9/11/2012 8:10:52 AM
You can probably tell by the timing of these reports that it's been a busy summer. Things really kicked off Memorial Days weekend with the WWBA tournament season, followed by our Sunshine and National Showcases in June and then the WWBA and BCS national championships in late June and July. This year we had a new tournament series, the PG World Series, in four different age divisions, and then turned our attention back to showcases, and the PG All-American Classic in August. We still have quite a few tournament events to go here in September and into October, with most of those events culminating in Jupiter, Fla. for the WWBA World Championship.
Along the way I have been watching games in addition to our own events. I am not going to supply my opinions on players from our events because that is why we have scouts and player profile reports. If you do happen to read these and have any questions on specific players not mentioned, don't hesitate to ask.
Anyway, I already shared my thoughts on the Team USA players. I'm not a huge fan of the college/high school merged format, as I don't think it benefits either group of players, but it obviously does create a pretty cool showcase type format with some of the best high school and college players on the same field.
I was also able to watch the Northwoods League All-Star Game in person and shared those thoughts here.
Stay tuned to the site as we will also start to unveil our top overall 2013 MLB draft prospects this week before turning our attention back to the summer collegiate leagues next week.
Now onto the Cape All-Star Game.
East pitchers (in the order they threw):
Aaron Blair: Slow wind, quick arm on delivery. Good arm speed, nice sink on fastball. Works down. Good size, strong sturdy frame. Low ¾ delivery. Much more hittable when elevates. Didn't get a chance to see good breaking ball.
Matt Boyd: Over the top delivery, broad shouldered build. Likes throwing hard slurve. Has some herk/jerk to delivery. Aggressive approach, attacks hitters. Also has change. See him as a reliever, possibly specialist in pro ball, and could enjoy success in that role.
Pat Christensen: Quick, quirky/funky mechanics and delivery. Low ¾. Has decent breaking ball, attacks hitters.
David Whitehead: Good size, well built, workhorse stature. Low waist. Reminiscent of Jimmy Nelson (Alabama). Kept ball low and to no surprise got ground ball outs. Sweeping slider. Low leg raise, compact delivery given size/stature. Works away with breaking ball, needs more consistent bite on pitch. Two runners reached on bad defense behind him, got out of inning when he induced DP with bases loaded, 1 out.
Kyle Crockett: Lean projectable LHP. Long arm delivery. Very lean, needs to add strength. Pitches down in zone. Promising spin on curveball.
Brian Verbitsky: Challenges hitters with fastball. Not overpowering but good stuff and aggressive approach. Has solid changeup, breaking ball loopy, but not many pitchers in this game had sharp breaking stuff given length/nature of appearance.
Ryan Thompson: Quick off mound. Well proportioned/put together athlete. Has some added movement to delivery which creates some deception. Low ¾ arm slot. Nice changeup, pulled string perfectly. Works away, fastball has some movement. Sinker/slider profile.
Tom Windle: Good size/stature with room for added strength. Slurvy breaking ball with sharp break. Started all over the place, overthrowing. Needs more consistency on breaking ball and with command, similar to what I saw in start last March. Did snap off a few really sharp breaking balls so potential is there. Easy arm strength, FB up to mid-90s this summer, sits upper-80s to low-90s. The run he gave up came on a wild pitch (slider in dirt).
Michael Wagner: Broad shouldered/low waist build, low ¾ somewhat crossfire delivery. Sweeping slider he uses well to pitch in on the hands of LH hitters. Moves ball around, changes speeds well between fastball and slider.
Sean Manaea: This was the first time I've seen Manaea. Believe the hype, very exciting prospect. Long arms and legs with tall stature. Uses size incredibly well throwing downhill. Ball looks like its released on top of batter's hands. Smooth, repeatable mechanics. Easy arm strength/velocity. Gave up leadoff single, which was a weak tapper up middle. Manaea picked off that batter. Patient presence on mound with slow, deliberate delivery. Low ¾ arm slot. Good fastball command. Really sharp, short-breaking slider. In rhythm, perfect package to be future staff ace a la David Price.
Konner Wade: Low waist, strong lower half. Low ¾, throws across body some. Long arm action, works away, lulls hitters to sleep. Nice late dip on fastball. Good changeup too. Groundball machine.
