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17u BCS: Day 4-5 Scout Notes

Parker Fronk         Vincent Cervino         Tyler Russo        
Photo: Drew Brutcher (Perfect Game)

17u BCS Scout Notes:
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Uncommitted lefthander Anthony Figueroa (2020, North Miami, Fla.) came in to pitch the final two innings of Beast Mode Prime’s 1-1 morning tie on Wednesday and showed off some pretty impressive stuff in the process. Figueroa is a bit on the smaller end of the scale at 5-foot-9, 130-pounds but the arm is whippy and works well to create big life and velocity on the fastball. He was clearly amped up for this start as he was chucking in 87-91 mph pellets with a lot of natural run and life on the pitch. Figueroa would locate the fastball effectively to both sides well while mixing in a hard slider in the mid- to upper-70s. There is effort at release, Figueroa was amped up and looked like he was trying to throw the ball through a wall, but the stuff was very good in a short relief appearance during this look.

Canes American handed the ball to uncommitted righthander Myles McDermott (2020, Braintree, Mass.) who was sharp in a rain-shortened start on Thursday morning. The physical righthander threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings on just 37 pitches while striking out three batters in the process. McDermott has a strong, mature 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame and throws from a directly over-the-top arm slot. The velocity was mostly in the 85-88 mph range while he touched 90 mph on the gun early on in the outing. He creates some plane on the fastball and did a good job at throwing strikes with less effort in the delivery than has been seen in the past. His primary offspeed pitch was a softer curveball in the low-70s but the arm talent and physicality offer plenty of intrigue.

– Vinnie Cervino

Uncommitted Chris Clark (2020, Wayne, Pa.) shouldn’t be on the market for much longer as he made only his second appearance in a Perfect Game event after throwing three innings last week at the 17u WWBA in Atlanta and another three here in Fort Myers. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound high-waisted righthander has a pitcher’s body to dream on with a thin build that has significant room to fill out. The delivery is extremely controlled and balanced, triggered by a wide rocking to the glove side with taps of the plant foot to allow Clark to compose the movement and get going to the plate. The arm is extremely quick as he stays short through a low three-quarters slot that allows him to hide the ball well and create horizontal movement on all three of his pitches.

He worked a fastball with running life at 87-89 mph, bumping a few 90s and a 91, before settling into 85-87 mph in his third inning of work. The slider flashed swing-and-miss potential as it stayed tight with late bite down in the zone at 77 mph, while he complemented it with an average changeup that showed some arm-side movement, but stayed mostly straight with late tumble. The command was strong early in the outing as he stayed consistent with the release point, but as he began to lose steam he showed some tendency to crossfire and lost the sharpness he showed early on. Clark has a lot to like moving forward with what he projects to velocity wise and as he continues to develop both of the off-speed pitches, he should soon become a potential starter at the next level who should find a home soon.

Old Dominion commit Lincoln Ransom (2020, Whiteville, N.C.) showed a significant potential for being a two-way player at the next level as the primary catcher took the mound and tossed four shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out six. The physical 6-foot-2, 195-pound righthander worked the fastball consistently at 87-89, topping out at 90 mph with significant arm-side run from a smooth, high-tempo delivery. He works a high over-the-top arm slot as he tunnels it well across the fastball and curveball, creating a good deception across the mix. The curveball showed hard, late break with good depth as it broke through the zone that he was able to land to both halves regularly. Ransom didn’t make an appearance at the plate in this look, but is an impressive 5-for-9, including a pair of doubles, a triple, and two walks across four games at the plate.

There is a lot to like in uncommitted Kyler Chovanetz (2021, Hallettsville, Texas) as he made his first appearance in a Perfect Game event. The high-waisted 6-foot-4, 205-pound outfielder has sky-high upside and the tools to play at a high level for the years to come as there is significant room to fill into the frame in both the upper and lower halves. He showed good actions on both sides of the ball and a high level of athleticism with advanced, quick twitch actions out of such a large, physical body. At the plate, he showed a great ability to separate his hands from the body to get extended and drive through the ball. The swing is clean and the body stays quiet and fluid through contact, allowing every part to get on time and create solid contact. The run tool is advanced for the body type and it plays well both on the bases and defensively. The long strides allow him to cover ground well in the outfield and his desire to play hard is a tool that can go unnoticed to a brief look. Chovanetz is a name to watch as he starts to hit the showcase circuit and he will be an intriguing follow as he continues to add strength to a toolsy skill-set.

