* PLEASE NOTE: Players that are written up on the scouting blog were identified by our scouting staff based on the demonstration of notable tool(s) or skill(s). While we do not keep stats, we are watching for standout performers on the mound, at the plate, in the field and on the bases.
18U DIVISION (Go to 16u Division)
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#25 Liam Roden – RHP | R/R | 6-3/175 | 2015 | Bixby HS | Bixby, OK
6/7/14 – Big, strong body, lots of room to grow at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds. Big upside. Fastball 81-84 mph with good arm side run. Effective 10/4 breaking ball. Worked quick and consistently around the zone.
#45 Bradley Gonzales – RHP/3B | R/R | 6-2/240 | 2015 | Marana HS | Tucson, AZ
6/6/14 – Dominant presence on mound at 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds. Aggressive on both sides plate. Fastball 85 to 91 with late arm side run. Ball is easy out of hand, making it appear to jump on hitters. Coils knee back over rubber at balance point. Uses legs well, has present strength. Curve 71 to 76, with lower end of velocity range lacking fastball arm speed. Works very well inside to right handed hitters. Could be closer material, works well from stretch and has potential power two-pitch mix.
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#13 Jordan Morina – 3B/IF | R/R | 6-0/185 | 2016 | Coral Gables HS | Miami, FL
6/10/14 – Quick hands to hit, ball gets off bat with life. Showed great range at 3B along with a strong arm.
#27 Tony Gonzalez – C/1B | R/R | 6-1/205 | 2015 | Hialeah Educational Academy | Hialeah, FL
6/10/14 – Offensive minded catcher with power potential. Moves well to block, solid target behind the plate. Release times around 2.15.
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#3 Danny Casals – SS | R/R | 5-10/155 | 2015 | Columbus HS | Miami, FL
6/10/14 – Fluid, easy actions both to hit and with the glove. Simple right handed stroke, tracked pitches well and showed the ability to go the other way for solid contact. Solid defender with good hands and arm strength for the left side of the infield.
#10 Nick Roacha – C | R/R | 6-0/165 | 2015 | Columbus HS | Miami, FL
6/10/14 – Well rounded defensive catcher. Sat well behind the plate, and showed good combination of receiving and blocking skills. Throws had on line carry. Aggressive hitter early the in the count.
#25 Matt Marini – RHP | R/R | 6-2/205 | 2015 | Columbus HS | Miami, FL
6/10/14 – Large framed right hander. Fastball around 84 from high three quarters slot with slight arm side life. Breaking ball was thrown in mid to upper 60s with 11-5 shape and rolling downward action. Solid delivery, arm worked fine.
#29 Danny Bello – 1B | L/R | 6-3/210 | 2016 | Columbus HS | Miami, FL
6/8/14 – Featured an effortless left handed stroke, the ball jumped off his bat. Showed ability to drive the ball with authority. Showed good athleticism at first base, along with good actions. Large frame at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds.
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Elite Perfomance Baseball 18 has a talented group of 2014 graduates, quite a few of which are scheduled to play at the college level. RHP/UT Jonathan Gonzalez and RHP Ibrahim Silwany are set to attend Asa College. Left handed hitting OF Danilo De Armas is headed to Wabash Valley CC, as is right handed hitting IF Pablo De Armas. RHP Armando Gonzalez is off to Stilllman College, while catcher Danny Sirven is on his way to the University of South Alabama.
#8 Max Guzman – 3B/1B | R/R | 6-2/210 | 2016 | St. Brendan HS | Miami, FL
6/6/14 – Right handed power bat. Has quick hands to zone, and torques lower half well to generate bat speed and strength through contact. Gets to pitches on inner half easily, and drives it that way with authority – as evidence by double to deep LF. Showed arm strength at 3B, along with solid lateral movement and ability to come in on the ball.
