Sanford, FL - My last report is on the players that were the best of the rest position players. Please keep in mind that any of these players could be in my top 25 but I only got to see “snap shots” of all the players at CFBL Elite’s tryout.
I understand every player has an off day or the ball doesn’t bounce their way sometimes. These notable players showed me enough in either batting practice or in the games to at least mention their names.
After the notable players, check out my Top 10 Overall Players from the tryouts.
UPDATE- A kid that I heard about all weekend but didn't have a chance to see him play was John Radetsky, a 1B/3B 2016 grad from Lake Mary HS. On one of reports we have him with above averag MLB bat speed with consistent hard contact with good pitch recognition. A left-handed bat with projectability. I can't wait to see him play this spring or summer!
Notable position players:
UPDATE- Justin Moran- 2016 grad from Bishop Moore HS. Moran isn't a big kid but showed a 25 arm from the outfield with good carry. Moran uses a leg kick for timing and showed good bat speed during bp. He drops his hands a bit but still makes solid contact. Moran is just another 2016 grad that needs to be watched, seems like the 2016 class will be strong in the state of Florida.
William Jimenez- 2013 grad from East River HS. Jimenez is a physical kid with a strong lower half. He’s very loose at the plate and had a good at bat in the game fighting off several pitches before lining a single up the middle. His bat is short and quick to the ball and he makes hard contact. Jimenez ran a 4.84 sec down the line.
Zach Holbrook- 2013 grad from Dr. Phillips HS. Holbrook has a strong lower half which is ideal for a catcher. His pop time was a 2.12 and 60 time was a 7.12, both pretty good for a catcher. At the plate, Holbrook showed a patient approach.
Mathias Haywood- 2015 grad from Lake Brantley HS. Haywood showed a 30 arm from the outfield with good carry and mechanics. He ran a 7.31 sec 60 as well.
Joseph Marinelli- 2014 grad from Hagerty HS. During bp and in the games, Marinelli showed good bat speed and an aggressive approach attacking the baseball. He stays behind the ball really well which helps with consistent contact.
Logan Edwards- 2017 grad from Deland HS. Edwards popped a 2.44 sec time down to second base as a catcher. At the plate, Edwards has a lot of moving parts before the pitch. He drops his hands almost a foot but still managed to make solid contact and he’s a bit wiry. In the game he showed a good patient approach at the plate. Edwards just needs to get stronger and cut down on the movement in his swing.
Nolan Lang- 2014 grad from Dr. Phillips HS. Lang showed a 25 arm in the infield and ran a 7.47 sec 60 which makes me think 1B might be his only position option. Lang has a strong lower half and is a bit stiff at the plate. He has a toe tap as a trigger and in the games made solid contact and kept his hands back on a good curveball making solid contact. Lang ran a 4.69 sec time down the line.
Alex Nyland-Ayala- 2014 grad from Lake Howell HS. Nyland Ayala showed a solid 30 arm from the outfield with good carry and accuracy. He had a 2.13 pop time as a catcher and ran a 7.31 sec 60 time. At the plate, Nyland-Ayala had an aggressive approach with a short path to the ball making hard contact. He’s a strong kid but a little stiff. He ran a 4.56 sec time down the line running hard.
Michael Litchfield- 2014 grad from Lake Brantley HS. Litchfield has a projectable body at 6’3” 175lbs. Defensively, I don’t know where he plays. Litchfield showed a 20 arm and was heavy footed moving around in the infield. At the plate, Litchfield had a quick bat and kept his hands inside the ball pretty well. He ran a 4.63 sec down the line running hard.
Edwin Suarez- 2014 grad from East River HS. Suarez doesn’t have great size but he plays the game hard and competes. From the outfield, Suarez showed one of the better arms with a 40 arm grade but it didn’t translate to the infield where he showed a 30 arm. He ran a 7.63 sec 60 time and popped a 2.22 sec time down to second base. He showed good defensive actions with an accurate arm. At the plate Suarez was a tough out!
Connor McDonald- 2016 grad from Lake Brantley HS. Like Suarez, McDonald doesn’t have size yet but he’s only a freshman. At the plate, he has quick hands and really whips the bat through the zone. As he gets bigger and stronger, McDonald may have tremendous bat speed by the time he’s a senior.
Elmer Rosario- 2013 grad from East River HS. Rosario showed a 30 arm in the infield and ran a 7.31 sec 60. I think Rosario is a 1B or 3B as a position player. He has a strong lower half which helps generate very good bat speed. There’s not a lot of wasted movement in his swing and he attacks the baseball. Rosario does have a tendency to over-swing and pull his head away at times.
Jason Burger- 2015 grad from Winter Park HS. Burger isn’t a very big kid but he has a very aggressive approach at the plate. In the game, Burger showed he’s a good two strike hitter and he looks to go the other way. He ran a 5.47 down the line on a turn after a base hit to right field. Burger just needs to get stronger.
Kyle Phillips- 2015 grad from West Orange HS. Phillips, like Burger doesn’t have great size but has an aggressive approach at the plate. There’s a little bit of length in his swing from the left side and he has a tendency to step in the bucket at times but he has decent rhythm and timing. Phillips needs to shorten his swing and keep his front shoulder in longer and just get stronger.
