Riverside, CA - ABD underclass reports:
2017 JP Flores - MIF 5’6” 150 Valencia HS - Flores was the best player at the ABD tryouts. JP’s wiry, athletic, can play either SS or 2B. We think he may be a good fit in CF. Flores squared up everything in the game, showing above average batspeed and speed for a 2017 grad. In workouts, he showed above average arm strength for a 2017 across the diamond. He’s definitely a leadoff type hitter, spark plug at the next level.
2018 Justin Keife - RHP 5’9” 130 Santiago HS - Keife showed good arm speed on his change-up, it’s an effective pitch when down. He showed good run on his fastball from a ¾ arm slot. If Justin’s velocity makes a jump over the next year, he’ll start to gain some college interest.
2018 - Jake Umathum - LHP 5’11” 160 Paloma Valley HS - Umathum has the arm strength to be a mid to upper 80’s LHP in the next year. Jake has a very unorthodox delivery which is a bit concerning because of the stress he puts on his elbow and shoulder. The ball came out of his hand nice and he already spins it ok. If Umathum can iron out his mechanical issues in the next year or two and reduce the risk of injury, colleges will be all over him.
2018 - Brett Finnel - RHP 6’2” 185 Woodcrest Christian - Finnel has the highest upside and projectability of any of the arms we scouted. Brett’s arm was quick and he worked from a good downward plane. His fastball sat in the mid 80’s in his pen, but there’s definitely more velocity coming. Finnel’s curveball and change-up were inconsistent, but when they were right, they were good. If he can get on a good throwing and arm care program, we don’t see why Brett wouldn’t be upper 80’s consistently by the summer or fall.
2018 - Cody Rawson - C 5’10 160 Damian HS - Rawson is a physical, athletic catcher. Defensively, the tools are there for Cody to be a D1 catcher. He moves well behind the plate, has enough arm strength, and most importantly works hard on defensive drills. Offensively, Rawson has some length in his swing but showed above average batspeed for a 2018 grad and tested well in ZEPP/Pocket Radar cage.
2018 - Luke Chung - MIF 6’ 145 Home School - Chung’s a wiry, quick-twitch player. He can play SS or 2B. Defensively, Luke has quick hands and feet, aggressive, moves well laterally and vertically. At the plate, Chung showed above average to + batspeed for a 2018 grad. The ball jumped off his bat, but he needs to be more selective and patient with his approach. When Luke starts to mature more physically, he’ll starting hitting balls real hard! Colleges need to take a look now at Chung, he could be a great utility player at the next level.
There were a few players listed below that we liked but didn’t get to see enough of.
2018 - Tiger Adams - OF 6’ 180 Loyola HS - athletic, projectable, showed tools
2018 - Evan Castillo - MIF/RHP 5’8” 135 Woodcrest Christian - better on the mound, athletic, quick arm, should be low to mid 80’s soon
2018 - Jack Drury - 1B 5’10” 180 Roosevelt HS - physical, showed above average batspeed, has some stiffness but made consistent solid contact