Sanford, FL - The reports below are in no particular order.
Mason Allison - Deland HS - 1B/RHP - 2018 - R/R - 6’3” 180 - Allison looked good in BP, showing above average batspeed for a 2018 grad. Mason stayed had good extension through the ball and stayed on plane. He had a little bit of length in his swing, but as he gets stronger, his swing should get shorter. Allison barrelled just about everything in BP, but struggled a bit during the games. Either way, Mason has a projectable frame and has a chance to hit once he gets stronger with maturity. He ran ok as well, clocking a 7.34 60.
Tommy Ben Jr. - Atlantic Coast HS - 1B/RHP - 2017 - R/R - 6’6” 225 - Ben was by far the most physical player at the camp. Tommy has a little bit of quick-twitch, but definitely has brute strength. As a RHP, Ben has a lot of upside because of his size and physical strength. Watching him in his bullpen session, he didn’t use his lower half too well which resulted in lower velocities. Tommy’s arm is fairly quick and when he did use his lower half, stayed closed longer, and had more of a drop/drive delivery his fastball jumped from 80mph to 84mph. If Ben can learn to use his lower half better, there’s no reason his fastball shouldn’t sit in the low to mid 80’s right now and potentially harder a year from now. As a hitter, Tommy looks to pull everything and does have some serious pull power. He hits from an open stance and looks for the inside pitch, anything on the outer half would give him problems. The tools are there for Ben to become a better player. If he can work on a few minor mechanical issues as a pitcher and work on his approach as a hitter, he may start to catch the attention of some college coaches.
Wade Cuda - Winter Park HS - MIF - 2017 - R/R - 5’11” 150 - Cuda showed decent tools across the board. Wade’s pretty athletic, wiry and has some quick-twitch. At SS, he showed above average actions, footwork, for a 2017 grad and good arm strength at 80mph across the diamond. Cuda runs a bit, clocking a 6.97 60. During BP, he made consistent solid contact showing quick hands, squaring up quite a few balls. Wade really gets through the ball with his backside, generating good bat whip with his quick hips. He’s very loose in the box. The stronger he gets, the more of a true gap to gap hitter he’ll become. With speed and good instincts, he could be a doubles machine in the next couple of years. Cuda should definitely catch some college coaches eyes over the next couple of years. He’s a gamer.
Noah Orlando - Edgewater HS - MIF - 2017 - R/R - 5’9” 147 - Orlando was one of the better athletes at the camp running a 6.90 60, showing above average actions and footwork, with an average arm at SS for a 2017 grad. Noah is a gamer and plays hard every play and battles every at-bat. Orlando has great eye-hand coordination and uses a lot of wrist/hand action in his swing. He’s short and direct to the ball, but doesn’t use his lower half and get his backside through the baseball completely. Once Noah learns to really use his lower half, he start to hit balls hard and drive balls gap to gap. The tools are there for Orlando to be a next level player.
Cade Westbrook - Creekside HS - MIF - 2017 - L/R - 6’1” 195 - Westbrook probably had the most impressive BP at the camp. He generated plus batspeed for a 2017 grad and stayed through the hitting zone forever and kept his hands inside the ball repeatedly. Westbrook had great extension and created backspin and carry. Cade’s has a thicker, stronger lower half that he uses well to generate power. He struggled a bit in the games to square balls up, but against better velocity his swing may translate better. Westbrook’s power will come in time, but for now he can do damage from gap to gap. Defensively, we’re not quite sure yet where he fits in. He showed average to below average actions at SS, but did show an average arm at 83mph across the diamond. More than likely, if Cade can produce with the bat in games, colleges will look at him as a corner infielder or leftfielder. He has a short arm action, which led us to believe he may have a future behind the plate if he’s willing to give it a try. Either way, Westbrook’s bat is what will carry him.
Luis Torres - Osceola HS - UTIL - 2017 - R/R - 6’1” 165 - Torres has some projection and is pretty athletic running a 6.90 60 and getting down the line on a push bunt at 4.15 seconds. Luis is a tough out and puts the ball in play, which lets him use his speed. He likes to run once he’s on base, stealing several bases during the games. Torres makes enough contact to get on base consistently, but needs to get stronger to be able to drive balls and turn singles into doubles and triples. Defensively, Luis has great actions at SS and can probably play any position on the field, but he needs to attack the baseball more aggressively. His arm strength is a little below average for a 2017 grad and attacking the baseball will help him cut the distance down on his throws to 1B. Luis has some upside, a lot of what will become of it will depend on how much stronger he gets over the next couple of years. If he gets stronger and plays as aggressively defensively as he does offensively, colleges will start to take notice.
Carter Dahl - Real Life Christian Academy - C - 2018 - R/R - 5’9” 145 - Dahl had one of the quicker releases, especially for a sophomore. Carter pop’d a 2.12 second time with accuracy and arm strength. His throws were straight as well. Once Dahl gets stronger, his pop times should be consistently around 2.0 seconds or better. Offensively, Carter needs to get stronger and be more aggressive attacking the baseball. He’s a little stiff at the plate and takes defensive swings, not getting through the ball, but that can easily change with added strength and maturity. He has some projection and could develop into a solid defensive catcher over the next few years, the bat will need to come around a bit and colleges will start to show interest.
