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Freshman World Day 3 Scout Notes

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2019 WWBA Freshman World Championship: Event Page | Daily Leaders | Days 1-2 Scout Notes

In nearly every 14u/Freshman type tournament there’s a player or two who make that “next jump” in terms of development and it’s safe to say lefthander Tommy Roldan (2023, Poolesville, Md.) certainly did that Sunday afternoon. One of the top lefthanders in the class of 2023, Roldan checked in at No. 74 in the initial rankings and there’s a good chance he’ll be climbing in the next update.

Already pretty physical at 6-foot-1, 180-pounds, Roldan had consistently been up to 84 mph throughout the summer, a mark he rarely flashed on the radar gun over his first couple of innings for the Canes National 14u Team. There’s noticeably more fluidity to his delivery, as well as a consistency to his release point, allowing for nearly nothing but strikes early on while living in the 85-87 mph range, bumping an 88. Along with the arm speed, Roldan does a nice job of generating extension out front and running life to his heater with which he was able to miss and comfortably work to his arm side.

His curveball proved to be his go-to secondary and though he was inconsistent with his hand placement on the release of the pitch, his feel for the pitch developed nicely. Opening up in the upper-60s with more depth and 1-for-7 shape, Roldan’s breaker began showing more tilt and slider shape to it in the low-70s and went to it a handful of consecutive pitches early in the game. The overall progression of Roldan’s development in a few months span is more than noteworthy and the college recruiters in attendance certainly took notice.

You can search the entire tournament and you’ll be hard pressed to find a middle infield combo smoother than that of Ty Southisene (2024, Henderson, Nev.) and Jp Acosta (2023, Clovis, Calif.) of NCTB Prime.

Acosta manned the shortstop position throughout pool play and the uncommitted 5-foot-10, 150-pound lefthanded stick certainly stood out for his actions at the premium spot. It takes just a single ground ball for Acosta to put his actions on display, showing fluidity to his footwork and softness to his hands, making the plays look routine with confidence to drop slot and record the out. Overall, he didn’t fill up the stat sheet offensively, but he did show plenty of rhythm and looseness to his swing, creating extension out front with components that project very well as he continues to add physical strength.

His double play partner on the weekend was the 13u PG Select Festival alum Southisene, a primary shortstop who pulled second base duty and excelled as he had all summer. Don’t let his size fool you at 5-foot-6, 130-pounds as his instincts are plenty advanced and his ability to impact a game is evident. Like Acosta above, the footwork and glove skills stand out in a tournament where he’s one of the younger players, circling the ball well while showing a good internal clock in regards to how quickly he needs to get rid of the ball. One play in particular stood out Sunday afternoon as he received a feed from Acosta to start a double play and Southisene came across the bag, made the transfer and delivered a strike across his body all in one swift motion. Hitting anywhere atop the order for NCTB Prime, Southisene whips the barrel like a player much bigger than he and he shows the ability to already drive the ball the opposite way, twice picking up doubles into right field which showed nice carry off the barrel.

A young righthander pitcher already committed to the University of Louisville, Kyle Crow (2023, Fenton, Mich.) provided the Tri-State Arsenal Scout Team with the start they needed to propel his team into the next round of playoffs. Already pretty physical at 6-foot-3, 170-pounds with plenty of projection remaining, Crow managed to string together six consecutive zeros on the scoreboard against a talented Florida Hurricanes team. The future Cardinal opened the game living in the 80-83 mph range, showcasing a long and loose arm stroke through the back before running his fastball upwards of 85 mph in the middle frames proving he doesn’t only maintain his velocity but has more in the tank when needed. There’s plenty more velocity in the tank as he continues to incorporate his lower half into his drive down the mound and maintain better directionality through the ball, though the overall release itself is a low effort. He mixed in a low-70s curveball and found success with the pitch showing tilt to the pitch down in the zone.

