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High School | General | 4/19/2019

High School Notebook: April 19

Britt Smith         Steve Fiorindo        
Photo: Bobby Witt Jr. (Perfect Game)

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Logan Britt, OF, Colleyville Heritage HS (Texas)
The move to the leadoff spot has been a welcome change for Logan Britt the 6-foot-5, 210-pound center fielder for Colleyville Heritage High School (Texas). The 2018 Perfect Game All American Classic participant put on quite a display on Tuesday night, showcasing all of the tools that make him such an intriguing prospect. Britt led off the game with a first-pitch double to deep left-center field, he followed it up with an infield single, another double off the top of the wall in center field and hit a two-strike rocket up the middle in his final at bat of the night. Britt added in a pair of runs scored and a couple of stolen bases on the night as well.

If that were not enough, He showed tremendous range in the outfield to both gaps and showed his mid-90s arm strength from the outfield with a strike to the plate to prevent a runner from even trying to score from second on a base hit. Seeing the full scope of Britt’s tools in one night is a simple reminder of how truly explosive he can be. There is room for further refinement, but the combination of size, strength and speed can compare with any prospect in the country. He can be simply explosive at times with a high level of body control. His future power potential will be harnessed with improved barrel to ball skills at the plate, something that will improve with more at-bats, either collegiately or professionally.

Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Colleyville Heritage HS (Texas)
What is left for Bobby Witt Jr. to do at the high school level? The No. 1-ranked player in the country would probably find something that he is working on to improve because he takes nothing for granted. From his meticulous attention to detail in his pre-game warmups, fielding drills, and throwing routine, it is evident that he is always looking for a way to improve his skill set. Improving the physical side will not be easy because Witt possesses a low-90s arm from shortstop, he runs the 60 in the 6.4-second range and routinely has posted exit velocities over 100 mph and those areas are not simply made better.

Witt displayed a mature approach at the plate and a feel for barreling the baseball consistently. With four well hit balls on the night, Witt collected a triple in his second at-bat and a two-run home run in his final at-bat. With power to all parts of the park and the in-game ability to allow that power to play is not something that Witt is just now showing. After the game was settled, Witt had posted an astounding 30 extra-base hits on the season, in only 89 at-bats. If the saying some guys were born to hit is true, then he fits that description well.

Defensively, Witt plays with great feel for the speed of the game. He has a great inner clock to know when to speed things up and when to slow them down. Showing range and quickness in all directions, he made a great play on the run, charging a chopper and firing a dart from the side with surgeon-like precision to end an inning. However, seeing the effort he puts into being in the right place at the right time is not common among his high school peers, and it appears that it is something that he takes pride in doing. Witt’s physical skills will have him taken extremely early in the draft this June, but the overall package far outweighs what he brings to the field in just a physical sense.

– Britt Smith

Evan Fitterer, RHP, Aliso Niguel HS (Calif.)
Fitterer fits the perfect mold of a prep righthander: he's lean and athletic with tons of room to fill out with a lightning quick arm. The UCLA signee stays over the rubber with the back side and really drives off his lower half. Fitterer slides in to the first base side of the rubber with a slight stride towards right hand hitter. The fastball worked up to 94 mph and sat mostly in the 90-92 mph range with consistent cutting action. It looks like he throws two breaking balls with the slider showing some length to it with slurvy shape at 80-82 mph while the curveball has some overlap in velocity and comes in just a tick slower on lower end at 79-81 mph with more downer action. He flashed a changeup to lefthanded hitter at 82 mph with downer action that he could throw more. Fitterer allowed just one walk and nine strikeouts in complete game effort, as he garnered little hard contact and a lot of ground balls.

Michael Davinni, IF, Aliso Niguel HS (Calif.)
Davinni has a strong and muscular frame, especially in lower half. He has a presence in the box and takes some big boy hacks at the baseball. Showing a pretty good approach, he is willing to take a walk and looks for balls to drive. There is some swing and miss, but that's not atypical given his power profile. Davinni is more of a three true outcomes guy in this look with a walk, home run and a strikeout against Trabuco Hills. 

Chris Grothues, LHP, Servite HS (Calif.)
Grothues is a thin lefty with a low slot and side-arm action that gave No. 1-ranked Orange Lutheran hitters fits, especially the lefthanded hitters. The fastball worked mostly 79-82 mph that he kept on the black and he featured a mid- to upper-60s frisbee slider that buckled lefty hitters as the pitch often started at their hip or even behind them. Grothues offered more than just funk and deception showing great poise and executing his pitches and he pitched out of multiple jams. He threw seven shutout innings against one of the top teams in the country.

Evan Adolphus, RHP, Orange Lutheran HS (Calif.)
Adolphus is a big, physical righty and came out of the 'pen and got the win for Orange Lutheran in an extra inning victory against Servite. He shows excellent feel for a changeup at 84-85 mph that he pitched off of early in his 2 2/3 innings of work as the pitch showing very good downward action and fade. The fastball worked at 88-91 mph, touching 92 mph, showing more control for the pitch than command. He mixed in a slider at 75-78 mph with the best offerings coming at higher velocities. Adolphus is a Fullerton commit.

Johnathan Guzman, RHP, Orange Lutheran HS (Calif.)
A SDSU commit, Guzman has a rhythmic delivery with high leg kick and direct stride to the plate. The arm works well with a deep arm circle in back. The fastball worked at 87-89 mph touching 90 that he worked around the zone well. The breaking ball came at 79 mph, firmer and tighter than most of the other offerings at 75-77 mph and slurvier, as it feels like the pitch will evolve into a true slider in time. His change gets good downward action at 74-75 mph.  

– Steve Fiordino

Cam Wagoner, RHP, Tecumseh HS (Mich.)
Long viewed in the Midwest region as an intriguing projection arm, Eastern Michigan signee Cameron Wagoner has generated a bit of draft buzz this spring. A long, lean, highly-projectable righthander, Wagoner combines an interesting mix of components on the mound that give him pretty quality upside.

His size certainly works in his favor, as he has long limbs and plenty of room to continue filling out physically both through his torso and his lower half. There’s a fair bit of operational concern right now, given that Wagoner’s delivery is very raw and the arm action very long and offline, but the arm speed stands out and scouts are pretty much in unison in the belief that he has a chance to throw pretty hard one day. He has pretty substantial effort to the delivery through release, landing hard and closed off, and that extra efforty rotation to get his arm through does inhibit the command profile.

Wagoner's fastball worked in the 88-91 mph range for the majority of the start, flashing solid average life to the arm side at times. He generates good angle to the plate, especially to the glove side, and while the fastball command was loose he did do a good job of throwing strikes. He was overpowering with the pitch at times and was able to work it up and down to good effect. His curveball has taken strides forward, flashing solid average at times with good downer shape and some bite. The consistency of the pitch came and went somewhat, but he’s definitely improved both the quality and the consistency of his spin profile. He also flashed a changeup a few times that is a distant third pitch at this time.

Wagoner has upside and has the size, arm speed, athleticism and projection that scouts like when evaluating pitchers. He’s a solid day three prospect for the MLB Draft right now, though it seems likely that he’ll end up at Eastern Michigan, where he could be one of the top freshmen prospects in the MAC next season.

– Brian Sakowski

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