Thursday, October 23, 2014

2015 National Classic Field

The 26th annual National Classic field  is set and it once again puts this tournament near the top of the list when discussing the best high school baseball tournaments in the country. Scheduled for April 4, 2015 – April 9, 2015, the tournament is once again loaded with talent making it a must stop for college coaches and professional scouts alike.

El Dorado (Placentia, Calif.) and Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) high schools will act as tournament hosts. Historically the tournament has seen some of the top talent nationally participate in the event. Goodwin Field on the campus of Cal State Fullerton will host the championship game.

The tournament kicks off with the annual Marucci Home Run Derby and BBQ at El Dorado HS on April 4th, while tournament games run from April 6th through April 9th at the various sites.

Below are the schools committed to participate in the 2015 National Classic.

*El Dorado (Placentia, Calif.)
*Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.)
Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)
West Ranch (Santa Clarita, Calif.)
Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Cypress (Cypress, Calif.)
Ayala (Chino Hills, Calif.)
Santa Margarita (Santa Margarita, Calif.)
JW North (Riverside, Calif.)
Gahr (Cerritos, Calif.)
Agoura (Agoura Hills, Calif.)
Xaverian (Brooklyn, NY)
Spanish Fork (Spanish Fork, UT)
De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN)

* Tournament Hosts

For more information on the tournament, including game brackets, be sure to check out

--Les Lukach

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

2015 USD MLK Team Showcase

The University of San Diego Baseball Team is quickly developing a reputation of hosting the best team showcases and their 2015 MLK Team Showcase continues that trend. 

The 2015 showcase will feature a couple of the top prospects in the 2015 MLB draft from California along with top college prospects in the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 classes. 

This year’s event drew no fewer than four professional organizations and the 2015 version should draw even more. The schedule has yet to be released and will be updated here once it becomes available. 

Below is a list of team tentatively scheduled to participate along with some of the top prospects from each. 

De La Salle – Justin Hooper, Andrew Schatz, Blake Ogburn,
Aliso Niguel – Kyle Molnar, Blake Sabol, Dominic Colacchio,
Chaminade – Blake Rutherford, Dallas Tessar, Nick Kahle, Tommy Costello, Anthony Acosta
Bishop Gorman – Cadyn Grenier, Grant Robbins, Beau Cappana, Brandon Wulff
Orange Lutheran – Cole Spear, Tristan Hanoian, Garrett Mitchell
Huntington Beach – Tyler Murray, Hagen Danner, Logan Pouelesen, Noah Davis, Daniel Amaral
Vista Murrieta – Jack Moberg, Ian Nowak, Chance Hroth, Joey Hoddap
Temecula Valley – Isaiah Moten, David Maldonado
Mater Dei – Brandon Perez, Josh Stephen, Grant Burton, Blake Burton, Nick Pratto, Austin Reyes, Brian Call
Oaks Christian – Adam Kerner, Riley Helland, Jack Aldrich

--Les Lukach


Thursday, September 11, 2014

2014 Scout Ball Classic

The Scout Ball season is underway in SoCal and this weekend the annual Scout Ball Classic will take place at a variety of locations around SoCal.

Games will begin Friday and run through Sunday and will feature some of the top prospects in SoCal.

Below is the schedule along with field addresses.

Friday, September 12, 2014 Saturday, September 13, 2014 Sunday, September 14, 2014
  So Cal Red Sox   Yankees    
5:00 Vs 9:00 Vs 9:00 No Games
  Rays   Nor Cal Red Sox    
  Rays   Cardinal (Red)   No Games
7:30 Vs 12:00 Vs 11:30
  So Cal Red Sox   Nor Cal Red Sox  
      Rays   No Games
3:00 Vs 2:00
  Cardinal (Red)  

Friday, September 12, 2014 Saturday, September 13, 2014 Sunday, September 14, 2014
  Slammers (Zavares)   Slammers (Zavares)   Cardinal (Blue)
5:00 Vs 9:00 Vs 9:00 Vs
  Arsenal   Cardinal (Blue)   Slammers (Mouton)
  A’s   Arsenal   Cardinal (Blue)
7:30 Vs 12:00 Vs 11:30 Vs
  Slammers (Mouton)   Cardinal (Blue)   Wahoo’s
      Wahoo’s   Rangers
3:00 Vs 2:00 Vs
  Arsenal   Arsenal

U of La Verne     
Friday, September 12, 2014 Saturday, September 13, 2014 Sunday, September 14, 2014
  No Games   Las Vegas Cards   Nor Cal Red Sox
9:00 Vs 9:00 Vs
  So Cal Red Sox   SoCal Red Sox
      Las Vegas Cards   Nor Cal Red Sox
12:00 Vs 11:30 Vs
  Rangers   A’s
3:00 Vs

