Tallahassee, FL - Here are some of the standout players from the Red team.
Matt Burke is a RHP with a projectable frame and a clean arm. Burke has very good mechanics and showed tight spin on his curveball and good arm action on his change up. Burke’s fastball touched 81mph with good run and his curveball can be an out pitch. I think there’s more velocity in Burke’s tank.
Jacob Mattice, a RHP didn’t throw a fastball but a cutter that sat around 73mph with good late movement and had a sharp curveball that ranged from 61-64mph.
Gabriel Veith showed a 2.13 pop time behind the plate and a 4.81 down the line hustling the entire way.
Hector Morales is a solid defender and can play either shortstop or second base, although I think he’ll end up at second base at the higher levels. Morales showed great actions defensively with a strong arm. At the plate Morales showed a very patient approach and hits the ball to all fields. Morales ran 4.50 down showing good speed.
Bradley Felkel showed good instincts on the bases and good bat speed. At the plate, his swing tends to get out of control which causes a violent head jerk. Once Felkel gets his bat under control, he’ll make more consistent contact.
Willie Carter is still one of my favorites at the plate although when you see a player enough you begin to see some weaknesses. Carter has tremendous bat speed and eye hand coordination but was unable to make adjustments at the plate in a couple at bats. Carter made the same hard swing and either fouled off pitch after pitch and the at bat seemed like it last 20 pitches. It doesn’t concern me as much though because there wasn’t a lot of velocity on the pitches and typically hitters with tremendous bat speed and hand quickness struggle with slower pitching. With that said, Carter still needs to learn to make adjustments at the plate and take what the pitcher’s giving him.
Willis McDaniel just hits and hits and hits. McDaniel isn’t the biggest kid, but there’s some quick twitch there and he squared up a lot of pitches. He handled 85-86 fairly easily after being overmatched the first few pitches, McDaniel made the adjustment and hit a rocket. McDaniel has good speed in the outfield and on the bases as well.
Jason Dobson, a RHP touched 78mph and works quickly. He throws a ton of strikes too.
Nick Collins, a RHP touched 81mph with his fastball. His curveball was 67mph. Collins has a loose arm and should be low 80’s before too long.
Justin Lawrence is a big kid with an aggressive approach at the plate, he squared balls up consistently and was a solid defender.