2011 18u WWBA National Championship

 

Show Downs Yankees 10-1 to Become 18u Champs >>
  

7/8/2011 11:42:36 AM

The San Diego Show became the first team from California to ever win the 18u WWBA National Championship by knocking off the East Cobb Yankees 10-1 in the title game.

Mark Vasquez threw a complete game for the Show, giving up a Run on 4 hits. John Gamble's 3-Run Home Run in the 5th put the game out of reach. Jake Reed was named Most Valuable Pitcher, Phillip Evans earned tournament MVP honors.

The full story will be available shortly.
Norris Nails Down Save, Sends Yanks to Title Game >>
  

7/8/2011 9:58:54 AM

Toronto Blue Jays second round pick Daniel Norris (2011 Science Hills HS, Johnson City, TN) closed out a 5-4 East Cobb Yankees victory. The Yankees survived a scare after seeing the 5-0 lead shrink to a single run after the Dodgers cashed in on a pair of walks and an error to lead off the inning. Norris topped out at 93 with very good command.

Yankees starter Jake Burnette (2011 Buford HS, GA), a 7th round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates, went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 ER) with 7 strikeouts and 4 walks. Burnette worked 87-91 with his fastball and complimented it well with a 77 mph curveball. Tyler Gibson (2011 Stratford HS, Macon, GA) was the hitting star for the Yankees, going 2-for-3 with a triple and 2 Runs scored. Gibson, a Georgia Tech commit was selected in the 15th round by the Detroit Tigers.

The Yankees will take on the San Diego Show in the championship game.
Hayes Lifts Show to Semifinal Victory >>
  

7/8/2011 9:27:59 AM

Kyle Hayes put on a show in a 5-4 semifinal victory over the East Cobb Braves 17u. Hayes, put the finishing touches on a complete game victory with a 95 mph fastball to strike out the final batter of the game with the tying run on base.

Hayes sat 87-91 with his fastball for most of the game. Showing good command, he painted corners and save for a couple of mistakes, dominated a lineup that ranks amongst the best in the nation. Hayes showed advanced pitchability, pounding the zone and mixing all three pitches well. Hayes reached back for several 93 mph fastballs in the 7th before delivering the knockout blow with a well placed 95 mph heater to send the Braves home. Hayes also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a game winning 2-run Home Run.

Hayes also threw a complete game on Sunday, a 10 K, 4-hit shutout. Hayes did not issue a walk in his 14 innings of work, while striking out 14. Having graduated from high school as a 17 year old last year, Hayes played in 15 games for San Diego State this spring but plans to transfer to a junior college for the 2011-12 school year. With an advanced three pitch mix that includes low 90s fastballs with plus movement and good command, a hammer curve and a good changeup with feel, Hayes is a player who can help any college program next season. Hayes is a two way player who can also provide a power presence in the lineup as a left handed hitting 3B.

The Show will take on the winner of the East Cobb Yankees-Dulin Dodgers semifinal matchup. It is their first appearance in the title game in spite of being a staple in the playoffs over the past few seasons.
Semi-finals to begin at 9 AM EST Friday >>
  

7/7/2011 5:55:31 PM

The semi-final matchups are set to begin at 9:00 AM EST tomorrow morning at the East Cobb complex in Marietta, Georgia.

The East Cobb Yankees will face the Dulin Dodgers on Field 1.

The San Diego Show will face the East Cobb Braves 17U on Field 2.

The winners of these two games will face each other for the Championship scheduled to begin at 11:30 AM EST on Field 1.

To see the entire schedule and track the results of all of the game, be sure to visit the 2011 WWBA 2011 Grads or 18u National Championship Schedule page:

http://www.perfectgame.org/events/TournamentSchedule.aspx?event=1104
East Cobb Braves 17U advance to semi-finals >>
  
Gm # 573 | 7/7/2011 | 4:30 PM TGBA 17U vs. East Cobb Braves 17u

7/7/2011 5:49:59 PM

The East Cobb Braves 17U team defeated TGBA 17U 7-2 to advance to the semi-finals.

The Braves were carried by starter David Sosebee (2011, White County HS, Ga.), who went the full 7 innings, striking out 9 limiting TGBA 17U to 3 hits.  With a modest, athletic build, Sosebee showed good command to both sides of the plate with both his 86-88/89 fastball and his 69-71 curveball.  He throws on a downward plane with some riding life on his fastball, keeping the ball down in the zone while incorporating his lower half well.  His curve shows sharp 12-to-6 break.  Sosebee has committed to play for Georgia, although he was selected in the 48th round by the Red Sox in last month's draft.

Skye Bolt (Holy Innocents HS, Ga.) capped off a very productive day with a 2-for-4 performance.  Today alone he went 7-for-11, and now is 9-for-26 (.346) overall in the tournament.

The biggest performances at the plate in this game came from Matt Gonzalez (2012, Harrison HS, Ga.) and Kyle Carter (2012, Columbus HS, Ga.), both of whom had 2 hits, including a double.  Gonzalez drove in 3 while Carter drove in 2.  Dylan Dore (2012, Johns Creek HS, Ga.) reached base twice and scored 2 runs as the Braves' leadoff hitter.
San Diego Show advances to semi-finals >>
  
Gm # 574 | 7/7/2011 | 4:30 PM San Diego Show vs. Homeplate Chilidogs

7/7/2011 5:37:39 PM

For a team with such a prolific offense, it was ironic that the team advanced to the semi-finals behind a strong collective pitching performance in a 1-0 win over the Homeplate Chilidogs.

Bobby Zarubin (2012, Santa Fe Christian, Calif.), Ryan Peterson (2012, South Hills HS, Calif.) and Jake Reed (2011, Helix Charter HS, Calif.), who pitched each of the San Diego Show's previous 2 games today, combined on the 2-hit shutout.

Zarubin and Peterson, primarily positional players, worked at 84-87 and 82-84 respectively, while Reed showed his customary low-90s heat.

The San Diego Show hitters mustered only 3 hits of their own against the Chilidogs Jesse Copeland (2012, Northgate HS, Ga.).  Copeland went all 6 innings, striking out 4.  Working in the low-80s with very good fastball command, the only run that Copeland allowed came on a Kyle Hayes (2010, Santana HS, Calif.) single in the first inning.

Hayes has had a strong tournament at the plate, going 8-for-22 so far with 2 home runs.  His single in the 1st scored Nick Ruppert, who led the game off with a single and subsequently stole 2nd and 3rd.
East Cobb Yankees advance to semi-finals >>
  
Gm # 572 | 7/7/2011 | 4:30 PM East Cobb Yankees vs. Round Trip Baseball

7/7/2011 5:25:50 PM

Round Trip Baseball tried to pull off another fantastic finish, scoring 2 runs in both the bottom of the 6th and 7th innings, but the East Cobb Yankees held onto a 7-6 win.

Yankees starter RHP Blake Burkett (2012, West Forsyth HS, Ga.), currently ranked 213 in the 2012 class, struck out 4 in his 2.1 innings of work.  He started the game throwing strikes with an aggressive, competitive approach and a heavy 83-87 fastball that reached as high as 89 mph.  He also threw a sharp 73-75 curveball.  Burkett likes to work fast and is quick to the mound showing sound mechanics.

RHP Ben Lumsden (2011, Hillgrove HS, Ga.) worked the next 4.1 innings, running into some trouble in both the 6th and 7th innings as mentioned above.  While inconsistent, when on he was spotting his fastball well to both sides of the plate.  He kept his sinking 84-87/88 fastball down in the zone, and only threw a handful of offspeed offerings.

LHP/OF Daniel Norris, who may be turned upon tomorrow to pitch, went 1-for-2 with 3 RBI, including one of the bigger hits in the game, a 2-run double in the third.

1B Douglas Miller (2012, Darlngton HS, Ga.) had the other big hit for the Yankees, a 2-run home run in the sixth.

RHP Pete Nagel (2011, Metter HS, Ga.) started the game for Round Trip Baseball and threw the ball well.  The Georgia recruit's fastball sat in the 82-88 range mixing in a curveball, slider and changeup.  He struck out 6 in 5 innings, but did struggle with control, leading to 6 walks and an elevated pitch count while pitching from behind.
Dullin Dodgers advance to semi-finals >>
  
Gm # 571 | 7/7/2011 | 4:30 PM Dulin Dodgers vs. Excel Blue Wave

7/7/2011 5:08:57 PM

The Dulin Dodgers beat the Excel Blue Wave by a final score of 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals on Friday morning.

LHP Will Jamison (2011, Evangelical Chrsitian, Texas) got the start and was sharp over 5 innings, allowing only 3 hits while striking out 2.  He showed good command of the strike zone, using a 80-86 fastball that peaked at 87 and a handful of low-70s curveballs.  Jamison was selected by the Indians in the 45th round of the draft last month by the Indians, and has committed to play for Ole Miss.

IF/RHP Kyle Overstreet (2012, Boaz HS, Ala.), who pitched earlier in the day against the Ohio Warhawks, tossed the final 2 frames for the Dodgers, striking out a pair as he continued to pound the zone wiht 85-87 fastballs while dropping in 72-74 curveballs.

Cleanup hitter Shane Riley (2011, Houston HS, Tenn.) had the best performance at the plate for the Dulin Dodgers, going 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the 1st.

The Trio of Hunter Soleymani (2012, Pelham HS, Ala.), Cole Billingsley (2012, Pell City HS, Ala.) and Jordan Friday (2012, Prattville HS, Ala.) pitched well for the Excel Blue Wave, combining to give up only5 hits and 1 earned run with 7 strikeouts.

Soleymani, a South Alabama recruit, accounted for 6 of those punchouts, working the first 5 innings with a 82-85 fastball.

Billingsley, a LHP, pitched in a similar 84-86 mph range with his fastball, and is currently ranked the 341st best 2012 prospect.

Friday also sat in the mid-80s, recording the final 2 outs.
Junis fans 7 in 3 IP >>
  

7/7/2011 4:42:37 PM

FTB Louisville Slugger RHP/IF Jakob Junis (2011, Rock Falls HS, Ill.) was sharp in 3 innings of work, taking the start against Team Elite 17U Black.  He has a lean, wiry strong frame, and was consistently around the plate with his 3-pitch repertoire.  He threw mostly 85-88 fastballs that peaked at 90.  His changeup projects as a plus pitch, with the ability to throw it with the same arm speed and release as his fastball.  Junis was a 29th round draft pick by the Royals last month, and has committed to play for NC State.
LHP Trabanino sharp for the TX Trappers >>
  
Gm # 553 | 7/7/2011 | 2:00 PM Texas Trappers vs. Foundation Sports

7/7/2011 4:36:58 PM

Texas Trappers LHP Nolan Trabanino (2012, Clear Brook HS, Texas) has a crisp 3-inning performance in a 8-3 win over Foundation Sports.  Trabanino has good size and athleticism at 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, with long, strong limbs.  He showed very good command, throwing his 80-83 fastball easily.  He has the ability to add some run and cut to his fastball, keeping the ball down in the zone.  He didn't throw many in this game, but both his curveball and changeup show promise as well.
4 Explorers combine for shutout >>
  
Gm # 550 | 7/7/2011 | 2:00 PM MVP Expos vs. Columbus Explorers

7/7/2011 4:31:30 PM

Three right-handers and a lefty from the 2012 class combined to toss a shutout for the Columbus Explorers (of Christopher Columbus HS in Miami, Fla.) in a 4-0 win over the MVP Expos.

RHP Danny Dopico has an athletic and projectable 6-foot, 175-pound frame and showed good command of his 82-87 fastball.  He struck out 2 in 3 innings.

RHP Yency Almonte took the mound in the fourth and showed the best pure stuff to go along with a large, athletic 6-foot-4, 175-pound body.  He was consistently 89-91 and peaked at 92, striking out 3 in his inning of work.  His command needs attention, but his upside is evident, currently ranked 114th in the 2012 class.

LHP Luis Collazo fits the crafty mold, with good command of a 83-85 fastball that he shows the ability to cut.

RHP Mike Vinson shows good command and a large, athletic frame at 6-foot-4, 190-pounds.  He worked fast, throwing strikes with his 84-90 mph fastball.  Vinson was up to 91 at the Perfect Game National Showcase a few weeks ago, and is ranked 272 among the 2012 players.
Mercado blasts a pair >>
  
Gm # 542 | 7/7/2011 | 2:00 PM Cincinnati Riverbats vs. PR Giants 18U

7/7/2011 4:16:45 PM

PR Giants 18U OF Anthony Mercado (2010, UIA, PR) provided most of the offense with a pair of home runs in a 2-for-3, 4 RBI performance in a 10-1 win over the Cincinnati Riverbats.  The source of power may have come from the seemingly most unlikely source given Mercado's 5-foot-6, 180-pound frame.
Ben Holland caps off fine tourney with HR >>
  
Gm # 537 | 7/7/2011 | 12:30 PM Chattanooga Cherokees 18u vs. ABD MUSTANGS

7/7/2011 4:07:58 PM

Chattanooga Cherokees 18U 1B Ben Holland (2011, Siegel HS, Tenn.) capped off a fine tournament in which he went 7-for-14 with a 2-for-3 performance.  He yanked a 2-run shot in the first, showing good strength in his mature 6-foot-2, 225-pound frame.
Malcom Diaz touches 90 >>
  
Gm # 536 | 7/7/2011 | 12:30 PM MVP Baseball vs. IBAHS Knights

7/7/2011 4:01:34 PM

IBAHS Knights RHP Malcom Diaz (2012, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy) threw the final inning in a 5-4 win over MVP Baseball.  Diaz worked 84-88 touching 90.  The Alabama State recruit, currently ranked 124 among the 2012 class, was up to 93 a few weeks prior at the Perfect Game National.  At 6-foot-2, 177-pounds, Diaz has a wiry strong, projectable frame and should be throwing consistently harder in the next year or two.
Clint Wynn works in the upper-80s >>
  
Gm # 535 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Team Elite 17U White vs. Texas Dukes

7/7/2011 3:56:42 PM

Team Elite 17U White RHP Clint Wynn (2012, Houston County HS, Ga.) only threw 1 inning starting a game that ended in a 3-3 tie against the Texas Dukes, but he showed easy arm strength sitting at 86-89.
Moore blasts grand slam >>
  
Gm # 534 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Team Elite 18U vs. So Cal Elite

7/7/2011 3:52:08 PM

Team Elite 18U switch-hitting third baseman Nicky Moore (2011, Brockwood HS, Ga.) reached on each of his 4 plate appearances, with a grand slam easily standing out on a day he walked, was hit by a pitch twice and drove in 5 runs.  At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Moore has very good strength.  He has a fluid stroke with good bat speed and plate coverage, consistently driving the ball hard to all fields.  The home run was his second of the tournament, with 3 of his 4 hits going for extra bases.
2013 RHP Lawrence pitches well >>
  
Gm # 533 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM PBB 17U vs. Tucker Dodgers

7/7/2011 3:44:33 PM

PBB 17U RHP Nicholas Lawrence (2013, Weillington Community HS, Fla.) was sharp in his scoreless 4 inning stint, striking out 8 hitters and allowing only 3 hits and 1 walk.  With a lean and lanky 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame, it's easy to envision his current 82-86 fastball jumping up over the next year as he continues to mature and add strength.
LHP Kopenski with sharp CG effort >>
  
Gm # 532 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Suncoast Select 18 vs. Texas Sports Red 18U

7/7/2011 3:39:53 PM

Suncoast Select 18 LHP Ryan Kopenski (2012, Wiregress Ranch HS, Fla.) struck out 8 in 7 full innings in a 5-1 victory over Texas Sports Red 18U.  He showed an effective 3-pitch mix, including a 73-77 fastball, a mid-60s slow curve and a changeup.

Teammate Jimmy Diven (2011, Springstead HS, Fla.), primarily a LHP, went 3-for-3 at the plate with a triple and 3 RBI.
3 South Florida Thunder Ps combine for 1 hitter >>
  
Gm # 531 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM PLAYGROUND ALLSTARS vs. South Florida Thunder

7/7/2011 3:35:23 PM

South Florida Thunder RHPs Richie Barbella (2012, Miami Christian, Fla.), Lance Elder (2011, South Dade HS, Fla.) and Eric Santamaria (2011, Sunset HS, Fla.) combined on a 1-hit shutout over the Playground All-Stars.  Elder showed the best stuff of the trio, throwing a 85-88 fastball and striking out 3 batters in 2 innings.
Carlos Ruiz looks sharp in win >>
  
Gm # 530 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Atlanta Elite Giants vs. Bucky Dent Bandits UCLA

7/7/2011 3:30:34 PM

Bucky Dent Bandits UCLA RHP Carlos Ruiz (Panama City, PA) turned in a solid performance against the Atlanta Elite Giants, going the distance in a 5-inning, 13-1 victory.  It was easily Ruiz' best pitching performance during the tournament, striking out 6 and allowing only 4 hits.  He has an extra-large, athletic, 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame with broad shoulders and long, wiry strong limbs.  Ruiz pounded the strike zone, using his size well by pitching on a downhill plane to produce 83-87 heat, topping out at 89.  He set up hitters well, working fast and flashing potential with his 78-72 curveball.

