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17u BCS: Day 1 Scout Notes

Taylor Weber         Perfect Game Tournament Staff        
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The 17u BCS National Championship got off to a hot start with one of the top teams in the tournament, as well as one of the top arms in the class. The East Cobb Astros 17u’s Brandon Smith (2019 Woodstock, Ga.) tossed three innings of no-hit baseball. His six strikeouts in just three innings were also impressive as he was near untouchable in his first outing of the week. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound righty has a large and strong frame with a good presence on the mound. He goes after hitters early with a good fastball that shows well above average arm side run. He topped out at 89 mph, however he has previously been able to climb up into the 90s. His go-to swing-and-miss pitch was a sharp breaker with some two-plane actions. He can throw it in the upper-70s, where the break is a bit shorter and has more of a cutter look, or it can be thrown in more of the 72-74 mph range where the break has a bit more life. The Tennessee commit has already impressed this summer at PG National, though he performed as a position player at the showcase.

Another Astros team, the Midwest Astros 17u Ancelet, also took care of business in their first game with a 7-0 victory. Their big 6-foot-1, 180-pound righty, Jesse Wainscott (2018 Indianapolis, Ind.), was able to provide similar results as he went six innings of no-hit baseball. He has a lot of swing-and-miss stuff in his game, collecting 11 strikeouts on the day. The Eastern Illinois commit has a lot of moving parts to his delivery. The fact that he can repeat the odd mechanics allows him to turn that into a positive, as it’s hard for batters to pick up the ball. His arm action is compact and he generates a lot of whip when coming to the plate from an over-the-top arm slot. From this slot he’s able to get a good amount of downhill plane on the fastball. He works off that well with an 11-to-4 curveball with a sharp spin and average depth. His command of both is what allows him to be so dominant as he can work both edges as well as around the knees with both of his pitches.

Cade Fitzpatrick (2019 Indianapolis, Ind.) performed well on the offensive end for the Midwest Astros, collecting three hits in four plate appearances. The Ball State commit swings the bat hard and with the intent to drive it to the deep parts of the field. His swing path allows him to generate some backspin of the bat and giving the ball a little extra jump off the barrel. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound catcher really shows off the strength of his swing when staying in the middle of the field as well as to the pull side.

Team Elite 17u Prime brought a bunch of solid pitchers and they unleashed them in both games today. With the high amount of talent they have on the mound they were able to throw each pitcher no more than 2 2/3 innings.

The starter in the first game was 6-foot-2, 205-pound righthanded Landon Sims (2019 Cumming, Ga.). Sims has a lot of present strength on the mound and this really helps him get his fastball up to 93 mph. Another factor is how smooth his arm action is, as well as how well the ball comes out of his hand. Sims is ranked No. 72 overall in the class of 2019 and there’s a good reason for it. Sims is a Mississippi State commit that pounds the bottom of the zone with a downhill fastball and throws a sharp 11-to-4 curveball that seems to just disappear with late action.

Coming into the game to relieve Sims in the third inning was a long lefty, Riley Bishop (2019 Lawrenceville, Ga.). Bishop stands at 6-foot-3 and 165-pounds, and while he doesn’t have the pure strength that Sims has, he’s still able to get his fastball up to 86 mph and sat right in that mid-80s throughout his 2 2/3 innings. Bishop’s length helps with his long and loose arm action, delivering from a three-quarters slot. The Kennesaw State commit has three above average pitches in his arsenal and he will throw them to any hitter in any count. He changeup shows good sink especially when throwing it to the glove side. His third pitch is a curveball that sat in the low-70s. The tight spin and 2-to-8 shape make it a viable put-away pitch, and Bishop kept the opposition hitless during his outing.

