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17u WWBA Scout Notes: Day 5

Vincent Cervino         Greg Gerard         Perfect Game Tournament Staff        
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Early on Tuesday morning at LakePoint, the Scorpions Founders Club moved to 6-0 in pool play behind a combined no-hitter in a run rule-shortened 13-0 victory. Righthanded pitcher and Vanderbilt commit Kendall Williams (2019, Olive Branch, Miss.) got the ball to start and had absolutely no trouble in his two frames, striking out all six hitters he faced while throwing only 32 pitches, as he’ll be saved for the playoffs now. 

Williams looks like one of the premier pitching prospects in the country for the prep class of 2019, with an excellent, highly-projectable frame, very good present stuff, and quality operational mechanics. His delivery is very balanced, with a simple rocker step to initiate, coiling well and loading into his back hip before athletically driving downhill online and over his front side. He creates as much plane to the plate as any prospect in the class, steep from a high three quarters slot. The fastball sat 90-94 mph over his two innings with lots of 92-93, wearing out the strike zone with the pitch and working north-south effectively. His curveball sat in the 72-74 mph with big-breaking 12-to-6 shape and depth. The pitch needs refinement but has the makings of a potential plus pitch for him down the line. 

In relief of Williams, Joseph Charles (2019, Celebration, Fla.) came in and just pumped fuel for an inning. He threw 14 pitches, all fastballs, and worked up to 96 mph, just throwing fastballs right by hitters. Charles has long had significant arm strength and has seemingly upped his game heading into his senior year of high school. We’re sure to get a longer, better look at him in the playoffs in a couple of days. 

Connor Walsh (2019, Niceville, Fla.) really stood out for impact athleticism a few weeks ago at Perfect Game National, and has continued to show off high-level tools this week as he further continues to develop as a player. Walsh is a no-doubt plus athlete who is a highest-level runner as well, and that athleticism plays on the baseball field defensively in the middle infield as well as on the base paths. In this game, Walsh waited back well on an offspeed pitch and showed the impactful bat speed we’ve seen from him for awhile now, launching a bomb to the pullside that got out of here in a hurry. His power/speed/athleticism combo is extremely enticing from a scouting perspective. 

Over at Marietta High School on Tuesday afternoon, Team Elite 17u Prime got a victory over  Triton Rays Prime, 9-6. Gavin Collyer (2019, Buford, Ga.) got the start and while his pitch count ran up a bit, he still showed the upside we’ve come to expect from him over the years. Collyer is an extremely lithe, athletically-built righthander with a lot of room to continue filling out his frame, and that physical projection in conjunction with his already whippy arm speed gives him a pretty significant velocity ceiling. Collyer is athletic and shows the ability to repeat his delivery at times, but what a bit out of whack at times on this day in terms of command. His fastball worked up to 89 mph, settling more into the 85-87 mph range, flashing solid-average life at times. He’s got good feel to spin his slider, creating good angle with it and showing pretty sharp bite to it at times, but he will need to work on tunneling the pitch a bit better at the next level as, even with the sharpness of it, it tended to break a bit early and hitters got a good look at it as a result. A Clemson commit, Collyer has significant MLB Draft upside once he adds a significant amount of strength to his frame. 

Late night at Lake Point saw the FTB Tucci/SF Giants Scout Team get an 8-0 win, a well-balanced offensive attack with solid pitching sealed the win for them. Riley Greene (2019, Oviedo, Fla.) has had a long several weeks with Perfect Game National, Tournament of Stars, and now the 17u WWBA. as the top outfielder in the class continues to perform at a high level. It’s been written about ad nauseam that Greene is one of, if not the, best hitters in the class from a pure hit tool perspective, and as the lefthanded swinging Greene has continued to refine his approach and add strength to his build, his offensive upside has continued to grow and grow until it’s now seemingly limitless. 

