2010 WWBA 16U National Championship
Taka High(2013 – Monroe, LA) went 2-3 with the game winninghit for Marucci. He has a strongerathletic build with a smooth left handed swing. High generates bat speed and his hitting tools project. Kevin Lindsey scored the winning runfor Marucci and also went 2-3 at the plate. He has some bat speed and has hand quickness.
West Cobb Cardinals pitcher Will Griffin(2013 – Kennesaw,GA) got the tough luck loss. Heallowed 4 hits, 4 runs, and 2 earned runs over his 5.2 innings of work. He also had 8 strikeouts and 5 walks. Griffin pitches with a long loose armaction with some arm speed. Hethrew his slurve for strikes and his velocity projects some.
Trey Quinn(2014 – Lake Charles, LA) and Andrew Bryan(2013 –Lake Charles, LA) each had multi-hit games for the Lake Charles Storm in their6-4 win over the Orlando Scorpions Black. Bryan went 3-3 on the game with a run and an RBI. He stays inside the ball well in hisswing and he takes the barrel on a line drive path. Quinn went 2-3 with a double, run, 2 RBI, and 2 stolenbases. He squared the ball up welland showed good bat speed. Quinnis a very good young follow in the 2014 class.
Paul Beglis(2012 – Lake Charles, LA) pitched 5 stronginnings for the Storm. He sat inthe 80-84 MPH range and showed confidence and moxie on the mound. He allowed 4 hits, 3 runs, and 1 earnedrun with 10 strikeouts, 4 walks, and 1 hit batsman. Beglis threw his curveball for strikes and it had tight spinand bite to it. Despite the 4 walks,he was around the plate and showed pitchability.
Zach Krider(2013 – Longwood, FL) swung the bat well for theScorpions going 2-3 with 2 RBI. Hehas a taller thick strong build and showed good bat speed. He’s a definite follow for the 2013class with the bat.
The Ifungo Revolution had 11 hits in their 12-0 win overTeam LA Blue. Connor Strain(2012 –Farmersburg, IN) went 3-3 with a double and 4 RBI to lead the Revolution. Strain has a thin lean athletic buildand got the barrel to the baseball well today. 8 other Revolution players had hits with 8 players scoringruns.
Excel Blue Sox hit 3 home runs in route to a 19-3 victoryover the Virginia Diamonds Underclass. Georgie Salem(2012 – Birmingham, AL), Dylan Smith(2012 – Pinson, AL),and Trent Simpson(2013 – Oxford, AL) all went deep for the Blue Sox. Georgie Salem hit a grand slam about 400 feet to right centerfield. He has a good left handedswing with good bat speed. His batprojects very well. Smith hit his3 run homer to left center field about 390 feet. He’s a taller stronger player who made consistent line drivecontact all game. Simpson is abigger strong player as well who hit a line drive over the left field fenceabout 350 feet. All 3 playersshowed power potential and have juice in their bat.
Alabama Seminoles right-handers Mitch Greer(2012 – Prattville,AL) and Keegan Thompson(2013 – Cullman, AL) both touched 88 MPH against theIllinois Sparks 2. Greer is athicker built kid with a loose quick arm action. His velocity projects well and pitches with someeffort. Thompson pitches with along loose arm action and the ball comes out of his hand clean. He projects very well and is no doubt atop arm in the 2013 class!
Gary Flowers(2012 – East Haven, CT) went the distance forBobby Valentine’s All Americans to pick up the win. The right-hander allowed 5 hits and 2 unearned runs with 5strikeouts and 3 walks. He sat inthe 80-84 MPH range with his fastball and threw his curveball for strikes. Flowers has a long loose arm actionwith arm speed. His velocityprojects some and his curveball has good bite to it. He also showed pitchability.
Brink Ambler(2012 – Williamsburg, VA) showed a very goodleft handed swing for the All Americans. His swing is loose and easy and quick to the baseball. He hit line drives all over the field,two just happened to go right to defensive players. Nelson Rodriguez(2012 – New York, NY) had a good day at theplate as well going 2-3 with 2 RBI and a stolen base. He’s a strong physical player with bat speed.
