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2013 National Academic Showcase






2014 Top Prospects

Chandler Amason - RHP - 2014 - Grayson, GA
Large strong build with an aggressive leg kick delivery and is confident in his pitches. He has good armside run on his fastball with good bite to his slider which he throws at 77mph.

Michael Brenner - OF - 2014 - Boca Raton, FL
Had the fastest 60 in the National Academic showcase which allows him to track down most balls in the outfield. At the plate he has a short compact swing with a line drive approach and hits the ball to all fields.

Evan Dougherty - OF - 2014 - Fort Myers, FL
Athletic frame with a solid build with a strong arm in the outfield with a quick release plays through the ball and has good footwork. At the plate Dougherty has a line drive swing plane with good bat speed and gets good extension.

Brandon Etheridge - OF - 2014 - Cartersville, GA
Athletic Outfielder with great arm strength that makes online accurate throws and has good footwork. At the plate Etheridge has a slightly open stance with good bat speed and makes solid consistent contact at the plate.

Houston Glad - RHP - 2014 - Tahlequah, OK
Had the top fastball in the National Academic topping out at 90mph with his changeup at 78mph. He gets good arm side run on his fastball as well as on his changeup and maintains his arm speed on his changeup.

Michael Hall - RHP - 2014 - Lexington, KY
Has a large projectable build with an online balanced delivery and is quick to the plate with runners on. Hall has good command of his pitches and throws inside to hitters effectively.

Palance "PJ" Harris II - 1B - 2014 - Frisco, TX
Strong build with lots of power in his bat which he showed off during batting practice homering once and hitting a couple of more balls off the wall. Harris has good bat speed with lift in his swing and the ball jumps off his bat.

Austin Heinz - RHP - 2014 - Windermere, FL
Large projectable frame with an athletic build, pitches from a 3/4 arm slot with good mechanics. Heinz is able to throw his fastball up in the zone for strikes and has good depth on his 11-5 curveball.

Griffin Helms - C - 2014 - Duluth, GA
Strong compact player who looks like a middle linebacker on the field. Had a great showing this weekend running the second fastest time for the Academic Showcase to go along with the best pop time. Helms has good extension at the plate with good bat speed and makes hard contact.

Luke Johnson - RHP - 2014 - Atlanta, GA
Large athletic frame with a solid build with good arm strength, pitches from a 3/4 arm slot with a good balanced delivery and works at a fast pace on the mound. Johnson attacks hitters with his fastball at the plate and pounds the strike zone. Also showed some pop in his bat hitting a Home Run in one of his team’s games.

Clay Joseck - 3B - 2014 - Katy, TX
Strong projectable player who also pitches some. Has a quick transfer and release behind the plate with a quick arm and does a good job of blocking balls. Joseck makes hard contact at the plate and hits the ball to all fields.

Noah Lee - C - 2014 - Cedar Hill, TX


Juan Martinez - C - 2014 - Pembroke Pines, FL
Has good footwork behind the plate, very quick transfer and release. Has short compact swing, stays inside the ball well. A line drive swing plane with good bat speed, ball jumps off his bat. Takes an aggressive swing with good pop in his bat.

Ryan McCullers - C - 2014 - Tampa, FL
Compact strong build who gets good extension at the plate with good bat speed and is a gap to gap hitter with pop in his bat. Has quick actions behind the plate with a quick release and works well with his pitchers.

Brendan McGuigan - RHP - 2014 - Austin, TX
Has a strong athletic build with a smooth delivery and a fastball that tops out at 87mph. McGuigan attacks hitters on the mound with good command of his pitches and uses his slider as hit out pitch.

Grant Page - 2B - 2014 - Sugar Land, TX
Big strong kid with a deliberate delivery and attacks hitters with his fastball. Preston has good command of his pitches with good arm strength and the ball jumps out of his hands. Austin Heinz (RHP, 2014, Windermere, FL) Large projectable frame with an athletic build, pitches from a 3/4 arm slot with good mechanics. Heinz is able to throw his fastball up in the zone for strikes and has good depth on his 11-5 curveball.

Will Preston - RHP - 2014 - Sugar Land, TX
Big strong kid with a deliberate delivery and attacks hitters with his fastball. Preston has good command of his pitches with good arm strength and the ball jumps out of his hands.

Gerrio Rahming - OF - 2014 - Rabun Gap, GA
Has the speed in the outfield to cover lots of ground with good arm strength. Rahming makes solid contact at the plate with good bat speed and has a middle of the field approach.

Matt Rothenberg - 3B - 2014 - Boca Raton, FL
Projectable strong infielder with good arm strength across the infield with good lateral mobility and has a quick transfer. Starts with an aggressive approach at the plate with a line drive swing and has quick hands at the plate.

Bruce Steel - SS - 2014 - Jupiter, FL
Athletic player who makes line drive contact at the plate with good extension and hits to all fields. He showed power in the games portion by hitting a home run. In the field Steel has good mechanics at both his positions with good arm strength.