Cal Poly Pomona 
Friday, September 12, 2014 Saturday, September 13, 2014 Sunday, September 14, 2014
  No Games   Wahoo’s   Las Vegas Cards
9:00 Vs 9:00 Vs
  Slammers (Mouton)   Cardinal (Red)
      So Cal Red Sox   Yankees
12:00 Vs 11:30 Vs
  Slammer (Mouton)   Las Vegas Cards
      Cubs   Yankees
3:00 Vs 2:00 Vs
  Slammers (Zavares)   Cardinal (Red)

Mt. San Antonio College 
Friday, September 12, 2014 Saturday, September 13, 2014 Sunday, September 14, 2014
  No Games   Rays   Slammers (Zavares)
9:00 Vs 9:00 Vs
  A’s   Rangers
      Cubs   Cubs
12:00 Vs 11:30 Vs
  A’s   Rays
      No Game   Cubs
2:00 Vs


Azusa Pacific University     901 E. Alosta Ave, Azusa  

Maverick Field    330 South Citrus Avenue, West Covina

Univ of La Verne  1837 Wheeler Ave, La Verne  (Ballpark is on Wheeler, South of Arrow Hwy)

Cal Poly Pomona  3810 W. Temple Ave, Pomona

Mt Sac   1100 North Grand Ave, Walnut

Monday, September 8, 2014

Scout Ball Notes 9/6/14

The 2014 SoCal Scout Ball season got underway Sunday, September 6th all across the region. I took in the game between the Rays and Padres at Saddleback College which feature rosters heavy on kids from San Diego county.

Pitching took center stage in this game while there were a couple hitters who stood out. There weren't many defensive standouts due to the lack of opportunities for those players to make plays.

Below are some notes on players that stood out. Players are listed in no particular order.

2015 LHP Will Tribucher (San Clemente HS) got the start for the Padres and quickly asserted himself. Working from a high three-quarter slot the senior-to-be showed a loose, live arm with some whip. Sitting 84-87 with the fastball, he was able to work both sides of the plate. His tight spinning curveball sat 67-72 and showed late, deep break with some bite. His changeup was a bit flat at 80, but when he took a little off it the pitch was more effective and showed late life. Tribucher, a University of Michigan commit, missed a lot of bats with all pitches and works down in the zone.

2015 RHP Dylan Robertson (La Jolla Country Day HS) was effective despite lacking deception in his pitches. His fastball worked 82-85 and showed some late life despite being a bit flat. His tight spinning curveball is his best current pitch and worked 71-73 with late break. The changeup showed some late run at 77 and could develop into an above average pitch. Robertson is a University of Pacific commit.

2015 LHP Ricky Reynoso (Bonita Vista HS) was a pleasant surprise to those of us who hadn't seen him pitch. Using a high leg kick, Reynoso showed a free-and-easy repeatable delivery which resulted in a lot of strikes. His fastball at 83-85 appeared faster when he'd run it in on hitters. His best current pitch is his curveball which sat at 69-71 and showed lots of late break in the zone. His changeup has a lot late life (think falling off the table movement) and sat 73-74. Reynoso showed a very high IQ when it comes to pitching in that he mixed pitches well and limited the number of times he delivered the same pitch on consecutive offerings.

2016 RHP Connor Cannon (Vista Murrieta HS) used a high three-quarter delivery that at times went over-the-top to pound the zone. Sitting 84-87 with the fastball, the junior-to-be mixed locations well and kept hitters off balance. At times it appears he's overthrowing a bit, but for the most part it's an easy, repeatable delivery from the physical RHP. He showed a tight, hard spinning curveball that he only threw a few times but worked in the 69-73 range. Definitely a guy to follow moving forward because of his physical attributes and the ability to pound the zone.

2015 SS Travis Moniot (Palm Desert HS) didn't get the opportunity to flash the leather in game situations, but it's evident from the pregame routine that he possesses the athleticism to stay at SS at the next level. Possessing quick hands, feet and and a strong arm, he showed the ability to make all plays. At the plate the switch-hitting University of Oregon commit appeared more comfortable from the left side. He took a 70MPH curveball on the outer half the other way (LCF) for a standup double.

2015 1B Dean Nevarez (Eastlake HS) is an intriguing prospect to follow. While he seemed a bit lackadaisical at time playing 1B, his reputation as a power hitter became obvious during an early AB. The future SDSU Aztec took an 86MPH fastball and put it over the fence in LCF and darn near cleared the scoreboard. Unfortunately for him, it was his only significant at bat of the day. A quiet approach with fast hands, Nevarez showed good plate discipline and coverage in every at bat.

