Orlando - Corey Goldfarb on Location (ESPN/Disney’s Wide World of Sports) Day 1 of the USSSA Super NIT Bound for Glory..
Today was a new scouting experience for me, it was the first time I’d scouted players under the age of 14. There are a lot of similarities between the younger players and older players but there are a lot of differences as well.
The obvious similarities I noticed today were the players played hard, they played to win, the fans were supportive, and the atmosphere was exciting.
The obvious differences were the bases, pitching mounds, and fences were shorter distances. There’s a bigger gap in the physical differences between players even when the players are in the same age groups, pitching and position changes occur more frequently because positions aren't quite defined yet at that age, and they score and score and score some more even when they're up by plenty.
The parents are more involved with their kids, interacting more during the games. Coaches may actually be harder on the younger kids than the coaches at the 15U to 18U age levels.
Here were some standout players from the 12U and 13u age levels listed by team from day one.
-MVP Canes 12U-
#33 Andrew Tiburcio is a big, physical kid that showed good bat speed and ran a 4.44 sec time down the first baseline but wasn’t running hard
#5 Yordanny Carmona is left-handed hitter had great bat speed with a very natural swing, one of the better swings I scouted all day, he ran a 4.72 down the first baseline but didn’t run hard
#18 Jake Holland made hard contact and showed good bat speed, he ran a 4.25 down the first base line
#15 is a very athletic catcher with very good arm strength, I had him at a 2.18 pop time, he showed soft hands and received well behind the plate, moves well and blocks well behind the plate
#23 RHP is a solid pitcher, good pitcher’s body, ball comes out of his hand easy, gets ahead, throws strikes, although he does pitch a little up-hill
#25 Mike Machin RHP smaller frame but his fastball showed some life, he has control of both his fastball and curveball and throws a lot of strikes, he's very competitive
-Clearwater Dragons 12U-
I didn’t get a jersey # but I think the last name is Saunders, he had a short and quick swing and ran a 4.91 with a turn down the first base line
#42 Farris is a long-limbed athlete with a quick bat
#6 Passley Jr. is a RHP that throws a lot of first pitch strikes, he pitches downhill and has some life on his fastball, good mechanics
#3 has a very short and quick swing and was tough out the at bats I scouted
-Tampa Baysox 12U-
The Baysox probably had the best talent from top to bottom that I saw today.
#8 Zarian Brinson might be the one the best player's in the 12U age group, he is very athletic, has a strong body, has great rhythm and timing at the plate, very short and quick to the baseball and generates a ton of bat speed, on the bases Brinson causes havoc with his speed, he ran a 4.04 on a hard turn on a base hit his first at bat, second at bat Brinson hit a ball over both fences and well over the 275 ft fence, I was getting ready to leave the game when I saw Brinson warming up in the bullpen, on the mound he was 66-71 mph from the stretch and had an easy arm action
#6 Jakob Hines is right behind Brinson in my mind was #6 for the Baysox, he had great bad speed and rhythm at the plate hitting a couple of rockets, he ran a 4.59 on a turn, very aggressive at the plate as well, might have the best swing I saw
#5 Jacob Phelps like Brinson this kid was a two way player..starting on the mound his velocity was 67-70mph with his fastball and 57-59mph on his curveball..he’s a taller kid and creates good leverage on the mound with his longer limbs..at the plate his swing is simple, drop the barrel on the ball and it jumps of his bat
#3 Matthew Allen a catcher, at the plate he was just ok but as a catcher I really liked this kid..he showed arm strength and accuracy on his throws down
#7 JD Urso you wouldn’t think it to look at this kid playing with kids twice his size but his bat plays as big as those kids..he hit a ball out that just kept carrying and carrying and carrying..at first I thought maybe it was just a one-time thing but his next at bat he kept his hands inside the ball real well and drove a ball to right center and ran a 4.85 with a turn
#32 Garrett Richardson I called the “hustler”, he played at 100% and had a solid swing with gap power and ran a 4.56 with a turn
#34 Jake Coleman had a crouched stance but showed strong wrists and hands and was a tough out..on a little squibber he ran a 4.09 down the line, on the mound he was 61-62mph with his fastball and 52mph with his curveball, he dropped his arm slot a bit on his curveball
-CFL Wolverines 12U-
#12 showed a short and direct to the baseball swing and a quick bat
#62 shortstop that’s athletic, has line drive and gap power, he showed very quick and smooth defensive actions
-Miramar Canes 13U-
#5 Anthony Boix the shortstop has some speed and is athletic..he ran a 4.84 down the line but jogged mainly, he has great defensive actions with a strong arm
#21 Darius Diaz has a strong body and a patient approach at the plate, very quick bat and stays inside the ball well, uses all fields and is making a run at the best swing I saw today/tonight
#11 Mantilla was aggressive at the plate and has real quick wrists, ran a 5.00 down the line
#4 Marin strong kid, hit’s the ball where it’s pitched and has a quick bat
-SWFL Canes 13U-
#32 athletic, patient approach at the plate, good bat speed with good strike zone discipline, runs ok
#34 athletic, good bat speed, has a tendency to pull his head off the ball and showed he was upset after getting out one at bat
-Cincinnati Flames 13U-
Besides the Baysox, the flames had the most talent I saw.
#1 this kid had a very quick bat, very athletic, hit 2-3 balls hard, ran a 4.45 down the line, aggressive at the plate, runs pretty well, as a pitcher he short arms in a little bit but was 70-72mph with his fastball and threw strikes, one of the better overall player’s I saw
#42 Nick Northcutt doesn’t take too aggressive of a swing but hit’s the ball hard, strong and athletic, ran a 4.50 down the line and made hard contact several times, got more aggressive at the plate later in the game, has a very strong arm and great defensive actions but his hands aren’t that soft right now
#6 Jake Lecroy might be the biggest kid in the tournament and I hear he’s not bad on the mound, strong lower half and very quick bat, the rhythm and timing isn’t quite there yet but the physical tools are there at the plate, kind of a hit or miss player at the plate right now, doesn’t run well but managed a 4.94 on a turn, hit maybe the hardest ball of the day..on the mound Lecroy was 71-77mph with his fastball with a quick arm and there's more in there when he learns to get better extension, his curveball was 59-62mph, he doesn't use his lower half that well once he does his velocity will jump some
#10 tough out, battled at the plate, plays with high energy, can really run, a 4.16 down the line and a 4.75 on a slow turn
#22 aggressive at the plate, bat path stays through the hitting zone for a long time and hits the ball where it’s pitched, ran a 4.69 down the line