Team Rawlings-Texas Boom scored 19 runs in route to a 19-7win over the Long Island Whalers. The Boom pounded out 17 hits and took advantage of 8 free bases fromLong Island Whalers pitching. 6Boom players had multi-hit games with 8 players scoring more than 2 runs. Tyler Pollock(2012 – Flower Mound, TX)had a double, home run, and 5 RBI. The home run he hit was a line shot over the left field fence for agrand slam. The Boom have a lot ofplayers with bat speed and hitting tools.
The HC Hurricanes pounded out 10 hits in route to a 10-2 winover Tri State Arsenal Blue. Leading the way for the Hurricanes was David Hulls(2012 – Austin, TX),Brandon Gamboa(2012 – Temple, TX), and Dominique Finney(2012 – Austin,TX). Hulls and Gamboa each had 2hits while Finney scored 2 runs.
DBAT Mustangs McCabe beat the Florida Pokers Gray 5-4. DBAT’s closer Willie Schwanke(2011 –Frisco, TX) got the save by pitching a scoreless 7th inning. The right-hander sat at 84-87 MPH withhis fastball from a loose easy delivery. His arm works and he has arm speed. He made quick work of the Pokers with the hardest hit ballbeing a two-hopper back to the mound. 8 different Mustangs reached via a hit and they showed good balancethrough their lineup. Lead offhitter Craig Aiken(2012 – Coppell, TX) had the best stat line for the Mustangsgoing 1-4 with a double, run, and RBI. He runs well too.
Edwin Marquez(2011 – Sunrise, FL) swung the bat very wellfor the Pokers in defeat. Theleft-handed swinging outfielder went 3-3 and was a double away from thecycle. He scored 2 runs, 2 RBI,and a stolen base. Marquez staysinside the ball well with a smooth balanced swing. He generates bat speed and can hit!
Kali Baseball defeated Team Carolina 8-6 in the second gameof the day at Mt. Paran Christian. Leading the way for Kali was Jake Raynaud(2012 – Los Gatos, CA)and WillDennis(2012 – Saratoga, CA). Raynaud was 3-4 at the plate with a double, 3 runs, and a stolenbase. He has some bat speed and aline drive swing path. Dennis was2-3 with a run, 2 RBI, and a sac fly. Dennis has a thin lean projectable build and made hard contact on a linedrive up the middle for an RBI.
Xander Maddox showed some tools for Team Carolina. He showed some athleticism defensivelywith some arm strength. At theplate, he showed some bat speed with a short path to the ball.
Tim Kelly(2012 – Hampton, VA) pitched a 3 hit shutout forthe Virgina Diamonds 16U. Theright-hander lived at 82-85 MPH the whole game and touched 84 MPH in the 7th. Kelly has arm strength and throws witha long arm action. His velocityprojects with a few adjustments, and he has some arm speed. Kelly threw his 11/5 CB for strikes andwas around the plate all game. He’s a solid follow in the 2012 class.
David Lutz(2011 – Gloucester, VA) and Robbie Hiser(2012 –Yorktown, VA) homered for the Diamonds. Lutz swings from a slightly crouched stance and has a good path to thebaseball. Hiser has a stockyishbuild and swings from a slightly open stance. Both players generate bat speed in their swings and squaredthe ball up well.
BenJernigan(2012 – Atlanta, GA) pitched a 2 hit shutout to lead the East CobbRangers to a 1-0 win over the Georgia Hurricanes. Jernigan sat in the 80-82 MPH range early in the game andfinished at 78-80 MPH. He threwlots of breaking balls to keep the hitters off balance and he threw hisbreaking ball for consistent strikes.
Andrew Short(2012 – Roswell, GA) also threw the ball wellfor the Georgia Hurricanes. Hewent 6 innings allowing 3 hits, 1 run, 0 earned with 3 strikeouts and 3walks. He sat in the 82-86 MPHrange with his fastball and he throws it with a low effort delivery. Short will definitely throw harder andcan make those jumps quicker with a few minor adjustments.
