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Tournaments | Story | 7/1/2013

18u WWBA Scout Notes

Jheremy Brown     
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Chase Smartt
(2015, Troy, AL) had himself a good start to the tournament, showing athleticism both behind the plate and at third base, as he split time at each position. In the batters box, Smartt crushed a pitch over the right-center field fence for a home run.

Ball State commit Zach Plesac (2013, Crown Point, IN) sat in the upper-80s throughout his outing, touching 90 mph a few times and topping out at an impressive 91 mph on his fastball.

2014 Zachary Sullivan (Corning, NY) showed a little bit of everything in his first game Saturday morning, beginning with a triple to deep centerfield on the first pitch he saw, seemingly gliding around the bases. In his second plate appearance, Sullivan put his power on display, drilling a 3-2 pitch over the left-field wall for a no doubt grand slam. His speed and baseball IQ helped him in the field, playing flawless defense in centerfield, taking good routes to balls and showed more than plenty of arm strength for the position.

A University of Buffalo commit, Vinny Mallaro (2013, North Syracuse, NY) looked the part behind the plate and had the game to back it up. Mallaro was very athletic defensively, showing the ability to slide to his left or right to block a ball in the dirt. He also has plenty of arm strength behind the plate to go along with his quick transfer.

Mitch Cavanagh
(2014, Oneida, NY) came onto the bump to provide some relief, pumping his fastball up to 90 mph, sitting 86-88 mph and keeping it down in the zone. He missed a lot of bats and nothing was really squared up as his fastball had some two-seam action, and he mixed in a hard slider as well.

It is easy to envision 6-foot-7 Tyler Green (2013, Williamsville, NY) hitting the ball a long way for Vanderbilt University over the next couple years, as he showed the ability to use his frame to help him drive the ball and whip the barrel of the bat through the zone.

2014 RHP Luis Ortiz (Sanger, CA) showed the same impressive stuff he brought at the Perfect Game National a week ago in Minnesota: hard velocity, easy arm action, a plus slider, pounding of the strike zone, and missing opposing bats. Ortiz ran his fastball up to 95 mph, never dipping below 90 mph throughout the outing. He threw the slider hard, sitting 84/85 mph and was virtually unhittable, evidenced by him needing only 28 pitches through the first three innings of work.

In his first at bat of the game, 2014 Jacob Gatewood (Clovis, CA) found himself in a 3-2 count but didn’t seem phased when the pitcher tried to sneak a fastball in on the next pitch. Gatewood showed very good bat speed, staying inside the ball and driving the pitch over the LCF fence for a solo home run.

2014 Tim Susnara (Redwood City, CA) was solid behind the plate for his five innings of work, blocking the ball well in games and showing of his strong arm and quick release in between innings, turning in some solid pop times.

2014 MIF Ti’quan Forbes (Columbia, MS) of the Texas Sun Devils is very athletic with exciting potential and gave everybody at Etowah High School a taste of his power in the box, blasting a grand slam over the left field fence, putting the Sun Devils ahead 4-0 early. What was impressive about the swing was how well he stayed back on the pitch (curveball) and drove it with force.

Chase Shugart
(Bridge City, TX) and Devon Roedahl (Beaumont, TX), both 2015 graduates, threw the ball very well for the Sun Devils, Shugart pitched in the first game and Roedahl started the second. Shugart ran his four-seam fastball up to 88 mph, sitting 85-87, and his two-seam sat at 82-84 mph with some arm side run. He also flashed two breaking pitches, a slider at 77 mph and a curveball 69/70 mph. Roedahl bumped his fastball to 91 mph in his first inning of work before settling in at 87-90 mph with lots of 90s and good run on the pitch. He also mixed in a mid-70s slider which he used to help him collect more than a handful of strikeouts in his outing.

and Bryce Jordan (2014, Lake Charles, LA) both made their presence felt in the batters box, squaring everything up that they swung at, putting the ball in play. Bryce lined a ball hard down the right field line for a stand-up double, and Beau was to no be outdone in his first at-bat, sending a pitch right back up the box for a single. Both move well on the bases and are committed to Louisiana State.

Starting Sunday morning for the DeMarini Roadrunners was 2014 Gabe Moore (Alpharetta, GA), a tall right handed pitcher with broad shoulders and some room to fill. Moore bumped his fastball up to 90 mph, consistently sitting 88/89 mph, even in the later innings of the game. He also showed a feel for three different off-speed pitches; a slider at 76/77 mph, a 74-76 changeup with some fade, and an 11/5 curveball in the 73-74 mph range.

Seth Beer
(Suwanee, GA), a 2016 graduate playing in the 18U, didn’t look out of place, batting fourth for the Roadrunners and manning third base. He made a very nice defensive play at the hot corner on a chopper that appeared to be going over his head. Instead of allowing the ball to do so, Beer took a step back, timed his leap perfectly, and cut down a runner on second attempting to advance to third, thinking it was a base hit off the bat.

Brandt Stallings
(Buford, GA) and Alec Wilson (Cumming, GA), both 2015 graduates, each collected a hard hit single up the middle, with Wilson seeing the ball leave his bat at 94 mph and Stallings left an exit velocity of 98 mph on the radar gun behind the backstop.

An hour before the 2:00 game was scheduled to start on Field 2 at the East Cobb Complex, scouts were lining up and getting ready to see 2014 RHP Dylan Cease (Milton, GA). Cease came out throwing fastballs at 92/93 mph during warms up prior to his first inning of work, where he consistently sat at 93/94 mph, touching 95 mph a few times. To go along with his fastball, which he threw with an effortless arm action, Cease buckled batter's knees with a mid-70s curveball, which had sharp, late 11/5 break, along with a changeup that he had batters out in front with on and threw with the same arm speed.

Showing well in Minnesota at the National Showcase, 2014 OF
Michael Gettys (Gainesville, GA) hasn’t slowed down on the field, literally, as he lined a triple to the LCF gap for a stand up triple, nearly passing the runner who was on the bases ahead of him. Earlier in the game Gettys had a double which made it to the left field fence and he also drew a walk. He showed the same speed and hustle down the line as he did in Minnesota, along with his excellent bat speed in the box.

Starting at shortstop and batting in the middle of the lineup for Team Elite White, 2015 David Chabut (Loganville, GA) is a high motor player with some pop in his bat, lining a pitch down the left field line for a stand-up double.

Starting in the mound for Team Elite White was 2015 LHP Evan Steele (Marietta, GA). Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 193 pounds, the highly protectable Steele topped out at 86 mph with his fastball, sitting 82-84 mph throughout and a high-60s curveball which he used to help him strikeout the side early on.

Micah Carpenter
(2015, Hull, GA) came in to relieve Steele and was pretty effective. Throwing from a 3/4 arm slot, Carpenter sat 86/87 mph on his fastball, topping 88 mph and also showed a good feel for a 71/72 mph curveball which showed good depth and late break.

New Jersey Native Luke Bonfield (2014, Skillman, NJ) had himself a nice day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and a single for the Atlanta Blue Jays.

2012 Perfect Game All American Rowdy Tellez (Elk Grove, CA) is playing this week with the San Diego Show, batting cleanup and playing first base. Taken by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 30
th round of this year's draft, Tellez showed off his hit tool on Saturday night, lacing a double to deep centerfield on Field 2 at the East Cobb Complex.

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