Atlanta Elite Giants 1B Fred Williams (2012, Morgan County HS, Ga.) continued to hit the ball well in Marietta, recording 1 of the 4 hits and driving in the only run that Ruiz allowed.  Williams offers a large, mature, pro-style frame with exciting power potential as a left-handed hitter.
TGBA 17U wins in the bottom of the 7th to advance >>
  
Gm # 545 | 7/7/2011 | 2:00 PM TGBA 17U vs. Oklahoma Drillers

7/7/2011 3:19:49 PM

TGBA 17U IF Robert Currie (2012, Lovett HS, Ga.) walked, stole second base and scored on a Brock Maxwell (2013, Lambert HS, Ga.) single, all with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th, to beat the Oklahoma Drillers.  TGBA 17U advances to the Quarterfinals where they will play the East Cobb Braves 17U team.

The focus on the game started with a matchup between two promising right-handed pitchers, Oklahoma Drillers' Chase Williams (Broken Arrow HS, Okla.) and TGBA 17U's Eric Nyquist (2011, Alpharetta HS, Ga.)

The pitching strength of the Broken Arrow program continued to be on display with Williams, who showed a loose arm while pitching downhill with a tall and projectable 6-foot-6, 205-pound frame.  He threw strikes, sitting in the 81-85 range while peaking at 88 mph.  While he threw mostly fastballs, he dropped in an occasional curveball.  Williams struck out 4 in 3 innings, allowing only 1 hit, but did give up 3 runs (only 1 earned).

2012 LHP Jacob Evans will continue to carry the pitching torch for Broken Arrow next season, with an athletic 6-foot-2, 205-pound build and plenty of room for added strength.  His arm works well, with deception to his delivery and some late life to his 80-84 mph fastball.  He also showed good depth on his 12-to-6 curveball that hovered around 70 mph.

Nyquist, a Mercer recruit, showed the ability to throw strikes with his 84-88 fastball.  His fastball had some late life to it, and was able to drop in an occasional curveball to keep the opposing hitters off balance.  Nyquist shows good moxie on the mound with a deceptive delivery and a fast-paced tempo, leading to 8 strikeouts in his 5 inning stint.
San Diego Show offense continues to click >>
  
Gm # 546 | 7/7/2011 | 2:00 PM San Diego Show vs. Syracuse Sports Zone Chiefs

7/7/2011 3:04:28 PM

The star-studded lineup of the San Diego Show continued to produce against the Syracuse Sports Zone Chiefs, taking this game 8-0 as the Show moves on to a Quarterfinal matchup against the Homeplate Chilidogs.

Leadoff hitter Nick Ruppert (2012, St. Augustine HS, Calif.) continues to do a good job atop the order, going 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.

3-hole hitter Corey Oswalt (2012, James Madison HS, Calif.) also continues to swing the bat well, going 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.

2010 Aflac All-American Phillip Evans (2011, LaCosta Canyon HS, Calif.) had a double and 4 RBI in a 2-for-3 day at the plate.

Jake Reed (2011, Helix Charter HS, Calif) started, and finished the game for the Show after pitching an inning earlier in the day.  His electric arm speed is evident, throwing strikes with an explosive fastball that sat in the upper-80s to low 90s, peaking at 92.  He continued to throw s sharp slider as well, giving him two legitimate swing-and-miss pitches.  He was particularly efficient in this game, striking out 2 batters and allowing only 2 hits during his 5 inning outing.

Syracuse Sports Zone Chiefs starter Kevin McAvoy (2011, Westhill HS, N.Y.) took the mound after tossing an inning yesterday, showing the same effortless delivery and mound presence.  He worked 85-89 as a starter over his 3 innings, striking out 4 batters.
Switch pitcher, hitter Aubrey McCarty comes up big >>
  
Gm # 544 | 7/7/2011 | 2:00 PM Homeplate Chilidogs vs. Next Level Baseball

7/7/2011 2:45:43 PM

Next Level Baseball LHP Thomas Watson (2012, Lincoln HS, Fla.) started, and finished, the playoff matchup against the Homeplate Chilidogs.  He struck out 5 in 6 innings of work, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits.  He did a nice job throwing strikes with a 75-80 mph fastball, but relied more on a sharp upper-60s curveball.

Homeplate Chilidogs Aubrey McCarty (2013, Colquitt County HS, Ga.) was a hair better than Watson is a 3-2 Chilidogs victory, also going the distance with 3 strikeouts in 7 innings.  McCarty has the rare ability to throw with both hands, and also is a switch-hitter.  His solo home run proved to be the difference in this game.  As a pitcher, he worked in the 75-82 range with an easy delivery.  He kept hitters off balance with an aggressive approach while changing speeds.

Chilidogs OF Jeremy Taylor (2012, Fayette HS, Ga.) makes an impact on the bases and can cover a lot of ground in the outfield.  His skill-set suits him perfectly to lead off, and went 1-for-3 in this game.  Taylor is 6-for-18 in the tournament, stealing 2 bases in as many attempts.  He's currently ranked 414th in the class of 2012.
Shelly shuts down the Warhawks >>
  
Gm # 543 | 7/7/2011 | 2:00 PM Dulin Dodgers vs. Ohio Warhawks

7/7/2011 2:35:14 PM

John Marc Shelly (2012, St. George HS, Tenn.) took the mound against the Ohio Warhawks for the Dulin Dodgers and pitched very well.  Throwing mostly 85-91 fastballs, he worked 6 scoreless innings with 3 strikeouts as the Dodgers moved on with a 5-1 victory.

Mike Maiello (2013, Desert Oasis HS, Nev.) started opposite Shelly for the Ohio Warhawks, and while he got roughed up early in this game, he showed good stuff.  His fastball sat at 86-88 with a low-70s curveball.  With a lean, projectable frame, he's a name to watch over the next 2 years.

Leadoff hitter Mookie Betts (2011, John Overton HS, Tenn.) continues to play well.  He had another hit in this game, and is now 9-for-21 in the tournament.  A good overall athlete, he makes the game look easy with natural instincts defensively, as a hitter and on the basepaths.  He has committed to play in-state for the Volunteers.

Alabama recruit and 2-way player Kyle Overstreet (2012, Boaz HS, Ala.) went 1-for-3 at the plate for the Dodgers with a run and 1 RBI, and also pitched the final inning of the game.  He threw his fastball at 86-88 with a clean, easy delivery.

Daniel Schneider with big day at plate, on mound >>
  
Gm # 527 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM North East Rays vs. East Cobb Cubs 18s

7/7/2011 2:23:03 PM

East Cobb Cubs 18s RHP/IF Daniel Schneider (2011, Mt. Pisgah HS, Ga.) contributed both at the plate and on the mound in a 11-10 loss to the North East Rays.  He went 2-for-3 with 2 runs and 3 RBI, including a home run while also flashing 90 heat on the mound in his inning of work.  The 6-foot-5, 200-pound 2-way talent has committed to play for Western Carolina.

North East Rays Connor Perry (2012, Central Catholic HS, Mass.), primarily a positional player, took the mound and threw 84-87 in his inning of work.
Kansas City RHP shows good size, stuff >>
  
Gm # 522 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Florida Elite Sports vs. KC Select

7/7/2011 1:17:55 PM

KC Select RHP Jordan Witcig (2012, Staley HS, MO) offers promise at 6-foot-4, 190-pounds, built with long, strong limbs and broad shoulders, pointing to natural added strength with maturity.  He showed good command of a 83-86 mph fastball that peaked at 88, mixing in a promising low-70s curve.  He went the distance in a 8-1 victory over Florida Elite Sports, giving up only 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 4 in 7 innings.
EC Yankees RHP Will Carter sharp in victory >>
  
Gm # 518 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Chain Black '12 vs. East Cobb Yankees

7/7/2011 1:09:07 PM

The East Cobb Yankees advanced past the Chain Black '12 squad, largely thanks to the pitching effort of primary positional player Will Carter (2011, Science Hill HS, Tenn.).  Carter offers an athletic and projectable 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame.  He exhibited very good command, throwing strikes with a 84-88/89 fastball and a big, slow curve.  He gave up only 3 hits and didn't allow a run while striking out a pair in his 7 innings of work as part of a 5-0 victory.
After shining on mound in AM, Buxton goes 2-3 >>
  
Gm # 517 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Round Trip Baseball vs. Tampa Panthers

7/7/2011 1:02:54 PM

Round Trip Baseball's Byron Buxton (2012, Appling County HS, Ga.) certainly is having himself a very impressive tournament run.  After throwing a gem to oust the Florida Bombers this morning, he went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, a triple, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored.  He quite simply is an exciting all-around talent that makes the game look easy with plus tools across the board.

And Buxton played a big part in this win aside from his base hits, getting hit by a pitch in the bottom of the 7th inning with 2 outs which kept the inning alive for Drew Kelley (2011, Bainbridge HS, Ga.), who drove in a pair with a double to beat the Tampa Panthers 6-5 in walk-off fashion.

RHP Tanner Anderson (2011, Plant HS, Fla.) was on the mound for that hit, but overall threw a fantastic game for the Panthers.  He went the distance, striking out out 4.  He showed good command and threw strikes, with an easy, loose arm and solid mechancis.  His fastball was 85-88 and up to 91, mixing in a very sharp mid-70s curveball.  He has committed to play for Harvard.
Bolt, Crownover lead EC Braves 17U to next round >>
  
Gm # 516 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Showtime Baseball vs. East Cobb Braves 17u

7/7/2011 12:50:24 PM

Skye Bolt (2012, Holy Innocents, Ga.) continued his hot hitting on the day, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, standing out from a talented East Cobb Braves 17U lineup.

LHP Matthew Crownover (2012, Ringgold HS, Ga.) allowed only 1 hit while striking out 9 in 5 innings of work, leading to a 8-0 win over Showtime Baseball.  Crownover showed good command with all of his pitches, throwing strikes and pitching aggressively.  He has smooth mechanics and easy arm strength, working 86-90 touching 91 while also throwing a good curveball and changeup.  A Clemson recruit, Crownover is currently ranked the 46th best 2012 player.
Dylan Smith's 1st inning blast enough to win >>
  
Gm # 515 | 7/7/2011 | 11:30 AM Team Xtreme vs. Excel Blue Wave

7/7/2011 12:39:53 PM

Excel Blue Wave infielder Dylan Smith (2012, Clay-Chalkville HS, Ala.) hit a 2-run home run in the top of the 1st inning, which turned out to be all the runs his team would score in a 2-1 victory over Team Xtreme.  Smith is an Auburn recruit, and one of the top 2012 players.  He shows excellent bat speed with leverage and power to all fields. 

And those 2 runs were all that Smith's Clay-Chalkville and Excel Blue Wave teammate Trent Higginbotham (2011) would need.  He went the full 7 innings in this contest, giving up only 2 hits while striking out 9.  He shows outstanding arm speed and life on his 87-90 fastball that peaked at 91.  He threw mostly fastballs, but sprinkled in a few breaking pitches along the way.  Higginbotham was selected by the Twins in the 26th round of the draft last month, and has committed to play for Shelton State CC.

Eric Comstock (2011, Middleton HS, Fla.) started opposite Higginbotham for Team Xtreme, and also went the distance.  He allowed only 4 hits, striking out 6 in his 7 innings of work, and the only runs he allowed came on Smith's 1st-inning blast.  Comstock showed good command and the ability to change speeds with his 3-pitch repertoire that includes a 84-87 fastball, a mid-70s curve and a changeup that hovers around 80.
Ty Hensley, Cody Kukuk, Alex Massey throw heat >>
  
Gm # 511 | 7/7/2011 | 11:00 AM Texas Sun Devils vs. EJ Sports Warriors

7/7/2011 12:22:40 PM

A trio of Texas Sun Devils pitchers each tossed 2 innings in a consolation game against the EJ Sports Warriors.

RHP Ty Hensley (2012, Sana Fe HS, Okla.) is a talented 2-way star, and one of the top 2012 prospects overall.  He offers a strong, sturdy frame and a visible presence on the mound.  His arm is loose, and easily worked in the 89-92 range touching 94.  Hensley got knocked around a little in this outing, and struggled a little with control, but did manage to strike out a pair of batters.

LHP Cody Kukuk (2011, Lawrence Free State HS, Kan.) was up next, who didn't match the 94 peak velocity he reached his last time out, but did manage to hit 93 while sitting at 90-92.  He threw mostly fastballs in his outing, throwing strikes while striking out a pair.  He was drafted in the 7th round by the Red Sox last month, and has committed to play for Kansas.

RHP Alex Massey (2011, Catholic HS, La.) was also drafted by the Red Sox, going in the 27th round last month.  He is a Tulane recruit, and like Kukuk has been showing improving stuff.  Showing a projectable 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame and a loose arm, it's easy to project him throwing consistently harder than the 87-90/91 fastball he showed today.  Again, throwing mostly fastballs in a 2-inning stint, Massey struck out a batter showing good pitching savvy on the mound.

The Sun Devils' lineup also has several recognizable players, including Gavin Cecchini (2012, Barbe HS, La.) who went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run out of the leadoff spot.  He's a solid player across the board, with good overall athleticism, speed and a quick, line drive bat.  He's currently ranked 45th in the 2012 class, and has committed to play for Ole Miss.
2014 LHP shows reason for excitement >>
  
Gm # 510 | 7/7/2011 | 11:00 AM Bucky Dent Bandits Royal vs. East Cobb Cubs

7/7/2011 12:09:01 PM

Bucky Dent Bandits Royal 2014 LHP Edwin Nunez (Noestra Senora HS, Pa.) showed plenty of reason to be excited about this young man's future.  You start with his size, at 6-foot-4, 200-pounds, and you have a good foundation for added strength and velocity.  You move onto his velocity and see and easy 81-83 fastball.  Nunez also shows good command and composure on the, using his size well to throw on a downhill plane.  He threw mostly fastballs, as his secondary pitches not surprisingly still need work, but he shows the good foundation of both a curve and a changeup.
RHPs Delee, Henderson top 90 >>
  
Gm # 509 | 7/7/2011 | 10:00 AM Dulin Dodgers vs. Citius Bandits

7/7/2011 12:02:48 PM

Dulin Dodgers RHP Caleb Delee (2011, Collierville HS, Tenn.) tossed 5 strong innings in a 10-0 victory over the Citius Bandits, striking out 4.  The Ole Miss recruit had difficultly consistently finding the strike zone, but that did make him effectively wild thanks to a running 85-89 fastball that peaked at 91.  He worked quickly, throwing mostly fastballs, and has some projectability in his athletic 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame.

Citius Bandits RHP Shane Henderson (2010, Grayson County College) also pitched in the 90s, working regularly in the 85-89 range.  Drafted in the 20th round by the Dodgers a year ago, he showed good command of both his heavy fastball and late-breaking upper-70s slider.
Stephen Gant goes distance vs. Gatorball Academy >>
  
Gm # 508 | 7/7/2011 | 10:00 AM Gatorball Baseball Academy vs. Ohio Warhawks

7/7/2011 11:49:30 AM

Ohio Warhawks RHP Stephen Gant (Riverside HS, Tenn.), currently ranked 186 among the 2012 class, went 7 strong innings in a 5-3 win over Gatorball Baseball Academy.  He struck out 12 and allowed 6 hits and only 1 walk, using a 86-89 fastball that touched 91.  He has a clean, effortless arm action with the ability to snap off a promising low-70s curve as well, and maintained his velocity well as he still touched 90-91 in his final inning of work.
2013 RHP David Ellingson shows promise >>
  

7/7/2011 11:41:01 AM

Bobby Valentine's All-American Team RHP David Ellingson (2013, College Park HS, Texas) shows an easy, quick arm that produced 84-88 fastballs.  He pounded the strike zone in 1.1 innings, striking out a pair in a 3-2 victory over CenTex Prospects.

Montana 2012 LHP Caleb Frare (Custer County District HS) took the mound again, and again showed easy 84-88 heat.
Chilidogs' Stuckey shuts down Team Gwinnett >>
  
Gm # 501 | 7/7/2011 | 9:00 AM Team Gwinnett vs. Homeplate Chilidogs

7/7/2011 11:33:27 AM

The Homeplate Chilidogs scored 6 runs in the first 2 innings, more than enough for RHP Jerry Stuckey (2011, Home-schooled, Ga.) to work with.  The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Georgia State recruit used a 81-86 fastball and a slow curve to carve up Team Gwinnett, and leading the Chilidogs to a 6-0 victory.  Stuckey struck out 9 and gave up only 1 hit and a walk in 7 innings.
Oswalt's big hit in 8th leads to SD Show victory >>
  
Gm # 500 | 7/7/2011 | 9:00 AM Bucky Dent Bandits Seminoles vs. San Diego Show

7/7/2011 11:28:56 AM

Top 2012 prospect Corey Oswalt (James Madison HS, Calif.) hit a bases clearing double in the top of the 8th, in a game that went to extra frames against Bucky Dent Bandits Seminoles, to secure a 6-2 win.

Show starter RHP John Gamble (2013, Santa Fe Christian School) used a 83-87 mph fastball and a mid-70s breaking ball to cruise through 7 innings, giving up only a pair of hits and striking out 7 along the way.

RHP Jake Reed came on in the bottom of the 8th to close things out, using a 88-91 fastball with late life and aggressive, bulldog approach to make quick work of the Seminoles.

