Tournaments | Story | 7/16/2017

15u WWBA Day 2 Scout Notes

Jheremy Brown         Vincent Cervino        
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He may not be overly physical at 5-foot-9, 155-pounds, but Miles Garrett (2020, Stone Mountain, Ga.) has already put together a track record of quality starts at Perfect Game events, his most recent coming on day two of the tournament. Currently ranked No. 144 in the latest class rankings, Garrett delivery four innings of scoreless baseball for Rawlings Southeast against a talented opponent in Elite Squad Underclass Prime.

The delivery for Garrett is simple and though he doesn’t fully utilize his lower half in driving down the mound, he still managed to work on top of the ball while showing some plane to either side of the ball. Garrett’s arm action is plenty quick through the backside which speaks in part to how he was able to run his fastball up to 87 mph and sit comfortably within the 84-86 mph range. Though mostly true in shape, Garrett’s fastball did flash sinking life down in the zone and threw perhaps his best fastball of the day on his final pitch as he painted 85 down to his glove side for a called third strike.

To go with his fastball Garrett offered a variety of secondary pitches which included both a curveball and sliders on top of a changeup. His curveball developed nicely throughout the outing, sharping both in shape and feel as he displayed the ability to get the pitch to lefthanded hitter’s back foot in the low-70s. The uncommitted righthander replicates well on his changeup as well, a 76-77 mph pitch that shows life down in the zone and plays off his fastball well.

It’s not often a player is already working into the low-90s with his fastball prior to entering high school but that’s just what Alejandro Rosario (2021, Miami, Fla.) has proven capable of doing as he touched 91 and 93 mph in each of his last two Perfect Game outings. Yesterday proved to be business as usual for the young Miami commit as he bumped 91 mph and still showed more than a handful of 90s late in his outing.

At 6-foot, 170-pounds Rosario is able to produce a steady upper-80s fastball without exerting max effort and when he was balance and on time, the heater showed big time sinking life down in the zone. His command in the zone wasn’t consistent pitch to pitch, but being that he’s yet to throw a high school inning it’s something that’ll undoubtedly develop with additional innings on the mound. Within the delivery itself Rosario does a nice job of hiding the ball, staying compact with his arm action while utilizing a slight hip turn at the top, adding an extra layer of deception prior to release.

While other pitchers in the tournament may work off a single secondary pitch, Rosario showed both a slider and changeup, the latter of which he went to most often. At its best the changeup showed late fading life down in the zone at 74-76 mph while the slider shows subtle, but late, life through the zone.

At the end of the day Rosario is one of the hardest throwing pitchers in the country in the 2021 and given the looseness and overall projectability on the mound, there’s reason to believe he’s only going to continue to climb.

A 5-foot-11, 140-pound uncommitted outfielder, Enrique Bradfield (2020, Hialeah, Fla.) certainly checks a lot of boxes for college recruiting coordinators as he shows a multi-faceted skill set that can impact a game on both sides of the ball. A lefthanded hitter, Bradfield has the type of speed you want to see out of a leadoff hitter, showing a 4.11 on a routine ground ball to the first baseman which leaves one to believe there are quicker run times in there. He projects well at the plate with additional physical strength, showing balance to his swing as well as to his actions in center field where he possesses a strong arm and tools to stick at the next level.

Evan Boyle (2019, McDonough, Ga.) took the mound for Bullpen Redstitch on Saturday night and though he allowed three runs on 4 1/3 innings of work, he still impressed with his present stuff and long term projectability. Listed at a long and lean 6-foot-4, 167-pounds, Boyle utilizes a long and loose arm action through the backside to produce an easy fastball, one that sat 83 mph for the most part, bumping more than a couple of 84s through his time on the mound. He’s able to generate angle and plane from his extended three-quarters slot with short running life. His best curveball came across at 70 mph as it showed depth to the back foot of a righthanded hitter, helping to pick up one of his four strikeouts on the day.

It was a quick look at Dirtbags 15’s Daly before the skies decided to open up and postpone the game but the team offers plenty of interesting pieces and already boasts four college commitments on their roster. Cameron Clonch (2020, Mooresville, NC) is one of those commitments (East Carolina) and though he’s listed as a primary lefthanded pitcher, he showed one of the cleaner swings from the left side, picking up a line drive to the pull side which he hustled into a double.  With plenty of talent up and down the lineup and hard throwing arms on the pitching staff, this is a club we’ll make certain to check back in on throughout the tournament.

Jalen Greer (2019, Chicago, Ill.) is an uncommitted shortstop that college recruiters need to have on their radar as he performed well on both sides of the ball in Top Tier’s run-ruled game yesterday afternoon. At a very believable 6-foot-2 and 168-pounds (he does look stronger), Greer shows the ability to impact the baseball and did just that in his first at-bat, driving the ball deep to the opposite field gap for a standup triple, showing quick hands and a fluid path through the zone. He shows balanced actions defensively up the middle too, moving well laterally while displaying a strong arm with carry on his throws across.

