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Organizational Report: FTB

Jered Goodwin        
Photo: FTB (Perfect Game)
Hometown: Kissimmee, Fla.
College Commitments: 1151
PG Championships: 139
Drafted Players: 316
MLB Debuted Players: 42

Owner: George Gonzalez 
Website: www.ftbteams.com
Twitter: @ftbteams 
Email: ftbshowcase@yahoo.com 
Instagram: @ftb17

2020 Uncommitted Prospects 
Andrew Sieczkowski: Projectable frame, upper-80s velocity & loose lefthanded swing
Austin Johnson: Physical lefthanded hitter, short & powerful stroke; receives well behind the plate w/ quick release
Steven Andrews: Tall & wiry, quick arm that is already showing mid-80s velocity, excellent all summer
Diego Clariot: Smooth infield actions & the bat plays 
Danny Holmes: Tall & strong frame, mid-80s w/ more to come; good upside
Aiden Maloney: Athletic backstop w/ lots of room to add strength
Dylan Michaud: Strong frame, juice in the lefthanded, best days are ahead of him
Gavin Ragona: Athletic frame, very good bat-to-ball skills, middle approach & good strike zone discipline

2021 Breakout Potential
Frank Micallef
Santino Rao
Bobby Boser
Sebastian Burgos
Keagan Perez
Bobby Christy
Joseph Montalvo


2022 Breakout Potential 
Anthony Saleeba
Christian Soto
Stewart Puckett
Cameron King
Japhet A. Rosado 
Rafael Betancourt Jr
Cadmiel Pompa 
Omar Lopez
Kyle Mueller
Hector Casanova
Lou Paolillo
Drake Flowers
Austin Fawley
Elijah Dukes
Kyson Witherspoon
Malachi Witherspoon

2023 Follow List
Ceph Christie
Kaiden Perez
Tugg Hollandsworth
Alex Brazer
John Martinez
Logan Chapman
Devin Parks
Jalan Gordon
Andrew Merchant
Matthew Davis
Sean Collins

2024 Follow List
Adonys Velez
Schuyler Sandford
Jose Perdomo

History
FTB was formed in the fall of 2008 when Team Mizuno combined with the Central Florida Black Racers to create the powerhouse we know today. The first summer started with two teams, one at each of the 16u and 17u level. Owner George Gonzalez pushed to build rosters from coast-to-coast within two years, showing up to Jupiter in 2010 with a roster including prospects from California, New York, Illinois, Texas, Virginia, the Virgin Islands, and its normal elite group of Florida prospects. In the early years, Gonzalez always looked to build a roster with a chance to win the WWBA National Championship in the summer, and then reload to try and build a roster with a chance to win the WWBA World World Championship (Jupiter).  Since 2010, FTB has produced twenty-eight first round draft picks and at least one member of its alumni drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft for ten consecutive years. The most recent was Riley Greene who was selected 5th overall by the Detroit Tigers in the 2019 MLB draft. FTB boasts nine MLB All-Star selections, five World Series Champions, and a Rookie of the Year award winner. Fun facts: To start the summer of 2009, FTB’s starting first baseman was Blake Bortles and with Jeff Driskel starting in centerfield; both have since gone on to start games in the NFL at quarterback. Driskel was also drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 29th round of the 2013 MLB draft. Philadelphia Phillies Manager, Joe Girardi, coached FTB teams during the summers of 2018 and 2019 while Austin Chubb is now the High-A Manager for Rancho Cucamonga, a Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate and Clay Middleton is a catching coach in the Texas Rangers organization-both played for FTB during their high school days.         

Top Historical Highlights
-2013 18U BCS Champions 
-2015 WWBA Underclass World Championship
-2016 WWBA National Championship

“The 2016 Championship at the WWBA National Championship will always hold a special place in my heart. After runner-up finishes three times before (two of which came in walk-off fashion), the perseverance shown by the FTB coaches, players, and parents to continue to attack challenges head-on is what I am most proud of. It’s easy to come so close, so many times, to just fold.  All members of the organization used those close losses to learn and work even harder. It still brings a smile to my face. To be around such high character young men all the time is what FTB is all about. That long Championship Day will always go down as one of the best days of my FTB life.” -FTB Owner George Gonzalez  

2019 Scouting Highlight
“Perfect Game All-American Brandon Fields was driving back and forth from Orlando to Jupiter during the WWBA World Championships to take care of his responsibilities on the gridiron. After a casual Friday night when Fields ran for 170-yards and scored two touchdowns, he hopped in the car first thing on Saturday morning to join his team at the WWBA. He made a sensational running catch to save extra bases early in the game and to cap off the day the powerfully built righthanded hitter connected for one of the longest home runs we witnessed during the event. No one would have blamed Fields if he skipped out on Jupiter, as most football player tend to do, but he came, competed and he absolutely helped himself by showing up and finishing up his great Perfect Game career in spectacular fashion.”  

