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Tournaments  | Story  | 11/28/2022

13u All State Game Notes

Jheremy Brown      Tyler Russo      Cameron McElwaney      Perfect Game Staff     
Photo: Dexter McCleon Jr (Perfect Game)
Jacob Reynolds, 2B/C, Carolina
Son of long time Big Leaguer Mark Reynolds, Jacob had an outstanding event slashing .667 over the course of six games. He may not be as physical as his peers, but can still impact the game at a high-level and did so this weekend at East Cobb. Most memorable, Reynolds burned the left fielder on a deep drive to the left field wall in the playoffs on Monday. A late bloomer, he certainly has all the skills to excel right now and will be especially exciting to watch when he catches up physically.


Colton Guerrina, LHP/1B, Northeast
Through two appearances, Guerrina showed all the traits you’re looking for in a young lefty. He ran his heater up to 80 mph from a smooth and easy delivery. The arm is loose and whippy, and is really clean for a 13-year-old. He gets downhill pretty well and shows advanced lower half movements. Guerrina can also really spin a tight breaker that he could land for strikes and sweep away to lefties for whiffs. 



Aaron Garcia, C/MIF, California
A 12u SelectFest alum, Garcia is already a well known two-way player and showed some real polish on the bump this weekend. His athleticism shows on the mound to go along with a very fast arm. He worked in the 75-78 mph range, holding plane well through the zone. Garcia also controls a legit four-pitch mix. Can spin a downer curveball, a sharp tilted slider, and also throws a nice changeup to lefties with good differential. 


Valentin Ceballos, RHP/C, Texas
Ceballos dominated on the hill this weekend and showed some really nasty stuff. Super fluid delivery with plus arm speed working up to 79 mph. The heater has good carry and he works a sharp curveball off of it with huge depth. Ceballos also threw a slider with lateral action. The ability to spin at a young age really stands out and he’s going to be one to follow as he develops.

Drew Jackson, LHP/1B, Alabama
Jackson had a strong weekend with the stick and also casually punched out 13 in 5 2/3 innings on the bump. In the box it’s a rhythmic swing with fast hands from a direct stroke. On the mound, he shows an athletic operation with a fast arm. Jackson showed really good feel to spin a curveball with sharp bite which generated lots of whiffs.

Jace McPherson, OF/3B, Texas
McPherson has gifted wheels and impacted the game on both sides of the ball. He slashed .625 on the weekend with 10 hits and six stolen bases. Real twitchy actions in the box with a quick bat, then allows the legs go to work. McPherson beat out multiple infield hits in the event and also used his speed to go get it in center field. To say he can run is an understatement. 


Lucas Hodne, 3B, New England
It was a great weekend for Hodne, who hit .429 with two inside-the-parkers and a ridiculous eight RBI through five games. He’s pretty physical for the age and has some real pop in the stick. Controls the bat head well with good bat speed through contact. Hodne made all the plays at third and also showed a strong arm with throws that produced good carry. 

Dru Wilson, OF/RHP, California
Wilson was really good in his semifinal start against a hot Carolina lineup. He set the tone with tempo and confidence from the get-go. Wilson is a fast and athletic mover with a quick arm stroke. He worked in the 77-80 mph range with a tough downhill angle. Showed good spin too, mixing in a depthy low-60s curveball for strikes.

Max Rogozinski, MIF/RHP, Georgia 
Rogozinski doesn’t stand out physically just yet, but was one of the more solid and consistent players on the year. He whips the barrel hard and shows good bat-to-ball skills. Confident pair of hands that work well in the swing and equally well in the infield. Rogozinski showed good timing with the hands and feet and displayed clean actions. He has a solid arm and a good overall foundation that will only improve as he matures. 
 

Tymone Abrams, OF/1B, Carolina
Abrams had a really solid weekend with the bat and also entered in for an electric inning on the mound. With the stick he shows good hand speed and creates length and leverage. On the bump, he ran the heater up to 81 mph with life and ride. He’s an advanced mover with a fast and clean arm. High-end two-way ability here.


Colin Anderson, 3B/1B, Georgia
Anderson had a monster event with the bat and cemented his name in a big way. Hitting in the middle of a loaded Georgia lineup, he stroked .500 with five extra-base hits and 7 RBI. Anderson keeps it really easy at the plate with good hand separation into a clean and linear path. He’s only 12 years old and is pretty physical already with plenty of room to grow and lots of time to do so. 

