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15U WWBA: Day 3 Scout Notes

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2019 15U WWBA National Championship: Day 1 Notes | Day 2 Notes

Elite Squad 15U National and CC Armour locked into a good battle on Sunday during Day 3 of the 15U WWBA National Championship, a contest that CC Armour ended up winning by a score of 4-3. Trevor Moore (2022, Golden, Colo.) did a little bit of everything for CC Armour, getting the start and pitching well, as well as making his presence in the lineup felt. Moore has solid physicality and strength through his frame and that strength shows up on the mound and with the bat. He went four innings on the mound, allowing just a pair of unearned runs and picking up three strikeouts in the process. He ran his fastball up to 84 mph and did a fair job of challenging hitters on the inner third with the pitch, doing a nice job of getting some weak contact, and mixed in a 12/6 curveball with plenty of depth that he showed the ability to land for strikes at times. He also picked up two hits at the plate, showing off his two-way ability and overall upside.

Logan Forsythe (2022, D’Iberville, Miss.) got the start for Elite Squad, and the PG 14U Select Festival alum was solid, though he battled through some command issues and didn’t get through the game scot-free. Forsythe is an athletically-built, projectable righthander with some two-way upside, though the focus in this game was his ability on the mound. He ran his fastball up to 87 mph early on, settling more 82-86 mph, with whip to the arm stroke and serious projection given the combination of how his body projects as well as the arm speed. He generates quality fastball life to the arm side on occasion and shows the ability to spin a breaking ball, flashing solid tilt with some slurvy bite, though the consistency of the pitch came and went. Forsythe is committed to Mississippi State.

Elite Squad is a highly-talented team as they always are, and Blake Cyr (2022, Orlando, Fla.) stood out in their lineup both at the plate and in the field, where he played shortstop in this one. Cyr, a Miami commit, shows an advanced approach at the plate with an understanding of the strike zone and the ability/willingness to work counts in his favor as well as take his walks rather than expand. When he gets a pitch to his liking, the swing works quite well, getting the barrel out front and squaring it up, showing consistent line drive ability that will turn into more power as he continues to fill out. Defensively, the range, twitch, and footwork all project well at the shortstop position, and he certainly looks athletic enough to project at the six-spot long term.

The Team Elite 16U Scout Team went 12-0 during the 16U WWBA National Championship en route to winning the whole thing, and the 15U club is following right along in their footsteps, running their record to 5-0 in pool play on Sunday afternoon. Grant Cherry (2021, Vestavia Hills, Ala.) got the start for Team Elite and continues to show tremendous upside. With excellent projection on his body and lots of boxes that are checked positively from an evaluative standpoint, it’s easy to see why Cherry is ranked so highly in the ’21 class. He ran his fastball up to 89 mph early on, settling in more 85-88 mph, with excellent arm speed that portends to even more velocity in the future, generating very good arm side life at times along with some sink. The breaking ball is more of a slurve right now in terms of shape but that doesn’t take away from the quality of the spin profile, as Cherry is very adept at spinning the baseball, creating excellent two-plane break on the pitch with hammer depth at times.

Calvert Clark (2022, Charlotte, N.C.) has some of the better two-way upside in the class, and he showed why in this contest versus Little Caesar’s, closing out the game and running his fastball up to 88 mph while also working a pair of walks, doubling loudly, and scoring three runs hitting in the middle of the order. It’s yet to be determined where his best ultimate upside is, but that’s wholly irrelevant at this stage of his development, as Clark is very talented both as an outfielder/hitter and righthanded pitcher. He’s uncommitted yet, and he’ll likely have his pick of high-end schools given his abilities all-around as a baseball player.

Nic Good (2021, Grosse Point Farms, Mich.) got the start for Little Caesar’s, and while he ended up taking the loss, he pitched really well and certainly showed Division I type of upside. A lefthander with an athletic frame, Good ran his fastball up to 84 mph early on, sitting in the low-80s throughout the game, and perhaps most impressively, consistently controlling the inner third of the plate vs. very talented hitters. Good is certainly unafraid to pitch inside and lives there consistently, challenging hitters in off the plate, and then putting them away with a very good curveball, thrown with 12/6 shape, very good spin, and plenty of depth. The curveball was responsible for a fair number of his six strikeouts, and he pounded the zone with both the fastball and curveball throughout his time on the mound.