South Florida commit Blake Wright (2020, Belleair, Fla.) continued a sound week at the plate as he picked up another hit in the form a hard lined double to the backside gap. The athletic 6-foot, 175-pound shortstop puts forth an above average hit tool out of the position’s profile as he stays short to the ball and creates strong contact even when he gets off balanced or off-time. The hands play well into the swing as they create good control of the barrel and bat speed that allows him to hit against some of the better arms in the class. With a strong body and firm lower half, Wright should continue to move toward becoming a middle-infielder that can hit for a high average and extra bases consistently.

Uncommitted backstop Tilden Agee (2020, Tampa, Fla.) is a strong-bodied, athletic catcher with current strength in the swing to all fields that projects to even more as he learns to incorporate more of the lower half. He stays short to the ball as he turns his hands inside and showed good control of the barrel as he drove the baseball to both fields with carry. Behind the plate, he receives well as he showed good ability to get his wrist underneath pitches down in the zone using a strong, firm wrist to stick pitches to both halves. The use of the body is good in how he absorbs pitches in the dirt and uses athletic footwork to transition into throws.

Uncommitted Aidan Crowley (2020, Shoreham, N.Y.) was good for the East Coast Lumberjacks as he went the distance, tossing seven innings, allowing three hits and an un-earned run, while striking out eleven. At 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, the righthander is a presence on the mound that allows him to work downhill well. The delivery is balanced from a firm lower half as he brings his leg kick over the rubber, corking his body before driving down the mound and unloading into release. The fastball, worked at 85-87, topping out at 89 mph, showed arm-side run with average life to both halves. The curveball wasn’t the prettiest of pitches as it didn’t show true downward spin, but worked effectively as a swing-and-miss pitch when thrown down in the zone. Crowley has projectability to offer in the big body and as the arm talent improves and athleticism is added to the delivery, the velocity and sharpness of his pitches should improve.

Uncommitted Tony Watson (2020, Tampa, Fla.) is as athletic as they come for a player left on the board as he has already reached base 14 times in 22 plate appearances while accruing nine stolen bases across six games. There has only been one game in which Watson has failed to reach base multiple times. The middle infielder/outfielder has a ton to offer in terms of pure speed and athleticism as he uses both tools to enhance the leadoff, contact-hitting profile. There is bat speed in the swing as he uses strong wrists to pull his hands inside and adjust to pitches around the zone to make solid contact. Defensively he is a bit raw with the actions, but he only showed in the outfield in this look.

Uncommitted Jake Olson (2020, Brenham, Texas) is another athletic toolsy player who stands a bit undersized out on the diamond. The lefthanded hitting shortstop has outstanding range to both sides as he ranged deep up the middle and made a spinning, on-time throw to nail a strong runner coming down the line. The glove works well as he showed good feel for reading hops and gaining ground to the bag in his throws. At the plate, he showcased a very short, simple swing with good bat-speed and an ability to move the barrel around the zone. He showed some pop to the pull side when he could get his hands extended and turn on the ball to the inner half and used his speed to turn would-be doubles on the line into triples and in this look an inside-the-park home run.

– Tyler Russo

Jace Jones (2021, Fort Myers, Fla.) continued to show his dominance on Wednesday. He threw 3 1/3 innings not allowing a hit and striking out six. Jones used his overpowering fastball all day sitting at 86-88 mph, which he was blowing by hitters. Jones also showed his changeup at 74 mph which was lethal to lefties. Jones, who is committed to Florida Gulf Coast University, has an athletic build standing at 6-foot-2, 175-pounds. Jones has been dominating all summer and is a very fun pitcher to watch.

Florida Pokers Upperclass Carolina Powered by Mizu’s starting pitcher on Wednesday was Jack Haveson (2020, Garnet Valley, Pa.). Haveson stands tall on the mound at 6-foot-1, 155-pounds. He has a straight over-the-top delivery which gives his fastball a lot of downward movement at 82-84 mph. He also has a very good breaking ball at 71-73 mph that has very good break. He did not use his curveball very much, but when he did it was nasty. Haveson, who is uncommitted, has plenty of room to get bigger and stronger and fill out his athletic frame.

