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2013 National Underclass Session 3



2013 National Underclass Session 3

 



Sunday, January 6
1/6/2013 8:49:08 PM

-2014 C/3B Michael Cruz (Aguadilla, PR) continued his dominant showing, hammering a double to the warning track in right center in his first AB. Cruz has made a case for the top prospect in attendance this weekend, consistently showing off big power at the plate and arm strength from behind it.

-2014 C/OF Trey Turner (Seneca, MO) put an exclamation point on a strong showing today with a triple to deep center field on a ball that kept traveling thanks to the hard backspin he imparted. In his first AB Turner singled and scored. He also worked 2 scoreless innings of relief, striking out 3 of the 6 hitters he faced, topping out at 83 with a 73 mph slider.

-2014 RHP/1B Alex Detweiler (Sarasota, FL) showed that he can handle the bat very well in addition to his ability on the mound today by going 2-for-2 with a double and a triple in the game.

-2014 LHP Luis Ferrer (Cape Coral, FL) cruised through three innings of work, striking out three and facing one over the minimum. He topped out at 84 mph with a fastball that featured late tailing action, and mixed in a 73 mph changeup that showed good late diving action.

-2014 SS/OF Parker Pennington (Fort Worth, TX) made hard contact in both of his trips to the plate today. After getting under a high fly ball to left field (with a 5.83 hangtime) he roped a single in his second AB.

-2014 MIF Jose Perez Marrero (Trujillo Alto, PR) showed good bat speed, singling out of the leadoff spot and then stealing both second and third before coming into score.

-2014 3B/OF Jacob Burger (Chesterfield, MO) crushed a ball that registered at 90 mph off the bat on the radar gun, then stole second before coming around to score.
 
1/6/2013 2:28:43 PM

Jake Allen (C 2015 Charlottesville, VA) was 1 for 2 in the game with two runs scored.  He was aggressive at the plate with good plate coverage.

Brooks Estrada (2014 OF Windermere, FL) was 2 for 2 in the game with a single, double and a stolen base.  He has a slightly open stance with a fluid stroke and squares the ball up consistently.

Joseph Almodovar (2014 3B San Juan, PR) was 2 for 3 in the game with two singles and two runs scored.  He was aggressive at the plate with a line drive swing plane.

Malik Carpenter (2015 1B South Holland, IL) was 2 for 3 in the game with two singles.  He hits from an slightly open stance with good bat speed and a confident approach at the plate.

Brendan Donovan (2015 SS Enterprise, AL) hit the ball hard in all 3 of his at bats.  He showed good bat speed with a calm approach at the plate.  
1/6/2013 2:25:11 PM

Luis Ramos (2014, Vega Alta, PR) Had his fastball sitting at 84-88mph with his curveball at 74mph and his changeup at 81mph. Ramos throws from a 3/4 arm slot, arm works well, has a smooth online delivery, has a good feel for his 12-6 curveball and a deceptive change.

Tyler Carr (2014, Lake Placid, FL) had his fastball sitting at 84-86mph with his curveball at 71mph and his changeup at 75mph. Carr throws from a low 3/4 arm slot with a quick arm, with good spin on his curveball.

Ezekiel Bear (2016, Cypress, TX) showed well at the plate today during his at bats. Bear has a big strong build with bat speed, pop in his bat and hits to all fields.

Ryan Melnick (2014, Windermere, FL) also had a good showing at the plate today. Melnick shows bat speed and had one of his hits register at 88mph off his bat. In the outfield Melnick covers alot of ground in the OF and made a nice diving catch in the game.

Bakari Gayle (2015, Stone Mountain, GA) also had a good game for the Maroon team. Gayle has a good swing with bat speed a line drive swing plane and good baseball instincts. In the field Gayle has good actions at SS and shows good range as well.

JD Andreessen (2014, Depaw, NY) had a couple of extra base hits for the Orange team today including a solo Home Run. Andreessen has a strong build with pop in his bat and has bat speed.

Somto Egbuna (2014, Stone Mountain, GA) also had a couple of hits in the game for the Orange team. Egbuna makes solid consistent contact at the plate hits the ball to all fields, and has an athletic build. In the field Egbuna shows good actions at SS, with a good arm across the infield.
 
1/6/2013 2:18:01 PM

Gilberto Rodriguez (2014 C Juncos, PR) had a single in the game with a stolen base.  He has a confident approach at the plate with strength in his swing.

Brandon Laboy (2014 OF Coral Springs, FL) had single in the game.  He hit the ball hard in his three at bats displaying good bat speed with a line drive swing plane.

