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PG FL Super25: Day 1 Scout Notes

Tyler Russo        
Photo: Fernando Hernandez
On a day cut short by the lovely South Florida thunderstorms, an even mix of pitchers and hitters stood out above the crowd in the Super25 Florida Super Qualifier down in Fort Myers, Florida.



The first standout came Friday night before the games would be pushed back to start again on Saturday. A very physical, young catcher in Fernando Hernandez (2022, Orlando, Fla.) put a set of tools on display that went unmatched by any of his 2022, and most 2021, counterparts. Behind the plate, Hernandez controlled the game at a very mature level in his ability to handle the run game through throwing out multiple would-be base stealers and even picking a runner off of second base with a throw behind. He also did a phenomenal job handling the entire Action Force Baseball pitching staff with his ability to receive and adjust his body well to pitches on both halves of the plate and absorbing pitches in the dirt. At the plate, Hernandez again showed a great deal of maturity in his ability to see pitches and handle the barrel to make good contact even when off-time. Hernandez has great lower half rotation in his swing as he transfers his weight extremely well.

Showing a great deal of pitchability in his short outing was young and projectable righthander Jesse Ramirez (2022, Lehigh Acres, Fla.). Listed at 6-foot, 150 pounds, Ramirez has a long lower half that allows him to stay simple and balanced throughout his delivery as he filled the zone. In 1 2/3 innings of work, he picked up all five outs via the strikeout, mixing a fastball that will miss bats with increased velocity and a hard biting 12-to-6 curveball.

Having himself a day at the plate was athletic-bodied infielder Kevin Grzeszczak (2021, Pompano, Fla.). In his 3-for-3 game in the early morning, he showed the ability to consistently get the barrel as he sprayed the field including a very loud triple to the pull side gap. Grzeszczak has plenty of room to muscle up in his 5-foot-10 frame and showed the hit tool and foot speed that should play well moving forward.

To put his team in the win column for the second time on the day, Manuel Burguesa (2021, Boca Raton, Fla.) went seven shutout innings, allowing only a single hit while walking none and striking out six. Burguesa has a large, projectable frame with plenty of room to fill out and increase arm strength. He flashed a three-pitch mix as he worked the fastball up to 80 mph and mixed in a tight slider with good depth and an occasional changeup to change the eye level of hitters. He created consistent weak contact throughout the outing in his ability to command all three pitches to both halves of the plate.



The biggest standout on the day came out of 6-foot-5 Andrew Sundean (2021, Lakeland, Fla.) as he put forth an effortless swing, producing consistent loud contact. Sundean went 2-for-2 in a rain-shortened game with both hits coming as identical hard line singles to the pull side as he produces consistent hard contact out of a very simple and efficient swing, using his hands and lower half very well. Listed at just 190 pounds, he still shows some room to fill out and muscle up, but the tools that are present now will play very well at the next level as he continues to mature athletically.

-Tyler Russo

X Team 2023 first baseman Gian De Castro (2024, Weston, Fla.) had a very impressive day at the plate going 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI, and three runs scored. With his 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame, he makes a presence in the box. Using his strong lower half he is able to drive the ball into the gaps with an aggressive swing. Castro looked very comfortable at first base and makes plays look routine. He is going to be an interesting hitter to watch as he continues to develop throughout high school.

Florida Burn 2023 Matthews got a great start from Tristan McGregor (2023, Sarasota, Fla.). He went 3 1/3 innings giving up only one hit and one earned run. The 5-foot-11 starter was able to command the zone working both in and out which lead to him striking out five. McGregor has a very smooth delivery working down the mound. His fastball was up to 75 mph and he was sitting around 72-74 and he was able to mix in a sharp curveball at 61-63 mph. He also held runners on very well as he was mixing his timing and showed a good pickoff move as he picked two runners off. McGregor’s start was plenty enough to lead his team to victory.

Florida Gulf Coast commit Jace Jones (2021, Fort Myers, Fla.) showed his dominance on the mound throwing two innings, allowing only one run on zero hits. He had two walks but matched that with adding two strikeouts. Jace’s fluid windup, delivery, and big frame standing at 6-foot-2 is what gets his fastball up to the upper-80s. Jace also showed his changeup throwing it against righties and lefties at around 73-75 mph with good movement to keep the hitters off balanced. He also showed his curveball that was 70-73 mph with sharp break and is definitely his out pitch ahead of the count.

Florida Legends Academy of Orlando lefthanded relief pitcher Yehoshua Garcia (2020, Kissimmee, Fla.) came out of the pen and looked great, throwing two innings and striking out three and allowing zero hits. He had his fastball up to 85 mph and was sitting around 82-84 with a lot of arm-side run. he was able to work on both sides of the plate and not afraid to go in on lefties or righties. Garcia was also able to mix in some nasty sliders at 71-73 mph which he was able to throw for strikes and throw some hard down for swing and misses. Garcia, who is uncommitted, is going to be a fun to follow throughout the summer.

Florida Tornados righthanded pitcher Miguel Baez (2023, Hollywood, Fla.) came out of the bullpen and shut the door. Miguel came in for the four-out save and did not give up a hit and struck out one batter. Miguel has an electric fastball at 81-83 mph and was at 84 mph a couple times while also showing a changeup that had some serious swing and miss potential. At 6- foot-1, 185 pounds, when he fills his frame his velocity will start to climb the ladder.

Palm Beach State Commit Guillermo Garcia (2019, Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) came out of the bullpen with a lot of confidence and it showed on the mound. He had a quick 1-2-3 inning while striking out two and lighting the gun up to 87 mph. Working downhill gave his fastball some serious life as he lived down in the zone. Garcia hides the ball very well which gives his slider a lot of deception as it comes in at 70-74 mph with hard bite. As his confidence continues to grow, he will be an exciting player to watch.

-Parker Fronk
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