2010 National Underclass Showcase-Main Event Blogs
In the last top prospect game Team 5 and Team 6 battled to a 4-4 tie at the Red Sox Spring training complex. Team 6 pushed across three runs in the top of the first inning, before team Team 5 responded with a three spot in the second inning. Some of the game’s top performers included:
-LHP Ryan Lawlor (2012, Calvary Day School, GA) threw two perfect innings striking out three batters. He showed a feel for four quality pitches, including an 82-84 mph fastball and a devastating slider.
-RHP Sean Muller (2012, Centennial HS, GA) sat in the 84-85 range with his fastball which had hard armside run and sink. He complimented it with a nasty slider.
-RHP Mason Cathcart (2012, J.L. Mann HS, SC) sat in the 81-84 range with his fastball and it is easy to see plenty more in him as his arm action and delivery are both smooth and easy.
-2B/OF Zach Storm (2012, North Laurel HS, KY) was very impressive at the plate in this game with a pair of hard hit balls. He has very good present strength in his swing and the ball really jumps off his bat.
-3B/1B Tim Lynch (2012, Dwyer HS, FL) had a big day at the plate going 2-2 with a pair of doubles. He produces excellent bat speed from the left side of the plate and did a good job of squaring the ball up.
-C/1B/3B Jason DeDevers (2012, Sycamore HS, OH), 1B Dean Ballenger (2012, Francis Howell Central HS, MO), OF Logan McQuerry (2012, George Rogers Clark HS, KY), C/3B Jerry Chevarria (2012, St. John’s College HS, DC) and MIF David Belt (2012, Flint Hill Prep, VA) all drove in a run during the game for their respective teams.
One of two ties in the top prospect games featured Team 3 and Team 4 battling to a 3-3 tie on Thursday morning. In a game that featured several top 2013 prospect, some of the top performers were:
-1B/LHP Corey Baptist (2013, St. Petersburg Catholic HS, FL) had the game’s biggest highlight with a homerun to left-centerfeild. He is a tall and projectable athlete and the ball really jumps off his bat.
-SS Derek Deler (2013, Boone HS, FL) was one of the top defensive prospects at the showcase and had a RBI single in the game.
-C Handsome Monica (2014, St. Paul’s, LA) showed some of the best power of any player at the event despite being one of the youngest players in attendance.
-MIF Ryan Gridley (2014, Milton HS, GA) was 1-2 on the day with an RBI. The freshman does an outstanding job of squaring the ball up and driving it hard consistently.
-3B/1B Zach Krider (2013, Lake Brantley HS, FL) showed his impressive physical strength in the game hammering a ball at 89 mph off the bat.
-RHP Dan Hermann (2013, Christian Brothers College HS, MO) sat at 80-84 with good life on his fastball and a late-breaking curveball.
-RHP Adam Jelovic (2013, Parkway West, MO) featured a nice two-pitch mix with an 84-85 mph fastball and a tight curveball.
-OF/RHP Keenan Innis (2013, Blesse Trinity HS, GA) sat at 80-84 with his fastball that has good armside run and he also does a good job of commanding the strike zone.
Team 1 knocked off Team 2 5-3 on Thursday morning at the Red Sox Five-Plex. The game featured several power arms and a host of talented other prospects.
-RHP/OF Duane Underwood (2012, Pope HS, GA) was easily one of the top overall prospects in attendance and it was easy to see why on Thursday, as he easily fired a fastball in the 87-91 range. At 6-2, 195 lb he oozes projection and he is also a high-level hitting prospect.
-RHP Chris Elander (2012) also flashed outstanding velocity sitting at 85-88 and he shows outstanding arm speed.
-RHP Michael Hadden (2012, Prior Lake HS, MN) showed a nice feel for pitching with a fastball that sat at 85-88 and a quality breaking ball.
-RHP Danny Rosenbaum (2012) sat at 84-87 with his fastball and he also has good upside at the plate.
-LHP Matthew Crownover (2012, Ringgold HS, GA) has been a well known commodity for several years and it is easy to see why as he sat at 84-86 with his fastball, while showing very advanced pitchability for his age.
