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17u BCS: Day 3 Scout Notes

Taylor Weber         Perfect Game Tournament Staff        
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The teams in the 17u BCS Tournament have been re-seeded and the second round of pool play is under way. Broward Baseball Academy 17u Gold took on 5 Star American Mizell 17u, and while it was close throughout most of the game, Broward ran away with the 11-3 win after scoring seven in the bottom of the fifth inning.

On the mound for Broward was Jaden James (2019 Plantation, Fla). James is a 5-foot-11, 185-pound righthander with an average frame on the mound. His mechanics in the delivery are sound though they can tighten up a bit. He has a quick arm action generating some whip from an over-the-top arm slot. He commands the fastball well and throws a good amount of strikes with the fastball that tops out at 80 mph. His stuff isn’t that of some others in the class that really burn it in there, however, he’s consistent on the mound and keeps the ball around the edges. He also throws both a curveball and a changeup with feel for both. The curveball has an 11-to-5 shape and the changeup shows sinking run around the zone. He was able to get swings and misses with both as well as weak contact.

Jared Campbell (2019 Sunrise, Fla.) led off for Broward and patrolled center field as well. Campbell is a 5-foot-11, 165-pounder with a lot of athletic ability and some strength throughout. He’s a solid outfielder and has the speed to stay in the middle. He can track the ball well and he takes command among his teammate. Campbell can also swing the bat and collected a couple of hits with three RBI for Broward. He uses his strong build well in his swing and his hands are strong at the point of contact. This allows him to maintain an all fields approach by being able to drive the ball wherever it’s pitch. Campbell drove a fastball into right center field for a double that scored two, and earlier singled into left field.

Batting one spot behind Campbell was Alex Romance (2019 Davie, Fla.). Romance is a 6-foot, 170-pound infielder who really swings a hot bat. Romance is an aggressive hitter who looks to drive fastballs early in the count. He shows good feel for the barrel and can drive the ball especially to the middle of the field as well as to the pull side. He’s got some hand quickness and added to his strong and semi-rotational lower half this allows him to get a good amount of bat speed through the zone. Romance collected a couple of hard barreled up balls in the game going 2-for-3 with a couple of singles.

In the three hole for Broward was Jared Campbell’s brother, Jordan Campbell (2019 Sunrise, Fla.). Jared has a very similar strong and athletic build as that of his brother. Jordan, however, he has just a bit more size to him and he needs it as he is a primary catcher. Campbell moves very well behind the plate and has above average blocking skills. He receives with soft hands and comes out aggressively when throwing. He also swings a good stick as he went 2-for-3 with a couple of singles. Jordan gets a bit of leverage at contact with a naturally lifted path and a hard swing. He’s able to get quite a bit of pop when squaring the ball up.

Batting a little farther down in the order and playing shortstop for Broward is 6-foot-1, 160-pound Robert Pokorney (2019 Margate, Fla.). Pokorney shows some real tools both with the bat as well as on the offensive side of the ball. His glove work is really strong and he fields with soft hands out front. He can make plays deep in the whole and has very good arm strength across the diamond. Pokorney drove in a run early in the game on deep sacrifice fly to center field that almost beat the defender who made the catch. He gets some real drive off the bat and looks to elevate the ball and can do so with ease. He would collect another RBI in the fifth on a line drive single into left field.

The starter for 5 Star had some tough luck on the mound as he gave up eight runs, however, only two of them would be earned. Ashton Goodin (2019 Ellaville, Ga.) is a 6-foot-6, 190-pound righthander who tossed four innings for Mizell and allowed five hits. Some shakey defense caused him to throw in a lot of pressure situations and he handled himself well. He starts his delivery with a simple side step into a very high leg kick and a lean back towards first. There’s a lot of movement in his delivery and at times his arm will lag behind but when he cleaned it up he had a lot of command for his pitches. He got the fastball up to 84 mph while sitting at 80 to 81 mph. He mixed in a nice sinking changeup, as well as an 11-to-5 curveball, able to land both for strikes. Though his numbers don’t look great he still showed some promise on the mound.