Chanz Chancey, C/1B, Northeast
Chancey had a strong weekend on both sides of the ball. He’s very advanced with the stick with loose and relaxed hands. Stays pretty balanced with good bat speed for the age. Chancey finished up the event batting .429 and was on base in every game. Played clean on the defensive end as well. 

Kaleb Foster, SS/3B, Texas
An 11u and 12u Select Fest alum, Foster is no stranger to the circuit and had another huge event. He finished off hitting .545 with five RBI and five walks to add on. Foster has a really rhythmic swing and lets the hands go to work. He has good hand-eye and bat-to-ball skills and the overall feel at the dish really stands out. Foster also played a solid middle infield and helped lead his Texas team to the championship game.  


Angel Gonzalez, OF/1B, California
Gonzalez may not be the biggest guy on the field, but can really impact the game on both sides. He found the barrel all weekend long and also showed good range in center field. At the plate, it’s a really athletic swing with fast hands and some bat speed, too. He can really run and that aspect will only improve as he taps into some strength. Gonzalez also looked good on the hill, working up to 74 mph from the left side. He spins a depthy curveball and turned some nasty changeups, too. The profile here is really exciting and he’s going to be fun to follow, especially when he catches up physically. 
 
-Brendan Kelley

Stephen Minahan, RHP/3B, Mid-Atlantic
Minahan started off the weekend hot on the mound in the start for the Mid-Atlantic squad. The big, 5-foot-11, 147-pound right-hander went two innings and got two strikeouts during that time span. He’s an extremely young and projectable pitcher that should continue to grow into the body in the coming years. His fastball sat in the low-70s and he showed the ability to spin a quality breaking ball off of it.
 

Bryson Josey, RHP, Carolina
Josey was dominant in every phase for the Carolina squad. On the mound, he went 6 2/3 innings and registered 11 strikeouts. He uses the length in the 6-foot-1, 199-pound frame to his advantage, working down the mound with easy extension. The fastball got up to 76 mph, but we’ve seen him as high as 79 mph recently. At the plate, he was one of the most consistent hitters at the event, hitting .750 with a triple and two RBI. He also mixed in a couple of stolen bags on the weekend.
 

Credan Reasons, LHP/OF, Chesapeake
Reasons, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound left-handed pitcher and hitter, strung together quite an impressive weekend at the All-State Select Championships. On the mound, he sat in the 77-80 mph range with the fastball and mixed a breaking ball in later counts. At the plate, He generates good bat speed from the lower half and finds the barrel often. He finished up the weekend hitting .333 with a double and four RBI.

Seth Carter, RHP/1B, Chesapeake
Carter, a primary right-handed pitcher, only got the ball once on the weekend in a relief appearance but showed promise on the bump. He’s an extremely physical player, standing at 6-foot-3, 175 pounds at just 13 years old. The fastball jumps out of his hand, running it up to 78 mph. He also showed what he could do with the stick, hitting .273 with a triple, a homer, and five RBI.

Caden Borcherding, C/1B, Georgia
Borcherding didn’t have the eye-popping numbers that we have become accustomed to seeing from the two-time PG Select Festival alum, but he put together a solid weekend. He’s a very strong kid that finds the barrel often and drives it to both gaps consistently. Behind the plate, he’s very advanced for his age. The catch-and-throw skills are some of the best in his class. He had two extra-base hits on the weekend, a double and a triple and also drove in three runs.
 

Luke Esquivel, LHP/1B, Texas
Esquivel, a 12u PG Select Festival alum, delivered an incredible weekend both at the plate and on the mound for the Texas squad. The 5-foot-11, 155-pound lefty has a pure left-handed cut with tons of bat speed and jump off the barrel. He hit .556 with a triple and seven RBI. On the mound, he sat in the 77-80 mph range with the fastball and mixed a sharp, slurvy breaking ball. He comes at hitters from a tough angle and creates deception in the delivery to go along with the gross stuff.


Bryan Mesa, SS, South Florida
Mesa was the spark plug to the South Florida lineup throughout the weekend. He’s a solidly-built 5-foot-10, 130 pounds with loads to project upon as he is still only 12 years old. The swing is short and compact with advanced barrel skills and bat speed. He showed a willingness the entire weekend to shoot the ball to both sides and got into some power in the early going. He finished up the event hitting .538 with two triples and five RBI.