– Jheremy Brown

Closing out the victory for Team Elite on Saturday morning was talented righthander Alex McFarlane (2019, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands). McFarlane pitched the final two innings and was very efficient: striking out five out of the seven batters he faced and showing all three pitches. The frame is extremely long and lanky with immense physical projection that should see him add more strength to his listed 6-foot-2, 160-pound frame.

Even though he is very lean, he can still ramp up the velocity as he say 85-89 mph for the duration of the outing. The arm whips across his body upon delivery of the pitch and has an extended release toward the plate. The fastball was the pitch of choice as he would work it to all quadrants of the strike zone and got a good deal of swing and miss within the strike zone. The curveball and changeup were both developing pitches but they flashed good potential as he threw both with confidence. McFarlane has a very high ceiling on the mound and Saturday was a strong glimpse at what his future potential could be.

As somewhat of a popup performance, righthander Alexander Gus Hughes (2020, Greensboro, N.C.) started on the mound for NCBA and stifled the opposing offense for almost five innings. The rightander stands only at 5-foot-11, 165-pounds but what he lacks in size he makes up for with arm speed in order to get good velocity on his pitches. Hughes worked in the 86-88 mph range early in the game and the pitch had short life to it as well. He threw from a compact arm action with relative ease of the delivery and release. What made the fastball effective was the combination of life and his ability to get on top of the pitch and generate some downhill plane. The righthander had very good command of the fastball in the lower third of the strike zone early in the game and was pounding the zone up until later on in the game. The breaking ball is a developing pitch but he was able to use it as an effective change of pace pitch throughout the morning. There are a lot of tools to like on the profile for Hughes and a strong foundation to build on as he continues his young career.

Committed talents at this age are normally rare, but Southern California commit and middle infielder Alex Rodriguez (2020, Claremont, Calif.) was very impressive in an early look and certainly warrants the title. Rodriguez is an impact defender at such a young age and shows outstanding defensive tools to build off. The footwork is very clean with requisite arm strength for the shortstop position at this age and has very smooth and clean actions. He showed off his range early in the ball game by making a highlight reel play up the middle. Ranging to his right at second base, he made a quick pickup and transfer to make an accurate jump-throw while off-balance to nail the runner at first. The swing is pretty simple with a bit of a longer path but he gets it through cleanly and stays on plane. The overall frame is very lanky with a ton of room to fill out and add strength, which should help to increase both his power and arm strength as he continues to develop.

While patrolling fields, the majority of the time scouts are going to stop when they see immense size on the mound and 6-foot-6 lefthander John Miralia (2020, Charlotte, N.C.) immediately stood out as a prospect to watch. The body is well built and physically advanced presently with the large frame and already at 215-pounds. The arm stroke is very loose and long and he releases from a high three-quarters arm slot that ventures to directly over the top. This allows him to generate excellent downhill plane on the fastball, particularly when in the lower quadrants of the strike zone. The arm travels through a full arm pat and he worked the fastball to both sides of the plate with only slight mechanical differences. The fastball was very effective at 82-85 mph throughout. Miralia battled through some control issues, but showed a very talented arm and is a prospect to monitor.

One of the strongest overall performances of the day came from shortstop and righthanded pitcher Jordan Thompson (2020, Chula Vista, Calif.) of the San Diego Show. The recent standout from the PG Sunshine West Showcase, named to the Top Prospect List, has shown impressive tools in the past and they were on full display during the doubleheader.

Thompson was very impressive on the mound with a very athletic build and a lively fastball. The arm itself was easy and loose through the back and he showed outstanding confidence and attacked the strike zone. His delivery was very simple through the exclusive stretch and had a hand pump into his delivery as he slinged fastballs into the zone. The fastball worked 83-85 mph consistently to go along with a soft breaking ball in the low-70s. The mentality on the mound stood out for his aggressiveness with his repertoire and ended up dominating for the first few innings on the mound.

The tools at the plate and in the field stood out as well. Thompson has a strong arm for the class and that allowed him to make a multitude of his plays charging in or away from the bag. The glove actions are clean with quick hands and can make all the plays at short. Offensively, he has a very mechanically sound swing with a line drive path. He laced a 90 mph single in his first at-bat of the day and the offensive profile projects very well especially as he continues to add strength to increase the power potential.

Thompson’s teammate Angelo Peraza (2020, Chula Vista, Calif.) had a strong day as well, showing an impressive skill-set highlighted by his defense behind the plate. The 5-foot-8, 150-pound backstop may look small at first glance but the tools behind the plate are legitimate. His hands are very soft and quiet and the framing is already pretty advanced with little movement upon reception of the pitch. Peraza’s throwing mechanics are also very good with very quick transfers and exchanges. The arm strength plays well and he was popping times in the 1.95-2.10 range in-between innings consistently. The offensive profile also shows promise as he had a number of hits which included a big leadoff triple.

