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Will Neely showed a loose, quick arm in his two innings of work, working his fastball in the 90-91 mph range, topping at 92 with late run to his arm side. His curveball showed late break at 79 mph with 11-5 break to it. He struck out 3 in 2 innings.
Nathan Trevelian filled up the strike zone with a fastball that worked in the 87-89 mph range showing nice life to his arm side well. He worked two effective innings on the mound showing a changeup at 82 mph and a curveball with 11-5 shape at 74 mph.
Jonathan Engelmann went with an outside 90 mph fastball and drove it down the right field line for a stand up double in his first at bat of the game.
Cobie Vance started the hitting for Vegas Gold, leading the game off by turning on an 88 mph fastball through the 5/6 hole and proceeded to steal second base within a couple of pitches.
Wesley Rodriguez had an impressive performance on the mound, working in the 89-93 mph with his fastball, showing late life with a sharp breaking slider at 78 mph. He struck out 4 batters.
Ashe Russell was dominant on the mound, working in the 91-95 mph range with solid arm side run on the pitch. His slider was equally as effective, with sharp break at 83 mph. He struck out 4 batters in his 2 innings of work.
Andrew Cabezas worked in the 86-90 mph range, topping out at 91 mph with his fastball with some sinking action to it. He showed both a feel for his slider at 81 mph and a changeup at 79 mph, using all three pitches to collect three strikeouts.
Andrew Noviello was another arm who showed well in the final game of the showcase, working consistently in the 88-91 mph with a strong feel for a late breaking 11-5 curveball showing depth at 77 mph. He was able to mix both pitches well and collected three strikeouts.
Lorenzo Hampton showed an easy arm action in his inning of work, showing a fastball in the 84-86 mph range, topping at 87 mph and showed a nice feel for a changeup at 80 mph.
Luke Eigsti also threw an inning on the mound to close out the showcase, topping at 87 mph and showed a 12-6 curveball up to 68 mph.
Greg Pickett created consistent hard contact the entire showcase and despite not collecting a hit in today’s action, the Colorado native showed an advanced feel at the plate with a strong understanding of the strike zone.
Matthew Mika is a gamer and plays the game at 100% and collected a line drive single, keeping his weight back on a 77 mph changeup.
Jonah Davis showed off some power in his left-handed bat, driving a ball deep to the left-center field in his final at bat for a standup double.
Jonathan Engelmann showed a nice feel for the barrel of the bat, shooting an outside 90 mph fastball down the right field line for a standup double in his first at bat of the game.
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OF Danny Blair (Bel Air, MD) showed a smooth efficient swing, shifting his weight through contact with good extension and landing softly on his front foot. He showed surprising power from a short smooth line drive swing that generates solid bat speed.
SS Xavier LeGrant (Charlotte, NC) showed the fastest hands on the Orange team, firing them well with precise timing to consistently square up hard line drives back up the middle. While he lacks the present physical strength and approach to hit for significant power, his swing should carry over well into games and allow him to hit for a high average, even against the nation's top pitching prospects.
IF Logan Tolbert (Piedmont, SC) generated good bat speed with his long uppercut swing and is showing the makings of big power. As he begins to fill out his long lean frame he should begin to realize that power potential.
OF Ryan Johnson (College Station, TX) showed why he was considered one of the top hitting prospects in the nation coming into this event. He utilized his strong lower half well and generated plus bat speed from the left side with a long uppercut swing with good separation of halves and tremendous power when he squared the ball up. The highlight of his BP session was a long home run that bounced off of the back wall of the bullpen behind right field.
1B Desmond Lindsay (Bradenton, FL) showed big raw power, and while he's got a few things to iron out mechanically, from a tools standpoint he stood out amongst a group of impressive hitters.
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