2016 RHP Will Tomlinson (Crean Lutheran HS) is a guy that had scouts asking "where is Crean Lutheran HS?" Working from a high three-quarter arm slot the junior-to-be was 85-89 with his fastball that he worked to both sides of the plate and down in the zone. Uses great arm extension in his clean, repeatable delivery which allows him to keep his pitches down. His curveball sat in the 70-73 zone and flashed late bite but was a little loose at times. It appears he overthrows his curveball a bit a times, but for the most part he is pretty mechanically sound with his delivery. This is a great opportunity to get on some scouts radar for Tomlinson considering he pitches in a smaller school division in SoCal.

2015 RHP Blake Workman (Ramona HS) is a big (6'2") phyiscal (190) pitcher who really caught the attention of scouts in attendance. Workman pounded the zone with this fastaball (85-89) from an over-the-top delivery that was easy and repeatable. His changeup is an above average current pitch that showed late sink down in he zone and worked in the 72-73 range. An intriguing prospect to follow who could improve his stock if he develops his current pitches more and can add a curveball or slider to the repertoire.

2016 RHP Jonathan Worley (High Tech High HS) is a recent University of San Diego commit and should fit in nicely in that program. Worley pounded the zone working his fastaball (84-86) from black-to-black while using an over-the-top delivery with a high leg kick. His tight curveball (69-70) may be his best pitch in the future if he can learn to repeat his delivery on it as it got away from him on occasion. Very impressive pitcher who is only going to get better once he adds strength to his frame (6'2"ish - wasn't listed on roster).

2015 OF Gage Canning (Ramona HS) showed arguably the best hit tool of any player in the game. The Arizona State commit flashed incredible bat speed which allowed him to turn on a couple pitches on the inner-half. He also took a breaking ball away in the zone to the opposite field and ended with two triples and a standup double. Didn't have an opportunity to show off the arm during the game but in pregame showed the arm strength and accuracy that has scouts intrigued.

2016 OF Julian Escobedo (Eastlake HS) was an intriguing prospect in that he showed above average tools in his all around game. From the outfield he has a strong, accurate arm that shows good carry on his throws. At the plate he has a very good understanding of the zone and doesn't chase bad pitches. He runs pretty well although he's not a burner. A solid player all around who will certainly draw plenty of college recruiting attention this coming spring.

2016 RHP/C Nathan Walker (Carlsbad HS) is another University of San Diego commit who only saw action on the mound where I hadn't seen him before. He was impressive touching 87 with the fastball while working in the 84-86 range. His curveball is a work in progress, it's a little loose but was effective at 69-70. He tends to get a little armsy which makes him be max effort rather than relying on his mechanics, but that is something that can be cleaned up. Has a long, lean frame that should fill out in the next couple of years.

2015 RHP R.J. Peace (Serrano HS) is a Cal Poly SLO commit who was arguably the best pitcher of the day. Working from a high three-quarter slot. Peace has a very easy, repeatable delivery that will serve him well in the future. He threw his fastball black-to-black and sat 87-89 while touching 90 a couple times. He was a little wild to the arm side a few times, but that can be cleaned up as evidenced when he regrouped after those pitches. His slider was as effective as his fastball and worked in the 82-84 range. The pitch that had scouts intrigued was his slurve that worked in the 77-79 range and was unhittable. A slider with curve break, the pitch showed late break down in the zone. Peace commanded all of his pitches with the exception being the few times he scuffled with his fastball to the arm side. A very intriguing prospect moving forward.

--Les Lukach

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

California Classic Schedule

The summer high school baseball tournaments are hitting full swing and one of the better tournaments in Southern California takes place this weekend.

The California Classic will take place July 18 - July 20 and feature some of the top teams in SoCal along with Fresno and Northern California.

Some of the top teams scheduled to participate include: Harvard Westlake, West Ranch, Orange Lutheran, JSerra, Buchanan (Fresno), Clovis West (Fresno), Alemany, Agoura, and Chatsworth among others.

Below is the full schedule.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

San Clemente Tournament Schedule

It's time for one of the best summer high school baseball tournaments in Southern California. The San Clemente Tournament annually hosts some of the top teams in the region along with top teams from out of state.

Along with the teams, the tournament showcases some of the best prospects in the region, many of whom are uncommitted at this time.

La Mirada, San Clemente, Orange Lutheran, LB Poly, Foothill, Edison, Marina, Canyon, Santa Margaria, El Toro, and Trabuco Hills are all chalk-full of uncommitted prospects on their rosters.

Below is the schedule along with game sites.

Game Sites
Aliso Niguel H.S. 28000 Wolverine Way Aliso Viejo 92656
Canyon H.S. 220 South Imperial Hwy. Anaheim 92807
El Modena H.S. 3920 Spring Street Orange 92689
Edison  H.S. 21400 Magnolia St. Huntington Beach 92646
Marina H.S. 15871 Springdale St. Huntington Beach 92649
Newport Harbor H.S. 600 Irvine Avenue Newport Beach 92663
San Clemente H.S. 700 Avenida Pico San Clemente 92673
Trabuco Hills H.S. 27501 Mustang Run Mission Viejo 92691

2014 South Coast Summer Classic Schedule

Thursday, July 17

@ San Clemente High School
2:00 PM San Clemente Vs. Basic

@ Aliso Niguel High School
2:00 PM Durango NV. Vs. So Cal Warriors
4:30 PM Aliso Niguel Vs. Forktrappers UT.

