Jupiter - It was a short day today at the USA Baseball JO East, as games concluded by 5pm. I was able to refresh my batteries tonight and go over a lot of my notes. While going over my notes, I naturally began to organize my thoughts and compare notes amongst teams and players. With that in mind, I wanted to do a brief top 5 team rankings in the 16U JO East thus far. In no particular order:
Tampa Bay Warriors - The Warriors clearly have the best prospect in this event with Lance McCullers but they also sport top tier players such as Jason Carmichael and Avery Romero.
South Florida Elite Black - The Black have a power arm of their own with Nick Travieso. However, the Elite also sport bats such as Micahel Klement, Esteban Puerta, and UM commit Nick Basto. They are lead on the mound by stud LHP Ivan Pelaez.
South Charlotte Panthers - The Panthers came down to Jupiter from South Charlotte, NC and earned the #1 seed in the preliminary round. Brody Koerner leads a very good Panthers team with his mid to upper 80s fastball and good breaking ball.
Palm Beach County PAL - PAL continues their impressive program with yet another loaded 16U team. PAL has plenty of D1 prospects, and Sam Murphy impressed me as I was able to catch the majority of his game that he pitched. He is one of the most polished lefties in the tournament. Gushue, Coman, Danciu, and Maloney round out a loaded roster.
FTB Mizuno - Mizuno is loaded again this year with op prospects such as Alexis Rivera, Chris Okey, Jesse Winker and Colyn O'Connell, and Addison Russell - to name a few.
There are a few other teams that are very good that just missed the cut for me such as Team Orlando, Richmond Braves National, West Florida Panthers, Houston Banditos and plenty more.
Check back for day 4 action tomorrow.