Greene stroked a triple off the right center field wall in this game, a line shot that left the bat in a hurry and nearly put a hole in the wall. The bat speed and hands are both exemplary in his swing, and he has an almost unnatural knack for finding the barrel, regardless of pitch and/or location. He’s comfortable working to all fields and can do so with authority, and the power has continued to develop to the point where it’s almost surprising when he doesn’t produce a 100-plus mph exit velocity. 

Fellow FTB standout Marcerio Allen (2019, Dacula, Ga.) had a big night, going 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI. Allen is an athletic, lithely-built middle infielder who is committed to Kennesaw State, and he looks like he may end up being impactful on both sides of the ball for the Owls. He’s got clean hands and good feet defensively, profiling extremely well at 2nd base. His other tools are well-rounded and solid, a quality runner who has a good second gear, and he shows loose hands when hitting from either side of the plate. 

– Brian Sakowski

Batting out of the leadoff spot for the 5-1 Stars Baseball Red, Ryley Johnson (2020, Manassas, Va.) has been a force near the top of the lineup, batting over .300 on the tournament and included a big run-scoring triple during Monday’s game to push the lead over TPL. Johnson is a high-athletic, twitch middle of the field type with some barrel skills and a good run tool. The lefthanded hitter handles the barrel well and got his hands extended nicely on Monday as he raced around the bases for a triple and made the turn in 4.25 seconds at first base. He got another hit on Tuesday morning and has a patient approach that allows him to walk. Johnson is a solid uncommitted prospect and having a very good week thus far.

After throwing earlier in the tournament and touching 93 mph on the radar gun, Jonathan Cannon (2019, Alpharetta, Ga.) got another appearance in the event and looked very good in a two-inning stint while striking out three and allowing zero runs. The righthander has a very lanky, tall, and very physically projectable frame. The arm stroke is loose through the back, though a bit crude, but he delivery the ball on time with significant sinking life on his fastball that worked in the 90-92 mph range. The short slider that acted with more cutting life gave him a third pitch while his bread-and-butter was the changeup. The pitch had late, tumbling life in the low-80s and he threw it very well with similar arm speed and a similar tunnel to the fastball. The changeup has the makings of a very good pitch and looks to be an early name that is on the radar for Georgia area scouts.

Uncommitted righthander Bobby Alcock (2019, Lynn, Mass.) enjoyed a very good high school season, and the pitching prospect has a lot of desirable traits that college coaches look for out of pitching prospects. The Massachusetts native has a physical 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame with broadness to the build and room for additional strength and velocity to be added. The arm path is short and online through the back and he gets on top well from a higher arm slot that allows him to create plane when located low. Alcock loads well off his backside and downhill while the fastball comes out of the hand clean and sat in the 85-88 mph range. He didn’t have the best result on Tuesday, he ran into a very tough US Elite offense, but showed good makings of a solid breaking ball, a slider in the 75-77 mph range with flashes of tilt to the glove side while he also showed a slower curveball as well.

One of the players to lead the charge in the offensive outburst for US Elite was North Carolina State commit Jose Torres (2019, Baltimore, Md.) and the middle infielder displayed lots of athleticism with very good feel for the barrel and overall hittability. Torres has made the most of his opportunities thus far and is hitting a blistering .700 for the week and that included a two-strike, opposite field triple that showed his jump off the barrel and willingness to go to the opposite field with intent. Torres normally mans shortstop but played second base during the game today and Torres has a lot of things to like.

The physically imposing Maurice Hampton (2019, Arlington, Tenn.) is a Louisiana State commit for both football and baseball, but as he enters his senior year of high school he is beginning the process of being evaluated by professional scouts under the assumption that he could be drafted and sign out of high school. Hampton certainly has the tools of a top flight prospect with a plus arm, 70 run, and loud raw power when he gets his strong wrists extended to drive the ball. The physicality and speed give him the opportunity to play centerfield, though he probably slides over to right field at the next level where his arm can play better. The bat is certainly loud when on time as he starts from a very still set up and has a lightning quick trigger into the swing path. The swing is wrist driven with excellent hand and bat speed throughout the path. He gets some loft onto the swing plane at times but the impact velocity that his excessive momentum in the hands creates allows for consistently 100-plus exit velocities. He roped a couple of singles during the EC Sox Select’s win on  Tuesday and there is a lot to like about Hampton and his ability moving forward on the baseball diamond.

