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National Showcase Top Pitchers
David Rawnsley        
Published: Monday, July 01, 2013

Contributing: Jerry Ford, Patrick Ebert

Also see: National Showcase Top Position Prospects | 2013 National Showcase event page

The National Showcase in itself is a top prospect event, so it's difficult to limit the number of pitchers listed below to just over 50. Over 100 pitchers topped out at 90 mph or better, and several players are not mentioned on this list despite being highest level prospects. There is a good possibility that many of the players not mentioned on this list could become early draft picks, college All-Americans, or both. The High School Class of 2014 already appears to be very strong with the amount of talent that participated at this year's National Showcase, and like past years, Perfect Game will continue to follow this class right up until next year’s draft.

RHP Tyler Kolek
(Shepherd HS, TX): Kolek’s legend beat him to the Metrodome, complete with pictures of 102 mph showing on radar guns from an outing earlier in the week. The huge 6-5/240 Texan topped out at 97 at the Dome and showed very good pitchability and the ability to spin the ball. He could be a special talent.

RHP Touki Toussaint
(Coral Springs Christian Academy, FL): We found out that Toussaint threw five innings two days before his National appearance, so his velocity was understandably down a bit to the 90-94 mph range. But he has impressively improved his whole repertoire of stuff, adding a upper-80s cutter and nice changeup to his nasty FB/CB combination.

RHP/SS Dylan Cease
(Milton HS, GA): Cease sat in the 94-96 mph area and the first word to describe his pitching mechanics and release is “easy.” The ball just explodes out of his hand. Cease is also a quality two-way prospect and that athleticism contributes to his very high ceiling on the mound.

RHP Grant Holmes
(Conway HS, SC): Holmes invoked the wow factor after a few pitches from all the scouts behind the Metrodome backstop, pretty much sitting at 95-96 mph for the first inning to go with a 85 mph curveball that probably had many erroneously writing “slider” in their notebooks. He later showed the ability to pitch with some two-seam life at lower velocities and threw strikes at will with all pitches.

RHP Luis Ortiz
(Sanger HS, CA): The big 6-3/220 right hander showed little effort or emotion in throwing 92-95 with his fastball but that wasn’t even his best pitch. His 82-84 mph slider fell into the “best of” category at the event and was a plus present big league pitch at times.

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