Bailey Thorne (2024, Phenix City, Ala.) was detailed in the first day’s recap for his abilities on the mound, which he again showed on Sunday in the playoffs with a complete game effort, running his fastball up to 86 mph as part of a three-pitch mix. While he’s listed as a primary pitcher and has proven such with his performances, Thorne also swung the bat well in game one Sunday morning going 2-for-2 with a couple of barrels. His first at-bat proved to be his loudest contact as he turned on an elevated fastball and showed his strength with a home run that just snuck within the left field foul pole. Following up the long ball, Thorne again highlighted his strength to his pull side with a double over the left fielder’s head, helping him lead into Monday’s action with a .556 batting average.

Chad Falcon (2023, Stony Point, N.Y.) is listed as a primary lefthanded arm, standing 5-foot-10, 160-pounds, but it was with the stick that he made a loud and instant impact for GRIT Black during a quick first inning surge of offense. Hitting out of the three-hole, Falcon followed up two consecutive doubles to open the game with a triple of his own to quickly make it 2-0. While he isn’t fully developed physically just yet, Falcons did show present quickness to his hands as he was able to turn on a fastball that was up and in while showing enough strength as well to drive the ball just shy of the wall in right field.

Ashton Larson (2023, Overland Park, Kan.) may be listed as a primary lefthanded pitcher but the young bat out of Kansas impressed in the batter’s box, collecting six hits on the weekend while showcasing a hit tool that proved to play to all parts of the field. Athletic and projectable at 5-foot-11, 150-pounds, Larson was a key piece to the offense this weekend as he slapped the ball around the yard with a natural handle for the barrel as evidenced by his ability to successfully execute on a hit-and-run with a single through the six-hole in the playoffs. There’s also some juice to the profile as he doubled over the center fielder’s head in the team’s first game of the day, moving well around the bases.

Nick Martinez (2023, Nanuet, N.J.) is no stranger to Perfect Game events and he’s again performing at a high level for the Tri-State team, hitting .357 heading into Monday’s action. A physically built righthanded hitter, Martinez incorporates that strength well into his swing and found the barrel a few times in the Round of 32, first top-spinning a line drive single over the shortstop’s head, highlighting the strength in his hands to get enough behind the ball to pick up an RBI. He followed that knock up with another base hit down the third base line, his second two-hit game of the tournament.

Wesley Mendes (2023, Tampa, Fla.) is another bat who has swung it well for the Top Tier Roos, hitting out of the two-hole in the lineup while yielding consistent results. Mendes, a primary lefthanded pitcher, shows real two-way potential with a long and lean, highly projectable build and a loose righthanded stroke with which he shows a natural feel for the barrel. There’s fluidity to his path and he worked to the opposite field well with intent off the barrel while providing plenty of physical projection as well.

It was a very brief and quick look at lefthander Luke Dotson (2023, Lake City, Fla.) but it was an impressive one nonetheless as the upside is near limitless given his high-waisted and long-limbed 6-foot-3, 160-pound frame. Utilizing a high lead arm in his delivery, Dotson works to a higher three-quarters release point and does a nice job of getting on top of the ball consistently, finishing out front with big extension over his lower half. The fastball isn’t living in the upper-80s yet, though that may only be a matter of time given how cleanly the ball leaves his hand with steady plane to the lower third of the strike zone. He worked just two-thirds of an inning but he lived in the 80-83 mph range, mostly true in life, and the overall operation makes it very easy to envision a big jump in the near future. Dotson only threw one breaking ball but he was able to land to get a swing-and-a-miss on the 70 mph pitch showing short bite and 1-for-7 shape down in the zone.

Like Dotson above, righthander Spencer Butt (2023, Davie, Fla.) didn’t have the longest of outings on the mound but what his right arm was able to produce more than stood out Sunday afternoon. Listed as a primary shortstop who was detailed earlier for his abilities with the bat, Butt threw the final two innings for the Elite Squad and offers plenty of upside given the overall looseness and fluidity of his arm stroke. While he isn’t the most physical at 5-foot-9, 140-pounds, don’t sleep on what he’s able to produce as he sat in the 85-87 mph range in his first inning of work with the ball jumping out of his hand while generating short life to his arm side. He did well in living down in the zone with his heater, a pitch he mostly worked off of, though he did snap off a couple of breaking balls in the low-70s with 11-to-5 shape.

