Gainesville, FL - Eight of the better 13U teams competed this past weekend at the Gatorball Classic powered by Prospect Wire, and there was plenty of talent on display!
There was quite a bit of good, clean baseball played as well.
Our staff gathered together today and picked out some of the standout players from the event. The players aren’t ranked in any particular order.
We may reference a few stats here and there in the blurbs below. But the standouts had nothing to do with stats and moreso had to do with raw tools displayed and future projection.
Drew Stubbs - All American Prospects Blue - Catcher R/R - Stubbs had one of the best ball exit velocities at the event and it translated to the field. He is an exceptional hitter right now. Behind the plate, he catches and receives well. His arm strength will come as he matures. Drew hit several balls hard and is a player to watch develop defensively.
Zack Jenkins - Vero Beach Baseball Academy Red - MIF/OF/RHP R/R - Jenkins can do a little bit of everything and is an exciting player to watch. Zack was the only player to leave the yard with a HR to left center. Jenkins almost had two HR’s over the weekend as he hit the fence in right center in another at bat. Jenkins has raw power and present strength for a 13 year old and makes a lot of hard contact.
Josh Allen - Winter Park Diamond Dawgs - OF/LHP L/L - Allen was as complete of a two-way player as there was at the event. Josh a sweet left-handed swing and an easy arm action on the mound, running his fastball up to 75mph. Allen is advanced offensively. In one particular at-bat, he was out-front on a curveball but kept his hands back and loaded and produced a sweet stroke sending the curveball into the gap. Keep a close eye on Allen, as he could become a big time player in high school. Josh led the event in RBI’s.
Michael Mullins - Score International - OF/RHP R/R - Mullins is one of those rare players that you just can’t wait to watch play. The kid plays the game how it’s supposed to be played. When we see players that have a ton of talent and the competitive drive that Michael has, we know they have a chance to play baseball for a long time. He was a sparkplug in the leadoff spot. High energy player. Impact guy right now for his age. Mullins also had some of the best test results at our combine. As a pitcher, he ran his fastball up to 75mph with movement and life.
Bryan Muniz - Coastal Prospects - SS R/R - Muniz made some spectacular plays at shortstop, but needs to get a little more consistent defensively. The talent is there to be an outstanding defensive shortstop at the high school level. At the plate, Bryan had one of the quicker bats at the event and made consistent hard contact and stole several bases.
Jacob Quigley - CF Baseball - 1B/RHP R/L - Quigley has a good swing and makes consistent solid contact, has an athletic body and competes on the mound. Jacob can really hit, with 5 hits and 6 RBI’s during the event.
Noah Keeter - Gatorball Baseball Academy- RHP/1B R/R - Keeter stands about 6’4” and has a chance to gain velocity as a pitcher once his strength starts catching up to his body. Noah’s already topping out at 76mph, and there’s definitely a lot more in the tank. Keeter’s mechanics need some work, right now he’s more of a thrower, but keep an eye on his velocity over the next couple of years. Once his mechanics get right, low 80mph’s will follow.
Myles Caba - Score International - LHP/OF - L/L - Caba is a dynamic two-way player and maybe had the most athletic body at the event. Myles has a clean, quick arm and throws strikes, running his fastball up to 71mph. There’s some deception with his delivery and arm action. Caba had the longest arms and legs at the event - with arms hanging well below his hips. This is a great sign of projection for him. At the plate, Caba has a quick short swing that produces consistent solid contact.
Collin Hall - CF Baseball - C - R/R - Offensive catcher that was strong and made hard, consistent contact all tournament. Had one of the shorter swings in the event. Went 4-for-10 in the event and 3 of those 4 hits were doubles. Good baseball instincts.
Logan Schmidt - Coastal Prospects - P/INF/OF - R/R Good, lanky, projectable body. Topped at 74mph on the mound. Strong kid. Good hit metrics in the Hit Lab.
Wes Avery - Gatorball 3B - R/R - Phyiscal kid. Juice in the bat. 3B with some instincts. Plays hard. Hit a few balls hard with not much to show for it in the boxscore.
Joseph Kovaleski - Vero Beach Baseball Academy - OF/RHP - R/R Good frame. Projection. 5'10"/140. Big kid. Some juice in the bat. Good defender.
McGwire Holbrook - Winter Park Diamond Dawgs - INF/OF - Physical kid. Very strong. Has juice in the bat. And one of the best names in the event as a staff favorite.
Ryan Geffert - Winter Park Diamond Dawgs - Ryan is worth mentioning for a lot of reasons - but one simple fact is he had by far the shortest bat to contact time in the event. In Hit Lab he measured .094 seconds time to impact on the Zepp - which was the shortest swing in the event.
Nick Gorby - All American Prospects - OF/LHP - Looked better on the mound for us. Good lefty with some pitchability. Power frame. Nicknamed "Tank".