Sanford, FL - Jim Boghos and his CFBL Mizuno Elite staff put on another great Labor Day weekend event this past Labor Day weekend. Despite the rain, the event ran on time and according to plan.
The players received plenty of individual instruction from the twenty plus college coaches that were in attendance. There were nearly a couple hundred players that turned out for the camp/tryout, a sign that CFBL continues to grow.
Another sign of their growth is on September 22nd, CFBL Mizuno Elite will be hosting a tryout at Tampa Prep in Tampa, Fl looking to expand in their organizational reach in the greater Tampa area. For details visit www.cfblelite.com or contact Jim Boghos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was a pleasure again addressing the parents and players at CFBL Mizuno Elite's event and PW thanks CFBL's entire organization for their hospitality.
My first reports are on the 2014 grads that were standouts. I'm getting on a flight tonight at 8pm for our tournament in Virginia and will work on finishing the underclassmen reports to post tomorrow night or Saturday morning. Thanks for your patience.
Kevin Capella OF/LHP 5’7” 150
I’ve seen Capella plenty of times now and still like his tools. Kevin ran a 6.50 60 and seems to be getting faster and showing more quick twitch. In bp and in the games Capella kept trying to lift the baseball. He hit a lot of fly balls instead of line drives or ground balls. I’ve seen him hit hard line drives before using his speed effectively. It’s an easy fix at the plate for Kevin and running a 6.50 60 should motivate him to shorten his swing and look to drive baseballs in the gaps. Capella’s arm and bat have both gotten quicker, on the mound he ran it up to 85mph with some life. Kevin can become a legitimate two-way player at the college level once he learns how to use his speed effectively. A wise scout once said to me, "you can't out run a fly ball."
Tremayne Hopps OF/LHP 5’8” 152
Hopps is an interesting player as he showed some batspeed and footspeed in bp and during the game. In the game, Hopps had an aggressive approach at the plate. I would’ve liked to see him lay down a bunt or two and use his speed. Tremayne needs to show more consistent contact at the plate to utilize his 6.50 60 speed. He plays hard, I like that. Hopps is a wiry athlete that can fill in occasionally as a pitcher. There's some work to do with Hopps becoming more consistent but I think he'll get it.
Raphael Navarro OF 5’9” 160
Navarro is a player that I hadn’t seen before and showed very good rhythm and timing at the plate during the games with an aggressive but controlled approach. Raphael seemed to see the ball well out of the pitchers hand and stayed behind the baseball making consistent hard contact. Navarro ran a hard 4.41 down the line showing 40-45 speed from the right side. As an outfielder, Raphael has some range and arm strength showing a (35 arm) and running a 6.8 60. Colleges need to keep an eye on Navarro.
Joseph Bernhard 1B/3B 6’3” 195
Bernhard has a projectable athletic body with sloping shoulders. Joseph showed good batspeed and solid defensive abilities. I need to see more of Joseph to make a better evaluation but with an athletic body and batspeed he’ll get some college looks.
Khalid Washington 1B/3B 5’9” 190
Washington showed very good footwork and soft hands at first base especially for a bigger kid. Khalid showed a (25 arm) which doesn’t concern me at first base because I think defensively he’ll be able to pick it pretty well. At the plate, Washington has a short compact swing. He takes the bat directly to the baseball and squared almost every pitch up in bp.
Zachary McCabe 3B/1B 6’2” 185
McCabe had one of the stronger arms in the infield and some of the better actions at shortstop. Zachary showed a solid (35 arm) with a smooth and athletic transfer and transition from shortstop during I/O. I liked everything about McCabe’s swing except is has some length. He has plenty of batspeed and gets very good extension through the hitting zone. If McCabe can shorten his swing a bit I think colleges will take a hard look at him this spring.
Joshua Dye LHP 6’4” 165
Dye should draw quite a bit of college attention this spring. Joshua has a very projectable frame and just needs to get stronger. His arm works well and his delivery is free and easy. Dye’s fastball was up to 81mph but with better extension and some added strength he’ll be low to mid 80’s consistently this spring. He did a great job of keeping hitters off-balance mixing in a good curveball with some bite at 69mph and a change up at 73mph. I think Dye’s curveball can become more of a swing and miss pitch over time. I’d like to see Dye work more from the stretch, from the wind up he was more effective. If Dye can trust his pitches from the stretch and not worry as much about the runners I think he’ll be more effective from the stretch.
Chase Haecker OF/3B 6’1” 200
Haecker showed a (25-30 arm) from both the infield and outfield. Chase has a physical body and runs well clocking a 6.69 60. At third base, his actions are pretty good and he showed good footwork. At the plate, Haecker’s a little stiff but not too bad. He gets good extension and his bat is on a very good plane through the hitting zone. Chase should get some looks from colleges if he already hasn’t.