Daniel Cuvet (2023, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) is a physical righthanded bat who we’ll be seeing a lot of over the next couple of years as he’s younger for the 2023 class and is already creating plenty of loud contact off the barrel. Already standing at 6-foot-3, 187-pounds, Cuvet knows how to incorporate that strength with a short, direct path to the ball while showing the ability to drive the ball to all parts of the field. The first of his two doubles game to the opposite field, showing the type of carry off the barrel you don’t typically find at this age while swinging wood before turning on his second two-bagger to left field with plenty of jump and impact at the point of contract. He also pitched early in the game for a quick inning and ran his fastball up to 85 mph in his lone inning of work.

Already ranked No. 97 in the initial class of 2023 rankings, shortstop Griffin Mills (2023, Califon, N.J.) showed his two-way ability once again for the Diamond Jacks Super 15, running his fastball up to 85 mph earlier in the tournament while putting his righthanded swing on display later on. Facing off against the Top Tier Roos, Mills connected for one of the louder pieces of contact on the day and showed quickness to his hands while generating separation, getting extended out front on a fastball for a line drive home run that jumped off the bat and had a chance from the moment it left his bat.

– Jheremy Brown

Diego Ramos (2023, Vian, Okla.) woke everyone up in the morning hour of playoff action topping out at 84 mph with his fastball. Ramos is listed at 6-foot-1, 155-pounds, but appears taller than that at an ultra-projectable and more believable 6-foot-3 height. The righthander has a very loose arm with a clean release as well. Ramos gets downhill with his delivery creating a steep plane with his low-80s heater. The pitch comes out of his hand as it rides to the plate with arm-side life down and in to righthanded hitters. The Oklahoma native had to work around some command troubles but still showed outstanding further potential as a pitcher. Ramos is an uncommitted talent who uses a slightly closed off delivery and loose arm stroke to mix pitches and vary speeds well. The low-80s fastball is what he pitches off of mixing in a fading low-70s changeup that projects really well also. Ramos has an incredibly high ceiling especially as he continues to develop a breaking ball into his repertoire.

Traveling from the Bahamas to South Florida to play for Elite Squad, Paris Johnson (2023, Nassau, Bahamas) put on an impressive performance at the plate and in terms of long-term projection. The outfielder stands at an ideal 6-foot-2, 185-pounds with plenty of room to fill physically. The righthanded batter barreled a baseball in Elite Squad’s morning game that traveled well over the left fielder’s head for a double. Johnson’s swing is extremely fluid and easy with real jump off of the barrel. The power potential is immense and will only continue to unlock as he adds strength to his frame.

Six-foot-6 hurler Bryce Eldridge (2023, Vienna, Va.) had many college coaches looking on as he toed the rubber in what became the game of the day on the Nationals quad at FITTeam Ballpark. A 2019 14u PG Select Festival participant, Eldridge, oozes projection with all the components of his game on the mound. The delivery, frame, upper-80s fastball and feel to spin are worthy of following closely for top Division I programs throughout the country. Eldridge already throws plenty of strikes as well. He only walked a pair of hitters in 4 1/3 innings of work while striking out six. Eldridge works primarily to the lower third of the strike zone with a fastball up to 88 mph with sinking life and a big 11-to-5 curveball with depth and developing spin. The lanky righthander creates steep plane from a loose arm action and a low effort delivery. Coming to South Florida from the state of Virginia, Eldridge had a chance to showcase his craft at the WWBA Freshman World Championships while leading many to believe that there is plenty more velocity in the tank in the years to come.

Opposing Eldridge on the bump for USA Prime National, Brennan Greer (2023, San Antonio, Texas) is a really impressive arm out of Texas with an advanced feel to spin a breaking ball. Greer not only has a very sharp 12-to-6 curveball, but he also is able to generate mid-80s fastball up to 85 mph from the windup while dipping slightly from the stretch. The righty has a clean arm action that really works and is only going to continue to throw harder in due time with additional strength. The arm speed projects and the ball is released cleanly to the plate. The curveball is the real weapon with Greer as it has advanced tightness to it and he has the ability to land it to the bottom of the zone with sharp downward shape to it. Greer turned in an outstanding start tossing four innings with five strikeouts only allowing two hits and a walk.