#33 Benito Varela – C | R/R | 5-11/170 | 2015 | Coral Reef HS | Miami, FL
6/8/14 – Nice short swing. Quick to the ball. Handles inside pitch very well. Good approach at the plate. Handed the bat well in key situations – battled on an at bat to hit a sac fly to the opposite field. Also doubled down the third base line. Athletic build with some length.
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#44 Jorge Leon – SS/2B | 5-9/150 | 2015 | New Mexico Academy | Boca Raton, FL
6/8/14 – Athletic MIF, good base runner with speed, makes hard plays look easy in the infield. Fields position extremely well with excellent lateral movement both ways. Good baseball instincts in the infield. Offensively, features a short compact swing from the left side. Hits ball to all fields. Hands stay inside ball on swing and back side clears through. Has good feel for the game.
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#4 Christian Del Castillo – OF/2B | L/R | 5-9/152 | 2016 | Belen Jesuit Prep | Miami, FL
6/8/14 – Short, quick left handed stroke. Showed pop to pull side. Hit a ball off the right field fence his 1st AB for a double. Battles at the plate, doesn’t give up at bats. Sees breaking ball off the righty well, weight and hands stay back. Can go the other way, had a line drive single to LF his 3rd AB.
#25 Marcos Perez – C | R/R | 5’11/185 | 2015 | Belen Jesuit HS | Miami, FL
6/6/14 – Hard nosed, tough catcher. Excellent blocker that is able to deaden the ball. Quick feet and reactions behind the plate. 2.0-2.10 pop time down to 2nd. Cut down two attempting base stealers. Excellent arm. Disciplined at the plate. Showed quick hands with the bat. Excellent team leader.
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#6 Alejandro Juvier – SS | L/R | 6-0/190 | 2014 | Doral Academy | Miami, FL
6/8/14 – Marshall University commit and 15th round draft choice of the Baltimore Orioles. Strong, athletic build. Confident look in the box. Quiet and balanced with a quick easy bat path. Runs very well. Good actions at SS, nice footwork. Quick hands and fluid actions.
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#32 Ernesto Pino – RHP | R/R | 6-3/205 | 2015 | South Miami HS | Miami, FL
6/6/14 – Fastball 82-85. Slider 73. CH 66. Showed command of all pitches. Overtop arm slot with good glove side torque. Creates arm speed. Pitches on extreme left side of rubber. Works both sides of plate well. Heavy fastball with a little sink. Slider looks to be out pitch. Has a good balance point and explodes to plate. Ball is fluid out of hand with good extension out front. Slight knee tuck from stretch. 1.28 from stretch on FB. Excellent body type at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds.
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#4 Hunter Sanicky – SS | 5-11/165 | 2015 | Palm Beach Gardens (FL) HS
6/8/14 – Good plate discipline. Showed pull power with a double and triple to left and left center. Very athletic, runs well. Showed excellent range both ways at SS, along with good hands and arm strength.
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#11 Jonah Carignan – C | R/R | 5-10/175 | 2015 | Calvary Christian Academy | Coral Springs, FL
6/7/14 – Good body, has athletic proportions at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds. Well rounded defensive catcher. Receives and blocks well, showed strong arm and release times around 2.1 in game.
16U DIVISION (Go to 18u Division)
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#23 Isaac Valancy – C/OF | R/R | 5-11/160 | 2016 | Pembroke Pines (FL) Charter HS
6/8/14 – Good presence behind plate. Sticks pitches. Flexible low target. Release times around 2.2. Slender athletic build. Balanced swing. Good follow.
#2 Willie Escala – SS | S/R | 5-9/150 | 2017 | South Dade HS | Miami, FL 6/6/14 – Switch hitter with good actions and feel for the game. Showed solid, accurate arm across the infield. Made web gem play deep in the six hole on the run. Patient approach at the plate. Looks young, lots of room for growth.
#32 Jarrett Pico – 2B | S/R | 5-11/175 | 2016 | Palmer Trinity HS | Doral, FL 6/6/14 – Big physical 2B with athleticism. Good feet and quick hands defensively. Very good turn. Strong arm for 2B. Switch hitter. Passes early eye test at the plate, will follow bat.