Another top arm that came in after Bishop was righthanded pitcher Gavin Collyer (2019 Buford, Ga.). Collyer is another top arm in the 2019 class who is committed to play at Clemson. He has a solid frame on the mound standing at 6-foot-1 and is another slender but long-limbed hurler at 155-pounds. His actions are long and he throws from an extended slot. He, along with his teammates, also shows great command of his pitches. He really had his slider going in the game and threw it a lot with a ton of success. It shows plus potential with sharp break and he can locate it very well. His fastball showed good life and the righty was able to run it away from lefties and backdoor it to righthanded batters.

It was more of the same for Team Elite in their second game of the day as they ran Mason Barnett (2019 White, Ga.) out to start the game. Barnett stands at 6-foot-1, weighs in at 195-pounds and has committed to play at Auburn. Barnett shows an upbeat tempo on the mound and likes to get ahead of hitters early in the count. His arm action is clean and the ball comes out his hand with some explosiveness to the plate. He throws from a high three-quarters slot and this allows him to really get some downward movement on his hammer breaking ball. His fastball shows some life at the bottom of the zone topping out at 90 mph. His three strikeouts in two innings of work came heavily on his ability to land the curveball for strikes early in the count, keeping hitters guessing.

The performances on the mound didn’t take away from some of the position players that performed in their games. Brennan Milone (2019 Woodstock, Ga.) went 1-for-2 with a walk in both games and played very good defense. His swing has rhythm and stays on plane through contact. His actions defensively are smooth when coming through the ball as the South Carolina commit maintains good momentum through his transfer and can really show off the arm strength while making accurate throws.

Along with Milone, Jonathan French (2019 Lilburn, Ga.) made a big impact with the bat in their second win of the day. Going 3-for-3, the 6-foot, 195-pound catcher drove in two runs as well as scoring a couple. The Clemson commit has some present strength at the plate with a big build. His path to the ball is smooth and easily gets contact on the sweet spot with consistency. His hands are quick allowing him to stay in the middle of the field as well as to the pull side, where he gets his best jump off the bat.

In their game against Team Elite, the East Coast Sandhogs 17u threw a couple of top-end pitchers. Though they didn’t put up great numbers against a tough opponent, both showed good stuff on the mound.

Starter Dylan Delucia (2019 Port Orange, Fla.) tossed two strong innings before giving up runs in the third. Delucia has a hefty build standing in at 6-foot, 200-pounds. His delivery is quick-paced to the plate with a quick arm. His breaking ball is a plus pitch with a lot of depth to it as well as the ability to keep it at the bottom of the zone and bury it when needed. His fastball has some heaviness and the College of Charleston commit really fills up the zone with it. His only fault was facing a hard-hitting team that took advantage when he was catching too much of the plate.

Coming in relief for Delucia was lefthander Reggie Crawford (2019 Frackville, Pa.). Crawford is a hard-throwing lefty that sat in the low-90s and topped out at 92 mph with the fastball. He has a lot of effort in his delivery which allows him to increase his arm quickness to the plate. He throws from an extended low slot and this generates a high amount of running action on his fastball. Crawford is still developing his breaking ball as the location wasn’t always where he wanted it to be. However, it showed late bite to it and when it was located down and overall showed promising potential.

Lights Out Baseball Club – Orloski made quick work with a decisive 11-2 victory. The top half of their order did a lot of the damage, led by leadoff hitter John-Michael Kadrmas (2019 La Vernai, Texas). Kadrmas is a high contact hitter who really likes to work the count and jump on mistake pitches. His barrel is quick through the zone, which allows him to turn on pitches on the inner half of the plate. With that said he can tuck the hands inside and drive the ball the other way. Two of his hits came to the pull side and his final hit of the game was a hard line drive into right field.

Batting a few spots behind Kadrmas was big righthanded hitter James Perez (2019 New Braunfels, Texas). Perez stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs in at 230-pounds of mostly muscle. He takes powerful swings at the ball and really looks to use his strength. He generates a lot of lift out front with uphill path and is able to get a lot of deep fly balls. He was the right guy at the right time as he collected two sacrifice flies to deep center field and another ball that hit at the bottom of the fence in dead center. Perez has a lot of potential to be a pure power hitter.