Canes Midwest 15U moved to 4-0 in pool play later on Sunday night, taking down a quality Smartense Angels 14U club by a score of 6-2. Tucker Biven (2022, New Albany, Ind.), a Louisville commit and the No. 64 ranked player in the ’22 class, started at shortstop and looked good out there, showing the necessary footwork and athleticism to project at the spot long term, along with easy arm strength with lots of zip and carry. He was walked a couple times at the plate, though the one out he made was a loud one, smoking a liner right at the third baseman, who made a nice catch. The bat speed and hands through the swing stand out, getting the barrel out front to do maximum damage, which he looks like he’ll be able to do, He didn’t pitch in this game but is a highly-talented arm, having run his fastball up to 91 mph already and possessing enticing two-way upside at the collegiate level.

Tyler Rumsey (2021, Evansville, Ind.) started in center field for the Canes and proved his ability as a runner almost immediately. He attempted to bunt for a hit early on, an attempt that went just foul, but burned a 3.54 second time down the line from the left side of the plate anyways. Later on he smoked a single to right field and went 4.06 down the line as the outfielder tried to throw him out at first base. The speed and hands at the plate both stand out, as he employs a high-contact, whole-field approach that serves him well and allows for his speed to play offensively. He’s almost impossible to throw out on the bases at this age level at present, and while he wasn’t challenged in center field in this look, certainly has the speed and athleticism to play there long term.

-Brian Sakowski

Interesting to note that Bryant Zayas (2023, Hialeah, Fla.), a slick defender in the middle infield with outstanding softness to his hands, showed outstanding ability with his bat on Sunday as he ripped a double down the left field line in the game that left his barrel at 98 mph per Trackman. Zayas showed plenty of athleticism up the middle with his pure ability to range from and his left and right to field baseballs with a clean funnel of his glove. The shortstop for Elite Squad National also has a quick bat at the plate with rotational actions to his swing and plenty of all-around quick-twitch muscles on his 5-foot-11, 160-pound frame.

Moving from one quad to another, Team Elite Scout Team sent Bauer Brittain (2022, Shawnee, Okla.) to the mound to start the game on the mound in their 12:30 pm game. The Oklahoma commit sat 85-86 mph in his first inning before settling into the game and pitching extremely well for his team. Brittain worked four innings striking out a batter per inning with his fastball, curveball combination. The breaking ball had slurve-type shape to it breaking the width of the plate when thrown with conviction. The curveball sat in the 71-72 mph range using a clean arm action and intent at his release. The frame that Brittain has projects on top of the arm speed he is able to produce through the back. A young pitcher from Oklahoma ranked as the top righthander in the state of Oklahoma, Brittain surely pitched like it on this day.

A pair of standout players for Team Elite impressed in the game as Auburn commit Hayden Murphy (2022, Chula, Ga.) made a really athletic play at third base coming in on a slow roller and North Carolina State commit Michael Gupton (2022, Raleigh, N.C.) showcased plus run times to first base and quickness to baseballs in center field. Murphy is a wiry-framed two-way talent standing at 6-foot-3, 170 pounds with room to fill throughout. He showed the arm strength that he uses to produce a fastball up to 89 mph on this play in particular at third base as he fired an off-balance strike to first base charging the baseball. He then went to the plate and got his hands inside the ball on a pitch on the inner half that he ripped deep to left field. Gupton’s speed is among the top in the class as he turned first base at 4.19 seconds on a double that he hit in the game. The future outfielder for the NC State Wolfpack has some rawness to his swing with rotational actions but the he gets the bat head out in front and the foot speed is going to play up for years to come.

Cal Fisher (2023, Deerfield, Wis.) is a talented young shortstop who hails from Wisconsin. The leadoff hitter for the GRB Rays has shown a really nice feel for the barrel thus far at the 15U WWBA National Championship. A 5-foot-10 and still plenty projectable middle infielder with good footwork and athleticism, Fisher has a high ceiling to his game both up the middle and in the righthanded batter’s box. Fisher has a compact swing that gets downhill to the point of contact. He uses a bat waggle, leg lift timing mechanism to get to the baseball on time with some weight shifted into contact. His timing has been impressive in the looks this week as he always seems to get the barrel of the bat to the baseball.

Lorenzo Carrier (2021, Bear, Del.) is a top-100 player in the 2021 class for a reason and he showed multiple reasons why on Sunday. His two-way potential is among the top of the class in both areas as the projectable 6-foot-4 outfielder/righthanded pitcher went for a ground-rule double to center field that left his barrel at 98 mph and got on the mound and sat 90-92 mph with one of the best curveballs in the class. The breaking ball showed power 12-to-6 biting action at 77-78 mph. The look was very short as Carrier needed just 10 pitches to retire the side in order in the seventh inning. His tools standout in a huge way and what the Miami commit is able to do on the mound is an added bonus to what he is capable of at the plate in the middle of the Keystone War Eagles lineup.

