4/6/2011 4:56:48 PM
Capistrano Valley has a strong baseball tradition, having produced four MLB players and a 1st round pick as recently as 2009 (Tyler Matzek, 11th overall). Their current crop of players looks solid, with 2012 C/3B Jeffrey Ortega
looking like one of the more promising prospects for the Cougars.
Ortega showed solid improvement at the plate from the last time we saw him at the 2011 Cal Under. His improved body control in his swing has allowed him to be more consistent with his balance at the plate, getting more out of his solid bat speed. The slight improvements to his swing combined with his good strike zone discipline make him a very productive hitter at present with a chance to develop some power down the road. This will be key to his future success as his defense makes him an attractive prospect for the next level.
OF Peter Zuvich
showed good athleticism and quick hands at the plate. 3B Kyle Matzek
showed good all around tools, and though his balance was inconsistent at the plate today, he has the ability to be a very good hitter with refinement. Matzek also showed a good arm from the hot corner. Kyle Hunt showed good contact skills at the plate with a smooth load and good lower half use in his swing.
Costa Mesa had some interesting players as well. C Ian McLaughlin showed good separation of his upper and lower halves at the plate with strength at contact and he projects to get stronger as his long athletic frame fills out. OF Sean Isaac is a tall athletic well rounded athlete, and though he has a lot of moving parts to his swing he showed good strength at contact. OF Bret Collins also showed solid bat speed at the plate with an uppercut swing.