Kyle Arjona (2015 RHP Cape Coral, FL) sat 84-86 with his fastball touching 87 mph. He has a high 3/4 arm slot with good arm strength, and flashed a good curveball with 12-6 break.

Zach Odell (2016 SS Royal Palm Beach, FL) was 2 for 3 in the game with two runs scored and a stolen base.  He showed good bat speed with an advanced approach at the plate and the ability to run.

Zack Kone (2015 SS Boca Raton, FL) was 2 for 3 in the game with a single and a double.  He has a large projectable frame and showed a fluid stroke with a line drive swing plane.

Matt Hodges (2015 OF Tampa, FL) was 2 for 3 in the game with two singles and a run scored.  He has a calm approach at the plate with good plate coverage.

Donovan Casey (RHP 2014 Stratford, NJ) sat 80-84 touching 85 with his fastball.  He has a high 3/4 arm slot with short arm action and good arm strength. 
Saturday, January 5
1/9/2013 8:46:47 AM

Milton Ramos (2014 - Hialeah Gardens, FL) was impressive working out on the infield.  He showed smooth athletic actions with quick transfers and projectable defensive tools.

Steven Wells (2014 - Key West, FL) showed good outfield actions with sound footwork.  He also has good arm strength with carry on his throws.

Brandon Laboy (2014 - Coral Springs, FL) was impressive in the outfield showing projectable defensive tools.  He showed smooth actions with good arm strength.

Alfredo Iser (2014 - Miami, FL) showed good actions in the outfield with solid footwork.  He has projectable arm strength with online throws.

Nicholas Yambo (2014 - Pennausakin, NJ) attacks the ball in the outfield with solid actions.  He moves well with online throws.

Jose Antonio Rodriguez (2014 - Naguabo, PR) showed smooth actions and moves to the ball well.  

Arnaldo Berrios (2014 - Barranquitas, PR) showed good footwork with good actions in the outfield.  He throws with a long loose arm action with projectable arm strength.


 
1/7/2013 8:58:01 AM

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.


 
1/5/2013 11:08:00 PM

Joseph Almodover (2014, 3B/OF, Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy, San Juan, PR) Had a solid day at the plate in the game going 2-4 with 2 singles, 1 run scored, and a stolen base. Joesph displayed a line drive swing plane and was short to the ball with one of his singles registering 84 MPH off the bat.

Carl Guidry (2014, OF, Denham Springs HS, Denham Springs, LA) was productive at the plate in the game going 2-3 with two singles, one registering off the bat at 84 MPH. He showed the ability to make consistent hard contact and drive the ball to all fields.

Michael James (2014, LHP, Brentwood HS, Brentwood, TN) worked 3 innings on the mound, punching out 6 of the 12 batters he faced. Michael had a long arm action and hides the ball deep in back before coming downhill with a deceptive glove arm. He was around the zone with all pitches and his FB sat 77-80 MPH, with a 12/6 CB for his out pitch.

Hudson Treu (2014, RHP/3B, Houston Christian, Houston, TX) is a very projectable prospect whose FB ranged from 86-88 MPH with late life and 2-seam action. He has a loose easy arm action and pitches from a high 3/4 arm slot with minimal effort. He showed good command of all of his pitches, his out pitches were his change-up and curveball. His change-up showed big fade and hides it well, and 11/5 CB with good depth and flashed major break.
 
1/5/2013 10:09:48 PM

Chad Foster (2014, Roswell, GA) had his fastball sitting at 80-84mph with it topping out at 85mph with his curveball at 69mph. Foster has a solid build with a 3/4 arm slot, short AA, curveball is 11-5 with depth, is aggressive with his fastball, with good command of his curveball.

Bryce Van Horn (2016, Cape Coral, FL) had his fastball sitting at 76-80mph with his curveball at 69mph and his changeup at 67mph. Van Horn has a long arm action, with an online balanced delivery, mixes his pitches well, is confident on the mound, and pitches with good tempo.

Bryan (BJ) Armstead (2014, Lilburn, GA) had a double in the game for the Columbia Blue team. Armstead has pop in his bat with a good swing and makes solid contact at the plate.

Caleb Armstrong (2016, Monroe, LA) had his fastball sitting at 81-84 with it topping out at 85mph with his curveball at 73mph. Armstrong throws from a 3/4 arm slot, repeats his delivery, hides the ball well, throws easy, curveball has 10-4 break to it, pitches with good tempo and is confident in his pitches.

