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Monday, July 01, 2013

National Showcase Top Pitchers

David Rawnsley        
Photo: Perfect Game
Contributing: Jerry Ford, Patrick Ebert

Also see: National Showcase Top Position Prospects | 2013 National Showcase event page

The National Showcase in itself is a top prospect event, so it's difficult to limit the number of pitchers listed below to just over 50. Over 100 pitchers topped out at 90 mph or better, and several players are not mentioned on this list despite being highest level prospects. There is a good possibility that many of the players not mentioned on this list could become early draft picks, college All-Americans, or both. The High School Class of 2014 already appears to be very strong with the amount of talent that participated at this year's National Showcase, and like past years, Perfect Game will continue to follow this class right up until next year’s draft.

RHP Tyler Kolek
(Shepherd HS, TX): Kolek’s legend beat him to the Metrodome, complete with pictures of 102 mph showing on radar guns from an outing earlier in the week. The huge 6-5/240 Texan topped out at 97 at the Dome and showed very good pitchability and the ability to spin the ball. He could be a special talent.

RHP Touki Toussaint
(Coral Springs Christian Academy, FL): We found out that Toussaint threw five innings two days before his National appearance, so his velocity was understandably down a bit to the 90-94 mph range. But he has impressively improved his whole repertoire of stuff, adding a upper-80s cutter and nice changeup to his nasty FB/CB combination.

RHP/SS Dylan Cease
(Milton HS, GA): Cease sat in the 94-96 mph area and the first word to describe his pitching mechanics and release is “easy.” The ball just explodes out of his hand. Cease is also a quality two-way prospect and that athleticism contributes to his very high ceiling on the mound.

RHP Grant Holmes
(Conway HS, SC): Holmes invoked the wow factor after a few pitches from all the scouts behind the Metrodome backstop, pretty much sitting at 95-96 mph for the first inning to go with a 85 mph curveball that probably had many erroneously writing “slider” in their notebooks. He later showed the ability to pitch with some two-seam life at lower velocities and threw strikes at will with all pitches.

RHP Luis Ortiz
(Sanger HS, CA): The big 6-3/220 right hander showed little effort or emotion in throwing 92-95 with his fastball but that wasn’t even his best pitch. His 82-84 mph slider fell into the “best of” category at the event and was a plus present big league pitch at times.

LHP Mac Marshall
(Parkview HS, Lilburn, GA): I’ve seen Marshall throw 5-6 times over the last 16 or so months, including as recently as April, and this was a big, big step for him. He threw with less effort, had much better command and was downright nasty with his off-speed at times. Of course, he also sat at 93-94 on his fastball.

LHP/OF Brady Aiken
(Cathedral Catholic HS, Cardiff By The Sea, CA): Aiken has improved in every part of his pitching abilities and athleticism over the past year. It will be difficult for scouts to separate him from memories of 2013 first rounder Ian Clarkin, another San Diego area prospect.

RHP Joseph Gatto
(St. Augustine Prep, Hammonton, NJ): Gatto’s performance was so quick and efficient he may have escaped notice of some observers. He pitched at 90-94 down in the zone with plus life and featured both a curveball and a slider that he spotted with professional maturity. In fact, he could have cruised through two innings in minor league ball with no problem with the same stuff in location right now.

LHP Kodi Medeiros
(Waiakea HS, Hilo, HA): The PG staff knew virtually nothing about the Hawaiian southpaw before he stepped on the Metrodome mound as the first pitcher at the showcase, but everyone quickly learned that he had absolutely top shelf ability. Medeiros topped out at 94 mph with extreme life from multiple release points and showed one of the sharpest curveballs of the event as well.

RHP Keven Pimentel
(Shoreham-Wading River HS, Wading River, NY): The 6-3/215 right-hander has power pitcher written all over him with a fastball that topped at 94 mph and a hard slider. He and California’s Luis Ortiz (above) are bookends.

RHP Cameron Varga
(Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Loveland, OH): Varga has evolved from a Florida shortstop to an Ohio power right handed pitcher over the past few years. He sat in the 93-95 mph range in Minnesota and did it easily.

LHP Justus Sheffield
(Tullahoma HS, TN): The first few appearances of the summer have already shown Sheffield evolving from a hard throwing young lefty into a polished hurler who can mix his low-90s fastball, slider and changeup to spots in sequence instead of just reaching back and firing. That bodes well for his long term future.