One of the many committed players in the matchup between USA Prime National and Team Elite Prime worked in relief for USA Prime in Alabama commit Walter Ford (2023, Pace, Fla.). Ford, a 14u PG Select Festival member, touched 89 mph with his fastball tying the mark with a pair of others as the hardest fastball during playoff day of the Freshman World Championship. Ford has a lethal two-pitch combination for his age sitting in the upper-80s with outstanding life to his fastball and a sharp slider in the upper-70s. Ford showed solid control of his pitches working to both sides of the plate with both the primary fastball and secondary slider. Ford has a unique delivery with deception making him a tough at-bat for opposing hitters. Ford has a low release point to his pitches especially given his 6-foot-1 height. That being said it makes the fastball look that much more lively as it appears to have a rising effect. The Florida Panhandle native is a really promising young pitcher with tremendous upside moving forward in his high school career.

Hiro Wyatt (2023, Westport, Conn.) ultimately earned the win for Team Elite Prime in a 1-0 victory as he came in relief and was untouchable out of the bullpen. Wyatt’s fastball topped out at 89 mph in his first two-thirds of an inning before settling in at 85-88 mph with a frisbee slider. Wyatt has a unique delivery with plenty of wrap to his arm action and deception to his operation. With that deception, Wyatt adds an immense amount of life to his fastball as well. Opposing hitters could not put solid wood on his pitches as he induced weak contact throughout his relief appearance and did not allow a base hit either. Wyatt was really impressive in this look mixing in a 73-75 mph slider with tightness to tally up a trio of strikeouts.

Jerson Martin (2023, Norman, Okla.) looked like the hero in the first-round playoff game between his USA Prime National team and Team Elite Prime. Starting in left field for USA Prime National, Martin gunned down what would have been the go-ahead runner at the plate with a strong and accurate throw from his position. Martin charged the ball well and released it out in front with plenty of zip. Later in the day over on Nationals 2, Martin got the nod behind the plate at his primary catching position. Martin has lots of promise defensively as a young backstop with quickness to his actions and a strong arm. Martin was able to post a 2.15-second pop time in game action really showcasing his clean transfer and the quickness to his release coming out of his crouch.

Cade Townsend (2024, Aliso Viejo, Calif.) was a pleasant surprise Saturday night as he was able to give a glimpse of the extremely advanced arm strength that he has behind the plate as a catcher. On Sunday, Townsend hopped on the mound in relief for BPA, and although the box score may not indicate the best results for the 2024 graduate, the fact that he is already able to generate upper-80s velocity is certainly noteworthy. Pitching in his first Perfect Game event making the trip from Aliso Viejo, Calif. to West Palm Beach, Fla., Townsend displayed a working arm with good extension out in front and an online delivery. The youthfulness of Townsend is certainly of note as he is still just 14-years old. Townsend did find a fair amount of bats from his opposition, but as an eighth grader an 83-87 mph fastball truly is an impressive talent.

Nolan Stevens (2023, Elk Grove, Calif.) is another California native who had a very loud tournament, profiled in the Day 1-2 scout recap for his work with the bat and now with what he is capable of on the mound. The lefthander has a mostly compact arm action that allows him to hide the ball well through the back before releasing from a three-quarters arm slot. He stays mostly inline to the plate with a slightly closed front toe at landing at times on his pitches. The fastball reached 89 mph in this look from the left side while sitting in the 83-87 mph range continually from the windup. The velocity from the stretch does dip but he is still a pitcher to follow closely. Stevens had the opportunity to showcase his craft against a loaded USA Prime National lineup who did time him up, but Stevens did a nice job of working around trouble and pitching his team out of jams. The fastball was complemented by a big, sweeping 1-to-7 curveball that he did not show all that often. The fastball, as well as the the delivery, certainly have potential with the proper work and development.

