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2010 WWBA 17u National Championship

 



Diamond Devils Defeat FTB Mizuno 2-1 >>

The Diamond Devils 17U Blue won the largest age group tournament in baseball history Monday afternoon at the East Cobb Complex in Marietta, Georgia, defeating FTB Mizuno 2-1 in the championship game of the World Wood Bat Association 17U National Championship.

 

The South Carolina based Diamond Devils went a perfect 11-0 over the 7 day tournament, which featured 216 teams from across the United States.

 

Most observers anticipated a high scoring final game between two powerful offensive teams but that didn’t come to pass.  Both teams scored a single run in the first inning and had plenty of scoring opportunities the rest of the game, as the Diamond Devils left 9 runners on base and Mizuno left 7, plus had 2 runners thrown out at home plate.

 

RHP Patrick Andrews (2011, Hilton Head Christian HS, SC) was outstanding on the mound for the Diamond Devils, throwing a complete game 7 hitter to get the win.  The 6-3, 180 lb. Andrews works in the 88-91 mph range with his fastball and mixed in a solid low 80’s slider and occasional change up. He had significant help from his defense throughout the contest.

 

The biggest defensive play of the game bailed out Andrews and the Diamond Devils in the top of the 7th inning.  With Mizuno 3B/RHP Dante Bichette on first base and 2 outs, 2B Vincente Conde hit a slicing foul ball down the right field line that RF Tanner English dove for but couldn’t catch while sliding across the foul line.  But English popped up quickly and threw a strike to catcher Brett Austin to nail Bichette at the plate to prevent the go ahead run from scoring.

 

Pinch hitter Austin Gambrell, taking the place of English, who injured his non-throwing arm on the dive the previous inning, doubled to left field to start the bottom of the 7th off Mizuno reliever Blake Mitchell. The speedy English reentered to replace Gambrell.  A walk and a strikeout left put runners on first and second with Diamond Devils 3B Hunter Cole at the plate.

 

Cole didn’t get a chance, though, as English stole third base and came home easily when Mizuno catcher Tyler Marlette’s throw bounced into left field. 

 

 

Andrews, who had gone 1-0 with a 2 inning hold earlier in the championship, was the obvious choice for the event’s Most Valuable Pitcher after his championship game  win.

 

Despite not getting the opportunity to play the hero in the 7th inning, Cole (2011, Dorman HS, Moore, SC) was named the event’s Most Valuable Player.  The U. Georgia commit went 13-27 during the week, hitting 3 home runs, scoring 11 times and driving in 11 runs.  Cole keyed the Diamond Devils comeback from a 4-0 deficit to the New Jersey Super 17’s in the quarterfinals with a home run and 2 run double and drove in the Diamond Devils first inning run in the championship game with a single.

 

 

Two other players deserve special mention as runner ups in the Most Valuable Player consideration.

 

1B/DH Dan Vogelbach (Bishop Verot HS, North Fort Myers, FL) was an offensive force all week for Mizuno, going 13-23 at the plate with 3 home runs, 11 runs scored and 9 Rbi’s.  He hit a home run in the semifinals, quarterfinals and Round of 16 while going 6-7 with 8 Rbi’s in those 3 must win games.

 

OF Shon Carson (2011, Lake City HS, Scranton, SC) of the Diamond Devils finished the week 13-32 (after going 0-6 the first games) and electrified observers with his combination of strength and speed.  Eight of his 13 hits went for extra bases, which kept his stolen base total to “only” 6 bags, and he drove in 12 runs while scoring 10 times.  He was at his best in the playoffs against the best pitching, going 10-17.

1-1 Going to Bottom 7 >>
Diamond Devils RF Tanner English threw out Mizunos Dante Bichette at home to cut off the lead run in the top of the 7th inning.
1-1 Going to the 7th Inning >>
FTB Mizuno has the 3rd, 4th and 5th hitters up in the top of the 7th inning.
1-1, Top of 5th Inning >>
It was FTB Mizuno's turn to work out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the 4th inning.
1-1 Tie After 3 Innings >>
Jarrod Smith enjoyed a quick 1-2-3 inning for FTB Mizuno and the game remains 1-1 entering the 4th inning.  Mizuno cleanup hitter 3B Dante Bichette will be leading off the top of the 4th for Mizuno.
Diamond Devils Escape Jam in 3rd >>
RHP Patrick Andrews worked out of a bases load, no out jam in the top of the third inning, getting RF Jesse Winkler on a swinging strike out and getting 1B Dan Vogelbach to line into a 5-4 double play.  Vogelbach, Mizuno's leading hitter in the tournament, also grounded into a 1-6-3 double play in the first inning.
Second Inning: 1-1 Tie >>
Both pitchers settled down after rocky first innings to post much easier scoreless second innings.  1-1 after 2 full innings.
Championship Game Tied at 1-1 After One >>
The Diamond Devils and FTB Mizuno are tied at 1 after one inning of play in the 17U National Championship title game.

RHP Patrick Andrews is on the mound for the Diamond Devils, while RHP Jarrod Smith is pitching for Mizuno.  Andrews had thrown 4 innings in the tournament thus far while Smith has thrown 3 (each has a 1-0 record), so both should have relatively fresh arms.
Diamond Devils Cruise to 7-1 Semifinal Win >>
DH Brett Austin hit a 2-run home run in the top of the first inning and RHP Taylor Alvarez threw a complete game 3 hitter to lead the Diamond Devils Blue to a 7-1 win over the Mid-Atlantic Rookies and a place in the championship game.

Alvarez was in complete command after getting the early lead.  His own error led to a run in the second inning but he pitched aggressively with an 88 mph fastball that showed good late life.

3B Hunter Cole and CF Shon Carson continued their hot hitting in the playoffs for the Diamond Devils.  Cole, whose home run and double led the Diamond Devils come from behind quarterfinal win against New Jersey Super 17's, went 2-4 and scored 2 runs and is now 7-15 in the playoffs with 2 home runs.  Carson also went 2-4 and drove in a run; he's now 9-14 in the playoffs with 7 Rbi's and 8 runs scored.
FTB Mizuno Offense Explodes in Semifinals >>
FTB Mizuno spotted All American Prospect 5 runs in the top of the first inning but roared back to score the next 15 runs to win by run rule in the semifinals, 15-6.

Mizuno blasted 5 home runs, including 2 by EH Justin Shafer that drove in 5 runs.   3B Dante Bichette hit a grand slam in the second inning to break the game open and DH Dan Vogelbach and C Tyler Marlette each had 3 run home runs.

Vogelbach is now 6-7 with 3 home runs and 8 Rbi's over the last 3 games of the playoffs.
RHP Kyle Davis, San Diego Show >>
2011 RHP Kyle Davis:      San Diego Show/Great Oak HS, Temecula, CA

6-0, 175 lbs.  Threw 5 shutout innings against the South Florida Bandits North, allowed 1 hit/1 walk, struck out 4.   FB 87-89 mph, 71 CB.  Medium athletic frame, solid pitching mechanics, + arm action and arm speed, 12/6 CB flashed plus action, good late life on fastball.  Very good high college prospect.
Hudson Boyd Dominates in Mizuno Victory >>
TFTB Mizuno 2011 RHP Hudson Boyd threw one of the most dominant games of the event, shutting out an outstanding Canes North team in the first round of the playoffs 2-0.

Boyd through a complete game 4 hitter with 1 walk and 9 strikeouts.  He pitched steadily in the 92-94 mph range and was very aggressive with his fastball, especially on the inside part of the plate.

Boyd's effort was almost matched by Canes RHP Austin Chrismon.  Chrismon only allowed 2 hits in 6 innings but was victimized by his infield defense in the Mizuno 2 run 3rd inning.  Chrismon pitched in the 87-90 mph range with a nice curveball/change up combination.
1B Trent Simpson, Excel Blue Wave 16U >>
2013 1B Trent Simpson:     Excel Blue Wave 16U/Oxford (AL) HS

6-2, 200 lbs.  Simpson went 4-4 with 2 doubles and 4 Rbi's in the Blue Wave's 9-8 loss to the East Coast Grays Saturday afternoon.  He has excellent size and strength for a 2013 and shows obvious power potential.  Simpson is the younger brother of top 2012 RHP prospect Tucker Simpson, who plays for the East Cobb Astros.
RHP Demetrus Ingram >>
2011 RHP Demetrus Ingram:        South Charlotte Panthers/Stanley HS, Oakboro, NC

5-8, 180 lbs.   FB 90-93 mph, CB 75-78 mph.  Electric arm with late FB life, sharp breaking ball, ball comes out easy, drops down sidearm without velo loss, usually mid 3/4's, pretty clean out front, size obvious factor but some kind of arm strength.
RHP Kyle Rubbinaccio, Baseball U Prospects >>
2011 RHP Kyle Rubbinaccio:      Baseball U Prospects/Manalapan (NJ) HS

6-3, 190 lbs.  Threw 5 innings in complete game run rule win, 4 hits, 7 K's.  FB 84-87 mph, 73 mph CB, 75 mph Chg.   High 3/4's arm slot, very good curveball, showed command of 3 pitches, good size and projection.
Gigeous Pitches Sparks over Warriors >>
2012 RHP Henry Gigeous (Jacobs HS, Algonquin, IL) of the Illinois Sparks-Maytas threw 5 shutout innings, allow 2 hits while striking out 9 hitters, to lead the Illinois Sparks-Maytas to a 3-1 win over EJ Warriors in the first round of the playoffs Saturday night.

The 6-3, 180 lb righty pitched in the 86-90 mph range and showed good feel for 3 secondary pitches.   He had tight spin on a 70 mph curveball, cut his fastball in the upper 70's and dropped in a couple of change ups.
LHP Cole Irvin, Canes North >>
2012 LHP Cole Irvin:      Canes North/Servite HS, Anaheim, CA

6-3, 180 lbs.  Threw 2 shutout innings against DBat 16U, striking out 3 hitters.  85-88 mph FB, 72 mph CB, 77-79 mph Chg.  Good frame, very projectable, 3/4's release, good athlete off the mound, good run on FB, works ahead in counts, uses the corners, nice deception/arm speed on changeup, only threw 1 CB.
RHP Adrian Houser, Dallas Yankees >>
2011 RHP Adrian Houser:      Dallas Yankees/Locust Grove (OK) HS

6-2 180 lbs.  Threw 4 1/3 innings in the Yankees 6-1 playoff loss to NorCal East.  FB 89-94 mph, CB 75-78 mph, 77-79 mph Chg.  Good frame, 3/4's release, CB has good break, FB has arm side run, locates CB and works down in zone, throws plenty of CB's, tends to work deep into counts, fields position well, rare change up, obvious arm strength.  

Houser was 85-89 mph last year at the PG South Underclass Showcase last fall.
LHP Jared Brown, Homeplate Chilidogs 17U >>
2011 LHP Jared Brown:     Homeplate Chilidogs 17U/Salem HS, Conyers, GA

6-1, 175 lbs.  Brown threw 3 no-hit innings Saturday against the Hoosier Express, striking out 6 hitters.  FB 85-89 mph, CB 72-75 mph, 72 Chg.   Athletic build, short arm action, mid 3/4's, + looseness, CB is sharp at times, smooth mechanics, ball comes out well, + command, pounds the strike zone, has an idea how to pitch.
Thurber Advances CDC to Second Round >>
RHP Taylor Thurber (2011, Lake Norman HS, Mooresville, NC) pitched the CDC Diamond Rats Army into the second round of the playoffs, throwing a complete game 4 hitter to defeat the Shaumburg Warriors 5-3.

Thurber threw 4 pitches for strikes and got stronger as the game progressed, hitting his top velocity of 88 mph frequently in the 6th and 7th innings.  He threw both a 70 mph curveball and 78 mph slurve effectively while striking out 6 hitters.

CBC leadoff hitter 2B Cody Strickland reached base all 4 times he reached the plate and scored twice while driving in a run.
Morrison Pitches O's Over Sun Devils >>
RHP Preston Morrison (2011, Cuthbertson HS, Waxhaw, SC) of the On Deck O's Black outpitched Texas SunDevils RHP Trae Davis (2010, Mexia (TX) HS) in leading the O's to a 2-1 playoff victory.  Morrison was consisently 10-12 mph slower on his fastball than the hard throwing Davis (who topped out at 94 mph) but combined excellent movement from his low 3/4's release point with a nice slider and change up to keep the SunDevil hitters off balance.  The O's brought in their own hard thrower, RHP Chris McCue (2011, Kell HS, Charlotte, NC) to close the game in the 7th with his 91-93 mph fastball.
Mobley Slams Excel Wave Over Virginia >>
OF Drue Mobley (2011, Madison (AL) Academy) hit a walkoff grand slam in the first extra inning to give the Excel Blue Wave a 5-2 playoff win over the Virginia Diamonds. 

