People generally think of Florida as a tropical paradise in the winter with sunny skies and beautiful weather, but that was far from the case on Saturday in Fort Myers. With some of the most miserable winter weather Fort Myers has ever seen, the batting practice portion of the showcase moved indoors. With temperatures hovering around 40 degrees all day and a steady rain in the area, the decision was made to finish the rest of the event on Sunday.
The players split apart in to two groups on Saturday morning at the batting cages with the Navy, Orange, Red, Royal, Steel, Teal, Texas Orange and White hitting in one cage.
1B/OF Robert Fonseca (2011, Seton Hall Prep, NJ) showed very good raw hitting tools at the plate with quick hands and good bat speed. He is a strong and physical player at 6’1”, 195 lb and with better balance and leverage in his swing his potential is very high.
While listed as a primary pitcher, it is obvious RHP/3B John Gorman (2011, Catholic Memorial HS, MA) has the physical tools to be a force at the plate as well. He showed some of the best raw power of any player, as he has super quick and strong hands and is able to get the bat through the zone very quickly.
OF Jordan Strittmatter (2011, Lake Brantley HS, FL) is yet another in a long line of talented players that have come out of powerful Lake Brantley HS. At 6’3”, 195 lb Jordan is a good-looking athlete that shows good raw hitting tools highlighted by his quick hands and good bat speed.
OF Bradley Spires (2011, Evans HS, GA) has a simple and easy hitting approach and he showed the ability to stays inside the ball well with his quick hands. At 6’2”, 165 lb Bradley has the type of build that projects to fill out well.
Some other notable players that stood out during the National Underclass batting practice session included:
- RHP/1B Christian Morris (2012, Williston HS, FL)
-OF Quinton Hitchcock (2011, Vanguard HS, FL)
- 1B Jordan Suarez (2011, Chaminade Madonna College HS, FL)
MIF Brian Walker (2010, Highlands Christian HS, FL) had some of the best raw hitting tools of the day with very good present strength and plus bat speed. With some small adjustments in his approach and improved balance the upside is very high for Walker.
SS Omar De la Cruz (2010, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy) was the top switch-hitting prospect on the day with a powerful swing from the right side with good present strength. He was a bit more polished as a left-hander and showed a smooth swing with good balance and leverage. Omar has good bat speed left-handed and his upside is high offensively.
Some other players that stood out during the World Open batting practice session included:
-C Yohan Nunez (2010, Miami Lakes, FL)
-C Daniel Whitecavage (2010, Hopewell HS, NC)
-OF Jose Castellanos (2010, Samuel Gamper HS, NY)
-OF/1B Eric Barbieri (2010, Cherokee HS, NJ)