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#6 Gabriel Blanco – C/OF | R/R | 5-11/165 | 2016 | Mater Lakes HS | Miami Gardens, FL
6/8/14 – Athletic, wiry build. Slightly open setup to hit, patient approach. Level bat path, line drive guy. Good runner.
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#15 Tarik Latchmansingh – 3B/CF | R/R | 6-2/195 | 2017 | Oxbridge Academy | Royal Palm Beach, FL
6/8/14 – Well proportioned frame at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds. Fields position well will good lateral movement to both sides. Good idea on backhand with a plus arm across diamond. Aggressive baserunner, will take extra bases when given opportunity. Offensively, has a strong approach with good balance. Open stance, gets back to square with a good stride to balance. Aggressive first pitch fastball hitter with excellent gap and pull side power. Short and compact with quick hands. Clears lower half well.
#8 Chase Ashby – SS/OF/C | R/R | 6-0/160 | 2017 | Park Vista HS | Boynton Beach, FL
6/7/14 – Balanced in the box, slightly open at setup and returns to square nicely. Tripled to right center field, offering proof that he can drive it the other way. Good runner, and versatile defender. Although listed on the roster as a SS/OF, he showed arm strength along with solid skills behind the plate. Received nicely and worked to block balls in the dirt.
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#8 Danny Rodriguez – 2B | R/R | 5-10/165 | 2016 | Columbus HS | Miami, FL
6/9/14 – Balanced hitter with short stride and swing. Uses the middle of the field, has a good idea and some feel for hitting, hits the ball where it’s pitched.
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#3 Tyler Perez – OF/RHP | L/R | 5-11/145 | 2016 | Mater Academy | Miami, FL
6/10/14 – Two-way guy with solid left handed stroke. Made several good passes, including an opposite field line drive against a tough LHP. Fluid, athletic delivery on the mound. Arm works well from glove, ball got out of hand easy. Fastball up to 84 with slight arm side life. Breaking ball in upper 60s with occasional depth to 11-5 shape.
#19 Alex Rodriguez – 2B/SS | R/R | 5-9/145 | 2016 | Mater Academy | Hialeah, FL
6/10/14 – Good presence in the batters box, tracked pitches well and made aggressive moves at good pitches to hit. Hands were quick and move had life through the zone. Good defensive actions, moved easy and showed body control along with compact arm stroke with enough arm strength for the left side of the infield.
#9 Alexander Falla – C | R/R | 6-0/185 | 2016 | Belen Jesuit HS | Miami, FL
6/10/14 – Solid, strong build at 6-foot and 185 pounds. Showed a knack for finding the barrel and for getting the ball into the OF, collected some opposite field hits. Throws had carry on line thru the target from behind the plate, giving him some usable catch and throw ability.
#14 Angel Gonzalez – OF | R/R | 5-6/160 | 2016 | Mater Academy | Hialeah, FL
6/9/14 – Gap power. Quick and easy stroke. Quiet and balanced in the box. Runs well, stretched a single to a double on a ball to left center gap.
#21 Christopher Rodriguez – RHP/C | R/R | 5-11/160 | 2016 | Mater Academy | Virginia Gardens, FL
6/7/14 – Fastball 78 to 82. Slider 69 to 70, seems to be his out pitch. Change 65 to 66, has a good feel for this pitch. Pronated circle change with good arm side run and late sink. Balance point is good with good glove side torque after separation. Works both sides of plate well. There is more in the tank with his fastball. Slide step 1.16 to home. Quick move to first. He caught yesterday, and started pitching this morning – could see more velocity from him.
#2 Jeter Downs – SS/3B | R/R | 5-10/165 | 2017 | SLAM Charter | Miami, FL
6/6/14 – Defensively, featured great lateral movement to both sides along with soft hands and a good feel for the position. Showed above average arm strength across the diamond. Offensively, he is an aggressive first pitch fastball swinger with pull side power – drove to warning track over left fielder’s head. Generated speed and pop from a short, compact swing. Got down the line as well as 4.25 from the right side of the plate. Need to keep an eye on this player.
