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Jupiter Day 3 Scout Notes

David Rawnsley      Brian Sakowski      Vincent Cervino      Jered Goodwin      Connor Spencer      Jerry Miller     
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Scorpions 2020 Founders Club has a long tradition of running out high-end arms and it has been the same in Jupiter this year. Cade Udell (2020 Longwood, Fla.) closed the Saturday afternoon game needing shutout innings to make sure the Founders Club got into bracket play. He did just that. The 6-foot-5 righthanded pitcher jumped on the mound and fired fastballs around 90 and peaked at 93. He does a good job staying inline and repeating his release point. Its clean out of his hand and has more to come as he firms up his body. The Duke commit flashed a slider at 79 that looks promising as he develops feel for it. He breezed through a couple scoreless innings striking out four. The operation is good and he continues to make strides. Udell should make an immediate impact at the next level.

Canes National starter Wyatt Hudepohl (2020 Mason, Ohio) showed his usual very good arsenal and Dominic Johnson (2020 Edmond, Okla.) was excellent from his leadoff spot and center field position.

Hudepohl is a long-limbed righthanded pitcher that uses his length well to get good extension and create plane to make his fastball tough to barrel. He does a good job of working both sides of the plate with his fastball that sat in the low-90s and peaked at 94. He was able to flip his mid-70s breaking ball over and the pitch shows promise. He typically throws strikes to the bottom of the zone and forces opponents to swing at pitches in uncomfortable locations. There is very nice upside in body of the Kentucky commit.

Johnson is just fun to watch. He is so rangy in center field and tracked multiple balls to both his left and right while coming in. The ultra-quick athlete takes a good first step and closes with a fury. The righthanded hitter squared up two balls Saturday at the plate for singles. The second base knock was a hard-hit ball to left field to score the tying run at the time. He uses his speed well to cause serious havoc for opposing defenses and is a true top-of-the-order threat at the next level. The Oklahoma State commit has great feel for the game and will only get better as he physically matures.

The Padres Scout Team shortstop Jose Izarra (2020 Miami, Fla.) continues to have a monster fall. He is a wiry athlete and with a well-proportioned body with lots of room to add strength. Light on his feet, he transitions well to both his forehand and backhand and rounds the ball well. His exchange is lightning quick and he has the arm to make every play. He showed his athleticism on a cut play that was a double off the bat, ranged over behind second base and contorted his body make a catch and throw that did not seem to touch his glove. He threw a long strike to the catcher to get a runner trying to score. It was a “did that just happen?” type play. Offensively he has been very accurate with the barrel all weekend. Already having a home run at the event, he squared up a pitch over the middle of the plate for a line drive double to the pull side. If he continues this through the winter and spring, he will be a hot commodity next June.

One of the best story lines of the day was Brandon Fields (2020 Orlando, Fla.) hustling to get to Jupiter on Saturday morning after running for 170-yards and two touchdowns on Friday night for his high school football team. In a tight battle to win the pool he immediately made his presence felt. He ran down a would-be triple in the left-center field gap that was well struck and deep. The South Carolina commit ran a long way and showed great closing speed. The righthanded hitter also had one of the loudest swings of the day connecting on a solo home run to help secure the game. He turned on an elevated fastball and got every bit of the ball that landed went well over the trees and landed in the street beyond Marlins 7. It was a monster shot that was talked about by many in the quad as it’s just always great seeing top-end athletes that love to compete on the highest stages.

SWFL Nation 2020 got an excellent start from Trey Bacon (2020 Seffner, Fla.) in the last round of pool play on Sunday. The athletic righthanded pitcher competed hard against an excellent lineup. He sat mostly in the upper-80s for his six innings of work and peaked at 90 early. Living at the knees or lower, he induced a lot of soft contact and did a great job moving the fastball in and out with some late sink. The uncommitted prospect used two breaking balls throughout his outing. The first was a get-me-over curveball that was a change-of-pace in the low-70s. The second was a harder pitch with more 10-to-4 slider action that peaked at 80. The later was a real weapon that proved difficult to barrel up during his outing. He looked like a true two-way player as well, notching three hits on the day. He has some twitch in his wrists that allows him to have noticeably good bat speed for his slender frame. He used a middle, line drive approach and has a knack for finding the barrel. He also runs well and is aggressive in all parts of his game. The uncommitted prospect should be a hot commodity this winter.