It was a hard fought battle to the end between Midwest Dodgers 17u and Florida Burn 2019 Premier.

Kyle Dixon (2019 Carlinville, Ill.) started on the bump for the Dodgers, and while his numbers didn’t end up looking all that great, with five earned runs, his stuff early on in the game showed a lot of potential. The righthander has a good frame standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing 190-pounds. He works the edges with a heavy fastball in the upper-80s and reaching 91 mph. His better secondary pitch was the changeup that he kept low in the zone with some tough sinking action. The breaking pitch was where he struggled some as he couldn’t find the release point on it in this game. It has some tightness but could really flatten out at times. Dixon is a Southern Illinois commit who had a rough day, but has some projectability in the future.

Dixon also showed some solid two-way ability with the bat as he collected a pair of hits. His contact stays in the middle of the field with loud jump off the barrel.

Battling in the box against Dixon was Florida Burn’s Charlie Vari (2019 Wesley Chapel, Fla.). Vari has a strong and athletic build standing at 6-foot, 190-pounds. He moves well to both sides behind the plate and his receiving skills are advanced, grabbing some calls on the edges for his pitcher. He can also handle the bat well as he drove in a couple of runs on a sharply hit ground ball down the third base line. Later in the game he hit a ball on a line that rolled to the track in left-center field. He generates good torque from his hips with a rotational swing and gets good contact when staying on the pull side of the field. Vari has some good tools to work with down the line.

In the final game of the day 5 Star National Weaver 17u had some late heroics against Canes Prospects 17u with four runs in the last inning to grab a 7-4 win.

Starting for the Canes was Josh Harlow (2019 Garner, N.C.)who went 5 1/3 innings and really threw the ball well for the first five. Harlow has a bit bulkier build, weighing in at 215-pounds and standing 6-foor-3. The righthander works well on the inner half of the plate to both batters and jams the fastball in on the hands. He gets down the mound with some drop-and-drive actions and good push from the back leg. This helps him run the fastball up to 87 mph. He slows the arm some on the slider but it doesn’t take away much from the pitch. His lower arm slot helps get some sharp lateral movement on the pitch and it troubled hitters for most of the game. After giving up a couple runs in the third inning, Harlow bounced back in the fourth with a pair of strikeouts using his slider. In total he struck out six batters.

Justin Ebert (2019 Fayetteville, N.C.) did a good job of backing up Harlow at shortstop for the Canes. He has good range to both sides with quick and athletic movements to the ball. His glove-work is still developing as he can let the ball get deep at times, but when he fields cleanly he makes accurate throws across the diamond. He saved a run on a fine sliding catch behind third base and threw the runner out trying to tag on the play. Ebert has the arm strength and range to stay in the middle of the field with continued improvement at the position.

Jonathan Milton (2019 Wheeling, W.Va.) got the scoring started for the Canes taking advantage of a leadoff hit and a walk later in the inning. He drove a hard hit ball up the middle for a two-run single in the first. Milton stays in the middle part of the field with a balanced line drive approach. He’s able to make good contact with quick hands and looks to put the ball in play.

For 5 Star they were led by some offense that came from the bottom half of the order. Jack Duffy (2019 Sarasota, Fla.) drove one of the harder hit balls in the game on a triple to the left-center field gap. Duffy has good speed around the bases and cruised in untested. His path is slightly elevated, allowing him to get some jump off the barrel. He keeps his hands in and looks to drive the ball the other way and can do so with some pop. Overall, Duffy has some hit tools in the box.

Hitting one spot behind him was Anthony Bennetti (2019 Tampa, Fla.), who drove in a couple of runs to tie the game early on a hard double to the opposite field gab. Bennetti is another high contact player who showed the ability to foul off pitches. His initial approach is drive the ball in the middle of the field, but when gets into a two-strike count he is much more likely to hit the ball to any part of the field. He will make adjustments and is willing to sacrifice some drive off the barrel for the chance to put the ball in play.