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#20 Andres Sanchez – C/OF | R?/R | 6-0/185 | 2017 | Monsignor Edward Pace | Miami, FL
6/8/14 – Strong, physical player with a lot of upside. Was on base all day, collected a walk and two hits. Quiet and balanced in the box, showed excellent barrel accuracy.
#22 Chauncey Nunez – OF | R/R | 5-10/160 | 2017 | Slam Charter | Miami, FL
6/8/14 – Got a couple of hits, on base a lot. Talented hitter with short compact swing, has ability to hit the ball to all fields.
#14 Roger Garcia – RHP | R/R | 6-1/200 | 2016 | Archbishop McCarthy | Miami, FL
6/8/14 – Fastball 80-82, curve 61-63 with good depth. Balanced at leg kick, hi lo separation. Finishes at the waist, more in the tank. Bull dog mentality.
#27 Tyler Grant – C/OF| R/R | 5-11/190 | 2018 | HS TBA | Miami, FL
6/7/14 – Big young athlete. Connected swing with power. Raw actions with high ceiling. 2.1-2.2 release times.
#25 Raymond Gill – 3B/1B | R/R | 6-0/195 | 2017 | Gulliver Prep | Miami Lakes, FL
6/7/14 – Big strong physical build. Balanced swing. Showed opposite field power with a triple to RF. Good defensive actions. Solid arm strength. Definite corner guy power bat.
#13 Michael Montes de Oca – SS/3B | R/R | 5-10/150 | 2018 | HS TBA | Pembroke Pines, FL
6/7/14 – Advanced right handed swing, on plane and in the zone. Good defensive actions, can move feet and has a loose arm. Projects as a SS. Physical development will determine ceiling, skilled young player.
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#10 Arnaldo Brito – SS | R/R | 6’2/195 | 2016 | Hialeah HS | Miami, FL
6/9/14 Tall, stocky, solid frame. Ran well for big body. Good decisions on the base paths. Showed good arm strength and range at SS. Very aggressive at the plate. Good barrel accuracy and showed excellent pullside power.
#24 Hector Vasquez – C | R/R | 6-1/180 | 2016 | Felix Varela HS | Miami, FL
6/6/14 – Appears bigger than 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, as he is listed on roster. Featured power and catch and throw skills. Drove the ball with authority up the middle of the field, aggressive hitting approach. Release times around 2.05
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#20 Juan Vigueras – C | R/R | 5-8/190 | 2017 | Southridge HS | Miami, FL
6/8/14 – Well rounded defensive catcher, with combination of physical skills and feel for the game. Kept the pace of the game moving nicely, got the ball back to the pitcher and got the sign down. Received well, blocked everything – smothered the ball and kept everything in front. Showed arm strength and release times around 2.09. Aggressive to throw, willing to throw behind runners. Balanced in box, showed short and compact right handed stroke.
#5 Sam Fernandez – IF | R/R | 5-6/140 | 2017 | Westminster Academy | Miami, FL
6/8/14 – Good runner with surprising pop at the plate. Drove double to deep right center field, offering proof of gap power. Strong and balanced to hit, with consistent and repeatable stroke.
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#11 Julian Nunez – SS | R/R | 6-2/170 | 2016 | Apopka HS | Apopka, FL
6/7/14 – Long, lanky athletic body. Excellent speed home to 1st base. Showed good quick first step and excellent range defensively. Soft hands and strong arm across the diamond. Good rhythm at the plate. Good hands and excellent bat speed.
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#2 Brendon Power – SS | L/R | 5-6/130 | 2018 | Kings Academy | Wellington, FL
6/9/14 – Heady young player with good baseball instincts and actions. Sprays the ball to the whole field. Solid actions defensively with sure hands and active feet.
