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Tournaments | Story | 7/1/2018

15u BCS Scout Notes

Taylor Weber         Perfect Game Tournament Staff        
Photo: Cole Wagner (Perfect Game)

15u BCS National Championship Scout Notes (June 27)

As we moved into the second round of pool play many teams are competing for a playoff spot. It was a tough game that lasted long into the night for the TCA Twins but Dylan Rogers (2021 McKinney, Texas) did all he could in a 6-1 loss. Rogers is a 6-foot-2, 165-pound righty who started for the Twins and gave them 5 1/3 innings allowing only two earned runs. He has a large frame that projects well on the mound, topping out at 80 mph with more to come. He also performed well with the bat, collecting a couple of doubles in the game. His swing is smooth and he shows signs of two-way ability.

It was an all out slug-fest for the Banditos Florida 15u Select team as they scored a huge victory 19-1. They hit up and down the lineup and Jack Cue (2021 Southwest Ranches, Fla.) was in the heart of that. He finished the game going 3-for-5 with four RBI. His hands are quick to the ball with a fluid a swing generating leverage out front. His 6-foot, 170-pound frame generates good pop off the bat when squared up out front.

Another big bat for the Banditos came towards the bottom of the order in catcher Noah Chance (2021 Miramar, Fla.). Chance is an athletic 5-foot-11, 190-pounds who moves well behind the plate. He has an easy middle-of-the-field swing with good feel for the barrel and a high contact approach.

CCBA 2021 moved to 5-1 in the tournament with the help of Justus Lockwood (2021 Prosper, Texas). Lockwood is a solid top of the order guy who can make solid and consistent contact. He shows good patience at the plate and can drive his pitch. His consistent contact should turn into consistent drive off the bat as he gets stronger.

Lahiem Bell (2021 Nassau, Bahamas) helped lead the Rawlings Stealth FL 2021 team to a 9-0 victory moving to 4-2 in the tournament. Bell is 5-foot-10, 190-pounds and moves very well behind the plate with advanced receiving skills. Bell also handles the bat well as he drove in three of the nine runs scored by going 2-for-2 at the plate with a walk. He has a lot of present strength and could develop into a power threat if his barrel consistency can mature as well.

Nick Dawson (2021, Louisville, Ky.) helped lead the Ironmen South Duggins to a 4-1 victory with two RBI in the game. Dawson has a large frame at 6-foot, 200-pounds and he uses it well in his swing. He utilizes a compact and quick path to the ball. Dawson really looks to elevate the ball and drive it to the deep parts of the field.

It was a great game for Team Elite 15u Futures’ Coby Wilkerson. He came close to a couple of home runs but had to settle for doubles, and in his final at-bat he got enough lift to get his home run to left field. Wilkerson has a mature approach with a very smooth swing. His barrel is quick through the zone and he gets a lot of pop off the barrel.

As the 15u BCS National Championship progressed the Florida Rebels continued to advance. Brady Jernigan (2021 Sarasota, Fla.) helped push the Rebels to a 6-0 victory with a 2-for-2 day at the plate. Jernigan has a strong frame and uses it in his swing. When meeting the ball out front the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder generates a lot of pop off the barrel that should continue to improve to some power potential.

Adam Quincy (2021 Sevierville, Tenn.) came in for the second half of the game for eXposure North Prime 15u and helped keep their 7-2 lead intact. Quincy is a 6-foot-1, 195-pound lefty who has some projection on the mound. His arm works well and he’s able to pound the zone with a fastball that generates plane topping out at 77 mph. His curveball shows some late bite in the bottom of the zone. Quincy went four innings and allowed just one hit.

Team Elite 15u Prime remains a tough team to beat as they advanced with a 8-0 victory with a  big performance by righthanded pitcher Morgan Lunceford (2021 Shawnee, Okla.). Lunceford threw a complete game with three hits early on and remained lights out as the game progressed. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound pitcher runs his fastball up to 85 mph with a sharp-breaking curveball.

– Taylor Weber

Arkansas commit Markevian Hence (2020, Pine Bluff, Ark..) pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief for Sticks Baseball, striking out four batters with a fastball topping at 91 mph. His comfort zone with the pitch was 87-90 mph with good life in the zone. The righthander features a slider with tightness and some good depth at times, with the ability to expand the zone and miss bats.

Ryan Spikes (2021, Covington, Ga.) worked an inning of relief for Team Elite 15u Prime. Pitching a clean innings, Spikes needed 17 pitches to record three outs and punched out two batters he faced. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound righthander hit 88 mph and sat at 84-87 mph most of the inning. Spikes throws both a curveball and slider, both pitches are effective, with the curveball having 11-to-5 action and the slider has some good bite.

