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Updated: Nov 21st, 2012
Top 6 Corner Infielder's at FTB Mizuno Tryouts
By: Corey Goldfarb | corey@prospectwire.com

Kissimmee, FL - Please keep in mind that I didn’t get to evaluate every single player at the tryouts. There were 4 games being played on 4 different fields at the same time. I can only report on the player’s I scouted.

Top 6 Corner Infielder’s at FTB Mizuno's Tryouts

  1. Trevor Tinder- Tinder is a 2014 1B/3B/RHP from Winter Springs HS. The first thing that stood out for me before Tinder stepped into the batting cage for BP was his body. Tinder looks like he should be reporting FTB Mizunofor spring training somewhere. He’s about 6’4”-6’5” with broad shoulders, tapered at the waist, and has strong legs. 

    On a side note, on the second day when Tinder was being recruited by every college I noticed the size of his forearms which made sense considering how hard he hit baseballs the day before.

    In my opinion, Tinder displayed the best combination of power, bat speed, consistent hard contact, and the ability to hit the ball to all fields. The baseball jumped off Tinder’s bat from the left side and sounded different than every other player that took BP. I don’t think Tinder missed squaring a pitch up during BP and showed the best extension and quickest bat at the tryouts.

    I think the stronger Tinder gets and the more he learns to use his size to create better leverage, the rocket line drives he hit during BP will turn into rocket home runs. Tinder potentially has light tower power.

    Defensively, Tinder’s best fit is at first base. I think he can play third base for now and make all the plays, but at the higher levels a move to first may benefit him. A move to first base is not because Tinder lacks arm strength or quick hands and feet. I think because of his defensive tool set a move to first could make him an above average MLB defender at first base. I don’t know if I see Tinder becoming an average MLB third basemen.
    I think Tinder is the highest level player as a position player and will generate some serious draft interest over the next couple of years.


  2. Ezra Dominguez- Dominguez is a 2014 3B from Liberty HS. Dominguez may have as much upside as any position player I scouted. I think for now he can play shortstop, but I think Dominguez will eventually develop into a high level third basemen. Dominguez showed maybe the best arm strength across the diamond and attacked the baseball better than any player defensively. Dominguez has excellent lateral and vertical range and has smooth actions defensively.

    As solid as Dominguez was defensively, I was more impressed with his bat during BP which is why I think he has a future at third base. Dominguez showed impressive bat speed and was very quick and short to the baseball. Take that combination of bat speed and direct to the baseball and you can project power out of Dominguez down the road. Just as he attacks the ball defensively, he attacks the ball offensively and squares up everything.

    If I had to guess, Dominguez has been somewhat of a late bloomer and hadn’t gotten many looks as a shortstop but I think in front of the right eyes, he can become an MLB draftable player.

     
  3. Bradley Zunica- Zunica is a 2014 1B from Lakewood Ranch HS. Zunica may have the best overall power potential as a left-handed hitter that I scouted. 

    Colleges and maybe pro teams are going to love Zunica’s big body and strength with the bat. The power isn’t quite there just yet, but it’s not far away. Zunica already knows how to create leverage with his swing which translates to great carry and backspin on the baseball. I think light tower power may not be far away for Zunica. 

    Defensively Zunica is a little bit of a liability right now. I think he can make the routine plays but I can’t see him with a lot of range at first base unless he works on getting his hands and feet quicker maybe through plyometrics. Zunica just needs to work on his quickness around the bag at first base and strength in the weight room to shed some baby fat.

     
  4. Charlie Carpenter- Carpenter is a 2014 1B/3B/C from Winter Springs HS. Carpenter was one of my favorite players at the tryouts with maybe the most upside. 

    First, he stands out on the baseball field at 6’5”-6’6” with a lanky athletic frame. Carpenter looks more like a small forward for a college basketball program. Typically with taller, lankier players they tend to be very long with all their actions including their swing. Carpenter has some quick-twitch in him for a tall lanky player which definitely surprised me.

