The 2014 Under Armour Firecracker Classic 16U division championship went to the Ninth Inning Royals 16. 16U division MVP honors went to Garret Gooden.
* 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.
16U DIVISION (Go to 18u Division)
BCC Patriots 16U
Boca Thunder 16U
#15 Jeffery Cogswell – OF/RHP | R/R | 6’0/165 | 2016 | Pope John Paul II HS | Boca Raton, FL
7/1/14 – Tall body with room to grow and fill out. Good outfielder, gets good reads on balls has a solid arm and backs up the bases. Very smooth load and swing has fast hands through the zone and barrels up the ball. Solid approach with a great knowledge of the zone and battles at the plate.
Brevard Aces 16 Black
#8 Alex Brait – C/1B | L/R | 6’2/190 | 2016 | Viera HS | Viera, FL
6/30/14 – Big athletic frame. Agile behind the plate, sets up a good low target with soft hands for good receiving. Accurate throws on target with good carry. 2.1 pop time. Left handed athletic stance balanced with lower half and a fluid load and rhythm. Stays square to the pitch has good hands and stays inside the ball. Good bat speed, line drive type hitter with gap to gap potential. Went 3 for 3 in the game with 3 RBI’s.
#22 Jackson Vescelus – RHP | R/R | 6’1/160 | Satellite HS | Satellite Beach, FL
7/3/14 – Good smooth delivery with a side arm release. Good mound presence working both sides of the plate, working efficiently and throwing strikes with all of his pitches. Fastball was 79 to 83 with arm side run, threw a tight slider and a change up. Perfect game through 4 1/3, threw a 6 inning no hitter giving up just one walk.
Brevard Aces 16 Red
#5 Chris McLoughlin – C | R/R | 6’2/180 | 2016 | Viera HS | Viera, FL
7/1/14 – Lean athletic projectable frame. Receives well with plus blocking ability. High baseball IQ. Barrels the ball up, gap-to-gap power and runs well.
#23 Tony Jenkins – OF/RHP | R/R | 6’0/165 | 2017 | Holy Trinity HS | Melbourne, FL
7/1/14 – Athletic build. Good first step, takes good direct routes to the ball. Quiet approach showed good bat speed, short compact swing with gap-to-gap power. Recognized off speed pitches well. Plus runner, instinctual base runner with good jumps resulting in a stolen base.
#29 George Gali – RHP/ 3B | R/R | 5’8/155 | 2015 | Melbourne HS | Melbourne, FL
7/1/14 – Athletic build. Good defensive actions helped with plus instincts and a high baseball IQ. Able to read and pick out hops allowing him to make both the routine and spectacular plays. Has a quick release and an above average arm across the diamond. Barrels up the ball drives gap-to-gap power and is a good runner.
#15 Tarik Latchmansingh – 3B/CF |R/R | 6’2/195 | 2017 | Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches | Royal Palm Beach, FL
6/30/14 – Big and strong player at 6’2” weighing 195 pounds he has a good frame. Has plus arm strength across the diamond and his glove works well through the ball at third base. Great power potential at the plate with a nice connected swing using a leg kick as his trigger.
#44 Jonathan Prokos – C | R/R | 5’11/ 166 | 2017 | Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches | Palm Beach Gardens, FL
6/30/14 – Big athletic frame with a big target behind the plate. Flexible low set up, receives the ball well with a 2.4 pop time. Raw offensive ability with an upside.
Columbus Explorers 16 Blue
#8 Danny Rodriguez – 2B | R/R | 5’10/145 | 2016 | Columbus HS | Miami, FL
7/1/14 – Athletic body. Good inside out swing and keeps his hands inside the ball.
#84 Brian Liriano – OF | R/R | 6’2/180 | 2016 | Columbus HS | Miami, FL
7/1/14 – Athletic solid build. Drives the ball with power to all fields with good carry and backspin on the ball.
