Delray Beach, FL - 2016 and 2017 grad Prospect reports from the Florida Stealth and Elev8 Sports Institute’s 2nd Annual Prospect Camp at Fenway Field.
The weather didn’t want to cooperate during the camp, but we did get to see enough to put together reports on some of the top prospects. It was a great camp, there were at least a couple dozen colleges in attendance, the facilities were nice, and the players were good!
Here’s a look at some of the 2016 and 2017 grads that stood out. The 2018 and 2019 reports will be out on Monday! Overall the 2018-2019 grad classes had the most talent.
Jesus Dicaru RHP R/R Elev8 Sports Institute - Dicaru, a former PW All-American looked just as good or better than he did at USF back in late July. Jesus showed a consistent curveball with some late break and a good downward plane. He’s got a quick, live arm and repeats his delivery. If Dicaru can sit in the 90mph area and touch 92-93mph with his fastball, and stay consistent with his curveball next spring, pro scouts will start to take interest. Dicaru’s uncommitted.
Alan Alonso OF/IF R/R Miami Palmetto HS - Alonso is a strong, thicker body type corner OF/INF. Alan’s bat is his best tool, in the games he hit the ball as hard as anyone at the camp. He showed above average batspeed for a 2016 grad and good eye-hand coordination, squaring up about everything. Alonso definitely has a chance to hit and hit with a little bit of power at the college level
Christian Sepulveda IF R/R Elev8 Sports Institute - Sepulveda looks the part, long, loose, athletic with a bit of quick-twitch. Defensively, Christian showed good actions, good lateral movement and enough arm strength to play SS/3B. At the plate, he’s got a little work to do. The batspeed and eye-hand coordination are there. Sepulveda needs to work on shortening his stride length and getting his front foot down earlier. If he can make more consistent hard contact at the plate, there’s no doubt he can play at the college level.
Angel Vargas IF R/R Elev8 Sports Institute - Vargas had one of the strongest arms across from SS at 85mph. Defensively, Vargas may be a better fit at 2B at the college level. At 2B he may become an above average defender with a plus arm. At the plate, Vargas showed above average batspeed for a 2016, quick hands and a solid approach at the plate. Angel is one college coaches need to check on next spring.
Robert Miller RHP R/R Vero Beach HS - Miller has a good pitcher’s body, with a strong lower half. His fastball sat in the mid 80’s and he mixed in a 10/4 type curveball that was tough on RHH’s. Miller threw strikes and mixed up his pitches well. Robert showed enough to pitch at the next level.
Axel Salgado C R/R Elev8 Sports Institute - Salgado has a great catcher’s body, shorter, stocky and strong. Axel had the second best POP time at the camp, a 1.94. He showed some athleticism behind the plate. Salgado’s transfer was a bit slow, but the arm strength was there and his throws were on the bag. Axel’s bat needs some work. He made consistent contact during the games, and had some good at-bats, but his batspeed is average for a 2016 and he trouble finding the barrel at times. Salgado can catch and throw at the next level, the bat may come along as well. There have been plenty of great catch and throw catchers that have played at both the college and professional levels for a long time.
Austin Hurwitz C R/L Elev8 Sports Institute - There’s gotta be a college program looking for a solid left-handed hitting catcher. Hurwitz POP’d a camp best 1.87, with a quick transfer and strong arm. All his throws were accurate, with carry. Austin has a stocky, strong build and is cat quick behind the plate. We didn’t see enough of his bat, but he did show above average batspeed for a 2016. He cuts his swing off a bit, but stays behind and inside the ball pretty well. The tools are there both defensively and offensively for Austin to play at the next level.
Maxwell Charnin RHP R/R Atlantic Community HS - Charnin was one of the more interesting arms at the camp. He’s long, loose, projectable and the ball comes out of his hand pretty good. Maxwell’s delivery is a bit stiff and unorthodox but he’s able to repeat and throw strikes with three pitches consistently. There’s definitely some deception with the unorthodox delivery and a low to mid 80’s fastball. He creates a good downward angle and mixes up his pitches well. Charnin doesn’t quite get over his front side, but he releases all three pitches from the same release point. His curveball had good spin and will produce some ground balls at the next level. He showed good arm speed on his change-up, with some late sink that will also produce ground balls at the next level. If Charnin can get better extension and get out over his front side better, his velo should jump a little bit. If he can sit consistently in the 85-87mph range with his fastball by his senior year, he’ll make an immediate impact at a smaller D1 or D2 college.
Sawyer Losey LHP Berean Christian - Losey has an athletic, physical body with a quick arm. He ran his fastball into the mid 80’s and there’s definitely more in there if he can stay over the rubber longer. Losey drifts quite a bit, but his quick arm catches up which adds some deception. If he can gather himself better and get his lower half in sync with his upper half, Sawyer’s velocity should jump immediately. He really doesn’t get any extension either, which takes away from his velocity. Most everything he threw was down in the zone and had some run. Colleges need to take a close look at Losey next spring to see if his mechanics have gotten better.
Scott Johnson RHP Atlantic Community HS - Johnson has a good pitcher’s body, athletic for a pitcher, projectable. Scott had a quick arm flashing a low/mid 80’s fastball that was down in the zone. He worked quick and repeated his delivery well, stayed closed, and showed good extension, getting over his front side really well. Scott stabs a bit, but it seems to be in rhythm with his delivery. Johnson just needs to get stronger and the velocity will continue to jump. Colleges need to take a look at him now, before his velocity does jump.
Jesus Villalobos C R/R Elev8 Sports Institute - Villalobos best tool right now is his bat. His eye-hand coordination may have been the best at the camp. Jesus got out on his front foot a bit, but his uncanny ability to keep his hands back and square up everything saved him. He’s a thicker bodied strong kid, good catcher’s body. He was able to stay inside the ball every at-bat and hit several balls hard in the games. Villalobos definitely has a chance to hit at the college level. Defensively, his best POP time was a 2.03. If he can get quicker behind the plate, he could be an impact player as a freshman in college. Jesus bat will play at the next level.