The game was 1-1 after the regulation 7 innings, as Excel RHP Justin Camp and Virginia LHP Jarred Lyons were outstanding on the mound for their respective teams. 
Carson Leads Diamond Devils Past OK Drillers >>
OF Shon Carson (see numerous previous blogs) led the Diamond Devils past the OK Drillers 5-3 in a hard fought playoff game Saturday night at the Complex. 

Facing top prospect RHP Mason Hope of the Drillers, Carson went 2-2 with 2 triples and a walk, 2 stolen bases and scored 3 runs.  With the Diamond Devils down 3-2 entering the bottom of the 6th (and last) inning, Carson led off the inning with a walk, then stole both second and third before scoring the tying run on a single by DH Kevin White.  A sacrifice flyi by SS Gunnar Heidt and a double by LF Reed Moman accounted for the next 2 runs.

Homeplate Shuts Marucci Out of the Playoffs 3-0 >>
Three Homeplate Chilidogs pitchers combined on a 5 hit shutout to eliminate Marucci Elite from the playoffs Saturday night by a score of 3-0.  

RHP Kevin Werner started the game with 4 shutout innings but was lifted after the first 2 hitters in the reached base.  LHP Morgan Pittman came into strike out the side on curveballs to end the threat and also pitched a scoreless 6th innings.  RHP Aaron Warren came in to get the save with a scoreless 7th.

The Chiliddogs scored 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning, all with 2 out, to account for all the scoring in the game.  SS Alex Hand, who has had a very strong tournament for Homeplate, drove in the first run with a double before 3B D.J. Hill drove in 2 more runs with a single.

RHP Aaron Nola threw an outstanding game for Marucci, throwing all 7 innings while pitching in the 88-91 mph range with a mid 70's curveball and very advanced upper 70's change up.
New Jersey Super 17's Eliminate Scorpions 7-4 >>
The New Jersey Super 17's jumped on Aflac All-American RHP Michael Kelly of the Orlando Scorpions for 5 runs in the 4th inning anc cruised to a 7-4 playoff win Saturday night.

Kelly open the contest with 3 shutout innings, allowing only 1 hit, while pitching in the 90-95 mph range.  New Jersey jumped on him the second time around the order, however, as the first 6 hitters in the 4th inning reached base, 5 of them on hits.  LF Alex Mottle had the big hit for the Super 17's, clearing the bases with an opposite field double that accouted for 3 runs.  EH Scott Carchise also had a double in the inning and finished the game 3-3 with 2 doubles and an Rbi.

LHP Jake Winston picked up the win out of the bullpen for New Jersey, throwing 2 2/3 scoreless innings, topping out at 85 mph with an excellent change up.
Marucci's 11 run inning Ousts South Bergen >>
Marucci Elite scored 11 runs in the 4th inning to break open a close game and eliminate the South Bergen Mets from the playoffs 14-5.

The inning started innocently enough with a hit batter and a pop up but 6 of the next 7 hitters knocked out hits, including doubles by 1B Connor Smith, EH Alex Guitreau and CF Mason Robbins.  Robbins ended up the game with 2 hits to go along with 2 runs and 2 Rbi's, while Guitreau went 2-3 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored.

6-5, 185 lb RHP Chris Ellis threw 5 innings in the run rule shortened game, working in the mid to upper 80's with a mid-70's curveball.
Excel Blue Wave Shutout Dallas Patriots 3-0 >>
RHP Grant Bennett threw a 4 hit shutout and the Excel Blue Wave scored 3 runs in the top of the 7th inning to advance to the Round of 16.

Bennett didn't walk a hitter and struck out 10 Patriots while never allowing more than one baserunner in an inning.  Bennett worked in the 85-88 mph range and used a 12/6 downer curveball as his out pitch.

RHP Ryan McCarthy threw 5 shutout innings for the Patriots but the Blue Wave took advantage of wildness in the Dallas bullpen to score their 3 runs without getting a hit.  4 walks, a hit batter and an infield error made up the rally.
Diamond Devils Bounce Short Staffed Team Alabama >>
Team Alabama 16U went a very impressive 5-0 during pool play and had numerous players stand out as top level prospects, including CF/RHP Jameis Winston, SS Nick Masonia and RHP Jackson Stephens.  The team entered the playoffs with a tired pitching staff, though, and the Diamond Devils took advantage of it, routing the youngsters 24-0 in the first round of the playoffs.

2B Joey Pankake (2011, Easley HS, SC) hit 2 home runs, drove in 5 runs and scored 4 to lead the Diamond Devils efforts.  CF Shon Carson (2011, Lake City HS, SC) also hit a home run, going 3-3 with 3 runs scored and 3 Rbi's.  Altogether the Diamond Devils collected 15 hits and every player in the lineup scored at least 2 runs.
Lauricella Leads Syracuse Braves Red >>
RHP Zach Lauricella (2011, Clarence HS, NY) pitched and hit the Syracuse Sports Zone Braves Red to a 9-0 win over the New Jersey Marlins in the first round of the playoffs Saturday evening. 

Lauricella threw a complete game 3 hit shutout in the 5 inning run rule shortened game.  He struck out 5 hitters while walking 2 and pitched in the 81-84 mph range with a mid 70's breaking ball.  At the plate, the 6-0, 185 lb right handed hitter went 3-3 with a double and triple and drove home 2 runs.

Syracuse leadoff hitter Mike Parsons, who had a 4 hit game during pool play, went 3-3 with a walk and drove home 3 runs.
RHP Riley Ferrell, Houston Heat Silver >>
2012 RHP Riley Ferrell:    Houston Heat Silver/A&M Consolidated HS, College Station, TX

6-2, 195 lbs.  Threw 3 innings Saturday morning, allowing 1 hit and striking out 3 hitters.  88-91 mph FB, 77-79 mph CB, 80  mph Chg.  Big strong kid, 3/4's release, arm works well, good balance, extra high leg raise, mechanics work, projects velocity, tight spin and tilt on CB/SL, FB sings, good arm speed on change. 
RHP Alex Massey, Marucci Elite >>
2011 RHP Alex Massey:     Marucci Elite/Catholic HS, Baton Rouge, LA

6-2 160 lbs.   Threw 4 innings against the East Cobb Patriots, allowing 3 hits and striking out 9.  FB 87-89 mph, 74 CB.  Good body, projectable build, live arm, good mechanics, balanced, gets downhill, CB has good shape and throws it for strikes, challenges hitters, good arm stroke.
RHP Mike Hennessey, Orlando Scorpions 17U Black >>
2011 RHP Mike Hennessey:      Orlando Scorpions 17U Black/Olympia

5-11, 175 lbs.  Threw 6 shutout innings Saturday, allowing 4 hits and striking out 11.  FB 82-85 mph, 75 SL.  Sidearm delivery, smart pitcher, good location, plenty of movement on FB, works the outside corner most of the time, hits the corners, keeps hitters guessing, great pickoff move/no running game on him.
Orioles Scout Team shuts out Midland Braves >>
Gm # 542 | 7/10/2010 | 3:00 PM Orioles Scout Team vs. Midland Braves

4 pitchers combined on a 3 hit shutout for the Orioles ScoutTeam.  Shawn Morimando(2011 –Virginia Beach, VA), Evan Perez(2011 - Moreno Valley, CA), Matt Lees(2011 –Richmond, VA), and Sean Pico(2012 – Glen Allen, VA).  Morimando sat in the 84-87 MPH range with his fastball andshowed a live loose arm.  He alsothrew a sharp 1/7 CB for strikes.

 

Ryan Burr(2012 – Highlands Ranch, CO) looked good in hisfirst game action in 2 ½ months. He was on a 20 pitch limit today and sat in the 85-87 MPH range.  He projects well and will be a good armin the 2012 class.

Russo, Rosadino have big game for All Star >>
Gm # 496 | 7/10/2010 | 11:30 AM All Star Baseball Academy 17U vs. North East Rays

Andrew Russo(2011 – West Chester, PA) and Shea Rosadino(2011– Devon, PA) each had big games for All Star Baseball Academy 17U.  Russo went 2-4 with a double and 5RBI.  He showed good bat speed atthe plate and squared the ball up well. Rosadino was 3-3 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, and 2 RBI.  He made consistent solid contact andshowed the ability to pull the ball.

 

Christian Sleeper(2011 – Arlington, MA) swung the bat wellfor the North East Rays.  He went2-4 with a run and 3 RBI.  Heshowed a nice line drive swing path and drove in runs when there were RBIopportunities.

Heat, Gothams end in tie >>
Gm # 469 | 7/10/2010 | 9:00 AM NY Gothams vs. Houston Heat - Silver

The Houston Heat and New York Gothams finished in a tie atAlpharetta Legion Field.  The Heattook the early 4-0 lead and could not hold on to it.  The Heat trotted out 4 pitchers who all were 6-2 or tallerand all topped out at 87 MPH or higher. Bryan Brickhouse(2011 – The Woodlands, TX) was most impressive strikingout 2 of the 3 hitters he faced while sitting at 90-92 with a tight sharpslider.  Riley Ferrell(2012 –College Station, TX) was also impressive showing an 88-91 MPH fastball withprojectable stuff. 

 

Aflac All-American Daniel Mengden (2011 – Houston, TX) had agood day at the plate going 2-3 with 2 RBI.  He keeps his hands inside the ball well and showed very goodbat speed.

 

The Gothams Nestor Bautista(2010, New York, NY) was verygood in relief.  He pitched 2innings allowing 0 hits, 0 runs with 1 strikeout and 1 walk.  He sat at 83-85 MPH with his fastballand threw strikes. 

Trey Williams Blasts 3 Home Runs >>
2012 3B Trey Williams (Valencia HS, Saugus, CA) of the San Diego Show hit home runs in his first three at bats Saturday morning on Field 2 at the East Cobb Complex in the Show's 17-0 run rule victory over the Heat Showcase.  Williams, a 6-1, 210 lb right handed hitter and one of the best hitting prospects in the country, connected off low 80's fastballs each time to the plate and drove in 6 runs total.  He grounded out to third base in his final trip to the plate.

Williams is the son of former Big League 1B/3B Eddie Williams, the 4th overall pick in the 1983 draft.
C Kyler Deese, Excel Blue Sox 16U >>
2012 C Kyler Deese:      Excel Blue Sox 16U/Auburn HS, Auburn, AL

5-8-155, L/R.  "LHH'er, open stance, line drive swing path, smooth swing, good extension.  + arm at catcher, quick release, great actions behind the plate! handled multiple upper 80's pitchers with no problem"
2011 OF Shon Carson, Diamond Devils 17U Blue >>
The 5-9, 185 lb Carson (Lake City (SC) HS) is ranked as the #57 best running back in the country by Rivals.com and rushed for 2,146 yards and 33 touchdowns as a junior, pushing his career rushing total over 5,000 yards.  He's been offered by most of the top football programs in the Southeast.

Carson could well be a better baseball prospect than football prospect, though.  He stood out at the PG National Showcase last month and is certainly one of the fast players in the country, having run a 4.37 40 for football and a 6.35 60 at Tropicana.  He is enormously strong as well and has hitting skills not usually found in high level football players.  Carson hit an opposite field 3-run home run yesterday that the PG scout estimated at 380 feet and also flew out to the base of the centerfield fence.
RHP/OF Joe Perricone, Longshots Baseball. >>
2011 RHP/OF Joe Perricone:     Longshots Baseball/Hersey HS, Mt. Prospect, IL

6-2, 180 lbs.  Threw 4 innings of 1 run baseball in the Longshots 1-0 loss to All American Prospects Friday afternoon.  89-92 mph FB, 72-74 mph SL, 80-82 mph Chg.  Live loose arm, 3/4's release, simple delivery, explosive fastball, good running life, tends to drop release point on CB, very poised and composed on the mound.


