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South Elite Fall Scout Notes: Day 3

Vincent Cervino         Andrew Jenkins        
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South Elite Fall Scout Notes: Day 1 & 2

A pair of prospects near the top of the order showed strong skill sets for Next Level Baseball as Cade O'Hara (2022, Tustin, Calif.) and Derek Gonzales (2023, Costa Mesa, Calif.) both have a lot of things to like.

O’Hara, the team’s shortstop, is an excellent quick-twitch athlete with very smooth glove work. He gets his feet set into athletic positions with ease and shows very smooth hands, particularly to the backhand, with more than enough arm strength to stick on the left side. The defensive chops and overall athleticism are impressive while the swing from the right side projects nicely. It’s a short stroke that he lifts well as he tucks that front shoulder to work the ball to the pull side with intent. The contact will be more consistent with strength but there’s feel for putting the ball in play with a clear line drive approach. Gonzales is a very physical hitter, coming in listed at 6-foot, 205 pounds. The swing is a bit inconsistent but at its best he’s very direct to contact, generating quality bat speed and showing the ability to impact the ball to the pull side. The swing is balanced and he’ll take aggressive cuts in plus counts, but the extra base potential is both present and exciting given the projection.


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