Starting on the mound and earning the win for the same Sox team was Ole Miss commit Harrison Dorsett (2019, Niceville, Fla.) and the lanky, long righthander dazzled over four shutout innings as he allowed three hits, no walks, and struck out three batters. The 6-foot-4, 192-pound frame is ripe with physical projection there with his long limbs and room for strength and additional physicality. The fastball comes out from an extended slot which creates some life in the 87-90 mph range, while the plus extension he generates from the stride down the mound helps the fastball to play up even further. The breaking ball is a nice secondary pitch that shows good shape and he can locate for strikes, while he also flashed a changeup at 82 mph. Dorsett has a lot of positive indicators that scouts look for when evaluating pitching prospects and he doesn’t compare unfavorably to former second round pick Caden Lemons out of Alabama.

The brother of new Cincinnati Red Mike, Sammy Siani (2019, Glenside, Penn.) is a very good prospect for this upcoming draft as a similar lefthanded hitting outfielder from Pennsylvania. While they are brothers there are substantial differences to their profiles: Mike likely has more power, while Sammy could have a looser swing and better feel for the barrel. Both are strong defenders and runners, and the best recorded time this scout got of Sammy was 4.17 seconds from the left side. The swing path is fluid with loose hands and a controlled barrel path that allows for consistent hard hit contact to pull. The swing itself looks very visually appealing when on time as the barrel stays in the hitting zone a long time with some loft through the finish. Siani is a strong prospect for next year and scouts would be wise to get their looks while they can over the summer and fall before it gets tougher in the spring due to the weather conditions.

Elite Squad continued their winning ways with a 6-0 start to the tournament and a late offensive outburst to seal the game on Tuesday night. Tyler Callihan (2019, Neptune Beach, Fla.) and Jordan Carrion (2020, Miami, Fla.) were both very impressive.

Callihan is perhaps the strongest draft prospect on the team, with a big physical frame that will profile him at third base at the next level with enough power to back that up. Callihan will unfairly draw some comps to 2018 first rounder Nolan Gorman, because they played on the same travel team a year ago and have similar loft to their swing planes. The barrel path is smooth and the angle of which the bat meets the ball allows the South Carolina commit to extend and lift for big power potential. The swing path will get elongated at times with a bit of a higher start but he more than has the bat speed to compensate for that. The impact velocity off the barrel stands out for Callihan and the athleticism is sneaky as he already made a number of strong plays at third base this week and is a major follow heading into the draft last year.

One of the benefits of seeing amateur prospects for years at a time is the ability to see how they grow and develop and there may be no better example of this in the 2020 class than Jordan Carrion. As he has added more strength the offensive approach has become very well-rounded and polish with a very fast, clean swing that is able to drive the ball with intent and authority. The hands are so loose through extension and his is a line drive machine while also showing some improved power at the PG National. The defensive actions have long been the calling card with the Florida commit as Carrion is as smooth and advanced a defender as you will find. The athleticism, twitch, and offensive leaps already make for a top-ranked national prospect, and that’s not even factoring in his 88-90 with a good changeup from the mound; Carrion continues to improve and the ceiling keeps climbing for the young prospect.

– Vincent Cervino

Evan Gray (2019, Swansea, Ill.) was simply untouchable in a Tuesday afternoon tilt, completely carving up hitters over four perfect innings. Gray flashed exceptional command as he confidently located to all four quadrants whenever he wanted to. He made a habit of getting first-pitch strikes the majority of the time and not wasting pitches with two strikes, instead continuing to go after hitters in the zone. This aggressive approach was very effective as hitters either continued to whiff or make outs on weak contact. The fastball was at 88-91 mph and this velocity was maintained all the way to the end, leaving little doubt that the dominance would have continued had he been allowed to remain in the game. Gray’s curveball was around 76-78 mph and showed good vertical break, garnering several swings and misses.

