2011 East Coast Professional Showcase
RHP Lance McCullers (Tampa Jesuit HS, FL):
RHP Lucas Sims (Brookwood HS, Lawrenceville, GA):
RHP Carson Fulmer (All Saints Academy, Lakeland, FL):
RHP Walker Weickel (Olympia HS, Orlando, FL):
RHP Clate Schmidt (Alatoona HS, Acworth, GA):
RHP Ty Buttrey (Providence HS, Matthews, NC):
RHP/OF Duane Underwood (Pope HS, Marietta, GA):
LHP Matthew Crownover (Ringgold (GA) HS):
RHP J.O. Berrios (Papa Juan XIII HS, Bayamon, PR):
RHP/OF Sean McLaughlin (Northview HS, Johns Creek, GA):
OF Byron Buxton (Appling County HS, Baxley, GA):
OF David Dahl (Oak Mountain HS, Birmingham, AL):
OF Jesse Winker (Olympia HS, Windemere, FL):
OF Albert Almora (Mater Academy, Hialeah, FL):
SS Carlos Correa (Puerto Rico BB Academy, Santa Isabel,PR):
OF Lewis Brinson (Coral Springs HS, Tamarac, FL):
OF Skye Bolt (Holy Innocents HS, Woodstock, GA):
3B Corey Seager (NW Cabarrus HS, Kannapolis, NC):
OF Rhett Wiseman (BB&N HS, Mansfield, MA):
3B Addison Russell (Pace (FL) HS):
The A’s roster is made up of players from Ohio, Michigan,Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. Some of the players who stood out for meincluded:
SS A.J. Simcox (Farragut HS, TN): Simcox has a loose 6-3, 170 lb build thatprojects very well. He has a quickcontrolled right handed swing and squared the ball hard up to right centerfield.
C Brett Sunde (Bishop Foley HS, MI): The 5-11, 180 lb Sunde reminds me a lot of thetop 2011 Michigan high school prospect, C Eric Hasse. He has a simple short swing with very quickhands and the bat speed to drive the ball out of the park when he pulls it.
1B Clark Pence (Greenfield Central HS, IN): Pence has obvious strength at 6-1, 210 lbsand keeps his swing short and crisp for a big power hitter. The ball jumped off his bat hard to themiddle of the field.
IF Xavier Turner (Sandusky HS, OH): Turner is a well put together 6-2, 210 lbsbut is loose and quick with his swing and the ball jumps hard.
The Rockies team is composed of players from Florida,almost all of whom were at the Perfect Game National Showcase or in Mariettafor the WWBA age group championships over the last month. So there weren’t many unfamiliar swingsduring batting practice.
One extremely impressive hitter I hadn’t seen before wasOF Lewis Brinson of Coral Springs HS. Brinson is a lean and wiry 6-4, 180 lb right handed hitter with someserious bat speed and whip in his swing. He lofted a couple of balls onto the berm behind the left field fenceand consistently drove the ball deep into the alleys.
There are four Perfect Game All Americans among theRockies position players and all looked very good in batting practice. 1B Keon Barnum was very under control in hisswing approach and hammered the ball up the left centerfield gap. OF Jesse Winker was content to line the ballto left field in his first round but turned on pitches the second time throughand lifted at least 3 balls out of the park. OF Albert Almora was outstanding in all respects, squaring up everythingand showing power to all fields. SSCarlos Correa didn’t loft the ball but showed very good bat speed andconsistent hard line drive contact.
As he usually does, C Tomas Nido put on a show. Nido’s has an all or nothing swing approach,with very busy hands in his load and plenty of effort in his swing but hisstrength and bat speed are in the plus area and he crushes the ball.