St. Petersburg, FL - The Suncoast Select Fall Invitational October 3-4 was cut short due to rain. We didn’t get to see all the players as much as we wanted to write full reports, but the players we did see enough of were impressive.
Our scouting staff would like to thank Izzy Fontanez and his staff for letting us cover a great fall tournament.
Suncoast Select is a great program, teaching players the right way to play the game as well as winning along the way!
Izzy’s one of the hardest working coaches we’ve been around covering a tournament or tryout. With all the rain, delays, and coaches requests, the tournament ran without a hitch. Our hats off to the Suncoast Select program.
Below are reports on players that we saw enough of during the day and a half of coverage the weather allowed us. The reports are in no particular order.
Michael Paul - 2017 - 6’2” 165 - RHP - Suncoast Select Old Hickory
Paul had one of the cleaner arms and deliveries at the tournament. The ball came out easy, with some life. Michael has a longer, more deliberate deliveries, but repeats well. He stayed down in the zone with his fastball that sat between 82-85mph. Paul fell off towards the first base side a bit, which caused some inconsistency throwing strikes. Michael’s curveball spin was ok, it could be tighter and he could throw it harder. If he can spin it better and throw it harder, it may have better depth and bite, becoming more of an out pitch. There’s definitely more velocity in Paul’s arm, maybe upper 80’s in the next year or two. If he can become more consistent with his fastball, get better bite/depth on his curveball, he’ll have D2’s and smaller D1’s looking at him next spring and summer.
JT Hall - 2017 - 6’2” 160 - LHP - Bartow HS
Hall has a long, lanky, projectable frame. He won’t light up the radar gun, but showed some pitchability and deception. JT’s arm worked well and with the deception, the ball seemed to jump on hitters at 81-82mph. His fastball had some cut action, down and in towards RHH’s at times. He showed some feel for a change-up and curveball and could be tough on LHH’s. Hall competed and threw strikes with all three pitches, changing speeds and keeping hitters off-balance. NAIA, D3’s and maybe some D2’s need to take a good look at JT next spring and summer. He could be a good fit as a starter or a reliever at the next level.
Myles Thompson - 2019 - 5’10” 140 - R/R - OF - Winter Haven HS
Thompson may have been the best athlete at the tournament. Barely 14 years old, he’s still growing into his body but the tools are already starting to show. Myles is a high-waisted, lean, athletic, quick-twitch athlete with a lot of projection. He showed plus batspeed for a 2019, and the ability to make some adjustments pitch to pitch. Thompson is still raw, but flashed the ability to become a premium CF in the next couple of years. Everything is there for Myles to have average to above average tools across the board by his senior year. By that time, he may be getting the attention of MLB scouts if he can become a more consistent hitter. Thompson just needs time, reps, and continue to play better competition.
Vincent Carguillo - 2019 - 5’11” 150 - L/L - LHP/OF - Jacksonville Warriors 15U
Carguillo could turn into a legitimate 2-way player at the next level. At the plate, Vinnie hit the ball as hard as any 2019 we’d scouted this year. His batspeed isn’t off the charts, but it’s plus and the ball flies off his bat. Carguillo made consistent hard contact, creating natural loft and backspin. He had some length to his swing, but his timing/eye-hand coordination allowed him to square up several balls. Vinnie’s bat stayed through the zone, he had some of the best extension at the tournament. As he physically matures, his gappers will turn into HR’s. Carguillo could become a rare pure hitter, with power by the time he’s a senior. As a LHP, he showed some pitchability and feel for a change-up. Vinnie’s FB touched 82mph, and with some minor mechanical changes, he could be sitting low 80’s by next summer. If he can stay closed with his front side a bit longer, and get better extension to the plate, his velocity will jump some. He’s definitely a player under the radar that colleges need to start to pay attention to by next summer.
Devin Henwood - 2019 - 6’2” 180 - R/R - 3B/1B - Team Oppo/Stance Doctor 2019
Henwood was the most physical 2019 grad at the tournament. He generated plus batspeed for a 2019 with his thick, strong lower half. Devin had serious bat-whip, hitting a couple balls hard, but at times he was overly aggressive at the plate. If Henwood can become more disciplined at the plate, he’ll start to show big time power. For a bigger bodied young player, Devin had good eye-hand coordination both at the plate and around the bag defensively. Time will tell if he can become more consistent at the plate making hard contact. For now, colleges need to lay eyes on Devin and keep track of his progress the next couple of years.
Jordan Culp - 2016 - 6’1” 160 - LHP - 386 SOX 18U
Culp was an interesting LHP to scout. The LHP was up to 86mph with his FBl, but he didn’t really use his lower half. Jordan cut himself short, standing straight up with no extension but still had above average run on his FB. He was effective because of some deception and life with his FB. If he can work on getting his lower half working, getting better extension and developing a solid second pitch, he’d be an ideal candidate for a JUCO. The way his FB ran with late movement, if he can consistently keep it down, he’ll get a ton of ground balls.
Carlos Turpo - 2016 - 6’1” 152 - RHP - HBP Pirates
Turpo at only 152lbs, ran his FB up to 87mph early and had a very loose, clean, easy arm action. He’s athletic for a pitcher, fielding his position well. He’s projectable, once Carlos gets stronger in the next couple of years, his fastball should sit in the upper 80’s. Turpo repeats well and keeps everything down in the zone. He tended to aim his CB instead of of really spinning it and letting it go, it was more of a spinner. Carlos had NO effort throwing his FB. If he can get into a JUCO and develop a second pitch, by the time he’s a sophomore he could be a D1 type arm.
