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High School | General | 3/29/2019

Boras Classic Day 3 Scout Notes

Vincent Cervino         Steve Fiorindo        
Photo: Cam Wheeler (Gina Chiaramonte)

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Huntington Beach dropped the first two games of the Boras Classic South but the bats woke up in a big way on Day 3 and the charge was led by the first two hitters in the order in Joshua Hahn (2019, Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Jake Vogel (2020, Huntington Beach, Calif.).

Hahn has been on the national scene for a while now, showing out at events like PG National and the Area Code Games a year ago, and is a highly touted two-way prep prospect in this year’s draft. Signed with UCLA, Hahn was outstanding a couple of nights ago where he dueled Jared Jones on the mound and was ultimately stuck with a tough-luck loss.

There is some question as to where Hahn’s ultimate future lies, whether it be on the mound or at the plate, but he should have plenty of time to figure that out once he gets to pro ball or to campus at UCLA. Offensively, he had a big day on Thursday morning, connecting on two well-struck doubles to the pull side. He hooked the first into the right field corner while the second missed being a home run by a couple of feet deep in right centerfield. Hahn is very hitterish in the box with good balance and a simple stroke throughout. The path is smooth with a lot of loft that will allow him to get to his raw power, especially to the pull side. There are a lot of hitting tools to work with from an offensive standpoint and the feel for the barrel head combined with the power are good places to start.

Vogel, a UCLA commit himself, is an exciting player with loads of quick-twitch athleticism and packs a punch at the top of a powerful lineup. Vogel stands at a physically projectable 5-foot-11 and 175-pounds and is an above average runner, he posted a run time to first base of 4.22 seconds, which allows him to play a role on both sides of the ball. He gets pretty good jumps on pitchers and on fly balls as his speed enables him to be a threat on the base paths and a vacuum in centerfield, where the arm plays well as it was recorded up to 91 mph during the PG Underclass All-American Games last year. Vogel had three knocks on the afternoon including an infield single where he turned on the burners and two doubles. He has whippy, strong hands at the plate and drives through his lower half when turning on baseballs. The strength and barrel skill combination at the plate allows him to be a threat in the batter’s box too and Vogel’s skill set and overall performance record have him as one of the top prospects for the class of 2020.

Huntington Beach’s starting pitcher for the game, Jeremy Wiegman (2019, Huntington Beach, Calif.), showed some tools and things to like on the mound even though he battled through some command issues on Thursday morning. The Cal State San Marcos signee has a picturesque frame for that of a pitching prospect with a broad-shouldered 6-foot-5, 180-pound frame and a low effort delivery. The arm stroke is a bit long through the back but it’s very loose and he worked his fastball primarily in the 82-85 mph range while bumping 87 mph once. He struggled in terms of throwing strikes consistently but there is good present feel to spin with some power and shape in the mid-70s. Wiegman is a big projection play and though the present stuff is plenty intriguing, there’s a lot more in the tank.

Turning in a strong performance over the course of the week has been PG All-American Garrett Frechette (2019, Orange, Calif.) as the lefthanded slugger has been on base a good bit while batting in the middle of the lineup for Orange Lutheran. The San Diego State signee didn’t show off his big power that he has in the past but he collected four hits over his last two games on Wednesday and Thursday while showing some feel for the barrel from the left side.

Frechette stands tall in the box with classic size for a lefthanded corner outfield prospect, though Frechette currently plays first base, with a simple relaxed set up in the box. He has a loose easy swing with good present bat speed and during BP he can really get out in front and leverage the ball to pull. There’s obvious projectable power given the frame but his approach renders him a bit too patient at times, limiting him to pitcher’s counts which, in turn, makes him shorten up. That’s no issue for Frechette, however, as he still gets the barrel head out to create hard line drive contact to all fields with intent. Scouts will be looking for Frechette to be more aggressive in early counts and really allow that power to shine as the season continues.

Diego Santiago (2019, Chino Hills, Calif.) turned in a stellar performance during game three on the day over at JSerra as the lanky righthander went the distance in a complete game victory for Ayala High School. There is obvious projection to the high-waisted frame with long limbs and a fairly easy delivery that allows him to repeat and pound the strike zone at will. Santiago throws from an extended, sometimes low three-quarters, arm slot that generates good sinking action on his mid-80s fastball. He would work both corners of the plate and rarely went above the belt which was good enough to induce weak contact. He also had good feel for his breaking ball which he could add and subtract from to manipulate and keep hitters off balance. The story of the day for Santiago was keeping hitters off balance as at times it looked like they were guessing and his pitchability allowed his raw stuff to play up.