#85 Fernando Terran – OF | R/R | 6’1/175 | 2016 | Columbus HS | Miami, FL
7/1/14 – Athletic player. Good contact hitter with power potential. Uses the whole field.
#83 Nick Lorrido – OF | R/R | 5’10/165 | 2016 | Columbus HS | Miami, FL
7/1/14 – Athletic build. Strong arm and good range in the outfield. Contact hitter consistently barrels up the ball.
#8 Darrin Brown Jr. – OF | R/R | 6’1/175 | 2016 | Coral Springs HS | Coral Springs, FL
6/30/14 – Athletic body with a good frame, strong and confident showing plus foot speed. Has raw athletic ability with a great upside. Compact swing with a line drive approach along with gap power. Went 1-2 with a two out RBI double and made a diving catch in the gap while playing centerfield.
Coral Springs Clippers
Elite Performance Baseball 16
Florida Legends 2018
#10 Alex Rodriguez – RHP |6’0/160 | 2016 | Cypress Bay HS | Weston, FL
7/2/14 – Athletic build with room to grow and fill out. Fastball was 83 to 85 topping at 87 with late arm side run. Change up was 75 to 77 with good sink. Repetitive delivery with a high ¾ quick arm action. Aggressive pitcher going right after hitters and pumping the strike zone. Works efficiently inside and outside. Fields position really well.
#18 Chris Gomez – RHP | 6’2/170 | 2016 | Varela HS | Miami, FL
7/2/14 – Tall athletic build with room to fill out, very projectable. Fastball was 81 to 84 topping out at 88 with arm side run. Circle change was 70 to 72 and had a slider that was 70 to 73 with tight 2/7 break and spin. ¾ delivery with command of his pitches being able to throw all three for strikes. Good presence on the mound, works quick and ahead of batters. Fields his position well with quick reactions.
#24 Kevin Castillo UTIL | R/R | 5’11/164 | 2018| Miami, FL
7/1/14 – Athletic build projectable frame. Plus bat speed using the whole field. Has gap-to-gap power.
Florida Tornadoes 16
Miami Barracudas Teal 16
#49 Andre Ramirez – C/1B | L/R | 6’0/220 | 2016 | Coral Reef Senior HS | Miami, FL
7/3/14 – Big catchers build. Big target, receives well, aggressive looking to throw behind runners, 2.19-2.22 pop time. Smooth load hits the ball where it’s pitched. Makes solid contact, the ball jumps off of his bat has good power.
Miami Mudcats 16 Black
#5 Dylan O’Connell – LHP/UT | L/L | 5’11/160 | Everglades HS | Pembroke Pines, FL
7/1/14 – Short smooth stroke with quick hands. Patient at the plate and squares up the ball, displayed good speed on the base paths. Hit two triples to the right field wall.
#7 Steven Gonzalez – RHP | R/R | 6’0/160 | 2016 | Flanagan HS | Pembroke Pines, FL
6/30/14 – Slender lanky built pitcher with a simple, easy and balanced motion. Has nice downward action on his fastball. Fastball ranged from 78-81. Had very good command of the fastball on both sides of the plate. Pitched two shutout innings in relief.
# 13 Brandon Valentin – 3B/RHP | R/R | 6’0/165 | 2016 | Somerset Academy Charter| Pembroke Pines, FL
7/2/14 – Very good hands at third base, makes the routine play and makes spectacular plays, had an excellent back and play and a diving line drive catch. Good plate discipline with simple and quick actions. Runs well has good instincts on the bases, stole two bases in the game.
Miami Mudcats 16 Red
MPI Scout Team 16
#18 Rafael Fernandez – OF | L/L | 5’8/175 | 2016 | South Ridge HS | Miami, FL
7/1/14 – Strong stocky build. Balanced in the box, has a level bat path, runs well. Gap-to-gap power, uses the whole field. Hit a double to left center gap.