Jorge Pinango - 2019 - 6’3” 175 - RHP - Team Oppo/Stance Doctor
Pinango, barely 15 years old and from Venezuela, could end up having electric stuff in the next few years. He already has an athletic, projectable, great pitcher’s body and he’ll only get stronger. Jorge’s arm is very clean, not a lot of effort, and very quick. He pitched from a high ¾ to over the top arm slot that produced some late life and run. Pinango flashed a tight CB with some depth, but it was very inconsistent. Right now, he’s a thrower, his release point varies but he repeats well. He was up to 85mph, but the arm quickness he showed should produce a low to mid 90’s FB by his senior year. Mechanically, he has time to put things together better, getting his lower half to work together with his upper half. By his JR/SR year, MLB scouts should be looking at Pinango pretty hard.
Logan Lyle - 2016 - 6’ 190 - LHP/OF - Carrollwood Gators
Lyle was a bulldog on the mound. The LHP, touched 87mph and attacked hitters, especially RHH’s on the inside part of the plate. He kept everything down and threw a lot of strikes, pitching to contact. Logan’s FB was heavy and he mixed in his CB well. He competed both on the mound and at the plate. Lyle could be a 2-way player at the next level.
Adrian Comas - 2016 - 6’ 180 - R/R - MIF - Suncoast Select Old Hickory
Comas did everything well in the couple of games we scouted. He made every play at SS, even some tough plays in the hole. Defensively, he showed quick feet, a quick transfer and solid arm. At the plate, Adrian squared up several balls and had a patient approach. He had a tendency to get around the ball a bit, but when he kept his hands inside the ball, he was a tough out. Comas doesn’t have any standout tools, but he’s a baseball player and has enough ability to play at the next level.
Dylan Lettlier - 2017 - 6’2” 175 - SS - R/R - 386 SOX
Lettlier can flat out play! He’s got the athletic, projectable body type that pro scouts love for a SS. Dylan can probably stay at SS at the college level, but may need to move if he’s drafted out of HS or college. He showed average to above average batspeed for a 2017, but great rhythm and timing, squaring up about everything. None of Lettlier’s tools are off the charts, but with the type of projectability and present bat/defense combination he’s shown, colleges need to be on him now! MLB scouts won’t be far behind!
Jermaine White - 2018 - 6’2” 165 - L/L - OF - Suncoast Select Royal
White was one of the more exciting players at the tournament, very projectable! Lean, athletic, quick-twitch and could become an elite CF and MLB draft pick by his senior year. Jermaine hit the ball hard seemingly every at-bat. He’s very short and quick to the ball, patient approach, and plays the game hard. White showed good instincts in CF, getting good reads and jumps covering gap to gap. Right now, he doesn’t run that well, but with more strength we think he’ll be a better runner. Jermaine’s arm is an above average arm for a 2018 CF. White has a very high ceiling and will be fun to watch develop over the next few years! Colleges better take a close look at him now, before it’s too late.
Cab Mcivor - 2019 - 5’9” 150 - R/R - INF - Jacksonville Warriors 15U
Mcivor was one of the better pure baseball players at the tournament. Every at-bat seemed like a good at-bat, he was a tough out. He has an advanced approach at the plate for a 2019 and has a high baseball IQ. He gets around the ball sometimes, but when he stays inside it, he’s as tough an out as any player we scouted at the tournament. Cab doesn’t have a lot of projection, but as he matures and gets stronger his gap to gap mentality will produce plenty of doubles and triples. We didn’t get to see much of Mcivor defensively, but his bat will play at the next level and maybe after college as well. Keep a close eye on Cab over the next couple of years.
Tyler Myrick - 2016 - 5’11” 155 - R/R - RHP/C - 386 SOX
We’ve seen Myrick a lot over the past few years, but we’d never seen his velocity as good as it was at this tournament. Tyler sat 92-93mph and touched 94mph several times from the stretch! What was impressive was that, he had taken about a month off and was still pretty sharp. The Alabama State commit will make it hard on MLB scouts next spring on whether they like him more as a RHP or C. Myrick is a great athlete and if he spent more time behind the plate, he’d routinely be in the 1.8 pop range. Tyler can swing the bat as well. Whether he ends up at ASU or playing professional baseball next summer, we think he’ll be an impact player wherever he is.
Andrew Lara - 2019 - 5’9” 140 - R/R - SS - Score International
Lara was the best defensive MIF at the tournament that we scouted. He made a couple of “big league” plays ranging to his left and right at SS. Everything was easy for him defensively, he showed ++ actions and a + arm. At the plate, Lara showed a very patient and advanced approach for a 2019. He recognized pitches early and was a tough out just about every at-bat. With strength over the next few years, Andrew has a chance to be one of the better SS’s in Florida. Colleges may need to see more strength, which will be there in a couple of years. Once the strength comes, MLB scouts will start to take interest in Lara’s ability.
Micah Byrd - 2016 - 5’11” 170 - RHP - 386 SOX
Byrd continues to get better as a RHP. His velocity jumped a bit at this event sitting mainly 88-89mph and touching 91mph. Micah’s a good athlete, strong body, and repeats well. His fastball doesn’t move a lot, but he seems to locate it well. Byrd’s difference maker is his CB, which could become a true swing and miss pitch. He has a chance to be a legitimate 2-way player at the next level, but if his velocity keeps jumping, his future may be on the mound. Micah’s a former PW All-American and we’ll be interested to see how he progresses over the next few years in college.
There were other players that we didn’t get to see enough of because of the rain, but the event had a lot of talent.
College coaches definitely need to mark the Suncoast Select Fall Invitational down on their calendars next fall!