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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.

Position Players Begin to Emerge at the 2014 UA Memorial Day Classic

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer baseball season in many parts of the country, Florida included. The FHSAA State Finals wrapped up just prior to the start of the holiday weekend, meaning players had to make the switch from metal to wood.

OF Keenan Bell

Jacksonville Warriors 17 White OF Keenan Bell

With the new BBCOR bats in play during the high school season, the adjustment to wood bats for summer baseball isn’t as dramatic as it used to be – but it’s still most certainly an adjustment.

For most players, it’s a rough start to summer – as we’ve seen here this weekend. This offers a prime opportunity, however, for the more advanced hitters to shine – which we’ve also seen here this weekend.

Jacksonville Warriors 17 White has a pair of physical hitters who’ve shown no trouble handling the wood bats early. University of Florida commit, and 2016 graduate, Keenan Bell (Stanton Prep) stands at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. He barreled the ball up regularly, and showed the ability to drive it through both gaps. His teammate Kyle Jenkins, a 1B/C from Mandarin HS, featured a short stroke with strength through contact.

Fellow 2016 graduate, and Warriors organization player, Bryce Newman packs a lot of punch in his left handed stroke. At 5-foot-8 and 145 pounds he isn’t physically imposing, but he’s hit the ball hard all over the ballpark with wood. Palm Beach PAL 15 OF Aldrich de Jong is comparable to Newman, he’s also a 2016 left handed hitter that generates surprising power for his size.

Though he is also a 2016 grad, A’s Baseball 18 Select OF Hernan Sardinas stands at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds. He’s aggressive early in the count, and features a smooth left handed swing with extra base power.

INF Bryce Newman. Photo courtesy Bill Leiby.

Jacksonville Warriors 16 Black INF Bryce Newman

A pair of infielders stood out in terms of strike zone knowledge and plate discipline, among other things. Easton Rockets 18 junior infielder Tyler Frank (American Heritage HS) has a mature patient approach, along with a coordinated stroke and an excellent glove at third base. Though he’s a couple of years younger than Frank, Florida Legends 2017 Freddy Zamora stood out for many of the same reasons. He’s patient enough to look for a good pitch to hit, and has the ability to drive it with authority when he gets it. He’s a special young player, with a combination of natural talent and an advanced feel for the game.

Though you wouldn’t know it from looking at him, Easton Rockets 16 two-way guy Kristopher Armstrong hasn’t started high school yet. Only a 2018 graduate, he stands at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds with great baseball bloodlines – his father Jack reached the major leagues just one year after he was the Reds first round pick, and went on to pitch for parts of six more seasons in the big leagues. Kristopher appears to have an advanced feel for hitting a young age from both sides of the plate, and is already physical enough to drive the ball past the outfielders with a wood bat at his young age.

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Scouting reports from 2013 Under Armour Fall Classic

Ahearn, Tyler – RHP | 6’1/145 | R/R | 2017 | Dwyer HS | Jupiter, FL
9/20/13 – Pounded the zone with 84-86 mph fastball. Arm worked loose and quick, ball got out of hand with life. Threw strikes, attacked the zone. Threw almost all fastballs, saw one off speed pitch at 77.

Latchmansingh, Tarik – 3B | 6-2/200 | R/R | 2017 | Oxbridge Academy | Royal Palm Beach, FL
9/20/13 – Large frame with room to fill out. Showed bat speed with pull side power. Aggressive hitter, full and loose through after a quick move to the ball.

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Scouting reports from the 2013 Under Armour Memorial Day Classic

Matt Ellmyer | SS/RHP | 5’11/165 | R/R | 2016 | The Benjamin School HS | Jupiter, FL
5/24/13 – Lanky, long arms, room to grow,3/4 arm slot, FB:79-81mph, 83, good arm side run, good bite with slider, good control, good easy fluid delivery, hides the ball well, works both sides of the plate, keeps hitters off balance, at the plate, short stroke, stays inside the ball, uses all fields, quick hands, good range at SS, very smooth with a good transfer, above average arm.
5/25/13 – Glove out front, works through ball. Smooth actions, great body control. Balanced approach to hit, short stroke. Aggressive approach. Loose swing. Good instincts, baseball player type with usable tools. 4.2 down the line on groundout to SS.

Baylen Sparks | RF | 6’1/190 | R/R | 2015 | The Benjamin School HS | Palm Beach Gardens, FL
5/24/13 – Good, strong atheltic build, good arm from the OF, good reads on the ball, good routes, gap to gap power, short compact stroke, good approach at the plate, quick hands, good base runner, good baseball instincts

Kyle McLaughlin | RHP | 6’1/185 | R/R | 2015 | Martin County HS | Palm City, FL
5/26/13 – Tall, solid frame, good built, big strong legs, FB: 82-84, 87mph, good arm side run, power heavy fastball, kept the ball down with the same arm action, hides the ball well, good balance point, works quick, pounds the zone, fields position well, quick move to 1B, keeps runners close