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Tournaments | Story | 7/17/2019

16u BCS: Day 3 Scout Notes

Vincent Cervino         Parker Fronk        
Photo: Rawley Hector (Perfect Game)

16u BCS Scout Notes: Day 1 | Day 2

With the first day of re-seeded pools, teams are bound to throw some of their top arms to get to the championship bracket as Hit Factory turned to uncommitted righthander Alden Segui (2021, Tampa, Fla.) who showed off some power stuff in just over two innings of work. Segui is a big, physical righthander at a listed 6-foot-2, 175-pounds and there’s a lot of room to dream on added strength with the durability of a workhorse. There’s effort to the release but he has a very quick arm that he will throw across his body at times. The fastball peaked at 89 mph on the morning but he worked more comfortably in the 84-87 mph range with better strikes in that range as well. There’s some late life to his fastball and he also mixed in a curveball in the low-70s that he struggled to land at times but showed good potential. Segui won’t have a shortage of suitors for much longer as his power right arm offers serious upside.

Another big upside righthander toed the rubber during the early slots at JetBlue as Miami commit Karson Ligon (2021, Sarasota, Fla.) got the start for the Florida Rebels and helped them advance their undefeated record into Wednesday. The 6-foot-2, 159-pound righthander has a very projectable frame with looseness throughout that is ripe for additional physicality as he fills out the build. The arm speed is the big selling point on the profile as it moves very quickly through the arm circle and not with much recoil or effort at the point of release. The delivery is simple enough but his arm is able to whip so easily that you get the feeling he’s going to continue ticking upward in terms of velocity. Ligon worked mostly in the 87-90 mph range throughout the start, dipping into the mid-80s every so often, and the fastball got some late life on it. The breaking ball flashed some sharpness, tilt, and depth though it’s a softer offering at present, though it should firm up as he gets stronger while showing feel for a changeup as well. Ligon’s arm speed can cause his command to get a little wild at times but there’s no denying the upside on the right arm.

Aaron Deegan (2021, Largo, Fla.) came away as the big offensive producer in the victory for the Florida Rebels as the slugging righthanded hitter knocked in three runs with his bases clearing double in his second at-bat. Deegan is a broad and projectable switch-hitting outfielder with some obvious raw pop in the frame. He has a longer, but smooth swing path from the right side, where he took the majority of his at-bats on the day, with natural loft and good jump off the barrel. He’s able to cover the plate nicely as the length and path of the swing are conducive with keeping the barrel in the hitting zone for a long time and the projectable bat speed along with raw pop make him an intriguing uncommitted prospect.

SWFL Nation starting pitcher Blake Barquin (2021, Lakeland, Fla.) might not possess very raw, overpowering stuff but he delivered what was likely the pitching performance of the day: tossing a complete game shutout with only one hit allowed and four strikeouts on an astonishing 57 pitches. Barquin has a very moldable 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame and sat mostly in the 80-83 mph range from a three-quarters arm slot to generate good sinking life. He absolutely pounded the zone and is more of a kitchen sink-type of pitcher as he’ll throw a bunch of off-speed pitches at you to keep hitters on their toes. Barquin has a firmer slider in the mid-70s with some cutter-like action while also mixing in an over the top curveball and a pretty good changeup around the mid-70s as well. Barquin worked very quickly, got a lot of ground balls, and has some projection to the build.

Team Elite lefthander and Virginia commit Matthew Buchanan (2021, Lebanon, Va.) showed a lot of tools to like out of a lefthanded pitcher as the southpaw has the stuff to succeed at the next level. Buchanan has a broad and projectable frame at 6-foot-1, 190-pounds with some strength present throughout. The delivery is simple and fluid as he clears his hips nicely and gets on top of the ball consistently to create downhill plane and angle on his fastball. The heater topped out at 88 mph and worked mostly in the 84-86 mph range while working well at the knees. The breaking ball shows promise too with 2-to-8 shape and some depth as well. There are two strong pitches and his ability to spin coupled with physical projection has all the makings of a frontline starter if everything breaks right.

Starting the game for Elite Squad American was physical righthander Nicholas Fraginals (2021, Miramar, Fla.) as the 6-foot-2, 190-pound righthander has a lot of things to like. Fraginals has a broad-shouldered frame with present strength and room for more. He worked up to 87 mph but lived mostly in the 83-85 mph range and the fastball had mostly straight life on the outing. He showed some feel for working to both sides of the plate with intent and has a true three-pitch mix. He’ll mix in a straight changeup to lefthanded hitters but his bread and butter is his sharp curveball in the 70-74 mph range with late, biting action. He tunnels the breaking ball particularly well and he shows all the makings of a prospect at the next level.

One of the top ranked players in the class is Texas A&M commit Rawley Hector (2021, Van Alstyne, Texas) and the No. 11 prospect dealt against a good East Cobb Astros team. Hector had to avoid some baserunners but threw six innings of one-run baseball while striking out four batters.

