Updated: Nov 21st, 2012
Top 6 Corner Infielder's at FTB Mizuno Tryouts
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
Top 6 Corner Infielder’s at FTB Mizuno's Tryouts
- 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 for 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
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
corner infielders in no particular order:
- Daniel Lastra 2014 1B Jesuit HS- Showed a quick bat from both
sides of the plate, projectable body
- 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
- Colton Chupp 2015 1B Lakewood Ranch HS- projectable body, quick
bat, good on the mound as a lefty
- 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
next report will be on the tryout’s best outfielders…
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