– Taylor Weber

The Elite Squad American team opened play at the 17u BCS National Championship with an impressive early pool play game. The Pembroke Pines, Florida-based club hit the ground running. Alexander Aguila (2019, Hialeah, Fla.) is the club’s speedy leadoff hitter and slick-fielding shortstop. The switch-hitter has a mature leadoff mentality as the rising senior at Mater Academy Charter sees a number of pitches and never expands the zone. He has excellent bat-to-barrel ability and his flat bat path and quick hands allow him to spray pitches all over the field. On defense, he has excellent first-step quickness, steady hands and a strong, accurate arm.

Another strong middle-of-the-field player for the Elite Squad American club is their center fielder, Stephen Schissler (2019, Pembroke Pines, Fla.). The 5-foot-10, 160-pound righthanded swinger is a gifted athlete who can cover ground from gap-to-gap in the outfield. He also has excellent top-end speed and a playable arm that is highly accurate. The senior-to-be at Charles W. Flanagan HS is a very capable hitter who understands the strike zone and appears to have an advanced ability to recognize pitches. His swing path is short and quick and he gets the barrel to the ball consistently.

University of Miami commit Daniel Labrador (2019, Miami, Fla.) is the gifted cleanup hitter for Elite Squad. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound right-handed hitter uses a powerful lower half and generates a great deal of torque in his swing. He has a power hitter’s lift at contact and appears to be well balanced at contact. His powerfully built upper body helps him drive the ball with authority.

Sweet swinging Xavier Moronta (2019, Miramar, Fla.) is the talented lefthanded hitting right fielder for Elite Squad. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Moronta has a classic lefthanded hitter’s swing path and he searches for pitches middle-in and down in the zone. His short and direct path to the ball and his slight lift at contact helps the Somerset Academy Charter senior-to-be have excellent pull-side power. Defensively, Moronta is a solid outfielder who understands positioning and reads balls off the bat well. He has a playable arm that shows accuracy.

Chase Centala (2020, Tampa, Fla.) toed the rubber for the Top Tier Roos Americans in morning action on Day 1. The righty, who will be a junior next year at Sickles HS in Tampa, showed three solid pitches and outstanding command and control. His four-seam fastball touched 87 mph on a number of occasions and sat regularly between 84-86 mph. He threw both a changeup (75-76 mph) that showed depth at the dish and a tight-spinning slider (74-77 mph) that was his out-pitch. He showed very clean mechanics and a high three-quarters arm slot that he consistently repeated.

The Roos Americans leadoff hitter and center fielder is Mitch Farris (2019, Palm Harbor, Fla.). The rising senior at Palm Harbor University HS is a speedy and gifted athlete. The lefthanded hitting, lefthanded throwing outfielder plays with a very calm demeanor and exhibits an attention to detail. He is a plus runner who is an instinctive and aggressive force on the bases with a flat bat path and a keen batter’s eye at the plate. Defensively, he understands positioning and covers a lot of ground as a take-charge player with a plus arm.

Wake Forest-bound, Jackson Miller (2020, Trinity, Fla.) is the Roos Americans very capable catcher. The solidly built, 6-foot, 185-pound receiver has steady hands behind the plate and calls a very mature game with easy, smooth actions. He has quick feet, transitions well and has a quick trigger in and with his throwing motion. His arm is consistently accurate. Offensively, the junior-to-be at J.W. Mitchell HS is a lefthanded swinging force. He has a classic inside-out approach, lets the pitch travel deep into the zone and has excellent off-field gap power.

Miami, Florida-based, TR Baseball brought a very competitive squad to Fort Myers for the 17u BCS National Championship. Shortstop Emmanuel Arias (2019, Miami Beach, Fla.) is a quick-footed, slick fielder who plays with a lot of energy and is the obvious infield leader for his club. His first step quickness and ability to read a batter’s swing path helps him get to a lot of balls that many in his age group would not. He has a highly accurate arm and uses a number of different arm angles to get his throws off. Offensively, the rising senior at Miami Beach Senior HS is a patient leadoff hitter who understands his role. He sees a lot of pitches, works counts and uses a middle-of-the-field swing path with excellent bat-to-barrel skills.