His teammate Cole Wagner (2021, Lewisberry, Pa.) had success against the Dirtbags going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. A lefthanded hitter, Wagner has a bent knee stance with a lot of bat movement. He uses a leg lift and shows a line drive approach to all fields. He does a good job staying inside the baseball and looks to do damage.

Serving as the designated hitter for Team Elite, Christian Little (2021, St. Louis, Mo.) has a large 6-foot-2 frame and weighs 195-pounds. He stands slightly open at the plate and has relaxed hands. Little keeps his weight on his back leg well, creating tension and stays behind the baseball. He is the No. 1 overall player in the state of Missouri for the 2021 class and is committed to Vanderbilt.

Banditos Florida 15u Black has a number of quality players in their lineup including leadoff hitter Sean Ambrose (2021, Miami, Fla.). A shortstop with good defensive actions, Ambrose is committed to Florida International University. The 5-foot-7 infielder is quick, and at the plate he has an equally quick, two-hand finish swing. He does a good job keeping his weight on his back leg and looks to line the ball into the outfield using a consistent approach.

Playing center field for Banditos, Bryant Colon (2021, Greenacres, Fla.) showed some range in the outfield getting to a number of balls hit his way. Colon has present strength in his upper body and has already started to fill out his wiry, lean body type. Standing with a bent knee, closed stance, Colon doesn’t use any bat movement pre-pitch. He takes a direct swing path and likes to pull the baseball.

Darian Fumero (2020, Hialeah, Fla.) has a line drive approach with some barrel frequency. With a physical, 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame, Fumero saw time in right field. He made consistent hard contact and most of his power comes on the pull side. There were swings where Fumero flashed a strong feel for getting some angle off the bat, driving a few line drives deep into the outfield.

University of Miami commit Chase LeBlanc (2021, Cocoa, Fla.) served as the designated hitter for Banditos. A switch-hitter, LeBlanc has a relaxed stance from both sides of the plate. He has subtle movements in the box that include a leg lift and a good separation on his load. Known for his arm, the lefthanded pitcher gets up to 82 mph on his fastball. The pitch has good life to it and he works the pitch in and out well. His curveball has good depth to it and his bite on the pitch can generate swings and misses.

Nick Anello (2021, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound righthanded pitcher for Elite Squad 15u National. In his outing, Anello stuck out four batters in three innings pitched. His fastball topped at 86 mph and hovered 80-84 mph most of the start. He showed the ability to pound the strike zone and has a fast-paced delivery. His slider has more 11-to-5 spin to it, averaging 64 mph with flashes of depth and bite a few times.

Elite Squad Elite has a number of arms, including Juhlien Gonzalez (2021, Southwest Ranches, Fla.). Committed to FIU as the No. 2 third baseman in his class, Gonzalez impressed on the mound. He showed a solid delivery with easy arm action. He pumped out 86 mph with his fastball that played well up in the zone. Gonzalez showed a 71 mph curveball with some down movement at time and picked up six strikeouts in four innings of work.

The No. 4 righthanded pitcher in the entire nation for the 2021 class, Irving Carter (2021, Boynton Beach, Fla.) stands 6-foot-3, 200-pounds with a physical, durable pitchers body. Getting good extension and following through his pitches well with back leg drive, Carter worked 3 1/3 innings earlier in the tournament. Equipped with an impressive arm, he struck out eight hitters. He got ahead of most with his 89 mph fastball and finished them off with a 75 mph curveball with some hump action.

Connor Manning (2021, Coral Springs, Fla.) flashed big arm potential, hitting 86 mph a number of times over three innings. He allowed just one hit and struck out four. Manning has a fastball/curveball approach, mixing in his 68 mph curveball consistently. He goes on the attack and pounds the strike zone, forcing hitters to swing. His ability to bear down and execute pitches was impressive.

Florida State commit Jackson Baumeister (2021, Jacksonville, Fla.) is a 6-foot-3 catcher with a lean 210-pound frame. Offensively, Baumeister does a good job of staying short on his swing with his long arms. He keeps his hands inside the baseball well and the ball jumps off his bat. Baumeister creates good pre-pitch rhythm at the plate and has a comfortable, quick swing.

Sticks Baseball third baseman Austin Ledbetter (2021, Bryant, Ark.) is an athletic infielder that is listed as a shortstop but can handle the hot corner. Ledbetter is committed to Arkansas and has relaxed hands at the plate with comfortable pre-pitch movements in the box. His plate discipline is good and will take his walks, looking to get on base. Ledbetter swings a quick bat with solid barrel frequency.