Brex Caldwell (2024, Red Oak, Okla.) had the opportunity to be a participant of the inaugural 13u PG Select Festival in his home state of Oklahoma. The 2024 graduate is a physically advanced 6-foot-2, 215-pound righthanded pitcher whose fastball already ranges from 81-84 mph. On top of having advanced velocity for his age, Caldwell already has three pitches at his disposal as well. The righthander pitches to the bottom of the strike zone effectively creating a steep downhill plane on his fastball coming from an over-the-top arm slot. When down in the zone with his fastball the pitch has life to it to his arm side. The breaking ball he offers is a curveball with sharp break out of his hand while he also flashed a changeup at 74 mph. Caldwell has plenty of time to continue to showcase his pitching ability as he is still in eighth grade.

Nikolas Sanders (2023, Waco, Texas) had a bit of a slow tournament to start out offensively but in his USA Prime National team’s final game Sunday he really got hot quickly connecting on not one, but two ground-rule doubles. It was an impressive stroke for a 14-year old who really showed the true power potential he has in his righthanded swing. The swing really projects with continued strength gains as he already has outstanding bat speed and juice in his stroke. The strength at impact already is impressive for the primary catcher who is outstanding defensively as well. There is present lift to his swing path as he is able to generate plenty of whip to the barrel through the hitting zone. Sanders has a confident approach at the plate and is going to continue to be a power threat every time he steps in the box.

– Greg Gerard

With an already stellar weekend, Zion Rose (2023 Chicago, Ill.) continued to mash baseballs on Sunday. The Louisville commit has a very mature build with physicality throughout. His toolset is one of the top in the country as he is ranked No. 18 overall in the current PG rankings. The former 13u PG Select Festival participant got it going early as he let an outer-half fastball get deep and drove it to right. In his very next at-bat he turned on a pitch lifting it over the left fielder’s head for a double. He also knocked in three runs on this bracket play Sunday. He ended the event hitting .429 as he continuously made loud contact.

Canes National ran out two big arms during bracket play as Zane Brockman (2023 Bessemer City, N.C.) got the start in the first one. The lean, projectable righthanded pitcher flashed a fluid arm action as he went on to pound the strike zone working both sides of the plate. With a full arm action, he ran his fastball up to 84 mph and sat in the low-80s. His curveball proved to be a swing-and-miss pitch as well in the upper-60s while having the confidence and feel to double it up on occasion. He ended his five-inning outing with 10 punchouts while only giving up one hit in a complete game as he picked up the win to push his team to the next round.

In the next round Hayden Thomas (2023 Lexington, S.C.) took the bump for Canes National and impressed early. The southpaw showed signs of command issues early during his outing but quickly settled into a groove. Thomas has a whippy arm action proving to have much more in the tank down the road as he has room to fill out his frame in the future. He tunneled both of his pitches well as he showed it was tough to pick up out of the hand for opposing hitters. His fastball sat in the low- to mid-80s, topping out at 86 mph while mixing in a nasty 1-to-7 curveball that he has advanced feel for. The uncommitted lefty proved he could change eye levels as well as he went high with the fastball and then buried the breaking ball, getting some ugly swings-and-misses in the process. Thomas will be a young name to keep in mind as he is currently ranked 98th in the overall rankings for the 2023 class and he shows signs of making big strides in the future.

Ethan Gibson (2023 Abingdon, Va.) proved to be one of the top two-way guys in the event this weekend, and although his numbers were not elite, he had a plethora of loud outs. He proved he could spray the baseball on a line all over the park as well as swing it for power as he had a few loud, long fly balls to center field during bracket play. Gibson flashed plus bat speed at the dish as he squared up the baseball on a consistent basis. He also showed well on the bump as the righthanded pitcher got the start against a stout Team Georgia team in bracket play. The righty flashed a fast arm as he worked with easy, repeatable mechanics. His fastball sat in the low- to mid-80s topping out at 85 mph. He mixed in a curveball as well showing 10-to-5 movement as well as tight spin.

