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Tournaments | Story | 7/16/2019

16U BCS: Day 2 Scout Notes

Vincent Cervino         Parker Fronk        
Photo: Cole Russo (Perfect Game)

A Florida commit, Michael Robertson (2021, Venice, Fla.) offers some intriguing tools from the top of the lineup for a talented Florida Burn Platinum squad. The 6-foot-1, 160-pound outfielder has a very loose and easy swing in the batter’s box with very easy hands throughout the stroke. There’s some young bat speed to the swing but the looseness really stands out as he already uses the whole field with intent and will be able to really impact the ball as he fills out and matures. Robertson is an athletic prospect who gets out of the box well and projects to be a good runner at maturity with loose, athletic movements in centerfield too. He really sets the tone for a deep lineup as during the games on Monday he collected two hits including a double and will be a prospect to keep a close watch on as he progresses.

5 Star National Burress is one of the deeper teams in the event and recent Georgia commit Dylan Taylor (2021, Ellaville, Ga.) played hero on Monday as his double in the bottom of the seventh inning tied the game up before an eventual walk-off. Taylor is a very projectable athlete in the middle infield with a loose and easy stroke that already shows some natural leverage to pull. Taylor is an accomplished shortstop too with correct first-step quickness, good hands, and arm strength to stick. The power continues to improve and there’s a lot of room on the frame for impressive power at maturity and he hit a double down the pull-side line to bring the game to a tie.

IBAHS shortstop Eldred J George (2021, Trujillo Alto, P.R.) showed some good tools on both sides of the ball during the action on Monday as the 5-foot-9, 135-pound middle infielder has fairly significant quick twitch athleticism. He’s a very rangy and athletic defender at shortstop with good balance and actions while being able to get to a lot of balls other shortstops wouldn’t and have enough arm to make the plays across the diamond. The swing is compact and quick in the box with some whippy hand speed and a quick leg lift to get his back hip engaged. George isn’t very imposing but creates some jump off the barrel and included a well-struck double on the afternoon.

Hit Factory trotted out uncommitted righthander Christian Hamilton (2021, Tampa, Fla.) and Hamilton tossed three innings of scoreless baseball and looked impressive in the process. He’s a lean and athletic 6-foot, 150 pounds with lots of room to add some strength to the overall build. The arm path is longer but the stroke itself is loose and whippy with some arm speed as he delivers from a three-quarters, to slightly lower, slot that creates some angle on his fastball that worked mostly in the low-80s. He’ll dip down to a true low arm slot on the slider which has some frisbee action and comes at righthanded hitters from behind their backs. The arm speed, physical projection, and ease of operation all standout for an uncommitted rising junior and he delivered a very efficient and strong start.

Hit Factory’s middle of the order presence Cole Russo (2021, Tampa, Fla.) has done nothing but hit the ball hard thus far in the tournament and the uncommitted rising junior is really having a nice summer to his name. Russo is a physical and strong 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and he does an excellent job at both finding the barrel and creating some natural leverage to the pull side of the field. He has a balanced base with a bigger stride toward the mound and his ability to lift the ball into the air while maintaining balance is notable. There’s an element of controlled violence to the swing and the ball jumps off the bat; Russo looks every bit of a Division I prospect who will hit in the middle of the order.

Recent USF commit Cameron Collier (2020, St. Petersburg, Fla.) has had a history of smoking the ball at PG events over the past couple of months and Collier once again had a big day at the plate. Collier is a twitchy, physical outfielder with a 6-foot, 180-pound frame and he has electric hands through the zone. He creates good bat speed through the hitting zone with excellent impact off the barrel of the bat and really works extra bases on a fairly consistent basis. Through the first three games, Collier has a hit in each, all of which are doubles, and drives the ball well off his backside to create some jump. He’s a very violent hitter and really explodes onto the ball and there’s good upside here from an offensive standpoint.

-Vinnie Cervino

First baseman for FTB Jacksonville is Kyle Bazler (2021, St. Augustine, Fla.). Bazler stands in the lefthanded batter’s box at 6-foot-2, 235 pounds and is a presence when he steps in. He stands tall in the box with a slightly open stance and his hands nice and calm. Bazler has smooth hands through the zone and keeps his barrel in the zone for a long time. He has good pop to his pull side and looks to drive the ball into the gaps. Bazler went 2-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI on the day.

Lane Forsythe (2020, Humboldt, Tenn.) started at shortstop for Dulins Dodgers-Godwin and looked sharp. Forsythe, who is committed to Mississippi State, looks very smooth at short and can swing it at the plate. He makes plays look easy at short and shows off his strong arm, throwing rockets across the diamond. Also, at the plate he has a smooth swing with quick hands and is a line drive hitter. Forsythe is comfortable hitting to all fields and consistently finds barrel. He went 3-for-3 hitting the ball hard each at-bat.

Raymond Velez (2021, Winter Springs, Fla.) started on the mound for Power Baseball 2021 Blue. Velez has a very big, athletic frame at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds. Velez ran his fastball up to 88 mph while sitting 82-85 mph. His fastball has good run to it which misses barrels. He also has a changeup that is 74-76 mph and looks just like his fastball and then drops off of the table. Also, at the plate he has a smooth swing with good pop to the pull side. He has good hands and swings at good pitches. Velez threw 1 2/3 innings striking out one and allowing two hits.

Third baseman for NWI Shockers is Charlie Jones (2021, Portage, Ind.) and he played great defense on Monday. He made two fantastic backhand plays down the line and threw strikes across the field right on the money. Jones also led off also drawing two walks and scoring both times he was on base. He has a short compact swing and sprays the ball all over the field. Jones plays defense with a lot of confidence and over the next couple years he will continue to get bigger and stronger.

Charlie Smith (2021, Portage, Ind.) is NWI Shockers center fielder and he looked good on offense and defense on Monday. Jones runs down balls with ease and showed off his strong arm with throws to the plate. Smith went 2-for-4 with two singles and one run scored. His speed was also shown off on the basepaths by stealing a base. Smith plays the game really hard and is fun to watch. He will continue to develop as a player and his game will continue to improve.

-Parker Fronk
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