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14u BCS Days 3-4 Scout Notes

Vincent Cervino        
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14u BCS: Day 1-2 Scout Notes

Leading the 4-1 Florida Burn Platinum team this weekend has been shortstop Sammy Mummau (2023, Palm Harbor, Fla.) whose athleticism and barrel skills both stand out from a prospect perspective. Mummau is a lean and projectable 5-foot-10, 150-pounds and the athleticism is evident from the easy and looseness of his actions in the infield. His bat stood out on Sunday as the leadoff man went 3-for-3 on the afternoon with a fairly simple and compact stroke at the plate. There’s not a ton of power or leverage but the swing is loose as he keeps his hands inside the ball and can really work the whole field. Mummau will likely grow into more power but his feel for the barrel and ability to recognize pitches stand out presently.

Showing off some of the better swing mechanics of the event thus far has been two-hole hitter Jeter Polledo (2023, Hialeah, Fla.) as he has an advanced feel for driving the ball through his lower half and creating both leverage and loft to pull. His hands start high while he uses a big leg lift to engage the lower half and really leverage the ball to pull. Polledo swings hard and has impressive raw bat speed and though he’s collected a few hits over the week he’s also just missed a few balls, including a pop out to third base with a hang time of 6.30 seconds. There’s good feel for using his entire body in the swing and it’s not hard to see that showing in the form of home runs as he fills out and gets stronger.

Two of the middle-of-the-order producers for Elite Squad this week have been Manuel Henriquez (2022, Sunrise, Fla.) and Daniel Cuvet (2023, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) while both posit interesting run-producing tools.

Henriquez is a big righthanded hitter with a 6-foot-1, 175-pound frame with broad shoulders and a ton of room for strength to be added. The swing is inherently simple with a longer, smooth path to contact. There are imited moving parts and the ball jumps off the bat with easy strength. He works primarily to the gaps at present with good backspin and carry and looks the part of a hitter that can blossom into a true power hitter.

Cuvet is another big and projectable rightahnded bat at 6-foot-2, 187-pounds and long limbed throughout. The swing has an easy trigger with already some feel for natural leverage at the point of contact. Cuvet also has two-way potential as he turned in a gem earlier in the tournament with a 70-pitch, five-inning victory.

Garrett Baumann (2023, Oviedo, Fla.) and Ryan Ashford (2024, Lake Mary, Fla.) completed a gem for the Central Florida Select team on Sunday and both show significant projection and feel for pitching moving forward.

Baumann started the game on the mound and delivered a dominant start, going four innings of one-run, and one-hit, baseball while striking out two batters. The righthander has a huge moldable frame at 6-foot-3, 180-pounds and has a fairly simple and easy delivery throughout. The breaking ball had some shape and power to it in the upper-60s and the upside is not hard to see with Baumann’s operation coupled with projection. Ashford is just a 13u prospect but went two scoreless while striking out four to hold onto the lead.

At a lanky 6-foot, 150-pounds, Ashford has a shorter arm stroke in the back and delivery from a lower arm slot. This creates good life on his 72-75 mph fastball which he used to set up his big-breaking curveball in the low-60s. Again, Ashford is a young prospect whose frame, operation, and projection spell a significant ceiling.

Izaiah Jean-Baptiste (2023, Davenport, Fla.) and Pablo Torres (2022, St. Cloud, Fla.) have been two of the catalysts for a very productive Lake Nona offense thus far and both have significant offensive tools that profile well to the next level.

Jean-Baptiste has a quick lefthanded swing with looseness and twitch to his hands that create some whippy barrel lag at times. He strides hard onto his front side, and sometimes the lower half goes early, which causes the swing to be geared to the opposite field at times. However, when Jean-Baptiste is on time he can create hard hit line drives to the pull side with some of the better hand quickness of the event thus far.

Torres looks the part of a shortstop prospect with broad shoulders and length to the frame that looks bigger than his listed height and weight of 5-foot-9, 148 pounds. Torres is hitting .571 on the event thus far and he has a very easy trigger into the swing with a controlled and easy stroke at the dish. This allows him to cover the plate nicely and the smoothness and bat speed of the swing itself project for an impact bat in the near future.

Thomas White (2023, Rowley, Mass.) picked up right where he left off his last time out, proving that his stuff is no joke and likely places him among the top lefthanded pitchers in the class at this very early stage. White didn’t have a fastball below 88 mph in the first inning, peaking at 91 mph a handful of times, with a very fluid and mechanically sound delivery throughout. The arm action is loose and fast through the back while the extension is good toward the hitter, with a hair of crossfire, and the arm is up and on time every time at foot strike. The fastball explodes out of White’s hand, creating very good life especially down in the strike zone as he was able to dot the knees for strikes early on. He showed two curveballs on the morning, both at 68 mph with good depth, 1-to-7 shape, and projection on the pitch. He walked one and strikes were a bit scattered at times but that’s nitpicking an otherwise strong prospect at this point in his development.

The Florida Hurricanes look determined to defend their BCS title and outfielder Roman Anthony (2022, Wellington, Fla.) is certainly doing his part with a .538 average through five games. Anthony looks the part of a big time prospect with a lean and projectable 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame. What stands out immediately about Anthony in the box is his confidence as he is balanced and patient, to a fault at times, offensively. He has the bat speed and loft to the plane to hit for big power in the future, during Sunday’s game he hit a triple and inside-the-park-HR on balls deep to the pull side gap. The hand load is a bit late and he can get almost too selective, but when he’s timed up and aggressive in the box there’s few hitters who can do what he can at this age group.

Lefthander Austin Schrowe (2023, Cape Coral, Fla.) has now tossed two impressive games for the Florida Hurricanes combining for no runs over nine frames with twelve strikeouts. Schrowe doesn’t have very imposing velocity, he holds the 77-81 mph range nicely, but he really pounds the strike zone and mixes his pitches well. Schrowe has a simple delivery with a compact and clean arm stroke in the back that generates some life on the fastball. He mixes his pitches well and competes and has really nice feel for a curveball in the 67-70 mph range. He’s a polished arm for the 14u age group and that should help him rack up a lot of victories as he already has two in the tournament thus far.

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