@ Trabuco Hills
2:00 PM Gorman 1 Vs. El Toro
4:30 PM Gorman 2 Vs. Trabuco Hills

@ Newport Harbor
4:30 PM Newoport Harbor Vs. North County Padres

@ Marina
2:00 PM Orange Lutheran Vs. Long Beach Poly
4:30 PM Marina Vs. Foothill

@ El Modena
2:00 PM Mater Dei11 Vs. El Modena
4:30 PM Mater Dei 2 Vs. Corona Del Mar

@ Edison
4:30 PM Edison Vs. La Mirada

@ Canyon
4:30 PM Canyon Vs. Santa Margarita

Friday, July 18

@ San Clemente High School
9:00 AM Durango NV. Vs. Forktrappers UT.
11:30 AM Durango NV. Vs. San Clemente
2:00 PM El Toro Vs. Forktrappers UT.
4:30 PM El Toro Vs. San Clemente

@ Trabuco Hills
9:00 AM Trabuco Hills Vs. Basic  NV.
11:30 AM So Cal Warriors Vs. Basic NV.
2:00 PM So Cal Warriors Vs. Long Beach Poly
4:30 PM Trabuco Hills Vs. Long Beach Poly

@ Newport Harbor
9:00 AM Newport Harbor Vs. Corona Del Mar
11:30 AM Gorman 2 Vs, Corona Del Mar
2:00 PM Gorman 2 Vs. Aliso Niguel
4:30 PM Newport Harbor Vs. Aliso Niguel

@ Canyon
9:00 AM Canyon Vs. Edison
11:30 AM Foothill Vs. Edison
2:00 PM Foothill Vs. Mater Dei 2
4:30 PM Canyon Vs. Mater Dei 2

@ El Modena
9:00 AM El Modena Vs. Gorman 1
11:30 AM Orange Lutheran Vs. Gorman 1
2:00 PM Orange Lutheran Vs. La Mirada
4:30 PM El Modena Vs. La Mirada

@ Marina
9:00 AM Marina Vs. Santa Margarita
11:30 AM North County Pads. Vs. Santa Margarita
2:00 PM North County Pads. Vs. Mater Dei 1
4:30 PM Marina Vs. Mater Dei 1

Saturday, July 19

@ San Clemente
9:00 AM San Clemente Vs. Forktrappers UT.
11:30 AM North County Pads. Vs. Forktrappers UT.
2:00 PM North County Pads. Vs. Gorman 1
4:30 PM San Clemente Vs. Gorman 1

@ Edison
9:00 AM Edison Vs. Basic NV.
11:30 AM Corona Del Mar Vs. Basic NV.
2:00 PM Corona Dal Mar Vs. So Cal Warriors
4:30 PM Edison Vs. So Cal Warriors

@ Trabuco Hills
9:00 AM Trabuco Hills Vs. Foothill
11:30 AM El Toro Vs. Foothill
2:00 PM El Toro Vs. Mater Dei 1
4:30 PM Trabuco Hills Vs. Mater Dei 1

@ Aliso Niguel
9:00 AM Aliso Niguel Vs. Durango NV.
11:30 AM El Modena Vs. Durango NV.
2:00 PM El Modena Vs. Mater Dei 2
4:30 PM Aliso Niguel Vs. Mater Dei 2

@ Marina
9:00 AM Marina Vs, Orange Lutheran
11:30 AM Gorman 2 Vs. Orange Lutheran
2:00 PM Gorman 2 Vs. La Mirada
4:30 PM Marina Vs. La Mirada

@ Canyon
9:00 AM Canyon Vs. Newport Harbor
11:30 AM Santa Margarita Vs. Newport Harbor
2:00 PM Santa Margarita Vs. Long Beach Poly
4:30 PM Canyon Vs. Long Beach Poly

Sunday, July 20th

@ San Clemente
9:00 AM Semi-Final 1
11:30 AM Semi-Final 2
2:00 PM TBD
4:30 PM Championship Game

@ Aliso Niguel
10:00 AM TBD

@ Canyon
10:00 AM TBD

@ Edison
10:00 AM TBD
1:00 PM TBD

@ El Modena
10:00 AM TBD
1:00 PM TBD

@ Newport Harbor
10:00 AM TBD

@ Marina
10:00 AM TBD

@ Trabuco Hills
10:00 AM TBD

-- Les Lukach

Monday, June 30, 2014

15U WWBA Player Notes

I'm in Georgia for the Perfect Game WWBA National Championships. Last week was the 15U division and featured over 180 teams. I saw over 30 games in six days of the tournament after arriving on the second day of the event.