Referring to one Miami commit to another, Elijah Green (2022, Windermere, Fla.) has some of the top bat speed in the class and he put it on full display Sunday evening roping a double over the right fielder’s head to open up the game for FTB. Green already has elite level tools as he is capable of getting his hands going to the hitting zone in with outstanding quickness. Green also runs well in the outfield and has quickness getting down the line. On top of that, he already looks the part of a physical outfielder as he already stands at a physical 6-foot-2, 205 pounds with strength present and well-proportioned throughout his frame. The righthanded hitter has an elite skillset and is still just 15 years old. The Miami commit from Windermere, Florida was a 14U PG Select Festival participant like his fellow Miami commit Carrier as each player is going to be fun to follow over the course of their high school years.

-Gregory Gerard

Jake Clemente (2022, Coral Springs, Fla.) pitched at high noon and was ready to go, throwing 2 1/3 innings, resulting in zero hits and four strikeouts, topping out at 86 mph. He was moving the ball in and out putting his fastball anywhere he wanted to. Great extension on the ball that almost looked like he was putting the ball in the catcher’s mitt. The mid three-quarters arm slot helps the breaking ball have good depth. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound righthander has a lot of potential to gain a lot of velocity as he grows, especially when he gets the feel of using his legs.

Brandon Gonsalves (2022, Sunrise, Fla.) comes right in and goes to work right after the hitters. The 6-foot, 195-pound righthander used his entire body to drive straight to the catcher. His fastball has late life on it and has the hitters looking surprised to see the ball. He throws his slider from the same release point as the fastball making it really tough to pick up the spin. Went 1 2/3 innings, surrendering zero hits with one strikeout, topping out at 87 mph. Smooth and very repeatable mechanics bodes well for him. As he develops and fills out, a quick jump in velocity will come easy for him.

Rocko Brzezniak (2022, Matawan, N.J.) started the game attacking the strike zone, throwing 70 percent strikes, challenging the hitters and winning the battles. Went two innings with zero hits  and three strikeouts, touching 86 mph. He has good backside load with great lateral movement toward the plate. Straight over-the-top arm slot with great tilt on the ball; lots of swings and miss. Moving the ball in and out and up and down the zone with a tight breaking ball keeping the hitters off balance. His 6-foot-1, 210-pound fame has a lot of room to develop and will add velocity. Velocity will be an easy gain for him; lots of upside.

-Todd Coffey

Chris Maldonado (2022, Short Hills, N.J.) is a primary middle infielder with a projectable 6-foot, 180-pound frame and some present strength in the build. Playing shortstop for the Diamond Jacks Super 15, he showcased excellent range, a smooth glove, good transfers, and a really strong and accurate arm across the infield. After ranging far in the six-hole and making an impressive stop, he made a throw off of his back foot in the outfield grass that made it to the first baseman in the air. The righthanded hitter starts with a wide base and uses a toe-tap trigger for timing. Taking an aggressive approach at the plate, he swings often and with intent. Incorporates his lower half well and swings on a level plane with some upward extension in the backswing. Hands are quick through the zone and he hits the ball out front. Typically creates elevation with loud contact. He crushed a home run over the left field fence during the third day of the tournament. Really projectable all-around player moving forwards.

Jayden Hylton (2022, Basking Grove, N.J.) showcased an extra-large 6-foot-5, 190-pound frame with a lot of present strength and athleticism playing for the Diamond Jacks Super 15. Listed as a primary first baseman, he played center field during the third day of the tournament. He took good first jumps and certainly had the athleticism to play in the outfield. Solid range and a decent arm. The righthanded hitter displayed some serious power potential at the plate. Starting in an open stance and using a toe-tap trigger, he used quick hands to generate a lot of bat speed. Typically makes contact out front as he hits the ball to the pull side. Swing has some natural upward extension. Has the ability to make extremely hard contact as evidenced by a foul ball he hit over 100 mph. Current power potential and still room to fill out, could be an incredible hitter in the future.

Evan Blanco (2022, Woburn, Mass.) is a lefthanded pitcher with a medium 5-foot-11, 175-pound frame and some real pitching skill. Starting with a medium leg lift, he uses his lower half well working downhill and online. Repeated his mechanics well throughout the start. His arm was quick to the plate, showing some solid arm action from a mid three-quarters slot. Featuring a two-pitch mix, he tunneled both extremely well as his fastball and slider came from nearly identical arm slots with nearly identical mechanics. The fastball averaged 83 mph across 58 pitches but touched 86 mph several times. Should gain additional velocity once he fills out further. His slider averaged 72 mph and had some depth to it, resembling a slurve-type pitch. He was fearless with his plus breaking ball, throwing it both to lefties and in to righties. Despite walking one batter, he showed solid command consistently locating on the corners of the strike zone. All told, he pitched four innings with one earned run and racked up six strikeouts.