The uncommitted righty deftly mixed up his pitch sequencing, not afraid to pitch backwards and throw a first-pitch curveball to increase his unpredictability. Six of the 12 hitters Gray faced punched out, and both his fastball and curveball were used as put-away pitches. Gray has nice arm speed, and while the delivery has a bit of a violent finish, it clearly had no effect on his control. The 20th-ranked Illinois righthander in his class definitely showed he has the skills to play at the next level.

Gray’s battery-mate, Kurtis Byrne (2019, Chesterfield, Miss.), was also an impressive player for the St. Louis Pirates. The strong and physical backstop displayed very nice plate skills, using his strong hands to generate quick bat speed with a swing that is short and direct to the ball. He launched a double deep to left-center that came off the bat at 100 mph, further evidence of his ability to mash. There is natural leverage to his powerful swing and he showed great control of the barrel. Behind the plate, Byrne displayed polished receiving skills, often framing borderline pitches in his pitcher’s favor for strikes. His movements were quite athletic, and he also showcased a strong arm. The No. 1 overall Missouri player in the 2019 class, Byrne is also uncommitted and will have no shortage of top schools clamoring for his services.

There was nothing small about the mound presence of Luke Little (2018, Matthews, N.C.) on Tuesday morning. The imposing 6-foot-8 lefty was filling the zone with 89-92 mph heat, although his velocity did diminish later in the game. Little pitched effortlessly, and despite the arm action being a little tight, he threw a heavy ball, getting good arm-side run and natural sink. He was able to change tempo with a slow, looping curve thrown from the same arm slot and located this for a strike most times. He finished his day with seven strikeouts over four innings, while allowing just one hit and a walk. Little, the second-best North Carolina lefty in the recently-graduated 2018 class, remains uncommitted, but it would be surprising if that lasted much longer.

Dylan Castaneda (2019, Flushing, N.Y.) was lights-out in a two-inning relief appearance for the US Elite National squad. An athletic player on the mound, the Michigan commit works quickly and looked dialed in as he went after hitters and consistently got ahead. Castaneda sat around 87-89 with the fastball, occasionally touching 90, but was more notable for his excellent breaking ball. The power curve he threw was up to 81 and had very sharp break, effective both in the dirt for whiffs and in the zone to freeze hitters. The delivery has a bit of effort to it, but he has nice arm speed and stays online well. Castaneda is ranked as the fourth-best New York outfielder in his class and shows potential to be an impact two-way player at the next level.

– Cameron Hines

At 6-foot-7, 235-pounds, Blake Money (2020 Spring Hill, Tenn.) is an incredibly imposing figure on the mound. Add to that fact that he is only a junior for the upcoming school year makes him even more impressive. In the windup, he was 89-90 mph and 87 mph from the stretch in the first inning. His slider in the first frame recorded 72 mph, a pitch he moved away from to focus more on his changeup, using it as his go-to out pitch. The changeup is his best pitch and he throws it with a fast arm action, resulting in it sitting in the 79-82 mph range. He has good feel for it as he can generate good down-and-away sink against righthanded batters. By the third inning he was mostly 85-87 mph, still mixing in his slider at 69-72 and the changeup at 77-80 mph. Money isn’t just a big, hard thrower as he has some pitchability to him. He likes to pound the fastball down in the zone and he is able to change the eye levels of hitters by using the high fastball to set up the breaking ball down. Money throws easy and online and he has no problem getting his large body downhill. Money works fast and is ready to pitch and compete when he gets on the mound. An LSU commit, Money is a good prospect to follow with tons of promise and upside.