– Jered Goodwin

The South Charlotte Panthers and Scorpions Honor the Game battled for seven innings in a classic pitcher’s duel that ended in a scoreless tie. Each team played sound defense throughout a contest that was dominated by the young men who took the mound.

Cooper King (2020, Indian Trail, N.C.) started on the bump for South Charlotte and was outstanding over five complete innings. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Carmel Christian HS senior and North Carolina State commit mixed and matched three quality pitches to hold down the usually strong Scorps offense. The righthanded King pitched with plus pace and sound, repeatable mechanics that allowed him to pound the zone and always stay ahead in the count. His well-commanded fastball, that he threw to both edges and all four quadrants, was routinely clocked in the 86-88 mph range. He complemented his quality fastball with two plus breaking pitches. His curveball was a tight-spinning 12-to-6 breaker that showed sound depth at the plate. His cutter-like slider was a late breaker that was consistently clocked at 77-78 mph.

King handed the ball over to fellow NC State commit Cameron Arnold (2021, Mooresville, N.C.). The 5-foot-11, 170-pound southpaw was as equally effective as King using an 85-87 mph running fastball as well as a tight-spinning and sharp-breaking 12-to-6, 76-77 mph curveball that showed consistent depth at the dish. The Lake Norman HS junior uses smooth and consistent mechanics and a bulldog mentality, working fast and routinely pounding the zone.

Matching the fine effort of the Panthers pitching staff were two outstanding hurlers for the Scorpions Honor the Game. Gritty righthander Tj Melani (2021, Lake Mary, Fla.) could not have pitched any better. The 6-foot, 175-pound Stetson commit was rock solid, pitching into the sixth inning. The Seminole HS junior has a great feel for three quality pitches and is not afraid to throw any of them in any count to any batter. His fastball, while not particularly overpowering at 84-85 mph, was never thrown to the heart of the plate and showed consistent arm-side run. His complementary curveball at 67-69 mph showed quality spin and break. But, his changeup, at 71-72 mph, was deadly, and even though the Panthers knew it was coming on many occasions, no hitter made solid contact.

Melani turned the ball over in the sixth inning to Florida commit Brandon Neely (2021, Seville, Fla.). The 6-foot-2, 180-pound righthander was a big contrast to the command and control artist. Neely, a junior at Spruce Creek HS, pitched off his plus 90-91 mph electric fastball and a sharp, quick-breaking curveball at 71-73 mph. The future Gator is a no-nonsense righty who wastes little time between pitches. His pace and plus stuff gave the Panther hitters very little opportunity to get comfortable in the box.

Northeast Pride Scout Team switch-hitting first baseman Luke Padian (2020, Katonah, N.Y.) had one of the loudest and most clutch knocks on the day when the 6-foot-2, 210-pound athlete took a two-strike, 88 mph fastball and drove it into left-center field to plate two big runs and tie a very tough MLB Breakthrough Series club in the last inning. The moment never appeared too big for the sweet-swinging Fordham Prep senior who used a short, quick and flat swing path to drive the single over the outstretched arms of the MLB Breakthrough shortstop. That big knock allowed the Northeast Pride Club to advance to the bracketed playoffs by virtue of the PG tie-breaker.

Team Louisiana - Sheets and the 643 DP Cougars locked horns in another battle of 2-0 teams in late afternoon play on Cardinals 3. It was a tightly contested game from start to finish. The game ended in a 3-3 tie with Team Louisiana - Sheets garnering the pool winner’s bid into the playoffs by the runs allowed tie-breaker rule.

Daniel Crabtree (2020, Marietta, Ga.) could not have pitched any better for 643. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound righthander was a gamer and pitched to his strengths throughout his four innings of work. He throws with easy, smooth and repeatable mechanics that allow him to just wear the strike zone out. Although he tired a little late in the ballgame he gave his club every opportunity to win the contest. The Pope HS senior is a plus command and control hurler. He pitches off his running 84-85 mph fastball that was never thrown to the middle of the plate. His 12-to-6 breaking curveball was a sound pitch and kept hitters from bearing down on his fastball. His out-pitch, however, was his extremely deceptive and well thrown changeup that was clocked at 76-78 mph. His change was thrown with the same arm action and out of the same window as his active fastball. Many scouts in attendance were impressed with the grit and guile that Crabtree pitched with.