Duke commit AJ Gracia (2023 Monroe, N.J.) had a great day both at the dish and on the mound as the lefthanded hitter played a huge part in pushing his Tri State Arsenal squad to the final four. He is hitting .500 with three extra-base hits including a home run that he hit late in Sunday’s action. The smooth swinging lefty also proved to have an excellent approach as he hammered an off-speed pitch back up the middle for a single in his very next at-bat. He also dominated on the mound as the lefthanded pitcher put his lanky frame to good use as he pounded the lower half of the strike zone. He ran his fastball up to 86 mph before settling down into the 80-84 range. He also flashed a nasty slider that he showed advanced feel for.

Another Tri State Arsenal squad member, Zach Wadas (2023 Phoenix, Ariz.), also hammered the baseball late in bracket play. The 48th-ranked overall prospect from the 2023 class flashed an extra-large frame with a physical presence. At the plate, the lefthanded hitter took a middle-in pitch and drove it into the gap as he knocked in a run. Keep a close eye on him as he cleans up his approach and continues to physically fill out that big frame.

Gavin Gallaher (2023 Apex, N.C.) made a late splash onto the scene during bracket play. The fast-twitch type shortstop proved to be a defensive specialist with a bat to go with it. Gallaher flashed signs of a great first step while showing range both ways and a strong arm to go with it. He has great feel at shortstop while displaying a high IQ. The righthanded hitter also had a good week at the dish as he hit .333. During the late action on Sunday, he got a bit cuffed on an inside pitch but showed great hand strength getting the barrel out just in time as he drove it down the line for a ground-rule double that bounced off the pole. His baserunning also proved to be an asset as he was extremely aggressive taking extra bags whenever possible creating opportunities for his squad. He scored four runs himself and also knocked in three.

– Drew Wesolowski

James Hays (2023, Hawkinsville, Ga.) got it done on both sides of the ball Sunday for the talented 5 Star National 2023 Dobbs team as they won a trio of games and a berth in the semifinals on Monday morning. At the plate, Hays finished the day a sound 4-for-8, including a pair of walks and he came around to score three times, hitting from the two-spot in the lineup. There is easy physical projection from the 6-foot-1 frame with some physicality yet room to fill at present. The swing has a direct path to the ball with good separation from the body and the ability to create solid contact to all fields.

On the mound is where Hays made his presence known to coaches in attendance as he worked five innings of one-run baseball, allowing just three hits and no walks, while striking out six. There is sky-high projection here with the ease in which Hays works as he operates very smoothly and gets down the mound well. The arm is very clean coming through a high three-quarters slot that generates good plane to the fastball with occasional run to the arm side. He held strong at 84-86 mph throughout most of the outing, bumping multiple 87s in the first inning. Hays has good feel to spin a mid-70s curveball that showed late downward bite and generated consistent weak contact. The projection is outstanding here for the uncommitted righthander and he will be one of the class’s most intriguing follows as he continues to tap into the sky-high potential.

Dillon Lester (2023, Baytown, Texas) had a loud day at the plate in a very exciting matchup with the loaded USA Prime National 15u team, finishing a perfect 3-for-3, barreling the baseball in all three at-bats for a pair of singles and a double. The pure physicality and violence created in the swing stands out at an extremely high level as he contains some of the best pure bat speed in the entire class. The ability to hit and handle some of the best arms in the class was put on display as he succeeded against a pair of mid-80s arms in this look. It is easy to dream on the kind of power projection that can come here given the strength at contact that he already possesses at present. Lester also showed outstanding tools behind the plate as he handled a pair of upper-80s arms with relative ease, receiving at an advanced level and showing off strong catch-and-throw skills by back-picking the would-be go-ahead run off of second base in the fifth inning.

Gavin Grahovac (2023, Orange, Calif.) showed plenty of intrigue here on the East Coast with his physical and projectable frame as an athletic catcher with high offensive upside. At 6-foot, 165-pounds, Grahovac has a lot to work with moving forward as he fills into a frame that looks to hold a ton of strength throughout. At the plate, he has strong hands that generate good bat speed with some natural loft in the swing to the pull side. He made plenty of hard contact throughout the weekend, but unfortunately found the glove of an outfielder many times. Behind the plate, he is very sound mechanically with lower half athleticism at present that greatly enhances his ability to receive as well as his catch-and-throw skills.

