Sheldon (OR) vs. O’Connor (AZ)
This game seemed to go back and forth all game. Bothteams possessed some quality players and were very similar in terms of ateam. O’Connor may have had more big names, but no name was bigger thanSheldon’s Brett Nielson.
-Sheldon 2013 LHP Brett Nielson was the player to be watched at thegame today. Nielson was a big bodied lefty that showed a lot of promiseon the mound. Being from Oregon, he only had one start beforetoday. He did look like he was shaking a little rust from the tank,working on hitting his spots and locating his CB as opposed to dominatingplayers with his FB as we have seen before. Nielson topped out at 85 mph(we have seen him higher), but sat more comfortably in the low 80’s. HisCB showed some very tight break occasionally, but like his FB, seemed a bitinconsistent due to the lack of mound work he has been able to have so far thisseason. Very few are worried that this kid won’t be the elite prospectthat he is later in the season.
-Sheldon 2013 INF Cooper Stiles also impressedtoday. Stiles played SS for Sheldon, but looks and moves more like a 3Bor 2B at the next level. He is extremely athletic and looks the part of areal player. He showed a plus arm in the field and some potential powerat the plate. He ended up with a few ground balls, but the BS wasdefinitely present. He seemed to be extremely tuned into the game, mustbe an attribute he picked up from his dad who is currently on the Oregoncoaching staff. There is a lot of upside to this Junior from Oregon.
-Sheldon 2013 OF/LHP Mike Ralston caused a lot of eyes to popwhen he stepped into the batters box. Ralston is big, athletic, man buildof a kid. He looked very raw at the plate, but possessed the strengththat could turn into some serious power when he fine tunes his swing. The big lefty will take the mound on Wednesday.
-O'Connor 2014 LHP Cameron Ming was a very scrappy lefty that seemed to get a lot ofouts. When he was on his game, his location was very impressive. Occasionally he left a few out on the plate that turned into hits, but overallwas impressive. Ming did not overpower any of the Sheldon hitters withhis FB sitting in the high 70’s, but frustrated every hitter in the Sheldonlineup by constantly keeping them off balance. Ming could be O’Connor’stop pitcher this year so the sky is the limit for this young sophomore.
Lowell (CA) vs. Hillsboro (OR)
-Hillsboro 2013 Jack Coates sat mid to upper 70’s. He had a long stiff AA that caused is FBto run in on hitters. He occasionally flashed an 11-5 CB that was usedmore to set up his hitters rather than being a strikeout pitch. He tendedto start in on the hands to righties with his FB before throwing his CBoutside. After getting them off balance, he would come back in on thehands and produce a lot of ground balls.
-Hillsboro 2013 Stefanos Panayioutou was a brightspot in the lineup for the solid hitting Hillsboro lineup. Most of theteam had a similar approach to the plate, being line drive contact, notoverpowering hitters. Stefanos was one of the rare exceptions. Hehad the ability to drive the ball with some power in the gaps and looks to havethe ability to hit for some power in the future.
-Lowell 2013 Elijah Saunders looked verycomfortable at the SS position. He feet worked well and had some abilitywith the glove. He was a raw athlete in the field, but had the makings ofa solid middle infielder at the next level. Saunders swung from the leftside of the plate and had the same look in the box as on the field. Heshowed some definite tools with the bat, but was a bit raw at this point in hiscareer. With more experience on the field, Saunders is one to watch offof the Lowell squad.
Boulder Creek (AZ) vs. West Salem (OR)
· -2012 Cameron Brendel Anthem, AZ started on thebump and sat 80-83 with his FB. He flashed a decent 11-5 CB that had somebreak, but he relied more on going inside and out with his FB. He spottedup very well with his tailing FB. He was a fierce competitor as he gotinto a few jams, but seemed to come out ahead in the end.
· -2012 West Tunnell Anthem, AZ showed the mostability out in the field by making play after play. He had extremelysmooth actions and showed a lot of range by making plays that seemed like surehits. Tunnell continued to impress all game as his knowledge of the gamewas unbelievable at this age. He always seemed to have an idea of what todo next and never tried to do too much.
· -2012 Chase Wagner from Anthem, AZ was a leftythat swung a nice bat at the plate. Wagner is a smaller build, but hadsome BS and controlled the bat very well. Not much present power, but hasa swing that will develop into power with added size. Wagner is a extrabase type hitter because of his ability to drive gaps and speed on the basepaths.
George Washington (CO) vs. Klamath Falls (CA)
· -2013 Marcus Paschal from Klamath Falls, OR was abig bodied 1B that showed some pop and BS. Had a very raw, violent swingthat gave him the ability to square one ball over the RF head for adouble.
· -2012 Dane Vande Guchte from San Francisco, CAwas the leader of the team at SS. He moved well in the field flashingsigns of solid middle infielder actions, made a play in the hole that showed hehad some range. Typical line drive, gap to gap hitter with a solidapproach at the plate. Top of the lineup type of guy.
· -2012 Javon Phillips from San Francisco, CA was agood compliment to Guchte up the middle as it seemed they have been playingtogether for years. Phillips was extremely athletic and possessed someserious speed. After reaching first, he stole second, third, and finishedoff by getting out of a rundown situation to score.