Sanford, FL - Here are my notes on the rest of the underclass players from CFBL Mizuno Elite's Labor Day Weekend Tryout/Camp.
Carson Ragsdale 1B/RHP 6’5” 180
Ragsdale may end up being one of the top prospects from the event when it’s all said and done. He’s extremely projectable as a pitcher. Carson has an easy arm action and gets great extension using his 6’5” frame basically handing the baseball to the catcher. There are a few flaws in his mechanics but they are easily correctable. For instance, Ragsdale slows his arm down a bit on his change-up, doesn’t stay behind the rubber and wraps a bit. But like I said they are all correctable and you can’t teach the physical tools he has. I’d like to see Carson work on getting tigher spin on his breaking ball and throwing it harder. With the leverage he has and pitching downhill, a sharp breaking ball or slider could be his best pitch. He only topped out at 81mph, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in the mid 80’s by the summer and upper 80’s by his senior year. At the plate, Ragsdale has a quick bat that produces line drives. Defensively, he can definitely play 1B with good footwork and a solid (40 arm). I like Ragsdale as a pitcher right now but I think he can play both ways potentially at the next level. As a pitcher, Ragsdale will definitely get some attention from professional scouts over the next couple of years.
Matthew Coello C 5’10” 160
I still think Coello is one of the better overall catchers I’ve seen this past year. He played very well at USF in mid August and continues to hit every time I see him play. Matt consistently throws under (2.00 POP) times. It’s only a matter of time before he gets in the (1.8’s POP) time range consistently. Coello runs better underway and ran a respectable 7.20 60. If he ends up getting his 60 time around 7.00 seconds or better he’ll become even more of a prospect than he already is. Matt is one of the better hitting catchers in the 2016 grad class and will get plenty of college and professional attention over the next couple of years.
David Litchfield MIF/OF/RHP 5’9” 145
Litchfield is athletic and wiry. Defensively, he showed a (25 arm) from SS with a quick release. At the plate he had a knack for hitting the baseball where it was pitched and made consistent solid contact. David ran a 4.50 down the line and a 7.19 60. On the mound, his fastball topped out at 82mph but I think over time his velocity will increase to the mid 80’s. His arm works well and being a good athlete he’ll be able to make mechanical adjustments easier. Litchfield is a player to keep an eye on. His older brother is 6’2” 180, if David ends up with that size he’ll be a definite prospect at the college level.
Roland Chacon OF/1B/LHP 5’9” 155
Chacon was one of the better all-around players at the event and opened some eyes when he pitched. As a hitter, Roland has a quiet approach and gets into a great position to hit each pitch. I think he sees the baseball out of the pitchers hand well and recognizes pitches early. His batspeed and foot speed will get better with maturity. Chacon’s an advanced hitter for his age. As a pitcher, Roland’s fastball was up to 84mph and I can see his velocity jumping to the mid to upper 80’s soon. He showed command of his fastball and flashed a mid 70’s cutter that was nasty and is a swing and miss pitch. What I liked most about Chacon was that he competed every pitch. I think Roland can become a legitimate two-way player at the college level as well as a potential draftable player over the next couple of years.
Jake Molle C/3B 6’ 170
Molle is the real deal. A 2017 grad, he’s already routinely under (2.00 POP) times and showed a (1.97 POP) at the event with a very quick release and quick feet. Jakes arm is accurate as well. He’s a strong bodied kid which is ideal for a catcher. At the plate, his swing is short and direct to the baseball with plenty of batspeed. During bp, Molle squared up almost every pitch. Jake’s a big time prospect and will draw plenty of attention from professional scouts over the next few years.
Griffin Bernardo MIF/3B 5’11” 165
I’ve seen Bernardo several times including most recently at our Crossover Symmetry Underclass All-American Games at USF before CFBL’s Labor Day Weekend. Griffin is another 2017 grad that has all the tools, athletic frame, strong arm (35-40 arm), good footwork, soft hands, quick release, batspeed, extension and plays hard. The only question I had about Bernardo’s bat was that he’d swing and miss quite a bit. Griffin showed me more consistent contact this time lacing a line drive into left field during the game after a good at-bat. He’s still growing into his body and once he does I think his tools will catch up and he’ll be a 4 or 5 tool type player.
Jack Quayle LHP/OF 5’11” 145
Quayle is a 2018 grad that has a chance to be a legitimate two-way prospect at the next level. His fastball is already touching 80mph and he showed a good feel for his breaking ball and change-up. Jack has a loose, quick arm that works well. As a position player, I’d like to see him in more game situations to better evaluate his talent but the tools are there for Quayle to develop into a high level player.
Other Notable Players
Juri Sabb MIF/OF 5’11” 155 - Still very raw but the tools and athleticism are there.
Chris Robaina 1B/LHP 6’ 160 - Had a solid bp round hitting the ball hard all over the field.
Edwin Suarez C/MIF 5’7” 160 - Showed a (30 arm) with a quick release from SS. Had an inconsistent bp but showed some batspeed. He ran a 7.30 60 as well.
Pablo Cedeno MIF/C 5’10” 170 - Athletic frame with a (30 arm) from SS and a quick bat. He ran a 6.94 60. Cedeno’s one to watch. I need to see more of him over the next year to better evaluate his talent.
Justin Moran MIF 5’9” 165 - Showed good actions defensively with a strong arm.
Angelo Serrano MIF/3B 5’9” 147 - Showed decent actions defensively and a quick bat with strong wrists as a hitter.
John Tatum MIF/OF 5’9” 160 - Ran a 6.90 60 and had a solid round of bp.
Fernando Diaz RHP 5’9” 160 - Had a loose arm and some projectability as a pitcher.