Quinton Martinez - Bishop Moore HS - LHP - 2017 - L/L - 6’2” 165 - Martinez was the most interesting arm at the camp. He has a lot of projection and could end up being a “late bloomer.” Quinton has a long, lanky frame that helps him pitch from a good downward plane. His secondary stuff isn’t quite there yet, it may be due to the fact he’s an outfielder as well and doesn’t focus most of his time on pitching yet. In his bullpen, Martinez pitched around 80mph but touched 84mph. His arm speed looked as if his velocity should’ve been mid 80’s. Most of the time when the arm speed doesn’t match up with the velocity, it’s a sure sign they haven’t been long tossing, running, or keeping their arm in shape. We wouldn’t be surprised if Quinton can get on a good arm care and strength program, his velocity may jump by next summer or fall. If he can pitch 85-87mph and develop a quality second pitch, colleges will be all over him.
Caleb Stafford - Montverde Academy - C/MIF - 2016 - R/R - 5’11” 172 - Stafford showed one of the more balanced swings during BP. He stayed behind the ball better than anyone and had good extension through the ball. He’s a bit wiry and has some projection, but strength is what Stafford needs the most. He’s an athletic catcher, which showed when he took infield at SS with quick feet and was 83mph across the diamond. Behind the plate, Caleb had the best pop time at the camp at 1.88 seconds. He ran a 7.40 60, which isn’t bad for a catcher. Athletic, quick feet, quick release and a strong arm, Stafford is ready to catch at the next level now. If he can get stronger this winter going into his senior season, he may catch some college coaches eyes.
Miguel Perez - Olympia HS - C - 2017 - R/R - 6’ 180 - Perez has a great catchers body, with a thicker, strong lower half. Defensively, Miguel is already there with a quick release, strong arm with carry and accuracy producing consistent pop times. His best pop was 1.94 seconds. Perez gets the ball from his glove right to his ear and gets rid of it. With more arm strength, his pop times will consistently be in the low 1.9’s. At the plate, Miguel has some work to do. He gets out on his front foot and gets unbalanced quite a bit, he did it in BP and in the games. When he does time everything up right, there’s definitely some power in his bat to all fields. It will tough for him to use that power though if he can’t make consistent hard contact. He’s definitely a smart baseball player and could easily make adjustments over the next year or two and start to get colleges interested. The physical tools are there, Perez just needs to find more balance and looseness in his swing.
William Harrison - Olympia HS - RHP - 2016 - R/R - 6’ 2” 210 - Harrison could be a diamond in the rough for a smaller college. Physically, his body is strong enough to eat up some innings. During his bullpen, he showed a fastball that sat mainly 82mph-84mph from a true side-arm angle. His fastball had good arm side sink and run and could produce a lot of ground balls to right-handed hitters. Harrison showed a knuckleball that at times was unhittable and at times flattened out. In the games, William struggled a bit with his control. If he can learn to control his sinker better and develop a pitch that cuts/moves the opposite way, he’d get outs at most colleges. Right now, he’d be more of a short to middle reliever.
Timothy Kaiser - Boone HS - RHP - 2016 - R/R - 6’ 160 - Kaiser had a shorter arm action, but the ball came out clean and got on hitters very quick. He has some natural deception and is pretty athletic for a pitcher. In his bullpen, he ran his fastball up to 85mph and flashed a good mid 70’s CB with some depth. He competes on the mound and gets outs. He’s one to keep an eye on next spring.
Travis Ritter - Hernando HS - RHP - 2016 - R/R - 6’ 160 - Ritter had the best arm action at the camp and cruised on the mound in the games. His fastball is sneaky fast and deceptive at 82mph-86mph, he had no problem throwing by hitters. His mechanics are great, good extension, repeats well and gets everything out of his 160lbs. Ritter needs to work on his secondary pitches. At the next level, without a quality second or third pitch, it’s tough to get outs unless your fastball is low to mid 90’s. He should definitely be on smaller colleges radars now and once he starts to show a better feel for secondary pitches, he’ll compete for a starting spot at the next level.
Notable players we need to see more of:
Nick Zipf - Flagler Palm Coast HS - SS/3B - 2017 - R/R - 6’4” 200 - 6.84 60, batspeed, projectable body
Bobby Minotti - Orangewood Christian School - MIF/OF - 2019 - R/R - 5’ 7” 120 - 7.32 60, wiry, scrappy, 77mph from OF
Graham Gardner - Dr. Phillips HS - RHP - 2016 - R/R - 6’ 185 - low 80’s cutting FB, effective when down in zone
Jaylen Young - Lake Brantley HS - OF - 2017 - L/L - 6’1” 172 - athletic, batspeed, 7.03 60, 83mph from OF
Shawn Kelley - University HS - OF - 2017 - L/R - 6’2” 175 - athletic, projectable, 6.94 60, batspeed, needs more balance in swing
Mark Wanner - Montverde Academy - INF/OF - 2016 - R/R - 6’ 3” 190 - physical, 88mph from OF, plays hard