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2011 High School Baseball Road Trip
West Ranch/Tesoro Top Players
4/6/2011 7:29:14 PM

Tesoro posted a 5-4 come from behind victory over West Ranch inthe second game of the day at Glover Stadium. Here is a look at some of the topprospects that were featured in the game. For an inning by inning look back at the game go to www.twitter.com/highschoolPG.


West Ranch

LHP JC Cloney
The junior Fullerton commit started the game on the mound. He worked comfortably at 81-82 in the first few innings, up at 84. He dialed it up some as the game went on working 82-83 with 85 as his best on the day. He has a medium build with strength in the lower half offering some projection.

Where Cloney stands out is his ability to repeat his delivery and throw 3 pitches to spots. He lived on the outside corner with his fastball all day, and showed good feel for a 69-72 mph slider with late break. The pitch shows some tilt but not much depth. His changeup sat 72-74 and was solid all day, it showed very good run and sink at 75 on a strikeout for the second out of a 3rd inning jam. His arm action is clean and easy and he also fielded his position well, getting off the mound quickly to field bunts and showing athleticism, leaping and snagging a one-hopper to get out of the aforementioned 3rd inning jam.

Cloney hits from the right side and showed a good approach and balance. He went the other way well on an outside fastball, driving it up the middle for what then was the go-ahead RBI. He also made a potential game saving play at 1B with one-out in the 7th, ranging to his left to track down a tough one-hopper before throwing an off-balance strike to the plate to get the force out.

RHP Michael Silva
The junior showed the best arm strength of the day working 88-89 in his 2/3 of an inning appearance. Listed at 5'11 Silva has a medium frame with athleticism, and repeats his delivery. He was online for most of his appearance, but began to open up early and throwing across his body, leading to his control slipping.

His arm works well, with quickness, short action, and minimal effort. He also flashed a slider at 74 with good break that got him a strikeout, but he was unable to consistently throw it for strikes. Silva's athleticism, delivery, and present arm speed leads one to believe that he could add velocity in the future.

C Dakota Hernandez
The catcher has a strong athletic build and showed both quickness and arm strength behind the plate. He blocks balls well, but would benefit from dropping to his knees quicker and maintaining a better body angle. He has a short swing at the plate, with little wasted movements and pop in his bat.

3B Josh Heinz
Heinz was the strongest player on the field, with thickness and strength in his legs and upper body. He used it to show a strong line drive swing with lots of pop. The ball comes off well and his finish is high and should produce power. His hands are clean at 3B, he moves well, and he showed off a strong arm.

LHP Aaron Watkins
Watkins entered the game in relief of Silva and got out of the jam with minimal damage. The 5’9 lefty has quickness in his arm, running his fastball up to 87, while sitting 83-85. He struggled a bit with his sweeping 68-70 mph slider in his first inning of work, but had a good feel for it in his second inning, throwing it for strikes, and showing good break.

Others

-- OF Michael Alvarez showed a quick bat on a homerun to lead off the game

-- 1B Matt Blake hit 3rd for the Wildcats and is a strong, solid athlete with a good swing and power potential


Tesoro

RHP AJ Pipitone
The right-hander worked quickly and pounded the lower half of the zone with a 78-81 mph fastball, holding the tough West Ranch offense at bay. He showed short arm action and while not having great command of his curveball, threw it for strikes when he had to.

1B Connor Spencer
Spencer had three hits on the day, maintaining a patient, balanced approach in every at bat and showing the ability to stay with a variety of pitches in different locations. His swing is short, and he makes very good contact to all fields.

SS Braden Peters
Peters showed the best defensive actions in the game, showing his range and arm strength with a play in the hole, and later his athleticism and footwork with an off balance throw after charging the ball. His actions and hands were very good, getting rid of the ball quickly and accurately to 1B. At the plate he showed a short stroke, letting the ball travel and attacking it with an up the middle approach.

3B Kris Paulino
A left-handed batter that passes the eye test, Paulino went the other way well with a single to LF off Cloney and showed his ability to square it up with a single to RF later. His hands were good at 3B, and he showed a quick release and accuracy on his throws across.

Others

-- C Eric Hutting has a strong arm, and quick release to go with a very good all around skill set behind the plate.

-- RHP Kyle Goodbrand. The projectable sophomore ran his fastball up to 84, while sitting 81-83. He has long arm action and a balanced delivery, allowing him to throw strikes.