What are we looking forward to scouting during the summer of 2020?
“There is a lot to look forward to after checking out FTB’s listed summer rosters, especially at the 17u and 16u levels. The 17u line up already features top 100 players in outfielder Jay Allen, catcher Jayden Melendez, and outfielder Victor Rodriguez as well as two-way stars Michael Braswell, Jac Caglianone and Edwin Arroyo.  Then there is Chase Petty and Termarr Johnson who are expected to join the team at the WWBA. Anthony Ursitti, Cameron Clines and Ethan Wood all sit right outside of the top-100 and have the type of upside to make enormous jumps. Treylen "TJ" White and Matthew Prevesk have as much upside as most outfielders in the country and will join Allen and Rodriguez in the outfield. Fisher Jameson, Raul Diaz Jr., Braden Calise, Corey Braun, Reece Soper, and Trenten Caples are all uncommitted and should find homes at excellent D-1 schools. Lastly with the 17u group, Dominic Scavone was having a monster spring before shutdown and will be watched closely this summer as well. A 16u outfield with Elijah Green, Mason Neville, and DeAmez Ross is as dynamic as it gets at that level. A middle infield of JeanPierre Ortiz and Titan Kamaka should rival the outfield in prospect status. Simon Kohn and Yoel Tejeda Jr team with Luke Heyman to add power to what looks like a fierce middle of the order. The pitching staff will be anchored by a good blend of both righties and lefties with some big time upside arms like Chandler Dorsey, Jamie Arnold, Davion Hickson, Ryan Denison, Drew Hunt, Treyson Green, and Joe King, all of whom will be must follows each time they are on the bump.”    



Historical Scouting Notes
“In a lot of ways, the #1 scouting memory should be when Jose Fernandez toed the rubber against the Dallas Patriots. The Patriots had future MLB arm John Curtiss on the mound and MLB All-Stars Josh Bell and Trevor Story in the lineup. Fernandez had Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez, Daniel Vogelbach, and Jesse Winker playing behind him, among others. A telling story of the type of prospects that are on rosters when competing at the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter. An even more telling, and seemingly forgotten scouting story for FTB, occurred the next year at the same event. FTB had both its Jupiter teams square off in the Elite Eight under the bright lights in Jupiter.  FTB’s “second team”, Central FL PG Royal, came away with the 5-3 win over the Cardinals Scout Team/FTB Mizuno. The Cardinals outfield that evening consisted of David Dahl, Albert Almora and Jesse Winker, with Alex Bregman playing shortstop and Tomas Nido behind the plate. All are now current rostered players in the MLB. Three pitchers threw for the FTB Cardinals that night; Zach Eflin started with Yency Almonte and Robert Whalen throwing in relief, all three have made their MLB debuts. Not to be outdone, Central FL PG Royal had Christian Arroyo playing shortstop and Edwin Rios playing right field. Joe Jimenez pitched them into the round of eight as he won the Sweet-16 game earlier that day. All three have made their MLB debuts respectively. In all, FTB flexed deep rosters in both dugouts with a mind-blowing thirty-seven future draft picks between the two. The game featured eleven future MLB players (to date) with seven going in the first round. It was a one stop shop for scouts and recruiters that night and really showed the strength of where the FTB organization had grown to be.” 



FTB All-Time lineup

 

Name

Position

1

Francisco LindorPlayed for FTB from 2009-2010, WWBA MVP for FTB in 2010, PG All-American, #4 ranked prospect in 2011, 4-time All-Star for the Cleveland Indians.

6

2

Bo BichettePlayed for FTB from 2013-2015, #32 ranked prospect in 2016, MLB debut in 2019 for the Toronto Blue Jays.

4

3

Javier BaezPlayed for FTB in Jupiter in 2010, #9 ranked prospect in 2011, 2-time All-Star and World Series Champion for the Chicago Cubs.

DH

4

Daniel VogelbachPlayed for FTB all of 2010, #39 ranked prospect in 2011, 2019 All Star for the Seattle Mariners in 2019.

3

5

Alex BregmanPlayed for FTB in Jupiter in 2011, PG All-American, #42 ranked prospect in 2012, 2 time All-Star, AS-game MVP, World Series Champion for the Houston Astros.

5

6

David DahlPlayed for FTB in Jupiter in 2011, PG All-American, #8 ranked prospect in 2012, 2019 All-Star for the Colorado Rockies.