Two pitchers who are known more for their hitting prowess and work as position players toed the bump for Team Louisiana - Sheets. Brody Drost (2020, Sulphur, La.), who normally roams center field for his club, took the first turn on the hill. The Alfred M. Barbe HS senior is a power throwing lefty who pitches effectively off his 88-92 mph fastball that shows riding life at the dish. He also mixes in a commendable 70-72 mph curveball that shows consistent depth and a tumbling 83 mph changeup. Although a number of the pro scouts gathered behind the plate Saturday thinking that the LSU commit’s future is in the outfield and hitting in the middle of the Tigers’ batting order, the soon-to-be SEC player certainly turned in a valiant effort on the mound.

Another LSU commit took over on the mound in relief of Drost as Connor Simon (2021, Mandeville, La.), an outstanding middle infielder, turned in a sound effort. The 6-foot, 170-pound righty has some lightning in his arm. His fastball has surprising riding life and was consistently clocked in the 88-90 mph range. His heater appears to jump out of his hand and get on hitters before they can pull the trigger. He complemented his heater with a sharp, 12-to-6 breaking 71-72 mph curveball. The Saint Paul’s School junior pitches with high energy, great tempo and sound, repeatable mechanics.

– Jerry Miller

Heading into day three, pool play moved into crunch time as teams made final bids for pool wins and wild card spots. On Deck O’s 2020 impressed with a huge win over Chet Lemon’s Juice thanks to a quality performance by North Carolina commit Hayden Summers (2020, Greensboro, N.C.). Summers uses a teeter totter motion as his front side comes up into separation while his longer arm action reaches down and back. He then has to fire his front side down the hill quickly to get back on top of his high three-quarters slot. His arm his strong and his live fastball sits around 88-93 but has the ability to touch 95. He also mixes in a 12-to-6 curveball that possesses strong bite when thrown down in the zone with conviction, but he tends to slow his arm action down when trying to locate it over the plate for a strike. He primarily pitches with that two-pitch mix and he’s efficient when he’s able to stay on top and out in front.

In the same pool, Rawlings Arkansas Prospects-Platinum got a win behind Notre Dame commit Aidan Keenan (2020, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.). Keenan’s developing frame continues to strengthen along with his arm as he touched a new PG personal best of 90 mph with his fastball. The more his build continues to develop the scarier his stuff will become on the hill. His fastball possesses some natural arm-side run, especially when locating to his arm side. His best pitch remains to be his breaking ball, which is a plus-plus 12-to-6 curveball with a tight shape and sharp bite down as well as a spin rate of over 2500 RPM according to TrackMan. When he locates the breaking ball down its shape causes hitters to spit on it as it doesn’t stay in the zone long enough for hitters to bite. However, when Keenan starts the pitch just below the belt, it falls off the table with authority and feels like an unhittable pitch. His progression over this summer has to be encouraging for the Fighting Irish and he’ll be a fun prospect to see grow over the next few years.

Oklahoma State commit Marcus Brown (2020, Springdale, Ark.) also impressed despite only going 1-for-3 thanks to his present athleticism and highly regarded defensive tools. The No. 174 overall ranked 2020 prospect has soft hands with fantastic fluidity and rhythm with the baseball and he put his tools on display multiple times in the contest. In the fifth inning of the ballgame he made an excellent play ranging to his backhand side at short on a hard-hit baseball into the hole. In one fluid motion he was able to field, slide, spin and then stay on top of a solid throw across the diamond to get his man at first base. At the plate, he uses a narrow, upright and open stance with a low leg kick trigger. His hands stay quiet throughout his load and fire from the position they start in. He does a nice job of throwing his hands and shows strength into both gaps with an active lower half.

In the late morning, Northeastern commit Patrick Reilly (2020, Freehold, N.J.) caught scouts off guard when he came out and sat 94-96 mph in his first inning of work. Reilly has a large frame with a short arm action that comes up to a high three-quarters to over-the-top slot. He primarily used his power fastball in his outing and was dominant with it in the early going. His breaking ball is an 11-to-5 shaped curveball that shows good depth and bite when thrown across his body, but he rarely used the pitch in his outing. As his outing went on, Reilly’s velocity slowly began to dip, moving towards the low-90s in his third and fourth inning and sitting in the upper-80s in his sixth and final inning. It should be noted that he had to pitch through some rain towards the end of his outing. His size and his arm strength grew a large crowd of scouts in Baseball U’s 2-1 victory, and he’s now officially on the radar thanks to his performance.

