he can become more polished over the next couple of years. He's an arm to watch closely.
Max Crabbe - 2018 C - Mater Dei HS - We didn't get to see enough of Crabbe offensively to evalute his bat, but defensively, he has a chance to be one of the better 2018 catchers in southern California. He ran a 7.35 second 60 which is pretty good for a young catcher. Max showed some arm strength and carry when he POP'd a 2.19 sec time to 2B. He's got a great body for a catcher, moves well laterally behind the plate and most importantly, his POP times translated into the games. Crabbe is a catcher to watch over the next several years.
Jake Umathum - 2018 LHP/1B - Umathum has a ton of upside and projectability and was close to making our top 10 prospects. Defensively at 1B, he showed above average actions, quick hands and feet and a 40 arm. He has an athletic, wiry, loose body. During BP he showed above average batspeed for his grad class and a quick easy left-handed swing. On the mound, Jake has some mechanical work to do, but the arm speed and athleticism is there. Umathum could be a name on a lot of colleges recruiting lists starting next year.
Noah Talas - 2017 MIF/RHP Santiago HS - Talas, a former PW Underclass All-American invite is a great athlete that could've easily made our top 10 prospects if we were able to have seen more of him at the showcase. Noah can pretty much do it all at a pretty high level. He runs, hits, plays defense and can win games on the mound. The game comes easier to Talas than most players in his grad class. He's a wiry, athletic, very projectable player that we can't wait to see more of this summer.