Rangers lead-off hitter Glenn Sawyer(2012 – Atlanta, GA)swung the bat very well. He showedgood bat speed and a good swing path to the baseball. He also showed good actions defensively with some armstrength.
Matt Davidson(2011 – Markham, ON) threw a complete game forthe Ontario Blue Jays to get the win. He allowed 3 hits, 4 runs, no earned runs with 5 strikeouts and 7walks. He sat in the 80-83 MPHrange early on and pitched his way out of a couple jams. His arm works and there is morevelocity in there with a few mechanical adjustments.
Taylor Lehnert(2012 – Schererville, IN) pitched in the 84-86MPH range early in the game. Hehas a loose arm and pitches with low effort. His velocity projects some and his off-speed stuff isdeveloping.
Ethan Walker(2014 – Jacksonville, FL) came in relief topitch the 6th inning for the Jacksonville Warriors. The right-hander lived at 86-88 MPH fromthe wind-up and the stretch. Hehooks some in the back of his arm action and his arm works well as he brings itto release. Walker has arm speedand projects well. He’s got a 6-2/200lb body with a young projectable look to him. He’s a definite guy to follow over the next few years.
St. Louis Gamers pitcher Adam Putnam(2012 – St. Louis, MO)threw a complete game allowing just one hit and 2 unearned runs. He also struck out 6 and walked 4. He has a big 6-4/200 build and his bodyprojects. Putnam threw 80-83 forthe first two innings and settled in at 77-80 MPH the rest of the game. He throws with a shorter arm action andslings it a bit.
RJ Carroll(2011 – Lexington, KY) went the distance to getthe complete game win for the Kentucky Baseball Club. The tall right-hander allowed 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned with4 strikeouts and 2 walks. He satin the 80-82 MPH range with his fastball and throws with a long extended armaction.
Kevin Duchene(2012 – Joliet, IL) got the tough luck loss forthe Sparks as he didn’t allow a hit until the 4th inning. He allowed 4 runs, only 1 earned overhis 4.2 innings of work. Theleft-hander sat in the 80-83 MPH range and hid the ball well from hitters. Duchene throws 3 pitches for strikesand was around the plate all game.
The Houston Sox and Illinois Sparks 1 pitched their way to a0-0 tie in the second game of the day at Mt. Paran Christian. Sox starter Clayton Sparks(2012 –Conroe, TX) went the distance allowing 7 hits and 2 walks. He was steady in the 76-80 MPH rangeall game and threw 2 pitches for strikes. He has a Johan Santana style delivery from the left side and maintainsgood balance through his delivery. Sparks pitches to contact.
For the Sparks, starter Kyle Funkhouser(2012 – Oak Forest,IL) and reliever Mike Hearne(2012 – Palos Heights, IL) combined to shut downthe Sox. Funkhouser is aprojectable 6-2/187 lb right-hander with a short loose arm action withprojectable velocity. He sat at85-88 MPH over his 3 innings of work and allowed 3 hits with 2 strikeouts, 1walk, and 2 hit batsmen. The ballcomes out clean and his arm works well. Reliever Mike Hearne threw very well going 4 innings allowing just 1 runwith 3 strikeouts. The left-handersat in the 78-82 MPH range and threw 3 pitches for strikes. Hearne hides the ball well and has somedeception.
The biggest play of the game was in the 4thinning when Sox centerfielder Gerard Mantez(2012 – Katy, TX) threw out Sparksshortstop Tanner Geisel(2012 – Naperville, IL) at the plate for the 3rdout of the inning. That was theclosest either team got to scoring a run in the game.
Adam Huffman(2012 – Burlington, NC) was very good in relieffor Yak Baseball. The right handerwas 81-85 MPH with his fastball and showed some arm speed. He went 3.1 innings allowing 2 hits andno runs with 5 strikeouts and 3 walks.
Travis George(2012 – Centerport, NY) had an outstanding dayat the plate for CGI Braves. Hewent 3-3 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. George showed a balanced swing with good bat speed. He made consistent hard contact all dayand is a definite follow with the bat.