Updated: Nov 20th, 2012
Florida Surge Select Tryout Showcases Young Talent
Umatilla, FL - The Florida Surge Select’s 2013 tryouts were held at
Umatilla HS on November 3rd.
The first thing I noticed was that the majority of the
player’s trying out had been in the Surge’s program for several years. The
Surge teams at each age group are true “teams”, the kids have played together
for years and it translates to winning on the field. I credit George Sands for
keeping the core of his player’s together year in and year out.
The day started with a special guest speaking to the players,
Tommy Thompson. Thompson was the Baseball America Class High A Carolina League
Manager of the Year this past year. Thompson has been in the White Sox
organization as a player, coach, or manager for the past 27 years and was a
wealth of knowledge for the Surge players. Thompson stressed playing baseball
the right way to the players. During workouts he gave instructional advice to
the players and kept them on their toes.
It was obvious to me that having Thompson speak and motivate
the kids worked. It’s one thing when a parent or sometimes even a coach tries
to give advice to players, but when someone that has been there and done that
speaks, the player’s become sponges soaking in all the information.
After some motivational points, the player’s stretched out
their legs to run the 60 yard dash. It was a slow track due to some rain early
that week but none of the player’s made excuses.
Kalen Ramsey, a 2014 OF/P from Eustis HS ran the fastest
time (7.00 sec). Right behind Ramsey were Jack Kirkpatrick, a 2015 C/OF from
Eustis HS ran a (7.10) and Kyle Lamb, a 2016 RHP/IF from John I. Leonard HS ran
a (7.13 sec). For a catcher, Kirkpatrick showed above average speed.
After 60’s, it was time for the Outfield/Infield workouts.
These workouts gave me a chance to evaluate arm strength, athleticism, and how
the player’s hands and feet work together.
The outfield arms were highlighted by Kyle Lamb and Jesse Getford,
a 2015 IF/RHP from Umatilla HS both topped out at (80 mph). Getford also ran a
(7.41 sec) 60. A trio of player’s topped out at (79 mph) from the outfield
including Ty Coburn, LJ Hampton, a 2015 RHP/OF from Pace HS and Eric Feliz, a
2015 OF from the IMG Academy. Feliz also ran a (7.20 sec) 60, and Hampton ran a
(7.30 sec) 60.
The infield arms were led by Alec Bowman, a 2016 IF/RHP from
Boca HS. Bowman ran it up to (78 mph) across the diamond. Following Bowman were
three players, Kyle Lamb (77 mph), Jesse Getford (77 mph), and Cody Cannon (76
mph) a 2015 MIF from Umatilla HS.
After the Outfield/Infield workouts, it was time for batting
Here’s my top 5 based on their batting practice performance:
- LJ Hampton – Hampton showed an extremely quick
bat and made consistent hard contact with some carry.
- Cody Cannon – Cannon showed a very quick bat
with the ability to square up about every pitch. Cannon really attacks the
- Eric Feliz- Feliz showed the quickest bat out of
everyone, really whipping the bat through the zone. Feliz’s swing is somewhat
stiff, but the strength, bat speed, and ability to make consistent contact is
- Zack Retzler (2016 RHP/IF Royal Palm Beach HS) –
Retzler doesn’t have blinding bat speed but has great bat control and eye-hand
coordination which allows him to make consistent contact. Retzler used all
fields during bp.
- Avery Rosanio (2014 C/OF Eustis HS) – Rosanio showed
great rhythm and timing consistently making hard contact. Rosanio stay behind
the baseball extremely well, he also ran a respectable (7.30 sec) 60.
Other Notables for BP:
Nick Peters – Peters made consistent hard contact but it
didn’t translate into the game as well.
Bubba Sangster (2017 1B/RHP Umatilla HS) – Sangster was one
of the youngest players trying out but held his own during BP. Sangster showed
a quick bat that was very direct to the baseball and squared it up with
Jesse Gettford – Gettford was a little stiff, but has strong
wrists and hands and has very little wasted movement in his swing. Getford’s
bat stays through the hitting zone on a good path.