#19 Alvaro Valdez – CF | L/L | 6’0/175 | 2016 | Westminister Academy
7/2/14 – Solid athletic build. Moves well to the gaps, solid arm, is a plus outfielder. Excellent approach at the plate, strong balance with an excellent approach using the whole field. Had a big three hit day with a go ahead two RBI base hit.
#47 Rudy Rivera – 1B | R/R | 6’0/205 | 2016 | Sunset HS | Miami FL
6/30/14 – Big frame good baseball body. Well balanced easy stance at the plate. Knows the strike zone well, doesn’t swing at bad pitches. Good contact swing making consistent solid contact each at bat with gap-to-gap pop. Went two for two with a single and a double
#48 Brandon Gomis – IF | S/R | 5’6/150 | 2016 | Coral Park HS | Miami, FL
7/2/14 – Nice footwork at shortstop keeps his eye on the ball and makes the routine play. Strong hands through the zone line drive hitter who uses the whole field. Had two hits from the left side.
Ninth Inning Royals 15
# 5 Carter Phillips – C | R/R | 5’7/ 145 | 2017 | Johns Creek HS | Alpharetta, GA
6/30/14 – Catcher’s build, plays larger than listed. Quick reactions behind the plate on balls in the dirt and keeps the ball in front f him. Also displays sound receiving skills. Has a clean arm action with a 2.5 pop time, arm strength and pop time should improve with maturity. His bat stays in the zone and has a nice balanced swing.
Ninth Inning Royals 16
#2 Garrett Gooden – 3B/RHP | R/R | 6’4/200 | 2016 | St. Pius X HS | Decatur, GA
6/30/14 – Big league body with plus plus athleticism. Potential draft guy who plays the game hard. Good actions defensively with a big arm. Hit an inside the park homerun.
7/1/14 – Effortless delivery with a very loose arm. Fastball is 86 to 90 consistently 87 to 88 with arm side sink, kept the pitch down in the zone. Curveball was 68 to 73 11/4 shape. Has raw pitch ability with good mound presence. Projects as a high draft pick and major D1 athlete.
#5 Booth Vogel – C/1B | R/R | 6’3/185 | 2016 | Tucker HS | Tucker, GA
7/1/14 – Big frame tall build. Presents a big target behind the plate. Receives the ball well, 2.17 pop time. Connected swing and showed power.
#21 Jesse Vaughan – SS | R/R | 5’10/160 | 2016 | Norcross HS |
7/2/14 – Tall lean build with room to grow, very athletic. Quick feet in the field with good lateral movement and a plus arm across the diamond. Well balanced stance quick hands and quick bat through the zone. Line drive hitter who stays up the middle well. Had a base hit in his first at bat and a solid hit ball in his second.
#28 Austin Wilke – RHP | R/R | 5’11/135 | 2016 | Meadow Creek HS |
7/2/14 – Athletic pitcher with good mechanics. Fastball was 75 to 78 spotted it well with good command on both halves of the plate. Curveball was 65 to 66 with an 11/4 slow break, slurve, threw it for strikes. Changeup was 67 to 69 kept it low in the zone with some movement. Worked fast and kept hitters off balance with his three pitches by throwing them for strikes with good command. Able to field the position well, made a diving catch off of the mound.
North Florida Warhawks
NY Swarm 16 Black
#24 Paul Gadeleta – CF | R/R | 6’0/175 | 2015 | Horace, Greeley, NY
7/3/14 Athletic build. Good reads in the outfield with a good first step and able to track the ball well. Good, accurate, strong arm, awareness at all times throwing out a player on an over throw. Smooth short swing and aggressive early in the count and aggressive on the bases.
NY Swarm 16 Red
#11 Parker Goldstein – 2B | R/R | 5’10/170 | 2016 | Choate Rosemary Hall HS | Bedford Hills, NY
7/2/14 – Athletic build. Sure handed, turns 4-6-3 well. Slight open stance with a short stride. Stays inside the ball well, is a line drive guy with excellent barrel accuracy.