RHP Sean Reid-Foley
(Paxton School, Jacksonville, FL): Reid-Foley is comparable to another National Showcase revelation, Joseph Gatto. He pitched in the low-90s, topping out at 94 mph to go with a hard upper-70s curveball in a dominating performance that ended with six strikeouts. The Florida native was one of the most talked about pitchers of the event by the PG scouting staff.

RHP Michael Kopech
(Mt. Pleasant HS, TX): Kopech defines looseness and projectability in a young right-hander. He topped out at 94 mph from a long, whippy arm action and spun his curveball hard in the mid-70s. He should continue to keep improving as he continues to get stronger and refines his somewhat complicated delivery.

RHP Brandon Murray
(Hobart HS, IN): We’ll have to see Murray more often this summer to get a feel for his pitchability and secondary pitches, but he put on a show for the radar guns in Minneapolis, touching 98 mph once and pumping plenty of 95 mph fastballs in there to follow up. He has a very impressive arm.

LHP Devin Smeltzer (Bishop Eustace Prep, Vorrhees, NY): Smeltzer’s present stuff is solid but but he is immensely projectable and has enough funk to his delivery to be very deceptive to hitters. Don’t be surprised to see big jumps in the raw stuff in the next few months.

RHP Keith Weisenberg
(Osceola HS, Seminole, FL): Weisenberg is this scout’s “pick to click” among the young bodied, projectable pitchers in the 2014 class, although that might not happen until he spends three years at Stanford. The 6-4/180 Florida native pitched at 90-92 with a hard curveball but does it so effortlessly, with such a nice arm action, that you just know that he’s only scratching the surface of his future abilities.

LHP Foster Griffin
(The First Academy, Orlando, FL): It’s only a matter of time before the 6-5/195 Griffin is throwing first round caliber stuff on a regular basis. He topped out at 92 mph with a solid curveball combination in Minnesota. The jump might not come in the next 10 months, as it might not come until after a few years at Mississippi, but it will happen.

RHP Keaton McKinney
(Ankeny HS, IA): There may not be a more improved pitcher in the country over the past year than the former Iowa catcher/first baseman. McKinney pitched in the 90-92 mph range with command and showed the best changeup at the National to go with a pretty good hard breaking ball as well.

RHP Jacob Nix
(Los Alamitos HS, CA): Nix might have had the most low effort delivery of any pitcher at the Metrodome and threw 92-93 very consistently. His off-speed stuff will need to show itself at a higher level to move up the lists but all the ingredients are there.

RHP Mitch Hart
(Granite Bay HS, CA): The 6-3/175 Hart is one of the most projectable pitchers in the class and it is just a matter of time before he bumps his 89-91/92 fastball up to the next tier. His curveball is his best present pitch and his changeup is a legitimate weapon too.

RHP Andrew Karp
(West Orange HS, Winter Garden, FL): Karp has thrown in over a dozen Perfect Game events in the past, but this was his best, which is always a good sign. He topped out at 93 mph with life on his fastball and threw his curve better than ever.

LHP Daniel Gooden
(Griffin HS, GA): Gooden is a big, physical southpaw from Georgia, who isn’t part of the “projection” crowd of prospects, but doesn’t need as much projection either. The 6-3/205 southpaw topped out at 93 mph with the ability to spot his fastball and also threw a slider and changeup.

RHP Turner Larkins
(Arlington Martin HS, TX): Larkins has a big and durable 6-3/215 frame that screams inning eating starter with an easy and deceptive over the top arm slot that produces a steady low-90s fastball as well as a hard biting curveball.

RHP Eric Manoah Jr.
(South Dade HS, Homestead, FL): The 6-2/210 Manoah was up to 93 mph the final day of the National with some real power behind his pitches. He’ll be one to watch closely over the course of the summer as he’s gone from 85 to 89 to 93 mph over his last three PG events in the last 13 months.

LHP Willie Rios
(St. Bernard HS, Waterford, CT): Rios went about his business on the mound quietly and effectively, much like RHP Joseph Gatto did. But the end result was sharp; two very easy innings with a 89-91/92 fastball located well, good feel for the shape and spin for his breaking ball and a nice changeup. He’s also a good athlete who spent plenty of time at first base during games.

LHP Carson Sands
(North Florida Christian HS, Tallahassee, FL): Sands looks the part with his athletic 6-4/210 build and topped out at 92 on his fastball. His changeup was a very effective second pitch and he cruised after making an adjustment in his release early in his outing to spot his fastball better.

