The second week of NCTB’s The League was another success and this group of 2025/2026 players is continuing to show that their skills deserve to be noted and followed early in the recruiting process.
The top tier of this class is looking first-rate and the competitive factor that occurs shows you a lot about the players besides the baseball tools I mentioned in the previous notes. Like last time, players listed below are by number/team. To the players and families keep the focus on finding what works for your long-term development and don’t chase notoriety. When this class is done growing, it’s going to show off. To check out previous notes from the first team weekend, follow the link to see more on this group of players.
Max Medina (2026, Patterson, Calif.) does a lot on the field and there are multiple tools that will carry the profile. Offensively, he continues to show a simple and repeatable swing that can adapt to different pitches and it’s his ability to put together at-bats that shows growth for the long-term. During at-bats he would adapt where he was based on the pitcher repertoire and continually found barrels. Defensively, he’s a natural for the middle of the outfield with great reads, a good first step and the arm strength to be solid for all outfield positions. On the mound he showed a big-time gamer mentality, attacking hitters and changing speeds over 5 2/3 innings, with six strikeouts, four hits, and one run in the championship game victory. The fastball velocity is lower than others, but Medina went after hitters with it and located it to both sides of the plate. The breaking ball is a fluid 1/7 shape and a pitch that should take leaps on maturity while the changeup is the type to induce easy ground balls for his defense.
Hunter Kenji Fujimoto (2025, San Jose, Calif.) continues to be a strong athlete and middle-of-the-outfield defender with the barrel consistently working through the middle of the field. During the weekend, Fujimoto was on pitches and had some loud outs. The hands stay above the ball and he’s got the ability to adapt, like when he drove a double down the left field line to score a go-ahead run in the championship game. The ability to be a hitter stands out and should grow as he does. Defensively, his arm and reads fit in center field and shows he could play right field/left field just as easily. Fujimoto consistently plays the game the correct way and executes the little things that help a team win games.
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