Gavyn Kim, RHP/1B, Nevada
Kim put a cap on an incredible year at the plate over the weekend. The 6-foot, 175-pound primary right-handed pitcher showed extremely high upside at the plate as he found the barrel often and showed impressive jump off the barrel. This caps a year that saw Kim hit .545 with eight doubles and a homer. He also threw a five inning complete game and got the fastball up to 74 mph. Great overall weekend for Kim as he looks to continue in 2023.

Brayden Landry, SS, Pacific Northwest
Landry, a 12u Select Festival alum, didn’t put up the gaudy numbers that we have become accustomed to him putting up but he still showed huge upside at the plate and in the field. He’s a strongly-built player that has obvious feel for the barrel and can hit the ball hard to all fields when in sync. He’s also a good mover on the infield with athletic actions and a good arm across, showing all the tools to stick there.
 

Jordon Lankford, SS, Alabama
Lankford strung together ridiculous performances at the plate over the weekend. He has a short, compact swing with good hand-eye coordination in the cut. He gets the front foot down early and allows the hands to take over. There wasn’t a game that he played in that he didn’t get a hit. He finished up the weekend hitting .500 with a double and a triple, also driving in five runs and swiping four bags.
 

Braxton Williams, RHP/3B, Alabama
Williams was absolutely dominant on the mound in his start on Saturday. The physically-built right-hander tossed five innings of three-hit baseball and recorded eight strikeouts. The fastball got up to 78 mph in the early going and sat in the mid-70s for the entirety of the start. He also flashed a slurvy breaking ball that he went to in later counts. Really solid outing for the young righty.
 
-Cam McElwaney
 

Sammy Garcia, SS, Arizona
There’s a lot to like when it comes to the overall game of Garcia as he showed his skills both up the middle in the dirt, as well as with the bat his hands. A 12u Select Festival alum, Garcia appeared put a couple impressive strokes on the ball throughout the weekend, showing quality bat speed with looseness in his wrists, getting the barrel out front while living comfortably in the middle of the field. He’s also a smooth mover on defense and showed his range over the course of the event, including on a fully extended diving stop at second base to quickly catch one’s attention. 

Adrian Villela, RHP/SS, Arizona
Villela is more physical than he’s listed on the roster and he opened eyes in his start on the mound against South Florida as he had some of their top hitters in fits over his 2 1/3 innings of work. The arm action is both fast and full through the back side as he consistently located to the knees with a fastball that bumped upwards of 81 mph, repeating his operation well while the ball looked to jump out of his hand. The heater showed occasional cut action and he mixed a short breaker in the upper-60s while also hitting .308 on the tournament with an inside the park home run. 

Yates Toney, C, Carolina
Toney appeared to be on the barrel more often than not throughout the event, all the while showing balance in his swing and quickness to his hands. He proved capable of executing an all fields approach in part to how direct he is to the ball with some natural feel for the barrel. Listed at 5-foot-10, 145 pounds, the left-handed hitting Toney was able to impact the baseball with some authority as he finished the weekend with a .444/.444/1.222 slash line, including a triple which he shot the other way following a hard line out to center field in an earlier at-bat. 


Dexter McCleon Jr, OF/RHP, Georgia
He may have just turned 13 years old, but McCleon Jr. already has the complex buzzing anytime he steps to the plate and rightfully so given the rare power he’s already showing with frequency at the age. Already a two-time Select Festival alum, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound McCleon Jr. wasted little time in making his presence felt as he blasted the first home run of the event way out to his pull side on day one and the final one of the event on Monday, giving him two bombs over the left field fence on the weekend while hitting .385 for the tournament. He also jumped on the mound and though he’ll continue to refine his command, there’s no doubting the arm speed or strength as he was up to 87 mph with a hard, late biting slider at 73 mph. 

Julian Martinez, C/SS, Northeast
We still may just be uncovering names for the upcoming 13u cycle, but Martinez has already carved out a reputation of consistently squaring up baseballs and the All State Games were no different, finishing with a .300 average. That number could’ve easily been higher given some scorched liners right at the defenders, again pointing to the consistency of his swing while possessing some of the best bat speed already in the class. He’s a sound defender behind the plate with plenty of arm strength down to second base, though he might be even smoother in the dirt so time will ultimately tell where he calls home defensively. 

