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West Coast Top, Top Prospects

Showcase : : Top Prospect List
David Rawnsley        
Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Contributing: Todd Gold

SS Ross Dodds
(Buchanan HS, Clovis, CA): Dodds showed the best bat at the event with a very strong line drive swing and consistent hard contact. He also has top level arm strength, throwing 90 mph from the outfield and 89 from the infield and the mid-80s from the mound. Dodds projects as a third baseman in the future.

SS Christian Funk
(Clovis West HS, Fresno, CA): Funk was definitely one of the top athletes and most versatile athletes at the event, receiving top prospect grades both in the outfield and infield defensively and throwing up to 87 mph from the mound. He has a long, loose swing with good bat speed and projectable power.

SS Justin Wylie
(Hamilton HS, Chandler, AZ): The 5-11/165 Wylie put on a strong performance in all aspects of the showcase, taking a very strong batting practice that included surprising power, standing out in the middle infield with his overall actions and quick release, running a 6.8 60-yard dash and playing well in the games. He’s a good all around player.

RHP Octavio Lara
(Gahr HS, Bellflower, CA): Lara was the showcases hardest thrower, topping out at 88 mph and consistently pitching in the 86-88 mph range for the first couple of innings. He showed a full array of secondary pitches, including a 75 mph slurve that was very effective for him later in his outing. Lara is a strong athlete at 6-2/210 and showed nice hitting tools in BP too.

LHP/OF Max Green
(Palos Verdes Peninsula HS, Rolling Hills Estates, CA): Green is a live bodied 6-1/160 southpaw who threw 91 mph from the outfield and ran a sub-7.0 sixty. He topped out at 84 mph on the mound but has lots more in his arm with some delivery adjustments.

OF Corbin Lilledahl
(Los Banos (CA) HS): Lilledahl is very slender at 6-3/160 but he has quick strong wrists and generates some whippy bat speed in his left handed swing and squares the ball up consistently. He also showed solid outfield arm strength and ran a 6.9 60-yard dash.

RHP Chase Beal
(Queen Creek (AZ) HS): Beal gets your attention right away with his strong, well-proportioned 6-6/210 build and keeps it with a mid-80s fastball and hard spinning mid-70s curveball. The Arizona native topped out at 90 mph at the 17u PG World Series last month.

C Lucas Halstead
(Monte Vista HS, Alamo, CA): The 6-3/225 Halstead stands out on the field with his size and strength and plays with lots of energy as well. He put on a big power display in batting practice, hitting balls out to all fields, and will improve in games when he learns to get better direction to contact.

OF Cheynne Giles
(Westview HS, San Diego, CA): Giles has a nicely projectable 6-1/170 build with some wiry present strength. He looks to have centerfield athleticism and tools on defense, including 6.8 speed and a strong arm, and swings the bat well from the right side.

2B/SS Austin Bernard (Valley Center (CA) HS):  Bernard is listed as a primary second baseman but his arm strength and game actions indicated that he has the ability to play shortstop at the next level based on this look.  He has a very aggressive right handed swing with power.

RHP Tom Leonardini
(Aptos (CA) HS): Leonardini has a nice 6-3/190 pitcher’s build and a long, loose arm action that projects well. He worked the corners effectively with an 84-86 mph fastball that maintained its velocity into the fourth inning. Continued improvement of his secondary pitches will be the key to his further development.

RHP Cameron Aufderheide
(Trabuco Hills HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA): The 6-3/180 Aufderheide had the best three-pitch combination of any pitcher at the showcase and did it from a deceptive whippy mid to low three-quarters release point. His fastball topped out at 84 mph with very good life down in the zone and his 75 mph slider and 78 mph changeup were quality secondary pitches that he commanded well.

SS/2B Rayson Romero
(St. Louis HS, Mililani, HI): Romero is a very polished defensive player who made all the plays in the games and graded out very well in the drills. His balance, soft hands and quick release stand out. He has a short line drive swing from the right side of the plate.

C Keith Wallach (Maria Carrilo HS, Santa Rosa, CA):  Wallach is a bit undersized at 5-8 but has good strength and plenty of quick twitch actions.  He especially stood out in games, where his energy and motor is apparent both offensively and defensively.

SS Patrick Cromwell
(Calvary Chapel HS, Costa Mesa, CA): Cornwell is a very projectable 6-1/160 middle infielder with a lean, loose athletic body and solid present tools. He has a nice left handed swing with the ability to hit the ball hard to all fields.

OF Kevin Abandy
(Ayala HS, Chino Hills, CA): Abandy has a loose left-handed swing and present gap to gap power and projects to add more bat speed as he gets stronger. He’s also 6.9 runner.

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