2010 National Underclass - 3
Maroon vs. Navy
In an Early afternoon game at Terry Park, Adrian Marin of Team Maroon (Gulliver Prep, 2012, Miami, FL), went 2-4 with a double, two stolen bases, and an RBI. Also helping out Team Maroon was Christopher Leduc (Palatka High School, 2012, East Palatka, FL). Chris was able to show off some of his speed while going 2-3 with a triple and a run scored. Helping pace Team Maroon on the mound was Michael Clemens (The Woodlands High, 2011, Woodland, TX). Michael topped out at 87MPH with his fastball. Michael also has a big breaking Curveball that sits between 73-76 to go along with his fastball. He has an athletic build and uses a low ¾ arm slot.
Team Navy was lead to their seven run outburst by Ramsey Diaz (Gulliver Prep, 2011, Miami, FL) going 3-5 with an RBI, and scoring three runs. Ramsey was able to get in scoring position for other players by showing off his speed and good base running instincts. A couple of the Team Navy pitchers showed off their arms by topping out at 85MPH. Brendan Croce (LaSalle Academy, 2011, Hope, RI) topped out at 85MPH, while sitting at 81-84MPH. Croce was able to keep hitters off balance with his tight slider, and ability to stay in the strike zone. Also helping out the Team Navy pitching staff was Brett Byrum (Rowlett High, 2012, Rowlett, TX)sitting at 82-84 while also topping out at 85MPH. Byrum impressed with his stamina throughout his appearance, and ability to continuously throw strikes.
Team Orange vs Team Red
On a chilly after noon at Terry Park Team Red defeated team Orange in a 2-0 game that was highlighted by a couple of 2012 pitchers in the Showcase.
Team Red sent 2012 RHP Matt Constance (Canton, MI; Plymouth Salem HS) to the mound, Constance has a very projectable build so velocity should increase with some added strength and maturity. His fastball showed good movement and threw it down hill. To go with his fastball he showed good feel for a sharp 10-4 curveball that was consistently in the strike zone. The two pitches helped keep the Orange team off balance in his 3 innings of work that included 6 strike outs.
Opposing Constance was Team Oranges own 2012 in Mitchell Traver (Sugar Land TX; Fort Bend Baptist Academy HS). Traver was very impressive in his three innings, sitting comfortably in the 85-87 range with a smooth easy delivery, a young 2012 showed great mound presence. He had plus command of his fastball and a very deceptive change up that had good sink on it. He also showed a very nice 11-5 curveball with good bite.
Another 2012 that was impressive was Christian Morris (Archer, FL; Williston HS), he sat in the 83-84 range topping at 85 with an arm that works well, his feel for a 69-71 curveball showed during his last two innings.
Not to be out done a few 2011’s from each team showed some good talent on the mound, first for Team Red, John Gorman (Norwood, MA; Catholic Memorial HS), Gorman sat in the 84-86 MPH range with some good arm side run from a clean arm action, he also shows good spin on a 74-75 MPH curveball.
Team Red brought in Jace James to close out the game, the 2011 from Oklahoma City, OK; Putnam City North HS) the strike throwing James sat 83-85 with good life to his fastball, he also showed a good a plus 12-6 curveball with great depth and break.
Though pitchers dominated the game a few hitters did jump out. 2011 Thomas Rivera (Pennsauken, NJ; Pendleton School) the athletic MIF showed good hitting mechanics staying on the ball and showing the ability to go the other way.
Matt Sinclair (2011 Spring TX; Oak Ridge HS) showed some very good bat speed on a short compact swing, he drove a solid single up the middle in his first at bat that was caught by the radar gun at 96 MPH.
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)