Santiago Ordonez (2022, Coconut Creek, Fla.) is a primary catcher with a medium 5-foot-8, 175-pound frame and a stocky-yet-athletic build. Behind the plate, he showcased an impressive arm registering pop times a shade under two seconds including an impressive 1.97 seconds from his knees. Athletic feet assisted in his ability to get rid of the ball quickly. Also displayed a smooth glove receiving pitches and the ability to block pitches. The righthanded hitter keeps his hands inside the baseball as he made contact to the opposite field in both of his at-bats. His swing plane had some natural upward leverage, elevating the ball frequently. Quick hands through the zone create good bat speed. He went 2-for-2 on the day with two RBI, one run, and a triple to right-center field.

Adrian Dominguez (2022, Miami, Fla.) is a lefthanded hitting corner infielder with an excellent bat and a projectable 6-foot-2, 178-pound frame with room to fill. During the third day of the tournament, he slotted in as an extra hitter for Cannons Baseball Academy 2022 American. Starting in an open stance with a narrow base, he uses a large leg lift and stride that incorporates his lower half. Really smooth swing from the left side with quick and fluid hands. Level swing plane with linear extension out front typically results in well hit line drives to the pull side. He displayed barrel-to-ball skills, making loud contact in every at-bat. During the third day of the tournament, he went 2-for-2 with two runs, two RBI, and a line drive double to right-center field.

Starting for the East Coast Royals Select, Evan Truitt (2021, Berlin, Md.) showcased some feel for the strike zone and an ability to pitch. The righthanded pitcher has a medium 5-foot-10, 156-pound frame with clear room to fill out. Possessed some lankiness to the limbs, assisted in his ability to work downhill and to generate arm whip. Worked online towards the plate from a mid three-quarters arm slot with repeatable mechanics. His fastball consistently touched 87 mph during the first inning, but it averaged 84 mph during three innings of work. He also featured a really good straight changeup around 74 mph and a curveball with 11-to-5 action around 68 mph. Both pitches were thrown for strikes and he commanded the zone extremely well. The end line saw him pitch three innings with no earned runs, two strikeouts, one hit allowed, and no walks.

-Jake Martin

Taking the mound for the Mid-Atlantic Red Sox 15U was Noah Tabaie (2021, Laytonsville, Md.). The 6-foot-2 righthander had a strong start of the game as he was able to get his fastball up to a max of 83. Sitting in the low-80s for the whole of his stint, Tabaie was able to go in and out, always trying to hit the sides of the plate. The Maryland native looked most comfortable working out of the windup as that was where he had the best accuracy on his pitches and could get soft-hit balls. As the uncommitted righthander continues to work on being comfortable and accurate from the stretch, he can continue to be difficult for hitters to make solid contact against and get timely outs easier.

Starting at first base for the GRB Rays, Aaron Jungers (2022, Madison, Wis.) showed up offensively as he helped his team take a much-needed victory today. The righthander at the plate showed that he has an ability to barrel up the inside pitch. With his quick hands, the inside pitch is in his wheel house and he displayed that by taking an inside fastball deep to left field for a double. With his next plate appearance, the uncommitted first baseman was able to draw a walk. All-in-all, it was a good game for the primary lefthanded pitcher as he went 1-for-2 and drove in a run in the win.

Matt Cunningham (2021, Mount Airy, Md.) started the game for the Frederick Hustlers as he worked through five innings in the tough loss. Working out of the stretch through the whole of the game, Cunningham had a three-quarters delivery to the mound and threw across his body towards the plate. Used primarily as a shortstop, the Maryland native did a good enough job on the mound to keep his team in the game. Bringing his fastball up to 84 mph, Cunningham worked mostly in the lower-80s through the whole of the game. Each inning, he seemed to be dropping in velocity which got him into trouble in his fourth and fifth inning of work as his fastball was coming in with little movement. But the fastball wasn’t the only pitch he had going for him in the first bit of the game, as the uncommitted righthander was able to throw a breaking ball with a sharp break to it in the mid-70s. Though the outcome of the game wasn’t what Cunningham would’ve wanted, he still showed positives out on the mound with some nice stuff.

Alvin Keels (2022, Norfolk, Va.) is ranked as the eighth-highest player in Virginia and No. 88 overall for his grad class. With his primary position labeled as a shortstop, Keels took over the second base duties for the NBA Nationals. Going 0-for-2 wasn’t what the Virginia native was looking for in the game, but he showed signs of what has him ranked so high. The uncommitted middle infielder had obvious power in his swing as the 6-foot, 180-pound righthander has a strong, athletic frame. At the plate, Keels has quick hands and is able to easily get to the inside pitch, making contact with the ball out in front of the plate. On his load, he keeps his hands high but is quick enough to still get his hands around.