Bucky Dent Bandits Seminoles RHP Chris Oakley (2013, St.. Augustine Prep, N.J.) is a name to watch over the next 1-2 years, with a super-sized 6-foot-8, 225-pound frame that makes it easy to dream of what his current 84-90 mph stuff could become.
Kentucky recruit C Greg Fettes with big hit >>
  
Gm # 498 | 7/7/2011 | 9:00 AM South Oakland A's 18U vs. Next Level Baseball

7/7/2011 11:17:00 AM

South Oakland A's 18U C Greg Fettes (2011, Lamphere HS, Mich.) had a big day at the plate despite losing to Next Level Baseball 5-4.  Fettes, a Kentucky recruit that was drafted in the 43rd round by the Tigers, is a large, strong athlete at 6-foot-2, 210-pounds.  He has very strong forearms and wrists giving his good bat speed, and showed off his loft power by clubbing a 2-run home run in this game.
LHP Ogando shows good stuff >>
  

7/7/2011 11:10:35 AM

Ostingers Baseball Academy 17U LHP Emilio Ogondo (2011, Durant HS, Fla.) showed good command and stuff in his brief inning of work.  He has a loose arm easily producing heavy 86-87 heat.
Okla. Drillers duo pitches well >>
  

7/7/2011 11:06:44 AM

Oklahoma Drillers RHPs Jacob Kremers (2011, Union HS, Okla.) and Nick Pettus (Broken Arrow HS, Okla.), both of whom are primarily positional players, showed good stuff in a 7-6 win over South Florida Elite Squad 18U.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Kremers offers a perfectly projectable, tall athletic frame with plenty of room for added strength.  He threw the ball free and easy, pitching downhill with some arm-side run on his 85-88 mph fastball.  His sharp, late-breaking 70-71 curve also showed promise.

Pettus doesn't have Kremers' ideal size, but he is a strong overall athlete that showed good control to both sides of the plate.  He was up to 90, comfotably sitting at 87-89 in his 4 innings of work.  He also threw a sharp mid-70s curve, leading to 8 Ks during his outing.

Drillers catcher and Arizona State commit Dylan Delso (2011, Broken Arrow HS, Okla.) certainly has a history of catching high profile arms, and has continued to show plus defensive tools behind the plate.  He was 1-for-2 in this game with a walk and a solo home run.
Dixon continues to mash >>
  
Gm # 494 | 7/7/2011 | 9:00 AM NJ Marlins vs. Batters Box Baseball 18U

7/7/2011 10:54:07 AM

Batters Box Baseball 18U OF Tyler Dixon (2011, Collerville HS, Tenn.) continues to hit the ball very well during the tournament.  He is now hitting 9-for-15 with a pair of home runs after a 2-for-3 performance today that included a 2-run home run.  He has a pro-style body built at 6-foot-4, 205-pounds, and still has room to add additional strength.  He shows good bat speed and intriguing power potential.
Puerto Rican IF shows easy velo >>
  
Gm # 493 | 7/7/2011 | 9:00 AM Bullets Baseball vs. North East Mudhens

7/7/2011 10:48:35 AM

Bullets Baseball primary infielder Jacob Cordero (2013, Faith Baptist Christian School, Puerto Rico) took the mound for the final inning to close out the Bullets' 4-1 win over the North East Mudhens.  With a smaller, lithe frame, there is plenty of room for Cordero to fill out, and after seeing him throw easily in the 84-88 range, he may be asked to take the mound more frequently.  He also dropped in some promising low-70s curveballs, and overall needs to tighten up his command of both pitches.  Cordero did run into some trouble, giving up a pair of hits and a run, but also struck out 2 hitters.
Washington arms continue to impress >>
  
Gm # 492 | 7/7/2011 | 9:00 AM RIPS Brewers vs. Syracuse Sports Zone Chiefs

7/7/2011 10:40:19 AM

While the duo of Syracuse Sports Zone Chiefs RHPs Mike Schwartz (2010, Ithaca HS, N.Y.) and Kevin McAvoy (2011, Westhill HS, N.Y.) had the edge in the Chiefs' 3-2 win over the RIPS Brewers, a pair of Washington hurlers continue a nice theme of talented arms from the Pacific Northwest.

Starter Ted Hammond (2012, Shorecrest HS, Wash.) pitched aggressively, pounding the strike zone with a heavy 84-86 mph fastball.  He has a quick arm and showed the ability to set up hitters with his fastball, using his late-breaking curve to put them away.

Lefty Andrew Summerville (2014, Lakeside HS, Wash.) came on to pitch the final 4 frames, allowing only 2 hits with 4 punchouts.  The 6-foot-2, 160-pound lefty is just starting to to realize his potential, with a perfectly projectable frame and outstanding arm speed.  He shows good command, and late life, on his 83-85 fastball, as well as good feel for a upper-70 curveball.  He does a good job pitching down in the strike zone, pitching with savvy beyond that of your typical 2014 grad.

Bryant commit Kevin McAvoy was the hardest thrower of the game, throwing 88-92 in his inning of work, leading to 2 strikeouts.  He was effectively wild, showing a loose, quick arm and somewhat of a max effort delivery.
Pitching stands out in Team Alabama/TGBA contest >>
  
Gm # 491 | 7/7/2011 | 9:00 AM Team Alabama vs. TGBA 17U

7/7/2011 10:26:01 AM

TGBA 17U starter Dmitri Kourtis (2011, Alpharetta HS, Ga.) continued the trend of strong pitching performances in the playoffs, striking out 9 and allowing only 3 hits and 1 run in 7 innings.  The 6-foot-2, 190-pound RHP threw easily in the upper-80s, topping out at 89, with a loose arm and some late life to his fastball.  His sweeping low-70s curve has some promise, but didn't throw many relying predominantly on his fastball.

Team Alabama countered with RHP Jackson Stephens (2012, Oxford HS, Ala.), a projectable 6-foot-3, 185 soon-to-be junior who showed easy arm strength.  His fastball also sat in the 85-88 range touching 89, flashing good potential on his 71-74 curveball.  He struck out 5 in 5 innings, and is currently ranked 301 among the 2012 class.

Promising 2013 RHP Kevin Davis (T.R. Miller HS, Ala.), currently ranked 8th overall in the 2013 class, closed the game out for Team Alabama.  He showed easy arm strength from a three-quarters delivery, pumping his fastball at 91-92.  His upper-70s curve also showed promise, giving him an exciting power repertoire. 
Showtime advances thanks to Zach Carter's CG >>
  
Gm # 490 | 7/7/2011 | 9:00 AM Showtime Baseball vs. East Cobb Braves 18u

7/7/2011 10:14:58 AM

Showtime Baseball RHP Zach Carter (2009, Camas HS, Wash.) went 7 full innings as Showtime beat the East Cobb Braves 18U, 3-2.  Carter scattered 7 hits, giving up only 2 runs while striking out 7.  His fastball was thrown at 80-85 with the ability to drop in an effective upper-60s slow curveball.
Robert Johnson goes distance for Team Xtreme >>
  
Gm # 489 | 7/7/2011 | 9:00 AM All American Prospects 18U vs. Team Xtreme

7/7/2011 10:08:31 AM

RHP Robert Johnson (2011, Gaither HS, Fla.) went 7 strong innings to propel Team Xtreme to a victory over All American Prospects 18U.  Johnson was 78-83 showing good size and arm strength.

All American Prospects 18U LHP Eric Skoglund (2011, Sarasota HS, Fla.) wasn't as sharp as Johnson, but showed a power approach.  Skoglund ended up with 6 strikeouts in his 4.1 innings of work, using a 84-87 fastball that touched 88 and a decent 75-77 slider.  He showed an easy, loose arm and a projectable 6-foot-5, 195-pound frame.  He was selected in the 16t round by the Pirates, and has committed to play for Central Florida. 
Skye Bolt big at plate >>
  
Gm # 488 | 7/7/2011 | 9:00 AM West End Baseball vs. East Cobb Braves 17u

7/7/2011 9:59:23 AM

East Cobb Braves 17U OF Skye Bolt (2012, Holy Innocents, Ga.) had a big day at the plate and on the basepaths, going 3-for-4 with 1 run, 2 RBI and a pair of stolen bases.  One of the top 2012 prospects, Bolt's athletic ability has been obvious out on the field, and today his production matched his tools.

Braves' pitchers Ryley MacEachern (2013, Austin Preparator, Mass.) and Brandon Peterson (2012, Daphne HS, Ala.) showed good stuff on the mound.  MacEachern showed that he knew how to pitching, with a competitive spirit on the mound.  He worked quickly using a smooth delivery to produce 83-88 mph fastballs.  Peterson was just a tick below at 81-86/87.

West End Baseball's Bo Thompson (J.L. Mann HS, S.C.) also enjoyed a big day at the plate, also going 3-for-4 hitting a pair of solo home runs.  The Citadel recruit has obvious physical strength, showing an aggressive approach, good bat speed and raw power potential.
Shelton goes distance as EC Yankees advance >>
  

7/7/2011 9:49:00 AM

East Cobb Yankees LHP Gregory Shelton (2013, Etowah HS, Ga.) was very impressive, striking out 7 and allowing only 5 hits, 1 walk and 1 run in 6 innings as the Yankees advanced.  Shelton threw mostly 83-86 fastballs, dropping in a promising low-70s curve.  At 6-foot-2, 186-pounds, Shelton offers plenty of projectability and reason to believe he's going to get bigger, stronger while throwing harder in the next 1-2 years.
Chain Black '12 rallies in 9th to advance >>
  
Gm # 482 | 7/7/2011 | 8:30 AM Chain Black '12 vs. Prospects Stars 2011

7/7/2011 9:43:53 AM

Chain Back '12 scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to advance in the playoffs, knocking off Prospects Stars 2011 9-8.

They took advantage of a couple of errors, walks and wild pitches, but the big hit was a walk-off, bases clearing triple off of the bat of Ty Odom (2012, Warner Robins HS, Ga.).

Chain Black '12 IF/RHP Jordan Howard (2014, Eagles Landing HS, Ga.) threw the ball extremely well in his inning of relief.  His fastball sat 84-88 and was clocked as high as 90 mph.  He struggled with command, but was effectively wild.  His sweeping low-70s curveball also shows promise, as he may be getting more and more time on the mound as he enters his sophomore year in high school.

Prospects Stars 2011 RHP John Williams (2011, Battlefield HS, Va.) pitched well prior to the 7th.  The George Mason recruit looked as though he was cruising.  Overall the Prospects Stars 2011 team is loaded with promising D1 recruits, including J.J. White (Penn State, 2011, Stone Bridge HS, Va.), Lansing Veeder (St. Joseph's, 2011, Paul VI, Va.), Aaron Hoover (James Madison, 2011, Westfield HS, Va.), Michael Perez (Old Dominion, 2011, South County HS, Va.), Michael Katz (William & Mary, 2011, Bishop O'Connell HS, Va.), Luke Willis (Coastal Carolina, 2011, Oakton HS, Va.) and Josh Smith (William & Mary, 2011, St. Stephens HS, Va.).
Locke St. John solid in win for EC Astros 16U >>
  
Gm # 487 | 7/7/2011 | 9:00 AM East Cobb Astros 16u vs. Excel Blue Wave

7/7/2011 9:31:07 AM

Excel Blue Wave LHP Locke St. John (2011, Pell City HS, Ala.) tossed a very good game knocking out the East Cobb Astros 16U to advance, striking out 8 and allowing only 1 hit in 6.2 innings.  The 6-foot-1, 180-pound lefty showed very good command of his running 83-86 fastball that was up to 87.  St. John also showed the ability to command both a curveball and changeup that have promise, and overall did a good job changing speeds to keep the Astros' hitters off balance.  He has committed to play for Southern Union State CC.

East Cobb Astros 16U RHP Hunter Swilling (2013, Smith Station, Ala.) is the 31st ranked player in the 2013 class, and showed a loose arm producing 82-88 mph heat.  He threw strikes and struck out a pair in his 3 innings to close out the game.
LHP Lance Gray and East Cobb Astros 18U advance >>
  
Gm # 485 | 7/7/2011 | 8:30 AM Tampa Panthers vs. East Cobb Astros 18u

7/7/2011 9:22:30 AM

The East Cobb Astros 18U team defeated the Tampa Panthers in the first round of the playoffs to advance.

LHP Lance Gray (2010, East Paulding HS, Ga.) got the start for East Cobb, striking out 4 in 5 innings of work, showing good command of his 76-82 mph fastball.

OF Jacob Bruce (2011, Woodstock HS, Ga.) continued to show off his tools, with a strong, athletic frame and fluid actions in the outfield with good speed.  He displays a balanced swing at the plate with good bat speed and extension.  Bruce went 1-for-3 with 3 runs scored and a stolen base.

Connor Gilbert (2011, Etowah HS, Ga.) went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple in this game.  He has a strong, mature build with a sturdy lower half, showing good bat speed and power potential, making consistent hard contact.  He has committed to play for Chattanooga State Technical CC.

Tampa starter Noah Dyals (2014, Plant HS, Fla.) is a player to watch over the next 2-3 years.  The young RHP threw in the 79-83 range touching 85, and showed good feel for his upper-60s curveball.  He offers a projectable, still-gorwing stature at 6-foot, 170-pounds and shows a loose arm and balanced delivery.

Buxtontwirls gem as Round Trip knocks out Bombers >>
  
Gm # 484 | 7/7/2011 | 8:30 AM Florida Bombers vs. Round Trip Baseball

7/7/2011 9:10:30 AM


OF/RHP Byron Buxton (2012, Appling County HS, Ga.), one of the top 2012 players, pitched a fantastic game against the defending champion Florida Bombers to advance to the next round of the playoffs.  Buxton went the distance, striking out 8 in 7 innings of work, limiting the powerful Bombers lineup to only 6 hits.  He threw strikes and showed good command of his lively 86-90 mph fastball that touched 92, maintaining the low-90s into the 5th inning.  He has very good arm speed, pitching downhill with an aggressive approach.  While he threw mostly fastballs, he also mixed in an occasional slider that also shows promise.  Th five-tool athlete also went 1-for-4 serving as Round Trip's cleanup hitter.

Bombers starter RHP Sean Hurley (2011, Sarasota HS, Fla.) has good size and strength at 6-foot-3, 215-pounds, and did a good job throwing strikes.  His fastball sat 82-86 touching 87 mixing in a solid slider, striking out 4 in 3.2 innings.

Bombers reliever Sam Bragg (2011, Wheeler HS, Ga.) threw a steady does of 87-89 fastballs and touched the 90 mph mark in his inning of work.
Projectable 2012 LHP throws mid-80s heat >>
  
Gm # 506 | 7/7/2011 | 9:00 AM Mississippi Majors vs. Houston Banditos Gold

7/7/2011 8:36:33 AM

Houston Banditos Gold LHP Robert Blalock (2012, Kingwood HS, Texas) showed promise in a consolation game against the Mississippi Majors, striking out 3 in 1.2 innings despite giving up 4 hits and 4 runs.  The 6-foot-5, 170-pound lefty shows plenty of projectability and potential for added strength and velocity.  He has a loose arm and commands the strike zone well with a running 82-85 mph fastball and a late-breaking 72-73 curveball.

Mississippi Majors catcher Garrett LaRosa (2012, Long Beach HS, Miss.) showed solid defensive tools, with good catch and throw skills and lateral quickness.  LaRosa went 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk in this contest, showing good plate coverage and loft power.

LaRosa's high school teammate and fellow 2012 grad Derek LaCoste also went deep in this game, a 3-run shot in the third.
Jacob Bruce shows exciting 2-way potential >>
  
Gm # 287 | 7/6/2011 | 7:00 PM East Cobb Astros 18u vs. Georgia Sox

7/7/2011 12:42:11 AM

East Cobb Astros 18U OF/LHP Jacob Bruce (2011, Woodstock HS, Ga.) starred at the plate and on the mound.  With a strong, compact and athletic 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame, Bruce showed the ability to keep his 84-86 fastball down in the zone in his inning of work, striking out a pair.  He also belted a home run in this game, a 7-1 victory over the Georgia Sox.
Diamond Devils 18U Black RHP touches 90-91 >>
  
Gm # 286 | 7/6/2011 | 7:00 PM Diamond Devils 18U Black vs. MS Prospects

7/7/2011 12:33:51 AM

Diamond Devils 18U Black RHP Tanner Petrey (2011, Brookland-Cayce HS, S.C.), a primary outfielder, threw the ball very well on the mound.  With an athletic, 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame, Petrey's fastball sat in the 86-90 range while touching 91.  He pitched aggressively with his fastball, and was quick to the plate.  His changeup shows the potential to be a plus pitch as well, thrown with the same arm action and release as his fastball with good tailing fade.  Petrey struck out 7 in his 4 innings of work.
East Cobb Braves 17U talent impresses, again >>
  
Gm # 285 | 7/6/2011 | 7:00 PM East Cobb Braves 17u vs. Miami Tigers

7/7/2011 12:26:14 AM

East Cobb Braves 17U RHP Matt Gonzalez (2012, Harrison HS, Ga.) struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced in his inning of work.  The Primary infielder is ranked 101 in the 2012 class, and has committed to play for Georgia Tech.

