The standout hitting prospects from the eight teams that took BP on Saturday are listed below in alphabetical order:
2015 C/OF Jake Allen (Charlottesville, VA) is young and has some work to do on his swing to begin to capitalize on the physical tools but his bat speed and potential for power were quite intriguing for a young catching prospect. He will be a player to keep an eye on.
2014 C/Util JD Andressen (Depew, NY) showed very good pullside pop, with a deep power load and was successful with his HR derby approach, hitting several balls deep to left field during his BP session.
2016 3B/SS Ezekiel Bear (Cypress, TX) has a big physical frame with present strength that already does justice to his surname. Bear already displays good bat speed and strength at contact, he already has good raw power and should develop into a legitimate home run threat as he learns the finer points of hitting.
2014 C/3B Michael Cruz (Aguadilla, PR) showed off the best power of the entire session, and had arguably the best overall round as well. He crushed back-to-back home runs onto the roof of the National Guard station located just beyond the high fence in right field of Clemente Field. Cruz would add another impressive bomb to the pullside later in the round, giving him three home runs on 10 swings. He has good separation of halves and utilizes good leverage and extension to explode through the baseball with authority.
2015 Brendan Donovan (Enterprise, AL) created good barrel whip and controlled a swing with a lot of moving parts well. He didn't lift the ball during his BP session but showed all the makings of a high level hitting prospect with a direct hand path, line drive plane and generated solid present bat speed. He looks like a very interesting prospect to keep an eye on as the 2015 class begins to sort itself out.
2014 SS Somto Egbuna (Stone Mountain, GA) really looks the part with a lean angular athletic build. He was short to the ball with good extension through contact, the strength in his forearms and hands allows him to drive the ball with authority. He has good athleticism to his swing and even showed some power potential in addition to solid hit tool that makes him intriguing.
2015 SS/OF Bakari Gayle (Stone Mountain, GA) hit the first home run of BP, with a shot that cleared the MLB dimensions of Clemente Field at Terry Park in left field. Gayle is a very projectable all around player with a long athletic build that allows him to create good leverage to drive the ball. He already has good bat speed and is likely to develop more as he develops the small muscle groups that are vital to hitting. He is a high upside young prospect to keep an eye on.
2014 OF/RHP Ryan Melnick (Windemere, FL) uses a deep load and a long swing to generate good bat speed and drive the ball with authority.
2014 OF/LHP Jason Polgano (Bronx, NY) showed good separation of his upper and lower halves, generating solid present bat speed from the left side with a more to come. Very projectable body and has a chance to really develop.
2014 SS Milton Ramos (Hialeah Gardens, FL) showed good bat speed and projects to develop power as his lean athletic well-proportioned frame fills out and adds strength.
2014 MIF Kevin Rivera (Barceloneta, PR) was the best switch hitter of the event, showing legitimate hitting tools from both sides of the plate. Rivera showed good bat speed from both sides, with a slightly shorter swing from the right side. He can get a bit longer and as a result will be prone to popping up from the left side in the short term, however his is not far behind from the left side and is very advanced as a switch hitter for an underclassmen and should develop pop from both sides. Legitimate switch hitters with juice who play up the middle are extremely rare, and Rivera has a chance to be just that.
2014 MIF Jose Quintana (Land O Lakes, FL) has some work to do with incorporating his lower half into his swing, but in spite of less than optimal mechanics, he showed good hitting tools, generating good bat speed and drove the ball well during BP.
2014 SS/3B Jose Antonio Rodriguez (Nauabo, PR) has a long lanky frame with room to fill and projects to develop power. He accelerates the bat well and keeps the barrel in the hitting zone for a while, present pull approach with tools to develop.
2014 OF/RHP Tristan Rojas (Bronx, NY) used a very aggressive swing, creating leverage to utilize his bat speed well, hitting a home run to left field and showed good extension driving through the baseball.
2014 MIF Devon Wilson (Houston, TX) had a rough start to his trip, as the airline lost his luggage which included his baseball equipment. In spite of hitting in shorts and tennis shoes and almost certainly not being in an ideal mindset to compete in this type of environment, Wilson still managed to put on an impressive display in BP. Wilson showed quick hands and good bat speed, he drove the gaps well and should develop some pop as he develops strength on his athletic frame. Being able to block out all of the distractions and perform at an event like this says a lot about a young player.