TayShaun Walton (2023, Emporia, Va.) only pitched for one inning for the NBA Nationals but he made his presence known quickly. Standing at 6-foot-2, Walton dominated on the mound as he worked through his inning with only 17 pitches needed and striking out two hitters while allowing no runs. Working his fastball up to a high of 88 mph, the Virginia native was able to sit comfortably in the upper-80s through the whole of the time in the game. Walton didn’t even look like he was throwing with his maximum effort as he delivered his pitches to the mound with a high leg kick before delivering the ball in a high three-quarters arm slot. With an already strong and athletic frame, Walton is a projectable player going forward and it will be enjoyable to see how the uncommitted pitcher can continue to develop.

-Brian Treadway

Jack Reynolds (2022, Columbia, S.C.) showed great barrel-to-ball skills in all three of his at-bats as the South Carolina commit lined a single back up the middle in the fourth that registered at 93 mph off the bat. His ability to stay compact and on plane with the pitch helped him continue his hot start at the plate as he is now hitting .500 over the first three days of the tournament. His gap-to-gap approach plays well into his quick handsy swing as he showed the ability to make contact out front and get extension through his swing. Defensively he does a nice job up the middle making the sure handed plays with smooth mechanics working through the ball into his throws. His athletic, lean build projects well as a middle infielder as he showed some fast-twitch quickness and a good arm defensively. His 5-foot-10, 160-pound frame has room to continue adding strength as he fills out and matures.

Trent Hodgdon (2021, Smith Station, Ala.) came out firing in the first with a fastball that sat 87-89 mph before settling in at 83-85 mph for the rest of his 3 1/3 inning outing. His ability to get ahead on hitters early in counts allowed him to create swings and misses late in the count off the plate with the fastball. His curveball showed promise with good 12-6 depth to it. He did a nice job off using the curveball off of the fastball and freezing hitters as he maintained good arm speed and created deception out of the hand coming from his quick compact arm stroke and three-quarters release point on both offerings. The second time through the lineup he did a nice job of mixing in the curveball early in counts to keep hitters from cheating to the fastball. His 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame shows some already present strength with more to come as he continues to mature.

Cade Fisher (2022, Lafayette, Ga.), the No. 4 ranked lefthanded pitcher in the state of Georgia for the 2022 class, topped out at 85 mph with his fastball while sitting 82-84 mph throughout his two-plus innings of work. His closed landing on his stride down the mound forces him to through across his body creating a tough angle for hitters to pick up out of the hand. He flashed a low- to mid-70s curveball that showed some depth with its slurvy type of break. His long smooth arm action works to a three-quarters arm slot producing some arm-side run on the fastball as he showed the ability to get swings and misses when he gets good extension and creates plane down in the zone. His 6-foot-2, 163-pound frame is very projectable moving forward as it leaves him with plenty of room to continue adding strength as he matures and fills out.

Ryan Dimaggio (2022, Robbinsville, N.J.) has a solid pitcher’s frame measuring at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds. His fastball topped out at 86 mph during his 1 2/3 innings of relief where he gave up no runs on no hits and struck out three. His fastball showed some arm-side life from his quick clean arm action and high three-quarters arm slot. He paired the fastball with a mid-60s curveball that showed some promise with 1-7 shape to it and good bite. His repeatable delivery works clean and allowed him to be able to consistently work ahead of batters as he started seven of the eight batters he faced with first-pitch strikes. With room to fill out on his long athletic build he projects well to add strength to his clean pitching mechanics moving forward as he continues to grow and mature.

Jason Hernandez (2022, Bridgeport, Conn.) was a consistent 86-87 mph in his first two innings of work with good arm-side run on his fastball from his high three-quarters arms slot. His ability to locate the fastball allowed him to get a head in counts which lead to swings and misses off the plate as he continued to locate the fastball where he wanted it late in the counts. The second time through the order he started to mix in a mid-60s curveball that showed some depth when his release point was out front getting extension. His smooth quick arm worked with his closed landing on his delivery as he threw slightly across his body creating a different look for hitters. His athletic lean build is projectable moving forward with a live arm he should only get better as he continues to fill out and mature while adding strength to his frame.

-Colton Olinger

Tyler Cerny (2022, Greenwood, Ind.) had a good game for Indiana Bulls 15U Black on Sunday Morning. The righthander went 1-3 with a double and an RBI. Cerny generates a lot of pop and makes solid contact out front while drawing most of his power from his lower half. At shortstop, smooth transfers and sound defensive movements complemented an effective and accurate arm all game. The Indiana commit shows upside on both sides of the ball as well as from a physical standpoint. A thinner build on a 6-foot-1, 155-pound frame projects well pending its filling out but the ground work is laid for the potential development of a big-time player.