5-tool outfielder Skye Bolt (2012, Holy Innocents HS, Ga.) continues to draw praise for his defensive skills in the outfield, showing the ability to cover a lot of ground with good good routes and plus speed.

OF/1B Nathan Mikolas (2012, Kenosha Bradford HS, Wis.) offers a strong, compact frame and a similar swing at the plate with a disciplined approach, going 2-for-2 with a walk in this game.

Miami Tigers C Alffredi Ramos (2013, Monsignor Edward Pace HS, Fla.) is a physically mature backstop, with strong, compact proportions.  He hits the ball consistently hard, going 2-for-2 with a home run, a walk, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI in this game.

Southern Poly RHP Jordan Cruz (2010, Ferguson HS, Fla.) showed a live arm with easy 88-91 heat.
2013 Columbus Explorers RHP shows promise >>
  
Gm # 480 | 7/6/2011 | 5:30 PM East Cobb Indians 17u vs. Columbus Explorers

7/7/2011 12:04:24 AM

2013 RHP Bryan Garcia (Christopher Columbus HS, Fla.) made pitching look easy for the Columbus Explorers in his inning of work.  The projectable, 6-foot-1, 190-pound soon-to-be high school junior threw his 84-87 fastball with a free and easy delivery showing good command of the strike zone with a strong presence on the mound.  He also threw a tight 72-75 slider that shows promise.  He struck out the side in his inning of work.
Chi-Town Cream pitching duo impresses >>
  
Gm # 478 | 7/6/2011 | 4:30 PM Miami Tigers vs. Chi-Town Cream

7/6/2011 11:40:47 PM

Iowa recruit Nicholas Hibbing (Lakes Community HS, Ill.) showed the need for improved control with 7 walks in 3.1 innings.  He also struck out 4, and didn't allow a hit.  The 6-foot-5, 195-pound right-hander was drafted by the Pirates in the 42nd round by the Pirates last month, and offers plenty of promise with a loose arm, well-balanced delivery and an aggressive approach.  His fastball was 85-88, and despite his control problems, he showed pretty good feel for his 73-76 breaking ball.

Ryan Perez (2012, Westminster Christian Academy, Ill.), who has the unique ability to throw with both hands, followed Hibbing for the Chi-Town Cream, striking out 4 in 3.2 innings of work.  Currently ranked #236 among the 2012 class, worked 84-88 and touched 89 on several occasions.  He works quickly and throws strikes, mixing in a solid low-70s breaking ball.
EC Yankees RHP has good stuff, performance >>
  
Gm # 477 | 7/6/2011 | 4:30 PM Upstate Mavericks Orange vs. East Cobb Yankees

7/6/2011 11:27:54 PM

Joshua Heddinger (2011, Buford HS, Ga.) of the East Cobb Yankees threw mostly fastballs in his 9 strikeout performance over 6.2 innings.  The 6-foot-5, 220-pound righty used his size well, throwing on a downward plane from a high three-quarters delivery, showing good presence on the mound. There is some deception to his long delivery, as well as some heavy life to his 87-90 mph fastball.

Left-handed hitting infielder Tyler Gibson (2011, Stratford HS, Ga.) has a solid tool-set across the board with a quiet hitting approach, gap power and some speed.  The Georgia Tech recruit was drafted in the 15th round by the Tigers last month, and went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and 2 runs scored in this game.

Citius Bandits draftees Kimbell, Choplick impress >>
  
Gm # 468 | 7/6/2011 | 4:30 PM New York Gothams vs. Citius Bandits

7/6/2011 10:55:27 PM

Citius Bandits catcher BreShon Kimbell was selected in the 28th round by the Brewers, and has committed to play for Louisiana Tech.  He has a mature, pro-style body with good strength throughout.  He shows solid defensive tools behind the plate, although may be better suited to an infield or outfield corner down the road.  He employs a short, compact strong with very good bat speed to drive balls to all parts of the park.  His power was on display in this game, going 2-for-3 with a double and a home run and 4 RBI.

6-foot-9, 245-pound LHP Adam Choplick offers intriguing size, and the Oklahoma recruit was selected in the 17th round by the Diamondbacks in June.  His velocity has been improving, throwing his 83-86 fastball that was up to 87 in this game with a promising curveball.  He struck out 7 in 5 innings of work.

New York Gothams starter Willis Robbins' (2012, Rye HS, N.Y.) results didn't match his stuff, but he showed plus raw arm strength with plenty of room for improvement.  His free and easy delivery makes it easy to think there is a lot more velocity to come, and experience should help iron out his current control problems.  Robbins threw mostly 83-88 fastballs, touching 90-92 in the early innings.  That pitch showed good, natural late life, and he also mixed in a curveball that also shows the foundation for being a plus pitch.
East Cobb Braves 17U boast promising lineup, staff >>
  
Gm # 467 | 7/6/2011 | 4:30 PM Long Island Storm 17u vs. East Cobb Braves 17u

7/6/2011 10:40:02 PM

The East Cobb Braves trotted a pair of promising 2012 RHPs in Wesley Estrada (Arlington County Day HS, Fla.) and Casey Moody (Spalding County HS, Ga.) to the mound against Long Island Storm 17U.

Estrada showed very good command of his repertoire which includes a 83-87 fastball that touched 88, a low-70s breaking ball and a changeup.  He incorporated his lower half very well into his overall delivery, and showed easy arm strength in his 4+ innings of work.  He sat at 87-89 a couple of week ago at the Perfect Game National Showcase.

Moody pitched the final 2.1 innings of the game, and while he didn't show the same strong command, he sat consistently at 88-89 and touched 90 mph with his fastball.  Pitching on a downhill plane, too used his lower half well and showed a promising overall repertoire.  He is currently ranked 249th in the 2012 class.

The Braves' lineup is well represented with recognizable players, highlighted by supplemental first-round pick Dwight Smith (Blue Jays).  2012 players Jordan Ebert (#180, Harrison HS, Ga.), Glenn Sawyer (#352, Woodward Academy, Ga.), Brian De La Rosa (#168, Arlington Country Day HS, Fla.), Dylan Dore (#320, Johns Creek HS, Ga.), Skye Bolt (#74, Holy Innocents School, Ga.), and Kyle Carter (#112, Columbus HS, Ga.) are among some of the top ranked players for next year.

Ebert continues to hit the ball well, with a strong build and a balanced swing.  The Auburn commit hit a home run in this contest.

Sawyer offers a quick, line drive bat and good foot speed.

De La Rosa has cat-like quickness behind the plate, with soft, sure hands.  He blocks balls in the dirt well and shows very good arm strength.

Long Island Storm 17U starter Seth Martinez (2013, Sunrise Mountain HS, Az.) had a strong performance starting opposite Estrada.  The soon-to-be junior struck out 4 in his 5 innings, showing good pitching savvy for such a young player.  He changed speeds well, keeping the most established Braves' hitters off balance.  He has a loose arm, smooth delivery, sound mechanics and creates some deception out of his hand.  His fastball was 80-84 touching 85 with a sharp 68-71 curveball.  His 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame suggests he has plenty of growth opportunity as he matures.

Martinez' battery mate, catcher Elvin Soto (2011, Xaverian HS, N.Y.) is a strong overall defensive catcher that attended the 2010 Perfect Game National.  A Pittsburgh recruit, he offers promising bat speed at the plate as well.
Three 2012 bats provide offense >>
  
Gm # 466 | 7/6/2011 | 4:30 PM Team Cincinnati 17u vs. Excel Blue Wave

7/6/2011 10:09:22 PM

Infielders Dylan Smith (2012, Clay-Chalkville HS, Ala.) and Tanner Gardner (2012, Oxford HS, Ala.) provided the bulk of the offense for the Excel Blue Wave.  Smith is an Auburn recruit, currently ranked 354 among the 2012 class, and went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run.  Gardner had a pair of doubles on a 2-for-3 performance with a stolen base.

Most of Team Cincinnati 17U's offense was provided by Mark Strempke (2012, IMG Academy, Iowa), who went 2-for-2 with a double, a home run, 4 RBI, 2 runs scored and a stolen base.  Strempke is an athletic 6-foot, 180-pound outfielder with lean, wiry strong proportions.  He has a short, compact swing with power to the alleys and good speed on the basepaths.
RHP David Gonzalez displays exciting arm strength >>
  
Gm # 465 | 7/6/2011 | 3:00 PM Team Gwinnett vs. Top Tier

7/6/2011 8:02:07 PM

Team Gwinnett RHP David Gonzalez (2012, Gainesville HS, Fla.) had some command issues, but overall threw the ball well on Wednesday.  With broad shoulders and a mature 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame, he showed very good arm speed.  He often overthrew, and struggled to command his fastball.  That pitch sat in the 88-91 range touching 92 and showed some life on it.  His late-breaking curveball also shows promise, but overall he needs to improve his control.  He competed very well and didn't give in, attacking hitters with his stuff that was difficult to catch up with.  Gonzalez currently is ranked 98th among the 2012 class.

Illinois State commit Jeremy Rhodes (2011, Wheaton Warren HS, Ill.) started opposite Gonzalez for Top Tier.  He offers a strong, 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame on the mound with plenty of room for added strength.  Rhodes showed good fastball command to both sides of the plate, and threw strikes with his entire 3-pitch repertoire.  His 83-86 mph fastball touched 88 and he showed some arm-side run with the pitch.  His slider is a potential out pitch sitting in the mid-70s with tight rotation.  His changeup has potential as well.  He struck out 4 and allowed 5 hits and 2 walks in his 6 innings of work.

Fellow Top Tier RHP Nick Bates (2011, Carl Sandburg HS, Ill.) came in relief of Rhodes in the 7th, also showing strikes with an upper-80s fastball with late life and a promising slider.
RHP Cody Bruder stands out on mound, at plate >>
  
Gm # 464 | 7/6/2011 | 3:00 PM Suncoast Select 18 vs. Ohio Warhawks

7/6/2011 7:49:28 PM

Ohio Warhawks RHP Cody Bruder (2012, Santiago HS, Calif.) tossed 3 scoreless innings against Suncoast Select 18, allowing only 1 hit while striking out 2.  A smaller, 5-foot-11, 160-pound athlete, Bruder threw strikes with a 83-84 fastball that touched 88 while mixing in a promising 12-to-6 curveball.  He also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run.
A pair of live arms on Blue Chip Bulls >>
  
Gm # 463 | 7/6/2011 | 2:00 PM South Florida Thunder vs. Blue Chip Bulls

7/6/2011 7:42:00 PM

Blue Chip Bulls RHP Wale Toney (2012, T.L. Hanna HS, S.C.) showed a very live arm, and started off his game against the South Florida Thunder, but started to lose his command and focus in the second inning.  The Clemson recruit, currently ranked as the 147th best 2012 player, used 13 pitches to get out of the first, and another 38 in the second, recording only 1 out.  He was throwing 88-90 consistently and was up to 91 with an effortless and easy arm action.  His frisbee slider shows good depth and overall promise as well.  He pitches aggressively and tries to work down in the zone.  He offers good size and projectability at 6-foot-3, 185-pounds.

Garrett Lovorn (2012, Pendleton HS, S.C.) came in the 2nd in relief of Toney.  He threw mostly 87-89 fastballs in his brief appearance, pitching downhill with some arm-side run to his fastball.
GW teammates Rodriguez', Sanchez' impressive tools >>
  
Gm # 462 | 7/6/2011 | 2:00 PM Chain White '12 vs. Team Citius

7/6/2011 7:29:40 PM

Team Citius George Washington HS, N.Y., teammates C Nelson Rodriguez and OF Fernelys Sanchez are among the most exciting players in the 2012 class, currently ranked 37 and 53 respectively.  Rodriguez has power to spare in his plus-size, mature frame, with strength spread throughout his body.  He went 1-for-3 in the 3-hole.  Sanchez offers excitement on the opposite side of the spectrum, with electric speed, running the 60 in 6.35 seconds at the PG National.  He continued to show patience at the plate, while taking good routes with a good first step in the outfield allowing him to cover a tremendous amount of ground.

Chain White '12 starter Cole Johnson (2012, Harris County HS, Ga.) was solid over his 6.2 innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 walks with 11 punchouts.  He used a 81-85 fastball that he spotted well down in the zone, while mixing in an effective 12-to-6 curveball.
Wash. RHP stands out for Bobby V's A-A Team >>
  

7/6/2011 7:07:03 PM

Reece Karalus (2012, Mt Si HS, Wash.) showed plenty of promise with an extra-large, 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame and easy 85-89 velo.  He threw all fastballs in his outing, throwing consistently on a downward plane, showing a good, physical presence on the mound.

Henry Gigeous (2012, Jacobs HS, Ill.), Nathan Bates (2012, Starrs Mill HS, Ga.) and Caleb Frare (Custer County District HS, Mont.) all worked an inning in relief for Bobby Valentine's All-American Team.

Gigeous threw 85-87, a few weeks removed from his 89-90 showing at the PG National.  He is currently ranked #121 among 2012's, and has committed to play for Oregon.

Bates was 81-85/86 with a slow 66-67 curve.  His 6-foot-7, 190-pound frame makes it easy to dream on his potential.

Frare is a athletic, well-built lefty that sat 85-88 and is currently ranked 454 among 2012 high school players. 
Brandon Castro, Brandon Lawson shut down EC Reds >>
  
Gm # 456 | 7/6/2011 | 2:00 PM East Cobb Reds vs. FTB Pride

7/6/2011 6:47:05 PM

FTB Pride RHPs Brandon Castro (Timber Creek HS, Fla.) and Brandon Lawson (2013, Hernando HS, Fla.) combined to strike out 8 East Cobb Reds in 7 innings of 2 hit ball.

Castro is currently ranked 327 among 2012 players, and has committed to play for Bethune Cookman.  He sat at 86-89 with his fastball, and has a lean, projectable frame with a loose and live arm.  He also mixed in a sharp curveball, and it's easy to see more velocity to come in the next year or two.

Lawson will be entering his junior year, with even more upside for improvement with a long, wiry strong 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame.  He threw his fastball effortlessly in the 80-85 range with a loose, balanced delivery.
Roger Gonzalez with a 3-hit day >>
  
Gm # 455 | 7/6/2011 | 2:00 PM West End Baseball vs. TB Baseball

7/6/2011 6:33:29 PM

Switch-hitting C/3B Roger Gonzalez (2012, Florida Christian HS, Fla.) had 3 base hits and 2 RBI for TB Baseball.  At 5-foot-8, 180-pounds, he shows quick feet behind the plate with a very strong, accurate arm.

West End Baseball's Kyle Martin (2011, Wade Hampton HS, S.C.), who has committed to play for South Carolina, is primary a first baseman, but showed well on the mound today.  He didn't throw particularly hard (82-85), but showed a quick arm, good command and some riding life to his fastball.  He went the full 7 innings in this game striking out 9 batters. 
Michigan prep shows solid arm strength >>
  
Gm # 454 | 7/6/2011 | 2:00 PM Michigan Prep Stars vs. Bama Starz

7/6/2011 6:19:28 PM

Michigan Prep Stars RHP Spencer Cummings (2012, Grand Ledge HS, Mich.), a primary outfielder, showed easy arm strength and a balanced delivery producing 85-87 fastballs while throwing strikes in his inning of work.  At 6-foot, 180-pounds, he is a good overall athlete that could blossom with more time on the mound.
McLaughlin leads hit parade for EC Astros 17U >>
  

7/6/2011 6:08:53 PM

Georgia recruit Sean McLaughlin (2012, Northview HS, Ga.) had 2 hits, a walk and 3 runs atop the East Cobb Astros 17U lineup, currently ranked 198 among 2012 players.  He shows very good baseball aptitude in all phases of the game, with a heady approach to hitting, fielding and pitching.  A left-handed hitter, at the plate he shows good bat speed with strong hands and wrists.  Physically he is built long and lean with room to grow and add strength.  His throws from the outfield show good carry and accuracy, and his speed allows him to cover good ground while also making an impact on the basepaths.

Overall the East Cobb Astros 17U team pounded out 15 hits leading to 18 runs against L.I. Nationals White 18U.  Infielder Cole Watson (3-for-3, 3 RBI, 2012, Woodstock HS, Ga.), catcher Grant Wruble (2-for-2, 2012, Chattahoochee HS, Ga.) and outfielder Jonathan Pryor (2-for-3, 2013, Woodward Academy, Ga.) all had multi-hit games.  Wruble is currently ranked 366 in the class of 2012, and is a Georgia Tech recruit with a strong hitting base and promising bat speed.
RIPS Brewers duo combine for 8 Ks in 5 IP >>
  
Gm # 448 | 7/6/2011 | 2:00 PM Triple Threat Baseball 17u vs. RIPS Brewers

7/6/2011 5:47:58 PM

RIPS Brewers RHPs Quinn Eldridge (2012, Chimacum HS, Wash.) and Billy Sahlinger (2012, Newport HS, Wash.), both primary positional players, combined for 5 innings of 1-hit ball with 8 strikeouts.  Sahlinger accounted for most of that work, with 7 Ks in 4 innings, working in the 79-83 range with his fastball.  Eldridge was 82-84/85.