-3B/RHP Palmer Betts (2012, Cook County HS, GA) was loose and easy on the mound sitting at 84-85 with his fastball. His upside is also very high as a position player as he has elite defensive tools and big offensive upside.
-RHP Jimmy Lough (2012, Newark Catholic HS, OH) sat at 83-85 with his fastball and has a clean and polished delivery.
-LHP Trey Marker (2012, Bixby HS, OK) is very deceptive on the mound and was in the 83-85 range with his fastball.
-RHP Brandon Castro (2012) was up to 87 with his fastball. His velocity comes easy and he should project well down the road.
-MIF Jesmuel Valentin Diaz (2012, Puerto Rice Basebal Academy) was very impressive at the plate and shows an advanced hitting approach and good offensive tools.
-3B Eric Neitzel (2012, Gulliver Prep, FL) was 1-2 on the day and projects as one of the top power hitters in attendance.
-C/OF Jason School (2012, Glenbrook North HS, IL) had a key two-run single to stretch the lead to 5-2 in the ninth inning.
F Stephen Wrenn (2013 Walton HS, GA) also showed some nice offensive abilities, going 1-for-3 with a triple to lead off the game. Wrenn has some nice speed, and showcased his arm on the mound, topping out at 85 mph while allowing one hit in two relief innings. He showed some projectable tools and some good arm speed.
RHP Connor Justus (2013 Cartersville HS, GA) touched 84 on the mound, showing a solid tempo, late arm-side run, simple mechanics, and aggressiveness.
C/3B Connor Adamski (2012, Naperville North HS, IL) hit one of the days homeruns in batting practice. He has a short and simple left-handed swing and he produced consistent hard contact with his quick hands.
OF/3B Jordon Austin (2013, Ocala Forest HS, FL) showed solid hitting fundamentals and does a good job of staying inside the ball.
MIF Ronald Oberg (2012, Palm Beach Gardens HS, FL) has very good raw hitting tools to work with highlighted by his quick bat and good hands.
SS/RHP/OF Nolan Spangler (2012, Chaminade HS, MO) has the tools that should project well down the road with quick hands and good bat speed.
OF/C Mark Gottsacker (2012, Highland Park HS, TX) showed good strength in his swing and the ball comes off his bat well.
MIF/RHP Alexander Murphy (2013, Chopticon HS, MD) featured impressive strength in his swing and has tools that project well with his quick hands and good bat speed.
C/OF Jason Scholl (2012, Glenbrook North HS, IL) has impressive raw power potential and his upside is high as he already possesses outstanding strength.
MIF Zachary Giczewki (2012, Cardinal Mooney HS, FL) was one of the top switch-hitters on the day showing nearly equal ability from both sides of the plate. Right-handed, he has a smooth and balanced swing and does a good job of staying inside the ball.
RHP/OF Colin Tindall (2013, South Broward HS, FL) uses his hands well in his swing and does a good job of staying inside the ball.
3B/1B Zach Krider (2013, Lake Brantley HS, FL) has outstanding strength in his swing for his age and has good balance in his swing with the chance to feature very good raw power down the road.
MIF Anthony Gonzalez (2012, Westminster Christian, FL) was one of the day’s top hitters and has an advanced approach at the plate. He has very high upside at the plate and does a very good of staying inside the ball with his quick hands.
OF Jack Simons (2012, Bullis School, VA) has good present strength and produced consistent hard line-drive contact to the pull side.
C/3B Cristian Munoz (2012, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy) was one of the top bats on Tuesday and put on a show in batting practice. He has outstanding power from the left side and produces plus bat speed. He was one of the few players on the day to go deep in batting practice.
MIF Joshua Bunselmeyer (2012, Glendale HS, MO) showed good offensive tools and has good bat speed. He does a good job of squaring the ball up and his upside is high.
3B Eric Neitzel (2012, Gulliver Prep, FL) is an early commit to Miami and it is easy to see why. He has outstanding raw power potential in his strong frame and the ball really jumps off his bat.
RHP/1B Max Beerman (2012, Jesuit HS, FL) put on a show in batting practice easily putting balls over the right field wall with ease. He produces outstanding power from his short and simple left-handed swing and there is plenty to project in him.