I was at the new Perfect Game fields at LakePoint while the tournament took place at some 20 locations. Due to the amount of games being played at the new facility, the powers-that-be at Perfect Game decided that players were only allowed to used turf shoes or molded cleats.

Below are notes on some of the top 15U players I saw during the week.

Name Position (Bats/Throws) Grad Year  High School City Notes
Ben Jordan RHP,1B (L/R) 2017 West Carter County Olive Hill, KY At 6'8" he's a towering presence on the mound. Add his over-the-top delivery and the ball gets on hitters in a hurry. FB was 86-88 (T90) which he commands to both sides of the plate and has some run. CB was 70-72 and tight with great command. 
Brady Jones C/RHP (R/R)  2017 Central Baton Rouge, LA Very good defensive catcher who pops 1.92-2.04 consistently in-game. Moves well and blocks very well. Line drive hitter which shows occasional pop. Above average speed on the bases. On the mound uses a high 3/4 slot to command a FB that sits 87-89 and runs into RHH with loose, easy actions. 
Buddy Kennedy 3B (R/R) 2017 Memorial Millville, NJ Power hitter with the quickest bat speed I saw at the tournament. 5'11" 190 of solid muscle. Shows advanced defensive skills at 3B with good feet and body positioning. Has plus arm strength and instincts and makes every play. Will add more power. (Video)
Connor Konishi CF,LHP (L/L) 2017 Helix San Diego, CA Outstanding range in OF with plus arm strength. Great instincts for reading ball of the bat and positions himself very well to make plays. Plus speed on the bases with a smooth swing that gets the barrel in the zone. FB sat 80-83 with run in on RHH's. CB was 66-69 with tight spin that was loopy and unhittable. 4.23 to 1B from left side. 
Devin Ortiz RHP, 3B,OF (R/R) 2017 St. Joseph Regional Nutley, NJ Slick fielding player with a very quick exchange and strong arm across the diamond. Showed plus instincts with great body control. Positions himself very well and makes all the plays. Uses a high leg kick trigger to start his swing and shows a sound approach with good plate coverage. Disciplined hitter.
James Kirklin III CF (R/R) 2016 North Cobb Kennesaw, GA Flashes plus speed on the bases and in the field. Very good defensive CF with plus arm strength. Positions himself well to make strong, aggressive throws. Line drive hitter who repeatedly squares up the ball. Disciplined approach with great plate coverage. 
Jaree Pledger OF (R/R)  2017 Walnut Grove Monroe, GA Plus speed on the bases - 3.19 on a steal of 2B on wet turf wearing turf shoes. 4.13 to 1B on a line drive to RCF. Gap-to-gap hitter who keeps the barrel in the zone a long time. Swing gets a little handsy at times.
Jason Rooks OF,RHP (R/R) 2017 Walton Marietta, GA Disciplined hitter with current power. Hit the deepest HR I saw during this tournament. Average runner on the bases but good OF quickness with very good defensive instincts and a strong arm. 
Javier Valdes 3B (R/R) 2017 John A. Ferguson Miami, FL Protoypical power hitting corner INF as evidenced by his multiple HR's during the event. Disciplined hitter who doesn't bite on bad pitches. Covers the plate with a slightly closed stance. Strong defensive skills with good lateral movement and a strong arm. 
Joshua McKnight RHP,IF,OF (L/R) 2017 Central  Roaring Springs, PA Long, lean frame at 6'1" 160. Uses his long arms to produce a loose, clean delivery that is very repeatable from a high 3/4 arm slot. FB sits 82-84, CB 64-65. 
Justyn-Henry Malloy RHP,3B (R/R) 2018 St. Joseph Regional Bergenfield, NJ At 6'1" 185 he a physical presence for an incoming 9th grader. Flashed a FB that sat 80-82 with a lot of run. A high leg kick helps to hide the ball from hitters. A true 12-6 CB sat 72-73 and was unhittable in his 6IP. Was 1.19 to the plate w/runners on 1B. 
Logan Adams  C (R/R) 2017 Knoxville Christian Knoxville, TN One of the top three defensive catchers I saw at the tournaments. Moves very well laterally to block balls out of the zone. Showed very good feet and popped 2.02 - 2.13 consistently and in game. Defense is ahead of the bat but he put very good swings on the ball. 
Ma'Khail Hilliard RHP,OF (R/R) 2017 Central Baton Rouge, LA Live arm with loose actions. Varies arm slots on all pitches. High 3/4 cutter sits 79-81. Over-the-top FB sits 82-84. 3/4 CB is tight and sits 69-71. Long arms & legs with a short torso. Big time competitor on the mound. 
Matt Ruddick OF,LHP (L/L) 2017 Scripps Ranch San Diego, CA Despite a diminuitive frame (5'8" 155) Ruddick is a player. On the mound he shows a clean and easy delivery that resulted in a FB that sat 84-86 which he commands to both sides of the plate. CB sat 73-74 and kept hitters off balance all game. (Video) Shows great range in the OF to go with a very good arm. His best tool is his bat. Gets and keeps the barrel in the zone. One ACC head coach in attendance told me "he's swings like a grown man." Enough said. (Video)
Miguel Reyes 3B (R/R) 2017 Lafayette Lafayette, LA Arguably the most dangerous hitter at the tournament. Had multiple home runs and all of them were no doubters. Great mistake pitch hitter who covers all of the plate with great bat speed. Good defensive 3B with a strong arm, but it's obvious his bat is what will be his ticket. 
Richard Gilbert LHP,1B (S/L) 2017 Johnson  San Antonio, TX On the mound there is a lot to like of this southpaw. Sitting 82-84 with run on his FB, he features a true 12-6 CB that was 72-73. Showed incredible command with both pitches working them in and out. Compact delivery with a high leg kick, he stays closed and is very disciplined. Was 82 on his 76th pitch in the 7th. 
Sam Miller RHP (R/R) 2016 Cathedral Catholic Carlsbad, CA FB sits 83-85 with late tail. CH was 73-74 with late movement to it. Wore down later in the game but at 6'4" 180, there is a lot to like about the frames ability to add strength. 
Stone Scoppettuolo OF (R/R)  2016 La Jolla La Jolla, CA Stood out for his defensive ability and arm strength. Made a throw from the warning track to 3B on the fly. Showed great range in the OF and has above-average speed. Defense is a little ahead of the bat, but signs are there that the bat will catch up. 
Trei Cruz SS (R/R) 2017 Westminster Christian Miami, FL The son of former Major Leaguer Jose Cruz, Trei showed the genes definitely run in the family. Smooth actions at shortstop pair with a strong arm and innate instincts for the position. Cruz flashed plus speed on the bases with a balanced swing that gets and keeps the barrel in the zone. 
Tyler Solomon C,1B (S/R) 2017 Battlefield Haymarket, VA Big time power from both sides of the plate from a 6'4" 200lb frame. Smooth swing from a slightly closed stance with hands close to the body. Barrel gets and stays in the zone throughout the swing. Body projects to move to 1B permanently although he popped 1.91 - 2.02 in-game. Flat out ballplayer. 
Weston Bizzle RHP,2B (R/R) 2017 Crawford Mosley Lynn Haven, FL Threw an 87 pitch perfect game in which he sat 85-87 with the FB and touched 90. CB was a tight spinning pitch with deep break at 73-75. Commanded both pitches and only had two 3 ball counts. 
Zach Sehgal MIF,3B (R/R) 2017 Francis Parker La Jolla, CA Great defensive instincts with good lateral movement and a strong arm. Positions himself very well to make all plays from the SS position. Quick bat that shows line drive capability. Frame shows ability to pack on muscle in the future. 
Zack Brockman RHP,3B (R/R) 2017 Savannah Christian Savannah, GA FB sat 82-84 with run. Ball explodes out of his hand and looks, and sounds, a lot firmer. Very clean mechanics give the impression that there is more in there. CB was 68-69 and tight, deep movement. 
Zack Kokoska LHP/OF (L/L)  2017 Greater Latrobe Latrobe, PA Clean, repeatable delivery that had scouts taking notice. While the FB was at 82-83 it had plenty of run in on RHH's. Ball comes out of his hand easily. CB was 66-67 with tight spin that he located to both sides of the plates. There is a whole lot more in there.  (Video)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Don Barbara Hired as St. John Bosco Baseball Coach