Joe Allen (2022, Hampton Falls, N.H.) was very impressive in his six-inning shutout performance on Sunday. The righthander went six innings while allowing no runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts and two walks. An 85-88 mph fastball sat mostly in the high-80s and was up to 90 mph. He paired the fastball with a slurvy low-70s curveball and a low-80s changeup to lefthanded hitters. The uncommitted 15-year-old’s arm works cleanly from a compact arm action with a three-quarters arm slot. Although he was up to 90 mph, there is more in the tank currently with a projection for more. A 6-foot-2 frame also shows promise and only adds to an already projectable arm.

Robert Krawczyk (2022, Miami, Fla.) pitched well for the Florida Hurricanes 15U Platinum on Sunday. The righthander threw 3 2/3 innings while giving up one run on one hit with a walk and two strikeouts. His fastball was up to 87 but sat in the mid-80s with a loopy high-60s curveball. The arm is quick and works well throughout a long whippy arm action with a high three-quarters arm slot. He gets downhill well but a few minor fixes could make his velocity spike presently. A 5-foot-10, 160-pound frame with continue to grow and fill out while showing some upside.

Robert Clarke (2022, Atlanta, Ga.) had a very solid game for ITP Lightning (Caldwell) on Sunday. The first baseman went 1-for-3 with a triple, three RBI, and a run scored. Clarke’s bat projects well with easy pop to the opposite field. An easy compact swing and strong hands work well at the plate and will play up. In the field, Clarke is an athlete and can play virtually anywhere. At first base he is sound and made his plays with ease. A lean 6-foot-1, 175-pound frame projects well and shows present strength.

Kyle Wolff (2022, Andover, Mass.) showed some potential in a relief appearance for the NEB Pirates. Although command was a struggle, the southpaw managed to go two innings, allowing one run on one hit with three walks and two strikeouts. The fastball sat in the low-80s with an effective high-60s curveball. His arm works well throughout a compact arm action with a three-quarters release. A filled-out 6-foot-1, 210-pound frame shows upside along with an easy arm.

-Jacob Jordan

Mike Boyer (2022, Pennington, N.J.) is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound backstop from Hopewell Valley Central High School in his hometown. A sophomore in the fall, Boyer showcased his advanced hit tool at Brook Run this afternoon going 2-for-3 with two hard-hit, line-drives into the pull-side gap. Boyer, a righthanded hitter, sets up in the box with a square stance and hands set low outside his chest. He rocks into his load and starts his swing with a large leg kick as he keeps his weight back well on his backside while he tracks pitches towards the plate. Hips lead the hands and he has a very quick, line drive bat path that stays through the hitting zone a long time, helping Boyer barrel up pitches with some backspin for carry. Speed is not his game, yet there is enough there for his position and he compensates for lack of speed with good instincts and hustle. Boyer is quiet behind the plate and receives well with soft hands and a steady glove. He stays low in his setup and showed the ability to work well with his battery-mates through the game this afternoon. Throws are online and quick out of his hand. Showed projectable arm strength that will be interesting to track as he continues to develop moving forward. Overall, Boyer is a high upside catching prospect with hitability and evident feel for the barrel already. A lot to like in this young prospect from Central Jersey.

Garrett Ferguson (2022, Blue Springs, Mo.) is a 6-foot, 165-pound corner outfielder from Summit Christian Academy located in a suburb of his hometown. This afternoon at Brook Run, Ferguson showcased tools all over the diamond for his club, Royals Scout Team 15U, in an effort that ended in a 4-4 tie. At the plate, Garret produced for his club out of the six-hole as he went 1-for-3 with a double to the pull-side gap, and two RBI. Ferguson uses an open stance with his hands held high near his ear. He deploys a large stride to square to start his swing while loading his hands low near his chest. Garrett uses a low-to-high swing path with some bat speed and leverage to indicate some future power projection. Ferguson is a good athlete and moves well out of the box and on the bases. In the outfield, Ferguson has good first-step reads and quickness, with ability to make all plays hit his way. Garrett has a strong, accurate arm with a quick release and carry through the bag. Showcased his arm strength and accuracy today at Brook Run as he doubled up a baserunner attempting to score for a (9-2) putout to end the Diamond Jacks Super 15 threat in the bottom of the fifth, keeping the game tied at 2. Ferguson holds his own in a very talented Royals Scout Team 15U lineup, and is a player to watch moving forward, with the ability to affect the outcome of a game in more ways than one.