Jonathan Pacin (2019, Hialeah, Fla.) is the quite capable catcher for the TR club. The 6-foot-1, 181-pound backstop presents a great target for his staff. He sits low in his crouch and has very soft hands and easy movements. He is a quick-footed thrower of the baseball and has zero wasted moment in his throwing motion. Offensively, the big middle-of-the-order righthanded swinger flashed consistent pull-side power that should continue to develop as he matures.

The TR team started lefty, Juan Viviescas (2019, Hialeah, Fla.) on the hill in their first game and he was very impressive. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound, Savannah State commit never threw a pitch that did not have movement. His fastball, which showed outstanding arm-side run and sink, topped out at 86 mph, and was consistently in the 82-85 mph range. His curveball (64-65 mph), which he threw to both sides of the plate, was a tight-spinning, 12-to-6 breaking ball, that was especially tough on lefthanded hitters. His poise and smooth, repeatable mechanics are noteworthy.

Team NIKE New England’s Nathan Curtis (2018, Eliot, Maine) is a recent graduate of Marshwood HS who is heading to Central Alabama CC in the fall to continue his academic and athletic careers. The sturdy, 6-foot-4, 195-pound righthanded swinger is a promising power hitter. He has a short and quick trigger and extends well through the swing, showing impressive pull-side pop.

His Team NIKE New England teammate, Axel Post (2019, Barrington, N.H.), is a barrel-chested, 6-foot-1, 205-pound righthanded hitter who has a very quiet, yet very powerful approach at the plate. Hitting out of a fairly even stance, the senior-to-be at Dover HS, is a very disciplined hitter who uses a flat bat path and strong, quick hands to barrel up pitches to all parts of the field.

The Fredericksburg, Virginia-based, Canes Prospects are a very impressive squad represented by a number of gifted players from the mid-eastern seaboard. Shortstop Joseph Szvetitz (2019, Winston-Salem, N.C.) is a talented, smooth-playing infielder who has plus speed and quick actions. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound rising senior at Forsyth Country Day has all the tools at shortstop. He can make all of the plays in either direction and has both the required footwork and strong arm to make those plays look fairly routine. Offensively, he is a top-of-the-order force for his ballclub. He has a short, compact swing that is very disciplined and a leadoff hitter’s mentality, able to work counts like a veteran. He has a middle-of-the-field mentality but also can turn on a mistake and drive the ball with authority.

Switch-hitting, Jake Wortman (2019, Fredericksburg, Va.) is the promising catcher for the Canes club. At 6-foot-2, and 185-pounds, he has the strength and body type to have a solid future behind the plate. He is a sound receiver who calls a very mature game and has the necessary physical tools to continue to develop. He sits low and comfortably in his stance and is a quick and sure thrower of the ball. At the plate, the big switch-hitter, has a powerful lower body and a longer swing path that could help him develop into a consistent power threat.

Craig Miles Jr. (2019, Haymarket, Va.) is a big-time speedster. The switch-hitting outfielder makes consistent contact from both sides of the plate and then puts pressure on the defense with his plus-plus running ability. He is a spray hitter who has an inside-out swing path and a heavy top hand, as it appears he is trying to get the ball on the ground. Defensively, his instinctive ability truly shows through. He gets great jumps on any ball hit his way and can make a lot of tough plays look routine. His arm is highly accurate and shows consistent carry.

The 2018 edition of the 17u East Cobb Astros is impressive and they started BCS play with early pool play success. Pitching the Astros to their second win of day were three highly projectible arms. Starter Nick Ferrara (2019, Tallahassee, Fla.) routinely filled up the zone with a four-seam fastball in the 84-86 mph range. The pitch showed very good late life at the plate, especially up in the zone, and he pitched to the edges with a veteran’s pace and rhythm. He complemented his fastball a tight-spinning slider (74-75 mph) that showed consistent depth at the plate. His slider is a definite swing-and-miss pitch.

