One of the advantages of seeing a player perform frequently is you learn the mechanics of their swings in fine detail. SS Nicholas Shumpert (2015/Lone Tree, CO) is one of those players. During the late summer and fall Shumpert developed a hitch in his swing where he would raise his back elbow quickly just before he started his swing. That would force the barrel head severely forward, creating some serious barrel length to the ball and leaving Shumpert, even with his extremely quick hands, late getting the barrel into the hitting zone and making him cheat to get to quality fastballs. With some time off between Jupiter and this event, Shumpert has made very notable adjustments, not completely eliminating the hitch but reducing it significantly. He crushed the ball in BP, including one line drive that cleared the left field fence in a hurry just on pure bat speed.
OF Daniel Priwin (2015/Clements HS, TX) looks bigger than his 6-foot, 180-pound listed size and has the strength and present power to back it up. His approach is a bit busy and his swing on the long side but he shows big power and lift in his swing and his timing was good to the ball.
LHP Jake Foden (2015/Humberside Collegiate Institute, ON) is a primary pitcher with a very nice left handed swing with some strength and the ability to drive the right centerfield gap. He looks to have the hitting tools and athleticism to be a two-way prospect.
SS Cooper Davis (2015/Mountain Pointe HS, AZ) has a young look to him and lots of room to fill out and get stronger. He has a very aggressive right handed swing that creates solid bat speed and he squared up the ball hard consistently and drove it to the gaps. He can simplify his approach a bit for more consistent mechanics but he has the barrel skills and bat speed now and should keep improving.
OF Blake Perkins (2015/Litchfield Park, CO) has an extremely simple and quiet swing approach that enables him to take the barrel directly to the ball. He hit the ball hard to all fields and has enough strength to drive the gaps. Pitchers would be in trouble if every young hitter had Perkins hitting approach and swing mechanics, they were really nice.
SS Shahid Valenzuela (2016/St. Francis Central Coast Catholic HS, CA) will have to add lots of strength to his slender 5-foot-9, 140-pound frame but he's a switch-hitter with nice swing mechanics and the beginnings of some bat speed from both sides, especially the left side.
1B Blake Paugh (2017/Chaparral HS, AZ) is only a freshman but had some very notable bat speed. He hits from a spread, no stride approach which can be modified for better lower half use but he had lift and power in his swing to go with the bat speed and squared the ball up consistently. He's going to be an interesting hitter to watch develop.
SS Logan Berloff (2016/McKinney Boyd HS, TX) is one of the few Texans who got out of the ice locked Dallas Airport in time to fly to Arizona and we're glad he did. The sophomore has a long ways to go to get really strong but he already has quick hands and sound hitting mechanics. He's a polished young hitter who projects well.
OF Tyler Williams (2015/Kellis HS, AZ) keeps getting stronger and stronger, especially in his hips and his lower half, and it is showing in his bat speed and power. His right handed swing mechanics still aren't consistent but when they come together he's able to show his power potential more frequently. He hit one bomb that might have been the furthest ball hit on the day.
OF Ryan Nelson (2015/Pinnacle HS, AZ) has a nice, loose 6-foot-1, 160-pound build that projects well and a short, crisp swing with good shift into contact. His hands are quick and he has some present bat speed, with more to come as he gets stronger.
C Jake Foster (2015/Woods Cross HS, UT) stands out when he steps into the batter's box at 6-foot-4, 215-pounds. Unlike most young hitters that size, Foster doesn't have issues with swing length, in fact, he might benefit from a bit more extension out front. He made hard consistent pull line drive contact and the ball came off the barrel hard.
SS George Janca (2015/Georgetown HS, TX) has a young 6-foot-2, 175-pound build that projects well. He hits from a tall stance with an aggressive swing that creates bat speed and has some lift to it. He'll keep improving as he gets stronger.