The RIPS Brewers also combined for 10 runs on 9 hits, led by multi-hit performances from Cabe Reiten (2012, Academy Northwest, Wash.) and Lucas Gatley (2012, Kentwood HS, Wash.).  Jonny Locher (2012, Highline HS, Wash.) and Skyler Genger (2012, Kentwood HS, Wash.) each drilled a home run.
2012 RHP Douglas Nobles strikes out 6 >>
  
Gm # 446 | 7/6/2011 | 2:00 PM CenTex Prospects vs. Chain Black '12

7/6/2011 5:39:27 PM

Chain Black '12 RHP Douglas Nobles (Baconton Charter HS, Ga.) pitched very well against CenTex Prospects, striking out 6 and scattering 4 hits in 6.1 innings.  He threw strikes with his 86-88 fastball, with good rhythm and balance to his delivery.  He threw downhill from a 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame, with long, strong limbs.  He is a Georgia Southern recruit.

Infielder Matt Creech (2012, Campbell HS, Ga.) went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles.  He has hit the ball well during the tournament, and is now 5-for-12 and is 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts.
Nathan Harsh up to 90 for Team Elite 18U >>
  
Gm # 444 | 7/6/2011 | 2:00 PM Allen Baseball Club 18u Navy vs. Team Elite 18U

7/6/2011 5:30:18 PM

Team Elite 18U RHP Nathan Harsh (2011, Brunswick HS, Ga.) struck out 8 batters in his 4.2 innings of work, allowing only 1 hit.  At 6-foot-6, 220-pounds he offers a tall, sturdy frame with more room to add strength.  He was consistently 87-90 in this game, showing good command of his fastball and 74-77 curveball with an aggressive approach.  He was drafted in the 19th round by the Rangers and has committed to play for Kennesaw State.

Primarily a pitcher, Marc Frazier (2011, Newman HS, Ga.) showed well at the plate, displaying very good bat speed and good instincts on the basepaths.  Frazier went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and a pair of runs scored in this game.  He was drafted in the 47th round by the Giants, and is a Chipola College recruit.

John Martin (2012, Johns Creek HS, Ga.) showed natural, fluid movement on the infield with a strong and accurate arm with carry.  He also showed promising bat speed at the plate, and went 2-for-4 in this game.

Allen Baseball Club 18U Navy's Greg Belton (2011, Conroe HS, Texas), primarily an infielder, had a good showing on the mound today.  The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Texarkana College recruit struck out 12 in 7.1 innings.  He showed a bulldog approach attacking hitters with his heavy 85-88 mph fastball that touched 89, while also dropping in a late-breaking low-70s curve.

Chris McFarland with strong day at the plate >>
  
Gm # 443 | 7/6/2011 | 2:00 PM Next Level Baseball vs. Houston Banditos Black

7/6/2011 5:15:47 PM

Houston Banditos Black infielder Chris McFarland (2011, Lufkin, Texas) had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and a home run.  The Brewers 18th round draft pick, McFarland is a Rice commit that continues to show very strong fundamentals at the plate and on the infield.  He displayed excellent bat speed with a fluid, quick stroke, driving the ball consistently hard.

Banditos starter Spence Rahm (2012, Tomball HS, Texas) threw in the 79-84 range with his fastball, but offered a tall, projectable frame and pitched as a sharp, downhill plane.  He shows a good foundation for his curve, which needs to be tightened up, and there's plenty of reason to believe he will be throwing harder and consistently better as he matures.
Spanberger shows live arm in short stint >>
  
Gm # 441 | 7/6/2011 | 2:00 PM FTB CLUTCH vs. St. Louis Pirates National

7/6/2011 5:07:28 PM

Cody Spanberger (2011, Granite City HS, IL) threw only 4 pitches in relief for the St. Louis Pirates National team, all 4 of those pitches recording 88 mph.  While that isn't much of an outing to make an impression, his easy arm strength at 6-foot-3, 190-pound stature stood out with reason to believe he could show promise on the mound at the next level.  Primarily an outfielder, he has committed to play at Southeast Missouri State.
East Cobb Astros 16U route Brewer's Scout Team >>
  
Gm # 439 | 7/6/2011 | 2:00 PM Brewer's Scout Team vs. East Cobb Astros 16u

7/6/2011 5:00:50 PM

Morgan Bunting (2012, Woodward Academy, Ga.), Wesley Jones (2013, Redan HS, Ga.) and Hunter Swilling (2013, Smith Station, Ala.) all had multi-hit games for the East Cobb Astros 16U team against the Brewer's Scout Team.  Swilling, ranked 31st in the 2013 class, in particular stood out, with 3 hits, including a triple, 3 runs and 2 RBI in the contest.
Mokentin Ks 10 >>
  
Gm # 438 | 7/6/2011 | 12:30 PM Texas Sports Red 18U vs. Florida Bombers 17U

7/6/2011 3:56:51 PM

Florida Bombers 17U LHP Jake Mokentin (2012, Palmetto HS, Fla.) struck out 10 Texas Sports Red 18U batters in a complete-game effort.  He allowed only 3 hits, 2 walks and 1 unearned run in his 7 innings of work.  He doesn't throw particularly hard (77-80/82), but did show very good command of his 3-pitch (fastball, slow sweeping curveball, changeup) repertoire giving him the perfect profile of a prototypical crafty lefty.
John Norwood with big day at plate >>
  
Gm # 435 | 7/6/2011 | 11:30 AM OTC BASEBALL vs. Syracuse Sports Zone Chiefs

7/6/2011 3:46:05 PM

Syracuse Sports Zone Chiefs OF John Norwood (2011, Vanderbilt HS, N.Y.) showed good offensive tools with a 2-for-3 day at the plate, including 2 runs, 2 RBI, 1 stolen base and a home run.  He showed good plate coverage with a quick and fluid stroke, hitting the ball hard each time he made contact.  He can run a little as well with good speed down the line and on the basepaths.
Weems, Bombers continue to score runs in bunches >>
  
Gm # 434 | 7/6/2011 | 11:30 AM Batters Box Baseball 18U vs. Florida Bombers

7/6/2011 3:39:37 PM

The defending 2010 champion Florida Bombers have been well chronicled in these blogs, and they continued to pile on runs in bunches.

Jordan Weems (2011, Columbus HS, Ga.) had only 1 hit in 3 at-bats, but also walked and scored 3 runs.

Eric Myskowski (2012, IMG Academies, Fla.), Matthew Britton (2011, Cullman HS, Ala.), Thomas Pannone (2012, Bishop Hendricken, R.I.) and J.T. Phillips (2012, Columbus HS, Ga.) each had 2 hits.  Myskowski had a pair of doubles and 2 runs scored, Britton, like Weems, crossed homeplate 3 times, Pannone drove in 3 while Phillips and Jared Mededros (2011, Mater Academy, Fla.) each had 2 RBI.
Trio of San Diego Show bats impress >>
  
Gm # 433 | 7/6/2011 | 11:30 AM Lowcountry Lightning vs. San Diego Show

7/6/2011 3:31:44 PM

San Diego Show's lineup certainly has some recognizable talent, led by former Aflac All-American and San Diego State recruit Phillip Evans (2011, LaCosta Canyon HS, Calif.), a 15th round pick by the Mets this past June.  Evans continues to show plus defensive tools and makes all the plays with easy, graceful actions and soft hands.  He went 2-for-3 against Lowcountry Lightning, and overall is 4-for-9 in the tournament.

Corey Oswalt (2012, James Madison HS, Calif.) looks like a pro hitter with a 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame that still has room for added strength.  He hits the ball with authority from a slightly open stance, getting very good extension while showing power to the alley.  He went 3-for-3 in this game with a double, a triple, 2 runs and 1 RBI.  Oswalt is currently ranked #41 in the nation among the 2012 draft-eligible players, and has committed to play for Oregon.

Outfielder Nick Ruppert (2012, St. Augustine HS, Calif.) had a double in 2 at-bats and a walk with 2 runs and 2 RBI.  He is currently ranked the 346th 2012 player in the nation, but has yet to commit.
Aker touches 92, 3 others sit in upper-80s >>
  
Gm # 432 | 7/6/2011 | 11:30 AM Prospects Stars 17U Red vs. Homeplate Chilidogs

7/6/2011 3:20:34 PM

Prospects Stars 17U Red RHP Mitchell Aker (2012, Paul VI Catholic, Va.) struggled with command, but threw the ball hard in 2.1 innings of work in relief.  He showed good arm speed and extension, and has committed to play for William & Mary.

Teammate and fellow RHP Bryan Drager (2012, Westfield, Va.) started the game for the Stars, tossing the first 2 innings without giving up a run.  He worked 84-86/87.

LHP Justin Flores (2012, Union Grove HS, Ga.) and RHP Hayden Jones (2012, Tift County HS, Ga.) combined to strike out 11 batters in 7 innings.  Flores threw strikes, mostly with his 86-88 fastball and a 74-77 breaking ball.  Jones was 84-87 but didn't command the zone as well.
Sun Devils' Smith throws well, Green hits >>
  
Gm # 429 | 7/6/2011 | 11:30 AM Chain 18u (Springfield) vs. Texas Sun Devils

7/6/2011 3:08:00 PM

Texas Sun Devils RHP Samuel Smith (2011, Barbe HS, La.) touched 91, pitching in the 85-89 range.  While he threw mostly fastballs, he mixed in a handful of low-70s curveballs.  He has very good size at 6-foot-5, 210-pounds with plenty of room to add strength, and velocity.  His delivery is somewhat max effort at this stage, and his command comes and goes, but he pitches aggressively and incorporates his lower half well.  He went the distance against Chain 18U (Springfield), giving up only 4 hits and one unearned run while striking out 5 in his 6 innings of work.

Chain 18U (Springfield) 2012 pitching mates Joey Brown (Columbus HS, Ga.) and Logan Robinson (Hardaway HS, Ga.) combined for 8 strikeouts in 7 shutout innings.  Both pitchers sat 83-86.

Sun Devils Infielder Zach Green (Jesuit HS, Calif.), the 85th ranked player in the 2012 class who has committed to play for Oregon State, went 2-for-3 in this game with a double.  He is now 6-for-11 with 3 doubles in the tournament.

Tall, projectable RHP Ks 8 >>
  
Gm # 427 | 7/6/2011 | 11:30 AM Marucci Elite vs. En Fuego baseball

7/6/2011 2:50:51 PM

Marucci Elite starter Austin Robichaux (2011, Notre Dame HS, La.) threw the ball well today against En Fuego Baseball.  The 6-foot-6, 170-pound right-hander pounded the strike zone with a 87-90/91 fastball.  With a tall, projectable frame, Robichaux throws over the top on a downhill plane, with a loose, long arm and some diving life on his fastball.  He is quick to the plate, and also showed a good pickoff move.  He was taken by the Reds in the 50th round of this year's draft, and has committed to play for Louisiana-Lafayette.

Fellow Louisiana-Lafayette recruit Henri Faucheux (2011, Riverside Academy, La.) tossed the final inning that ended in a 4-4 tie.  He did give up the tieing run, but sat 85-88 throwing mostly fastballs.

En Fuego's Chase Domino (2012, Fairhope HS, Ala.) went 2-for-3 with 2 runs and a solo home run.  He showed strength, a sound approach and very good bat speed with promising power potential to all fields.
A. Cunningham, C. Davis touch 90 for Mavericks >>
  
Gm # 425 | 7/6/2011 | 11:30 AM Team Xtreme vs. Upstate Mavericks Black

7/6/2011 2:35:08 PM

Upstate Mavericks Black teammates Chase Davis (2011, Alabama Christian Academy) and Alex Cunningham (2012, Byrnes HS, S.C.) both touched 90 in brief appearances against Team Xtreme.  Both pitchers sat in the upper-80s mixing in breaking balls.  Davis has committed to play for Alabama-Birmingham and Cunningham with Coastal Carolina.

South Florida recruit Jimmy Herget (2012, Jefferson HS, Fla.) of Team Xtreme didn't throw as hard (83-86/87) but went the distance, striking out 10 in his 7 innings of work.
Buxton shows gap power, speed >>
  

7/6/2011 2:07:28 PM

Coming into the game 2 for his previous 10 at-bats, Byron Buxton (Appling County HS, Ga.), the 8th ranked player for the 2012 class, entered the game late for Round Trip Baseball, hitting a double in his only at-bat.  He also stole a base in a 6-5 loss to Chattanooga Baseball Club 17U.  That was Buxton's 4th steal in as many attempts, as he continues to show his impact speed on the basepaths.
Mississippi Majors LHP Ks 8 >>
  
Gm # 421 | 7/6/2011 | 11:30 AM Mississippi Majors vs. East Cobb Cubs 18s

7/6/2011 1:53:06 PM

LHP Jared Gates (2011, Harrison Central HS, Miss.) had a strong start for the Mississippi Majors, striking out 8 in 5 innings of work.  The Mississippi Gulf Coast CC commit shows promise, with a smooth, balanced delivery but the need for more mechanical polish.  With a 80-83 fastball that touched 85 and showed good arm-side run, he would be a prime candidate to be followed through the draft-and-follow process if still incorporated by MLB. 

Gates was out-pitched by the East Cobb Cubs 18s, who struck out 9 Majors and limited them to only 1 hit. 18s RHP K.J. Reid (2011, Woodstock, Ga.) tossed the first 5 innings, striking out 5.
Baxter fans 6 for East Cobb Cubs >>
  
Gm # 420 | 7/6/2011 | 11:30 AM East Cobb Cubs vs. Florida Pokers 17u White

7/6/2011 1:35:57 PM

East Cobb Cubs RHP Cody Baxter (2011, Woodland HS, Ga.) sruck out 6 batters facing the Florida Pokers 17U White squad, going the full 7 innings of his start.  He allowed only 2 hits, 2 walks and 2 runs, throwing his fastball in the 80-85 range while touching 86.  Baxter showed good command and arm-side run on his fastball, and also showed good command on his sharp, 11-to-5 curveball.  At 5-foot-10, 165 pounds, he has a strong lower half but there is room for him to add strength as he matures.

One of the hits that Baxter did give up was a solo shot off the bat of 1B Francisco Rodriguez (2012, Coral Glades HS, Fla.).  At 6-foot, 185 pounds, Rodriguez has very good present-day strength with a large frame and room to get taller and stronger.  He showed very good bat speed and also showed soft hands at first base.
Kyler Timmerman blasts 2 against ABD Mustangs >>
  
Gm # 419 | 7/6/2011 | 11:30 AM Best 9 Baseball vs. ABD MUSTANGS

7/6/2011 1:21:03 PM

Best 9 Baseball's Kyler Timmerman (2011, Greenbrier High, Ga.) had a big day at the plate against the ABD Mustangs in a 13-0 contest that lasted 4 innings.  Timmerman went 2-for-3, with both of his hits being home runs, a 3-run shot in the 1st and a 2-run shot in the 3rd.  At 6-foot-5, 215-pounds, Timmerman has a strong pro-style body with broad shoulders and room for added strength.

Teammate Tanner Hawley (2011, South Aiken HS, S.C.) also offers good size (6-2, 205) and he too enjoyed a big day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, 3 runs and 3 RBI.  He also contributed on the mound, tossing an inning out of the bullpen.  Hawley struck out 2 batters, throwing strikes with a 81-83 fastball.
Clate Schmidt's power repertoire >>
  
Gm # 418 | 7/6/2011 | 11:30 AM North East Mudhens vs. Team Elite 17U White

7/6/2011 1:10:00 PM

Clate Schmidt (2012, Allatoona HS, Ga.), currently ranked the 20th best prospect in the 2012 draft class, took the mound for Team Elite 17U White and continued to throw the ball well.  His lively fastball sat 89-92 and touched 93, while mixing in his nasty, hard low-80s hammer.  He threw strikes with both pitches showing a very loose and live arm, attacking hitters with his power arsenal.  He showed the ability to spot his fastball in the zone while dropping his breaking ball in for strikes while also getting batters fishing in the dirt.  He proved to be hittable in this game, as the North East Mudhens collected 4 base hits and scored 2 runs off of Schmidt in his 3 innings of work.

Catcher Christin Stewart (2012, Providence Christian HS, Ga.) also continued to play well, showing very good bat speed.  A left-handed hitter, he employs a patient approach yet will jump on good pitches to hit with the propensity to drive them hard to all parts of the park.  He also showed well at the PG National defensively, recording 82 mph from behind the plate with a 1.94 POP time.  Stewart has been one of the better hitters in the tournament, and is now 7 for 13 with 4 doubles and 2 home runs.  He is currently ranked as the 241st 2012 high school prospect.
2013 RHP Jeremy Panakos throws 6 strong >>
  
Gm # 416 | 7/6/2011 | 11:30 AM PBB 17U vs. NJ Marlins

7/6/2011 12:53:35 PM

PBB 17U RHP Jeremy Panakos (2013, Wellington HS, Fla.) pounded the strike zone against the NJ Marlins over 6 strong innings.  He finished the game allowing only 1 hit and 1 unearned run, with 9 strikeouts.  His fastball was 79-82 mixing in a 70 mph curveball.  He has a lean, projectable frame and his arm works well.  It's easy to see this young man throwing a lot harder in a year or two.
Zack Calvin shows bat with 3-hit day >>
  
Gm # 411 | 7/6/2011 | 10:00 AM Fungo Red Sox vs. Florida Baseball Academy Red

7/6/2011 12:02:12 PM

3B Zack Calvin (2012, Lake Wales HS, Fla.) showed good hitting mechanics at the plate as the 3-hole hitter for the Florida Baseball Academy Red team.  He had a 3-hit performance against the Fungo Red Sox, including a double, 2 runs and 2 RBI.  A left-handed hitter, he stays inside the ball well and shows good bat speed with the ability to turn on quality fastballs.  For the most part, he is a line drive hitter to the gaps, but there is some power potential in his swing, as he shows the ability to drive the ball consistently well.  He also tossed an inning in this contest, striking out a batter in his inning of work with a 80 mph fastball.
Bullets duo combine on 2-hitter >>
  
Gm # 409 | 7/6/2011 | 9:00 AM DCH Georgia Jayhawks 17's vs. Bullets Baseball

7/6/2011 11:51:07 AM

Bullets Baseball RHPs Marcus Crescentini (2011, Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Robby Kalaf (Bloomingdale HS, Fla.) combined to throw 7 innings of 2-hit ball.