The leadoff guy for 5 Star was Zach Fletcher (2019 Thomasville, Ga.). Fletcher is a 5-foot-8 shortstop weighing 155-pounds. He’s an athletic fielder with a strong arm across the diamond. He reads the ball well off the bat with a quick first step and always seems to be getting the ball on the best bounces. He utilizes a middle of the field approach at the plate with strong drive off the barrel. Fletcher went 1-for-3 in the game with an RBI single up the middle as well as a deep fly ball that he barreled up at the left fielder.

Behind Fletcher is center fielder Dylan Anderson (2019 LaGrange, Ga.). Anderson has a linear shift into contact with strong hands throughout the swing. This allows him to get some good jump off the barrel when working to the pull side. That being said, Anderson has a good ability to just put the ball in play. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of swing-and-miss in his game and he can also hit the ball the other way with a bit of a sacrifice in drive off the barrel. Anderson had two hits in the game including a hard drive down the left field line for a double.

Team Elite 17u Prime continued their undefeated tournament with a 5-0 victory over Georgia Scorpions 17u. On the mound for the Scorpions was 6-foot-3, 175-pound lefty Justin Doychak (2019 Marietta, Ga.). Doychak suffered the loss in the game but he was able to hold a very good offense to just two earned runs in three innings of work. He’s a long and lean lefthander who utilizes a simple side-step start to the delivery. He has a compact action in back and uses his length well in a high three-quarters arm slot. His height and long limbs combined with his slot allow him to get some good angle on his fastball down in the zone. It also shows some late run while topping out at 80 mph. He pounds the zone with command of the pitch though he can lose it at times with a couple of walks in an inning. He keeps hitters honest with a short cutting changeup.

Continuing to impress for Team Elite is rightfielder Dylan Rogers (2019 Spartanburg, S.C.). Rogers is a very athletic 6-foot-2, 195-pounds. He moves well in the outfield and shows a lot of range in the grass. He’s shown off some exceptional arm strength that should play well at the position. He made an outstanding diving play down the line that if fair saved extra bases. Rogers also shows plus bat speed at the plate. His quick hands allow him to get around the baseball and the good contact he produces gets loud jump off the barrel.

On the mound for Team Elite was the No. 14-ranked player in the 2019 class in Mack Anglin (2019 Marengo, Ohio). Anglin is a very physical 6-foot-5, 185-pound righthanded pitcher who has an excellent presence on the mound. He starts his delivery with short side step and lands in line with good balance throughout. He drives off the back-side well and really gets down the mound. Paired with very good arm speed, he’s able to get some hard running action on his fastball that topped out at 92 mph, sitting 89-91 consistently. His secondary pitch was a very nasty slider with a lot of sharp depth. Him mixing well and having very good command helped him on his way to zero hits with eight strikeouts. He would throw five innings and got 13 consecutive outs after a walk in the first inning.

East Cobb Astros 17u continued their dominance in the tournament as they remain undefeated with a victory over Brower Baseball. On the bump for the Astros was 5-foot-10, 185-pound lefthanded pitcher Alex Munroe (2019 Davenport, Fla.). Munroe has a bulky build on the mound and throws from a low three-quarters delivery with good arm speed in delivery. His fastball shows some short running action and he keeps it down around the knees of the batter topping out at 88 mph. His curveball has a tight spin and some bite to it with a sweeping 2-to-8 shape and he also commands a changeup with good cutting actions. He can hide the ball well and keep the hitters guessing in the box. Munroe tossed five innings and allowed a single run.

In relief for Munroe and throwing two innings while allowing one hit and a walk was righthanded pitcher Wyatt Scotti (2020 Marstons Mills, Mass.). Scotti has a wiry frame with some athleticism in delivery. He shows some good plane on the fastball when down in the zone from a three-quarters slot topping out at 87 mph. He pairs together a nice sweeping curveball and a changeup with sharp sink. He was able to get some good swing and miss with all his pitches.

Providing most of the offense for the Astros was 6-foot-2, 180-pound middle infielder Jack O’Dowd (2020 Boca Grande, Fla.). O’Dowd has some strong quickness in his hands and he is able to utilize that well throughout his swing. He has a slightly elevated swing path and generates leverage out in front of the plate, able to drive the ball well when barreled up. O’Dowd went 2-for-3 in the game with a double and an RBI single into left field. He’s got a lot of line drive in his game with a good gap-to-gap approach.

