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PG FL Super25: Day 2 Scout Notes

Perfect Game Staff         Tyler Russo        
Photo: Andrew Sieczkowski (Perfect Game)
2019 PG Super25 Florida Qualifier: Day 1 Scout Notes

Due to mother nature’s repeated appearances in Fort Myers over the weekend, many teams that would earn a berth in the playoffs were forced to play a triple-header on Sunday. Many arms were put on display as even some of the standout hitters would take the mound Sunday morning.

Evan Ames (2021, Fort Myers, Fla.) was the first two-way player to make his presence known Sunday morning as the righthander put together a 2-for-3 performance at the plate in game one before throwing two innings of no-hit baseball while striking out three. At the plate, Ames has a knack for finding the barrel as he controls it well, pulling his hands inside to drive through the baseball consistently. On the mound, he is very projectable from his 6-foot-5 frame as he works out of a smooth and efficient delivery, running the fastball up to 84 mph while also flashing a very good changeup with late tumble.

Another very projectable righthander to hit the mound for SWFL 2021 Nation was 6-foot-5 Ethan Engelmeyer (2021, Lakeland, Fla.). Engelmeyer worked three shutout innings, allowing only two hits while striking out three. He works from a very slow, methodical delivery and throws from a high arm slot that creates consistent downhill action. The fastball comes out of the hand effortlessly as he worked it at 83-85 mph, topping out at 86 mph. He flashed good feel for a straight changeup at 74 mph. As Engelmeyer improves the athleticism and continues to fill out his body, the velocity will easily improve and he’ll begin to miss more bats with the fastball.

A young uncommitted rising senior who stood out both athletically and in style of play was strong-bodied Knaje Guthrie (2020, Miramar, Fla.). Guthrie put game-changing speed on display as he played both the outfield and shortstop, ranging to both his glove and backside well, while also throwing out a runner at home from left field. At the plate, he showed a great deal of bat speed an ability to pull his hands inside to drive balls to the pull side. His speed allowed him to beat out a ground ball to the shortstop as he ran a 4.3 second home-to-first time from the right side before going first-to-third on the next pitch after a reading the third baseman being out of position on the next hitter’s infield single. Guthrie has multiple tools that will play well at the next level and is an interesting prospect to watch over the most important summer of his high school career.

Big-bodied lefthanded hitter Perry Cook (2021, Lakeland, Fla.) continued a hot weekend at the plate putting forth consistent loud contact as he found the barrel well across all three of SWFL’s pool play games. Cook, at only 15 years old, still has a ton of room and time to muscle up his frame and add a ton of strength to what is already a strong swing. In game two on Sunday, he followed up a very loud triple to the pull side wall with a fly-out that pushed the right fielder back to the 350 sign underneath the right field foul pole. Cook’s athleticism is more present than what his body shows and will only get better as he fills into his frame.

As the highly projectable righthanders continued to roll out, Allen Guerrero (2021, Cape Coral, Fla.) kept the trend going as he worked a perfect inning of work picking up three strikeouts in the process. Guerrero worked from a simple and smooth delivery that worked well in getting his body on line and extending well to the plate. He would use only fastballs in his lone inning, working up to 83 mph, but he showed the ability to move it around well and change eye levels to keep hitters struggling to get contact. 

Having an outstanding outing on the mound in the first round of the playoffs was uncommitted FTB righthander Andrew Sieczkowski (2020, Bradenton, Fla.). In a mercy-shortened game, where he was backed up with plenty of run support, Sieczkowski went five strong innings, striking out 11 and allowing only one hit. Standing at 6-foot-3, 193 pounds, he has a very strong lower half which allows him to repeat a balanced delivery and stay on line to command both halves of the plate. The fastball showed a heavy amount of arm-side run as he ran it up to 87 mph almost effortlessly, having previously been up to 89 mph at our Memorial Day tournament, creating an abundance of swing and misses as he moved it around the zone with confidence. He also flashed a very good hard-breaking curveball that had hitters struggling to adjust and make virtually any contact through his ability to command it and throw it in any count. Sieczkowski is a very interesting name to watch as the young uncommitted 2020 progresses through the most important recruiting summer of his high school career.

-Tyler Russo

SWFL Canes second baseman Jaylin Simmons (2020, Fort Myers, Fla.) showed his flashy glove on defense and made a presence on the base paths. Simmons made two sliding plays, both to his backhand and forehand, while one of them turned an inning-ending double play. Simmons works very well through the ball keeping his feet moving while attacking the hop that he wants. He makes tough plays look routine with his quick feet and hands while showing a solid arm. At the plate this righthanded hitter has a short, compact swing finding good contact. When he got on base late in the game he showed his speed stealing third easily, as there was not even a throw down. Simmons, who is uncommitted, will continue to grow and get stronger and he will be an exciting second baseman to watch.

Uncommitted righthanded pitcher Kelle Grau (2019, Fort Myers, Fla.) showed his next-level fastball hitting 91 mph and sitting from 84-86 mph. With his 6-foot-5 frame and fluid arm action he struck out seven in four innings of work. Grau is only 175 pounds and once he grows into his body, we will likely see his velocity increase. He has some serious swing-and-miss stuff, with his curveball that has very late break at 71-75 mph. Grau has a high leg kick out of the windup and has a three-quarters delivery, which produces some arm side run on his fastball. Grau is looking to continue to dominate this summer and he will be a fun pitcher to watch over the next couple of months.

Javian Serrano (2020, Coral Springs, Fla.) showed some serious glove work defensively. Using his athleticism, Serrano was able to get to balls very quickly, with good range to his forehand and backhand side. He also uses his strong arm to get balls across the diamond in a hurry. Serrano also goes back very well, making catches in shallow left and center. Serrano’s 6-foot frame stands tall in the righthanded batter’s box, with his hands high and using a low leg kick, enabling him to barrel a lot of balls to every part of the field. Serrano has a great glove in the middle and with him being a tough out in the middle of the lineup, it will be exciting to watch him do some damage this summer.

SWFL 2020 Nation’s Drew Brutcher (2020, Lakeland, Fla.) turned some heads today as he was making the catcher’s glove pop while running his fastball up to 89 mph. Drew only threw 1 1/3 innings but had one strikeout and produced a lot of weak contact. Brutcher, the righthander, stands tall on the mound at 6-foot-6, 195 pounds. While in the windup Drew has a high leg kick and really loads into his back leg and throws the ball downhill. He did not throw his curveball much, but when he did, it had late break at 75 mph. Brutcher, who is uncommitted, is going to show his dominance all summer.

SWFL Upperclass’ first baseman is Jake Thorne (2020, Naples, Fla.). Standing in the box tall with his hands held high and with a low leg kick, he consistently finds barrels and has good pop to the pull side. Uncommitted, Thorne is a very tough out as he hunts pitches in the zone and does not chase at bad pitches. As he continues to get stronger, he will be a middle-of-the-order bat with pop to all fields.

-Parker Fronk
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