3B Lazaro Romero (2012, Coral Reef HS, FL) showed good raw power at the plate and he has good present strength in his swing and the ball jumps off his bat.
Perfect Game’s largest annual showcase, the National Underclass Showcase kicked off on Tuesday morning with 430 players converging on Fort Myers, Florida. With temperatures hovering around freezing at 7am, the workout kicked off at 9am with the 60-yard dash and defensive drills. At 1:00 batting practice got going with 14 team going on Tuesday and the rest of the teams hitting on Wednesday.
Here are some of the highlights for Tuesday’s batting practice session.
MIF Jesmuel Valentin Diaz (2012, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy) showed outstanding skills from both sides of the plate and has big offensive upside. He has a polished swing from the right side of the plate with good bat speed and he also went deep from the left side of the plate.
3B Tim Lynch (2012, Dwyer HS, FL) has good tools from the left side of the plate with good bat speed and raw power potential.
C/1B Wilfredo Rodriguez (2012, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy) has outstanding strength in his swing and projects to have very good raw power down the road.
OF/LHP Tom Stoffel (2013, Northmont HS, OH) has a smooth and easy left-handed swing and took a very quality batting practice, driving the ball hard consistently.
C/IF Nick Bisplinghoff (2013, Cardinal Mooney HS, FL) has a polished hitting approach and a smooth and balanced swing with good hand speed.
Top outfield velocities recorded at the National Underclass Main Event.
Pedro Perez (2013, Burlington City High School, Burlington, NJ) showed well today in team Gold's (2) game. Perez has an athletic build, and stays inside the ball at the plate. Perez has good speed on the bases and got a good jump from first on his stolen base. Perez showed good actions at short stop while making plays while he was in the field.
Joseph Frey (2012, Moorestown High School, Moorestown, NJ) collected one hit for team Gold (2). Frey has a big strong build, with good strength in his swing. He also moves well behind the plate and has a good catch and throw behind the plate.
Jake Cosart (2012, Clear Creek High School, League City, TX) has a lean athletic build, with a projectable frame. Cosart makes solid line drive contact, and the ball comes off the bat well.
Derek Pandolfi (2012, Cape Coral High School, Cape Coral, FL) topped out at 86 mph on his fastball for team White (1). Pandolfi's fastball sat at 82-85 with a curveball that was 75-76 and a change that was 75-77. Pandolfi has a medium solid build, with a high 3/4 arm slot. He has good mechanics, has good life on his fastball, he is a low effort pitcher that spotted his curveball better as the game went on.
Ryan Lawlor (2012, Calvary Day School, Savannah, GA) topped out at 84 mph on his fastball for team White (1). Lawlor's fastball sat at 82-83, with a curveball that was 71-73 and a change that was 76. Lawlor has a lean build and uses a high 3/4 arm slot. He has some arm side run on his fastball, with a repetitive motion and good life on his fastball and curveball.
Jhan Figueroa (2012, Jose Collazo Colon High School, Caguas, PR) lead Team Purple (5) offensively this afternoon going 2-4 in their game. Figueroa has a good solid build, with good bat speed, and hit the ball hard in his third at bat for a single.
Jesmuel Valentin Diaz (2012, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Manati, PR) went 1-3 with a hustle double, and a run scored in his game. Valentin Diaz has an athletic build, with good range at short and smooth actions defensively. Valentin Diaz also has a good swing with decent speed on the bases with good baseball instincts.
Tim Lynch (2012, Dwyer High School, Jupiter, FL) was 2-3 in the game for team Purple (5). Lynch has a good athletic frame, with a strong build. Lynch has good bat speed, and goes with the pitch.
Kevin Pulone (2012, Auburndale High School, Auburndale, FL) was 1-3 in the game for team Vegas Gold (6) with a hard hit triple to the right field wall. Pulone has a good swing, is smart on the bases and has good instincts on the bases. Pulone also shows good hustle on and off the field.
Tom Stoffel (2013, Northmont High School, Englewood, OH) also showed well during the game for Vegas Gold (6). Stoffel has an aggressive approach, puts the ball in play and has an aggressive approach at the plate.