Perricone is listed as a primary OF'er on the Longshots roster and hit fifth in the lineup.  He's not listed in the PG 2011 class rankings but will be shortly!
RHP Craig Missigman, 2011 CBC Diamond Rats Army >>
2011 RHP Craig Missigman:      2011 CBC Diamond Rats Army/Olympic HS, Charlotte, NC

6-3, 160 lbs.  Threw 6 innings in a 7-4 win against the Syracuse Sports Zone, allowing only 3 hits and striking out 6.  86-88 mph FB, 70 mph CB.  Long arm action, good arm speed, arm works well, balanced delivery, projectable build and velocity, 11/5 CB, OK spin on CB, throws it for strikes, struggled with command early but settled in well, made adjustments.
SS Matt Dean, Dallas Yankees >>
2011 SS Matt Dean:    Dallas Yankees/The Colony HS, Highland Village, TX

6-2, 190 lbs, R/R, Aflac All-American.  Dean went 1-4 in the Yankees 10-0 win over Team Elite Black on Friday night, hitting in the #3 hole.  His one hit was a gigantic home run that was still being talked about Satruday morning.   Game Notes:  Good size, quick bat, solid contact, balanced approach, + power, aggressive swing but still in control, good arm, quick hands defensively, smooth in the infield.

Dean is also one of the many standout football players among the top baseball prospects in the 2011 class.  He was named his district's Offensive Player of the Year last fall in a 5A district in Texas, no small accomplishment in the football crazed Dallas area.
LHP Carter Smith, St. Louis Gamers Blue >>
LHP Carter Smith (2011, 6-3, 180 lbs, Westminster HS, St. Louis, MO) picked up the win Friday night in the Gamers 8-6 win over the Homeplate Chilidawgs 17U on Field 1 at the Complex.  Smith threw 5 innings, allowing 2 hits while striking out 6.  The PG scout notes on Smith read "Athletic body, smooth delivery from a high 3/4's slot, CB has depth and 1/7 break.  Good hand speed on change.  Mound presence is very good, stays poised, uses both halves of the plate well, savvy lefty.  FB 78-80, CB 72, Chg 69."

Aside from his pitching ability, the notable thing about Smith is that he doesn't have a right hand and throws with a smoothness and style that would make former big league southpaw Jim Abbott proud.
Diamond Devils SS Flashes the Leather >>
Diamond Devils 17U Black shortstop Billy Motroni (2011, 6-1, 165 lbs, R/R, Stratford HS, Goose Creek, SC) has been "wowing" the Perfect Game scouts all week with his defense.  Notes from the Diamond Devils game yesterday included "Wow, bare handed high hopper to get a 4.28 runner.  Made plus play behind the bag.  Smooth actions on routine plays, strong arm.  4.44 Home to 1B."

Motroni also hits third  in the DD's batting order.
Cecchini Remains on Fire for the SunDevils >>
We blogged yesterday about 2012 SS Gavin Cecchini going 3-3 for the Texas SunDevils.  Yesterday afternoon at Kell field the SunDevils cleanup hitter upped it by one, going 4-4 in Texas' 8-6 win over the East Tennessee Padres that clinched a pool win. 

SunDevils DH/RHP Trae Davis continued his hot hitting, going 2-3 with a was and scoring 2 runs.  Davis is the SunDevils likely starting pitcher for the first round of the playoffs.
Maryland Cavaliers battle their way to tie >>
Gm # 447 | 7/9/2010 | 4:30 PM Maryland Cavaliers vs. FTB Mizuno
The Maryland Cavaliers battled for one run in the bottom of the sixth inning to force a tie vs. FTB Mizuno.  FTB pitchers combined for 10 walks, 4 of which came around to score.  Sean Miller(2012 - Crofton, MD) led the way for the Cavaliers going 2-3 with a run and an RBI.  He found holes in the FTB defense and threw the barrel to the baseball.  Cavaliers starting pitcher Ryan Wagner(2012 - Crofton, MD) kept FTB hitters off balance mixing his 76-78 MPH fastball along with a breaking ball and change up for strikes. 

FTB got on the board late with home runs from Jake Junis(2011 - Rock Falls, IL) and Vicente Conde(2011 - Oviedo, FL).  Junis hit an absolute laser to left field in the top of the 5th to tie the game at 3.  Conde also hit his home run in the top of the 6th to put FTB ahead.  Top to bottom FTB has prospects who can really swing the bat and they should contend come playoff time.
Mavericks 17U Orange top South Bergen Mets >>

The Mavericks 17U Orange defeated the South Bergen Mets by ascore of 10-5.  They were led byRanz Bodison(2011 – Mauldin, SC) and Cody Spence(2011 – BHP, SC).  Bodison was 2-3 with 2 runs and 2RBI.  He has a good line driveswing and made solid middle of the field contact.  Spence went 2-4 with 2 doubles, a run, and a RBI.  He has some strength in his swing andhit the ball hard all day.

 

Mets pitchers Rock Rucker(2012 – Marrieta, GA) and NickJones(2011 – Woodstock, GA) showed good arm strength on the mound topping outat 85 and 87 respectively.  Ruckeris a big 6-5/205 lb projectable player who could end up throwing very hardsomeday.  He has a low effort deliveryand a loose arm.  Jones has more ofa deceptive delivery and gets armside run on his fastball.

Ruiz awesome in relief for ABD >>
Gm # 376 | 7/9/2010 | 11:30 AM North Cubs 17u vs. ABD Bulldogs

Rio Ruiz(2012 – Covina, CA) was great in relief for the ABDBulldogs.  He went 3 innings,allowed 1 hit, no runs, with 6 strikeouts and a hit batsman.  His fastball was steady at 90-93MPH.  Ruiz has a loose fast arm andthe ball jumps out of his hand.  Heshowed some feel for a 73 MPH CB and a developing 78 MPH CH.  He also had a very good day at theplate going 2-3 with a double and a RBI. He showed a smooth swing from the left side with good bat speed.  He is a legit two-way guy and one ofthe top players in the 2012 class.

 

Max Homick(2011 – San Diego, CA) also had a very good day atthe plate.  He was 2-3 with 2doubles, a run, and 4 RBI.  He hasa good swing and has a knack for getting the barrel to the baseball.  Rouric Bridgewater(2011 – Pomona, CA)was also 2-3 with a run and RBI for ABD.

 

Michael Taylor(2012 – Urbanna, VA) looked very good on themound for the North Cubs.  The tall6-6/200 lb projectable right hander was steady in the 87-90 MPH range with hisfastball all game.  He pitches witha good down plane with occasional armside run on his fastball.  Taylor also showed sharp break and feelfor his breaking ball.  His arm isloose and works well.  Taylor is asolid pitching prospect in the 2012 class.

 

Chad Funkhouser had a real good game for the Cubs going 3-3with a run.  He put a good swing ona Ruiz fastball for a line drive up the middle in the 7thinning.  AJ Farris(2011 –Lawrenceville, GA) showed good bat speed and juice on his triple off the centerfield fence.  It looks easy when heruns the bases and he can move quickly!

Rentz Shuts Out CBC >>
Gm # 349 | 7/9/2010 | 9:00 AM Strike Zone 17u vs. 2011 CBC Diamond Rats Navy

Dalton Rentz(2012 – Moblie, AL) threw a 3 hit shutout forStrike Zone 17U.  The 6-4/178 lbright hander was steady at 79-82 and touched 85 MPH once with hisfastball.  He has a goodprojectable build and his arm works too. Rentz threw his slider for strikes and it has some tilt to it. 

 

At the plate, Mike White(2012 – Hoover, AL) led the way forStrike Zone.  He was 3-3 at theplate with a double and a run.  Heshowed a nice short swing path to the ball and really squared the ball uptoday.  He also showed bat speed.

 

CF Dakota Smith, Mac-N-Seitz Indiana >>
We blogged earlier in the tournament about Mac-N-Seitz Indians centerfielder Dakota Smith.  Smith had another big game on Thursday night as the Indians defeated the East Cobb Blue Jays 11-2.   Smith went 2-2 with a walk, hit by pitch, an Rbi double to right field and a 3 run home run to left field.  Smith's teammate, SS Austin Fisher, also continued his hot hitting with 3 hits and 3 runs scored.
RHP Stephen Brooks, Richmond Braves National 2011 >>
2012 RHP Stephen Brooks:      Richmond Braves National 2011/Deep Run HS, Glen Allen, VA

6-0, 180 lbs.  Threw 5 1/3 innings of 1 hit shutout ball against the East Cobb Rangers, striking out 5 hitters.  85-88 mph FB, 75 mph CB, 77 mph Chg.  Good arm speed, effortless delivery, tight late break on CB, shows command of CB, 3/4's slot, good frame, focused on the mound.

Brooks also hit #5 in the Richmond lineup.
Weir Strikes Out 14 in No-Hitter >>
2011 LHP Beau Weir of LIDS Indiana Bulls struck out 14 hitters in a 7 inning no-hitter this morning against the PA Redhawks at North Cobb Christian HS.  The Bulls won 7-0.

The 6-3, 210 lb Weir (Western HS, Russiaville, IN) was between 83 and 87 mph with his fastball with a low 70's curveball.  Weir throws from a low effort delivery with a loose, easy release and maintained his velo through the entire game.  He walked 2 and hit 1 and retired 14 straight hitters at one point.
SS A.J. Cole, Excel Blue Wave >>
2011 SS A.J. Cole:    Excel Blue Wave/Huntsville (AL) HS

6-2, 195 lbs, RHH.  Blasted a grand slam in the Blue Wave's 5-4 win over the Florida Diamond Pros, estimated at 400 ft by the PG scout at the field.  Very good hitting approach, plus bat speed, hustling type player.  Cole has hit well all tournament hitting in the #2 hole in the Excel line up.

Blue Wave XH Ted Wilkinson followed Cole's grand slam with a solo home run to give the team their 5th run.

RHP Michael Jordan, San Diego Show >>
2011 RHP Michael Jordan:       San Diego Show/Murrieta Valley HS, Murrieta, CA

6-1, 200 lbs.  Threw 3 innings Friday afternoon, allowing 2 hits while striking out 6.  FB 87-90 mph, 77 SL, 70 CB, 76 Chg.  Medium build, long arm action, high 3/4's release, works from the stretch, good balance in delivery, some effort on release.  SL pretty sharp at times, much better breaking ball than CB.  Wears #11
RHP Taylore Cherry, Midland Braves >>
2012 RHP Taylore Cherry:      Midland Braves/Vandalia Butler HS, Dayton, OH

6-9, 260 lbs.  Through 5 shutout innings before tiring in a 2-2 tie with the Georgia Hurricanes this morning.  86-90 mph FB, 74-77 mph CB, 70 mph Chg.  Mechanics are surprisingly good for his size, very good life on fastball, good command for the most part, still getting feel for change up.
OF Dylan Dillard, Orlando Scorpions Black >>
2011 OF Dylan Dillard:    Orlando Scorpions Black/Osceola HS, Kissimmee, FL

6-1 185 lbs, RHH'er.   Athletic build, good present strength, projectable body, good power potential, smooth swing, ball jumps off his bat hard, 2 doubles off the top of the fence.
Diamond Devils Bullpen Airs It Out >>
2011 RHP Patrick Andrews (6-3, 180 lbs, Hilton Head Christian HS< SC):  88-91 mph, 82 SL, easy effort, good FB life, polished repeatable delivery.  2 innings, 2 hits

2011 RHP Alex Pridemore (6-1, 160 lbs, Union County, SC):  86-89 mph, 72 CB.  Nice delivery, 3/4's slot, compact arm action, good power to fastball.  2 innings, 2 hits, 4 K's
RHP Jonathan Holder, Marucci Elite 16's >>
2011 RHP Jonathan Holder:    Marucci Elite 16's/Gulfport (MS) HS

6-3, 215 lbs.  Threw 5 innings of 4 hit shutout ball Friday morning against the Miami Snappers, walking no one and striking out 4.  86-89 mph FB, 70-72 mph CB, 78 mph Chg.  Deceptive high 3/4's delivery, sneaky quick FB, good hard break to CB, uses change up as out pitch, 3 solid offerings.
C/RHP Daniel Mengden, Houston Heat Silver >>
2011 C/RHP Daniel Mengden:    Houston Heat Silver/Westside, HS, Houston, TX

6-2, 195 lbs.  Mengden was selected to the Aflac All-American team as a catcher but with full awareness that he has plenty of talent on the mound as well.  He threw 5 innings Friday morning against the Allegheny Tigers, allowing 3 hits and 1 run.  His fastball was in the 90-93 mph range with a 72 mph curveball and 76 mph change up.  Expect him to take the mound for an inning in San Diego in the Aflac game as well as playing behind the plate.
RHP Luke Weaver, Chet Lemon's Juice >>
2011 RHP Luke Weaver:    Chet Lemon's Juice/Deland (FL) HS

6-2, 170 lbs.  Complete game 2 hitter Thursday night against Batters Up Ozone.  87-91 mph FB, 70-72 mph CB, 75 mph Chg.  Long slow paced dlivery with high leg raise, cuts FB frequently, loose easy arm, commands all pitches well.
Four Hit Leadoff Duo >>
A couple of leadoff hitters picked up four hits to lead their teams.