Canes Prospects went a perfect 3-0 in pool play behind UCLA commit and potential JSerra ace Gage Jump (2021, Aliso Viejo, Calif.). Gage continues to mature and progress on the hill after missing a good portion of his sophomore season due to injury. His over-the-top slot creates natural arm-side run that seems to be increasing as his arm gets stronger. Back in May, Jump was sitting upper-80s while touching 90 mph and on Saturday he sat 89-91 while touching 93 mph. He’s still creating solid deception with how he hides the ball after separation and he seems to have more confidence in his secondary stuff with every appearance that he makes. Moreover, he’s starting to show more of an ability to manipulate his 12-to-6 breaking ball when he wants to, making it more of a 1-to-7 shaped pitch to lefthanders while dropping it off the table arm side to righthanders. Ranked No. 112 overall in the class of 2021, that mark now feels low with how he’s pitched and progressed this summer, and if the current trend continues, the Bruins will have to cross their fingers that he makes it to campus.

Illinois commit Zach Hise (2020, Joilet, Ill.) threw four perfect innings in Cangelosi Spark 2020’s second win of the tournament. Hise has a longer arm action from an over-the-top slot and his hands rise up in sync with his mid-leg lift before separating. His large 6-foot-5 physical frame highly projects to then next level. He sat 89-92 mph with his fastball and established it early in his outing, locating well to all four quadrants. He mixed in a plus 81 mph changeup that he turns over and sinks away from lefthanded hitters. He stuck with a two-pitch mix early in the ballgame then added a solid 10-to-4 shaped slider towards the back half of the second inning. The slider isn’t nearly as developed as his changeup, but still shows flashes of promise, and gives him a distinct third pitch. Hise did an excellent job of keeping hitters off balance and he’s definitely someone to keep an eye on heading into his senior year.

After struggling with his command in his first inning of work, Indiana commit Costa Sirounis (2020, Muster, Ind.) settled down by relying on his low 11-to-5 shaped slider. Right out of the gate, Sirounis touched 94 mph in the first then sat around 89-92 after settling down. He has a ton of confidence in his slider and was throwing it back-to-back-to-back to get himself out of trouble. He has a very large 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame and his fastball possess some solid downward angle thanks to his size and high three-quarters slot. Despite some command issues early he still flashed moments of brilliance, using his slider to set up his live fastball.

– Connor Spencer

MLB Breakthrough Series moved to the playoffs via a tie on Saturday morning with the Northeast Pride Scout Team by a score of 8-8. Chase Davis (2020, Elk Grove, Calif.) had an extremely loud day, with a bomb, a triple and a double along with four RBI and four runs scored, pacing the Breakthrough offense from the three-hole in the lineup, showing off the high-level hitting tools that helped make him a Perfect Game All-American this past summer. The athleticism and plus arm strength fit well in right field long-term and the offensive profile is an extremely loud one. There’s plus bat speed combined with impact strength, a direct path and consistent approach, giving him one of the better overall offensive upsides in the class to go along with the loud peripheral tools. Committed to Arizona, Davis will be among the highest follows in California next spring leading up to the draft.

Marquis Grissom Jr (2020, Atlanta, Ga.) got the start for Breakthrough, and while the command was spotty, he still showed high-end upside with a ton to like about the profile. Long and lean with extremely long limbs, Grissom is the picture of projection, with a ton of room to fill on the body moving forward. He ran his fastball up to 93 mph a handful of times, generating a good amount of plane to the plate from a higher three-quarters slot, showing the ability to run the ball in on the hands of righthanded hitters and miss bats up in the zone. His changeup is the best secondary, not quite on the level on Saturday as it has been previously, but still showing very good parachuting action with good arm speed and deception. He lands a breaking ball for strikes at times in the upper-70s, with some feel to spin the ball being present, projecting well to add a quality third pitch to his arsenal long term. Grissom is committed to Georgia Tech.

Luis Guerrero (2020, Miami, Fla.) got the start for the San Diego Padres Scout Team in their game Saturday morning, throwing well in what was ultimately a losing effort to the Canes Prospects club, who moved to 3-0 in a 2-1 victory and clinched the pool as a result. A physical righthander, Guerrero’s profile is built on arm strength, running his fastball up to 95 mph a handful of times and sitting in the 90-93 mph range, riding it up in the zone in on the hands of righthanded hitters with lots to like about the fastball quality. The slider worked in the 78-81 mph range for the most part with fringy tilt, playing well off the action of his fastball and landing it for strikes consistently.

