Jupiter, FL - There were a number of pro scouts and college coaches on hand to watch the action in the “pro” portion of the showcase, featuring some of the top seniors and juniors in the state. We anticipate a number of draft picks out of this group.
Some players, like catcher/first baseman Brandon Sedell (American Heritage HS) and righthanded pitcher Kyle Smith (Santaluces HS) and others came in already high on the pro radar. But then a number of others also emerged to us as potential drafts.
Dominic Jose is one very interesting outfielder, from Boca Raton HS, who has committed to Stanford. Perhaps nobody showed more tools and projection than the lanky 6’3”, 182 lb Jose, who ran a 6.68 60 yard-dash and also has a present 55 outfield arm projecting to plus. Jose showed fluid swings both ways and though his approach still needs much work at the plate, he has the chance to turn into a very good hitter. He showed some maturity by hitting a curveball for a single to right field. Dominic is the son of longtime big league outfielder Felix Jose.
First baseman Michael Suchy (Bradenton Southeast HS) is an impressive power hitting prospect. Built very strong at 6’3”, 215 lbs, he has the potential to get even bigger. Suchy showed a natural lift on his swing and nearly average major league raw power. He looks like he’s just getting used to wood and has upside when his repetitions catch up. Suchy is thus fur uncommitted to a college.
From the left side of the plate, outfielder Patrick Kulick showed a powerful stroke with wood bat power. Kulick, from Stoneman Douglas HS, is almost as big as Such. He has a very fluid swing and took an excellent batting practice session. He’s still unsigned as well.
There were a number of middle infielders who showed good actions and overall promise. Auburn-bound Jarred Smith (Lake Wales HS) is a lefhanded hitter with a very smooth swing. He’s definitely an offensive-minded player, but one who should become a solid defender at second base. Florida-bound SS/2B Avery Romero (Pedro Menendez HS, junior) took a big batting practice and showed smooth defensive actions despite lacking straightaway speed. Jack Lopez (Deltona HS) doesn’t have a lot of size (5’10”, 155 lbs) but is a slick fielder with righthanded bat-speed and draft potential.
On the mound, Kyle Smith showed 88-90 MPH early along with his excellent arm-action and potentially plus curveball. While he’s small-framed at 6’0”, 167 lbs, his stuff and athleticism is already getting early-round interest from scouts.
Righty Ryan Meyer (Oviedo HS) has perhaps the best present and future arm-strength among the pitchers who appeared Saturday. At a long and lanky 6’6”, there’s a lot to dream on and Meyer touched 91-92 MPH, throwing consistently high-80s. His curveball is a project, but every now and then Meyer would snap off a good one as if to let scouts that it was “in there”. Meyer has committed to Central Florida.
Jones showed true infielder actions, with good feet, an average arm, and a very quick turn on the double play. The 5’9”, 170 lb junior will be an interesting follow for that alone. He doesn’t have a lot of strength in his swing yet, but takes a free and easy stroke that he can grow into.
Winker has plenty of strength in his swing, he’s a lefthanded hitter who can whip it around. Earlier in the summer, Winker was hitching badly and making himself late on good fastballs but that seems entirely ironed out. He could end up one of the nation’s best pure hitters for the Class of 2012 and he already has both an average major league arm and a good radar in the outfield. Winker’s weakest link is his straightaway speed, which is below-average right now.
Check back Sunday night for a report on Day Two of the event. Also be on the lookout for our Top Prospects articles to come early in the week.