SS Mike Parsons (2011, Liverpool (NY) HS) went 4-4 to lead the Syracuse Sports Zone Braves Red to a 9-1 win over the South Florida Bandits West.  He singled in the first, third, fifth and sixth innings and scored 3 runs.

2B Zac Storm (2012, North Laurel HS, KY) also went 4-4 as Kentucky Baseball Club 17U beat the Chattanooga Cubs 10-1.  Storm had a single in the first inning, a run scoring double in the second inning, a run scoring single in the third innings and drove in 3 runs with another double in the fifth inning.  He scored 2 runs in addition to his 5 Rbi's
RHP Kevin Comer, New Jersey Super 17's >>
2011 RHP Kevin Comer:      New Jersey Super 17's/Seneca HS, Shamong, NY

6-4, 210 lbs.  Threw 4 no hit innings against the Connecticut Bombers Friday morning, striking out 6.  87-90 mph FB, 78 mph SL.  Athletic body, smooth delivery from 3/4's slot, good life on FB at times, primary FB pitcher, works quickly, flashed SL spin in between innings but not in limited game use.
RHP/SS Adam Ravenelle, NE Ruffnecks 17U >>
2011 RHP/SS Adam Ravenelle:     NE Ruffnecks 17U/Lincoln-Sudbury HS, Subury, MA

6-3, 185 lbs.  Threw 6 innings against Houston Kyle Chapman, allowing 3 runs.  FB 84-89 mph, CB 71-75 mph.  Low 3/4's to sidearm release point, fast paced busy delivery, lands closed, inconsistent release point, very good velocity for release point, big breaking slider.
RHP Ryan Meyer, Orlando Scorpions 17U Purple >>
2011 RHP Ryan Meyer:       Orlando Scorpions 17U Purple/Oviedo HS, FL

6-5, 190 lbs.  Threw 2 scoreless innings Thursday evening, 0 hits/0 runs.  87-89 mph FB, 81 mph cutter, 69 mph CB.  Mid to low 3/4's  release, live arm and FB, controlled delivery, working on cutter, flashes solid cutter life, primary FB pitcher.  Was up to 91 mph at the PG National Showcase.
RHP Fernando Pena, Houston Banditos >>
2011 RHP Fernando Pena:      Houston Banditos/Morton Ranch HS, Katy, TX

6-3, 170 lbs.  2 2/3 hitless innings against the South Bergan Mets on Thursday.   FB 86-91 mph, 71-74 mph CB, 80 mph Chg.  Tall athletic build, 3/4's release, long 2 piece arm action, fast arm, tight sweeping breaking ball, gets under CB occ, couple of CB's nasty also,, good tail to FB at times, inconsistent FB velo, Chg flashes good life.  High ceiling to develop when delivery/release is more consistent.
OF Nick Williams, Houston Banditos >>
2012 OF Nick Williams:        Houston Banditos/Galveston Ball HS, TX

6-3, 195, L/L.    Went 3-3 with a home run in a 9-8 loss to the South Bergan Mets.  Premium athlete, 96 mph off the bat on a LD single, + range in the OF, makes things look easy.  Father Robert played in the NFL for 7 years as a defensive back and was a member of the 1992 and 1993 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl teams.
Dirtbags RHP Pitching Prospects >>
The Dirtbags ran out three quality 2011 right handed pitchers Gladiators Prospects yesterday afternoon. 

RHP Jason Creasy (6-4, 180 lbs, Clayton HS, NC):  86-91 mph FB, 71-74 CB, 4 innings, 0 BB's, 5 K's
RHP Logan Jernigan (6-2, 180 lbs, South Johnston HS, NC):  86-89 mph FB, 68 CB
RHP Adam Griffin (6-1, 190 lbs, Forsyth County HS, NC):  87-91 mph FB, 75 CB

RHP Pat Connaughton, East Coast Grays >>
2011 RHP Pat Connaughton:      East Coast Grays North/St. John's Prep, Arlington, MA

6-5, 190 lbs.  Connaughton threw 5 1/3 inning yesterday against the Florida Diamond Pros, allowing 3 hits and 3 runs.  88-91 mph FB, 70 mph CB, 72 mph Chg.  Tall and lean, super low 3/4's release point, polished clean delivery, some cross body, not consistent with landing position, limited lower half in delivery, occ drops even lower on CB, throws strikes, off speed still developing.

Connaughton is an outstanding basketball player with DI potential and averaged 23 points and 17 rebounds a game as a junior.
Aflac All-Americans in Marietta >>
There are 12 members of the 2010 Aflac All-American team competing in Marietta this week at the 17U National Championships.  The number would be significantly higher if it weren't for the fact that many of the Aflac players were selected for the USA Baseball 18U National Team and are currently with that team instead of with their summer teams this week.

East

IF Javier Baez (East Cobb Braves 17's)
RHP Tyler Beede (Canes North)
OF/LHP Jake Cave (Canes North)
C Cameron Gallagher (Mid-Atlantic Rookies)
RHP Michael Kelley (Orlando Scorpions Purple)
C Tyler Marlette (FTB Mizuno)
SS Austin Slater (Orlando Scorpions Purple)
IF Josh Tobias (Canes North)
3B Sean Trent (Orlando Scorpions Purple)

West

SS Matthew Dean (Dallas Yankees)
IF Travis Harrison (ABD Bulldogs)
C/RHP Daniel Mengden (Houston Heat)


For the complete Aflac Rosters, please go to:    http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=4889
C Tyler Marlette, FTB Mizuno >>
2011 C Tyler Marlette:       FTB Mizuno/Hagarty HS, Oviedo, FL

5-11, 195 lb, RHH.   Marlette had a double and triple in Mizuno's first win this week and hit an absolute bomb to the opposite field on Field 3 at the Complex yesterday.  Marlette has obvious bat speed and power in his tightly wound frame and is one of the best defensive catchers in the 2011 class.   He has been selected to the 2010 Aflac All-American Team.
RHP Reggie McClain, Team Georgia Baseball Academy >>
2011 RHP Reggie McClain:     Team Georgia Baseball Academy/Northview HS, Johns Creek, GA

6-2, 185.   Threw a 5 innings shutout against the Northeast Rays, allowing only 1 hit.  87-90 mph FB, 75 mph CB.  Lanky build, loose actions, long extended arm action and 3/4's release, fills up the strike zone, plus movement on FB, nice bite on curveball.

McClain threw very well at the PG National Showcase last month, then struck out 13 hitters in a start at last week's 18U National Championship.
SS Gavin Cecchini, Texas SunDevils >>
2012 SS Gavin Cecchini:       Texas SunDevils/Barbe HS, Lake Charles, LA

6-1, 170 lbs.  Cecchini went 3-3 with a run scored, Rbi and double in the SunDevils 4-1 win over the Richmond Braves 2012's.  The rising junior hits cleanup in the Texas lineup and also hit cleanup for the SunDevils in the 18U National Championship last week, where they finished in 3rd place in the 192 team tournament./
Team Alabama 16U Books Playoff Slot >>
Team Alabama 16U has clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 4-0 record in Pool DD.  The team has been attracting plenty of attention from scouts and coaches this week and have a young and very athletic roster.  Their CF/RHP Jameis Winston is one of the best athletes at the event and is regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in the 2012 football class as well.
Diamond Devils Blue First Team to Clinch >>
The Diamond Devils Blue is the first team to clinch a playoff berth by virtue of their 4-0 mark in Pool CC. 
RHP Jerrick Suiter, LIDS Indiana Bulls >>
2011 RHP Jerrick Suiter:       LIDS Indiana Bulls/Valparaiso (IN) HS

6-3, 195 lbs.  Threw 2 1/3 innings against the Virginia Cardinals, 0 hits, 0 runs, 4 K's, to get the save in a 3-1 victory.  FB 88-92 mph, 72-74 mph SL.  Big strong build, fluid mechanics, limited feel for off speed at present, gets under CB frequently, ball leaves his hand easily on FB, pitches upper 80's but reaches back for 92 when he wants to.
LHP Nathan Kirby, Virgina Cardinals >>
2012 LHP Nathan Kirby:       Virginia Cardinals/James River HS, Midlothian, VA

6-2, 185.  Threw 6 innings of 3 hit ball with 7 K's in a 3-1 loss to LIDS Indiana Bulls.  FB 85-88 mph, 70-73 mph CB, 77 mph change.  Long and lanky, lots of arm speed, clean arm action, leaks out front side occasionally, good shape to CB, knows how to use different pitches and set up hitters, good command, ball comes out easy, potential draft out of HS in 2 years.
Cooper hits game winning double for Ohio Elite >>
Gm # 223 | 7/8/2010 | 9:00 AM Ohio Elite Baseball vs. Burkburnett Blacksox 17u

Cody Cooper(2011 - Grafton, OH) hit a game winning double inthe bottom of the 6th inning to defeat the Burkburnett Blacksox.  Cooperdrove the ball over the outstretched glove of the right fielder scoring runnersfrom 1st and 2nd base.  The 6th inning also had clutch hits from JarrodMoss(2011 - Gahanna, OH) and Zach Ratcliff(2012 - Blacklick, OH).  Moss isa strong compactish MIF who is aggressive at the plate and plays the gamehard.  Ratcliff has a taller leaner projectable build and showed good batspeed and a good swing at the plate.

Wynston McMartin(2012 - New Albany, OH) went the distance for Ohio allowing 5hits, 3 runs, and 1 earned run with 5 strikeouts, 3 walks, and 1 hitbatsman.  He was in control the entire game except for the sixth inningwhen the Blacksox strung together a few hits and put 3 runs on the board. He settled back down in the 7th inning to get the complete game.  McMartinsat in the 80-83 MPH range with his fastball and threw his slider for strikesall game.  He throws with lower effort and his arm works. 

Ben Smith(2011 - Wichita Falls, TX) pitched well for the Blacksox going 5innings allowing just 2 hits and 1 unearned run while striking out 8 with 2walks.  He sat in the 79-82 MPH range with his fastball and kept hittersoff balance with his 1/7 CB.

Cameron Allen(2011 - Burkburnett, TX) showed a nice swing at the plate withgood bat speed.

Zinn one hits Dirtbags 17’s >>
Gm # 323 | 7/8/2010 | 5:30 PM Dirtbags 17's vs. Miami Snappers

 

Miami Snappers pitcher Mike Zinn(2011 – Miami, FL) threw acomplete game 1 hitter to defeat the Dirtbags 17’s.  He mixed a 78-81 MPH fastball with some down plane with an11/5 curveball to keep hitters off balance.  He threw both pitches for strikes as he only had one walkall game.  The one run he allowedwas unearned.

 

At the plate, Mario Amaral had a very good game for theSnappers going 2-4 with two doubles and two runs.  He has a strong athletic build and made consistent hardcontact all game.  He showed powerpotential and has juice in his bat presently.  Oscar Aguirre(2011 – Miami, FL) also had a very good gamegoing 2-3 with 3 runs and 2 stolen bases. He took his hands to the ball well and stayed inside the ball well onboth his hits.

LaSalle, Missigman lead CBC to win >>

Lukas LaSalle(2011 – Taylorville, NC) let the way for the 2011 CBC Diamond Rats Army with a good day at the plate.  LaSalle went 2-4 with 2 doubles, 1 run, 2 RBI, and a stolen base.  LaSalle has a strong athletic build and showed some bat speed at the plate.  The ball jumped off his bat well on a ground rule double he hit to left field.

Craig Missigman(2011 – Charlotte, NC) got the win for CBC going 6 innings allowing 3 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned, with 6 strikeouts, 6 walks, and 2 hit batsmen.  He showed a loose quick arm action that produced a fastball at 85-88 MPH.  He also showed some feel at times for an 11/5 breaking ball.  His velocity projects some and is a good follow.

