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Updated: Jun 22nd, 2010
Day 4 Report - JO West - Looking at the Hitters
By: Jeff Spelman |

Phoenix - The first three days of the USA Baseball 16U West Championships in Phoenix has featured 144 games. The top seeded teams include:
1 San Diego Show   
2 Rawlings Elite   
3 SABA 520 Elite   
4 Rox Baseball   
5 Team Anderson 2012   
6 Norcal 2012   
7 Liberty Lions   
8 OC Baseball   
9 PBA Storm-Red   
10 Placentia Mustangs  

At this event, teams with good pitching depth will rise to the top. The San Diego Show features two of the best pitchers in the event, both possible early round draft choices:

LHP Stephen Gonsalves, L/L, 6-4, 165, 2013

RHP Cory Oswalt, R/R, 6-3, 190, 2012

Play continues today with 36 more games followed by an off day Wednesday and the start of single elimination round on Thursday.

Scouting the Top Hitters

One of the most challenging aspects of scouting a large tournament like this is evaluating hitters.

The pre-event workout features 60-yard dashes and a defensive workout, but no batting practice. Once the games begin, often times there are 16 games going on at once at four different locations. Usually a scout will keep an eye on four fields at once. It’s easy to see how you can miss hundreds of quality at-bats, unless you were able to place a scout at each field and not move.

So what happens is that we get short glances at over 1,000 different hitters, all facing a variety of pitching (both good and below-average). You look for a solid approach, getting the hands through the zone, hitting the ball squarely, power potential and several other criteria. At this age group most of the hitters are not physically mature yet.

After three days of games, we have compiled a list of hitters that have gotten our attention as good follows. The first list will feature good pure hitters. The second list spotlights power potential at the plate.

All of these prospects are those we have seen ourselves in game situations the past couple of days. Our apologies to all the players we missed seeing due to the sheer volume of simultaneous games. Remember, even if we saw a team play and a player appears on the list, we may not have seen all of his teammates hit.

Top Hitters

Daniel Robertson, IF, R/R. 6-1, 180 (ABD Bulldogs)

Collin Yelich, C/OF, L/R, 6-2, 175 (ABD Bulldogs)

James Ziegler, IF/LHP, L/L, 5-11, 180 (AZ Athletics)

Seth Froethheim, IF, R/R, 5-7, 160 (AZ Diamondbacks)

Brody Russell, IF/OF, R/R, 6-1, 175 (Bakersfield Braves)

Thomas Wakem, OF/IF, R/R, 6-4, 190 (Baseball Northwest Washington)

Gabe Garcia, RHP/IF, R/R, 6-0, 160 (CVBA Titans)

Brice Cell, IF/RHP, R/R, 6-3, 190 (Dallas Tigers-Griffin)

Austin Tyrone, RHP/IF, R/R, 6-2, 230 (Dallas Tigers-Griffin)

Anthony Barr, OF, L/L, 5-6, 140 (Dallas Tigers-Griffin)

Josh Adams, OF/LHP, L/L, 6-2, 175 (EDH Vipers)

Jake Villa, OF/IF, R/R, 5-9, 170 (EJ Sports Warriors)

Conner Jordan, RHP/IF, R/R, 6-4, 185 (Houston Heat)

Robby Nesovic, IF/RHP, R/R, 6-4, 185 (Liberty Lions)

Joey Martuano, IF/RHP, R/R, 6-2, 185 (Mountain West)

Ozzie Rodriguez, IF, R/R, 5-9, 160 (Mountain West)

Dalton Blackwell, C/IF, R/R, 5-9, 170 (Mountain West)

Drew Butler, C/IF, R/R, 6-0, 185 (Mountain West)

Cody Bergkamp, OF/LHP, L/L, 6-3, 175 (PBA Storm-White)

Christopher Rivera, IF/RHP, R/R, 5-10, 155 (Placentia Mustangs)

Parker Starr, IF/OF, R/R, 6-0, 165 (Placentia Mustangs)
Michael Behen, RHP, R/R, 6-0, 155 (Quakes Baseball Academy)

JP Crawford, IF/OF, R/R, 6-1, 170 (Rawlings Elite)

Tommy Edman, IF/RHP, S/R, 5-10, 150 (San Diego Stars)

Michael Darr, IF/OF, L/R, 5-10, 160 (Trombly Baseball)

Mark Sanchez, IF, L/R, 5-10, 170 (Trombly Baseball)

Auston Ingram, OF/RHP, R/R, 5-10, 175 (Trombly Baseball)

Mark Tumlinson, IF/RHP, R/R, 5-10, 170 (Trombly Baseball)

Jacob Worrell, RHP/IF, R/R, 6-4, 220 (Trombly Baseball)

Top Power

Taylor Cole, C, R/R, 5-10, 190 (ABD Bulldogs)

Marcus Wheeler, IF/RHP, R/R, 6-2, 205 (AZ Athletics)

Kelby Holtorf, IF, R/R, 5-10, 170 (AZ Athletics)

Michael Schwinof, IF, R/R, 6-6, 220 (Baseball Mentoring Program)

Thomas Wakem, OF, IF, R/R, 6-4, 190 (Baseball Northwest Washington)

Josh Adams, OF/LHP, L/L, 6-2, 175 (EDH Vipers)

Max Cordy, OF/RHP, R/R, 6-4, 190 (EDH Vipers)

Robby Nesovic, IF/RHP, R/R, 6-4, 185 (Liberty Lions)

Joey Martuano, IF/RHP, R/R, 6-2, 185 (Mountain West)

Dalton Blackwell, C/IF, R/R, 5-9, 170 (Mountain West)

Drew Butler, C/IF, R/R, 6-0, 185 (Mountain West)

Cody Bergkamp, OF/LHP, L/L, 6-3, 175 (PBA Storm-White)

Jose Favilla, C/IF, R/R, 6-4, 225 (Placentia Mustangs)

JP Crawford, IF/OF, R/R, 6-1, 170 (Rawlings Elite)

Trevor Megill, RHP/IF, L/R, 6-7, 218 (Rawlings Elite)

Jacob Worrell, RHP/IF, R/R, 6-4, 220 (Trombly Baseball)

Our next report will feature a look at the pitchers. Information for this report was also gathered by Prospect Wire Special Assignment Scout Stan Brzezicki.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Jeff Spelman
Jeff Spelman is one of the most experienced and respected people in the amateur baseball scouting world. Spelman was the early pioneer of the showcase industry in 1992 and was the founder of Team One Baseball. Team One ran the country's top showcases throughout the 1990s and early 2000s with hundreds of future MLB Stars coming through their events. In fact, Spelman's Team One Baseball was responsible for 10,000+ players going on to play college ball, saw 2,000+ selected in the MLB Draft and had alumni of his events collectively earn over $500 million in college scholarships. Spelman sold the company to Baseball Factory in 2004. Spelman also helped form the Cape Cod Classic, was in charge of player selection and helped to get it televised on ESPNU. The Cape Cod Classic later became the Under Armour All-American Game. Spelman has also served as an amateur baseball scout and writer for CBS Sports/Yahoo!, and has served as the national scouting director for Rivals.com Baseball.
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