Crescentini, the more projectable of the 2 pitchers at 6-foot-5, 210-pounds, intends to play at Indian River State College next season.  His fastball sat in the 85-87 range and touched 90/91 on occasion, mixing in a low-70s slider and an occasional change.

The 5-foot-10 Kalaf, committed to play for Manatee-Sarasota, was consistently 86-89 and up to 89 with armside run on his fastball.  He showed easy arm strength and a smooth delivery.
Pair of 2013 EC Titans show well >>
  
Gm # 406 | 7/6/2011 | 9:00 AM KC Select vs. East Cobb Titans 16U

7/6/2011 11:40:01 AM

Two 2013 players from the East Cobb Titans 16U team showed well this morning, both primary infielders.

Sam Ayers (Cass HS, Ga.) showed good size for a high school junior, with good actions in the infield and a strong accurate arm.  He also shows a line-drive approach at the plate making good contact to all fields, leading to a 3-for-4 day, including 2 runs and 2 RBI.

David Mayo (Alchovy HS, Ga.) is currently ranked the 83rd best 2013 prospect.  He came in to close out the Titans' game against KC Select, showing a smooth delivery easy arm strength that produced 84-87 fastballs.
Bowers, Wolff pitch well for Diamond Devils >>
  
Gm # 403 | 7/6/2011 | 9:00 AM EC Patriots-17U vs. Diamond Devils 18U Black

7/6/2011 11:28:59 AM

Diamond Devils 18U RHPs Coley Bowers (2012, Lexington HS, S.C.) and Jake Wolff (2011, Walhalla HS, S.C.) both showed good velocity with their fastballs, sitting in the 86-88 range against the EC Patriots 17U.  Bowers offers a lean projectable frame and mixed in a handful of 71-74 curveballs.  Wolff, a Furman recruit and primary infielder, showed easy arm strength and good extension out front throwing primarily fastballs.
Bramlett, Overstreet bring heat for Dulin Dodgers >>
  
Gm # 402 | 7/6/2011 | 9:00 AM Jacksonville Warriors 18U vs. Dulin Dodgers

7/6/2011 11:20:45 AM

Ole Miss recruit, RHP Brady Bramlett (2012, Arlington HS, Tenn.), threw the ball very well for the Dulin Dodgers, sitting in the 87-92 range.  He has a large, XL frame at 6-foot-4, 220-pounds, with broad shoulders and a strong lower half.  His arm works well for his size, and employs a fearless approach, attaching hitters mainly his his fastball while occasionally mixing in both a slider and a changeup.  Both secondary offerings show a good base for improvement, and he didn't need either much on this day given how well, and hard, he was throwing his fastball.  He worked 6 innings, striking out 3.

Dodgers' teammate Kyle Overstreet (2012, Boaz, Ala.), primarily an infielder, came in to close the game out and pitched well, striking out a pair in his inning of work.  The Alabama recruit threw mostly mid-70s curveballs, a pitch that had sharp break that he showed very good feel for, but showed easy 86-89 velo with his fastball.

Tennessee recruit Mookie Betts (2011, John Overton HS, Tenn.) was 3-for-4 in this game with a double, 2 runs and 2 RBI.

Jacksonville Warriors 18U infielder Austin Slater, a 44th round pick by the Dodgers in the June draft and former Aflac All-American, went 1-3 in this game.

Warriors RHP Elliot Warford (2011, Pointe Vedra, Fla.) started opposite Bramlett, and threw the ball well.  The Furman recruit's fastball sat in the 86-89 range with a mid-70s curveball.
Mason Hope continues to pitch well >>
  
Gm # 399 | 7/6/2011 | 9:00 AM NBS 18's vs. Oklahoma Drillers

7/6/2011 10:59:16 AM

Oklahoma Drillers RHP Mason Hope (2011, Broken Arrow HS) took the mound for his second appearance of the tournament.  He appeared in relief for the final 1.2 innings of the Drillers 4-2 victory of NBS 18's.  Hope continued to show his composure and advanced knowledge of pitching on the mound, attacking hitters with a 89-92 fastball that peaked at 93.  He throws on a sharp downward plane, with an easy, repeatable delivery and some late life on his fastball.  Hope also snapped off several of his usually sharp 74-75 curveballs with a crisp inning that included 3 strikeouts.
Lakes Area Dodgers no-hit by South East Reds >>
  
Gm # 396 | 7/6/2011 | 9:00 AM South East Reds vs. Lakes Area Dodgers 18u

7/6/2011 10:42:44 AM

South East Reds 2011 RHPs Mitchell Davies (Mill Creek HS, Ga.) and Mitchell Wade (Hillgrove HS, Ga.) combined on a no-hitter over the Lakes Area Dodgers 18U.  Davies threw mostly 80-84 fastballs in his 5.1 innings of work while Wade relied predominantly on his breaking ball over the final 1.2 frames.

Lakes Area Dodgers RHP Ryan Lavoie (2011, Sterling Heights HS, Mich.) pitched well, throwing 86-89 while mixing in a low-70s curveball that showed promise and an occasional fading upper-70s change.  While inconsistent, he showed good command to both sides of the plate with a competitive approach.  His curveball has true 12-to-6 break and he throws his changeup with good fade and the same arm action/speed as his fastball.  He does not have a college commitment listed in the PG database.
Arod's nephew with big HR, Wash. pitchers show well >>
  
Gm # 398 | 7/6/2011 | 9:00 AM Showtime Baseball vs. Powerhouse Baseball

7/6/2011 10:20:15 AM

IF/RHPs Luke Heyer (2011, Battle Ground, Wash.) and Elijah Dickerson (2012, Vancouver, Wash.) both showed good velocity on the mound as part of Showtime Baseball.  The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Heyer and the 6-foot, 160-pound Dickerson both worked in the 84-88 range, particularly impressive since they are primary infielders.

Unfortunately the results didn't match the stuff, as Powerhouse Baseball scored 11 runs in the 5th against Heyer in a 17-5 win.  The Miami-based team was led by Julien Plana (Christopher Columbus HS), Daniel Sanchez (2012, Westminster Christian), and Luis Touron (2013, Doral HS) each of whom had 2 hits.

2014 shortstop Joe Dunand (Gulliver HS), the nephew of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, made the most of his only at-bat by drilling the biggest hit in the contest, a 3-run blast as part of that 11-run 5th.  At 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, Dunand already shows a pro-sized body and projects big over the next 3-4 years.
Marucci Florida Mustangs pound out 14 hits >>
  

7/6/2011 10:01:02 AM

The Marucci Florida Mustangs 17U team pounded out 14 hits on their way to a 13-5 win over Team Cincinnati 18U.  There were plenty of stars in their lineup.  A pair of Pace, Fla. outfielders Lederick Black and Patrick Ervin, both went 2-2 with 2 runs scored at the top of the lineup.  Shortstop Brandon Harigel (Pensacola, Fla.) and cleanup hitter Steven Jernigan (Pace, Fla.) also had a pair of hits, each with a double.  2013 RHP/1B Nicholas Junger had the loudest day for the Mustangs, going 3-for-4 with a double and 4 RBI.
James Madison recruit with 3-hit performance >>
  

7/6/2011 9:47:09 AM

James Madison recruit LHP/1B Aaron Hoover (2011, Centreville, Va.) had 3 hits for the Prospects Stars 2011 11-5 win over the South Florida Breakers 18U team.  Hoover, primarily a left-handed pitcher, showed a short, compact and fluid stroke with a line-drive swing.  He now has 5 hits in 10 ABs to go along with a solid start on day 1 of the tournament.
UNC recruit with big game >>
  

7/6/2011 9:37:04 AM

Diamond Devils 17U Blue C Korey Dunbar (2012, Charleston WV) went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a run driven in against Buck Dent Bandits Seminoles as part of a 6-3 win.  Dunbar offer a strong and sturdy frame and has shown a quick release behind the plate.  He is the top ranked 2012 player in West Virginia, and has committed to play for the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Shaftner goes distance, shuts out Xcel Baseball >>
  

7/6/2011 9:19:48 AM

Kentucky Baseball Club starter Logan Shaftner (2011 RHP, Lexington, Ky.) tossed a complete game shutout against Xcel Baseball 18U, allowing only 3 hits.  He induced early contact with his low-80s fastball throwing on a downward plane thanks to a projectable 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame.  The Parkland College recruit hit 84 with his final 2 pitches of the contest, and mixed in an occasional curveball and changeup.

Xcel starter Mike Nessel (2011 RHP, Stuart, Fla.) also pitched well, showing easy arm strength and throwing strikes his 84-87 fastball.
Peppers, Davis shut down Texas Trappers >>
  
Gm # 385 | 7/6/2011 | 9:00 AM Team Elite 17U Black vs. Texas Trappers

7/6/2011 9:08:47 AM

Team Elite 17U Black jumped on the Texas Trappers early on Wednesday, scoring 4 runs in the 2nd and 4 more in the 5th for a 8-1 victory.

Team Elite Black starter RHP Dylan Peppers (2012, Madison, Ga.) was throwing strikes with his low-to-mid-80s fastball while mixing in a slider.  He struck out 8 in his 6 innings of work, allowing only 1 hit and 1 walk.

RHP Colton Davis (2012, Commerce, Ga.) struck out the side in the 7th, showing good command while attacking hitters with a 86-89 fastball.  His fastball profiles as a plus pitch with the potential for added velocity, showing outstanding arm speed, deception out of his hand and late life on his heater.

Team Elite's cleanup hitter, 1B/OF Alex Karriker, went 2-for-3 with a double, 2 runs and a pair of RBI.  Karriker has exciting power potential as a left-handed hitter, with a strong/mature frame and good bat speed.
Vail, Jusick go the distance >>
  
Gm # 401 | 7/6/2011 | 9:00 AM Gatorball Baseball Academy vs. Kalamazoo Maroons

7/6/2011 8:51:13 AM

LHP Kyle Jusick of the Kalamazoo Maroons (2011, Paw Paw Mich.) sat right at 80 mph with his fastball and mixed in a slider during his 6 innings of work.  He scattered 6 hits during his appearance and walked only 1 batter, leading to the 1 run he allowed as the hard-luck loser in this contest.

The lean, wiry-strong RHP Derek Vail (2012, Gainesville, Fla.) of Gatorball Academy tossed 7 shutout innings in the team's 1-0 win over Kalamazoo.  The 6-foot-1 right-hander allowed only 2 hits and a walk, recording outs by throwing strikes with his running upper-70s fastball.

Gatorball's 3-hole hitter, Tyler Humphreys (2012, Crystal River, Fla.) continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-2 with a walk and scored the only run in the game.  He now has 9 hits in 16 at-bats during the tournament.
RHP Cole Pitts, Middle Georgia Titans >>
  
Gm # 367 | 7/5/2011 | 3:00 PM St Johns Heat vs. Middle GA Titans

7/6/2011 7:22:51 AM

RHP Cole Pitts (6-6/220, Moultrie, GA, signed with Georgia Tech) of the Middle Georgia Titans threw a gem Tuesday, shutting out the St. Johns Heat on 2 hits while striking out 11 hitters.  Pitts, who the Cleveland Indians drafted in the 32nd round in June, pitched between 87 and 91 mph.  His best off speed pitch was a very nice change up in the 76-78 mph range, although he'll have to tighten up his curveball for the next level.  Based on the pitchers we've seen at this event, Georgia Tech is going to have a very nice pitching staff over the next 3-4 years!
Team Alabama Moves to 4-0 as Pitcher's Shine >>
  
Gm # 362 | 7/5/2011 | 2:00 PM Bullets Baseball vs. Team Alabama

7/6/2011 7:14:26 AM

The talented Team Alabama team moved its record to 4-0 Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Bullets Baseball, scoring all their runs in the final two innings of the game.

2012 LHP Jamie Carroll (5-11/190, Hueytown HS, AL) threw 5 solid innings to get Team Alabama off on the right foot, allowing 5 hits and the single Bullet run while striking out 4.  Carroll worked in the 84-88 mph range with his fastball and had a 75 mph curveball with some bite to keep hitters off balance.  He was efficient with his pitches and didn't walk a hitter.

Carroll was relieved by 2013 RHP Kevin Davis (6-1/190, Brewton, AL), who lit up the radar guns to the tune of 91-94  mph, with lots of 94's in that grouping.  He also threw a 77-80 mph hammer.  Davis throws with some effort and didn't have Carroll's command but his stuff was pretty much unhittable, as he walked 3 and struck out 5 in his 2 innings of work.

1B Clayton Palicki (2011, Huntsville, AL) continued his hot hitting, going 3-3.  Palicki now has 7 consecutive hits over the past 3 games and is 8-10 on the tournament with 5 runs scored.
Final Blast Allows Cannon to Tie >>
  
Gm # 355 | 7/5/2011 | 2:00 PM Cannons Baseball vs. San Diego Show

7/5/2011 8:27:50 PM

Ryan Huston of Cannons Baseball hit a 2-strike, 2 out home run in the bottom of the 7th inning to give his team a 4-4 tie with the San Diego Show Tuesday.  Huston fouled off a couple of two-strike pitches from Show reliever Mark Vazquez, who had retired the previous 11 hitters in a row, before driving the ball over the left field fence.
2B Pat Kelly, Ohio Warhawks >>
  

7/5/2011 8:17:32 PM

Pat Kelly of the Warhawks is having an outstanding tournament, something his future coaches at University of Nebraska are surely appreciating.  Kelly has helped the Warhawks to a 4-0 record thus far, including a 5-2 win over the Southeastern Roadwarriors on Tuesday.  Kelly is now 8-14 with 6 runs scored hitting in the #3 slot for the Warhawks.  He's also earning rave reviews from the Perfect Game scouts for his defensive work in the middle of the field.
Dan Lynch, 2-Way Talent for Columbus Explorers >>
  
Gm # 353 | 7/5/2011 | 2:00 PM Columbus Explorers vs. BigStix Gamers 17U

7/5/2011 7:57:49 PM

Dan Lynch is a 2012 1B/RHP from Columbus HS in Miami.  He showed his two-way talents well in the Columbus Explorers 1-0 win over the Big Stix Gamers 17U on Tuesday.  Lynch, a 6-0/200 lb left handed hitter, was 2-3 at the plate and drove in the only run of the game.  He's 6-11 with 4 doubles and 4 Rbi's in the tournament.  He also came into the game in the 6th inning and pitched 2 innings for the save, throwing 86-89 mph with hard sinking and running life on his fastball.  He also threw a curveball and change up.
Trey Wingenter, Part 2 >>
  

7/5/2011 7:33:42 PM

We blogged about Trey Wingenter on Saturday after the 6-7, 190 2012 righthander from Madison threw 2 1/3 innings to get a save in the Atlanta Blue Jays victory that day.  The Blue Jays didn't figure as well on Tuesday, allowing 5 unearned runs in the 1st inning in a 6-2 loss to Team Connecticut Baseball, but Wingenter virtually duplicated his performance and definitely needs to be recognized for it.  He was again 88-90 mph on his fastball from a loose and easy delivery and showed even better spin on his mid 70's curveball for 2 near perfect innings. 
Syracuse Brings Out the Big Arms >>
  

7/5/2011 7:00:40 PM

The Syracuse Zone Chiefs brought out their big arms...and bodies...the defeat the Houston Banditos Gold 3-1 Tuesday afternoon and move their record to 3-1.  One of the big arms/bodies was very well known to the baseball community, the other...much less so.

The well known right handed pitcher was 2011 RHP Rookie Davis from Sneeds Ferry, NC.  The East Carolina signee was the 14th round pick of the New York Yankees last month and was reportedly up to 95 mph this spring.  He threw 4 innings on Tuesday, allowing 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 7 Banditos hitters.  Davis was 90-93 mph on his fastball with hard sink at the plate and threw a 76 mph curveball.

The other pitcher was 6-2/220 lb 2011 RHP Joey Mahar from East Syracuse, NY.  Mahar wasn't in the PG database before this event and we have no college commitment for him, but he threw 89-92 mph for three innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 2.  Mahar also threw a 76 mph curveball and 81 mph change up.  We'd certainly like to know more about his background!