Nick Sinay(2012 – East Syracuse, NY) had a good day at the plate for Syracuse going 1-2 with a double, run, and walk.  He showed a short swing path to the baseball with some bat speed. 

Pony Express win big >>
Gm # 249 | 7/8/2010 | 11:30 AM Pony Express 17U vs. Midwest Bulls

Pony Express 17U pounded out 12 hits against the Midwest Bulls in route to a 10-2 run rule victory.  Leading the way for Pony Express as Alex Simpson(2011 – Indianapolis, IN) who went 2-3 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, and an RBI.  He showed a compact line drive swing at the plate and made solid contact.  Jake Toneges(2011 – Greenfield, IN) also had 2 hits for Pony Express and scored 2 runs with an RBI. 

Express starter Shane Bryant(2011 – Lafayette, IN) went 6 innings allowing 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, while striking out 2, walking 4, and hitting one batter.  He was steady at 79-81 MPH with a downhill delivery.  He gets some downer action on his breaking ball and threw it for strikes.

Scott McMahon(2011 – Mattawan, MI) and Ryan Vitale(2010 – Coloma, MI) each had 2 hits for the Bulls. 

3B/RHP Joe Krehbiel, West Florida Shockers >>
2011 3B/RHP Joe Krehbiel:       West Florida Shockers/Seminole (FL) HS

6-0, 170 lbs.  Krehbiel went 2-3 with 3 Rbi's in the Shockers 4-0 victory over the Chattanooga Cyclones.  Maybe most impressively from a scouting point of view, Krehbiel came in to close in the 7th inning and threw 86-89 mph from a sidearm release point with nice sink and run and threw a big sweeping curveball with occasional nasty bite.
LHP Zack Morris, Mid-Atlantic Rookies >>
2011 LHP Zack Morris:     Mid-Atlantic Rookies/DeMatha Catholic HS, Edgewater, MD

6-4, 175 lbs.  Threw 4 innings of 1 hit ball against the PA Redhawks Thursday afternoon.  FB ranged from 83 to 88 mph, 73 mph CB.  Tall athletic build, H 3/4's release point, downward plane, good running action on FB, pitches aggressively with FB, around the zone but effectively wild, CB flashed good break but not consistent.
LHP Colin Rogers, Red Stick Red Lizards >>
2012 LHP Colin Rogers:      Red Stick Red Lizards/Parkview Baptist HS, Baton Rouge, LA

6-0, 190 lbs.  Stuck out 11 hitters in 5 1/3 innings against the Illinois Sparks Thursday afternoon.   87-89 mph FB, 68-71 mph CB, 77-81 mph Chg.  Good mechanics, over the top release, good arm speed, plus life on FB, downer CB flashes nasty bite.
RHP John Sandfort, Orlando Scorpions 2012 Purple >>
2012 RHP John Sandfort:     Orlando Scorpions 2012 Purple/Winter Springs (FL) HS

6-5, 210.  5 innings, 4 hits to pick up the win in a 4-3 win over the Long Island Titans.  FB 85-88 mph, big tall lean frame, throws downhill, depends on his fastball, nice power pitcher potential
RHP Jackson Stephens, Team Alabama 16U >>
2012 RHP Jackson Stephens:   Team Alabama 16U/Oxford (AL) HS

6-2, 185 lbs.  Threw a complete game 1 hitter with 1 BB and 10 K's in an 8-0 win over the St. Louis Pirates Thursday afternoon.   FB 85-89 mph, CB 69 mph, Chg 76 mph.  Mid to low 3/4's release point, long arm action, good arm speed, some effort on release, CB has tight spin and good shape, falls to 1B, locates his pitches well, relies on FB and location.
OF/RHP Jameis Winston, Team Alabama 16U >>
2012 OF/RHP Jameis Winston is one of the top ranked quarterbacks in the country and has already been offered a scholarship by many of the top football programs in the country.  That's unfortunate for baseball, as Winston really shows his athletic ability on the baseball field.  The 6-3, 180 lb switch hitter has plus/plus speed and good bat speed and hitting ability from the right side of the plate.  Winston is listed as a primary RHP but we haven't seen him pitch yet.
SS/C Austin Fisher, Mac-N-Seitz Indians >>
2011 SS/C Austin Fisher:    Mac-N-Seitz Indians/Olathe Northwest HS, KS

6-2, 180 lbs.  LHH'er.   Went 1-2 with a Grand Slam and bases loaded walk this afternoon at Kennesaw State in the Indians 10-0 win.  Tall lean build, good bat speed, smooth swing, showed his power.  Reportedly has been offered scholarships by many of the major programs in the Midwest.

Fisher's teammate, RHP Jared Simmons (2011, Lees Summit, MO) threw a 5 inning no-hitter, striking out 10 hitters while pitching in the 80-84 mph range.
More on BigStix Gamers 2012 Matt Olson >>
Earlier today we blogged about BigStix Gamers 1B Matt Olson.  Now we will blog on BigStix Gamers RHP Matt Olson.  Olson threw a 5 hit shutout against the ABD Boxers Thursday afternoon, striking out 7 hitters without walking a hitter.  Olson pitched in the 86-89 mph range with a 78 mph slider and an excellent 75 mph change up that had very good sinking action.

Olson didn't get the win, though, as the game ended in a 0-0 tie.  ABD RHP Alex Daley (2011) threw his own gem, taking a no-hitter into the 7th inning before a 1 out double by PH Zach Lerner.  Daley also struck out 7 hitters without a walk.  He pitched in the 82-85 mph range with a sweeping 71 mph CB from a low 3/4's release point.
RHP Trae Davis, Texas SunDevils >>
2010 RHP Trae Davis didn't enter the Texas Sun Devils game Thursday morning against the South Bergan Mets until 2 out in the bottom of the 6th inning but he sure made an impact.  The Rangers draftee/Baylor signee came up as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 6th in a 2-1 ball game and unloaded a 3 run home run to give the SunDevils a much more comfortable 5-1 margin.  He then took the mound in the 7th inning and struck out the side, touching 93 mph on his fastball.  Davis topped out at 96 mph in last week's 18U National Championship.
RHP Brandon Culbreath, Dirtbags 17's >>
2011 RHP Brandon Culbreath:      Dirtbags 17's/Forsyth Country Day, Winston-Salem, NC

6-3, 200 lbs.  Threw 5 innings  against Marucci Elite 16's, 3 hits, 2 runs.  87-90 mph FB, 70 mph CB.  Hi 3/4's release, good arm speed, good movement on fastball, commanded pitches well early, works in and out, will vary release point on his breaking ball, good raw arm strength to develop.
RHP Kevin Davis, Marucci Elite 16's >>
2013 RHP Kevin Davis:       Marucci Elite 16's/T.R Miller HS, Brewton, AL

6-0, 170 lbs.  4 innings against Dirtbags, 2 runs, 4 K's.  87-90 mph FB, 74 mph CB, 71 mph Chg.  Strong lower half, FB has good life, mechanics are sound, good mound presence, command still developing but + arm strength for his age.  Threw at the PG Junior National and was very impressive.
RHP Tyler Oglesby, Savannah Crossbones >>
2011 RHP Tyler Oblesby:    Savannah Crossbones/Savannah (SC) Christian HS

6-5, 200 lbs.  Threw 7 inning shutout against the Virginia Barnstormers in 1-0 win, 4 hits, 1 BB, 9 K's.  86-88 mph FB, threw hardest in 7th inning, 69 mph CB.  Tall athletic build, over the top release, CB sharp, throws CB for strikes, downward plane, gets FB down in zone well, good arm speed, likes to throw inside, good mound presence.
C Chris Chinea, All American Prospects >>
2012 C Christopher Chinea:     All American Prospects/Gulliver Prep, Coral Gables, FL

6-0, 205 lbs, RHH'er.  Went 2-2 Wednesday afternoon.  Really stood out at the PG Junior National Showcase last month, very strong mature build.  Smooth actions, good balance, very good bat speed, cannon arm strength with a slightly long release, 1.96 (game), 2.02 (game), 2.01 (IBI)
RHP Jordan Ramsey, Canes North >>
2011 RHP Jordan Ramsey:    Canes North/North Davidson HS, Lexington, NC

6-4, 180 lbs.  2 perfect innings Wednesday, 4 K's.   FB 85-89 mph, 70 mph CB.  Tall slender build, 3/4's release, quick arm, 11/5 breaking ball with good 2 plane tilt, on line delivery, works quickly, good command, has pitchability, some arm side run, flashes + command.

RHP/1B Curt Britt, mentioned in an earlier blog when he threw 89-92 mph off the mound while striking out 5 in 2 innings, went 2-3 with a 2 run home run in this game.  The Canes won 9-1.
LHP Bryant Holtman, St. Louis Pirates >>
2011 LHP Bryant Holtman:     St. Louis Pirates/Breese Central HS, New Baden, IL

6-5, 180 lbs.  FB 85-88 mph, 66 mph CB, 78 mph Chg.  Long loose build, long loose arm, high leg raise delivery, good command of CB/Chg, nice action on change up, will have to throw CB harder, very projectable physically.
RHP Brandon Magallanes, Illinois Sparks >>
2011 RHP Brandon Magallanes:    Illinois Sparks/Providence Catholic HS, Manhattan, IL

6-2, 175 lbs.  Threw 4 no hit innings with 7 K's in an 8-6 Sparks loss to the Florida Diamond Club Prospects.  86-89 mph FB, 73 mph CB, 77 mph Chg.  Tall thin build, H 3/4's release, some back side collapse, tight spin on 12/6 CB, FB is mostly straight, mixes off speed and FB locations well and often.
CF Colton Bottomley, Midland Braves >>
2012 CF Colton Bottomley:      Midland Braves/Douglas HS, Parkland, FL

6-3, 180 lbs, R/R.   Bottomley went 4-4 with 2 doubles and a triple Thursday afternoon.  Tall projectable body, soft load, quiet in the box, smooth swing, quick bat, moves well, great balance hitting.   We've been watching Bottomley for a while and he can really, really rake.
RHP Jake Burnett, Team Elite Black >>
2012 RHP Jake Burnett:     Team Elite Black/Buford (GA) HS

6-4, 160 lbs.   Threw 5 innings, Wednesday afternoon, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs.  FB 86-91 mph, 70-73 mph CB, 77-79 Chg.  Good frame, could get stronger, 3/4's release, works quickly, athletic off the mound, maintained velocity well, still developing command/off speed but + raw arm strength
1B Matt Olson, BigStix Gamers >>
2012 1B Matt Olson:    BigStix Gamers/Parkview HS, Lilburn, GA

6-3, 210 lbs, LHH'er.  Bats cleanup for the BigStix Gamers, big ++ strong left handed hitter, can mash it, very good bat speed and bat control, projects plus power.
RHP Henry Gigeous, Illinois Sparks >>
2012 RHP Henry Gigeous:     Illinois Sparks/Jacobs HS, Algonquin, IL

6-3, 180 lbs.  84-88 mph FB, 73 mph CB, H 3/4's release point, compact arm action, good arm speed, good run on FB, nice action on changeup as well, projectable build/arm action.
RHP Andrew Boes, ABC D-Backs >>
2011 RHP/SS Andrew Boes:    ABC-DBacks/Austin (TX) HS

6-2, 180 lbs.  7 inning 1 hit shutout against the Diamond Jacks Black on Wednesday at Pope HS, 0 BB's, 7 K's.  85-88 mph FB, 78 mph slurve.   Low 3/4's release point, projectable frame, somewhat cross body, big breaking 10/4 type slurve breaking ball, good arm speed, FB sinks well, cuts FB at times, mixes it up and throws K's, good upside, nice arm.
RHP Kayden Porter, Utah Baseball Academy >>
2012 RHP/1B Kayden Porter:    Utah Baseball Academy/Spanish Fork (UT) HS

6-4, 230 lbs.  Porter threw in the 89-92 mph range with a 73 mph curveball in 4 innings of work Thursday morning.  He walked 6 hitters and allowed 2 runs.  Porter topped out at 94 mph at the PG Junior National Showcase and has plus/plus power at the plate.  He has very limited pitching experience coming into this summer but has a potential mid-90's arm waiting there to be developed.
Canes North Breaks Out the Big Arms >>
Canes North, which arguably has the most talented group of pitchers at the event, rolled out two of their better arms for short appearences on Thursday morning against the Tri-State Arsenal

2012 RHP Curt Britt (Scotland HS, Laurinburg, NC) threw the first 2 innings, striking out 5 hitters while allowing a single hit.  The 6-2, 215 right hander pitched in the 89-92 mph range and generates tremendous drive and power on his pitches with his lower half.