9

7

Jesse WinkerPlayed for FTB from 2009-2011, #15 ranked prospect in 2012, PG All-American, MLB debut in 2017 for the Cincinnati Reds.

7

8

Oscar MercadoPlayed for FTB in the summer of 2012, MVP and Memorial Day classic Champion for FTB, PG All-American, #18 ranked prospect in 2013, MLB debut in 2019 for the Cleveland Indians.

8

9

DJ StewartPlayed for FTB in 2011, #208 ranked prospect in 2012, MLB debut in 2018 for the Baltimore Orioles.

EH

10

Tomas NidoPlayed for FTB from 2009-2011, #68 ranked prospect in 2012, MLB debut in 2017 for the New York Mets.

2

P

Jose FernandezPlayed for FTB in Jupiter in 2010, WWBA MV-Pitcher for FTB in 2010, PG All-American, #7 prospect in 2011, 2-time All-Star and 2013 NL Rookie of the Year for the Miami Marlins before his tragic death.

1

Hitting reserves

Pitching

Albert AlmoraPlayed for FTB in Jupiter in 2011, PG All-American, #9 ranked prospect in the 2012 class, World Series Champion for the Chicago Cubs.

Edwin RiosPlayed for FTB from 2010-2011, #278 prospect in the 2012 class, MLB debut in 2019 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Addison RussellPlayed for FTB from 2009-2011, PG All-American, #20 ranked prospect in the 2012 class, MLB All-Star and World Series Champion for the Chicago Cubs.

Christian ArroyoPlayed for FTB from 2010-2012, MLB debut in 2017 for the San Francisco Giants.

Jonathan IndiaPlayed for FTB in 2014, #70 overall prospect in the 2015 class, PG All-American, #5 overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds in 2018.

Mervyl "MJ" MelendezPlayed for FTB from 2015-2016, PG All-American, #22 ranked prospect in the 2017 class, 2nd round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals.

Chris OkeyPlayed for FTB from 2010-2012, PG All-American, #20 ranked prospect in the 2013 class, 2nd round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds.

Nicholas GordonPlayed for FTB from 2012-2013, PG All-American, #3 ranked prospect in the 2014 class, 5th overall pick by the Minnesota Twins.

Nick LonghiPlayed for FTB from 2011-2012, #67 ranked player in the 2013 class, AAA with the Boston Red Sox.

Forrest WallPlayed for FTB from 2012-2013, #26 ranked prospect in the 2014 class, 1st round draft pick by the Colorado Rockies.

Riley GreenePlayed for FTB from 2016-2018, PG All-American, #3 ranked prospect in the 2019 class, 5th overall draft pick in 2019 for the Detroit Tigers.

Ryan MountcastlePlayed for FTB from 2013-2014, PG All-American, #34 ranked prospect in the 2015 class, 1st round pick and 2019 AAA Player of the Year for the Baltimore Orioles.

Jay GonzalezPlayed for FTB from 2008-2009, #325 ranked prospect in the 2010 class, 10th round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles, 2-time Gold medal winner for Puerto Rico in International play.

Zach EflinPlayed for FTB from 2009-2011, #19 ranked prospect in the 2012 class, 1st round draft pick of the San Diego Padres, 25 wins for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Lance McCullersPlayed for FTB at the 2011 WWBA National Championship, #4 ranked prospect in 2012, 2018 All-Star and World Series Champion for the Houston Astros.

Sean Reid-FoleyPlayed for FTB in 2013, PG All-American, #8 ranked prospect in the 2014 class, MLB debut in 2018 for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jakob JunisPlayed for FTB from 2009-2010, #292 prospect in the 2011 class, 27 wins in his three seasons with the Kansas City Royals.

Joe JimenezPlayed for FTB in 2011-2012, #95 ranked prospect in the 2013 class, 2018 MLB All-Star representing the Detroit Tigers.

Justin ShaferPlayed for FTB in 2010, #270 prospect in the 2011 class, MLB debut in 2018 for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Robert WhalenPlayed for FTB from 2009-2011, #134 ranked prospect in the 2012 class, MLB debut in 2016 for the Atlanta Braves.

Kyle RyanPlayed for FTB in 2009. Top 1000 ranked prospect in the 2010 class, 159 relief appearances between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs.

Alex FaedoPlayed for FTB in 2013 in Jupiter, #78 ranked prospect in the 2014 class, 1st round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers.

David PetersonPlayed for FTB from 2012-2013, PG All-American, #54 ranked prospect in the 2014 class, 1st round selection of the New York Mets.

Tanner BurnsPlayed for FTB in 2016, PG All-American, #33 ranked prospect in the 2017 class, one of the top pitching prospects for the 2019 draft.