In what might have been the most contested game of the Boras Classic South thus far, Darius Perry (2019, La Mirada, Calif.) came away the hero on Thursday night as his sixth inning RBI double was the difference in a game that La Mirada went on to win 2-0 to advance to the finals on Friday. The UCLA signee was coming off a great at-bat the last time up where he just missed a couple of baseballs and worked the at-bat to ten pitches before ultimately striking out. This time up, Perry got out in front of a two-strike breaking ball but had enough strength to one-hop the wall in right centerfield. Perry’s raw power and strength is well documented as his stroke at the plate is extremely strong and the ball jumps off the barrel when squared. There is some overall rawness to the hit tool as he’ll swing and miss through off-speed pitches but the raw power, combined with his plus arm behind the plate, makes Perry an extremely intriguing draft candidate this spring following his PG All-American summer.

– Vincent Cervino

Etiwanda High School standout Cody Freeman (2019, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) found ways to impress on Thursday while going 1-for-4 with a walk. Freeman has a rangy build, quick hands and an athletic prowess shown in all facets of his game. Freeman starts open, keeping his hands low in his stance and has a slight bat wag. His lower half is very active in his swing as he uses a toe tap not only as a timing mechanism, but also to help his coil. In his fourth at-bat, Freeman missed hitting a home run down the left field line by a few feet as his lined shot just faded foul. If he continues to show glimpses of power along with his stellar hitting tool, it’s hard to imagine his name not being called come draft day.

In game two on Thursday, Orange Lutheran defeated Great Oak behind a solid performance by righthanded pitcher and Cal State Fullerton commit Evan Adolphus (2019, Fullerton, Calif.). Adolphus’ main weapon is his changeup, which when thrown with conviction, has plus depth and sinks much like a split-finger fastball. Adolphus possess a neutral glove position, mid-to-low leg kick and falls off slightly to his glove side after delivery. His fastball sat in the mid- to upper-80s and that only projects to increase as he continues to grow into his 6-foot-1 frame. His changeup has the potential to be elite at the next level if his fastball creeps into the 90s.

– Connor Spencer

With a lean and athletic frame, Cameron Wheeler (2019, Glen Allen, Calif.) has a really nice delivery, working from a slower tempo with a slightly closed off stride towards righthanded hitters. His arm works well, with very good balance out front. Wheeler’s fastball worked at 83-86 mph and he was able to move it around the zone, setting up his off-speed stuff well. Mixing in a changeup and a slider often (very often), Wheeler’s changeup played well getting swings and misses, getting it under the hands of righthanded hitters and doubling up the pitch at times. Wheeler went to his slider as his main secondary with long break and showing good feel for the pitch. He threw the slider mostly to the glove side but went back-door to one lefthanded hitter for a strikeout looking. He also dropped in a curveball at 72-75 mph at times, a pitch that showed big break. He was around the glove for most of the outing, scattering three hits (one was an infield hit) over 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven. A UC Irvine commit, Wheeler really showed a good feel for pitching.

Isaiah Greene (2020, Eastvale, Calif.) is an athletic center fielder that shows great instincts and speed defensively with the ability to chase balls down in the gaps. His body is starting to develop more strength in the lower half and he displays a good approach at the plate, profiling as a table-setter with on-base skills. Greene employs an all-fields approach, lacing a double over the left fielder’s head in Corona High School’s matchup against Mira Costa, showing a very good stride when on the basepaths, and barreled a second pitch to center field.

Serving as Mater Dei’s closer, righthander Kyle Scott (2019, Seal Beach, Calif.) has a long and lean, athletic build at 6-foot-3, 190-pounds. His delivery is rhythmic with a medium leg kick and an aggressive step-over to finish. With a two-pitch mix Scott attacked hitters with a fastball-slider 1-2 punch, throwing his lively fastball at 87-89 mph while working 10 mph lower (77-79) with his breaking ball.

– Steve Fiorindo

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