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High School  | General  | 6/7/2023

Caminiti Enters the Mix as a 2024

Jheremy Brown     
Photo: Cam Caminiti (Perfect Game)

Most of what Cam Caminiti does on the diamond simply isn't replicated amongst his peers, and that's no slight to them, but more so a nod to the talent possessed by the 6-foot-2, 205-pound southpaw. Since we saw him back in 2020 in Oklahoma City, Okla. at the 13u Select Festival, Caminiti has continued to take significant leaps in his developmental process, seeing the then low-80s fastball run into the upper-90s while putting some very real left-handed power on display as well. Situated at No. 2 in the class of 2025, the path for the Arizona native to jump up a grade and expedite his process was clear, whether the next destination is Baton Rouge, Louisiana or the 2024 MLB Draft. 

We got a glimpse of what Caminiti is capable of just the other week during the West Memorial Day as he took to the hill and twirled a 6 inning gem, a span in which he punched out 13, walked just 1 (third batter of game) and allowed just a single, all on 76 pitches while pounding the zone at a 75% clip. Oh, we didn't mention he peaked at 96 mph and showed off a power breaking ball, both of which are complimented by the aforementioned strike throwing ability.

With Caminiti's announcement about his jump to the 2024 class, a path we've become familiar with following Konnor Griffin's, Noah Franco's and Michael Torres's reclass process, he debuts at No. 10, a spot from which he'll look to improve upon throughout the summer circuit. He's no stranger to Perfect Game events, nor the national stage as a two-time Select Festival alum, and with his move up a year, scouts will be certain to know all about the flame throwing left-hander out of Scottsdale. 

And while I've spoken to what he brings to the mound, it's worth noting that Caminiti is listed as a primary outfielder whose left-handed swing is full of bat speed and impact strength, making for a very viable two-way option should he choose at the next level. He's coming off a summer in which he slashed .337/.425/.884 where he connected for 7 doubles, swiped 15 bags and walked more than he struck out, all while playing mostly 18u baseball in what would have been his 15u summer circuit, just to put those numbers in perspective. It also makes his 38 strikeouts in 26.1 innings on the bump even more impressive, working into the mid-90s than while allowing just 11 hits on the summer to some players 3 years his senior. The success last summer is yet another sign that he should make the grade jump rather seamlessly given he spent the entirety of the 2022 summer playing up at least 2 years. 

His commitment to the LSU Tigers was one in the making as Head Coach Jay Johnson, as always, was heavily involved in the recruiting efforts during his time at the University of Arizona, a not-so-distant campus from Caminiti's home. Speaking of the Tigers, following Caminiti's announcement, Johnson and his staff now have 4 of the top 10 players in the class committed (No. 1 Derek Curiel, No. 2 Konnor Griffin, No. 4 Cade Arrambide) and also have No. 12 Landon Victorian, giving them 5 in the top 15. I'm no math expert, but having 33% of the top 15 commits seems good to quite good. 

Aside from a pure talent standpoint, much like the other three players who moved up to the 2024 class mentioned above, Caminiti goes from being on the older end of the 2025 class (roughly 18.10 if we held the July date) to now ~17.10, meaning an MLB team could get him into their system before he turns 18. Here's an excerpt from the piece I wrote following Noah Franco's reclass announcement:

"Why are we seeing a slight uptick in players reclassing upwards? A quick look at the prep picks in this past year’s MLB Draft who were selected in the first round reveals the average age was 18.4 (including Cam Collier, 18.5 without his inclusion) at the time of the draft, something that certainly is factored into the evaluation process. Let's go back a couple more years: 2021 average was 18.4, 2020 was 18.3 and 2019 was 18.5."

Whether he ultimately goes pro out of high school next summer or steps foot on LSU's campus come the fall of 2024, Caminiti will be certain to draw a crowd wherever and whenever he gets out onto a field.