SS/RHP Joe Cronin, Northeast Rays >>
  
Gm # 338 | 7/5/2011 | 11:30 AM L.E.A.D. Ambassadors vs. North East Rays

7/5/2011 5:24:08 PM

We have no idea of whether Northeast Rays 2012 SS/RHP Joe Cronin (Scarborough, Maine) is a relative of the great Red Sox Hall of Famer.  But he can play in his own right.  Cronin had a solo home run in the Northeast Rays 5-5 tie with the L.E.A.D. Ambassadors on Tuesday and drew effusive praise from the PG scouts for his defensive ability in the middle of the field.  Cronin is also a mid to upper 80's pitcher on the mound.  He has a verbal commitment to Boston College.
LHP Christian Trent, Marucci Elite >>
  
Gm # 335 | 7/5/2011 | 11:30 AM PBB 17U vs. Marucci Elite

7/5/2011 5:03:06 PM

2011 LHP Christian Trent (6-0/185, Madisonville, LA) threw 4 1 hit shutout innings with 6 strikeouts, not that Marucci Elite needed that kind of effort in pounding out 12 hits and 3 home runs in four innings of a 13-0 run rule win over PBB 17U.  Trent, who is not listed as having a college commitment in the PG database, was 85-87 mph on his fastball with some sharpness to a 74 mph curveball.

SS Cord Cockrell continued his hot hitting for Marucci, going 2-2 with 2 Rbi's and 2 runs scored.  The Louisiana Lafayette signee is now 8-13 with 8 Rbi's in 4 games. 

Marucci is 3-1 in Pool Play.
Patton, McCarthy Power Northeast Mudhens >>
  
Gm # 332 | 7/5/2011 | 11:30 AM Chain White '12 vs. North East Mudhens

7/5/2011 4:49:35 PM

Gavin Patton (2011, 6-1/210, IMG Academy, FL) hit a 3 run home run in the top of the 7th inning to give the Northeast Mudhens a 10-9 win over the Chain White '12 and boost the Mudhens' record to 3-0-1.

Mudhens catcher Buck McCarthy (2012, 5-10/180, Everett, MA) hit 2 home runs and drove home 5 runs and now has 3. home runs on the tournament.  His 4 total hits have accounted for 9 Rbi's
RHP E.K. Everett, Gators Baseball Conkle >>
  
Gm # 311 | 7/5/2011 | 9:00 AM Georgia Seminoles vs. Mississippi Majors

7/5/2011 4:40:19 PM

RHP E.K. Everett (2012, 6-3/175, Hurst, TX) threw a complete game 3 hitter in Gators Baseball - Conkle's 4-1 victory over Batter's Box Baseball 18U Tuesday.  The projectable young right hander threw 91 pitches in the win, sitting between 84 and 86 mph on his fastball with a nice sharp 76-79 mph slider.
Shouse Excels on Both Sides of the Ball >>
  
Gm # 330 | 7/5/2011 | 11:30 AM Chain Black vs. KC Select

7/5/2011 4:32:52 PM

SS/RHP Blake Shouse (2011, 6-2, 190, Macon, GA, signed with Middle Georgia CC) has excelled on both sides of the ball for Chain Black and did so again in their 9-1 victory over KC Select on Tuesday.  After 2 brief relief appearances earlier in the tournament, Shouse threw 5 innings of 2 hit ball in the run rule shortened game.  He was 86-90 mph with his fastball with explosive life at times and mixed in a mid 70's curveball.  At the plate, Shouse was 2-2 with a walk and had a double, triple and 3 Rbi's.  He's now 5-11 in the tournament with 7 Rbi's.
Reynoso Sharp for the Dawg Pound >>
  
Gm # 327 | 7/5/2011 | 11:30 AM Dawg Pound vs. East Cobb Astros 17u

7/5/2011 4:10:34 PM

LHP/OF Javier Reynoso (2011, 6-0/190, Odessa, FL, signed with Coastal Carolina) is one of the more accomplished two-way prospects in the 2011 class and was drafted in the 39th round by the Chicago White Sox in June.  He was on his game for the Dawg Pound Tuesday, throwing 6 innings of 1-hit shutout ball against the East Cobb Astros in a game that ended up in a 2-2 tie.  Reynoso was 88-91 mph with his fastball and threw a sharp 77-81 mph slider while working to spots consistently with both pitches.
RHP/2B Austin Fox, Fungo Red Sox >>
  
Gm # 325 | 7/5/2011 | 11:30 AM South East Reds vs. Fungo Red Sox

7/5/2011 3:47:27 PM

Austin Fox is a 2014 who stands 5-7 and weighs 130 lbs.  But the Concord, NC native is showing that he belongs with the older players at the 18U Championships.  He threw a 105 pitch complete game for Fungo Red Sox in a 5-2 win over the South East Reds early Tuesday afternoon, topping out at 80 mph, and went 3-4 at the plate as well.  Fox is now 5-11 with 3 Rbi's on the tournament.  He now has at least 3 more 18U National Championships to participate in and PG hopes he's at all of them!
MVP Baseball Upsets Norris/EC Yankees >>
  
Gm # 318 | 7/5/2011 | 11:30 AM MVP Expos vs. East Cobb Yankees

7/5/2011 3:02:58 PM

MVP Baseball pulled off a notable upset early Tuesday afternoon, defeating the East Cobb Yankees and Blue Jays second round draft pick LHP Daniel Norris by a 2-1 score.

Technically, MVP didn't defeat Norris, who threw 5 innings, allowing 4 hits, a single run and striking out 10 and left the game with the score tied 1-1.  He showed solid stuff, although he went almost exclusively with his fastball, throwing the heater for 71 of his 79 pitches and living between 89 and 93 mph on the radar gun and hitting 93 with his final pitch of the day.

SS Adam Smith (2012 Grissom HS, Huntsville, AL) was the hero for MVP, singling in the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Different Day, Same Story For the Bombers >>
  
Gm # 317 | 7/5/2011 | 11:30 AM East Cobb Titans 16U vs. Florida Bombers

7/5/2011 2:40:09 PM

The Florida Bombers moved their record to 4-0 with a 7-5 win over the East Cobb Titans 16U on Tuesday in a game that featured more of the same thing that has been driving the team thus far  in the tournament, the bats of 3B Sean Hurley and C Jordan Weems. 

Hurley was coming off a 2 home run game on Monday and was just as dominant, going 3-3 with a walk, a double and 2 Rbi's.  The Miami signee is now 6-8 with 6 Rbi's and 7 runs scored in 4 games.  Weems, who hits right after Hurley in the Bombers line up, went 3-4 himself and his now hitting .667 (8-12) with 5 Rbi's in 4 games.

Bombers starter Callahan Brown (2012, 6-3/200, Jupiter, FL) showed good stuff through innings but was victimized by 2 Titan home runs and allowed 5 runs total.  Brown topped out at 89 mph on his fastball and threw a 72 mph curveball and 79 mph change up.

The Bombers then brought in RHP Sam Bragg to close and he ended the game quickly throwing almost all fastballs.  Bragg, who is a 2011 from nearby Wheeler HS in Marietta and is signed with Georgia Perimeter CC, pounded the zone with 90-92 mph fastballs with explosive life to close out the game.
East Cobb Astros 16U Bats Continue to Rumble >>
  

7/5/2011 2:24:00 PM

The young hitters on the East Cobb Astros 16U team continue to disrespect their elders as they outscored the Florida Baseball Academy Red 11-4 to move their record to 4-0.  The Astros have now scored 35 runs over the past 3 games.

While the Astros have had an incredible history of success under coach Guerry Baldwin, this might be their most physically gifted group of position players ever, at least in the opinion of this evaluator.  They are playing like it, too.

3B/RHP Travis Demeritte (2013, Statham, GA) went 2-2 with 3 runs scored to lead the offense on Tuesday.  Demeritte, who also throws in the low 90's off the mound, is now 6-8 with 4 walks and 8 Rbi's in the tournament.  1B Morgan Bunting (2012, Atlanta, GA) went 1-2 with 4 Rbi's and C Handsome Monica (2014, Mandeville, LA) was 2-3 with 3 Rbi's.

One of the older and more experienced players on the team, RHP Duane Underwood (2012, Marietta, GA, verbal commitment to Georgia), also left his mark on the game and the scouts watching.  Underwood went 5 innings, allowing 3 hits and sitting between 91 and 94 mph on his fastball to go with a 74 mph curveball and 84 mph change up.
Taylor Continues to Rake for Chain Black '12 >>
  
Gm # 307 | 7/5/2011 | 11:30 AM ABD MUSTANGS vs. Chain Black '12

7/5/2011 2:07:13 PM

Chain Black '12 moved its record to 4-0 and their offensive output to 35 runs in 4 games, defeating the ABD 11-1 on Tuesday.  2012 SS Matt Taylor also continued his impressive offensive performance, going 4-4 with a double, 3 runs scored and 2 Rbi's.  We blogged about Taylor earlier in the tournament and the 6-3, 175 lb Georgia native is now 8-13 with 4 doubles thus far in the tournament.

But perhaps the most interesting part of the game from a scouting perspective was the final two innings of a combined no-hitter thrown by RHP Avery Seckinger (3 innings) and RHP Jordan Howard (2 innings).

Howard is a 6-3, 200 lb 2014 prospect from Eagle Landing HS in Atlanta.  He threw almost exclusively fastballs in his 2 no-hit innings and was 88-91 mph, very impressive velocity for a rising sophomore pitcher.

Seckinger (2012, 5-10/170, Columbus, GA) was solid in his own right, throwing 83-86 mph with a nice sharp 76 mph slider.

Stevens Helps Kalamzoo Move to 3-0 >>
  
Gm # 313 | 7/5/2011 | 9:00 AM Kalamazoo Maroons vs. Chattanooga Cherokees 18u

7/5/2011 1:48:40 PM

LHP Bryan Stevens (2011, 5-8/155, Portage, MI, signed with Kellogg CC) helped the Kalamazoo Maroons move to 3-0, at least temporarily, Tuesday morning, throwing 3 1/3 no-hit innings of relief in the Maroons 8-5 win over the Chattanooga Cherokees 18U.  Stevens struck out 7 hitters, mostly with an 86 mph fastball, and now has 14 strikeouts in two games covering 6 innings.

Kalamazoo had their game with the East Cobb Orioles suspended on Monday while down 4-3 in the 7th inning.
West End Baseball SS Glen Batson >>
  
Gm # 312 | 7/5/2011 | 9:00 AM Team Citius vs. West End Baseball

7/5/2011 12:54:47 PM

West End Baseball has a very interesting young shortstop by the name of Glen Batson, which is a great name for a baseball prospect.  Batson is a 2012 from Greenville, South Carolina and is 6-3, 190 lbs with a nice athletic frame and build.  He went 2-3 with a home run and 2 Rbi's in West End's 7-7 tie Tuesday with Team Citius.  Batson has a nice short, aggressive swing for his size, with good bat speed; the ball jumps off his bat hard and fast.

Team Citius RHP James Norwood (2011, 6-2, 190, New York City, signed with St. Louis U.) threw well over 4 innings but was victimized by 4 unearned run.  Norwood pitched in the 88-91 mph range with good cutting life on his fastball and mixed in a mid 70's curveball and change up from a quick, compact arm action.  The story about going to school in New York City and attending school at St. Louis is probably an interesting one.
Angus Rides Heard on Chattanooga >>
  

7/5/2011 12:28:22 PM

2011 1B Cody Angus (6-1, 205, LHH'er, Louisville, KY, signed with Wabash Valley CC), hitting in the #3 spot in the Kentucky Baseball Club line up, went 2-3 with a home run and 5 Rbi's to lead KBC to a 12-0 win over the Chattanooga Cherokees in a 4 inning run rule shortened game Tuesday.  Angus showed a powerful left handed swing and also throws  in the mid 80's from the left side off the mound.
Excel Blue Wave Pitching Continues to Dominate >>
  
Gm # 308 | 7/5/2011 | 9:00 AM Baseball Mentoring Program vs. Excel Blue Wave

7/5/2011 12:18:34 PM

Excel Blue Wave defeated Baseball Mentoring Program 5-1 Tuesday morning, running their Pool Play record to a perfect 4-0.  The Blue Wave have only allowed 2 runs in 14 games.

RHP's Parker Curry (2012, 5-11/165, Pelham, AL, verbal commitment to Samford) and Will Brown (2012, 6-2/180, Vestavia Hills, AL) did the honors against Baseball Mentoring Program.  Curry went the first 4 innings, allowing 2 hits, an unearned run and striking out 8 hitters.  A primary shortstop, Curry was 85-88 on his fastball and did a very good job mixing in an 80 mph slider and 79 mph change up with his strong fastball.  Brown worked a hitless final 3 innings, striking out 6 hitters while topping out at 83 mph.
Citius Bandits Take Texas Trappers Deep >>
  
Gm # 305 | 7/5/2011 | 9:00 AM Texas Trappers vs. Citius Bandits

7/5/2011 12:04:42 PM

The #3 thru #6 hitters in the Citius Bandits line up went a combined 10-13 with 3 home runs, 7 runs scored and 10 Rbi's, leading the team to a 13-6 win over the Texas Trappers.

6-7, 255 lb primary RHP Max Beerman (2012, Tampa, FL) did the primary damage, lifting 2 home runs while going 3-3 with 4 Rbi's.  C BreShon Kimball (2011, Mesquite, TX, signed with Louisiana Tech), the 28th round pick of the Brewers, hit his second home run of the tournament and finished 3-4 with 4 Rbi's as well.  C Jake Rogers (2011, Massapequa, NY) went 3-3 hitting out of the #6 hole.

In addition to Beerman, the Bandits can certainly bring some size to the field.  6-9, 245 lb LHP Adam Choplick threw an inning yesterday, while 6-8, 250 lb RHP Shane Henderson is also on the roster.
Dulin Dodgers Continue to Dominate >>
  
Gm # 301 | 7/5/2011 | 9:00 AM Dulin Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Reds

7/5/2011 11:20:33 AM

Dulin Dodgers continued to play impressive baseball Tuesday morning, shutting out the Philadelphia Reds 5-0 and move their record to 3-0 with a scoring margin of 27-5.  The Dodgers game with the East Cobb Blue Jays was suspended by the rain yesterday and has yet to be completed.

The Dodgers feature a regular line up with players such as infielders Mookie Betts (2011, signed with Tennessee), Jake Overbay (2011, signed with Mississippi) and  Kyle Overstreet (2012, verbal to Alabama), along with catchers Nate Irving (2011, signed with Virginia) and Daniel Garner (2012, verbal to Mississippi State).  They also have four primary pitchers committed to SEC schools.

RHP Cole Evans (2011, Collierville, TN, signed with Kentucky) was the leader against the Reds, throwing 5 1/3 innings of 1 hit ball while striking out 8.  Evans was a steady 85-88 mph on his fastball, showing plus life at times from a cross body release point and mixing in a 71 mph curveball and 79 mph change up.

Walden's Bat Paces Chattanooga to 11-1 Win >>
  
Gm # 299 | 7/5/2011 | 9:00 AM NJ Marlins vs. Chattanooga Baseball Club 17U

7/5/2011 10:54:24 AM

2012 OF Reed Walden (6-0/190, LHH'er, Ringgold, GA) fell a home run short of the cycle, going 4-5 with a double and a triple as the Chattanooga Baseball Club 17U rapped out 14 hits and defeated the New Jersey Marlins 11-1 on Tuesday morning.  Walden has a simple, sound hitting approach from a narrow hitting stance, with a line drive swing and good present bat speed.

2013 LHP Kevin Dupree (6-3/195, Chattanooga, TN) threw a complete game 2-hitter for Chattanooga.  Dupree has an easy, long arm action and a projectable build.  He was steady between 81 and 83 mph the entire game, showing command to both sides of the plate while striking out 8 hitters and allowing only 2 hits.
Pool G All Tied Up >>
  
Gm # 297 | 7/5/2011 | 9:00 AM Diamond-Simcox 17U vs. New York Gothams

7/5/2011 10:39:10 AM

Diamond-Simcox 17U and New York Gothams played to a 1-1 tie Tuesday morning, putting Pool G in an interesting position pending the outcome of games the rest of the day.  Diamond-Simcox now has a 1-0-3 record after 4 games and is the only team in the pool without a loss.  As a tie counts as a 1/2 win and 1/2 loss, it can create some interesting and sometimes confusing scenarios in determining Pool Play champions.

Both teams received outstanding efforts from their starting pitchers, who were very similar in their raw stuff and abilities.  Diamond Simcox starter RHP Dalton Curtis (2012, 6-0/175, Maryville, TN) went 6 2/3 innings, allowing 7 hits and striking out 5.  The Gothams RHP Luis Hilardo  (2011, 5-10, 170, New York City) threw a complete game 4 hitter, walking no one with 4 K's.  Both pitchers threw in the 83-86 mph range and showed advanced pitchability to go with easy deliveries and were aggressive with their fastballs.
Prospects Stars 17U Red Moves to 3-0-1 >>
  

7/5/2011 10:07:37 AM

RHP's Wade Arduini (2012, Clifton, VA) and Mitchell Aker (2012, Vienna, VA) combined on a 3 hit shutout to lead Prospect Stars 17U Red to a 1-0 win over Action Baseball Club 18U and raise their Pool Play record to 3-0-1.