The Braves Scout Team/Team Elite tied with MVP 0-0, going to a unique 0-0-3 record in this event, and got a tremendous pitching performance from Carter Holton (2021, Guyton, Ga.) on the mound, which has become the norm for the young lefthander. Holton punched out 10 en route to a six-inning shutout, scattering just three hits and walking no one, pounding the zone at a 72 percent clip. He ran his fastball up to 94 mph early, sitting in the 88-92 mph range throughout, generating an excellent combination of angle and life on the pitch that missed bats on its own. His feel for spin is tremendous as well, with both curveball and slider looks, with the curveball thrown more on a traditional 1-to-7 shape with good depth in the low-70s and the slider being the sharper, firmer bat-misser in the upper-70s. He also mixes in a changeup with solid action, giving him a full four-pitch mix with outstanding control. He’s a Vanderbilt commit who will have a lot of attention on the scouting circuit next summer.

It was really nice to see Drew Dowd (2020, Belmont, Calif.) pitch on Saturday afternoon, coming on in relief for Canes National in their tie with SWFL Nation. He picked up two outs in a big spot, striking out both hitters he was asked to face and looked impressive doing so. An athletic Stanford commit, Dowd worked up to 90 mph from the left side with steep angle from an extended high three-quarters slot, leveraging the ball downhill successfully and making it a tough pitch to get underneath. The curveball was a weapon, thrown in the upper-70s with power bite and 1-to-7 shape, a consistently solid average offering right now with projection for it to get to plus.

– Brian Sakowski

After not having pitched an event since Jupiter of last year, Alex Greene (2020, Edgewater, Md.) returned to the rubber for the Royals Scout Team in their game on Saturday morning looking like vintage Greene. The athletic righthander has a pretty good delivery that shows off his athleticism with good fluidity, direction and looseness throughout. There’s room to fill out and add strength and Greene sat in the 88-91 mph range with the fastball and showed pretty fair command of the pitch, working it to both corners with intent. The breaking ball showed some shape, though he had inconsistencies landing it, ranging from more of a curveball in the low-70s to a slider-shaped pitch in the upper-70s. The Virginia commit turned over a really nice changeup to strike out a lefthanded hitter that sunk right off the barrel at 83 mph and it was good to see Greene on the mound as he’s a talented two-way prospect overall.

The biggest blast for the Royals Scout Team came off the barrel of Kevin Karstetter (2020, State College, Pa.) as he took advantage of a hanging breaking ball to deposit the pitch way past the wall in left field. Karstetter, a Florida Atlantic commit, has a huge and physical frame at a listed 6-foot-3, 210-pounds. He looks like a professional baseball player now due to the physicality but that doesn’t really hinder his athleticism as he still moves well from side-to-side and looks both comfortable and like he’ll be able to be an asset at third base at the next level. The arm strength plays across the diamond and the power is a big selling point to the profile as he’s strong enough to hit balls a long way. His set up can get unorthodox at times but there’s significant bat speed and when he gets his hands out in front he can do damage like he did on Saturday.

Carter Jensen (2021, Kansas City, Mo.) has had a number of huge hits on only three games for the Royals Scout Team as he launched a walk-off home run on Friday while adding two more extra-base hits on Sunday which included a triple that made it to the base of the batter’s eye in center field. The Louisiana State commit is a strong and physical lefthanded hitter and he has clear power both to the pull side and middle of the field. There’s loft and length to the swing path and the ball really jumps off the barrel. As a power-hitting catcher there’s a lot to like from the profile and he’ll be one to follow next summer as he enters his draft year.

Popping up with some velocity during the middle time slots, Angel Gonzalez Martinez (2020, Corozal, Puerto Rico) came out firing 91-94 mph fastballs on relief. At 6-foot-1, 168-pounds, there’s room to add strength to the frame and Martinez has a fairly low effort operation. The arm stroke is compact through the back and he generates pretty good arm speed. What especially stands out about the fastball is the boring life that it creates when it moves in on righthanded hitters. Martinez broke a couple of bats and showed both a curveball at 70 mph and a changeup at 75 mph. The fastball and upside are the big draw here as Martinez has a lot of raw components and tools to be successful.

