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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Regional HS Preview: Florida

Brian Sakowski        
Photo: Riley Greene (Perfect Game)

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2019 Perfect Game High School Preview Index

Top 15 Florida High Schools

Rk. Nat'l School '18 Rec. '18 Finish
1 2 IMG Academy 18-7 No Playoffs
2 8 Calvary Christian Academy 17-15 4A State Champs
3 13 American Heritage 24-4 6A Regional Finals
4 16 Monsignor Pace 24-6 5A State Champs
5 24 St. Thomas Aquinas 27-3 8A State Champs
6 26 Calvary Christian 30-1 4A State Finals
7 30 Marjory Stoneman Douglas 19-6-1 9A Regional Finals
8 34 The Bolles School 24-6 5A State Finals
9 NR Providence 25-5 4A Regional Finals
10 NR Lake Mary 22-6 9A Regional Finals
11 NR Doral Academy 25-7-1 7A State Semifinals
12 NR Hagerty 22-6 8A Regional Finals
13 NR Pace 24-7 7A State Finals
14 NR Tampa Jesuit 19-10 6A Region Semifinals
15 NR North Broward Prep 22-9 5A Region Finals

Nat'l denotes rank on the Preseason National High School Top 50




Florida High School Dream Team

C - Maxwell Romero Jr, Sr., Pembroke Pines Charter, Miramar
In what's a very strong year for prep talent again in the Sunshine State, Romero stands out at the catching position for both his offensive and defensive ability. He combines a smooth lefthanded swing with plenty of loft and bat speed, giving him significant raw power from the left side of the plate. Defensively, Romero is smooth through his footwork when throwing down to second base, shows off an above-average throwing arm, and does a very nice job receiving behind the plate as well. 

1B - Rece Hinds, Sr., IMG Academy, Niceville 
Hinds is an interesting positional case study, and while he's primarily a left-side infielder, he did see reps at first base (and in the outfield) during last summer's East Coast Professional Showcase. He's got two of the louder tools in the class in his arm strength and raw power, both of which are better than plus, and he's got maybe as much upside as anyone else in the class as well given how much his power has the potential to impact games. His athleticism, especially for his size, is also near the top of the class. 

MIF - Tyler Callihan, Sr., Providence HS, Neptune Beach
Callihan has actually invoked some comparisons to former summer ball teammate – and '18 first rounder – Nolan Gorman in terms of their profiles. He's a lefthanded hitting infielder with the potential for both above average hit and power tools, giving him a balanced offensive upside that is relatively uncommon in this class. Defensively, he profiles well at second base, where his hands and arm strength both play at a high level. 

MIF - Connor Walsh, Sr., Niceville Senior HS, Niceville
Walsh burst onto the scene late last spring and continued his ascent up lists at PG National, where he was selected for the 2018 Perfect Game All-American Classic. The Ole Miss signee stands out first for his athleticism and quick-twitch, which plays both defensively in terms of his range as well as on the base paths, where he's a plus runner. He brings quick hands and good contact skills along with ever-increasing raw power to his offensive game as well, giving him a well-rounded profile. 

3B - Yohandy Morales, Jr., G. Holmes Braddock HS, Miami
The first underclassman on this list, Morales is also primarily a shortstop like Rece Hinds, but for the purposes of this list he's slotted in at third base. Morales has long stood out offensively, hitting his way up to the No. 5 overall spot in our class of 2020 rankings. The hit and power tools are already both impactful for Morales, and his athleticism stands out as well for a player of his size, giving him a pretty ideal third base profile long term if he ends up out-growing shortstop. 

OF - Riley Greene, Sr., Hagerty HS, Oviedo
Perhaps the top pure hitter in the prep class, Greene has performed at nearly every stop along his developmental ladder thus far in his career, and could be a top 10 overall pick in June. He's viewed as someone who could potentially have both above average hit and power tools, and his ability to handle the bat and hit the ball with authority to all fields has long-endeared him to evaluators across the country. Defensively, his best fit is likely a corner spot, where he has a chance to be a quality defender.