2011 RHP Tyler Beede (Lawrence Academy, Auburn, MA) pitched the next two innings with virtually the same results, striking out 5 hitters and allowing one baserunner.  Beede worked in the 90-93 mph range with his fastball with a 77 mph curveball.
1B Dennis Mitchell, NorCal East >>
2011 1B Dennis Mitchell:     NorCal East/Malvern Prep, Berwyn, PA

6-3, 230 lbs, L/L.  Went 3-3 Wednesday night against the East Cobb Titans with a long, long home run and 3 Rbi's.  + presence in the batter's box, squared up 2 balls very hard, easy power, very athletic for size, can really play defense.
C/3B Justin Manning, Carolina Cubs 17U >>
2011 C/3B Justin Manning:     Carolina Cubs 17U/Holly Springs, Apex, NC

6-0, 170 lbs, LHH'er.  Went 3-3 with a home run, double and single on Wednesday evening batting cleanup for the Cubs.  Solid athletic build, very nice swing, can drive the ball to the opposite field.
RHP Cody Brewer, East Coast Grays South >>
2011 RHP Cody Brewer:    East Coast Grays South/Perry Central HYS, New Augusta, MS

6-3, 215 lbs.  4 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 4 K's vs. the St. Louis Pirates Wednesday evening.  87-90 mph FB, 76 CB, 77 Chg.  Big strong build, very good late FB movement, works downhill, good command of curveball, H 3/4's release
C Taylor Nichols, East Coast Grays South >>
2011 C Taylor Nichols:      East Coast Grays South/Faith Academy, Mobile, AL

6-2, 180 lbs, RHH.  Bats cleanup in the Grays lineup, patient hitter with present bat speed, shows good power, runs well for a catcher, quick and agile behind the plate, blocks well, quality approach to the game.
Two Quality Southpaws Face Off >>
At least 60-80 scouts and college coaches were lined up behind the backstop to watch the 7 pm game at the Complex between the East Cobb Astros and the Zachary Broncos.  The irony here was that while the attraction of the Astros is obvious, the Bronco's are made up of player's from entirely one high school north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The matchup between 2012 LHP Matthew Crownover of the Astros and 2011 LHP Taylor Guilbeau of the Broncos didn't disappoint.  Both southpaws pitched in the 86-88 mph range for 7 innings and showed command of quality curveballs and change ups.  Crownover helped himself tremendously with his defensive ability as he picked off four runners, watched as another Bronco was caught stealing and then made a leaping catch on an attemped sacrifice bunt in the 7th inning that he turned into a double play.

Guilbeau had a calmer time of it, as he allowed only 5 hits and didn't walk a batter while striking out 7 hitters.  While he doesn't have the polish that Crownover has, Guilbeau has a slender 6-3, 170 lb frame that projects very well and a loose arm that is sure to add velocity.
RHP Mike Taylor, North Cubs 17U >>
2012 RHP Mike Taylor:      North Cubs 17U/Christ Church School, Urbanna, VA

6-6, 200 lbs.  Threw 3 shutout innings with 6 K's Wednesday at Fellowship Christian School.  88-91 mph FB, 72 mph CB, 77 mph Chg.  Lanky long legged build, high 3/4's build, easy life out of the hand, repeats delivery well, bit cross bodied on release, tends to get under CB now/more spin than tilt.  High ceiling potential with size/present velo/easy arm.
1B Sean Rutherford, Richmond Braves 2011 >>
2011 1B Sean Rutherford:    Richmond Braves 2011/The Covenent School, Earlysville, VA

6-2, 180 lb, L/L.  Rarely does a first baseman make an impression like Rutherford has with his defense.  He made numerous outstanding plays in the Braves game on Field 1 at Tuesday and the scout comment on the Braves game Wednesday were full of similar notes.  Rutherford had 2 hits yesterday and has a smooth left handed swing and hits 4th or 5th in the Braves line up.
CF Derek Nakasato, ABD Warriors >>
2011 CF Derek Nakasato:    ABD Warriors/St. Louis HS, Honolulu, HI

5-8, 165, LHH'er.  3 hits Wednesday against the Mac-N-Seitz Indians.  Hits leadoff, was outstanding in last week's 18U Championship, plus speed, squares up everything, can really hit and cause problems on the bases.
LHP Corey Stump, Chet Lemons Juice >>
2011 LHP Corey Stump:    Chet Lemons Juice/Lakeland (FL) Christian HS
 
6-5, 185 lbs.  5 innings Wednesday against the East Cobb Indians, 4 hits, 2 runs, 6 K's.    86-90  mph fastball, 75 mph CB, 79 Change.  Tall athletic build, 3/4's release, long loose arm action, lots of run and sink on FB, tight short CB with some bite, good deception to delivery, gets on line eventually but busy before then, quick and athletic off the mound, CB got sharper and bigger later in the game, good fade on Change.

Sounds alot like Chris Sale (2010 1st round pick/Florida Gulf Coast) at the same age when he was coming through Lakeland.
RHP Lucas Sims, Midlands Braves >>
2012 RHP Lucas Sims:   Midland Braves/Brookwood HS, Lawrenceville, GA

6-2, 185 lbs.  7 inning 1 hit shutout against the Virginia Diamonds.   85-89 mph FB, 72 mph CB.   Good athlete, projectable build, h 3/4's release, directional delivery, good FB run, occ command problems with CB.
RHP Mason Hope, OK Drillers 17U >>
2011 RHP Mason Hope:   OK Drillers 17U/Broken Arrow (OK) HS

6-3, 180 lbs.  Complete game W against the 18U runner up East Cobb Braves.  Allowed 4 runs early, then settled down to cruise through last 4 innings.  88-92 mph FB, 4 pitches for strikes, 79 SL/72 CB/79 Chg.  Loose arm, good downhill plane, SL is best pitch, will also cut FB, SL very effective against LHH'ers, CB is a quality pitch as well.  Polished.

The Oklahoma/Arkanas area is going to be outstanding next spring for the pro scouts watching high school RHP's with Hope, Dylan Bundy, Archie Bradley and Dillon Howard all potential top 2 round draft picks.
C Carter White, Excel Blue Wave >>
2011 C Carter White:    Excel Blue Wave/Spain Park HS, Hoover, AL

6-0, 185 lb, LHH.  2-2 with a walk, HR against the Tri-State Arsenal Wednesday, hits cleanup.  Can really hit, pulls hard, quiet compact swing, has definite juice.
RHP Hawtin Buchanan, Marucci Elite >>
2011 RHP Hawtin Buchanan:    Marucci Elite/Biloxi (MS) HS

6-8, 240 lbs.  Threw 4 innings of shutout ball against the Cincy Flames, 2 hits, 2 BB's, 5 K's.  89-91 mph FB, 72 mph CB, 72 mph Chg.  Huge frame, long arm action, very good arm speed, high leg kick/low effort delivery, downhill plane, good location, tight CB spin, works quicly, high ceiling, attacks hitters  (Note:  similar to Anthony Ranado at the same age in many ways but more advanced/better present stuff)
SS Drake Roberts, Marucci Elite >>
2011 SS Drake Roberts:    Marucci Elite/Brenham (TX) HS

5-9, 165 lbs.  2-4 in an 8-0 Marucci win Wednesday, triple, 2 runs, 2 Rbi's, 2 SB's, just missed HR on F8.  Slightly open stance, 4X solid contact, ball carries surprisingly well, great speed, makes the plays defensively.  Verbal commitment to Arkansas
RHP Garrett Nuss, Orlando Scorpions >>
2011 RHP Garrett Nuss:   Orlando Scorpions/Mt. Dora HS, Sorrento, FL

6-2, 185 lbs.  Threw 4 innings of 2 hit shutout ball vs. Bellaire, 6 K's and 1 BB.  87-90 mph fastball, 74 mph curveball, 78 mph change.  Long arm action, very good arm speed, some effort on release, high leg kick delivery, nice 11/5 CB, tight with good depth, arm side movement on CB, throws strikes, solid mechanics.  (Note:  Nuss has always been on of your humble bloggers favorite pitchers in this class)
LHP Andrew Godail, Houston Banditos >>
2011 LHP Andrew Godail:     Houston Banditos/The Woodlands (TX) HS

5-10, 165.  Threw 6 2/3 shutout innings Wednesday against the Upstate Mavericks, 2 hits, 6 K's.  85-87 mph fastball, 74 mph curveball.  H 3/4's release, smooth delivery, long arm action, minimal effort release, FB has good life, tight spin on 1/7 CB, works in and out, knows how to pitch, solid college pitcher.
Atlanta Blue Jays win in Last At Bat >>
Gm # 199 | 7/7/2010 | 4:30 PM Atlanta Blue Jays vs. 2011 On Deck O's Orange
The Atlanta Bluejays pulled out a win in a pitcher's duel, 1-0 over the 2011 On Deck O's Orange.

After six shutout innings from Bluejay starter Kendall Hill (2012/Luella/Stockbridge, GA) and O's starter Anthony Allende (2011/Mt. Pleasant/Concord, NC) it came down to the final inning.  Hill was relieved by Darren Whatley (2011/Bibb County/Centreville, AL) who turned in the best pitching performance of the day at Centennial HS.  Whatley worked a solid seventh inning, working from 87-91 with his fastball.  He held the O's in check and gave his team a chance to win it in the bottom half of the inning.

Cody Lankford (2012/Jones/Gray, GA) lead off with a single to start the inning and after a strikeout, pinch-hitter Vincent Jackson (2012/Luella/McDonough, GA) reached via a bunt single putting runners at the corners with one out.  Leadoff hitter Julius Gaines came to the plate and lifted a ball into shallow centerfield, scoring Lankford with the help of a wayward throw to the plate. 

Jo-el Bennett (2011/Houston/Midland City, AL) turned in another solid performance, turning in a 2-3 effort with a double.
Marucci Elite 17s take down Big Leagues Select >>
Marucci rode Alabama commit Windham Jackson (2011/Jackson/Grove Hill, AL) to a 7-5 victory on Wednesday afternoon.

Trailing 5-4, Jackson drove a three-run double into the left center field gap to give Marucci a lead in the fifth inning.  He then came on to pitch the bottom of the seventh, earning to save for his team.

Jackson is a high level athlete and showed himself as a potential two-way prospect, despite limited experience on the mound.  During his inning on the hill, Jackson showed a unique full-wind delivery with a high straight leg kick.  When he gets to his release point, the ball jumps out his hand.  He was 87-90 with his fastball and his velocity really sets up his 11-5 curveball, which comes in at 68-70.

Big Leagues Select was lead by Alex Sable (2011/Council Rock North/Ivyland, PA) who hit a long solo homerun in the second inning as part of his 2-3 day. 
Orlando Scorpions 2012 take down EC Greys >>

The Scorpions pushed a pair of early runs across against the East Coast Greys and held on for the win on Wednesday morning at Centennial HS.

They faced a formidable starter in the Greys' Joel Seddon (2011/St. Clair/St. Clair, MI) who work from 85-87 on his fastball, touching 88.  Seddon allowed just two hits over his four innings of work, but was hurt by a pair of walks and shaky defense.  He allowed three runs, all unearned.  Seddon is a slender athletic RHP with room to go on his frame.  His arm works free and easy, and he shows a high degree of pitchability on the mound, using his curveball and a changeup to keep hitters off balance.  He struck out seven while walking two. 

The Scorpion offense was lead by Jalen Phillips (2012/Dr. Phillips/Ocoee, FL) a premium athlete that can play multiple positions - he participated as an EH today.  Phillips was 1-2 with a walk and a run scored.  Cleanup hitter Nick Gallipeau was 1-2 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI.  Gallipeau has a big strong frame and shows good batspeed, his power projects well as he continues to develop. 

Scorpion starter Gavin Peters (2011) was solid in his outing, hurt only by his walks over 4 1/3 innings of work.  He allowed five hits, striking out one and walking two with three earned runs.  He has a good pitchers build and worked his fastball from 83-86, and showing occasional cutting action to his fastball.  He also utilizes a 10-4 curveball that shows some feel and could develop into a strikeout pitch in the future. 