LHP Bennett Sousa
(The Benjamin School, North Palm Beach, FL): Sousa and fellow Floridian Carson Sands are hard to separate in a scouting sense as two athletic lefties with low-90s fastballs, hard spinning breaking balls and some fine tuning to do with their command and control.

RHP Brigham Hill
(Nacogdoches HS, TX): In a superlative class of big, hard throwing right handed pitchers it’s impossible not to insert one or two hard throwing and polished sub-six footers. Virginia’s Jeff Harding would have been a worthy choice, but Hill, who sat 90-93 with feel and quality to his off-speed pitches, was even better.

RHP Josh Pennington
(Lower Cape May HS, NJ: Pennington was such a late addition to the National that he didn’t even make the add-on sheet for the event roster. But that didn’t keep him from standing out for the scouts on the last day of the event. The New Jersey right hander’s arm action is exceptionally loose and fast and he threw four quality pitches, including a fastball that topped out at 92 mph.

RHP Spencer Adams
(White County HS, Cleveland, GA): With a quick arm and a tall, projectable and well-proportioned frame, Adams has plenty of room for added velocity on his low-90s fastball. He was fearless on the mound, attacking hitters while hitting both the inside and outside corners, peaking at 93 mph with his fastball at the Metrodome while also throwing a sharp slider and good changeup.

RHP Gage Burland
(East Valley HS, Otis Orchards, WA): Burland showcased his arm strength as part of the drills throwing 96 mph from the outfield. On the mound his fastball sat at 89-90, and touched 91, while throwing a sharp mid-70s curveball to make quick work in his two innings.

RHP Ryan Castellani
(Borphy College Preparator, Phoenix, AZ): Castellani was sharp at the Metrodome a year ago participating in the Jr. National Showcase, and showed improved mechanics and command this year. With a tall and lean yet strong build, he was able to sit in the upper-80s and touched 91 with his fastball at this year's event.

RHP Jake Godfrey
(Providence Catholic HS, New Lenox, IL): Godfrey is 6-3/215 with a nice, smooth delivery. He topped out at 92 in the Metrodome and showed good feel for his secondary pitches. Godfrey's mechanics are solid, and his fastball shows some life, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him throwing in the mid-90s in the future.

RHP Grant Hockin
(Damien HS, Pomona, CA): Grant was not one of the hardest throwers at the Metrodome, but his pitchability graded out very high. His velocity peaked at 90 at this event. With outstanding command, hitters seem to be having trouble seeing the ball, and at 6-3/195 he has a chance to be very special at the next level.

RHP Brandon Kelliher
(Lake Stevens HS, WA) Kelliher isn't the biggest guy but he was definitely one of the most talented pitchers at the Metrodome. He topped out at 92, but that just tells part of the story. Kelliher has an outstanding feel for pitching, and he can throw three pitches for strikes, and his fastball gets on hitters in a hurry.

LHP Jake Latz
(Lemont Twp HS, IL): It's easy to dream on the 6-2/185 Latz, who commanded the lower half of the strike zone well with three pitches to cruise through his two innings of work, including striking out five batters in a row. His fastball peaked at 89 mph at this event, and he throws a promising overhand curveball in the low-70s.

RHP Alex Lange
(Lee's Summit West, MO): What stands out the most from the durable, big-bodied Lange is his command of his sharp breaking 79-81 mph slider. He also sat at 89-91 with his fastball, and peaked at 92, with plenty of reason to believe he'll continue to add velocity on both pitches given his arm speed and size.

LHP David Peterson
(Regis Jesuit HS, Denver, CO): Yet another pitcher who stood out in the Metrodome a year ago at the Jr. National, Peterson has a tall and lanky frame that continues to add strength. With broad shoulders and a high waist, it's easy to see him adding more velocity on his upper-80s fastball. He also throws a sweeping mid-70s breaking ball.

RHP Mayky Perez
(San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic): A PG All-American last summer and an international free agent come July 2, Perez is only 16-years old and continues to show steady improvement. Already built tall and strong, Perez dialed his fastball up to 92 mph at the Metrodome with great extension out front. Although he threw mostly fastballs, his upper-70s slider is also an effective pitch.