Creed McClellan (2021, Spring Hill, Tenn.) is a 5-foot-8, 140-pound middle infielder from Independence High School near his hometown. A junior in the fall, McClellan showcased an advanced hit tool for his club Knights Baseball 15U Platinum at Brook Run, as we went 4-for-4, with a double and contributed to four runs, with two runs scored and another two batted in in the pool play win yesterday afternoon. At the plate, McClellan has a simple approach to hitting with a short stroke, good hand-eye coordination and feel for the barrel. Power is currently to the gaps, yet he generates tremendous bat speed, which all points to more power results to occur in time. McClellan is a good athlete, who runs well out of the box as well as on the bases. This afternoon, McClellan displayed his aggressive nature on the basepaths as he was able to pick up on pitcher tendencies and swipe three bags with ease showing natural instincts. Playing in right field this afternoon, McClellan showed sound defensive actions making all plays hit his way and paired them with strong, accurate throws to bases. Overall, McClellan is a ball player that plays with confidence and showed to leave it all on the field to help his team win. Hitting a ridiculous .615 thus far through pool play, McClellan has burst onto the scene this week and it deserves recognition. A very projectable ballplayer, McClellan has tremendous upside with the ability to help a team win with his play all over the field.

Karter Muck (2022, Kansas City, Mo.) is a 6-foot, 155-pound righthanded pitcher from St. Pius X High School in his hometown. A sophomore in the fall, Muck earned the start for his club, Royals Scout Team 15U this afternoon at Brook Run, and was efficient, keeping his teammates in the game before leaving with the game tied after five full. When all was said and done, Muck recorded four punchouts while giving up five hits, and no earned. Pitched an economical 65 pitches to a 63 percent strike percentage as he showed better control than command of his repertoire yet was able to fill it up all game long, keeping his opponent off balance as well as inducing soft contact. Muck showcased a pitch mix of a fastball (80-84 mph) with some down-plane action and arm-side run when down in the zone. He complemented his heater with a curveball (68-71 mph) that had good rotation at times with occasional depth and ending bite which lead to a lot of swing and miss throughout the day. Keen mechanically, Muck is highly projectable on the mound with a smooth tempo, and a nice, unrestricted arm action that showed good extension out front. Pitching know-how and confidence is evident in Muck’s current state, as he is definitely one to follow moving forward as he continues to develop throughout his amateur career.

Jackson Wolfe (2022, Cornelius, N.C.) is a 5-foot-8, 150-pound middle infielder from William Amos Hough High School in his hometown. Wolfe, who has a very lean, athletic frame currently, projects natural strength gain and has plenty of room to fill before reaching physical maturity. Wolfe, who lead things off for his club, Charlotte Megastars, set the tone from his first at-bat until his last as the Megastars offense kept their foot on the gas all game long, mercying their opponent in a four-inning rout that ended 13-1. Wolfe’s final stat line read 4-for-4 with four runs scored, a home run to the pull side, and four runs batted in on the day. Productive to say the least, in the box, Wolfe uses a slight open stance with hands near his ear. He uses a slow bat waggle for timing, and upon release does a nice job getting his weight loaded, and then shooting his hands through the hitting zone with good feel for the barrel, bat speed, and leverage that indicates future average power potential down the line. Jackson has an advanced feel for wood, with plenty of barrel control that produced a lot of loud contact all game long. A good athlete, Wolfe moves well out of the box and on the bases as he showcased aggression and good instincts on his way to two stolen bases bringing his total up to three after three days of play at 15U WWBA National Championship in Georgia. Wolfe projects well up the middle, as he has soft hands and the ability to get to all balls hit to either side as he has good first-step quickness and lateral movement. Arm works for shortstop, as he had consistent on-target throws today with some carry through the bag. Also showcased the ability to throw with accuracy from multiple arm slots. A very athletic ball player, Wolfe exudes confidence and plays the game the right way, as he plays with intensity and it rubs off on the rest of his teammates. Fun to watch compete as he now has his batting average up to an astronomical .467 through three games, while raising his average to .407 in eight games in Perfect Game tournaments so far in 2019.

-Matt Arietta

As the Florida Dodgers look to continue their run at a championship, Issac Williams (2022, Fleming Island, Fla.) took the mound for them looking to keep them undefeated. He showcased a large frame with an already filling out build and plenty of lower half strength. The big righthanded pitcher flashed a compact arm action with a fast arm showing easy velocity. When he worked down in the zone, he did a great job of getting swings and misses. His fastball proved to be his best pitch as he sat 84-87 at the beginning of his outing and would end the day in the 82-85 range showing little signs of fatigue. He threw four no-hit innings as he led his team to a victory while he struck out five hitters and only walked one hitter. His changeup showed to be a great swing-and-miss pitch sitting in the mid-70s while looking like a fastball out of his hand to opposing batters. With only two pitches, he carved up the opposing line up all the while only throwing 55 pitches in his four-inning outing. He will be a very interesting follow as he is uncommitted and shows all the raw tools, he needs to be great at the next level. Look for him to sharpen up his mechanics and turn some heads.