The EC offense was lead by Victor Cole (2012/Memphis University School/Cordova, TN) hwo was 3-3 and reached on a walk.  He is a good athlete and has an aggressive approach offensively.  His swing produces hard line drive contact.

Richie Lacell (2013/Cypress Lake/Ft. Myers, FL) pitched the final 2 2/3 innings to close out the win for the Scorpions.

Ryan Garvey Collects Big Hit for ABD >>
We blogged earlier on the sons of present and future Hall of Famer's Cal Ripken Jr., Ivan Rodriguez and Craig Biggio.

1974 National League MVP Steve Garvey fell just short of having an HOF career but his son is also here in Marietta and playing very well for the ABD Bulldogs.  Ryan Garvey went 2-3 this afternoon in the Bulldogs 3-3 tie with the CBC Diamond Rats.  His 2 out single in the bottom of the 7th inning drove in DH Daniel Robertson with the tying run.
Kuxhausen Continues Hot Hitting >>
We blogged yesterday on Sander Kuxhausen (NCBA Golden Spikes) and his 4-4 game with a Grand Slam.  The 2011 outfielder continued his hot hitting on Wednesday, going 2-4 with 2 doubles and 3 Rbi's.  Kuxhausen is now 6-8 with 7 Rbi's after 2 games.  The Golden Spikes defeated the Dallas Panthers 10-8 to run their record to 2-0.
RHP Kevin Lynch, Bullets Baseball 2011 >>
2011 RHP Kevin Lynch:     Bullets Baseball 2011/Trinity HS, Deland, FL

6-7, 210 lbs.  Threw 6 innings of 2 hit ball, 1 walk, 10 K's against the Diamond Jacks Gold Wednesday morning at Kell HS.  Steady 85-86 mph FB, mid 70's CB, 75 mph Chg.  Tall and skinny with long arms, controlled delivery, good arm speed, clean arm action, fills up the zone and hits corners, quick pace, fields position very well (other team tried to bunt on him 3 times).  Very, Very projectable.
Schedule Error For Dirtbags on Friday >>
There is an error on the printed schedule for Friday and the Dirtbags and Dirtbags 17's games.  The two teams have been reversed.  The CORRECT schedule is as follows.

Gm 357                 Dirtbags vs Huntington Hounds                 Lassiter HS          9AM                      Y

Gm 369                 Dirtbags 17’s vs. Windward Braves           Walton HS           10AM                    JJ

All Pro Academy Prospects top ABD Tigers >>
Gm # 190 | 7/7/2010 | 2:30 PM ABD Tigers vs. All Pro Academy Prospects
The All Pro Academy Prospects topped the ABD Tigers 9-4.  Chris Covello(2011 - Paramus, NJ), Nick Henriquez(2011 - Paramus, NJ), and Hunter Trubatch(2011 - Montvale, NJ) all had multi-hit performances for the Prospects.  Covello swings from the left side with a smooth balanced swing and consistently got the barrel to the baseball.  Henriquez showed some bat speed with a nice swing.  Trubatch made consistent solid contact all day highlighted by a double down the left field line. 

Jared Hovsepian(2011 - Pomona, CA) had a very good day at the plate for ABD going 3-4 with a double, run, RBI, and a stolen base.  He made consistent solid contact all day and swings on a line drive path.  Robert Mier(2011 - Bonita, CA) also had a good day for ABD going 2-4 with an RBI.  Zach Quinones(2011 - Murrieta, CA) contributed as well going 2-3 with a double, run, and RBI.
SS Trevor Story, Dallas Patriots 17U >>
2011 SS Trevor Story:     Dallas Patriots 17U/Irving (TX) HS

6-0, 170 lbs.  1-3 with an HR in a 4-3 win over the East Alabama A's Wednesday morning.  Soft hands defensively, plays through the ball well, keeps his feet moving, strong arm at SS, quick release, slender frame.  Extends swing through ball well, Hit HR, good bat speed, 4.17 home to 1B
RHP Brian Miller, Franklin Outlaws >>
2011 RHP Brian Miller:    Franklin Outlaws/Independence HS, Franklin, TN

6-1, 185 lbs.  Complete game 2-hitter, stuck out 15 hitters.  84-87 mph FB, 69 mph CB.  Throws from 2 different arm angles, FB sidearm is 81-85, great running action, big sweeping CB, FB 87 mph from standard 3/4's slot, great tempo to delivery, pounds zone and locates all pitches.
Dallas Patriots Red top Best 9 White Sox >>
Gm # 136 | 7/7/2010 | 11:00 AM Best 9 White Sox vs. Dallas Patriots 17u Red
Dallas Patriots 17U Red beat the Best 9 White Sox 7-3 in the 11:30 AM game at Alpharetta Legion Field.  The Patriots were paced by their lead off hitter and center fielder Ryan Goldblatt (2011 - Plano, TX).  He went 2-4 at the plate with a run and a stolen base.  He showed good line drive middle of the field contact and squred the ball up well.  Trey Hudgins (2011 - Sherman, TX) also contributed 2 RBI in the win. 

Relief pitcher Dameron pitched very well in relief retiring all 9 batters he faced.  He throws from a side arm arm slot which was deceptive for the White Sox hitters and sat at 77-79 MPH with sink and armside run.  He also threw his slider for strikes with deception.

White Sox lead off hitter Kody Belcher played well going 2-4 at the plate showing a balanced swing with some bat speed.
RHP Chris McCue, 2011 On Deck O's Black >>
2011 RHP Chris McCue:     2011 On Deck O's Black/Kell HS, Charlotte, NC

6-1, 160 lbs.  90-93 mph FB, lots more at 93 than at 90, 73 mph CB.  Threw 1 2/3 innings of relief, struck out 4.  Lean frame, quick arm and delivery, FB straight but very firm, CB has 11/5 rotation and good spin from H 3/4's slot.
Another Future HOF'ers Son Plays Well >>
CF Ivan "Derrick" Rodriguez found his Florida Diamond Pros Black 17U team on the short end of a 17-3 score today but he played well.  The son of Pudge Rodriguez scored 2 of the Diamond Pros runs from his leadoff spot, reaching on an error the first time and via a base hit his second at bat before stealing second base both times.

As was blogged earlier, Connor Biggio and Ryan Ripken have been playing well for the Houston Heat and Mid Atlantic Rookies, respectively.
RHP Kyle Smith, Palm Beach PAL 17U >>
2011 RHP Kyle Smith:    Palm Beach PAL 17U/Santaluces HS, Lake Worth, FL

6-0, 175 lbs, comparible to top Tampa Rays prospect RHP Jeremy Hellickson is size and basic stuff/approach.  Struck out 11 of 16 hitters over 5 innings this morning, 89-92 mph fastball, 78-80 power curveball, 80 mph change.  Great command and mound presence, commands all 3 pitches, in complete control of the game.
OF Hunter Cole, Diamond Devils Blue >>
2011 OF/3B Hunter Cole:    Diamond Devils Blue/Dorman HS, Moore, SC

6-1, 185 lb, RHH.  2-2 with 2 walks hitting #3 against Mac-N-Seitz, hit home run off LHP throwing 88-91 in the first inning, showed plus bat speed, very good range in the outfield, good reads.  Threw 90+ from both the outfield and 3B at the PG National, ran 7.01.  Also plays third base.  Verbal commitment to Georgia
CF Dakota Smith, Mac-N-Seitz Red Sox >>
2011 CF Dakota Smith:     Mac-N-Seitz Red Sox/Lansing HS, Leavenworth, KS

5-11, 180 lbs.  Went 3-3, with 2 doubles and a triple in a 10-4 loss to Diamond Devils Blue, facing a mid 80's pitcher.  Ball jumps off his bat hard, very good bat speed.  Ran a 6.55 60 at the PG National and threw 91 mph from the outfield.
RHP Josh Heddinger, Team Elite Black >>
2011 RHP Josh Heddinger:    Team Elite Black/Buford HS, Suwanee, GA

6-5, 220 lbs.  4 shutout innings in a start against All Pro Prospects, 2 hits, 7 K's.  FB 87-90 mph, mid 70's curveball, 82 mph change.  Good frame, big build, works quickly, CB has good break, FB has arm side run, works outside half well, mixes pitches, works ahead, athletic actions.
FTB Mizuno has Prospect Filled Lineup >>
In terms of pure physical talent, no team at the 17U National Championship may be able to put better players on the field than the FTB Mizuno team. 

Their batting order for the first game yesterday afternoon against the Houston Heat Black went as follows:

SS Addison Russell
SS Vincente Conde
RF Jesse Winkler
3B Dante Bichette
EH Dan Vogelbach
C Tyler Marlette
RHP Justin Shafer
1B James Vasquez
XH Jarred Smith
CF Jeff Driskel
LF Patrick Kulick

To put that lineup in perspective, their #10 hitter, Driskel, is perhaps the best quarterback in the 2011 class and is committed to play football at Florida, where he is being touted as the next Tim Tebow.  He is a 6-4, 220 lb athlete who ran a 6.5 at the PG National Showcase and hit bombs at the plate.

Mizuno won 8-4 as Russell had a home run, Marlette had a double and triple and the big 6-1, 240 lb Vogelbach even legged out a triple.
RHP Walker Weickel, Orlando Scorpions 2012 Purple >>
2012 RHP Walker Weickel:   Orlando Scorpions 2012 Purple/Olympia HS, Orlando, FL

6-6, 195 lbs, threw 4 shutout innings, 2 hits, 8 K's.  FB 88-90, touch 92, 72-75 CB, 75-78 Chg.  Tall and projectable, full windup, throws downhill with little effort, arm works, good balance, some hard arm side run on FB, throws inside aggressively, maintained velo from stretch, didn't have good feel for off speed.
OF/RHP Sean McLaughlin >>
2012 OF/RHP Sean McLaughlin:      East Cobb Titans/Northview HS, Johns Creek, FL

5-10, 160 lbs, nice 2-way player, threw 4 strong innings before getting tired, FB was 84-88 mph with very good life, good bite on mid 70's curveball.  2-4 at the plate, very quick hands with the bat, line drive stoke, hit leadoff, excellent hand action with the bat, live athletic actions.
RHP Justin Camp, Excel Blue Wave >>
2011 RHP Justin Camp:    Excel Blue Wave/Austin HS, Decatur, AL

6-1, 220 lbs, 5 innings against the Virginia Barnstormers, 4 hits, 5 runs.  FB 85-89 mph, 68 CB, 77 SL, 76 Chg.  Big strong kid, high 3/4's arm slot, some effort, good velocity, mixes it up and shows command.  Touched low 90's at the PG National.
RHP Aaron Garza, Houston Kyle Chapman >>
2011 RHP Aaron Garza:     Houston Kyle Chapman/Galveston (TX) Ball HS

6-4, 160 lbs, threw 3 perfect innings in a 5-3 loss to the Jacksonville Warriors.  FB 84-87 mph, 2 different CB's one at 68 mph the other 75 mph, also 73 mph change.   Live arm, 3/4's release, loose easy delivery, smooth mechanics, sharp CB, overmatched hitters, FB has life, harder CB had + bite, good pace and rhythm.
C Austin Butler, Columbus Cobras >>
2011 C Austin Butler:     Columbus Cobras/Pickerington North HS, Pickerington, OH

5-10, 185 lbs, went 3-4 against prospect RHP Matt Wisler including 2 doubles, batted cleanup.  Muscular kid, double to LCF, double to RCF, threw 2 runners out at 2B, blocks balls in the dirt well, stays inside the ball well, really squares it up, very loud off the bat,. very good follow.
Baseball U New England shuts out Texas Blackhawks >>
Gm # 109 | 7/7/2010 | 9:00 AM Texas Blackhawks 17u vs. Baseball U New England
Baseball U New England shut out the Texas Blackhawks 11-0.  Andrew Hurn (2011 - Darien, CT) picked up the win going 4 innings allowing 2 hits with 4 strikeouts and no walks.  The big 6-4/210 lb right hander sat at 79-82 MPH with his fastball and was around the plate all game.  Leading the way at the plate for Baseball U was catcher Tyler Barrett (2011 - Newington, CT).  He went 2-4 with a big 3 run home run in the 5th inning.  He showed good bat speed at the plate with some pop. 