RHP/OF Jonathan Teaney
(Quartz Hill HS, Palmdale, CA) Before mentioning pitching it should be added that Teaney can really swing the bat. The ball jumps off his bat very loudly. Pitching he used a live low 90s heater and a sharp breaking ball that the top hitters at the dome were struggling to make good contact.  As he gets older that velocity is going to go up.

RHP/OF Brad Wegman
(Great Oak HS, Temecula, CA): The 6-3/190 right hander threw well in the Metrodome. His velocity peaked at 92 and he showed a good feel for his secondary pitches. There is more velocity to come and Wegman needs to be followed closely.

RHP David Michael Burkhalter
(Ruston HS, LA): The tall, lanky Burkhalter has been steadily gaining velocity. The 90 mph he topped out at in the Metrodome is just a sign of what’s in store for the future. His arm works well, he has a feel for three pitches and he can command the strike zone. The sky is the limit.

RHP/SS Clarke Schmidt
(Allatoona HS, Acworth, GA): Clarke is sort of a late bloomer, following in his brother's (2011 PG All-American Clate Schmidt) footsteps. He is a very athletic player/pitcher with a quick arm. He tops out in the low-90s now, but his brother was up to 96 during his senior year in high school. There are definite similarities in size and arm action.

RHP Brady Feigl
(Central HS, Chesterfield, MO): Feigl is a big, tall right hander at 6-5/200 with room to get bigger and stronger. His fastball topped at 92 in the Metrodome, but he is going to increase that velocity as he grows older. He is going to create some serious scouting interest in Missouri.

RHP Derek Casey
(Hanover HS, Mechanicsville, VA): Casey is a 6-1 right hander committed to Virginia. He has a solid build and his arm works well. He had no problem reaching 92 mph with his fastball in the dome. This is the perfect highest level D-I pitcher, and if he doesn’t create early round interest next year, he should after a few years of college.

RHP Jeff Harding Jr.
(Cambridge South Dorches HS, MD): Jeff isn’t your typical tall, lanky right-hander. At 5-11/196 he displays an above average MLB fastball. He was up to 93 in the dome and he has thrown better than that. Harding has early round ability, but it might take a trip to South Carolina, where he has committed, to make that happen.

RHP Bryce Dyrda
(Oakdale HS, CA): Bryce is yet another of those not-so-tall yet athletic pitchers with a big arm. At 6-foot there’s a good chance he will take his talents to Southern Cal, where he has committed, before becoming an early draft pick. He showed velocity up to 93 at the dome and that velocity is likely to be steadily in the mid-90s, or even better, in college.

RHP Sam Proctor
(IMG Academy, Sarasota, FL): Proctor is a solidly built 6-1/200 right-hander and a very good athlete. His mechanics are solid and he has a good feel for three pitches, including a fastball that topped out at 92 mph in the Metrodome.

RHP Wyatt Marks
(St. Thomas More HS, Lafayette, LA): Wyatt is a 6-3/200 pitcher with a strong arm and excellent athleticism. His fastball peaked at 91 in the Metrodome, but also worked out in the outfield, throwing 92 from right field. He ran a 6.7 in the 60-yard dash, so the combination of athletic ability, size, speed and arm strength makes for an interesting projection.

RHP/OF Cre Finfrock
(Martin County HS, Jensen Beach, FL): Finfrock wasn’t the biggest or strongest pitcher in Minneapolis, but he was up to 94 with excellent life to go along with a very sharp breaking ball that commands attention. As he matures physically this is a guy the scouting community has to account for. Remember the name, you’re going to be hearing it again.

RHP Micah Miniard
(Boyle County HS, Danville, KY): Miniard is a very tall 6-7/200 right-hander who is just scratching the surface of his potential. Of course, he’s scratching it with 92 mph present velocity. If he works hard, the sky is the limit for him. Western Kentucky, where he has committed, is hoping he doesn’t make any giant strides over the next year.

RHP Evelino Ruibal
(Millburn HS, NJ): Ruibal at 6-4/204 looks the part. He threw in the low-90s at the Metrodome and displayed a good feel for pitching, with three pitches that are all usable. He is plenty good right now and he is going to be even better in the near future. A good student, he has committed to play for Notre Dame.

RHP Dominique Key
(San Diego HS, CA): Key is another of the not-so-large right handed pitchers with a great arm. He toppeed out at 92 in the dome, but we have seen him even better in the past. He attacks hitters with fastballs and breaking balls, and he commands the strike zone using all four sides. Key produced some very uneasy at-bats in Minnesota.
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