Long Beach State Baseball Hall of Famer, Don Barbara, has been hired as the new head coach at St. John Bosco. He replaces Mario "Moon" Cordero who resigned from the position at the end of the 2014 season.

After an All-American season at first base and the Division I hitter of the year, Barbara was selected in the 24th round of the 1990 draft by the Anaheim Angels. He played seven seasons of professional baseball reaching AAA before returning to Long Beach State to begin his coaching career.

His coaching stops include Long Beach State, Sacramento St., and most recently, the University of Pacific where he was the recruiting coordinator and hitting instructor.

While at Long Beach State, Barbara recruited Troy Tulowitzki, Evan Longroia, Jeremy Reed, Bobby Crosby, Paul McAnulty, and Termel Sledge, all of which reached the Major Leagues.

-Les Lukach

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Player Notes 2014 Sunshine West Showcase

I worked the Perfect Game Sunshine West Showcase in San Diego, CA on June 7th and 8th. The event was based out of Southwestern College but games were held at a total of four sites. I was there in the role of scout where I had the opportunity to see every player go through the position specific workouts and batting practice.

While I didn't get to see every player play games, I did discuss every player with other scouts in attendance. Below is a list of players that stood out to me with some notes on each. I did not include players who are currently committed to colleges of which there were 13. Players are listed by graduation year with 2018 at the top.

If you're are interested in discussing players in more detail, you can reach me on Twitter @leslukach. 