After batting practice there was a scrimmage game that
featured several good arms and some defensive plays that were amazing.
Top Pitcher’s from the game:
- Wesley Moulden (2014 LHP Eustis HS) – Moulden ran
it up to (82 mph) and pretty much pitched at (80 mph). Moulden has some
deception in his delivery and showed a decent curveball with good spin at (70
- Chase Rimes – Rimes topped out at (81 mph) but
there’s more in his arm. Rimes has a lanky projectable body and a loose, easy
arm. He pitched mainly at (80-81 mph) and showed an inconsistent curveball at
(67 mph). I wouldn’t be surprised if Rimes isn’t pitching at (84-86 mph) by
- LJ Hampton – Hampton is probably the most
projectable out of all the pitchers. Hampton topped out at (79 mph) and pitched
at (77-78 mph). His curveball was consistently (62-63 mph) and had tight spin.
Hampton was maybe the only pitcher I saw that showed some command of both his
fastball and curveball. Hampton may be a mid to upper (80’s mph) arm in the
next year or two.
- Kyle Fowler – Fowler may have the best pitcher’s
body and arm but he hasn’t worked on pitching a lot. Fowler topped out at (78
mph) and pitched at (75-77 mph). There is definitely more in Fowler’s tank once
he works more often on pitching. Everything was inconsistent, mechanics, release
point, and spin on curveball. The good thing is the inconsistencies are all
correctable with a good pitching coach.
- Tanner Frabott (2016 C/RHP Umatilla HS) – Frabott
was probably the most physical player at the tryout. On the mound, you can tell
he is a catcher. Frabott short armed every pitch but the velocity wasn’t bad as
he topped out at (74 mph) and pitched at (73-74 mph). If Frabott can lengthen
his arm stroke, he’ll gain several miles an hour just from that. He also
homered in the game, a no doubter to left center.
The hardest part as a scout is to come up with the best 5
players at a tryout like this. All the players were good but here’s my rankings
of what I felt was the top 5 I scouted that day.
- LJ Hampton – Hampton looks the part and plays
the part. Hampton has the all-around tools to become a great player and if the
velocity spikes on the mound, he has a chance to pitch as well. Don’t be surprised
if he doesn’t start getting some MLB draft interest in the next couple of
- Cody Cannon – Cannon is an athletic, wiry, quick
twitch player that will get better and better as his body starts to mature.
Cannon can probably play every position on the field. Cannon can turn himself
into a legitimate college player with some hard work in the gym.
- Kyle Fowler – Fowler is a strong kid that showed
athleticism for someone his size. I think Fowler can swing it as well as be a
force on the mound. His hands stay inside the ball as well as anyone I saw
during bp and the physical tools are there on the mound. Fowler is just raw and
needs more time on the mound and at the plate to figure it out. He also showed
a 2.04 pop time with an accurate arm and a quick release.
- Tanner Frabott – Much like Fowler, Frabott is a
big strong kid. Right now because of Frabott’s strength he can compete and use
brute strength at the plate which was evident with the home run he hit during
the game. Frabott needs to work on getting quicker to the baseball and
eliminating the length in his swing or he’ll struggle with better velocity. Behind
the plate, he showed a 2.08 pop time with a strong arm and a quick release.
- Mike Feliz – Feliz has a ways to go with getting
stronger but the actions are all there to be a great shortstop at the college
level. Feliz made a couple instinctual plays at short and second during the
game that were Sports Center Highlight plays. With the bat, Feliz is
fundamentally sound and I think will hit once he gets stronger.
Other notable players:
- Myles McKisic (2016 MIF American Heritage
- Zach Retzler
- Bubba Sangster
- Eric Feliz
- Avery Rosanio
I want to thank the Florida Surge
Select program for inviting Prospect Wire to cover their tryouts for 2013.
Congrats to the kids that make the Surge teams!
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