Austin Mauer C/3B 5’11” 185
I don’t know yet if Mauer is a catcher or third basemen. Austin runs well for a catcher clocking a 7.20 60 and showed an accurate arm at third base and behind the plate. Mauer showed a POP time in the 1.9’s. At the plate, Mauer is one of the few amateur hitters that let’s the ball travel and get deep before he attacks it. Austin really stays through the hitting zone for a long time allowing him to make consistent hard contact. An offensive catcher that can run and catch and throw should draw college interest.
David Branch OF/MIF 6’ 170
Branch was probably my favorite 2014 grad at CFBL’s Labor Day Weekend. I’d never seen Branch before and if a college has not offered him yet, I don’t know what they’re waiting on. Branch was the most complete 2014 grad/player I evaluated. David has an athletic projectable body and will get stronger with maturity. In the outfield Branch showed a solid (40 arm) with accuracy and carry actually throwing a runner out at the plate in the game on a bang bang play. David ran a 6.98 60 and a 4.47 down the line but was a little slow to get out of the box. I think he’ll get a little faster but his bat and defense are his best tools right now. Branch stays inside the ball and has a quick short swing that produces line drives to all fields. He’s got a patient, quiet approach and looks for his pitch. Colleges need to take notice of Branch if they’re looking for an athletic outfielder that can hit, run and defend.
Chase Valerio LHP 6’3” 180
When Valerio first took the mound and his arm slot was over the top, I didn’t see much there. After a few pitches, Chase dropped his arm slot from over the top to a mid to low 3/4’s angle and it made me take notice immediately. From that arm angle, his arm was much looser, his fastball had better life and run and he was more effective overall. He has a projectable body and ran his fastball up to 81mph. I would think if he can stay with that lower arm angle and throw a two-seam fastball and a cutter or slurve there will be plenty of colleges looking at him this spring. I think his fastball should be 83-84mph by the spring with some run and maybe some sink. Plenty of projection on Valerio.
Kyle Altomare LHP 6’ 170
Altomare was another LHP that impressed me. He has a good pitchers body with square shoulders and a quick arm. Kyle’s fastball was up to 84mph with life, his curveball needs tighter spin but I think he can work on that. Altomare repeats his delivery very well, has the same release point every time and is a strike throwing machine. Once Altomare can develop a secondary pitch, he’ll get a ton of ground ball outs and should make a college coach happy.
Evan Miranda LHP 5’11” 205
I’ve seen Miranda several times and he was one of the more polished pitchers at the event. Miranda has gotten better over the past year as his fastball velocity has increased to 87mph now and he’s throwing his curveball for strikes more consistently. His curveball has always been a good out pitch but now the tight spin is more consistent and it’ll become more of a swing and miss pitch. I’d like to see Evan mix in his change-up more often. Once Miranda can show he can throw three pitches for strikes consistently he'll be a coveted arm by plenty of colleges.
Gunnar Bradshaw 2B/3B 5’9” 165
Bradshaw can hit. Defensively I think he’ll be adequate at second base at the next level. At the plate, he’s selectively aggressive with a quick bat that’s direct to the baseball. Gunnar laced a double to left centerfield during the game and ran a 4.75 down the line on a turn. I think he has better game speed than his 7.21 60.
Tyler Hartman OF 6’1” 175
Hartman is a tough player to evaluate. He has a great athletic and physical body but there’s some stiffness in his body as well. The stiffness I think can be worked on over time which will help Tyler make more consistent hard contact at the plate. The tools are there for Hartman to be a very good player at the next level. He’s phyical, has batspeed, makes contact and runs ok. If he can get on a flexibility program I think it will help him in all aspects of his game.
Bradley Johansen RHP 6’1” 183
Johansen has a projectable pitchers body with square shoulders and a loose arm. He wraps a little bit in the back but that never really concerns me with pitchers. Bradley gets great extension on his 84mph fastball. He does a great job of staying over the rubber loading up on his backside which a lot of amateur pitchers don’t do. Johansen’s curveball I think can be a good pitch if he can become more consistent with his release point. There were several curveball's he threw from behind his head that were just spinners but there were several he threw out front that had good bite. Johansen is definitely one college coaches need to keep an eye on this spring.
Ryan Holloway LHP 6’1” 185
Holloway looks the part and has the physical tools to become a solid college pitcher. Ryan was a bit mechanical in his delivery, a bit stiff, opens up early and doesn’t get all the way through his pitches. With that said, he has what you can’t teach. A quick arm that had his fastball up to 87mph with some run. Holloway pitches downhill and the baseball comes out of his hand nice which is all that matters sometimes. He slows his arm down on his change-up but a lot of the negatives I've mentioned don’t overly concern me. It’s the positives that Ryan has that should have college pitching coaches wanting him to enroll early to start working on his mechanics and delivery ASAP.