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#11 Anthony Servideo – 2B | L/R | 5-8/135 | 2017 | Jupiter (FL) HS
6/10/14 – High waisted, well proportioned frame. Has hitter actions, appeared to see the ball well in at bats. Has makings of a quality hit tool.
#25 Justin Barney – 3B | R/R | 5-10/145 | 2016 | American Heritage HS | Lake Worth, FL
6/8/14 – Solid glove, sure handed at third base – made all his plays. Solid accurate arm. Balanced at the plate, line drive spray type hitter – collected line drive hits to both the pull and opposite fields.
#3 Cameron Lauer – RHP | R/R | 6-1/180 | 2017 | Palm Beach Central HS | Greenacres, FL
6/8/14 – Strong build with solid core. Fastball 80-83 from sound delivery with good direction. Over the top release angle allowed for good downward angle on fastball, also had late arm side life.
#10 James Marinan – RHP | R/R | 6-0/174 | 2017 | Park Vista HS | Boynton Beach, FL
6/6/14 – Fastball 77-79, topped at 82. Curve 68-72. Strike thrower with fastball and breaking ball, showed some command of fastball in ability to move to both sides of plate. Has potential to grab extra velocity with improved use of lower half.
#22 Aldrich de Jongh – OF | L/R | 5-8/150 | 2016 | Trinity Christian HS | Boynton Beach, FL
6/6/14 – Went 2 for 2 with two doubles. One over CF, the other down the LF line. Good balance at the plate. Consistent solid contact. Showed good discipline against left handed pitcher. Short compact swing. Aggressive with runners in scoring position. Runs bases well.
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#37 Triston Casas – 1B | L/R | 6-2/210 | 2019 | Flanagan HS | Pembroke Pines, FL
6/10/14 – Large frame, young left handed hitting corner player. Quick to zone with barrel, full move thru contact. Has ability to drive the ball up the middle of the field.
#57 Ryan Wimbush – OF | R/R | 6-2/145 | 2018 | Dwyer HS | Palm Beach Gardens, FL
6/8/14 – Very mature hitter for his age. Shows good patience at the plate, doesn’t swing at bad pitches and waits for the best pitch he can hit. Good pop to pull side. Line drive hitter. Makes solid contact consistently. Good runner.
#9 Xavier Edwards – SS/2B | S/R | 5-7/130 | 2018 | Trinity Christian Academy | Wellington, FL
6/8/14 – Compact frame, loaded with athleticism. Showed plus speed. Aggressive on bases. Switch hitter with inside out approach. Very quick release from glove to throw. Solid arm that projects.
#33 Angel Tiburcio – 3B/OF | R/R | 6-1/195 | 2018 | Trinity Christian Academy | Wellington, FL
6/7/14 – Square and balanced in the box. Has present strength. Consistently barreled the ball up, made hard in contact multiple at bats includeing a long fly out to right center -offering proof of ability to drive it the other way.
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#5 Shane Roberts – RHP/C | R/R. | 5-10/175 | 2017 | Dwyer HS | Palm Beach Gardens, FL
6/6/15 – Good mound presence. Sets tempo of game. Under control to balance point with knee over pitching rubber. Have seen him hit 85 plus before. Today fastball was 79 to 83. Curve was 62-65 with 11 to 5 break and tight spin. Keeps ball low and works both sides of plate. Groundball pitcher. Ball comes out of hand easy. Effortless. Finishes in good fielding position. Fields position well.
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#16 Jayson Neumeister – 3B | R/R | 5-10/205 | 2015 | Greenacres Christian Academy | West Palm Beach, FL
6/9/14 – Short compact stroke. Line drive hitter, uses the middle of the field.
#42 Nick Adderely – OF | R/R | 5-8/156 | 2016 | Trinity Christian | Boynton Beach, FL
6/9/14 – Athletic build. Good runner, with instincts on the bases. Made hard contact to the gaps, tripled in the first inning.