The starting pitcher for East Cobb Astros 17u Navy on Wednesday was Josiah Siegel (2020, Woodstock, Ga.). This lefthanded pitcher is committed to Georgia Tech and he showed why on Wednesday. Siegel threw 5 1/3 innings allowing only one hit while striking out nine. He absolutely dominated the opposing lineup by throwing all three of his pitches for strikes. He had his fastball at 84 mph and it had some good running action to it. His changeup was also very effective all day, getting numerous swings and misses during his outing. His curveball was thrown at 74 mph, and while he didn’t show it too much, when he did it looked good. Siegel Stands at 6-foot-1, 195-pounds and has a very athletic build and he will be a fun pitcher to keep an eye on over the next few years.

Nick Vieira (2020, Margate, Fla.) was the starting pitcher for Elite Squad 17u National on Wednesday. Vieira has a very big body standing at 6-foot-5, 215-pounds. He uses his long legs very well getting down the mound and extending towards home plate with his smooth delivery. He had his fastball touch 89 mph a couple times while sitting 85-87. His curveball was at 75 mph and was producing a lot of swings and misses. Vieira has a very good build and he is committed to the UCF.

The starting pitcher for the Dallas Patriots 17u Stout was Baylor commit Grant Golomb (2020, Southlake, Texas). Golomb had his fastball up to 88 mph and it was overpowering. He also has a curveball at 70-73 mph, which kept hitter off balance. He has a very fast arm action and the ball really shoots out of his hand and gets on hitters. Golomb is long and lengthy at 6-foot-2, 185-pounds. He threw 2 2/3 innings striking out five and only giving up one hit.

Lipscomb commit Tiger Borom (2020, Jonesboro, Ga.) looked great at the plate on Wednesday. He went 3-for-4 with a home run to right-center and three RBI. Borom stands in the lefthanded batter’s box at 5-foot-10, 155-pounds with a strong build that gives him good pop. He uses a slightly open stance with a very smooth and easy swing. He showed off his speed in center by tracking down balls with ease. It will be exciting to see what Borom can do the rest of the week.

Drew Brutcher (2020, Lakeland, Fla.) started on the mound for SWFL 2020 Nation Wednesday, running his fastball up to 89 mph with good arm-side run. He has a very easy windup and delivery and makes 87-88 mph look easy. His curveball was thrown at 74 mph, a pitch that has good, sharp break to it. He  has a large, 6-foot-6, 195-pound frame that will continue to fill out as he matures. Brutcher, who is uncommitted, threw 3 1/3 innings striking out six and not allowing an earned run.

FTB Jacksonville’s left fielder Farid Eljaiek (Saint Johns, Fla.) went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk on Wednesday. He is 5-foot-11, 155-pounds and has good strength already and will only get stronger. He has very strong legs that he uses well in his swing and gives him the ability to drive the ball to all fields. Eljaiek also glides around the bases as he is a threat to steal a bag at anytime and is able to stretch some of his hits into doubles. Eljaiek stands very calm in the box and does not have very many moving parts before he explodes through the ball. He is uncommitted and will be looking to stay hot for the rest of the summer.

Mason Miller (2020, Odessa, Fla.) started on the bump for Top Tier Roos American on Thursday and looked sharp. Miller, who is committed to Florida Gulf Coast University, had his fastball up to 91 mph while sitting 87-89 mph. Miller has a big frame standing at 6-foot-3, 200-pounds and he really gets down the mound, which makes his fastball get on top of hitters. He has a very fluid windup and delivery and he makes upper-80s look effortless. Miller threw 2 2/3 innings allowing only one hit.

The starting pitcher for East Coast Lumberjacks 2020s on Thursday was Sawyer Duarte (2020, Sands Point, N.Y.) and he threw an absolute gem. He threw six innings of shutout baseball allowing only six hits and striking out five. Duarte has a max effort delivery and is able to throw three good pitches for strikes consistently. His fastball was at 82-84 mph and he maintained his velocity his entire outing. His best pitch is his changeup that he is comfortable throwing to lefties and righties. The pitch good movement and was 74-77 mph which had hitters rolling over all day. Lastly was his curveball that had very good break at 69-71 mph, which was buckling hitters. Duarte, who is uncommitted, has an athletic frame and is a fun pitcher to watch.

Power Baseball 2020 Gold’s first baseman Zach Weaver (2020, Apopka, Fla.) hit an absolute moonshot of a home run to left field on Thursday. Weaver stands at 6-foot-4, 235-pounds and has good athleticism. Weaver looks to hit fastballs and tries to do damage with them. He has good pull-side pop and looks to elevate. He also looks comfortable at first base with good feet around the bag. Weaver, who is uncommitted, also showed good picking ability as he was able to pick up some of his infielders throws in the dirt.

– Parker Fronk

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