Tournaments | Story | 7/23/2019

15u, 17u West: Day 4 Scout Notes

Andrew Jenkins         Connor Spencer        
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2019 WWBA 15u, 17u West National Championships: Day 1 Notes | Day 2 Notes | Day 3 Notes

Rylan Evans (2022, Logandale, Nev.) had a medium frame with broad shoulders. He started with a square stance, had his hands by his ear that he took back into his load with a leg kick trigger. Evans had above-average bat speed and was able to keep his hands inside the ball throughout the day going 2-for-3 in the game. In his second at-bat, he hit a line drive to right field on a curveball that he sat on, kept his hands back and let the pitch travel deep. In his third plate appearance, he used his hands to hit a fastball to right field for another single that scored three runs. Evans has been a leading force offensively for Team Utah and is hitting .667 with eight hits. Defensively, Evans is primary third baseman that can make back-handed plays up the line, showcased arm strength and carry to his throws. This young prospect has time to add strength to his frame that could allow for more power at the plate.

Lucas Cardy (2022, Tucson, Ariz.) pitched for Tucson Champs and allowed one walk and fanned six batters in 5 2/3 innings on the hill. The young righthanded pitcher worked consistently in the 81-83 mph range and dropped in a 58-62 mph curveball that had 11-to-5 break. At times, he would slow down on his breaking ball causing less break than he expected. Cardy threw from a high three-quarters arm slot, had a simple and smooth delivery and used his back side well to get down hill creating angle. He has room to fill out his 6-foot-2 frame and could add more strength which will allow for his velocity to climb down the road. Cardy was able to work below the belt and create weak fly ball contact for outs. He lived off his fastball and was able to get swings and misses when he repeated his delivery. He projects for big jumps over the next three years at Canyon Del Oro High School.

Colin Spear (2022, San Francisco, Calif.) is a 6-foot-2 first baseman for CCB with a predominant lower half and large frame. Spear is a righthanded hitter with a tall, open stance and gains ground with his front side. He makes solid contact with a linear swing plane. He uses his hands to hit with a line drive barrel path with slight leverage out front. He has a middle-of-the-field approach with more pop to his pull-side. Spear is hitting .333, has eight RBI with five walks in 16 plate appearances.

Miles Halligan (2020, Plymouth, Minn.) earned the win for Mariners Midwest Scout Team allowing two hits, striking out five batters in four innings. Halligan has a large frame, with sloped shoulders. He throws from an over-the-top arm slot and tends to fall off to his glove side causing some repeating issues. He has trouble locating the fastball to the outer half to righthanded hitters but works hard in effectively. His fastball was mainly flat and sat 87-89 mph with a 12-to-6 curveball, a hard slider at 77 mph and a solid, fading changeup at 77-80 mph. His best secondary pitch was his changeup that he was able to get swings and misses with while maintaining arm speed. With improvement to his command, Halligan should be a good fit to many bullpens at the college level.

Coby Morales (2020, Downey, Cali) went 2-for-2 with a double, a no-doubt home run with three RBI and is hitting .462 through five games. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect had a projectable build with room to fill out. Morales is a lefthanded hitter who had elite bat speed, with a short compact swing. He displayed his power by hitting a deep home run to right field that jumped off his bat. He used his lower half and created slight lift in his swing. Morales will continue to get stronger and projects to be a middle-of-the-order type of hitter at the next level.

-Andrew Jenkins

On Day 4 four the 17U NorCal Baseball Prime’s four-hole hitter, Keith Jones (2020, Brentwood, Calif.) had a breakout at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Jones has a very projectable build at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds and has a simple approach at the plate with some pop. He uses an upright stance with a slow vertical bat wag that sometimes struggles to quiet down going back into his load. At launch, he gets on plane very quickly, stays tall on his backside, and creates a strong flat bat path through the zone. Moreover, he gets some solid drive with his lower half despite how upright he stays throughout his swing. His actions as an athlete have length and could someday be spectacular as his body matures.