David Garner: High waist, long arm action. Very smooth, repeatable delivery. Decent off-speed SL/CH. Has live arm, not over-powering but room for improvement.
Trey Masek: High leg kick, shorter with strong lower half. Sharp curveball. Fastball has sink. Works lower half well. Nice 3-pitch mix, repeats well, quick inning in this game, groundballs.
Jeff Hoffman: Nice size and overall athlete with projectability. Best looking pitcher's build of those that took the mound. High waist with lean, long limbs and current strength. Promising curveball, good break has some sweeping action now. Low ¾ arm slot.
Timothy Giel: Wider lower half, short arm delivery. Sturdy build. Sinking fastball with sweeping breaker. Throws a lot of off-speed, not overpowering.
Nick Rumbelow: Shorter build, max effort delivery with hard recoil gives him reliever profile. Good athlete. Comes over top. Very sharp curveball.
Colby Suggs: Shorter with wide lower half. Goes right after hitters with fearless approach. Quick inning got Andrew Knapp on high fastball to end frame. Hitters didn't look to have much of a chance. Short reliever profile.
Dan Slania: High waist, broad-shouldered build. Barrel chest gives him a Roger Clemens feel with similar delivery, minus the low ¾ arm slot. Has a good changeup.
Alex Blandino: Smaller, quick-twitch athlete. Patient approach at plate with bat speed and gap power. Runs well. Smooth defensively, turned a nice DP in the 6th. Shows pro MIF actions.
Phillip Ervin: Exciting player to watch. Very quick bat with good power despite smaller stature. Well put together athlete that clearly puts a lot of time in the weight room. Did a nice job working count, fouling off pitches and going with pitch to hit oppo. single in 7th. Has enough speed to be stolen base threat, but isn't a burner.
Conrad Gregor: I've seen Gregor quite a few times. He's a very polished hitter, one of those guys who is who he is. Has played OF but fits best at 1B. Bat will always define value. Home run production hasn't developed yet but power is there, and will need to show up more during games for him to reach his potential.
Andrew Knapp: Switch hitting catcher with line drive swing. Swing made more for contact and to the gaps. Good strength in frame but likely won't be a huge HR threat. Needs work defensively particularly in his arm strength and release. Could be Brian Harper type behind plate.
Eric Jagielo: Upright stance, thick lower half, promising power potential. LH hitter that has some Kevin Youkilis qualities to him.
Pat Biondi: Very short but well put together. Quick compact stroke and good wheels. Has a little pop, but game is best served putting ball in play and using speed to get on base/stretch extra base hits.
Jacob May: Really good athlete with room to grow and add strength. Switch hitter with some pop and bat speed. Solid instincts in the outfield with the speed to run balls down.
Tyler Ross: Strong, broad-shouldered build. I've seen several times before and I'm very impressed with his defensive tools. Good presence behind plate with solid blocking skills, strong/accurate throwing arm.
Mason Robbins: Really good looking athlete with a very good approach at the plate as a LH hitter. Has a clean swing with power potential. Has some speed but fits best on OF corner, enough arm strength for RF. Most power is to the gaps at this point in time but there's reason to believe he'll add more. Very well known in HS and had good year as freshman at Southern Miss.
Colin Moran: Looks like a big leaguer, does all of the little things well and is an obvious presence on the field. Very polished defensively at third base, did a really nice job picking ball to start 5-4-3 DP with perfect relay throw to 2B. Smooth LH swing with a very good approach and obvious hand-eye coordination. Did a nice job going with outside pitch and slicing it to left field. Makes the game look easy, although eventual power production will be in question. More of a singles/doubles hitter and profiles in similar fashion to former UNC 1B Dustin Ackley.
Daniel Palka: Had 3 hits in the game, one of the best college hitters out there. Very strong build. Profiles best at 1B but has impressive power potential. Good overall approach with the ability to hit for average and power with solid on-base skills.
Mitchell Garver: Well built, strong upper half. Runs well for catcher. Quick behind plate, really good blocking skills. Quick release with strong, accurate arm. Gunned down 2 runners in game with absolute hoses to 2B. Promising bat as well.
Mott Hyde: Similar build/profile to Craig Biggio. Smaller but strong sparkplug type build. Really nice range at 2B. Made really nice play ranging far to his right to make play behind the 2B bag.