Chase Brooks- 2017 grad from West Orange HS. Brooks has a very projectable body already nearly 6’2” and only 150lbs. He showed a solid 25 arm from the outfield with good carry and ran a 7.34 sec 60. Brooks rolled over on a curveball in the at bat I saw and ran a 5.44 sec time down the line pulling up at the end. His time down the line doesn’t relate to his 60 time because he pulled up and didn’t run hard through the bag. I look for Brooks to get stronger over the next several years and have much more arm strength and running a sub 7.0 seconds 60 if he works at it.
Trent Masih- 2013 grad from Lake Howell HS. Masih is a solid defender showing good hands and feet in the infield. In the game, Masih’s bat was short and quick to the ball producing a hard line drive to right field for a base hit. He hits the ball where it’s pitched. Masih is a solid overall player. He ran a 5.13 with a slow turn on his base hit to right field.
Joseph Gardner- 2015 grad from Lake Howell HS. Gardner has a very projectable body. In the infield he showed a 25 arm and had quick feet and decent defensive actions. At the plate in the games he made hard contact from the left side. Gardner ran a 5.06 sec down the line with a turn on a base hit. Keep an eye on Gardner.
Paul Lopez- 2014 grad from Orange County HS. Lopez has a little bit of projectability and showed a 25 arm from the infield and outfield. He winds up a bit from the infield before he makes his throws. Lopez ran a 7.40 sec 60. In bp Lopez showed pretty good bat quickness through the hitting zone and it translated in the game as he hit a hard line drive to right field. He ran a 5.03 down the line with a turn on the base hit to right field.
Kyle Altomare- 2014 grad from Trinity Prep HS. Altomare didn’t show a good arm from the outfield grading out at a 20, but he ran a 7.34 sec 60. During bp, he had no stride but his bat stayed through the hitting zone forever. He made hard contact.
Jake Molle- 2017 grad. Molle had a decent approach at the plate and showed a pretty free and easy swing. As a catcher, Molle showed a 2.24 sec pop time. He’ll be one to watch the next several years as he matures and gets stronger.
Erik Rohmeyer- 2015 grad from Deltona HS. Rohmeyer ran a respectable 7.34 sec 60. He’s got an athletic body and a little bit of strength. During bp he moved laterally somewhat but he was able to stay inside the ball. He had an aggressive approach at the plate in the game. Rohmeyer is weak right now but as he gets stronger he’ll become a more consistent hitter.
Kyle DeSchryver- 2016 grad from East River HS. DeSchryver easily could’ve made my top players list. He showed a 25 arm from the outfield and ran a 7.34 sec 60. In bp, he stayed behind the ball really well and made hard consistent contact which I liked seeing from a younger player.
Josh Jimenez- 2014 grad from Dr. Phillips. Jimenez is not a big kid and didn’t show much arm strength from the outfield, a 20 arm grade. At the plate though, he showed a short compact stroke from the left side. Jimenez also showed good bat control hitting balls where they were pitched. He ran a 4.62 sec down the line and on the mound his fastball was up to 78mph and his curveball was 69mph.
Dustyn Riveiro- 2014 grad from Lake Howell HS. Riveiro may have had the best bat speed at the tryouts and he’s definitely a physical presence at 6’4” 225lbs. He could have easily made my top players rankings. For a big kid, he ran well recording a 7.28 sec 60 and showed a 30 arm at first base. In bp he showed big time bat speed hitting rocket after rocket from the left side. He looked to pull everything and his swing was a little stiff. He ran hard down the line and gave me a 4.57 sec time. If Riveiro can learn to hit backside better, he’d definitely be in my top 10. I like the fact that he plays hard, that makes me think he’ll continue to work on his game and get better at the plate.
Jared Batista- 2017 grad from Lake Mary HS. Batista showed a 25 arm that was very loose. I can see his arm grading out much higher in the next year or two. In bp, he made solid contact consistently and just got the barrel to the ball every pitch. Batista has quick hands at the plate and in the infield. He’s one to watch the next several years.
Brad Nenna- 2015 grad from Lake Mary HS. Nenna showed a 2.06 pop time and ran a 7.44 sec 60 time. He’s a strong kid and hit some balls hard during bp but had a tendency to get out on his front foot a bit.
Alex Ray- 2016 grad from Lake Brantley. Ray could’ve made my top player rankings. He showed a solid 30 arm from the outfield already. He doesn’t run though, recording a 7.79 sec 60 time. Ray’s a wiry athlete with quick hands at the plate creating very good bat speed especially for a 2016 grad. He made solid contact during bp. Ray may end up being one of the better players in the Orlando area by the time he’s a senior if he continues to work hard.
Top 10 Overall Players:
1. Todd Peterson- RHP 2016 grad from Lake Mary HS
2. Jacob Corso- LHP/1B 2015 grad from Lake Mary HS
3. Matthew Coello- C 2016 grad from West Orange HS
4. Griffin Bernardo- 2017 grad
5. Kyle Muth- INF 2013 grad from Timber Creek HS
6. Matthew Affeld- RHP 2015 grad from Astronaut HS
7. Alphonse Silvestri- 1B 2014 grad from Bishop Moore HS
8. Cory Crow- RHP/INF 2014 grad from Deland HS
9. Kevin Capella- OF 2014 grad from Lake Mary HS
10. Evan Miranda- LHP/OF 2014 grad from Father Lopez