It was a long day for 5 Star American Shouse 17u as they went throughout multiple weather delays before tying with the Dallas Tigers – Brugos, 3-3. 5 Star starter Daniel Flacco (2019 Ormond Beach, Fla.) battled through well as he was able to throw 5 1/3 innings of three-hit baseball throughout the delays. Flacco is a 6-foot, 185-pound righthander with an overhead delivery and high leg kick. He shows good balance throughout and repeats his mechanics very well. He throws from a compact three-quarters slot and generates some short and late run on the fastball topping out at 85 mph. His breaking ball has good 12-to-6 shape and he can throw it for quality strikes at the knees.

John Rego provided most of the offense for 5 Star with a 2-for-3 day and driving in two runs. He has a smooth and fluid swing with a quiet and repeatable approach. He makes consistent solid contact and can hit the ball where it’s pitched. Rego keeps the hands tucked throughout swing and has a middle-of-the-field to opposite-field approach. He was able to drive a ball into the opposite field for a two-run single.

– Taylor Weber

The second round of pool play games got underway today in Fort Myers and the action was outstanding from first pitch to last. Some favorites held their own, and a few teams continued to make their mark, as all of these highly competitive teams go head-to-head in fighting for a place in the playoffs.

SWFL Nation, the local Fort Myers traditional power, has had a strong early run in pool play. Yariel Diaz (2019, Lehigh Acres, Fla.) who plays his high school ball at neighboring Cypress Lake HS, is a barrel- chested slugger who mans the corner infield positions.  The Florida Southwestern State College commit is a steady and dependable fielder with quick feet and a strong, accurate arm. At the dish, the big right-handed hitter shows pull-side pop and solid bat-to-ball ability.

Garrett Wilt (2019, Lakeland, Fla.) is a baseball player. The rising senior at Lakeland Senior HS is listed a true utility player and displays the athleticism and the tools to play just about any position on the field. He has plus-plus speed that he aggressively uses in the field and on the bases. He has a compact swing that is short and quick and makes solid line-drive contact consistently.

SWFL Nation’s gifted catcher is 6-foot-1, 195-pound, Kalvin Alexander (2019, Lakeland, Fla.). The senior-to-be at McKeel Academy is a confident and accomplished receiver. He has the frame and physical presence to make an impact at the next level. He has a veteran’s knowledge in setting up hitters and in calling a game. His physical tools are readily visible. He sets up low and comfortably behind the plate and transitions well to throw the ball. His pop times were consistently in the 1.85 to 1.95 range and his 1.87 pop on an attempted steal early in the game, limited the aggressiveness of SWFL’s opponent.

Hollywood, Florida-based Florida Pokers Carolina is a fundamentally skilled club that plays with poise and passion. Leading the way for the Pokers is their gifted shortstop, Timmy Kudlinski (2019, Stuart, Fla.). The 5-foot-11, 165-pound dynamo is a bundle of energy and a very capable top-of-the-order offensive threat for his club. The gritty Kudlinski, obviously thrives in pressure situations as his bases loaded, two-out knock broke open a very tight and well-played game against the Batter’s Box Black in early morning play. His inside out swing path and patient approach lets Kudlinski sees pitches deep in the zone and drive the ball up the middle and to the opposite field. On defense, the rising senior at South Fork HS, is an instinctive and quick footed sure fielder who has a plus arm and the ability to throw from any platform.

The Poker’s ran a crafty, strike-throwing machine out to the bump in their first game at Five Plex in morning play. John Laudani (2019, Winter Springs, Fla.) toed the rubber for the Pokers and gave his club six solid innings of work. A true baseball fan would have truly enjoyed watching this young hurler work.  The rising senior at Oviedo HS was poised throughout and worked with a veteran’s rhythm and pace.

Although he will never be given a fire-baller tag, his ability to pitch off of his plus change-up with a moving fastball and an effective 12-to-6 breaking curveball makes Laudani a tough guy to square up. His fastball, which is probably his third pitch, was never clocked above the mid-70s. He rarely threw his two-seamer close to the middle of the plate. His curveball was a looping pitch that disappeared at the plate. His change-up, however, is his best and most advanced pitch. It is clearly his go to. The change comes out of the same window as his fastball and just dies at the plate.