Colin Raymond, 1B, Northeast
Any time you walked up on a Raymond at-bat, there was a chance you were about to see a loud barrel as he seemed to find several throughout his time in Georgia. Well built with strength already on his 5-foot-10 frame, Raymond found his fair share of loud barrels and did so while utilizing all parts of the field. The young left-handed stick out of New York shows a balanced stroke in the box, generate both whip to the barrel head as well as leverage out front at the point of contact, all while showing a natural feel for the barrel. Both the bat speed and hand quickness are standout offensive assets and he’ll be one to monitor moving forward into the summer. 

John Thornton, C, South Florida
The 5-foot-10, 150-pound Thornton had himself an impressive weekend at the East Cobb Complex and for as loud as his .538/.571/1.187 slash line was, it was his abilities receiving behind the plate that were arguably even more impressive. Offensively it’s a simple approach for Thornton as he stays short to the baseball with quickness in his hands, putting the ball in play around the yard as he showed with his 7 hits on the event. In terms of receiving, he was one of the more polished backstops in attendance as he showed flexibility in his lower half but also consistently stuck pitches out front, getting his thumb under the ball well while stealing some strikes for his pitchers.

Ethan Torres, SS/RHP, California
Torres is listed as a primary shortstop, but the young California native was even more electric and impressive on the mound over the course of two appearances. A long and lean 5-foot-10, 150 pounds, Torres logged 5 1/3 innings on the mound over the course of the weekend, a span in which he punched out 11, with 9 coming throughout his start in the playoffs. The pure velocity stood out amongst his peers as he routinely worked in the upper-70s, but what proved to be the difference maker was the extension out front, and in turn, the backspin he was able to generate through the zone while missing bats. He possesses plenty of arm speed and spun it well in an extended role, making him an arm to know about out West.

Tripp Riley, RHP, Texas
Riley made a pair of appearances on the weekend as well, and the young right-hander out of Texas was impressive out of the bullpen when called in to face the bats out of the Midwest. Summoned for 2 2/3 innings of work, Riley managed to strike out 5 and worked comfortably around the strike zone while possessing one of the better curveballs in attendance. While we’ve seen the fastball up to 79 mph in the past, Riley worked more comfortably in the mid-70s during the All State Games, though there’s no doubting that number will continue to climb into the summer circuit. The curveball though is a true difference maker as he shows a very real feel for the low-60s offering, doubling and tripling up on it while generating late and hard biting life to it with a replicate release to that of his fastball. 

Geronimo Fermin, LHP, South Florida
Fermin may not be the most physical of arms, but the young left-hander continued his string of dominance that we first saw in West Palm at the 13u World Championships. Jump to Georgia and Fermin was again attacking the opposition with a fastball that worked into the low-80s from the same angled release, making for a very uncomfortable at-bat. Over both of his outings Fermin tossed 7 innings and racked up 11 strikeouts while allowing just 2 base hits, working to his glove side with some comfort while showing a fast arm through the backside. The heater is enough to overwhelm hitters at this level, especially given how the ball jumps out of his hand, but Fermin also mixed a short slurve in the mid-60s to keep hitters honest and provide them a different look. 


Ricky Hernandez, RHP, South Florida
Hernandez was rather dominant in his outing on the mound against the Northeast, as he navigated their tough lineup for 3 2/3 innings, surrendering just one base hit while striking out 8 on the night. Physically built at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Hernandez shows a short, yet fast arm action through the backside which he utilized to produce a top heater of 82 mph, showing some heavy life to his arm side while filling the zone. By working exclusively out of the stretch he was able to keep things simple, repeating well and tunneling his release on the curveball in the mid-60s which showed downer life and was sold well out of the hand to keep hitters off balance.

Hunter Elmore, 3B, Alabama
When you finish an event slashing .455/.538/1.175, it’s safe to say you were seeing the ball well, and that certainly applies to the big right-handed slugger out of Alabama. Elmore, a two-time Select Festival alum, is a physically imposing presence in the box with his 6-foot, 205-pound build and after watching an at-bat or two it’s clear he knows what he’s doing up there. He does a nice job of keeping things simple with a subtle weight shift through his lower half while staying relatively short to the baseball, allowing for the swing to be repeated well in any given at-bat. He currently works on a more linear path and while the ball jumps with some real authority, as he generates more leverage, the power will only continue to soar from there already impressive marks. 