Duke commit Wyatt Scotti (2019, Marstons Mills, Mass.) followed Ferrara to the bump and was equally as impressive. His one inning of work saw the 6-foot-3, 185-pound righty use only his well-commanded four-seam fastball (85-87 mph). He worked both sides of the plate in his short outing and challenged every hitter with his riding heater.

Finishing up the East Cobb Astros run-rule victory was Ethan Anderson (2019, Woodstock, Ga.). The lanky, 6-foot-3, 190-pound rising senior at River Ridge HS modeled his pitching mates and used a loose arm and 86-87 mph heat to close out the victory for his club. All Anderson did was grip his four-seamer and let it fly. Nothing fancy. High three-quarters and repeat. He filled up the zone with great command.

Two Astros, among many, stood out offensively for the Marietta, Georgia-based club. Clemson University commit, Tyler Olenchuk (2020, Irmo, S.C.) used a middle-of-the-field approach, quick hands and a powerful base to drive the ball to the middle of the diamond consistently. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior-to-be at Dutch Fork HS has outstanding pitch recognition and bat-to-ball skills.

Big third baseman, Josiah Miller (2019, Tallahassee, Fla.) is a Florida State commit with a power hitter’s approach. He has a strong lower half and sits on his back-side while generating great torque through his swing. He has a definite slugger’s lift at contact. He is also a very capable corner infielder and shows quick feet, especially to his glove side, with a strong, accurate arm.

The Midwest is represented in fine fashion by the greater Kansas City-based Royals Scout Team. Righthander, Daniel Hammond (2019, Prairie Village, Kan.) toed the rubber to start the Royals early afternoon pool play game. The 6-foot, 185-pound, rising senior at Shawnee Mission East HS showed three quality pitches and outstanding command of each. His four-seam fastball was consistently clocked in the 85-86 mph range. He worked to the edges with his four-seamer and was especially effective when he was down in the zone. He threw two different breaking pitches. His curveball, which he appeared a little more confident in, was in the 74-75 mph range. His curve had more 12-to-6 tilt and had a little more bite at the plate. His slider was more 11-to-5 in its break and was more frisbee-like.

University of Nebraska commit Braxton Bragg (2019, Kansas City, Mo.) showed two dominant pitches in securing the Royals victory. The future Cornhusker used a highly repeatable high three-quarters arm slot and easy, smooth mechanics to pump his fastball (86-88 mph) routinely into the zone with both arm-side run and heavy sink at the plate. He complemented his impressive fastball with a sharp-breaking 73-74 mph slider.

Robert Moore (2020, Leawood, Kan.) hits in the leadoff spot and plays a very sound shortstop for the KC nine. The switch-hitter has very smooth and easy movement in the middle infield and a very sound and sure arm. His athleticism and frame may allow this gifted baseball player to play a number of different positions on the field as he matures, but no doubt, he is a very capable shortstop who will only get better. Offensively, he is skilled enough to bunt for a hit and strong and talented enough to drive the ball with power.

The Royals two-hole hitter, Luke Burk (2019, Galena, Mo.), is a 6-foot, 175-pound athletically gifted third baseman. He has all the tools on defense to continue to play there as he continues in his career. He has sure hands and shows solid lateral movement with a very quick throwing style and an above average arm. Offensively, the rising senior at Galena HS is a slugger, hitting out of a slightly open stance with the ability to drive the ball with authority. He has a power hitter’s lift at contact and incorporates a very strong lower half into his swing.

Wichita State University commit, Quinton Hall (2019, Shawnee, Kan.) is the accomplished cleanup hitter for the Royals Scout Team. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound righthanded hitter is a high contact swinger who has some gap-to-gap pop. He is an easy and smooth glider who chews up ground. Defensively, the senior-to-be at Mill Valley HS is skillful. He understands positioning and gets outstanding jumps on any ball hit his way. He also has a quick release on his throws, which show both carry and accuracy.

– Jerry Miller

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