Rafael A. Diaz (2019, Isabella, Puerto Rico) is a product of the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy. The Talladega College commit is a talented centerfielder who has plus speed and great range in the outfield. He also has a playable arm that is very accurate. He is problematic for defenses when he comes to the plate. He has a veteran’s keen awareness of how opponents are defensing him. He can (and did) bunt for a hit. He can slap line-drives by either corner infielder should they draw in and take away the bunt and he can drive the ball to either gap. On the bases, he is a heady, disruptive force who knows how to use his plus speed to energize his club.

Joey Jordan (2019, Chipley, Fla.) is a steady left fielder who plays with a calm and poised demeanor of a veteran much his senior. Jordan will complete his high school career at Chipley HS next spring and certainly appears to have the necessary tools to play at the next level. At the plate, he shows the rare ability to recognize pitches early and to adjust his swing path accordingly. His patient approach and flat bat path allows him to drive the ball with authority to all parts of the field. Defensively, Jordan has the athleticism and arm strength to play any of the outfield positions.

Manning the first base position for the Pokers was Joshua Keating (2019, San Antonio, Texas). The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Texan is a gifted athlete who is the unquestioned leader of the Poker’s infield and a constant positive verbal influence on all of his teammates. He wears his passion for the game on his sleeve. He can really swing the stick. The barrel-chested righthanded swinger can drive the ball with authority to all parts of the field. He incorporates a strong lower half into each pass and never gets cheated. The ball jumps off his bat. Defensively, Keating shows advanced skills around first base. He has sure and quick feet and the ability to help his infield mates when their throws are a little off.

The Scorpions Baseball Club is a tradition-rich organization that has long been a force in Perfect Game tournaments. The Winter Park, FL based Scorpions 17u Select club joins a long line of very talented teams making the annual trip to Fort Myers. Leading the Scorps Select club this summer is their very gifted catcher, Jakob Runnels (2019, Winter Haven, Fla.). The rising senior at Auburndale Senior HS has all the necessary tools to transition well to college ball. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Runnels is a solid backstop who has a confident and poised demeanor. He is an excellent receiver of the ball and transitions ably to throw. He has a quick trigger and his throws are true and firm. Runnels is also the Scorps three-hole hitter, which says a lot about his ability to swing the bat. He is a patient hitter who possesses plus pull-side pop and rarely misses pitches in the zone.

The Scorpions dynamic shortstop is 6-foot, 150-pound Guillermo Garcia (2019, Royal Palm Beach, Fla.). The energetic middle infielder will play his final prep season next spring at Palm Beach Central HS. Garcia can flash the leather, making all the plays and is especially good going to his glove side. His strong arm and obvious athleticism allows Garcia to use various arm angles to get his throws off. Offensively, the patient and heady righthanded hitter works counts and sees a lot of pitches. He has a short compact stroke and a middle-of-the-field swing path. He is a plus, instinctive runner who readily takes the extra base.

Brenham, Texas is the home of the Batter’s Box – Black Club. The organization is making its second consecutive appearance in Fort Myers and once again brought a number of gifted players to Southwest Florida. Kirk Macik (2019, Caldwell, Texas) is two-sport standout at Snook HS in central Texas as the 6-foot-2, 190-pound corner infielder is also his high school’s starting quarterback. Macik is an impressively built athlete who shows quiet and confident movements on the baseball diamond. He has outstanding raw power and his approach at the plate allows the broad-shouldered Macik to consistently drive the baseball to both gaps with authority. Around first base, he can make all the plays. He shows outstanding footwork, which one would expect from a Texas HS quarterback. He also has an exceptionally strong arm that is highly accurate.

Macik’s mate on the right side of the Batter’s Box defense is Cash Callahan (2019, Burton, Texas). At 6-foot, and 175-pounds, Callahan is a rock-solid second sacker who unquestionably has the skill-set to play both middle infield positions. He has soft hands and a strong and accurate arm and can make plays going in either direction. On offense, he can hit line drives with authority. The ball jumps off his bat. He has noticeable strength in his forearms and shoulders and his quick and aggressive swing path allows him to generate plus bat speed with each pass.