Logan AllenPlayed for FTB from 2015-2016, PG All-American, #49 ranked prospect in the 2017 class, WWBA Underclass Championship MV-Pitcher, one of the top pitching prospects for the 2019 draft.

David McKayPlayed for FTB from 2011-2012, #500 ranked prospect in the 2013 class, MLB debut in 2019 for the Seattle Mariners, 25 relief appearances during the 2019 MLB season between the Mariners and Detroit Tigers.

Nick Goody: Played for FTB in the summer of 2009, made his MLB debut in 2012 with the Yankees. Heading into his 6th season in the MLB with the Texas Rangers.


Perfect Game All American Classic Selections

Austin Maddox

2009

Karsten Whitson

2009

Francisco Lindor

2010

Deshorn Lake

2010

Tyler Marlette

2010

Henry Owens

2010

Jose Fernandez

2010

Javier Baez

2010

Addison Russell

2011

Jesse Winker

2011

Alex Bregman

2011

David Dahl

2011

Albert Almora

2011

Lance McCullers

2011

Chris Okey

2012

Jeremy Martinez

2012

Cobi Johnson

2013

Sean Reid-Foley

2013

Nicholas Gordon

2013

David Peterson

2013

Alex Jackson

2013

Ryan Mountcastle

2014

Wyatt Cross

2014

Juan Hillman

2014

Mitchell Hansen

2014

Jonathan India

2014

Christopher Chatfield

2014

Herbert Iser

2015

Francisco Thomas

2015

Mario Feliciano

2015

Max Guzman

2015

Ryan Zeferjahn

2015

Conner Uselton

2016

Mervyl "MJ" Melendez

2016

Jordan Anderson

2016

Johnathan Rodriguez

2016

Mitchell Stone

2016

Hunter Ruth

2016

Logan Allen

2016

Tanner Burns

2017

Nander De Sedas

2017

Preston Hartsell

2017

JP Gates

2017

Riley Greene

2018

Myles Austin

2018

Hylan Hall

2018

Mario Zabala

2019

Brandon Fields

2019

Alex Freeland

2019

Perfect Game Select Festival Selections

Alex Freeland

2016

Jovan Gill

2016

Jayden Melendez

2017

Erick Pena

2017

Mario Zabala

2017

Ethan Wood

2017

Termarr Johnson

2018

Manuel Beltre

2018

Elijah Green

2018

Manuel Beltre

2019

Ariel Antigua

2019

Termarr Johnson

2019



Best College Resume
A 2014 College World Series Champion for Vanderbilt, Vince Conde, won the Gold Glove as the nation’s best defensive shortstop. A three-year starter, Conde also hit .284 with 50 RBI during the championship season. Jake Eder has been a key piece to the Vanderbilt pitching staff over the last three years. He closed out the College World Series in the deciding game in 2019, going three strong innings while striking out four batters. Jonathan India was tabbed the 2018 Southeastern Conference player of the Year and also won a College World Series title during his sophomore campaign with the Florida Gators. He was also a unanimous First Team All-American. Alex Bregman was a two time All-American, Brooks Wallace Award winner for the nation’s best shortstop, National Freshman of the Year, Gold Spikes Finalist, Skip Bertman Award recipient, and led LSU to the 2015 College World Series. DJ Stewart was a two time All-American and 2014 ACC Player of the Year while leading the Florida State Seminoles to the College World Series in 2013. He was also a two-time Gold Spikes Award semifinalist. Brooks Wilson had an incredible career for Stetson, leading the Hatters to a Super Regional in 2018. He was the 2018 ASUN Player of the Year and 1st Team All-American and also owns the ASUN’s single season record for saves.      



Best Pro Careers
Jose Fernandez had an incredible start to his major league career posting a 38 and 7 record over parts of four seasons.  His career 2.58 ERA and 589 strikeouts were among the very best in the game during that time. He was on his way to a Hall of Fame type career and was beloved for his charismatic personality before his tragic death in a boating accident.  One of the top handful of players in Major League Baseball today is Cleveland Indians Shortstop Francisco Lindor.  Known as “Mr. Smile”, Lindor has produced a .288-average with 130 home runs for the Indians during his five seasons. A four time All-Star,  two time Sliver Slugger, and two time Gold Glove Award winner he has accomplished an incredible amount at the young age of 26. He is one of the most exciting players to watch in all of sports. “El Mago”, Spanish for “The Magician”, Javier Baez has drawn a huge following for his incredible flair. He has made tag plays sexy, and finds countless ways to make spectacular plays. He also won a Silver Slugger award in 2018 on his way to leading the National League in RBI.
 
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