Ezekiel Bear (2016, Cypress, TX) had a good showing at the plate today. Bear had one of the balls he put in play come off the bat at 88mph showing good bat speed.

Bakari Gayle (2015, Stone Mountain, GA) had a couple of hits in the game for the Crimson team. Gayle has gap power, with a good swing and good baseball instincts.

Jake Anchia (2015, Miami Lakes, FL) had a triple to LCF in the game for the Crimson team. Anchia had one of his balls in play register at 86mph off the bat, and shows bat speed.
 
1/5/2013 6:22:30 PM

Kevin Rivera (2014 SS Barceloneta, PR) hammered an RBI triple to right field from the left side and also had a double later in the game. He showed good bat speed with the ability to run.

Jose Antonio Rodriguez (2014 SS Naguabo, PR) showed good bat speed with lift in his swing. He has a slightly open stance with a calm approach.

Justin Jones (2014 SS Kathleen, GA) has a large athletic frame with lateral agility at shortstop, made nice play on ball up the middle. He showed good bat speed with a fluid stroke.

Trey Turner (2014 C Seneca, MO) was 1 for 2 in the game with a double and run scored.  He good bat speed with a line drive appraoch, he also moves well on the bases.

Jacob Burger (2014 3B Chesterfield, MO) had two nice back hands at third base with good arm strength with online carry to first base.  He also was 2 for 3 in the game with a single and double, he showed good bad speed.  

Ivanniel Vazquez (2014 LHP Luquillo, PR) is a finesse left that only topped out at 77 mph but showed good command to both sides of the plate with good tailing life and an athletic delivery. He also showed good feel for a deep 2-plane curveball that served as an out pitch for him. He struckout five batters and did not allow a hit in his three innings pitched. 
1/5/2013 5:34:47 PM

Name Pop Grad School City St
Gilberto Rodriguez 1.80 2014 Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and Juncos PR
Michael Cruz 1.81 2014   Aguadilla PR
Carlos Villegas 1.86 2014 Caguas Military Rio Grande PR
Edwin Lebrón Gonzalez 1.87 2014 IBAHS Fajardo PR
Trey Turner 1.90 2014 Neosho Seneca MO
Brandon Campos 1.91 2014 Archbishop Stepinac Florida NY
Jake Allen 1.93 2015 St Anne's-Belfield Charlottesville VA
Benton Jones 1.94 2014 Brentwood Brentwood TN
Brandon Laboy 1.94 2014 Coral Springs Charter School Coral Springs FL
Caleb Leach 1.94 2014 George W. Jenkins Lakeland FL
Connell Boyle 1.95 2015 Science Hill Johnson City TN
JD Andreessen 1.96 2014 St Mary's of Lancaster Depew NY
Misael Lebron 1.97 2014 Carmen Sol Trujillo Alto PR
Wilanier Betancourt 1.99 2014 Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy Toa Baja PR
 
1/5/2013 5:33:46 PM

Name C Grad School City St
Edwin Lebrón Gonzalez 83 2014 IBAHS Fajardo PR
Gilberto Rodriguez 82 2014 Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and Juncos PR
Trey Turner 80 2014 Neosho Seneca MO
Jake Anchia 79 2015 Archbishop Edward Mccarthy Miami Lakes FL
Caleb Leach 79 2014 George W. Jenkins Lakeland FL
Brandon Laboy 78 2014 Coral Springs Charter School Coral Springs FL
Misael Lebron 78 2014 Carmen Sol Trujillo Alto PR
Connell Boyle 77 2015 Science Hill Johnson City TN
Michael Cruz 77 2014   Aguadilla PR
Carlos Villegas 77 2014 Caguas Military Rio Grande PR
JD Andreessen 76 2014 St Mary's of Lancaster Depew NY
Tommy Marrollo 76 2015 Downingtown East Campus Exton PA
 
1/5/2013 5:33:05 PM

Name 1B Grad School City St
Nicholas Padilla 85 2014 Cardinal Spellman Bronx NY
Luis Possamai 81 2014 Sun Lake Land O Lakes FL
Pedro Alvarez 78 2014   Arecibo PR
Jason Polgano 78 2014 Cardinal Spellman Bronx NY
 