Arduini threw the first 5 innings and played the role of the crafty right hander, topping out at 81 mph but throwing a variety of different pitches at different speeds while striking out 6 hitters.  Aker, who has a verbal commitment to William and Mary, came in as the power closer, throwing 88 mph in retiring 6 straight hitters.

OF Josh Kuzbel (2012, Ashburn, VA) gave the Stars all the runs they would need when he opened up the game with a triple and later came around to score.
Burnette Moves Yankees to 3-0 >>
  

7/5/2011 7:05:42 AM

2011 RHP Jake Burnette threw a 2-hit shutout with 8 K's to lead the East Cobb Yankees to an 8-0 win over Ostingers Baseball Academy late Monday afternoon.  The game was one of only 3 games to be completed in the 4:30 and 7:00 pm time slots as storms moved through the north Atlanta area.

The 6-5, 185 lb Burnette was steady in the 88-91 mph range for 6 innings and threw an effective 76 mph curveball.  The Georgia Tech signee is very polished in both his delivery mechanics and his command and is the type of pitching prospect who should be able to contribute immediately for Georgia Tech as a freshman.

2011 C Clint Clark (signed with Georgia Southern) led the Yankees offense with a 2-4, 3 Rbi performance that included a home run.
Maxwell Continues to Impress with the Bat >>
  
Gm # 272 | 7/4/2011 | 3:00 PM TGBA 17U vs. North East Rays

7/5/2011 6:49:52 AM

TGBA 17's ran their record to 3-0 Monday with a 4-2 comeback with over the North East Rays.  TGBA (Team Georgia Baseball Academy) scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to pull it out.

2013 OF Brock Maxwell (Suwanee, GA)  continued his impressive performance at the plate against his elders, hitting a solo home run.

2012 RHP Trevor Sams (6-4, 210, Cummings, GA) picked up the victory with two scoreless innings of relief.  Sams topped out at 87 mph with a loose and easy arm action and threw a short and sharp 72 mph curveball.
Hurley Powers Florida Bombers Win >>
  
Gm # 270 | 7/4/2011 | 2:00 PM Florida Bombers vs. Chain Black

7/5/2011 6:37:17 AM

It was blogged after the first day of the 18U's that the key to the Florida Bombers ability to win an unprecedented 7th national championship looked like it hinged on their big and powerful middle of the lineup hitters.  That proved true on Monday as #3 hitter Sean Hurley hit two solo home runs to lead the Bombers to a 4-1 win over Chain Black and raise their record to 3-0 in Pool Play.

Hurley, Jordan Weems and Matt Suchy, the middle of the Bombers order, combined to go 5-8 with 3 runs scored and 3 Rbi's.

The Bombers received a route going performance from LHP Will Solomon (2011, 6-2/190, Columbus, GA, signed with Northwest Florida CC).  Solomon only allowed 2 hits and an unearned run while striking out 3.  He pitched in the 86-89 mph range with a 72 mph curveball and 74 mph change up.

Hurley's first home run was the only run the Bombers scored in 4 innings off Chain starter JB Wendelken (2011, 6-1/205, Guyton, GA, signed with Middle Georgia JC).  Wendelken was up to 92 mph on his fastball and averaged 90 mph to go along with a 75 mph curveball.

FTB Pride Sluggers Row All Hit in 7-2 Win >>
  
Gm # 268 | 7/4/2011 | 2:00 PM FTB Pride vs. Tucker Dodgers

7/4/2011 6:17:35 PM

The all prospect middle of the FTB Pride line up dominated the Tucker Dodgers, leading the team to a 7-2 win Monday afternoon.  The trio of 2013 1B Eugene Vazquez (Orlando, FL, verbal commitment to Central Florida), 2012 3B Edwin Rios (Kissimmee, FL, verbal commitment to Florida International) and 2012 C Wilfredo Rodriguez (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy) went a combined 7-8 at the plate with 6 runs scored and 5 Rbi's, including 4 extra base hits.  All are top level hitting prospects and will get plenty of pro scouting attention as well before their respective drafts.

The Pride also ran out two solid 2012 right handed pitchers in Frank Grandinette (Olrando, FL, verbal commitment to Miami) and Joey Pantoja (Lehigh Acres, FL).  Grandinette struck out 8 hitters in 4 innings, mixing his 84-86 mph fastball and mid 70's slider almost 50/50.  Pantoja is a very projectable 6-4, 190 lb righty who pitched aggressively with an 84-87 mph fastball.
Blue Wave Pitching Continues to Dominate >>
  
Gm # 264 | 7/4/2011 | 2:00 PM Excel Blue Wave vs. FTB CLUTCH

7/4/2011 5:57:28 PM

The Excel Blue Wave pitching staff allowed their first run of the tournament but finally got their offense untracked just enough to register a 3-1 win over FTB Clutch.  The Blue Wave are now 3-0 and have outscored their opponents by an 8-1 margin.

2011 RHP Alex Luna (6-4, 180, Huntsville, AL, signed with UA-Birmingham) threw the first 6 1/3 innings for the Blue Wave, allowing 5 hits and striking out 9 without allowing a walk.  Luna showed three very solid pitches and an advanced idea how to mix things up and hit spots.  He topped out at 90 mph and threw a 78 mph tight slider and an 80 mph change up that he could afford to throw more often.  With 1 out in the 7th, Todd Wilkerson (2011, 5-10, 170, Huntsville, AL) came in from shortstop to get the last 2 outs, throwing 88-90 mph with good cutting action.

The Blue Wave scored all three of their runs in the 6th inning, keyed by back to back triples by OF Matt Goodson (2012, verbal commitment to Alabama) and 2012 C Kyler Dreese.
Nine the Magic Number for West End Baseball >>
  

7/4/2011 5:26:04 PM

In what was probably not coincidently Game #259, all 9 hitters in the West End Baseball line collected hits in the team's 9-1 win over Team Ellite 17U White.  West End scored all 9 of their runs in the top of the 4th inning.  West End  now moves to 2-0-1 in Pool Play and have outscored their opponents by a margin of 23 to 14 in the 3 games, a 9 run total margin.

West End also knocked around a very well regarded pitching prospect, 2012 LHP Sam Clay (6-2, 190, Buford, GA, verbal commitment to Georgia Tech).  Clay cruised through the first three innings without allowing a run while topping out at 90 mph (there's that 9 again), then was chased by the barrage of hits in the 4th.

RHP Taylor Vetzel (2012, 5-11, 175, Greenville, SC) was impressively efficient for West End, only needing 49 pitches to navigate the 5 inning run rule contest.  Vetzel threw a heavy sinking fastball in the 81-84 mph range and let the hitter's get themselves out, as he didn't strike out a batter and only walked 1.
NBS 18U Continue Hot Hitting, Win 10-1 >>
  
Gm # 258 | 7/4/2011 | 2:00 PM East Cobb Astros 17u vs. NBS 18's

7/4/2011 5:14:58 PM

NBS 18U continued their hot hitting, defeating the East Cobb Astros 17U 10-1 to run their record to 3-0.  They've scored 25 runs in 3 games.  A duo of age eligible 2010 graduates playing college baseball led the way on Monday.  C Ryan Wojciechowski (Butler) went 2-3 with 3 runs scored, 3 Rbi's and 2 doubles.  SS Michael Massi (Volunteer State CC) went a perfect 3-3 with 4 Rbi's.

From a scouting perspective, the most impressive player of the game was 2012 OF/RHP Sean McLaughlin of East Cobb.  McLaughlin (5-11, 180, Johns Creek, GA, verbal commitment to the U. Georgia) started the game in the outfield but came into pitch in the 4th inning with his team already down 8-1.  Although he allowed 2 runs, McLaughlin was 90-93 mph with his fastball and flashed a potential plus 74 mph curveball, although he was inconsistent  in his mechanics and curveball release.


Harris Makes Early Lead Stand Up for Braves >>
  
Gm # 248 | 7/4/2011 | 2:00 PM East Cobb Braves 18u vs. St Johns Heat

7/4/2011 3:59:15 PM

2012 RHP Robert Harris (6-1, 180, Woodland HS, Marietta, GA) was staked to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and made those runs easily stand up, giving the East Cobb Braves 18U a 3-0 win over the St. John's Heat.  The victory gives the Braves a 3-0 mark in Pool Play.

Harris pitched between 86 and 88 mph on his fastball for most the game and occasionally mixed in a 74 mph curveball while allowing 4 hits and striking out 5.  He showed excellent mound presence and maturity in establishing his fastball early in counts and only threw 80 pitches over 7 innings.

The Braves got back to back to back doubles from Nelson Ward, Clay Ardeeser and Jakob Nixon in the bottom of the first inning to plate the three runs.
Buxton Continues to Impress for Round Trip >>
  
Gm # 234 | 7/4/2011 | 11:30 AM Round Trip Baseball vs. PBB 17U

7/4/2011 3:48:04 PM

OF/RHP Byron Buxton (2012, 6-2/170, Baxley, GA, verbal commitment to U. Georgia) isn't quite a household name in the prospect community despite being the #32 prospect on the PG 2012 Top Prospect List but that is likely to change quickly.  Yesterday Buxton was 92-94 mph coming in from the outfield to close a Round Trip win over Marucci Elite.  Today he closed again in a 6-5 Round Trip win over  PBB 17U that moved his team's record to 3-0 in Pool Play.

More impressively, Buxton showed 80 speed on the scout's 20-80 scale, running 3.9 to first base and 3.2 while letting up on a steal of second base.  He shows plus speed from the right side of the plate as well, making him a potential 5 tool impact player.

If you haven't heard of Baxley, Georgia, don't be disappointed in yourself.  It is a small town in rural southeast Georgia between Macon and Savannah that plays at the 2A level of Georgia high school sports, the second smallest level.
Infielders Bring the Heat >>
  

7/4/2011 3:38:08 PM

A couple of primary infielders brought the heat in Southeastern Baseball's 6-0 win over Gatorball Baseball Academy.

3B Tyler Bashlor was the most  impressive, throwing a complete game shutout, allowing 4 hits and striking out 5 batters.  Bashlor (2011, 5-10, 170, Richmond Hill, GA) pitched in the 87-91 mph range for most of the game and flashed a hard breaking curveball at times.  The right handed hitter also batted fifth in the Southeastern line up and went 2-2 with a walk and an Rbi.  The PG database doesn't show Bashlor as having a college commitment for this fall.

SS Ryan Labrador (2012, 6-3, 180, Inverness, FL) came out of the bullpen for the last 1 2/3 innings for Gatorball and threw a very heavy 86-90 mph fastball.  He has a large frame that should fill out nicely and a long and loose arm action.
SS Swoope Impresses for Xcel Baseball 18U >>
  
Gm # 237 | 7/4/2011 | 11:30 AM New Level Cardinal vs. Xcel Baseball 18u

7/4/2011 2:58:29 PM

Things were quickly taken care of for Xcel Baseball 18U Monday when the scored 11 runs in the top of the first inning and coasted to a 12-1 win over New Level Cardinal.  The win moves their record to 3-0 in Pool Play, with an impressive 34-4 margin of victory.

Xcel leadoff hitter SS Alvin Swoope (2012, 5-8, 170, Treasure Coast HS, Port St. Lucie, FL) continues to be impressive in every aspect of the game.  He went 1-3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 Rbi's this game but the most notable thing is how well rounded his tools are.  He's a plus speed type athlete with middle infield tools and surprising power and bat speed at the plate despite his size.  Swoope has been impressive at a series of WWBA and BSC tournaments over the last year and he's bound to get lots of attention from scouts and coaches over the next couple of weeks in Georgia as he shows his 5-tool ability.
Young Pitcher Stands Out in Warhawks Romp >>
  
Gm # 235 | 7/4/2011 | 11:30 AM Ohio Warhawks vs. East Cobb Indians 17u

7/4/2011 2:44:14 PM

Usually the hitters are the big story in a 16-0 run rule victory and as a team that was the big deal in the Ohio Warhawks 3 inning victory over the East Cobb Indians.  8 different players drove in runs, including 4 off the bat of C Kevin White, a Michigan signee.  The Warhawks scored 14 runs in the 3rd inning to quickly end the contest by run rule.

But probably the most notable performance of the game came from 2013 RHP Casey Meisner of the Warhawks.  Meisner is 6-7, 165 lb drink of water from Cy-Woods HS in the Houston area.  He threw 3 quick innings, allowing one hit and striking out 5 hitters.  Meisner had an easy smooth delivery, a loose arm and an extreme downhill angle to the plate on his 87-90 mph fastball.  It should be interesting to watch him develop over the next few years as he gets stronger.
Much Improved RHP Jordan Hilyer >>
  
Gm # 233 | 7/4/2011 | 11:30 AM Diamond-Simcox 17U vs. Team Elite 17U Black

7/4/2011 2:19:13 PM

One of the most valuable and interesting uses of scouting information on the Perfect Game web site is the ability to track the improvement young pitchers show from year to year.  Scouts and college coaches definitely note when a pitcher is gaining velocity from year to year instead of peaking early and staying static in his raw stuff.

A case in point is Team Elite 17U Black RHP Jordan Hilyer (2012, Hebron Christian Academy, Monroe, GA), who pitched 5 innings in Team Elite's 4-4 tie with Diamond Simcox 17U.  Hilyer pitched for Team Elite in last summer's WWBA 16U National Championship, where he was listed at 6-2, 170 and pitched in the 79-82 mph range with a 71 mph curveball.  A year later, Hilyer is listed at 6-2, 195 and was topping out at  to 89 mph on Monday with a curveball that topped out at 77-78 mph.  With another year of high school to go, that's a big difference and one that stands out to evaluators.
Home Runs Power Next Level to 3-0 Record >>
  
Gm # 230 | 7/4/2011 | 11:30 AM Atlanta Blue Jays vs. Next Level Baseball

7/4/2011 2:06:30 PM

Four of Next Level's 5 runs in the team's 5-2 win over the Atlanta Blue Jays came via the home run as the they moved their Pool Play record to a perfect 3-0.

2012 1B Ty Clark (6-1, 190, Lincoln HS, Tallahassee, FL) provided the big blow, a 3 run blast in the top of the 4th inning of what was then a scoreless ball game.  Clark is a high energy player who plays an excellent defensive first base and has a nice compact swing with good bat speed.

C/RHP Mario Amaral also helped the Next Level cause with a solo home run of his own.  Amaral was the 17th round draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers out of Reagan HS in Hialeah, FL and finished the 2011 season as the 95th ranked player in Perfect Game's 2011 Top Prospect listing.  He has signed with Florida State.  Amaral also picked up the save in the game, pitching a scoreless 7th inning in relief of starting pitcher Sawyer Betts, topping out at 88 mph.
Valentine Calls in 2 Solid 2012 Pitching Prospects >>
  

7/4/2011 2:04:21 PM

Two very interesting 2012 pitching prospects made their tournament debuts during Bobby Valentine All American Team's 4-1 win Monday over Team Xtreme.  Bobby Valentine had come into the game with an 0-2 record in Pool Play, while Team Xtreme was 2-0.

RHP Matthew Tulley (6-1, 200 lbs, Lowell, Mass.) started the game for Bobby Valentine and lasted 2 1/3 innings, allowing the only Team Xtreme run.  Tulley was wild, throwing only 29 of 63 pitches for strikes and walking 5 hitters but was able to work out of a couple of jams.  His fastball was in the 86-89 mph range and he threw both a curveball and a slider.

RHP Trey Ruggiero (6-6, 190 lbs, Chandler, AZ) pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for the save and was very  impressive considering his size.  He had a sound delivery and threw with a severe downhill angle from a high 3/4's release point.  Ruggiero topped out at 87 mph but there's much more velocity in his arm as he gets stronger.
LHP Jean Acevedo Spins Shutout >>
  
Gm # 228 | 7/4/2011 | 11:30 AM All American Prospects 18U vs. Georgia Seminoles

7/4/2011 1:31:53 PM

LHP Jean Acevedo (2011, 5-10, 170, Doral Academy, Miami, FL) threw a complete game 6 inning shutout in All American Prospects 8-0 win over the Georgia Seminoles.  Acevedo allowed 2 hits and didn't walk a hitter while striking out 9 Seminoles hitters.  He worked between 83 and 87 mph on his fastball but only threw about 60 fastballs, mixing in a slider, curveball and change up in roughly equal amounts and with effectiveness.  Acevedo was especially good at busting fastballs inside to hitters after getting them leaning with off speed pitches.  The PG database doesn't have Acevedo as having a school commitment yet for this fall.
RHP Garrett Lovorn, Blue Chip Bulls >>
  
Gm # 227 | 7/4/2011 | 11:30 AM Blue Chip Bulls vs. DCH Georgia Jayhawks 17's

7/4/2011 1:22:37 PM

Evaluating RHP Garrett Lovorn (2012, 6-2, 180, Pendleton, SC) will present an interesting quandary for college coaches and scouts if Monday's outing is any indication.  The Perfect Game scout notes indicate that Lovorn was 85-89 mph with his fastball, with a sound delivery and long and smooth arm action that projects well.  Looking at the box score paints a different story.  Lovorn, who started for the Blue Chip Bulls in their come from behind 9-8 win over the DCH Georgia Jayhawks, lasted only 1 inning, allowing no hit