Name Position B/T Grad Year High School Notes
Zack Prajner SS,RHP R/R 2018 San Marcos (San Marcos, CA) Quick first step and good lateral movement allows him to get to many balls others wouldn't. Quick release and strong, accurate arm. Not much pop at the plate currently but shows a keen understanding of the zone and plate coverage. On the mound he was 82-84 and flashed solid and consistent CB and Changeups. A true three-pitch guy.
Grant Burton OF, LHP, 1B L/R 2018 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) One of the biggest standouts at the event, Burton showed a strong arm during OF workouts throwing 82 MPH to 3B from RF with accuracy. At the plate, Burton uses his lower half very well which allows him to keeps his hands inside the ball and generates very good bat speed. Big physical player (6'0" 180) has power potential and showed it with some deep balls during BP. Showed very good plate discipline while covering the outer half very well. Also showed speed during in game AB's.
Bradley Polinsky C S/R 2018 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA) Good setup and a quick exit allowed him to pop 2.02 - 2.1 consistently and accurately. At the plate he's short to the ball and attacks the inner half with a high leg kick and quick hip rotation. Uses the lower half very well. 
Sterling Hayes MIF,3B R/R 2018 Francis Parker (San Diego, CA) Good build at 6'0" 160. Shows very good lateral quickness and above average footwork. Has enough current arm strength to make all throws. Gets to all balls he should and some he shouldn't. Bats with high hands and a semi-open stance. Uses quick hands to get the barrel through the zone where it stays through entirety of swing. Will add strength which will translate into more line drives.
Nick Donnelly 1B,3B R/R 2018 Poway (San Diego, CA) Donnelly is still growing into his body and it shows a bit on defense where his feet are a bit awkward at times. The glove plays now at 1B. At the plate, the 6'1" 182 freshman-to-be shows big power potential with a quiet, neutral stance and fast hands that gets, and keeps, the barrel in the zone throughout the swing. Also flashes some speed as evidenced by his in-game standup 3B to RCF. 
Jacob Allred OF,RHP L/R 2018 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA) An incoming freshman that looks like an upperclassman on the field. Showed a strong arm that was accurate during OF workouts. Great body control that was smooth. At the plate he showed + bat speed with quick hands from a balanced approach. Maintained balance throughout the swing. 
Jared Jackson RHP,3B,OF R/R 2018 La Costa Canyon (San Diego, CA) A very live arm that shows some accuracy inconsistencies, the long, lean athlete shows incredible instincts from the OF where he has the best chance to play. At the plate he sets early and uses very fast hands to get and keep the barrel in the zone. Needs to add strength, but shows a very good understanding of the zone. 
Ben Martz C R/R 2017 Thousand Oaks (Thousand Oaks, CA) Using a good low base along with solid footwork, Martz popped 2.08-2.19 routinely. A strong, accurate arm made him stand out. While there are some things to clean up, he showed he has big time potential behind the dish. At the plate the 5'11" 160 Martz used his lower half very well. He rocks a bit into his swing with high hands but gets them through the zone quickly. 
Abbot Haffar RHP,3B,OF R/R 2017 Simi Valley (CA) The 2017 multi-position player stood out for a number of reasons. Firstly he showed a very strong, accurate, loose arm from the OF. In the INF he showed the same arm strength along with very good footwork. The bat stood out where he flashed power potential by barreling up all pitches during BP. In game he continued to show an advanced approach with very good plate coverage and discipline. 
Matthew Rudick OF,LHP L/L 2017 Scripps Ranch (San Diego, CA) Strong, accurate arm from the OF despite a smallish frame (5'7" 145). Takes very good routes to the ball with great body control. On the mound he sat 83-84 with the FB and flashed a two-plane CB that sat 72 and was unhittable. At the plate is where he'll make his name. Gets the barrel through the zone with very fast hands from an open stance. A line drive hitter, he was peppering balls to all fields all weekend. Was 3-4 against #1 overall pick, Brady Aiken, during the regular season. 
Brett Borgogno SS,OF R/R 2017 Chino Hills (Chino Hills, CA) Smooth actions in the INF workouts to go with a strong arm, body control, and very good lateral movement and instincts. Has a wide base with quick hands at the plate and flashes line drive potential. 4.42 runner to 1B.
Justin Ledgerwood 3B,1B R/R 2017 Christian (Alpine, CA) Showed well in the MIF workouts with smooth glovework. Showed better at 1B where the glove was one of the top 3 at the position. At the plate he showed a low crouching stance that allows him to explode into the ball with fast hands and good bat speed. Line drive hitter to all fields. 4.86 runner to 1B.