Justin Miknis (2019 Dubois, Pa.) is the starting catcher for Team Ohio Pro Select. The Golden Flashes commit has had an excellent tournament thus far. After hitting a long triple on Monday, he came back to the East Cobb Baseball complex and hit an impressive home run and a double in Tuesday’s game. His swing is fluid with natural lift in it, however, he’s not just a big bopper. Miknis has had an exceptional showing defensively too as his good raw arm strength coupled with his quick feet allow him to have strong pop times in game action. One of the most well-rounded and advanced catchers in the tournament, he could end up being the next star of the Kent State program.

Keniel De Leon (2019 Orlando, Fla.) had a strong showing on Tuesday both offensively and defensively. At the plate, he has a deep load and a wide base. Able to get the bat head out front on good velocity, he hit a hard single in the 5-6 hole on an 85 mph fastball, and at 6-foot-2, he has the size to grow into some power at the next level. On defense, he shows good hands and overall fluidity on the baseball field. His arm is solid and he is a good enough athlete to stay at the position moving forward. Currently uncommitted, De Leon certain has the talent to play baseball at the next level.

Johzan Oquendo (2019, Carolina, Puerto Rico) started for the Chandler World 17u team Tuesday and he came out of the gate firing fastballs up to 91 mph. He maintained his velocity fairly well, sitting at 86-88 and touching 89 in the fourth and sitting at 84-88 mph in the sixth. He has a softer curve that sits in the upper-60s to low-70s which needs some tightening up. He also throws a firm changeup in the low-80s that gives hitters a different look. While Oquendo could stand to iron out some of his mechanics, his long limbs and funkiness adds a lot of deception to his pitches. Overall, Oquendo has improved drastically over the last several months, and should he continue to improve his stock will continue to rise.

Jose Salas (2021, Caracas, Venezuela) is only 15 years old but he already has a level of skills that would suggest that he could play baseball at the next level. His body is starting to mature and there is plenty of time left for his 6-foot-1 frame to grow even more. At the plate on Tuesday he had inconsistent results against much older competition that was throwing in the mid-80s. However, in his final at-bat he scorched a line drive to center field. That hit gave a glimpse of the potential that he has offensively, but it is his defense that is the most advanced part of his game. He commands the position with authority and grace, with goods hands and fluid actions, and Salas’ arm has improved since last year. He has a tremendous upside with a chance to putting it all together to be an elite defender with a middle-of-the-order bat.

Josiah Miller (2019 Tallahassee, Fla.) is a third baseman in the East Cobb Baseball program that has a strong, athletic body. At the plate, he has good plate coverage and plus bat speed. After expanding his zone in his first at-bat, he made the adjustment in his second trip to the plate and pulled a line drive single over the third baseman’s head. Miller gets good extension and really uses his legs when he swings. On defense, he makes all the plays, and while he’s not a plus runner he isn’t a liability either. Hailing from Tallahassee, Miller decided to stay home and attend Florida State.

Nick Ferrara (2019, Tallahassee, Fla.) attacked hitters in the first inning with an 85-87 mph fastball and an exceptional 75-78 mph curveball with very good break. When it is on, the curveball flashes a 50 grade. And when he gets on top of the ball, the fastball stays down in the zone and his heavy ball becomes difficult to elevate. Ferrara has a lean build and there is a lot of projection in his frame. He does have a tendency to spin off, and has a limited finish and extension. However, despite that Ferrara has a strong arm with intriguing upside.

– Matt Arvin

Canes National was as good as advertised in a 9-1 win over Phenoms Southeast on Tuesday afternoon. Will Smith (2019, Conway, S.C.) was very impressive out of the bullpen, tossing four shutout innings and allowing just one hit. Smith sat at 87-91 with his fastball on Tuesday, topping at 92. Smith has a lot of run and sink to his arm side, and the compact and quick arm stroke creates a level of deception for hitters. Smith was also able to throw a tight slider in the high-70s for strikes. The feel for spin is something to be excited about, and the Coastal Carolina commit showed excellent command of the zone for a prep arm.