1/5/2013 5:32:18 PM

Name IF Grad School City St
Devon Wilson 91 2014 Houston Christian Houston TX
Zack Kone 87 2015 Pine Crest Boca Raton FL
Kevin Rivera 87 2014 Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy Barceloneta PR
Jose Antonio Rodriguez 86 2014 International Baseball Academy Naguabo PR
Alfredo Iser 86 2014 Miami Sunset Senior Miami FL
Justin Jones 86 2014 Houston County Kathleen GA
Fernando Ortiz 85 2014 Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy Comerio PR
Brendan Donovan 84 2015 Enterprise Enterprise AL
Jonathan Rodriguez Romero 84 2014 carlos beltran baseball academy Cayey PR
 
1/5/2013 5:31:18 PM

Name OF Grad School City St
Roberto Gonzalez 94 2014 University Orlando FL
Trey Turner 91 2014 Neosho Seneca MO
Gerrio Rahming 89 2014 Rabun Gap Nacoochee Rabun Gap GA
Steven Wells 89 2014 Key West Key West FL
Donovan Casey 87 2014 Sterling Stratford NJ
Brooks Estrada 87 2014 West Orange Windermere FL
Alfredo Iser 87 2014 Miami Sunset Senior Miami FL
Andres Boitel 86 2014 PR Baseball Academy Bayamon PR
Brandon Laboy 86 2014 Coral Springs Charter School Coral Springs FL
Michael Reid 86 2014 Bishop Foley Catholic Detroit MI
Erik Rivera 86 2015   Oakland FL
 
1/5/2013 5:30:11 PM

Name 60 Grad School City St
Daniel Little 6.55 2015 Lexington Catholic Nicholasville KY
Carl Guidry 6.68 2014 Denham Springs (Louisiana) Denham Springs LA
Tristan Rojas 6.71 2014 St Raymond Hs For Boys Bronx NY
Fernando Ortiz 6.75 2014 Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy Comerio PR
Milton Ramos 6.75 2014 Florida Christian Hialeah Gardens FL
Roberto Gonzalez 6.82 2014 University Orlando FL
Felix Hernandez Mercado 6.83 2014 Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy Naranjito PR
Kevin Rivera 6.83 2014 Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy Barceloneta PR
Jonathan Rodriguez Romero 6.83 2014 carlos beltran baseball academy Cayey PR
Jan Michael Perez 6.84 2014   Guayama PR
Zack Kone 6.86 2015 Pine Crest Boca Raton FL
Bakari Gayle 6.87 2015 Redan Stone Mountain GA
Donovan Casey 6.88 2014 Sterling Stratford NJ
Brent Thomas 6.89 2014 Immaculata La Salle Key Biscayne FL
Caleb Armstrong 6.91 2016 Ouachita Parish Monroe LA
Chad Foster 6.93 2014   Roswell GA
Aaron Fuller 6.93 2014 St Rita Of Cascia Chicago IL
Jose Perez Marrero 6.94 2014   Trujillo Alto PR
Trey Turner 6.96 2014 Neosho Seneca MO
Joseph Almodovar 6.98 2014 Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy San Juan PR
Andres Boitel 6.98 2014 PR Baseball Academy Bayamon PR
Devon Wilson 6.98 2014 Houston Christian Houston TX
Milton Rivera 6.99 2014 International Baseball Academy Humacao PR
 
1/5/2013 2:58:34 PM

Michael Cruz (2014 C Aguadilla, PR) leadoff with a triple off the top of the wall in his first at bat and hit the ball well in all three at bats.  He has good bat speed with lift in swing, he also has good arm strength and moves well behind the plate.

Steven Wells (2014 OF Key West, FL) has a projectable frame and moves very well in the outfield.  He turned two double plays, one cutting down a runner attempting to score from third on what would have been a sac fly, he also made a nice diving in centerfield on a sinking line drive to double off the runner at second. He threw 89 mph in the outfield workouts and showed the same arm strength in the game.

Hunter Whitman (2015 LHP Palm Beach Gardens, FL) worked an easy 80-82 mph with and effortless delivery, had a long loose projectable arm action.  His curveball was 70 mph with a change up at 74 mph.

Zack Kone (2015 SS Boca Raton, FL) has a large projectable frame and with solid defensive actions in the infield.  He showed good bat speed at the plate with a fluid stroke.

Daniel Little (2015 IF Nicholasville, KY) showed great speed in the game with a home to first from the right side at 4.24 on a swing and later bunted his way aboard from the left side with a time of 3.74. 

Nicholas Padilla (2014 RHP Bronx, NY) sat 83-86 and threw three pitches for strikes and addition to his fastball that he located to both sides of the plate.  He flashed a good curveball with good bite which he used to strike out the side in the third inning.  He also had a 77 mph changeup with good sink.