Kaleb Johnson (2023, Newington, Ga.) got the chance for extended work Sunday and made the most of it, tossing seven innings of one-run baseball, scattering six hits and no walks while striking out six. As stated in the scout notes from the one-inning look at Johnson, the operation is extremely smooth with a low-effort delivery that produced a fastball up to 82 mph in this look. He showed a breaking ball in the form of a loose downward breaking curveball with good depth that should develop into a nice pitch as he continues to develop feel for landing it down in the zone.

Daniel Parris (2023, Knoxville, Tenn.) got the start in the second round of the playoffs as he tossed three innings of one-run baseball. The 6-foot, 155-pound righthander has plenty of intrigue with a developing three-pitch mix that showcased a fastball up to 85 mph complemented by an upper-60s curveball and a mid-70s changeup. There is some twitchiness to the delivery with definite athleticism that projects well to a continued rise on the velocity side as he fills into the frame. The fastball showed a good amount of arm-side run as he worked to the inner half and generated pretty regular weak contact. The curveball was loose with some late, hard downward bite, but is still developing in the feel to command it on a regular basis.

Collin Lindsey (2023, Westfield, Ind.) showed well in his three playoff games, going 3-for-6 at the plate while also showing some sound tools behind the dish. The 5-foot-11, 177-pound catcher has some physicality to him at present, showcasing the strength in the form of a pull-side gap double early on an elevated fastball. The swing is direct with a line drive path, and although he showed some stiffness in the wrists, he stays on plane nicely through contact. Behind the plate, Lindsey showed developed catch-and-throw skills as he gained ground nicely and made a strong, accurate throw to easily cut down a runner at second.

– Tyler Russo

Noah Greenseid (2023, Coral Springs, Fla.) started on the mound for X Team 2023. He kept a smooth and online delivery with good extension out front using his 6-foot-2 frame. He used a three-pitch mix that included his fastball that topped out at 80 mph and flashed a curveball at 67 mph with a developing changeup at 71 mph. Greenseid would later move to shortstop and showed to be an advanced defender with solid actions and very good arm strength with accurate, online throws. At the plate, he added a double down the right field line that scored two runs. Greenseid is a player to keep an eye on as he continues to grow and mature as a two-way player.

Dylan Kelly (2023, Sanford, N.C.)  is a large-framed prospect with a simple and easy swing. He uses a middle-of-the-field approach during his at-bats and showcased that by hitting and RBI single to center field in his first plate appearance of the day. In his second at-bat he nearly missed a double that was stopped by a great diving play down the third base line. He has quick hands and a feel for the barrel and should continue to develop more power as he matures. Kelly, who has a lot to offer, is a prospect to keep watch on over his high school career.

Aiden Milburn (2023, Baldwinsville, N.Y.) The 6-foot righthander threw from a high three-quarters arm slot and worked his 77-80 fastball with late, heavy run which he pounded in hard to righthanded hitters. He mixed in a mid-60s slider that had 11-to-5 break keeping hitters honest. Milburn, who is uncommitted, has a large frame with room to grow and fill out as he matures and will have a chance to make an impact at the next level once he graduates from Baker High School.

Julian Garcia (2023, Margette, Fla) lived off his fastball on the mound that was in the low-80s, which he was able to locate to all both sides, and he threw from a high three-quarters arm slot and got downhill. The arm works well with clean and smooth actions with a delivery that had some effort.  At the plate, he showcased some pop to his pull side with above average bat speed. He likes to get around the baseball and drove all his hits to his pull side. With slight adjustments to his swing, and an added middle-of-the-field approach, Garcia will be a prospect that should continue to develop over the next four years at Academic High School with a chance to play at the next level.

– Andrew Jenkins

Andrew Duncan (2023, Tampa, Fla.) was electric in a relief appearance on the mound Sunday, striking out the side in a quick, one-inning show of what is to come. Duncan allowed just one walk on Sunday, and the righthander has the ability to throw two quality pitches for strikes.