Texas Blackhawks relief pitcher Ralph Garza(2012 - New Braunfels, TX) looked real good on the mound in his one batter of relief.  He was 84-86 MPH with his fastball showing a live loose projectable arm.  He pitches with low effort and throws strikes.
RHP Matt Wisler, Columbus Cobras >>
2011 RHP Matt Wisler:   Columbus Cobras/Bryan (OH) HS

6-2, 175 lbs.  Threw 6 shutout innings, 3 hits, 1 BB, 10 K's in a 4-0 win over the Richmond Braves American '12.  85-89 mph FB, upper 60's curveball, mid 70's slider.   Athletic body, slender, H 3/4's release, back turn delivery with some arm wrap, clean arm action, some effort on release, looks polished, good arm speed, good bite on 11/5 curveball, 2 plane break, attacks hitters aggressively, still 87 mph in the 6th, short tight SL with limited tilt, good difference between CB/SL, velo projects
Sons of Present and Future Hall of Famers >>
The sons of one present and one future Hall of Famer are starting for their teams in the 17U National Championship.

2012 Ryan Ripken is the starting first baseman for the Mid-Atlantic Rookies.  Ripken just slammed a double in the Rookies 9 am game on Field #2 at the complex and went 0-1 with a sacrifice bunt in the Rookies win yesterday.

2011 Connor Biggio is the starting second baseman for the Houston Heat Silver and went 2-3 with a run scored and an Rbi.  The scout notes on Biggio sound very similar to what might have been written on his dad at the same age:  "small slender body, aggressive baserunner, good instincts."

Craig Biggio is in Marietta this week watching his son play.  He also coaches the St. Thomas HS team in Houston where both his sons play.
New Jersey Twins Position Prospects >>
2011 SS John Brucker:      New Jersey Twins/Sparta (NJ) HS
5-10, 165 lbs, leadoff hitter, went 2-3 off the Houston Heat's 2 90+ right handers, quick bat, + idea at the plate, sees the ball, + plate discipline, slender athletic build.

2011 CF Carl Thomore:    New Jersey Twins/East Brunswick (NJ) HS
6-1, 195 lbs, 1-2, BB, SB.  Athletic build, quick hands, hard contact, stays through the ball well, good approach, good runner, hit in the #3 hole.
Houston Heat 90+ RHP's >>
2011 RHP Bryan Brickhouse:     Houston Heat Silver/The Woodlands (TX) HS
6-2, 190 lbs, threw 4 innings, 2 hits, 6 K's.  FB 90-92 mph, 81-83 mph SL.  Tall athletic body, high 3/4's slot, quick arm, SL has great depth and tight rotation, consistent FB velocity

2012 RHP Riley Ferrell :   Houston Heat Silver/A&M Consolidated HS, Bryan, TX
6-2, 195, threw 3 innings, 2 hits, 5 K's.  FB 90-91, 79-80 SL.  Athletic build, easy motion with long arm in back, quick arm coming forward, SL has tilt, FB has tail and some sink.

SoCal Elite walk-off on Day One >>
It didn't come via the longball but SoCal Elite walked-off with a squeeze play to win a nailbiter, 2-1 over the Syracuse Sportszone Braves Red.  With one out in the bottom of the 7th and runners on second and third, leadoff hitter Leonard Malfavon (2011/Yucaipa/Rialto, CA) executed the squeeze to perfection, scoring Austin Turner (2011/Yucaipa/Yucaipa, CA) who had reached on an infield single. 

The game featured gutsy pitching performances from both teams, as they combined to strand 17 runners during the ballgame. 

SoCal Elite starter Garrett Hicks (2010/Yucaipa/Yucaipa, CA) a long and lanky 6'8"/210 righthander, worked a perfect first inning before running into control problems in the second.  He ran his fastball to 88mph, mixing in a 11-5 CB in the upper 70's and will be an interesting guy to follow as he moves on to college ball.  The Braves pushed their only run on the game across against him an a second inning that featured two HBPs, two walks, and no hits.  Hicks would settle down to throw a scoreless 3rd frame before turning it over to eventual winner Andrew Alvarez (2011/Martin Luther King/Riverside, CA).  Alvarez has good arm speed - running his fastball to 86mph - and pitched four scoreless innings for the win.

Alvarez also showed some juice in his bat, driving a ball to the centerfield wall, (405 ft. at Centennial HS) although he was thrown at trying to stretch his double.

Syracuse starter Zach Lauricella (2011/Clarence/East Syracuse, NY) showed well for himself.  He has a strong compact bulid and his arm works.  He also gets good use of a strong lower half.  He worked from 81-84 on his fastball, touching 85 and mixing in a deceptive mid 70s slider.  He knows how to pitch and got himself out of a big jam in the 5th.  After putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs, he induced three consecutive weak groundballs to a drawn-in infield to keep his team in the game.  He got out of another tough spot in the 6th, albeit with the help of reliever Zach Augustine (2010/Skaneateles/Skaneateles, NY) this time around. 

In the end it wouldn't be enough as SoCal Elite pulled out the Day One victory.
Big Game for RF Sander Kuxhausen (NCBA) >>
2011 RF Sander Kuxhausen of the NCBA Golden Spikes went 4-4 this morning in his team's 10-6 win over the South Florida Bandits-North at Mt. Paran Christian HS.  Kuxhausen drove home 5 runs, including 4 with a 7th inning Grand Slam.
San Diego Show start with a win >>
The San Diego Show emerged with a victory in their first game of pool play Tuesday afternoon, recording a 4-0 win over the Arlington A's - Navy at Centennial HS.  The pitcher's duel was scoreless until the 5th inning, when the Show broke through for two runs against Arlington starter Jamie Bittle (2011/Fort Worth Pascho/Fort Worth, TX).  A Trevor Podratz two-out double scored Justin Sheehan, and Nick Fornaca (2011/Cathedral Catholic/San Diego, CA) followed with an RBI-single to complete the frame and give the Show a 2-0 cushion.  They added a pair of insurance runs in their half of the 6th on a two-run Bobby Zarubin (2012/Santa Fe Christian/San Diego, CA) homer.  Standout 2012 prospect Trey Williams (2012/Valencia/Saugus, CA) followed with an opposite field double but was left stranded.

Show starter Michael Martin (2013/Cathedral Catholic/San Diego, CA) had an up-and-down performance but was solid, throwing a complete game shutout.  Martin struggled at times with his control, but pitched out of any trouble that surfaced.  Martin was 81-84 with his fastball, showing good armspeed and occasionally mixing in a curveball.  His mechanics are solid and will become cleaner with time, and his 6'1"/190 frame projects well at his young age.  He is a SoCal prospect to keep an eye on. 
Norris just missed Perfect Game >>
2011 RHP Dylan Norris just missed throwing a perfect game in Heat Showcase's 10-0 run rule victory over the South Florida Bandits-North.  Norris threw 5 no-hit innings without allowing a walk.  A dropped fly ball by the Heat's centerfielder in the 2nd inning allowed the only baserunner.  Norris pitched in the mid 80's with a 73 mph curveball and a nice balanced delivery.
6-9 Southpaw Deals for Mac-N-Seitz Red Sox >>
2011 LHP Adam Schemenauer:   Mac-N-Seitz Red Sox/Park Hill South HS, Parkville, MO

6-9, 220 lbs, threw 6 innings of 2 hit ball in 4-4 tie with the South Bergan Mets, 7 K's.   FB ranged from 84 to 89 mph, good arm side run, 68 mph curveball, 77 mph slider, 78 mph change up, in line delivery, inconsistent release points, especially from the stretch.
3B Joe DeCarlo, Midland Braves >>
2012 3B Joe DeCarlo:    Midland Braves/Garnet Valley HS, Glens Mills, PA

6-0, 195 lbs, right handed hitter.  DeCarlo went 3-4 with a home run in Midland's 6-5 loss to Palm Beach Select, driving home 3 of the Midland runs.  He participated in the PG Junior National Showcase last month and impressed with his strength and bat speed at that event as well.  He has made a verbal commitment to Georgia. 
RHP Jared Ruxer, LIDS Indiana Bulls >>
2011 RHP Jared Ruxer:   LIDS Indiana Bulls/Lawrence Central HS, Indianapolis, IN

6-3, 175 lbs, threw 7 innings in 3-1 Bulls win, 7 hits, 6 K's.  Fastball 88-91 mph, 82 mph Slider, 76 mph Chg.  Tall athletic build, 3/4's release, fast arm, hides ball well, nice slider with tight spin, gets on top of ball, good stamina, maintained velo, clean arm action, very good command, calm and confident with good fluid rhythm, throws SL in any count, good sink/tail occ on FB, bulldog personality, 90 mph on last pitch of game with full count and bases loaded.


Ruxer attends the same high school as 2011 RHP Christian Montgomery, one of the top ranked pitchers in the 2011 class.  That is one powerful set of high school starting  pitchers.
LHP Dylan Silva, All American Prospects >>
2012 LHP Dylan Silva:   All American Prospects/American Heritage HS, Lake Worth, FL

6-0, 185 lbs, threw 7 innings, allowed 2 hits, in 2-1 AAP victory.  81-85 mph fastball with outstanding movement, 72-75 mph CB, very good mechanics, excellent command, very mature mound presence.
West Florida Wins Double No-Hitter >>
The West Florida Shockers defeated the Carolina Cubs 17U 2-0 in the 11:30 am game at Marietta High School.  What makes the game especially noteworthy is that there wasn't a single hit in the game....both pitching staff's threw a no-hitter!

Three Carolina pitchers combined on their no-hitter but a walk, 2 errors and a passed ball allowed the 2 West Florida runs to score. .. 2011 LHP Carlos Rodon (Holly Springs HS, NC) threw 5 innings and touched 90 mph with his fastball to go along with a mid 70's curveball.  RHP Tyler Barnett and LHP Ronald Womack each added a perfect inning.

2011 LHP Taylor Layner (5 innings) and RHP Dylan Benedict (2 innings) combined on the Shockers no hit effort.  Layner walked 5 hitters but showed good stuff with a very live 86-88 mph fastball and a solid mid 70's curveball.
CF Joe Tuschak, Mid-Atlantic Rookies >>
A large contingent of scouts went over to Kell High School for the 4:30 pm game to see Mid Atlantic Rookies and specifically 6-3, 210 lb 2011 C Cameron Gallagher, one of the most impressive catchers at the PG National Showcase three weeks ago.

The player that caught most of attention, though, was Rookies CF Joe Tuschak.  The 6-1, 180 lb Tuschak, a right handed hitter, showed impressive power potential and overall athletic ability in the Rookies 5-1 victory.  Tuschak attends Northern HS in Dillsburg, PA
OF Dwight Smith, East Cobb Braves 17's >>
East Cobb Braves 2011 OF Dwight Smith was one of the top hitters at the recently completed WWBA 18U National Championships.  The left handed hitter went 3-4 in the championship game and finished the tournament 13-30 with 11 Rbi's.   He started off his 17U tournament in good style, going 2-2 with a walk, including a 2-run first inning home run, in the Braves 4-0 win over the Dayton Dodgers.

2011 RHP Barrett O'Neill threw 6 shutout innings, allowing only 3 hits and striking out 7 hitters.  O'Neill pitched in the 85-88 mph range with a good low to mid 70's curveball.
RHP Harlan Richter, East Coast Grays North >>
2011 RHP Harlan Richter:    East Coast Grays North/Evangel Christian HS, Bossier City, LA

6-6, 230 lbs, 85-88 mph FB, 74 mph CB, 77 mph Chg:  Tall athletic projectable body, quick delivery with easy effort from high 3/4's slot, CB has some tilt, 11/5 shape, plus hand speed on change up. 
Illinois Sparks Prospects (Boehm/Ceja) >>
2011 CF Jeff Boehm:        Illinois Sparks/Mt. Carmel HS, Lansing, IL
6-1, 180 lbs, went 1-2, BB in an 8-0 win.  Plus bat speed, athletic actions, good runner with instincts on the bases, plus power potential

2011 RHP Joe Ceja:        Illinois Sparks/Marquette HS, Ottawa, IL
6-4, 225 lbs, 3 shutout innings, 3 hits, 3 K's.  90-92 mph FB, steady veloicty, 77 mph slider with good tilt, fluid delivery and high 3/4's slot, good directional delivery.
RHP Jordan Cote, NE Roughnecks >>
2011 RHP Jordan Cote of the New England Roughnecks threw very well this afternoon at Cartersville HS, pitching in the 88-90 mph range in the Roughnecks 6-4 win over Team Elite White 

Cote's basic information is listed incorrectly in the program.  He is a 2011 graduate and attends Winnisquan HS in Sanbornton, New Hampshire.