Palm Beach Shockers Blue
#7 TJ Germani – IF | R/R | 6’2/170 | Park Vista HS |
7/2/14 – Straight up and down stance with a balanced short stride. Quick hands through the zone and a level bat path. Shows plus power to gaps, had a double to left center gap.
#22 Ben Greenstein – 1B | L/L | 6’1/220 | 2015 | Park Vista HS |
7/2/14 – Soft hands and picks well at first base. Quiet load and short swing, quick hands and bat. Showed power to the gaps had a double to left center.
Palm Beach Shockers Maroon
#42 Landon Wogalter – LHP/1B | L/L | 5’7/150 | 2017 | Spanish River HS | Boca Raton, FL 6/30/14 – Soft tossing lefty that fills up the zone with his three pitches, fastball curveball and changeup. He has excellent feel for pitching and how to handle himself on the mound. He is a competitor on the mound. He threw 5 innings on the day allowing one earned run.
PBC Gameday Elite 16
#5 Shane Roberts – RHP | R/R | 5’10/175 | 2017 | Dwyer HS | PBG, FL
7/1/14 – Good repeatable delivery with ¾ arm slot. Fastball is 80 to 82 Change up is 75 to 77 with sink and Curveball is 62 to 65 sweeping movement. Goes after hitters mixing his pitches in and out and using both upper and lower halves of the zone. Able to throw his breaking balls for strikes ahead and behind in the count. Fields his position well and keeps runners honest by being quick to the plate.
Players Edge 16
#11 Alex Guzman – SS | R/R | 5’9/146 | 2016 | Monarch HS | Coconut Creek, FL
7/1/14 – Skinny lanky body with room to grow. Excellent footwork with plus range at shortstop, along with a very smooth transfer and a solid arm. Smooth load with very fast hands through the zone. Knows the strike zone well and has a good approach at the plate, lets the ball get deep. Has good opposite field stroke, hit a triple during the game to right center gap.
Pokers Elite 16U
#27 Jake Paone – 2B/RHP | R/R | 5’8/170 | 2015 | Stoneman Douglas HS | Coral Springs, FL
7/2/14 – Athletic build. Balanced in the box short easy swing stays inside the ball well and lets his hands work. Uses the whole field, had a double down the line.
Premier Baseball Academy Orlando 16U
# 10 Robin Allen – RHP | R/R | 5’10/150 | 2016 | Lake Nona HS | Lake Nona, HS
7/1/14 – Thin lanky body with room to grow. Clean arm stroke with a nice finish. Fastball was 80 to 81 with arm side run. Curveball was low 60’s and topped at 66, had a 10/4 shape with good late break. Fielded his position well.
Pro Ball Prospects
South Florida Breakers 16
#2 Damian Serralta – SS/OF | R/R | 5’10/165 | 2016 | American Heritage HS | Miami, FL
7/1/14 – Athletic player. Showed range in the outfield making a diving play. Short swing with good hands. Has good speed and is aggressive on the bases. Had two solid line drives in the game.
#16 Taylor D’Agostino – RHP | R/R | 6’3/195 | 2016 | American Heritage Plantation HS | Plantation, FL
6/30/14 – Big strong right-handed pitcher. Fastball ranged from 79 to 82 had good downward angle with some arm side run. Curveball was at 74 with a 10/4 break that had good depth. He was effectively wild in the zone.
#18 Evan Ortega – 3B/OF |R/R | 5’11/170 | 2016 | Terra Research HS | Miami, FL
7/1/14 Athletic. Good reactions in the field picks it well. Good footwork with a strong arm across the diamond. Made two great diving plays.
South Florida Huskies 16
South Florida Rampage 16
#24 Kevin Ruiz – 1B/OF | L/R | 6’0/186 | 2015 | Christopher Columbus HS| Miami, FL
6/30/14 – Good baseball frame with an aggressive mentality and plays with some fire on the diamond. He has a short compact swing keeping his bat through the zone. Lets the ball travel deep in the zone and hits the ball well up the middle. Makes solid contact every at bat and is a consistent line drive hitter.