Throughout the tournament, Marcus Franco (2021, Miramar, Fla.) consistently found the barrel. Committed to FIU, Franco is the No. 1 first baseman out of Florida in the 2021 class. With a 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame, Franco has the ability to hit for power, with most being on the pull side, but he has the ability to drive the ball into the gap in right-center field. He showed some power frequency by hitting a few doubles and has a powerful, quick bat through the zone.

Dawson Ball (2021, Wellington, Fla.) is a lefthanded hitting catcher and is ranked fifth in Florida at his position. He has a smooth swing, with a solid bat path that allows for a nice line drive approach. Ball had himself a few multi-hit games in the tournament, hitting the ball with authority to all fields. His defense behind the plate is good, with soft hands and he works with pitchers well.

Third baseman Bryan Loriga (2021, Hialeah, Fla.) is a strong, physical hitter with big power upside. His power frequency showed up in game, as he hit a few extra-base hits, including a home run that flew off his bat with good carry and distance. His bat speed is above average, and he does a good job getting extension on his swing. Committed to FIU, Loriga is the No. 2 third baseman in the state for his class.

University of Miami commit Alex Ulloa (2021, Cutler Bay, Fla.) followed Loriga’s home run with one of his own in the Tuesday win over Illinois Hawks. A talented shortstop with tools, Ulloa stands 5-foot-11, 170-pounds. Ulloa has present strength and swings a quick bat, making hard contact consistently. His defense is good with a solid first step and can cover a lot of ground. His hands are soft and work fast, and his arm strength is above average with throws that get across the diamond.

Justin Quintana (2021, Hialeah, Fla.) reached base a lot this tournament with a strong eye at the plate and a quick, line drive swing. An outfielder, Quintana kept spraying hits all over the field with a compact swing and simplified approach. He doesn’t look to do too much at the plate and was a consistent performer.

Aiden Williams (2021, Parkland, Fla.) was solid in relief for X team 2021. The lefthanded pitcher showed some upside on the mound, topping at 75 mph with some late life to it. He sprinkled in a 61-65 mph curveball and showed some feel for the pitch with the ability to land the pitch for strikes.  Williams can work both sides of the plate and has balance with his delivery.

X team 2021’s first baseman Juan Correa (2021, Weston, Fla.) had a productive day at the plate against Sticks Baseball, picking up a few hits, including a double, and drove in two runs. Correa has a projectable frame at 6-foot-3, 185-pounds with some present muscle, but is going to fill out more. His swing is quick, and compact and his barrel placement was consistent.

Another large first baseman was Evan Ames (2021, Fort Myers, Fla.) for Florida Burn. With a 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame, Ames makes for an easy throwing target at first base for his infielders. His footwork around the bag is solid and can pick it in the dirt well. He has a powerful swing at the plate and looks to impact the baseball.

Righthander Walker Trusley (2020, Powell, Tenn.) closed out a 2-1 win for eXposure North Prime 15u, working two innings. The 6-foot-1 pitcher worked fast on the mound and had a controlled delivery. His fastball sat 82-86 and he did a good job creating a downward angle. He featured a curveball averaging 75 mph with downer movement that he dropped in for strikes. There is some projection in his frame and his arm speed is solid.

US Elite leadoff hitter Camden Sprague (2021, Bradenton, Fla.) showed quickness in his swing with twitchy actions. Going 2-for-4 in their win over Canes Prospects, Sprague ripped a double and saw pitches well. He has a strong eye at the plate with good discipline. The center fielder plays a good outfield with range and gets to balls in the gaps, preventing extra bases.

Second baseman James Triantos (2022, McLean, Va.) is a name to follow. The infielder is a switch hitter with a solid swing from both sides of the plate. He hit third for Molina Stars, going 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI. His line drive approach will lead to gap-to-gap extra-base hits. His defensive actions are solid, and he sets himself up in a good fielding position.

Triantos followed that up with a 3-for-4 performance with two doubles in a championship game win over Sticks Baseball.

The No. 3 righthanded pitcher in the state of New Jersey for the 2021 class, Dan Merkel (2021, Millstone, N.J.) hopped on the mound for Molina Stars. A projectable 5-foot-11, 180-pounds, Merkel touched 86 mph with his fastball and averaged 85 mph through three and two-thirds innings. He struck out six batters and showed swing and miss stuff between his mid-80s fastball and 75 mph 11-to-5 curveball.

Mason Janz (2021, Ellenton, Fla.) hit second for Florida Rebels. The right fielder collected two hits, showing off his ability to take what the pitcher gives him. He uses a simplified line drive approach and has good bat to ball skills. His plan at the plate fits well in the two-spot in the order, and his ability to make contact only adds to his value. 

– Jacob Frisaro

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