OF - Dylan Crews, Jr., Lake Mary HS, Longwood
One of only two underclassmen on this list amongst position players, Crews ranks as the No. 1 player in the class of 2020, and for good reason. He's proven himself to be an impact hitter who can hit for a high average along with significant raw pop from the right side, and while he's always hit, the visible improvements he's made over his career thus far in his power, his athleticism/speed, and his defensive abilities make his ultimate upside even more tantalizing. 

OF - Hylan Hall, Sr., TNXL Academy, Ocoee
Another Perfect Game All-American, Hall stood out at PG National last June in pretty much every way, given his athleticism, bat speed, and other peripheral tools. A plus runner whose speed plays both on the bases and in the outfield, Hall's arm strength and raw power are also impactful and add to the upside of his profile, and he could be headed for a high draft spot this spring if he has a loud senior season. 

SP - Brennan Malone, Sr., IMG Academy, Bradenton
Our No. 4 overall player in the class of 2019, Malone has been on the radar for quite some time and will certainly be scouted a ton this spring, now that he's transferred to IMG Academy. With excellent size, athleticism, and pure stuff, Malone is right at the top along with Georgia's Daniel Espino for top prep arm in this class. He's been up to 96-97 mph with his fastball several times now, is comfortable pitching in the mid-90s, and his off-speed stuff has improved significantly. He's got a chance to be a very high draft choice in June. 

SP - Matthew Allan, Sr., Seminole HS, Sanford
Allan has been viewed as one of the more consistent performers amongst any of the high-end draft prospects in this prep cycle, pretty much coming out and throwing well regardless of event or setting. He's got good physicality and a fastball that reaches the mid-90s to go along with a swing-and-miss breaking ball that has flashed above-average, and he's always done a good job of throwing strikes. He's not as physically projectable as others in this class, but his present stuff is plenty good enough to be a first round follow at this point. 

SP - Tyler Nesbitt, Sr., Labelle HS, Labelle
Nesbitt had a good summer circuit in 2018, but really blew up in the fall, first at the Florida Diamond Club event and then even more so one night in Jupiter. With a lean, projectable frame and plus arm speed, Nesbitt was wholly dominant in his playoff matchup, working in the 90-93 mph range with his fastball and getting double-digit swings and misses on a slider that was mostly plus. He's an exciting draft follow this spring, and could continue seeing his name rise up boards. 

SP - Joseph Charles, Sr., The First Academy, Celebration
Another mainstay on national radars, Charles has been well-known for a few years now in scouting circles. A well-built, physical righthander, Charles has run his fastball up into the mid-90's frequently, touching as high as 96 mph at PG events. He's always shown a propensity for spinning the baseball, consistently missing bats with a hard breaking ball that blends between a curveball and a slider at times, but doesn't really matter given just how sharp and late the break is. 

SP - Carson Montgomery, Jr., Windermere HS, Windermere
Our final underclassman on this list, Montgomery, who is young for the grade, enjoyed an explosive summer of 2018 and firmly established himself as one of the top prep arms in the country for 2020. A Florida State commit, Montgomery has some of the best arm speed in the country regardless of class, producing fastballs that have touched 96 mph, and he's also shown the ability to spin a plus slider in the mid-80's as well. 

UT - Hunter Barco, Sr., The Bolles School, Jacksonville
Barco earns the nod as our Dream Team utility player due to his abilities as a two-way player, both as a lefthanded pitcher and a lefthanded-hitting first baseman. He gets up to 94 mph from the left side, from a very tough low slot, and while the slider is mostly an average pitch, his splitter that he throws as a changeup is one of the better offspeed pitches in the class when it's on. Offensively, Barco has shown the necessary tools to be a very good first baseman, and has also demonstrated pretty substantial raw power from the left side along with enough feel to hit that playing both ways in college, potentially, doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility. 


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