With an athletic frame that has plenty of room to fill out and add strength, Duncan has a clean operation down the mound with excellent arm speed from a high three-quarters slot. Duncan used a majority of fastballs on Sunday, running it up to 85 mph and showing the ability to locate to both sides of the plate. Though the fastball was in fact the dominant pitch in his outing, Duncan also showed developing feel to spin a curveball with 11-to-5 shape and big depth at 71-73 mph. With so much athleticism and a clean arm path, Duncan projects for more as he continues to mature physically.

Vince Spina (2023, Absecon, N.J.) had a strong day out of the six-hole for the South Jersey Sand Sharks Hayes on Sunday, finishing 2-for-2 with a loud double. Spina would add a single in his second trip to the plate, showing a pull-side approach with strong hands through contact. The primary catcher has a lot of present strength in the 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame, and does an excellent job of using that strength to drive the baseball. While the actions defensively have plenty of room to grow and develop, the New Jersey native receives well and shows some present arm strength on throws down to second.

Taylor Burdon (2023, Winter Haven, Fla.) had a strong day at the plate for Midland Southeast 2023, going 3-for-3 and driving in a run. Burdon stood out on Sunday for his ability to use all fields and his single the opposite way was one of the more impressive swings on the day. Burdon has a quick and direct path to contact, showing an ability to impact the ball consistently. Burdon has a tall and slender frame and the time to add strength which should allow him to turn singles into extra-base hits as the frame matures.

Tyler Zedalis (2023, Charlotte, N.C.) does a lot of different things that stand out on the baseball field, playing a solid shortstop and driving the baseball well on Sunday. Zedalis has an athletic frame at 6-foot, 170-pounds and he does an excellent job of working through the baseball before delivering strong throws across the diamond. Zedalis starts from an upright and even stance at the plate, using a hanging leg lift to close the gap and fire his hips at the point of contact. The North Carolina native comes to the plate with a clear approach, looking to find the barrel out front and drive the ball to the pull side. Zedalis put forward his best swing of the day on a double down the left field line, getting his hands to the ball with present bat speed and a direct path to contact.

Playing shortstop in the opposite dugout of Zedalis was Ashton Nugent (2023, Jacksonville, Fla.). Nugent put a couple of really excellent swings on the ball Sunday, providing a spark in the middle of the order for his FTB squad. Nugent finished Sunday’s contest 1-for-1, tallying a sacrifice fly and a walk in his other two at-bats. Nugent’s most impressive swing came in his third at-bat, staying with an outside pitch and showing excellent barrel control to drive a ball deep to the left-center field gap. Nugent has a fluid swing from the left side of the plate as the Florida native really does an excellent job of generating loft and driving the ball to all fields. As the frame continues to develop and the offensive approach continues to mature Nugent should continue to make strides. Defensively, Nugent flashed good range to both the glove side and backhand on Sunday, playing through the ball well and making true throws across the diamond. Listed at just 5-foot-11, 155-pounds, Nugent plays bigger up the middle and is also projectable at third base.

Miguel Elias Villar Medina (2023, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) was a bright spot in the order for SBO Florida on Sunday, showing an ability to work deep into counts and make adjustments to drive the ball. The primary outfielder has an easy swing from the right side of the plate, looking to impact the ball with each swing. At just 5-foot-11, 145-pounds, Villar Medina has the room in what is a projectable frame to fill out and add strength. The native of the Dominican Republic finished game one Sunday 2-for-2, highlighted by a rocketed single into left field.

Tyler Parks (2023, Asheboro, N.C.) put together a strong start for the Dirtbag Chin Music on Sunday, allowing just three hits and striking out five over three innings of work. Parks attacked hitters with a fastball in the low-80s on Sunday, topping at 83 mph. Though the fastball was his best pitch in this outing, Parks does have developing feel to spin a big breaking ball in the low-60s. While Parks was electric on the mound, the righthander also added a 2-for-4 day at the plate. Parks has an overall feel for the game that you like to see at this age and it will interesting to watch him continue to develop.

– Nate Schweers

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