Anthony Badillo, SS, Northeast
Badillo, another 12u Select Festival alum, had himself a quality showing down in Georgia once again, getting the 2022-23 season off on the right foot. A versatile defender who saw time all over the field, including his usual spots in the middle of the infield, Badillo made a diving, fully extended play up the middle on Day 2, but it was what Badillo shows and did with the bat that’ll leave a lasting impression. On the weekend, the young Maryland native hit .417, showing lots of present bat speed and fast hands, both of which we saw when he turned around a pitch for an inside the park home run along with a pair of doubles. 

Logan Pascarella, LHP, California
Over a pair of outings it’s easy to see the potential Pascarella possesses on the mound, from the ease of his operation to the way the ball comes out of his hand. Though he was scattered a bit in his first appearance in which he was kept on a strict pitch count, Pascarella was locked in for his second outing as he struck out 6 in 3 2/3 innings with just 1 walk and 2 hits allowed. The fastball was up to 78 mph on the weekend for the young southpaw from the West Coast and he does a nice job of generating extension out front which in turned allowed for some carry through the zone. He also showed comfort landing a curveball with big depth for strikes while the changeup might be his best secondary pitch, giving him a complete arsenal. Oh, and he hit .500 on the weekend with 5 RBI and 6 stolen bags. 


Pablo Martinez, RHP/OF, Texas
There truly wasn’t much that Martinez couldn’t do on the diamond throughout the weekend, showing some of the best power in attendance while showing an innate feel for the barrel before jumping on the mound, where he continued to open eyes. A strong and physically imposing 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, Martinez slashed a ridiculous .533/.650/1.6504 with 4 doubles, but it was the line drive home run to the opposite field that got out in a hurry that proved to be an exclamation point on an MVP-type weekend, showing next level bat speed and strength throughout. Once he finally hopped onto the mound on the final day Martinez ran his fastball up to 84 mph and mixed a hard, late sweeping slider in the low-70s to round out an already impressive skillset and overall weekend. 


Trendyn Motley, OF, Carolina
Motley was a valuable asset for the Carolina team atop their lineup, as he swung it well throughout the weekend and finished the event with an OBP just shy of .500 with 4 runs scored and 4 RBI of his own. He’s a long and lean left-handed stick who does a nice job of keeping things simple in the box, already having his hands pre-loaded a bit before letting them go to work where they remain short and plenty quick to the ball. He hit .333 on the weekend with a pair of doubles, including the one above which he seared the other way in the playoffs into the left-center field gap on a line, and looks to be an interesting bat to follow moving into the summer circuit. 

Briggs Rooney, SS, Arizona
Rooney had himself quite the weekend in Georgia as he finished the event with an impressive .429/.529/1.387 slash line and seemed to be on the barrel more often than not, picking up extra-base hits by what felt like the handful. In total, the young Arizonan shortstop tallied 6 hits which included a pair of doubles and triples as well as a couple of loud outs, including a liner to center field in which he adjusted to a left-on-left curveball well mid-swing. He keeps things simple in the left-handed batter’s box, remaining tall with limited moving parts while letting his hands and hand-eye coordination do a bulk of the work as he truly utilized a line-to-line approach as he sprayed hard line drive contact all over.

Nicholas Carroll, SS, Georgia
Carroll may not be the most physical of players yet, but his athleticism, speed and overall bat-to-ball skills helped him stand out on a roster chock full of talent. He's a natural fit atop any lineup already as he made his ability to get on base full known given his robust .688 on-base percentage as he picked up 6 hits on the weekend while drawing 4 walks while driving in 4 runs and swiping a couple of bags. Carroll proved to be on time in the box throughout the weekend, getting that front foot down while showing lots of quickness to his hands and employing a true all fields approach with which he sprayed his contact. The young Georgian picked up a hit in all but one of his team's games and helped set the pace of the offense throughout, providing defensive versatility as well. 
-Jheremy Brown

Jacob Gray, SS, California
Gray was just simply really good with the bat all weekend, finishing the event at .500 with eight hits in total and it was impressive given the components. He’s got good size and strength and it’s a really simple swing with bat speed and bigger intent at times while he really showed that there’s feel to adjust as he can recognize spin and shoot hard line drives the other way as well.


Joseph Bense, RHP/INF, Pacific Northwest
Bense was one of the most intriguing young two-way players at the event and he showed very well on both sides of the ball. He hit .500 on the weekend and it’s a good swing with bat speed and whip to the barrel while he’s really athletic on the mound, working in the upper-70s with a short and really fast arm and healthy feel to spin, a mix that both stands out and projects well.

