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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

14u Invitational Quick Hits

Vincent Cervino        

Treyton Rank,
SS/OF/RHP (2021, Parker, Colo.) put together a strong tournament showing off tools both on the mound and offensively. Rank has advanced physicality and is listed at a strong 6-foot-1, 174 pounds. The athleticism allowed him to play both shortstop and centerfield for the Aces. He has solid bat speed at the plate with a fly-ball/power approach and a loose, fluid path. Rank has a quick arm on the mound showing off his arm strength and working 81-83 mph and topping out at 85 mph during his first appearance on the mound.

Joshua Hartle, LHP, (2021, King, N.C.) tossed a gem for the Dirtbags in their opening game. Hartle has a very lean, projectable frame at 6-foot-3, 150-pounds. He throws from a lower three-quarter arm slot with the arm being long and loose throughout. Hartle gets decent extension and worked 78-80 mph with his fastball early on; he also showed a curveball and changeup, the latter of which showed occasional tumble down and to the arm side.

Brandon Hudson, RHP, (2021, Waxhaw, N.C.) showed high levels of velocity by topping out at 85 mph on the mound during Sunday’s action. Hudson is listed at 6-foot-3, 165-pounds with immense projection to add strength and size to the frame. The delivery and arm action are a bit raw but he releases from a tough arm slot that allows him to create plane on his fastball. He had a feel for his curveball as well, but the arm talent alone is what really stood out.

Jacob Orr, MIF, (2021, Frederick, Md.) had perhaps the strongest tournament of any hitter on his way to collecting MVP honors. Orr has a very young frame, he only just turned fourteen, with good hand speed in the swing. He has a decent baseline of athleticism and the bat travels through the hitting zone quickly. Orr has some raw power in the swing as well showing barrel control throughout the tournament as well.

Quinn Allen, 3B/RHP, (2021, Germantown, Md.) showed potential with the bat and his arm strength. Playing the hot corner for the majority of the event, he was able to catch speedy runners with his arm strength, up to 81 mph on the mound. The swing is long at the plate but he is able to make hard contact and showed the ability to go to the opposite field as well.

Carter Holton, LHP, (2021, Guyton, Ga.) pitched the best game of the event by striking out twelve in 5.2 innings. Holton has a projectable pitchers frame with a loose arm. He creates deception on the mound and creates a difficult angle of entry with his fastball to opposing hitters. Holton worked in the 80-82 mph range, topping out at 83 mph, with a lot of swings and misses.

Braden Montgomery, OF, (2021, Madison, Miss.) is young for his grad year, being only thirteen, but showed interesting tools. He hits from both sides of the plate and showed a knack for getting the bat head on the ball. Montgomery also plays centerfield and will continue to improve at the position as he matures and adds strength and speed; he has a good baseline with his overall athleticism.

Cole Tolbert, SS, (2021, Laurel, Miss.) is another player to just turn fourteen and has interesting tools. The actions at shortstop is clean and his build is advanced for the class with good size on the frame. The batting stance is simple with a high hand set and high back elbow with future power potential as he continues to add size and strength.

Michael Braswell, SS/RHP, (2021, Mableton, Ga.) showed off sound offensive and defensive tools throughout the event. The frame is athletic with quick twitch and projects for much more as he matures. The swing will get a bit long at times but he gets it through the zone quickly with some pop from the right side. Defensively he made a number of smooth strength and showed off solid arm strength.

Natarious Smith, LHP, (2021, Tyrons, Ga.) started on the mound for Team Halo’s first round playoff game. The fastball touched 80 mph early on and settled in the 76-79 mph range for the majority of the outing. The arm action was long and he coiled his upper half at the top of his delivery with a power T style, but the delivery was mostly easy. The curveball showed 12/6 shape with soft break and depth.

Ryan Spikes, RHP/IF, (2021, Covington, Ga.) displayed interesting two-way potential over the weekend. The athleticism stood out and he showed good hand speed at the plate as well. The arm was loose on the mound and he worked in the 80-82 mph range, topping out at 83 mph, on the mound. Spikes showed three pitches: fastball, curveball, and slider/cutter with the ability to use all three.

Parker Ryan, OF, (2021, Madison, Miss.) is listed as a primary catcher but showed high potential in the outfield for the tournament. He has good speed with the ability to cover ground in the outfield and showed off the arm strength by throwing a runner out trying to advance. At the plate, he fits a leadoff profile with a compact swing from the left side with present hand quickness and a patient, on-base-oriented approach.

Jimmy King, SS (2021, Philadelphia, Penn.) showed off advanced defensive skills throughout the weekend. The arm strength is still developing but he showed quickness and agility in the field with a quick motor as well. The offense is coming along but it is mostly an even swing plane with a line drive approach.

Mason Ampe, RHP (2021, Canton, Mich.) was up to 84 mph during his start and sat in the 81-83 mph range. He gets some drop and drive in the lower half of the delivery and showed a clean delivery overall. Ampe worked his fastball to both sides of the plate effectively and threw from an extended three-quarters slot.

Michael Morales, RHP/IF (2021, Enola, Penn.) pitched and hit well over the course of the event. Morales has a clean swing that travels quickly through the zone on a line drive swing plane with natural life. There is raw power in the frame as well. On the mound he has a projectable frame and showed the ability to get downhill. The fastball worked in the 76-79 mph range and topped out at 80 mph.

Chase Becker, RHP/IF (2021, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) showed tools both at the plate and on the mound. He battled through some command issues during his start but sat in the 79-81 mph range. The swing is fly-ball oriented but he gets it through the zone quickly and swings with intent to drive the baseball.

Tyler Hare, RHP (2021, Atlanta, Ga.) put together a strong start for the Ninth Inning Royals in the first round of the playoffs. The delivery is simple, easy, and very low effort. He hit his spots well early on and filled the lower third of the strike zone. The fastball was true in life and sat in the 77-80 mph range during the first inning of work.

Jayvohn Blackmon, LHP (2021, Pensacola, Fla.) started the semifinal game for the Pensacola Storm. He has a long arm action with a coil at the top of his delivery. He repeated his mechanics well and worked in the mid-70s with a good angle to his fastball. Blackmon showed interesting skills at the plate as well.

Jaylen Blackmon, OF (2021, Pensacola, Fla.) also played well for the Storm throughout the event. Blackmon showed good speed as well as great defensive instincts in the outfield. He read balls well and used his speed to range to his left or right including a diving catch in the left-centerfield gap. He was one of the team leaders in hits as well and showed a compact swing with quick hands.

Colby Wallace, LHP/1B (2021, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) threw a complete game early in the event and also showed promise at the plate. Wallace has a large and projectable 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame with a lot of room to add strength. He created good angle and plane on his fastball that worked in the high-70s and touched 80 mph. At the plate, the swing will get long at times but there is raw power in the swing.

Harrison Owen, C (2021, Coto de Caza, Calif.) was a strong presence for BPA behind the plate all tournament long. He has a tall and lean frame and showed solid arm strength behind the plate. The receiving skills were also indicative of future ability. There were some timing issues offensively, but he showed promise.

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