WWBA Tournament

2001 WWBA World Championship

Oct 26, 2001 - Oct 29, 2001

Roger Dean Complex - 4751 Main Street Jupiter, FL 33458 Map

2002 Top Prospects

Scott Kazmir  - LHP - 2002 - Houston, TX - USA
Kazmir was the overall tournament MVP by showing his 94-96 mph fastball and plus slider on both occasions that he took the mound. He showed a good change-up for the first time, which made his stuff even harder to hit. He showed presence, athleticism and a unique ease at which he plays the game. He made some outstanding plays defensively on the mound and in center field. He also hit with the best of them. And his make-up is as good as it gets. He did nothing but fortify his #1 national ranking. Signing with Texas.

Mike Pelfrey  - RHP - 2002 - Wichita, KS - USA
Mike was 92-95 mph with life and had a plus slider. He also had a change-up and split fingered fastball working for him in both appearances. He pitched aggressively and commanded the strike zone extremely well. He put himself right back where he belongs among the nations top prospects. Signing with Wichita State.

Mark McCormick  - RHP - 2002 - Clear Lake Shore, TX - USA
McCormick had the hardest fastball at the event clocking in at a top-speed of 98 mph. He looked very strong and flashed the best curveball we have seen from him to date. It was a plus breaking ball at times. The fastball lacks plus movement, but 97-98 is rare velocity. He was the top power pitcher in the tournament. The breaking ball has put him right up near the top of the national rankings. Signing with Baylor.

BJ (Melvin) Upton  - SS - 2002 - Chesapeake, VA - USA
Upton ran a 6.47 in the 60 and had some good at bats including a towering Home Run. He has some of the best tools in the Nation and didn't hide any of them in Jupiter. He is very much looking like a very early pick next June. He is in our estimation the #1 position prospect in high school baseball. His actions and tools are very rare.

Christian Madson  - 1B - 2002 - Valrico, FL - USA
At 6 feet 8, Madson showed good body control and an ever-improving fastball that topped out at 94 mph. There is room for him to get even better and he already has the ability to pitch. He raised a lot of interest from the scouts and might be a good looking early draft pick in June. He is definitely a "skies the limit" type of prospect. Signing with Florida.

Micah Owings  - RHP - 2002 - Gainesville, GA - USA
Owings was one of the best 2-way players in the tournament. He has power, plus hitting ability and looked like a top pitching prospect on the mound. His fastball topped out at 93 mph and he has a good breaking ball. He shows that he is one of the best prospects in America.

Christopher Gruler  - RHP - 2002 - Brentwood, CA - USA
Gruler looked very strong with a live 92-95 mph fastball and a good curve. He had very good command and was one of the hardest to hit pitchers in the tournament. He could be a top draft pick in June. If he continues to improve, he will go very early for sure. In fact, he should go early based on what he brings to the table now. Signing with Arizona State.

Micah Schilling  - SS - 2002 - Clinton, LA - USA
Schilling was coming out of the middle of his football season and looked to be as comfortable as usual with a bat in his hands. He hit everything hard and showed some of the best hitting tools in the country. Most of the scouts at the event agreed. Plus he can run and play, He is the real deal. Signing with LSU.

Brian McCann  - C - 2002 - Duluth, GA - USA
McCann showed scouts a legitimate power, in the tournament. Everything he hit was hard, had carry, and wood did not affect his swing or his results. One of his HR's was arguably the longest and highest in the event. He is a strong hitter with fast hands and tremendous bat-speed. He also is one of the nations top defensive catchers. Signing with Alabama.

Jonathan Broxton  - RHP - 2002 - Augusta, GA - USA
Broxton is a very big 230 pound imposing pitcher with a power fastball that topped out at 94 mph many times. He cruised by the competition and showed decent off-speed stuff and had command of the inner half. He was one of the best performers in Jupiter, that we had not seen prior to the tournament. Signing with Georgia Southern.