Mack Wilkins - RHP - 2014 - Fayetteville, GA
Large projectable frame with an athletic build pitches from an over the top arm angle, with good arm speed and attacks hitters. He has confidence in his pitches with good command and his 12-6 curveball with good late break to it.

Charlie Winek - OF - 2014 - Gibsonia, PA
Solid all-around outfielder with a strong arm that makes accurate online throws and attacks the ball well. Has an aggressive swing at the plate with quick hands and a line drive swing plane.

Peter Zyla - C - 2014 - Alpharetta, GA
Strong athletic player who is a definite 2-way prospect. Has a quick transfer and release with good hands and good footwork. Makes line drive contact at the plate and has pop in his bat. Zyla is quick to the plate with a quick arm and a smooth repeatable delivery. Zyla’s fastball topped out at 87mph to go with his slider at 72mph and his changeup at 76mph.


2015 Top Prospects

Evan Acosta - LHP - 2015 - Batavia, IL
Pitches from a high 3/4 arm slot with a free and easy delivery the ball comes out clean and he has a good demeanor on the mound. Acosta has very good command of his pitches with late run on his fastball which ties hitters up.

Ben Baggett - RHP - 2015 - Fayetteville, GA
Two-way prospect that impressed behind the plate with his quick actions with a strong accurate arm and a quick transfer and release. Has an aggressive middle of the field approach at the plate and has good bat speed. He pitches from a 3/4 arm slot with a quick arm and is aggressive with his fastball. He has good command of his pitches and mixes them well to keep hitters off balance.

Chase Belk - RHP - 2015 - Sumter, SC
Is aggressive on the mound with sound mechanics and has a good mound presence. Pitches form a low 3/4 arm slot with sink to his fastball and a sharp slider with late life at 74mph.

Alex Bialakis - RHP - 2015 - Boca Raton, FL
Pitches from a high 3/4 arm slot has good extension out front, with good leg drive and attacks batters at the plate. He has good sinking action on his changeup which was 76mph and a curveball that has great depth which comes in at 68mph.

Alex Dickinson - C - 2015 - Weston, FL
Two-way prospect that hits to all fields with a line drive swing plane and makes good consistent contact at the plate. Has quick actions behind the plate with a strong accurate arm and a quick smooth transfer. On the mound Dickinson’s fastball topped out at 83mph with good late sink to it and has an easy repeatable delivery with smooth mechanics.

Anthony Forte - OF - 2015 - Hoffman Estates, IL
Large projectable frame with bat speed has a good swing and hits to all fields. Forte has good speed which allows him to cover lots of ground, has good arm strength and attacks the ball.

Andrew Kane - RHP - 2015 - Windermere, FL
Kane is a 6-6 Right handed side arm pitcher with an 85mph Fast ball with arm side run. Andrew also keeps hitters off balance with his 11/4 breaking ball at 71mph and his changeup at 74mph.

Deaven Phillips - RHP - 2015 - Dade City, FL
Projectable frame with an easy smooth online delivery with sound mechanics which he repeats. Phillips has arm side run on his fastball with a late breaking slider at 77mph and is around the plate with both pitches.

Konnor Pilkington - LHP - 2015 - Lucedale, MS
Large solid build with a good frame, has a loose live arm with a tall projectable frame on the mound. He had his fastball sitting at 80-84mph with arm side run on it which he complements with a curveball that comes in at 67mph.

Adam Saks - RHP - 2015 - Delray Beach, FL
Legitimate two-way prospect with an athletic frame, a line drive swing plane and good bat speed. He has great arm strength in the outfield with good footwork and plays through the ball well. Pitches from a high 3/4 arm slot with sound mechanics and an online delivery.

Eugene Brandon "Brad" Stewart II - OF - 2015 - Savannah, GA
Another two-way athletic that has good speed which allows him to cover a lot of ground in the outfield and has a quick release with great arm strength. Stewart has good bat speed with a line drive swing plane and hits the ball to all fields. On the mound Stewart pitches from a 3/4 arm slot with a short arm action, and sound mechanics. He has good life on his fastball that tops out at 84mph to go along with a curveball at 68mph.

Michael Van Degna - 1B - 2015 - Miami, FL
Large projectable player with a strong build, has good mechanics in the outfield with good arm strength and accurate throws. Van Degna has a line drive swing plane with gap to gap pop.


2016 Top Prospects

Justin Ager - RHP - 2016 - Hamilton, VA
Large projectable frame with a solid build had his fastball top out at 81mph with his curveball at 69mph. Pitches from a 3/4 arm slot has a balanced online delivery with good depth to his curveball.

Sam Joyce - MIF - 2016 - Santa Fe, NM
Quick MIF with good lateral movement and has an accurate arm across the diamond. Has quick hands at the plate with extension and is a gap to gap hitter.

Giovanny Ocampo - C - 2016 - Miami, FL
Good arm strength behind the plate with good lateral movement and good footwork. Quick actions with a short arm action behind the plate. Swings with good extension. Has a line drive swing plane, makes solid contact with pop in his bat. Young promising catcher to follow as he continues to get older.