In what was one of the most impressive performances in Jupiter history, Masyn Winn (2020, Kingwood, Texas) impressed in almost every facet of the game. The Arkansas commit went 3-for-4 on the day with a triple, home run and a double that came after he fired three scoreless innings while sitting 95-98 mph. Winn is one of the best athletes in the class and he showed off that athleticism with a quick delivery down the arm and true 80 grade arm speed. It’s one of the fastest amateur arms and he averaged 96 mph on the heater as he blew fastballs by hitters on a routine basis. If the fastball wasn’t enough, Winn was working with a curveball that showed out as plus often during the game on Saturday. The pitch had late-biting action with power spin in the 78-81 mph range while showing spin rates of around 2900 RPM. Winn is an extremely exciting prospect, both on the mound and as a position player, and his performance on Saturday will certainly go down in the annals of Jupiter history.

– Vinnie Cervino

FTB Tucci 2020 first baseman and lefthanded pitcher Jac Caglianone (2021, Tampa, Fla.) is evolving into one of the top two-way prospects in the 2021 class. A young bodied 6-foot-4, 205-pound athlete with lots of projection remaining, Caglianone has had some big events this summer before Jupiter. The lefthanded hitter went 14-for-28 with three doubles and two home runs at the 16u WWBA National Championship and just last week hit a home run at Terry Park, which may be the hardest park in the country to hit a ball out of. He has a pair of 2-for-3 games thus far in Jupiter, including driving in three runs with a bases-loaded double in a 5-2 FTB Tucci win on Saturday. Caglianone has shown the ability to see the ball very well at the plate and bring two different swings into play. He takes a full power pull cut on pitches he recognizes he can drive, while also showing enough feel for his swing to shorten up for a higher contact cut. Caglianone has also not shown any hesitance in attacking lef hander’s pitches, virtually coming out of his shoes in one swing when he saw a hanging curveball from a southpaw, a pitch he fouled straight back.

Caglianone was listed as a first baseman only early in his PG career and only started pitching at PG events a year ago. He’s made quick progress and worked up to 90 mph in an efficient two-inning, 19-pitch outing Friday. The Florida commit has a well-paced and smooth delivery that projects plus command potential and the ball comes out of his hand easily way out front. He tended to slow and guide his 77 mph slider, but the pitch projects well with more repetitions with good spin and shape.

Team Elite 2020 Prime lefthander Camron Hill (2021, Fayetteville, Ga.) is a great learning lesson for young players and their parents all over the country. Hill came to the 2017 PG South Underclass Showcase as a very young 6-foot, 173-pound athlete. He topped out at 68 mph on the mound, ran an 8.69-second 60-yard dash and received a 6.5 PG grade from the event. Flash forward a bit over two years and Hill is a long-armed and still young-bodied 6-foot-4, 195-pound Georgia Tech commit who worked in the 84-87 mph range for the 3 1/3 innings, allowing one hit and striking out six. Hill still has to do some work to do with his delivery as his arm will be late at times, as he’s pretty crossbody at release and his release slot wanders on his breaking ball, but he’s extremely projectable and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him as a low-90s fastball, upper-70s slider guy in another year or two. The lesson here is obviously patience. Young athletes mature at different times and at different rates. Some will improve and some may not. Not everyone is going to gain close to 20 mph in two-plus years but it can happen. Just be patient and work hard through the process.

Padres Scout Team/ECB righthander Blake Money (2020, Spring Hill, Tenn.) not only threw an outstanding game against D-Bat Elite to help propel the Padres into the playoffs, it was also one of the most mature and polished outings of the championship. The 6-foot-7, 245-pound Louisiana State commit was in complete control for six innings, throwing 76 percent strikes and striking out eight while not walking a hitter. Money works with well controlled drop-and-drive mechanics which negate his height somewhat but gives him outstanding extension out front on release, making his 90-93 mph fastball play up in velocity. He threw three distinct secondary pitches in addition to his fastball, a 75-78 mph curveball that he could add and subtract from, plus two different changeups, one that had cutting action in the low-80s and the other that had fading action in the mid-70s. Most impressive was Money’s complete command of both sides of the plate. The strike zone was very much a “pro” zone, with a tighter outside corner than is often called at this level. Early in the game Money just missed on two consecutive pitches outside to a lefthanded hitter and visibly just shrugged his big shoulders and pumped a pair of high-octane fastballs waist high on the inside half to pick up a strikeout.

– David Rawnsley

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