Later in the ball game, PG newcomer Clayton Longinotti (2020, Ceres, Calif.) showcased some interesting projectables and closed out the ball game for NorCal. He most definitely looks like a pitcher on the mound with his long and lengthy 6-foot-5 frame. He has a long-sweeping arm action with a high three-quarters arm slot, and he has a high leg lift that works straight down the mound. His fastball sat 83-85 mph while touching 86-87 on occasion. At times he’ll find some random arm-side run or cutting action to his fastball, but not substantial enough to make an impact. On the surface, Longinotti has some extremely promising measurables, however, in 2 2/3 innings pitched he never once threw a breaking ball, or any secondary pitch for that matter. He threw 40 pitches in his outing, all of which were fastballs. He’ll have to develop at the very least a breaking ball if he wants to pitch at the collegiate level. Moreover, his command is still developing, but his size and length down the mound can make up for mistakes with location.

Switch hitting Arizona commit Jacob Berry (2020, Queen Creek, Ariz.) produced some loud noises at the plate for AZ T-Rex Easton going 2-for-2 with a triple on his day. With a righty on the mound, he hit primarily from the left side and he has a very simple upright spread stance. His load consists of a quiet hand load and coil as his hands fall down and back, and he simple lifts his foot and replaces it for his stride. Berry quite honestly may have the fastest accumulative exit velocity off the bat in this tournament as everything he barrels up is simply mashed. His triple was a lined shot that never got above 20 feet as it split the outfielders to the wall. His second knock was a laser over the first baseman’s head that got to the right fielder in a hurry. His hands are crisp and their speed through the zone cannot be understated. I would expect nothing less but for Berry to make an immediate impact at the plate for the Wildcats.

Sticks Baseball Academy ended up tying due to time limit, but Seth Sweet-Chick (2020, Goodyear, Ariz.) has done nothing but impress with his projectable frame, strong hands, and middle-of-the-field approach. His 6-foot-3 frame is looks strong and stands tall and upright at the plate. His hands are simple, fall down and back into his load, and then fire through the zone with a slight uphill plane. Sweet-Chick’s hands drive his swing and although he does find efficient tension between his upper and lower half, there’s still more he can create. He uses a simple mid-leg lift trigger timing mechanism with a smooth weight shift that stays balanced throughout. With two strikes, he eliminates the leg lift and widens his stance slightly to makes sure he gets his foot down on time. Sweet-Chick is a scary hitter who’s swing very closely resembles Evan Longoria. He has present pop and his game stands to vastly improve once he gets to Kansas.

Keegan Stancato (2020, Glendale, Ariz.) is hitting .471 through five games for GBG NW Marucci. Staying on trend in this stacked tournament, he has a massive 6-foot-3 athletic frame, and he can play all over the diamond giving coaches some versatility when trying to fit him into a lineup. His stance and his swing are quirky, and in many ways resemble Javier Baez. His hands are violent pre-pitch with a heavy over-head bat wag and he slightly sways back and forth in the box. You can tell he’s amping up to unload as even his fingers dance around on the handle at times before his load. As his hands go back, the barrel violence quiets down, still it does create some inconsistencies in his loading hand position. Stancato creates a heavy hand coil similar to Baez and then releases that coil, creating whip through the hitting zone. Moreover, he has a highly aggressive approach in the box as he swings at anything close, and at times pitches that aren’t, and that too is Baez like. The only hesitation scouts have towards his violent pre-pitch motions and the one thing that does not resemble Javy Baez is the tightness his swing has as he releases the tension from his hand coil. His barrel doesn’t freely whip through the zone as it should with that type of tension, but rather, feels muscled through extension. Stancato still has plenty of present pop thanks to his large build, and his hands are fantastic working to the baseball.

PG National and PG All American Classic invitee Michael Brown (2020, Vacaville, Calif.) hasn’t put up the biggest numbers in this tournament, yet he’s still showcasing his very present power every time he connects with the baseball. Brown has a large frame with solid athleticism especially for his size. At National, he ran a 7.35 second 60-yard dash which is strong for a 230-pound wrecking machine at the plate. His back hip and lower half drive his hands and even though his backside slightly collapses, his hands still work quickly down through the zone creating a flat barrel path that continues through extension. Even with the huge amount of power Brown is already able to create, he still could unlock more if he learns to coil his hands a little further into his load. Brown’s ceiling at the plate is enormously high, and if he continues to build his repour as an outfielder, his draft stock will only go up.

-Connor Spencer
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