South Florida Sting 16
#5 Adrian Guerra – UTIL/RHP | R/R | 5’11/170 |2017 | Bay Side HS | Palm Bay, FL
6/30/14 – Stocky strong build. Balanced stance in the box with a short strong stroke. Displayed power to center hitting a double over the centerfielders head.
#18 Christian Coleman – C | R/R | 6’3/175 | 2016 | Western HS | Davie, FL
7/1/14 – Tall with room to fill out. Good target behind the plate, solid receive and frames well. Solid footwork with a good arm. Well balanced swing, good approach, protects down in the count and his hands are quick through the zone.
#24 Bryan Luzon – OF | R/R | 5’9/145 | 2016 | South Broward HS | Hollywood, FL
6/30/14 – Long lanky body. Good first step in the outfield with a solid arm. Showed ability to bunt for a hit. Good base runner with plus speed, stole a base in the game.
#34 Jack Schmidt – 1B/LHP | L/L | 6’5/235 | 2017 | Cooper City HS | Cooper City, FL
7/1/14 – Tall big frame solid build. Good footwork around the bag and soft hands on pick plays. Good approach at the plate knows the zone and protects deep in the count. Good opposite field swing, smooth load, and lets the ball travel deep.
South Florida Storm Blue
#21 Gary Mattis – SS/OF | R/R | 5’11/180 | 2016 | St. Thomas Aquinas HS | Davie, FL
7/1/14 – Physical athletic frame, high energy vocal player. Moves well defensively using loose quick actions and fluid foot work, displayed agile range. Soft sure hands, throws from multiple arm angles with strong accurate throws that have good life. Square athletic set up balanced in the box. Has good lower half rotation getting the bat on a level bat path and through the zone quickly. Gap-to-gap potential and a 4.4 home to first time.
#32 Matthew Dinenna – 3B/RHP | R/R | 6’2/180 | 2016 | Martin County HS | Palm City, FL
7/1/14 – Tall with long limbs, good size frame. Loose delivery with a low ¾ arm slot. Has quick rhythm and tempo. Fastball is 86 to 88 with heavy run and late sinking movement. Projects well.
St. Charles Saints
#10 Noah Thompson – RHP/3B | R/R | 6’4/175 | 2016 | St. Charles East HS | St. Charles, IL
7/2/14 – Good projectable body. Good presence on the mound works both halves of the plate. Fastball was 84 to 85 with arm side run, slider was his out pitch. Pumps the zone challenging hitters. Fields the position well.
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Top American Prospects 16
#31 Joseph Sallustio – RHP/1B | R/R | 5’10/155 | 2017 | Piper HS | Plantation, FL
7/1/14 – Strike thrower with a 76 to 80 fastball commanding both sides of the plate. Slider was 70 to 72, his out pitch had good control of it, has a late tight break. Pitched to contact and gave up very few walks. Big upside with improved mechanics.
Vipers Baseball Club 16
#19 CJ Bottiglieri – RHP/1B | R/R | 6’0/ 200 | 2016 | Seminole Ridge HS| Loxahatchee, FL
6/30/14 – Good sized pitcher with a 3/4 arm slot and smooth mechanics that were in line. Fastball ranged from 79 to 81 he knew how to throw it to work both sides of the plate. Curveball ranged from 64 to 66 with an 11/5 break, threw it for strikes on both sides, it had good depth and threw it with the same arm speed as his fastball. He held runners very well mixing up his looks. Had good mound presence on the field. He threw a complete game with ten strikeouts and allowing just 3 hits.
#31 Matt Scuderi – C/3B | R/R | 5’7/170 | 2016 | Jensen Beach HS | Jensen Beach, FL
7/2/14 – Short stocky build, compact body, strong kid. Receives well having a low flexible set up and target. Short quick arm action making strong accurate throws to second. 2.1 pop time. Square stance, balanced and connected swing. Gritty player willing to get hit by pitch.