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Pitchers Continue to Impress at 2014 UA Memorial Day Classic

After a strong start on Friday night, the pitchers maintained their early summer edge over the hitters on the weekend.

RHP Triston McKenzie

Easton Rockets 18 RHP Triston McKenzie

The Easton Rockets 18 ran out a pair of aces early Saturday morning. Junior right handers Triston McKenzie (Royal Palm Beach HS) and Austin Smith (Park Vista HS) impressed in short outings. McKenzie stands at 6-foot-5 and 165 pounds, and features a loose quick arm. He commanded his fastball around 90 and as high as 92. At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, Smith is an imposing presence on the mound. He spun a tight breaking ball and ran his fastball up to 91 with low effort.

Boca Thunder junior right hander Mitchell Carroll (Highlands Christian HS) has a smaller frame than McKenzie or Smith, but like them he ran his fastball up to 91 on the top end. We saw Carroll top at 85 in 2013, making for an impressive velocity jump in just a year. Thunder two-way guy Adam Saks topped at 88, giving them a duo of strong armed right handers. Though he’s a couple of years younger, Palm Beach PAL 15 freshman Tyler Ahearn has a similar build and similar stuff to Carroll. He topped at 87 on Saturday and then bumped his top end fastball up to 89 on Sunday.

Easton Rockets 16 2018 righty Kristopher Armstrong (Benjamin School) stands at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, and touched 86 numerous times. He reportedly throws the ball pretty well from the left side as well, making him the only switch pitcher and switch hitter I’ve ever heard of. Even with his pitching bloodlines, I’m not sure I’d take the bat out of his hands – he’s got advanced feel for hitting from both sides of the plate, and he hasn’t even started high school yet.

LHP Clayton Morell

South Florida Clippers 18 LHP Clayton Morell

Florida Legends 2015 right hander Jose Gorordo flashed an impressive two pitch mix. He featured a loose, quick arm and ran his fastball up to 89 to go with a breaking ball thrown as high as 79. Standing a couple of inches taller at 6-foot-2, Easton Rockets 18 righty Dylan Gordon (American Heritage HS) also featured glimpses of impressive stuff. His fastball had late sink and sat in the 87-88 range.

In the midst of a group heavy on right handers, Clayton Morell of the South Florida Clippers 18 stood out as among the top left handers. The Kings Academy junior topped at 88 and featured heavy arm side life to his fastball.

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Scouting reports from 2013 Under Armour Southeast Championships

#10 Joshua Parker – OF | 5-11/170 | L/R | 2015 | Pope John Paul II HS | Boca Raton, FL
6/9/13 – Athletic build. Simple stroke, direct to ball with easy leverage power. Drove ball to middle of field with backspin. Above average arm, long assist to 3B – ball got out of hand easy, and was accurate to bag.
6/10/13 – Fastball 80-84 from windup, 76-78 from stretch. Change 73, good differential from fastball. Pitched down in the zone, pitches had good downward plane.

#2 Evan Schaffner – SS | 6-3/155 | R/R | 2015 | Pope John Paul II HS | Boynton Beach, FL
6/9/13 – Tall, lean athletic frame. Short quick stroke, turned easy on FB in to drive to pull side. Fluid, easy actions with quick hands and transfer. Throws carried across infield well. Good overall awareness.

#8 Chris Graffeo – 1B | 5-10/150 | L/L | 2015 | Pope John Paul II HS | Boca Raton, FL
6/10/13 – Medium athletic build. Contact spray hitter, went the other way very well. Battled in at bats, fought off pitches. Good glove at 1B, fair arm strength.

#22 Stephen Gogreve – OF | 6-3/180 | R/L | 2015 | Pope John Paul II HS | Boca Raton, FL
6/10/13 – Tall, athletic body. Line drive hitter, worked counts well. Very good on the base paths, showed excellent speed. Good range in OF, fair arm strength.

#5 Matt Rothenberg – 3B | 6-2/175 | R/R | 2014 | Pine Crest School | Boca Raton, FL
6/11/13 – Frame has length and width, room to fill out. Talented all around player. Good hands and arm strength in infield. Balanced hitting approach, tracked pitches well and showed good hand-eye coordination. Short stroke with bat speed and gap power.

#1 Adam Saks – OF | 5-10/150 | R/R | 2015 | Pine Crest School | Delray Beach, FL
6/11/13 – Baseball player type with good energy and presence. Showed arm strength in OF, ball left hand with life and had carry to target. Solid setup and hitting approach. Short, quick stroke. Line drive type hitter.

#34 Alex Bialakis – RHP | 6-0/180 | R/R | 2015 | Pope John Paul II HS | Boca Raton, FL
6/11/13 – Solid strong build. Fastball topped 85, sat in low 80s. Breaking ball had tight spin in upper 60s. Showed feel for breaking ball. Threw strikes, changed speeds. Challenged hitters with FB and CB mix. Got extension with arm out front.

Mitchell Carroll – RHP | 6-0/160 | R/R | 2015 | Highlands Christian HS | Coral Springs, FL
6/11/13 – Fastball topped at 85, sat 82-83. Breaking ball in low 70s with three quarter slurve action. Arm had quickness out front, worked short from glove.

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Scouting reports from 2013 Under Armour Memorial Day Classic

Matt Rothenburg | 3B | 6-2/175 | R/R | 2014 | Pine Crest School | Boca Raton, FL
5/24/13 – Squared two balls up, including a double LCF gap. Balanced approach. Good hands and glove action. Throws had carry, arm was accurate, threw from multiple angles.