643 DP Bishop leadoff hitter Reid Robertson (2020, Marietta, Ga.) had a strong day at the plate and showed off prototypical leadoff tools to go along with it. Robertson has a lean, athletic frame with the ability to let his speed play up with being quick out of the batter’s box from the left side. The swing itself is very simple with a quick trigger into the short, compact stroke. He gets it through the zone quickly enough and has a good contact-oriented approach. The barrel feel is pretty advanced as he can control the bat to put the ball in play off the barrel. Robertson added multiple hits during 643’s big win which included a double and already has two stolen bases through his team’s first two games.

Two-way talent Jacob Pajer (2020, Dunwoody, Ga.) impressed throughout his performance on Saturday evening, but the highlight of his day was on the mound. Pajer tossed a strong 5 2/3 innings pitched which included six strikeouts to go along with it. He throws from the stretch only and had sound overall mechanics. The arm was quick through the path and he delivery the ball from a higher-three quarter arm slot with an open toed landing. Pajer stays tall throughout his backside and when he as on time created tremendous plane on his fastball. The pitch worked in the low-80s for most of the game and topped out at 85 mph on the day. The arm strength is the draw here and it was very impressive on Saturday night. Pajer also added a big run-scoring triple early in the game to be a big factor in his team’s victory.

Third baseman Jordan Walker (2020, Marietta, Ga.) had a strong game for the Duluth Noles as they closed out the final time slot with a victory on Saturday night. Walker is an immensely physical presence at the plate coming in at a listed 6-foot-3, 180-pounds with present strength and room to add more to the build. Walker had two extra-base hits on Saturday, a triple and a double, and both connected off the barrel with jump. He creates very good strength through the point of impact with the ball and swings with an inside hand path. Walker’s swing and path help to cover the plate well while still getting the barrel on the ball. Both knocks came in at 85-plus mph and Walker’s strength and ability to control the barrel bode well for his future at the plate.

– Vinnie Cervino

Team Elite 15u Prime ran their 15u WWBA National Championship record to 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Allatoona High School beating the HBF Maroons by a score of 5-1. Alex Edmondson (2020, Simpsonville, S.C.) got the start and the win going four innings and allowing a single run while striking out five.

Edmondson is a well-built, still-projectable righthander who has a unique delivery in that he throws extremely crossbody via a very closed landing but still maintains the torso strength and flexibility necessary to get over his front side and work downhill to both sides of the plate. He generates good extension through his three quarters slot release, creating significant angle to both sides of the plate.

His fastball worked 84-88 mph throughout his start, peaking at 89 mph and showing flashes of significant arm-side life with some sink as well. His breaking ball was a bit inconsistent, but that’s to be expected from a just-turned 15-year old. At its best it’s thrown with slider tilt and 10-to-4 shape with good sweeping bite that moves across the entirety of the strike zone at times. It has good spin and has the potential to be a plus pitch for him long term with continued refinement.

Evan Brunning (2019, Oxford, Mich.) got the start opposite Edmondson and showed some solid stuff though his results weren’t spectacular. Brunning is an extremely physical 6-foot-4 230-pound righthander with very good strength throughout his body, though he’s likely nearing physical maturity. At his best, he worked 83-86 mph with steep downhill plane from a compact, near overhand arm slot. When in command, the fastball is capable of getting weak contact when located down as well as getting swings-and-misses when thrown at the letters, as it flashed solid arm-side run when up in the zone. His curveball showed some potential as well, with big 11-to-5 shape and the ability to land it for strikes.

CR Baseball, an Alabama-based club, went to 3-0 on Saturday night at LakePoint by way of a 14-2 run-rule victory. Several pitchers contributed to the effort, though Matthew Snell (2019, Ariton, Ala.) stood out for sure both for his unique delivery and present stuff. Snell worked up to 86 mph from a lower three-quarters slot really throwing his whole body at the hitter via a short stride delivery and max effort snap over his front side. The fastball proved to be overpowering within the zone, highlighted by good sinking action and quality angle created from his lower slot.

The RBI Tri-Cities 15u club, a team hailing from the Johnson City area in East Tennessee, went to 2-0 late Saturday night via a hard-fought win over Team DeMarini. Tanner Barrs (2020, Abingdon, Va.) got the start and showed solid abilities both on the mound and with his lefthanded bat. Barrs had some inconsistencies with his command on the mound, but showed a live lefthanded arm that worked up to 83 mph, settling into the 80-82 mph range with a quick arm along with good feel for his curveball which he showed the ability to land for strikes at times. At bat he does a good job staying compact with his hands onto a line drive swing plane with quality bat speed, showing willingness to work to all fields with authority and good overall feel for the barrel.

Storm Heirholzer (2020, Austin, Texas) didn’t factor into the decision for Clutch Athletics on Saturday night but still was pretty good in his four innings on the mound. He allowed two runs and struck out five while walking no one staying consistently in command especially with his fastball and really pounding the zone. His arm stroke is very long through the back with whippy arm speed still mostly on time at foot strike despite the length through the back. He worked up to 87 mph with his fastball, settling into the 84-86 mph range and really pounding the zone. He also demonstrated the ability to land his 11-to-5 shaped curveball for strikes to both sides of the plate.

– Brian Sakowski

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