Florida Burn UHit is a gifted club from the Sarasota, FL area. Two players stood out for this fundamentally sound team. Parker Opie (2019, Clearwater, Fla.) is a strong and steady corner infielder who has a smooth approach to defense and a strong and sure arm. He is especially good moving to his glove side. Opie, a 6-foot, 185-pound, solidly built athlete, is especially impressive with a bat in his hands. He never gets cheated and is in attack mode when he steps into the box. He has a slugger’s lift at contact and certainly showed the strength to hit the all out of the park.

Garrett Gould (2019, Dover, Fla.) is a rising senior at Plant City HS in central Florida. The righthanded hitter is a table-setter for the Burn UHit and shows a patient approach and excellent barrel-to-ball skills. Gould is an aggressive, yet knowledgeable base runner who can and will take the extra base.

A club that has turned heads and created quite a buzz this week is the Boardman, Ohio-based Ohio Glaciers. There are a number of standouts on the Glaciers, who are undefeated at this juncture in the tournament. Brian Shevitz (2019, Mercer, Pa.) is a corner infielder for the NE Ohio club. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound dynamo is the energetic catalyst for his ball club. He can make all the plays and shows the athleticism and baseball acumen to play anywhere on the field. He really stands out with a bat in his hands. He uses a patient approach and a middle-of-the-field mentality to drive the ball, with authority, from gap to gap.

The Glaciers very gifted shortstop is Braden O’Shaugnessy (2019, Poland, Ohio). The 6-foot-2, 185-pound rising senior at Poland Seminary HS is a smooth-fielding, strong-armed and steady middle infielder who never appears rattled or rushed. He truly can make all the plays and throws. Offensively, he is a middle-of-the-order slugger who makes consistent contact and uses the entire field to drive pitches with authority.

Cam Whalen (2019, Hermitage, Pa.) holds down the catching spot for the Glaciers. Whalen will play his senior season next spring at Hickory HS. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound steady and even-keeled receiver is a great field general for his club. He calls a very mature game and controls the tempo and pace of play for his staff. He has a true veteran’s presence. He has advanced movements behind the plate and has a quick throwing motion and a strong arm that is highly accurate.

Toeing the rubber for the Glaciers in their first game during early pool play was Travis Harvey, (2019, Boardman, Ohio). The 5-foot-9, 160-pond righty showed an impressive three-pitch mix that he pounded the zone with for six solid innings. His riding four-seamer was consistently clocked at between 84-86 mph. He complemented his well-commanded heater with a sharp-breaking 12-to-6 curveball (68-71 mph) and a change that was steady at 75 mph. All of his pitches were thrown out of the same window, which added to his deception.

Closing out afternoon play at The City of Palms Stadium was one of the tournament’s top clubs, the Florida Burn-Platinum. Starting on the mound for the Burn was TCU commit, Nolan Hudi (2019, Safety Harbor, Fla.). The 6-foot, 172-pound lefty was solid for five-plus innings and showed why he is bound for the Big 12 powerhouse in Fort Worth. The senior-to-be at Calvary Christian HS featured his outstanding curveball as his out-pitch. The sharp, 12-to-6 late breaker, was thrown to both sides of the plate at 75-76 mph. He also shows a heavy fastball at 86-87 mph that has plus arm-side sink and run. His changeup is also a promising pitch that sat at 74 mph and shows depth at the dish.

Cameron Wademan (2019, Fort Myers, Fla.) is a local product who plays his high school ball at Fort Myers HS. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Wademan is a rock-steady center fielder who is a ballhawk in the middle for the Burn. There aren’t too many balls that he cann’t corral.  He also shows a great awareness for positioning which allows him to utilize his plus arm to its fullest. Offensively, he shows consistent bat-to-ball ability and his middle-of-the-field path allows him to regularly drive the ball to each gap.

The true standout for the Burn in their afternoon contest was United States Military Academy appointee, Kevin Dubrule (2019, Venice, Fla.). Before Dubrule leaves for West Point he will play his final prep season at Venice Senior HS. This gifted middle infielder can make all the plays going in either direction and has the arm strength to play on either side of the diamond. His enthusiasm and playing style is infectious as he brings an energy to his club that is matched by few. He truly stands out with a bat in his hands. He is a patient hitter who sees a bunch of pitches and never unnecessarily expands the zone. Debrule uses an inside-out path to hit consistently solid line drives up the middle and to the off field.

– Jerry Miller

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