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#5 Daley Weppner – OF | L/L | 5-7/140 | 2018 | Calvary Christian Academy | Deerfield Beach, FL
6/7/14 – Young left handed hitter with a mature approach and a short, compact stroke. Lets the ball travel, and hits it where it’s pitched. Showed barrel accuracy and feel for hitting. Line drive single up the middle, hard line drive at shortstop. Got down the line as well as 4.16 from the left side of the plate.
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#2 Alejandro Vazquez – SS/2B | S/R | 5-11/157 | 2015 | Hialeah Gardens HS | Miami, FL
6/6/14 – Slender build/athletic. Smooth effortless defensive actions with playable arm for shortstop. Good balanced stroke. Showed willingness to bunt, and got down the line well – 4.1 from left side on drag bunt.
#13 Carlos Marrero – RHP | R/R | 6-0/185 | 2016 | Coral Park HS | Miami, FL
6/6/14 – Fastball 78-84, comfort zone 80-8. Cut FB some in the 80 mph range. Slow tempo delivery, maintained direction. Arm worked. Projectable velocity. Strong athletic body. Mid to upper 60s breaking ball.
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#18 Christian Coleman – C | L/R | 6-3/175 | 2016 | Western HS | Davie, FL
6/6/14 – Has length to frame at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds. Makes the game look easy, combines natural ability with feel and instinct. Tripled to deep right center, showed ability to drive through the gap. Aggressive approach, ready to hit good pitches early in the count. Good hands to receive, sticks pitches well. Release times around 2.05.
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#8 Anthony Masiello – LHP | L/L | 2016 | North Broward Prep | Parkland, FL
6/10/14 – Fastball 83-85 from three quarters angle, had flat tailing action. Upright delivery, worked back and through across his body and pitched up in the zone. Showed ability to land breaking ball, threw it in upper 60s with 2-8 shape. Around plate with two-pitch mix. Potential two-way player, saw him make several good passes over previous days – has a nice left handed stroke.
#33 John McKenna – 1B | R/R | 2016 | Stoneman Douglas HS | Parkland, FL
6/10/14 – Large framed corner infielder with makings of hit and power combination. Hands have quickness and he can generate power. Solid defender at 1B.
#21 Gary Mattis – SS | R/R | 5-10/170 | 2016 | St. Thomas Aquinas | Davie, FL
6/10/14 – Athletic defender at shortstop, features body control and ability to make plays off balance and on the run. Natural and instincual actions with quick hands and arm strength to make plays from the hole. Short, quick right handed stroke. Displayed ability to go the other way. Good run stride, got down the line as well as 4.45 from the right side of the plate.
#32 Matt Dinenna – 3B | R/R | 2016 | Martin County HS | Palm City, FL
6/10/14 – Large frame with long limbs and width in shoulders, has room to fill out as he matures physically. Has natural ability to get the ball in the air, giving him potential to grow into power as he adds strength. Solid actions and arm at 3B. Projectable young corner player.
#24 Edison Rodriguez – C | L/R | 2015 | Sagemont HS | Miramar, FL
6/10/14 – Features loose, easy actions to hit and behind the plate. Has hand-eye coordination and some ability to accelerate barrel, makes an aggressive pass. Good receiver with some arm strength and potential to develop catch and throw skills. Naturally gifted, can do a lot of things well already.
#20 Josh Maskowski – CF | L/L
6/10/14 – Athletic, runner’s build. Short, compact left handed stroke. Strong thru contact, ball comes off bat with life. Finds good part of barrel. Has makings of quality hit tool.
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#41 Anthony Maldonado – 3B/RHP | S/R | 6-1/186 | 2016 | Palm Beach Central HS | Wellington, FL
6/8/14 – Fastball 81-82 with some arm side run, curveball 63-65 had some depth. Reached good balance point with knee over pitcher’s rubber. Worked from over top slot, generated some arm speed. Good finish on balance into fielding position. Good glove side torque to generate arm speed. Worked both sides of plate and kept ball down. Featured good command of pitches, and worked quickly – dictated the tempo of the game.