Caleb Alexander, SS, Texas
One of the tournament circuit’s top overall performers, Alexander hit at the top of the runner-up Texas lineup and was an on-base machine all weekend. He’s both physical and athletic with a good swing and very real approach with good recognition, totaling only three hits, but eight walks, reaching base well over half the time and using his speed to impact on the bags as well.

Yomar Infante, RHP, South Florida
Infante’s got some hitting tools with size and strength on the profile, but on the mound it’s very intriguing. He’s long and athletic with good body control, has a loose fast arm, was into the low-80s with late life on the fastball and has some feel to spin a short slider that has very real traits.
 

Joshua Messer, OF/LHP, Arizona
Another really talented young two-way player, Messer is fun to watch on both sides. He’s got good bat speed in a compact and athletic stroke while he stands out even more from the left side on the mound. He was up to 78, pitching in the mid-70s across both looks, and it’s a very athletic delivery with a fast arm. The breaking ball is the stand-out pitch thrown with serious intent and hammer bite out of the hand and he totaled 11 strikeouts across 6+ great innings.

Carter Moon, SS, Georgia
Moon didn’t have the biggest of weekends statistically, but he still took a ton of good at-bats and found the barrel more than the number shows. He’s a fun young hitter with adjustability and feel for the barrel that already stands out and his overall athleticism and feel for the game is what makes him one of the more talented all-around players at this age right now.

Caden Scott, 3B/RHP, Carolina
Sticking with the trend of two-way talent right now, Scott certainly fits that category. He’s got a good bit of bat speed and some strength in the right-handed stroke, finishing the weekend with a .462 average and a pair of triples, while he’s upper-70s on the mound with a really clean arm and serious comfort spinning a big breaking ball with healthy shape, depth and overall quality.
 

Ethan Stewart, 1B/LHP, Carolina
Stewart is one of the youngest players that played in the 13u division of All-State at only 12.7 years old, and it’s impressive the foundation that is here. He hit .500 on the event with six of the seven hits going for extra-bases, including a long pull-side bomb, and he projects extremely well to power. Add in a super clean delivery, mid to upper-70s fastball, good breaking ball and even better changeup and you’ve got a two-way with huge upside that’s really young for the class.

Brandon Toadvine, LHP, Chesapeake
It wasn’t the best of results for Toadvine on the mound over the course of two outings, but there’s some real things to like now and in what he can build on. He’s an athletic left-hander who worked in the mid-70s from the left side with easy angle and lots of arm speed, missing bats with the fastball, while the breaking ball sweeps in well from that same angled window.

Brandon Perkins Jr., OF, Mid-Atlantic
Perkins has had a huge year with the bat across an extensive tournament circuit, hitting well over .500 through 70 games and he added a couple good ones at All-State. It’s big bat speed and he whips the barrel hard with good length through the zone. He hit a hard liner the other way that got through the gap as he came all the way to score for an inside-the-parker and it showed both his athleticism running and overall ability to impact the baseball hard already.
 

Kai Watanabe, C, Hawaii
Watanabe hit .462 across the event and he fits the mold of a table-setter already. He’s got tons of hitting tools with the feel to adjust at the forefront and it’s a fairly pure left-handed swing when he lets it out staying compact through the zone with fast hands. There’s recognition in there too, and a sound approach while he’s athletic enough to impact with his legs.

Lucas Smith, C, Texas
Smith is a big, physical right-handed hitting catcher who is lauded on a national scale already. He had five hits over the course of the event, including a double and a triple, and it’s strong when he gets the barrel out. He stays compact well and the strength will carry the profile long-term.
 

Zach Estrada, OF/RHP, California
It was a good weekend both ways for Estrada, as he finished the event hitting .444 and racked up six strikeouts across three innings of work. He’s physical already and it shows in how well it comes off the barrel, even when he’s off time or off-balanced, and on the mound it’s an upper-70s fastball and a tight breaking ball, both of which come out of the hand really clean and easy.

Eli Iopa, SS, Hawaii
Iopa ended Day 1 with the walk-off hit for Hawaii and continued to just flat out hit all weekend long. It’s a simple swing with some heaviness to the barrel and he hit .667 on the event, racking up eight hits and driving in an impressive 14 while only striking out once over the full weekend.

-Tyler Russo