Tampa, FL - TAMPA, FL - On Saturday, May 15th, over 30 young ball players from the Tampa Bay area came out to Hillsborough High School for a tryout to play for either the 16U or 18U PW Bay Area team. The turnout, while lacking some big names, did produce some good surprises for the PW staff. Players like SS/3B/RHP Alex McGathey, MIF Brian Pruett and MIF/RHP Seth McGarry showed off their skills to PW Staff on hand to see the action.
Alex McGathey, a SS/3B/RHP out of Seminole High School was one of the stars from Saturday's workout. While only a 2013 grad, Alex already shows very good actions at the plate, in the field, and on the mound. His solid footwork, throwing arm and actions make him a player to be watched in the upcoming years. Already showing signs of an advanced bat, Alex has a solid, level swing at the plate, showing good pop at times. He is a patient hitter with a great eye at the plate. A solid hitter that uses the entire field, Alex should continue to develop into one of the premier players at the High School level. He also displayed a good FB (83-85) with good command down in the zone. He has a quality SL/CB that sits at 64-65 with good late movement and an average CH (63-64). Alex has a smooth, quiet delivery to the plate and the ball seems to explode out of his hand at release.
Brian Pruett, a above average fielding SS out of Riverview High School in Sarasota, also had a good workout. The 2011 grad showed good footwork in the field and a good defensive approach. He showed a good arm, hitting 84 mph from across the diamond with a good quick release. His actions were fairly polished for a High School SS and he projects to be a quality defensive player in the future. At the plate, Brian was above average with his swing, showing a solid, level swing with good extension after contact. He stayed on the ball well and can drive the ball from gap to gap.Overall, he looked the part, and seemed to be a savvy player with good baseball instincts.
Seth McGarry, a SS/2B/RHP, is a 2012 grad out of Lakewood Ranch High School, was also a bright spot at the tryout. Little was known about McGarry prior to the event, but he was able to turn some heads with his workout on the mound. As a RHP, Seth showed a good FB (83-84) with movement down in the zone. His over the top delivery was smooth and easy, as the ball jumped out of his hand to the plate. What was more impressive was his breaking ball, a pitch that varied between 68-74 mph. He was able to throw it both for strikes and as a hard out pitch down & away. His CH, while only an average pitch now, showed excellent arm speed and should develop into a quality 3rd pitch down the road. At the plate, Seth showed the ability to stay inside the baseball, and displayed good gap to gap contact. His bat should play well as he fills out and his arm will only get better as the year goes on.
All in all the workout was a success. The great thing about an event of this nature is the chance to see some good young talent that we normally don't get to see during the season, due to depth at the High School level. Players like Trent Thompson, a 2013 grad out of Berkeley Prep, who did not get a lot of playing time in 2010, was able to showcase his talents at this event, showing off a ton of upside at the plate with good power for his age. A big body that should fill out as he matures, he will be an exciting player to watch. We look forward to some of these kids making an immediate impact for Prospect Wire this summer and watching them develop into high level high school talent.