    FTB Mizuno TeamsCarpenter took BP before his infield workouts. He was very short and quick to the baseball with his swing and generated good bat speed. Carpenter squared a lot of pitches up during BP but didn’t show the ability create backspin and loft. I think Carpenter can be taught how to lift and separate creating backspin and loft especially since he's a good athlete. As his body matures and he learns to lift and separate at the plate I think Carpenter may have a chance to hit for both average and power.

    Defensively Carpenter was fun to watch. I noticed at first base he had quick feet, quick actions, and a very strong arm. Then he moved to third and the results were the same. I thought Carpenter was done with the workouts until I looked over and noticed he was working in with the catchers group. Behind the plate he showed a 2.09 pop time with quick feet and a quick release. The arm strength was there as well. With a little work behind the plate I can see Carpenter routinely showing 2.00 pop times or better.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Carpenter gets some draft interest over the next couple of years especially since one of his high school teammates is Trevor Tinder.

     
  5. Jason Heinrich- Heinrich is a 2015 1B/RHP from River Ridge HS. Heinrich was one of the more dynamic players at the tryout. At first base Heinrich showed a very strong arm and is a strong bodied kid. Heinrich showed quick feet around the bag at first base which leads me to believe he’ll be fine defensively down the road.

    Heinrich is a physical hitter, typically with physical hitter’s you’d see stiffness in their swing. I didn’t see any stiffness in Heinrich's swing. He attacked the baseball during BP which I liked. His bat speed doesn’t match his physical strength yet, but that will come in time. Heinrich definitely has some quick-twitch athletic actions. He made consistent hard contact during BP and drove a few balls into the gaps.

    I had a chance to see Heinrich pitch the next night. I think he has a chance to be a legitimate two way player at a high college level. He threw a lot of strikes and his fastball velocity was 82mph-88mph mainly pitching at 85mph. His curveball was 69mph-73mph with inconsistent spin. He showed a couple of curveball’s with tight spin which leads me to believe he’s just a little raw on the mound. Right now, he short arms it a bit but his fastball has some late life. Heinrich’s a thrower, not a pitcher right now. I think if he continues to lengthen his arm stroke and work on his secondary pitches he could become a two-way player that gets a lot of attention the next couple of years.

     
  6. Conner Power- Power is a 2016 3B from American Heritage HS. Power is the only 2016 grad that made my top 6 for infield corner position players. Power’s is a strong physical kid that will only get stronger over the next several years. Power’s showed good arm strength across the diamond and moved well at third base. I think Power’s will have better range to his left and right the older he gets as his legs become stronger.

    Power’s BP was impressive as he consistently made hard contact and even though I’d consider him physical for his age, I think he’s projectable and will get stronger naturally as he matures. With some added strength, Power’s may become more of a power bat and more of a complete overall player. He’s definitely one to watch over the next few years.

 Other notable corner infielders in no particular order:

  1. Daniel Lastra 2014 1B Jesuit HS- Showed a quick bat from both sides of the plate, projectable body
  2. Alec Sanchez 2017 3B Bolles HS- Sanchez is one to keep a close eye on since he’s only a 2017 grad, he’s a quick-twitch athlete and I think his bat will play at a high level from the left side
  3. Colton Chupp 2015 1B Lakewood Ranch HS- projectable body, quick bat, good on the mound as a lefty
  4. Bubba Sangster 2017 1B Umatilla HS- softer body now but still very young, quick actions around the bag, short and powerful swing, once Sanger learns to get his backside through the baseball the power will come

My next report will be on the tryout’s best outfielders…

About Corey Goldfarb
Corey Goldfarb has an extensive background in all levels of baseball. Before Corey's hiring at Prospect Wire, he worked as an agent and advisor to over 25 current professional athletes. Of those 25 players, 5 of them were drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft and one of them was the #1 prospect in the country out of high school. Corey's ability to evaluate talent helped him identify the right players to target and recruit. Corey played a key role in building one of the best young sports agencies in baseball. Prior to his 10 years as an agent, Corey worked in different aspects of Minor League Player Development for the Marlins and Yankees.
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