With the Florida Dodgers on a roll, William Ross (2022, Winter Garden, Fla.) proved to be the big bat needed on the offensive side. The University of Florida commit showed a very big body with a stocky build and plenty of projectability. He kicked it off with a bang in his first at-bat with a double down the line on a good inside fastball that he got cuffed on slightly but used his strength to muscle out a hit. He also proved that he had a solid plate presence as he would later go on to single to right field on a hit and run play while moving the runners over. In his last at-bat, he hit a rope to the shortstop that would result in a fielder’s choice. With loud contact all day, he proved that he was the bat that would carry the Florida Dodgers into the playoffs. With his size and already maturing skills, he will be a big bat to follow along in upcoming years.

Justin Battle (2022, Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Creed McClellan (2021, Spring Hill, Tenn.) both led the way for Knights Baseball Platinum. Battle started on the mound for them showing a very athletic frame with a lean build and plenty of room to fill down the road. The righthanded pitcher went on to pick up the win going four innings while striking out three batters and only walking one. With him giving up one hit, he proved to be a force on the mound with a great mound presence. He worked downhill from the mound gaining ground giving a full effort on each pitch. With long limbs and a projectable build, he showed easy velocity with plenty left in the tank. His fastball sat 81-84 with arm side run and some sink to it giving it a heavy feel making it tough to square up. His curveball complimented the heater showing 11-5 movement in the mid-60s with some good depth.

With him covering the load on the mound, his teammate, McClellan, got it done at the plate. He went on a tear from the right side of the batter’s box going 4-for-4 and knocking in two runs. He started the day off in the first with a bang, knocking a single to left field that would help propel him to one of the best days of his tournament. His next AB would show as his best piece of hitting as he roped a long fly ball to center field, turning it into a double while knocking in another run. He later went on to rack up two more singles and another RBI to his name late in the game. He flashed great hands with a linear swing plane and patience at the plate. When he got his pitch, he did not miss the barrel. Keep a look out on this uncommitted righthanded hitter to keep making loud contact while spraying the baseball to all fields.

As the Knights went on to win this afternoon, another bat stood out in the lineup in one Nathan Brewer (2022, Murfreesboro, Tenn.). The smooth swinging lefthanded hitter showed great extension at the dish while firing the hips. He crushed a single back up the middle that turned out to be the loudest contact of the day from the game. During the next batter’s at-bat, he stole second base standing up on a high fastball to the hitter. He flashed great instincts on the base paths showing he can create runs with his feet. With his physical build and skill set, look for him to grow into a power hitting corner outfielder.

Late in the day, Canes National continued their run as one of the top squads in the tourney. They ran out a University of North Carolina commit in Matthew Matthijs (2022, Greenville, N.C.). The projectable righthanded pitcher went on to utilize a strong build showing long legs with a lean look. His arm action showed to be very fluid as he worked from a high three-quarters arm slot proving it tough to pick up out of hand. Matthijs coiled a bit over the back leg before working his weight back onto his front foot and finishing in a higher position. He showed signs of some command issues early in the outing but later settled in and began to fill up the zone with both of his pitches. His fastball showed great life as it sat 84-86 with some cut to it running away from righthanded hitters and a big 11-5 hook with tight spin in the mid-70s. He went on to pick up the win striking out five in three innings tossed.

With Matthijs getting the start, Cameron Freeman (2022, North Myrtle Beach, S.C.) would come in to relieve the starter. The big, projectable righthanded pitcher showed a full arm action and plenty of velocity in the tank. He worked from a three-quarters arm slot and proved to be effective with the heater. His fastball showed some arm-side run and sink while sitting 85-88 and late life. His fastball was complemented with a slurvy curveball in the low- to mid-70s showing some hard tilt. With him being uncommitted and the top righthanded arm in the state for his class, he will be making a big splash on the recruiting scene soon as he looks for a home at the next level.

Although the Canes went on to beat Team Beast, one name stood out amongst the loss. Nolan Nawrocki (2022, Rockville Center, N.Y.) showed to be a projectable shortstop with a good bat at the plate. He flashed some fast twitch abilities in the field while showing off some serious range. He had a great first step reading the baseball off the bat while making accurate, strong throws across the diamond. At the plate, he started off the game early driving a pitch to right field against one of the top arms in the tournament. The leadoff hitter would later go on to square up a fastball that was hit right at the shortstop. With his projectable build and already present skill set, he will be an interesting follow as his recruiting process rolls on into his high school career.

-Drew Wesolowski
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