At the plate, Anthony Volpe (2019, Watchung, N.J.) had a very strong day. Volpe was 3-for-4 in Tuesday’s game, collecting a double, triple and two RBI. Volpe’s bat speed is definitely something to be impressed with, and his ability to hit for power to the opposite field was on display. Volpe’s triple was hit down the first base line, and he showed an ability to run well as he came in to third easy. Volpe trusts his hands at the plate, and the ability to hit the ball where it is pitched is something that you don't always see in prep bats. The Vanderbilt commit was an extra hitter on Tuesday, but has shown great hands up the middle on defense in previous games.

For the St. Louis Prospects Scout 2019 Grads, Dawson Taylor (2019, Edwardsville, Ill.) turned in a strong outing on the mound on Tuesday. Taylor was up to 89 in his five innings of work, and he settled in at 84-88 for most of the outing. While Taylor is still working to perfect his two off-speed pitches, he gets the most out of a lively fastball. He is able to work it to both sides of the plate, and the velocity could sky rocket with a smoother arm action. Taylor has a repeatable lower half, and he extends well with his three-quarters release. Taylor works very slow and controlled, but explodes toward the plate as he moves down the mound.

Over on Field 10 at LakePoint, Cole Stallings (2019, Lithia, Fla.) turned in an electric 1 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. Stallings was 88-91 with his fastball, and the quick and over-the-top arm stroke creates good plane. Stallings has a strong and athletic build, and he used his lower half very well during the outing. He was able to show a good feel for spin on Tuesday with a breaking ball in the mid-70s. Stallings is a Stetson commit, and it will be interesting to see how he improves over the next year.

In the final time slot of the night, Michael Fitzpatrick (2018, La Porte, Texas) turned 4 1/3 sold innings in a win for Banditos Houston – Farek. Fitzpatrick has a big and athletic build, and he was able to use it to move efficiently down the mound explosively. His fastball was up to 90 in the first inning, but Fitzpatrick settled in around the mid- to upper-80s for the rest of his outing. Fitzpatrick was very impressive with his entire arsenal on Tuesday night. He was able to throw four pitches for strikes at a high level, and his mix-and-match ability kept hitters off balance the entire night. His second inning of work featured a large collection of breaking balls, and he was able to put it both on the inner and outer half of the zone. The San Jacinto CC commit has a bright future ahead, and it will be interesting to follow his time at the junior college level.

– Nate Schweers

A handful of scouts made the trek to Campbell High School to see BPA play their morning game and got to see Alex Smith (2019, Laguna Hills, Calif.) swing the bat very well. A strong swing and nice flexibility behind the plate is what the 6-foot-2, 185-pound backstop possesses. He put that strong swing to an inside fastball in particular and deposited the baseball over the fence to left field for a two-run home run. Smith, surprisingly, hit the baseball out without hitting the baseball fully on the barrel. There is plenty of strength to his swing while also a fair amount of bat speed. Smith gets the head of the bat cleanly through the zone with a level barrel plane and some loft present to the swing. The catcher is uncommitted, but certainly has the tools to play high-level baseball at the next level.

Nolan McLean (2020, Willow Springs, N.C.) pitched an inning of relief for the Dirtbags Skrap-Pak and is one of many pitchers in the Dirtbags staff who can run his fastball into the low-90s.  Mclean is a physical 2020 graduate who can get impressive velocity from his compact arm action and extended arm slot. Mclean’s fastball gets plenty of life in varying ways both to armside and while sinking the pitch. McLean’s fastball ranged from 90-93 mph from the windup and did take a slight dip from the stretch reaching a peak velocity of 90 mph from the set position. McLean is an uncommitted righthander, but will likely have plenty of offers after a strong showing this week at 17u WWBA.

