MESA - The 2nd annual WSL Round Robin Showcase completed in Arizona on Monday with a few new names standing out, and a few teams sweeping the board.
It was a strong weekend for the AZ Angels as a program. The Arizona Angels Scout Team 18U Red had a dominant performance, going 4-0 with a sweep over their competition. A lot of their players also stood out over the course of the weekend.
Angels 16U White went 3-0, while Angels 18U Gray and 18U Black went 3-1 each. Those 4 Angels teams combined to go 13-2!
They had arguably one of the best pitchers in the event as 2015 grad Josh Webster sat 85-88mph for the majority of the game and could really pitch. 2015 Cooper Davis had a few outstanding at bats on offense and stood out as one of the top position players at the event.
AZ RBI had a good weekend - combining to go 6-0-1 between their 18U and 15U team. 2015 grad Grant Smith ran it up to 85mph, while 2017 Anthony Quattrocchi touched 83mph. Quattrocchi is interesting because with mechnical improvements he can easily see a velocity jump. He opens his front hip way too early and uses all arm to throw. Once he uses his body, he could see a big velocity jump.
2017 SS Jaydon Brooks from AZ Future Stars was also exciting to watch. He threw 86mph across the infield, ran a 6.63 60 and showed big time athleticism. AZ Future Stars OF Juan Cabrera showed a big arm hitting 90mph during the combine from the OF. He was also up to 85mph on the mound.
2016 OF Juan Ponce from 520 Elite out of Tucson, AZ turned in the best 60 time of the day - running a 6.44. Ponce also had a game where he had an inside the park homerun and added 7 RBIs during that game.
The So Cal Stars also showed strong during the event - finishing 3-1. Left-handed hitter Jake Yarger has some serious potential with a projectable 6'2/175 pound frame and some hitting tools that stood out. 2015 grad Jake Hinzo also showed some big time bat-speed.
Club 42 16U finished undefeated at 3-0 and had a rain out. 2016 Anthony Bouldin-Castro stood out on the mound, running his fastball up to 86mph and showed some pitchability.
Overall, about 25 players will be added to the top player rankings for the state of Arizona from this event.
As always, there was a good turnout of college coaches throughout the weekend.