The delivery is very smooth and compact with a short, very fast arm stroke in the back. Hector is the picture of physical projection with athleticism to go with it too, his athleticism was also evident by his batting leadoff and playing the infield when he’s not pitching. Hector held 88-90 mph with the fastball the entire game and showed good sink as he did a particularly good job at releasing out in front and getting on top. The fastball command came and went but the secondaries did not as each off-speed pitch is impressive and could likely get outs in a big way now. The slider has late darting life in the 79-82 mph range and shows all the makings of a plus pitch at maturity while the changeup is also an advanced pitch with late tumbling life down and to the arm side. He mixed in a softer curveball in the mid-70s but Hector has outstanding command of all three of his pitches and makes him perhaps the most polished righthanded pitcher in the class at this point.

Two position players who stood out in Dulins’ victory was catcher Dylan Leach (2021, Carthage, Texas) and shortstop Lane Forsythe (2021, Humboldt, Tenn.).

Leach is a physical catcher, who is committed to Arkansas, with a powerful lefthanded swing and a strong arm behind the plate. The swing shows natural loft and leverage and he has very good strength in his wrists with the ability to impact the baseball. The arm strength showed out as he threw out a baserunner early in the game with a pop time of 2.12 seconds down to the bag.

Forsythe, a Mississippi State commit, has a loose, easy swing from the right side of the plate and is a very good athlete. The bat speed stands out and he can work the whole field but he also showed two-way potential in this game, running his fastball up to 91 mph with life and a hard curveball to complement it.

– Vinnie Cervino

The starting pitcher for Team Elite 16u National was Trevor Hanselman (Tallahassee, Fla.). Hanselman stands at 5-foot-11, 165-pounds and has an athletic build and shows off good athleticism on the mound. Hanselman has a max effort delivery and throws a heavy fastball that was up to 89 mph. His fastball also has good arm-side movement. His curveball has sharp break at 75-77 mph which he had good command of. Hanselman struggled to find the zone early in his outing but showed glimpses of some electric stuff. Hanselman threw 1 2/3 innings, allowing only two hits with one strikeout.

Carter Bailey (2021, Snellville, Ga.) started at first base for Team Elite 16u National on Tuesday. Bailey showed off his good athleticism and the ability to drive the baseball. Bailey stands at 6-foot-1, 190-pounds and runs well for his size. Bailey went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and drove a ball to deep right-center for a double. He sits low in his stance while at the plate and stays in his legs through his swing, which gives him his good pop. Bailey also played well at first by fielding ground balls easily and also picking some bad throws.

Richard Long (2021, Middleburg, Fla.) threw an absolute gem on the mound Tuesday.  He threw a seven-inning shutout while only allowing two hits and striking out nine. Long looked very good on the mound and had his fastball up to 86 mph. His fastball had good movement to it and he kept his velocity up his entire outing. His curveball had 11-to-5 break at 72-74 mph and was used to get most of his strikeouts. Long has a strong frame at 6-foot, 175-pounds and he will continue to get stronger. Long worked at his tempo all day and absolutely dominated on the mound.

Austin Banditos Black 2021’s first baseman and leadoff hitter was Armondo Navarro (2021, Del Valle, Texas). Navarro has a very good build standing at 6-foot-2, 210-pounds. He has broad shoulders and a big chest with good present strength already. He has good pop to all fields and looks to damage at the plate. Navarro also has good speed as he was looking to bunt for a hit during one of his at-bats. He shows off his athleticism at first base using his good hands to field ground balls and picking balls in the dirt.

The third baseman for Austin Banditos Black 2021 was John Estrada (2021, Austin, Texas). Estrada looked great on defense making plays all day. He looked especially comfortable making plays down the line and in the hole with ease while showing off a strong arm. He has soft hands at the hot corner and attacks the hop that he wants. Estrada is 5-foot-9, 175-pounds with good strength already and he will only continue to get stronger. Estrada will look to drive the ball for the rest of the summer and continue to solid defense.

Coming out of the ‘pen and slamming the door for the shutout was righthander Alec Grossman (2021, Austin, Texas). Grossman had an incredible outing throwing one inning and striking out the side in 15 pitches. Grossman was overpowering to say the least as his fastball was sitting 88-89 with good arm-side movement. Using his fastball to get ahead in counts, he would then spin off a 76-78 mph curveball that was knee buckling. Grossman struck all three of the batters he faced out with his curveball and threw it for strikes. He had great command of the zone and pitched with a lot of confidence.

The starting pitcher Elev8 Select was Steven Andrews (2020, Delray Beach, Fla.) on Tuesday. Andrews ran his fastball up to 85 mph and had good command with it also. Andrews also has a 12-to-6 breaking curveball at 75-78 mph that he liked to throw ahead in the count. The lefthanded pitcher stands on the mound at 6-foot-3, 170-pounds with plenty of room to fill out and get a lot stronger. Andrews is very long and lengthy and we will look to continue to dominate the rest of the summer.

– Parker Fronk

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