TAMPA - Manatee High School's Cord Sandberg was the star of the Sarasota Classic today. The super-athletic senior is a good QB on his football team in the Fall. In the spring, he continues to perfect his craft as a top MLB baseball prospect and some think he has top 2 or 3 round draft potential.
It's easy to see why.
Sandberg has an outstanding baseball body, and should be a muscular, physical specimen as he matures. He is at least 6'3", probably bigger, and maybe 200 pounds. He swings left-handed, always a plus, and drove a triple and single against Miami's Gulliver Prep. He lead off with a triple to the left center field gap and even though he stumbled around first base, and nearly fell, he still hit a stand up triple to the left side. He runs well for his size, is long strider. and has superb athleticism.
Sandberg's single up the middle was even more impressive then the triple. He was fooled on the offspeed pitch and strided out and got his foot down. But he kept his hands back even though a lot of his weight transfer already occured and then smoked a line drive back up the middle using mainly his hand strength. The fact that he was able to hit a ball that sharply in a game situation with just his hands, showed his power potential.
The interesting part about a player like Sandberg is the fact that he doesn't play baseball year round like everyone else does. If scouts can get him to quit football, and focus mainly on baseball, he still has a lot of untapped potential.
A Few Underclassmen Notes
Boca Raton High School's Mike Spooner (2015) has a solid left handed swing and has a physical frame.
Braden River freshman Tyler Dyson is a huge kid, 81-82mph today, but is very raw. Right over the top, lacks control but has potential for big time arm strength over the next 4 years.
Gulliver Prep freshman Braden Chinea may be the younger brother of previous prospect Chris Chinea. Good looking CF, athletic, good swing. Tons of upside.
Pine Crest's Zach Kone (2015) is a good defender up the middle, good arm strength, savvy ball player. Good stroke on offense. Good all around. Easy college prospect, maybe more.
Port Charlotte's Grady Wells (2015) plays some catcher, and today played 3B. 2.28, 2.25 pops in between innings behind the plate. Solid at 3B. Gap to gap on offense. Mature build for age. Next level player for sure, but need to see more at bats and how he develops.
Three Former Prospect Wire Underclass All Americans
Nick Agosto (2014, Port Charlotte) is an elite left handed hitter ahd has a chance to generate draft interest with his bat. Only ran a 4.5 home to first on a groundout though. Easy D1 guy.
Brian McAlpine (2013, North Port) is another good left handed hitter. Committed to Alabama D1 Jacksonville State. Doesn't have as much long-term potential with the bat as Agosto, but rans much better. Got him 4.34 and 4.28 down the line yesterday. Plays hard.
Christian Jones (2014, Eagle's View Jax) has good bat speed and raw power from the right side. Strong kid.
Stay tuned for more underclass notes from the Sarasota Classic, as well as West Orange reports.