2003 Top Prospects

Jarrod Saltalamacchia  - C - 2003 - West Palm Beach, FL - USA
Saltalamacchia showed why he is the top ranked catcher in his class. He caught Scott Kazmir's nasty mid 90's stuff with ease, popped 1.8's and hit with wood power from both sides of the plate. "Salty" has a pretty complete package both at and behind the plate and he projects to keep getting better.

Chad Billingsley  - RHP - 2003 - Defiance, OH - USA
Billingsley showed a 93 mph fastball that we have seen even better but it was his hard off-speed pitches with outstanding command that caught a lot of scouts attention. 3 plus pitches in a junior is rare! He's also a plus runner who can really swing the bat.

David Winfree  - 3B - 2003 - Virginia Beach, VA - USA
Winfree is the most dominating hitter with wood in his class, at this time. He hit a couple of bombs out of the park and everything else comes off his wood bat like a rocket. One tape measure shot and a line drive double were in the Championship game.

Delmon Young  - OF - 2003 - Camarillo, CA - USA
Young came off an impressive stint at the Area Codes and was able to display his bat speed and power. The ball jumps off his bat lightening fast and he looks like a veteran out there already. Presently ranked #2 in the 03 class.

Lastings Milledge  - OF - 2003 - Palmetto, FL - USA
Milledge has been much better and was obviously pitched around, but he showed his big-league bat-speed, foot-speed and athleticism. Based on his tools, he is presently ranked #1 nationally in his class.

Xavier Paul  - OF - 2003 - Slidell, LA - USA
Paul was 92 mph on the hill (we have seen him throw 94). In Jupiter he hit the ball with power to all fields. He is a strong athletic and shows plus running, hitting and pitching skills. He is a top prospect.

Jeff Allison  - RHP - 2003 - Peabody, MA - USA
Making several relief appearances on the mound and registering as high as 94 mph with one of the quickest arms in his class, Jeff has opened a lot of eyes. His athleticism is also a plus.

Chris Perez  - RHP - 2003 - Holmes Beach, FL - USA
Chris was a pleasant surprise with good command of his fastball that was in the low 90's a lot. He is big, strong and has a good arm action. He touched 93 and is not afraid to go inside on batters with it.

Ryan Sweeney  - OF - 2003 - Cedar Rapids, IA - USA
Sweeney had a good performance both pitching and hitting. He has good wood power and bat-speed but pitching against and defeating the Team Florida 02 team was a gem ! He topped out at 88 mph in Jupiter with good off-speed stuff.

Jeff Jamnik  - RHP - 2003 - Arlington, TX - USA
Jamnik is a very big, country strong pitcher who can fill up the strike zone with three pitches. His fastball was mostly 89-91 in Jupiter. His breaking ball is tight and sharp at times. 

2004 Top Prospects

Troy Patton  - LHP - 2004 - Magnolia, TX - USA
Troy throws from a low ¾ arm slot and threw an outstanding complete game in Jupiter. He was 86-89 mph and touched 91. He also has a slider with a big hook and registered 13 strikeouts in the game. He is definitely one of the top 04's in the nation at this time.

John Mike Vidic  - RHP - 2004 - Marietta, GA - USA
J.M. is a big strong pitcher who demonstrated command with 3 pitches that included an 85-89 mph fastball that touched 90 and worked it in and out effectively. He has a strong body and can really pitch. He very well could be the most projectable 04 out there.

James Parr  - RHP - 2004 - Alburquerque, NM - USA
James throws 2 pitches with good command and showed the makings of a split fingered pitch too. His fastball was 87-91 and touched 92 mph. His curve was also a good one with a hard break. It will be extremely interesting to see how good he becomes over the next two years.

Eric Hurley  - RHP - 2004 - Jacksonville, FL - USA
Eric has a fast arm and showed it with his 86-89 mph fastball. He threw a lot of curveballs but his best pitch is the fastball that has some late movement with both tailing and cutting action. He has a semi low arm angle and projects very well. Should be a top guy in 04.

Joey Williamson  - RHP - 2004 - Lantana, FL - USA
Joey looked strong and hit the ball hard with wood, had good bat-speed, has a strong arm from behind the plate and pitched very well. He was 86-89 mph and his curveball was sharp. He will be watched like a hawk for the next two years.

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