Tournaments | Story | 7/3/2018

14u BCS Scout Notes: Days 1-2

Taylor Weber         Perfect Game Tournament Staff        

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It was a good matchup to start off the 14u BCS National Championship as Elite Squad 2022 was able to take down Five Star National 14u Gold by a score of 4-1. Nicholas Fraginals (2022, Miramar, Fla.) started on the bump for Elite Squad and was untouchable for five strong innings. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound righty has a strong build and is able to use it well getting down the mound. He repeats a clean arm action to the plate with ease and shows good command of all his pitches. His best pitch was an 11-to-5 curveball with depth that threw hitters off all game.

Bryant Zayas (2023, Hialeah, Fla.) didn’t come away with a hit in the game but he showed a strong swing and barreled up the ball with consistency. He keeps the ball in the middle of the field with a quick line drive swing. The 5-foot-10, 150-pounder also shows versatility as he played center field as well as both middle infield spots. He’s an athlete that moves well to the ball and shows some promise to stay in the middle of the field.

The game came down to a few runs coming across in the bottom of the sixth inning, none bigger than the run driven in by Derek Bermudez (2022, Miramar, Fla.). Bermudez, a 6-foot, 170-pound infielder, shows good discipline at the plate and is able to turn on balls with ease. His line drive in the sixth inning plated the winning run for Elite Squad.

5 Star – 14u King scored early, plating six runs in the first two innings and never looked back. Tanner Zellem (2022, Fleming Island, Fla.) got things going with a loud triple into the left field corner in the first inning. He really looks to generate leverage out front with an elevated path and use his strong lower half to get some pop off the bat. He has a real power potential but will need to develop some better control of the bat in order to fully maximize that potential.

William Joyner (2022, Lake Park, Ga.) started on the bump for 5 Star and only went two innings but they were two good innings. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound righthander already has a fully mature frame and with an increase in strength should continue to develop velocity. He runs a heavy fastball up to 82 mph and locates it well to both edges. He utilizes a long arm action in back with some crossfire actions. He’s still looking to develop a solid secondary pitch but his curveball showed some promise at times.

Team Elite 14u Futures came away with a decisive 9-1 victory in their game and a couple of bats in game stood out. Patrick Campbell (2022, Snellville, Ga.) got the scoring started with an RBI in the first inning. He shows a good bat and makes consistent contact with advanced jump off the barrel for size and age. His path is short with quick hands through the zone and stays timed up every pitch. His continued development should allow him to continue with a high contact approach that will sit nicely at the top of the order.

Another nice bat for Team Elite came from Cody Skinner (2022, Winder, Ga.). Skinner doesn’t have big, awe-inspiring tools at first glance, as he doesn’t have a tall frame and he isn’t going to mash home runs. However, with some added size with maturity he should be able to continue to put the ball in play and use the whole field. He has some barrel quickness and can spray the ball around field. He also shows some solid skill on the basepaths as well as some defensive ability up the middle.

In a wild game that ended in a tie between 5 Star National 14u Snyder and Evoshield Florida 2022 both teams had a couple of players that stood out. For Evoshield their 5-foot-11, 145-pound shortstop/leadoff hitter Reynaldo Plasencia (2022, Hialeah, Fla.) showed some multi-tool ability. His defense up the middle is very smooth and shows good arm strength across the diamond. With the bat Plasencia has a simple swing that repeats nicely. His line drive path really allows him to get some jump off the barrel when meeting the ball out front.

On the other side of the field was starting pitcher Garrett Mackowiak. Mackowiak is a strong lefty with an over-the-top slot that allows him to get on top of the ball and generate good plane down in the zone. His delivery is smooth-paced and he repeats nicely, allowing him to locate well, though he will miss in the middle of the plate at times. The 11-to-4 curveball was a nice change-of-pace pitch that got some swing-and-miss with three strikeouts.

– Taylor Weber

Making an early statement in the 14u BCS National Championship, Grant Aycock (2022, Greensboro, N.C.) delivered a strong six-inning performance for Warriors Baseball. A tall, slender 6-foot-3, 150-pound pitcher, Aycock has a ton of projection with an ideal pitcher’s body. Throwing from an easy, loose delivery and a three-quarters arm slot, the righthander works up to 83 mph with his fastball and gets solid run on the pitch. His feel for the changeup was there for him throughout the start, creating deception out of hand with the pitch at 65-70 mph. Aycock struck out six in his outing and allowed just four hits.

Working an important 1 2/3 innings of relief for 757 Canes, Cooper Newell (2022, Chesapeake, Va.) picked up a hold in a one-run win. The righthander picked up three strikeouts using a 65-67 mph curveball. He has a strong feel for spinning the breaking ball, creating 11-to-5 movement on the pitch with good depth. He has a projectable frame and will continue to grow in height and fill out. His fastball topped at 78 mph, and he did a good job of using it to attack the corners of the plate.

Chris King (2021, Rock Hill, S.C.) flashed barrel frequency with consistently hard-hit balls into the outfield. Playing center field, King has plus speed and moves around the field well. He got a fastball out over the plate that he ripped into right-center field with ease. He shows no trouble staying behind the baseball and keeps his barrel in the hitting zone for as long as he can before exploding his hands through with ease.

King’s teammate, Owen Finley (2022, Highpoint, N.C.) is a similarly toolsy player with quick twitch movements. He showed the ability to turn on the baseball with solid bat speed. Finley’s outfield defense is good, and he stays in a ready position throughout the game. He has a chance for a plus arm from right field and gets good carry on his throws. At 6-foot, 175-pounds, Finley has potential to add muscle and drive the baseballs into the gaps with the chance for pull power.

A quick middle infielder with athletic movements on the ball field, Tyler Ganoe (2022, New Port Richey, Fla.) was all over the place for 5 Star National Black. Only 5-foot-4, 125-pounds, Ganoe has plenty of room for growth, and already shows signs of plus athleticism. He collected a solid line drive knock on the pull side and with a blink of the eye, had already stolen second base. His swing is short and quick, and he wastes no time getting the barrel where it needs to be. He understands his game and plays to that level as a table-setter. Ganoe has plus instincts on the base paths, getting great jumps and covers a lot of ground with his strides.

Hitting behind Ganoe in the three-spot in the lineup, Jace Flournoy (2022, Spring Hill, Fla.) is a young, talented catcher who shows signs of being a power hitter. Flournoy has present strength in his 5-foot-9, 155-pound body and gets carry on his fly balls into the outfield. His swing path allows for good backspin to be created, which allows the ball to travel. Behind the plate, Flournoy receives the ball well with soft hands and has potential defensively at the position.

Parker Herndon (2022, Bogart, Ga.) impressed in a quick, 1 2/3 inning relief appearance. Averaging 73 mph on his fastball, Herndon was able to reach back and hit 76 mph multiple times. He worked ahead in the count and set hitters up with two strikes. At times, he climbed the ladder, getting chase swings north of the zone with a primarily fastball approach. He struck out five of the batters he faced.

– Jacob Frisaro

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