Like McLean, Daemon Woodruff (2020, Titusville, Fla.) is a 2020 uncommitted righthander with some upside moving forward. He throws from a low three-quarters arm slot and creates some life on his fastball in doing so. Woodruff topped out at 91 mph with his fastball and sat in the 88-90 mph range consistently early while he did steadily lose velocity as the game wore on. His frame projects extremely well moving forward as he matures and fills out. Woodruff is a unique talent as he throws from that low arm slot and it plays well on the mound with both his heater and slider. The slider was a bit inconsistent at times, but when landed he could freeze hitters with it at the bottom of the zone. Although uncommitted and from the hot bed of Florida, Woodruff is an interesting pitcher who will likely mature and improve even more velocity in due time.

Dylan Eskew (2019, Tampa, Fla.) took the mound for 5 Star National Dobbs for the second time this event and was lights out in doing so. Eskew also showed some polish to his delivery topping out at 91 mph with a loose arm and filled up the strike zone with his fastball and curveball. There are multiple checkpoints to Eskew’s delivery but he stays balanced and the arm works well. Eskew creates plenty of plane especially when down in the strike zone where seemed to put an emphasis on locating the ball to the lower third. His fastball flashed life to armside and his curveball has 11-to-5 shape when released on top. There is plenty of reason to believe that Eskew may have more in the tank soon due to his low effort delivery, projectable frame at 6-foot-3 185-pounds, and how well his arm works through the arm circle.

Not many are going to find a more masterful performance on the mound by a player listed as a secondary pitch, but Trace Bright (2019, Montgomery, Ala.) of CHAOS did just that. Bright pitched 6 2/3 innings of three-hit baseball with eight strikeouts and no runs allowed before reaching his daily pitch count. Bright is an Auburn commit and his arm really works from a loose arm action. His fastball ranged from 86-90 mph while hitting a handful of 91 mph fastballs as well in addition to having heavy sinking action at times. Bright is a very athletic pitcher and it shows in his delivery and his 6-foot-4 frame. He mixed in a pair of breaking balls that helped him collect those before mentioned eight strikeouts. His slider has some short frisbee break up to 78 mph and his curveball has lots of depth and 11-to-5 shape up to 74 mph. There is a lot to like in the secondary righthander from Alabama and he has plenty of upside on the mound down the road.

Corbin Carroll (2019, Seattle, Wash.) and Joshua Hahn (2019, Huntington Beach, Calif.) both stood out at the plate for the Canes National team at LakePoint on Tuesday afternoon.

Carroll roped a pair of triples to the opposite field gap and showcased his big-time speed around the bases in doing so. Carroll has lightning quick hands through the hitting zone and gets the barrel to the baseball on time. Carroll turned around first base with both a 4.21-second time and then a 4.19-second time to top the first triple.

Hahn roped a double deep to center field that left his bat at 92 mph. He has strength to his stroke and extends through contact well. Hahn has the ability to drive the baseball when squared and he was able to do that well in this contest.

Jason Hoopes (2019, Northfield, N.J.) showed again in the Canes win why he may very well be the top uncommitted pitcher in the 2019 class. Hoopes filled up the zone with 88-91 mph fastballs from a loose arm stroke with effort. Hoopes creates plenty of plane while generating lots of extension out in front. The uncommitted righthander has outstanding arm speed whiel flashing an above average curveball when landed for strikes. The pitch had a spin rate up to 2600 RPMs and was able to land it and his fastball well at the bottom of the strike zone for strikes.

Andrew Painter (2021, Pompano Beach, Fla.) and Jake Andrey (2019, Cherry Hill, N.J.) faced off against each other on the mound in the 7:30 time slot and both displayed intriguing stuff.

Painter a high riser in the most recent class rankings and was very interesting on the mound at Junior National and on this day. His fastball worked up to 88 mph and his physical projection is outstanding. The 2021 graduate committed to Florida offered three pitches including a deceptive changeup and a curveball with depth from a full arm action.

Andrey topped out at 91 mph and varied speeds well. The 6-foot-1 righthander complemented his fastball with a mid- to upper-70s curveball keeping hitters off balance well. The uncommitted Andrey has a bright future on the mound even though he is listed as a primary third baseman.

– Greg Gerard

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