Jonathan Schiffer 3B,OF,RHP R/R 2017 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) Schiffer continues to impress with consistent and smooth actions with the glove to go with a strong arm across the diamond. Uses an upright stance to generate good bat speed and gets barrel on the ball more often than not. When he fully extends he hits the ball a long way.
Blake Wagenseller OF,3B R/R 2017 Poway (San Diego, CA) Long, lean athletic speedster who was 4.37 to 1B from the right side showed a very advanced approach at the plate. Using high hands and a leg kick, he drives the ball to all fields with quick hands and a wide base. 
Kyle Hurt RHP,1B R/R 2017 Torrey Pines (San Diego, CA) Hurt is a big, physical presence at 6'2" 205 who reaches back and lets it fly touching 85 with the FB and an advanced changeup at 73-75. At 1B he shows good footwork along with solid glovework. At the plate his swing is a little long from an upright stance but flashes big time power potential. 
David Niddrie 3B,RHP R/R  2017 Torrey Pines (San Diego, CA) Flashed good glove and footwork during INF workouts to go with a strong, but sometimess erratic, arm. In game though he made all the throws and showed incredible range to both sides. Has power potential resulting from a high leg kick and power from the lower half. Showed great plate coverage both in BP and in game. 4.7 runner to 1B. 
Cole Mueller INF,C,RHP R/R 2016 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA) Solid INF who shows advanced glovework to go with good feet and lateral movement. The arm is good not great. Uses an open, upright stance where he loads early and hitches his hands as his trigger. Consistent hitter in BP and in games. 
Cameron Deere 3B R/R 2016 Harvard Westlake (Studio City, CA) Showed very good footwork despite a thicker, physical build. Flashed easy, smooth actions with a strong, accurate arm in the INF. Attacks the ball with a wide base and a slight lung/kick. Gets and keeps the barrel in the zone and flashes power potential. Is a little pull happy at the moment but showed he can go the other way. 4.93 runner to 1B.
Josh Hartman INF,RHP R.R 2016 The Webb Schools (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) Showed very good feet and a strong arm along with smooth INF actions with the glove during workouts. In game he showed incredible range to both sides while playing 3B. He's quick through the zone with a quiet approach that covers the outer half well. 
Adam Lopez 3B,RHP,1B R/R 2016 Grossmont (San Diego, CA) Showed good bat speed which allowed him to barrel everything up. Flashed some power potential on some deep fly balls in game. More of a 1B than a 3B, Lopez has smooth footwork to go with a reliable glove. 
Anthony Inatsugu SS,C S/R 2016 Santa Monica Showed excellent body control during the INF/OF workout session along with above average footwork and a solid glove. Behind the plate he showed well with pops ranging from 2.01 - 2.14. Uses an upright stance and showed the ability to adjust to pitches. 
Nathan Walker C,RHP R/R  2016 Carlsbad (San Diego, CA) Popped 1.95-2.0 all weekend with great feet and a very quick transfer with every throw on the bag. During BP Walker showed big power potential hitting line drives all over the yard with a quiet approach and great weight transfer. On the mound he was 86-89 with an easy/repeatable delivery that intimates there is a lot more in there. 
Tommy Riggs MIF R/R 2016 Chaparral (Scottsdale, AZ) Plays the ball very well and aggressively. Current arm strength is a +. Uses high hands and big leg kick but is short thru the ball and keeps the barrel in the zone throughout. 
Griffin Keller 1B,OF R/R 2016 Millikan (Long Beach, CA) One of the top 3 1B at the event, he showed a strong, accurate arm across the diamon to go with great body control and a smooth glove. At the plate he uses a wide base with a slight lunge and high hands. He keeps his weight back and attacks the ball with quick hands and keeps the barrel in the zone. 
Joe Hernandez 3B,RHP R/R 2016 Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, CA) Made all throws from the OF workout although the body control was a bit sloppy. From the INF though, he showed excellent body control coupled with good hands and a strong arm. At the plate he opened eyes with big power potential and consistent hard line drives to all fields. Big, physical body (6'2" 230) should continue to develop more strength. 
Max Mehlbaum LHP,OF L/L 2016 Taft (Los Angeles, CA) Intriguing prospect on the mound where he shows a fast, quirky delivery that kept hitters off balance during his 3 IP. In the OF he lets it fly with accuracy. Throws were all on ropes. Ultimately, his future is on the bump where he is certain to add velocity with physical maturation.
Geoff McCalley OF,INF L/R 2016 Scripps Ranch (San Diego, CA) From the OF he showed a very strong, accurate arm with all throws on the bag on a rope. At the plate he's an all-fields hitter that flashes big power potential. Uses the lower half very well and keeps the barrel in the zone a long time. 
Chase Sandman LHP,OF L/L 2016 Mountain Ridge (Peoria, AZ) Big accurate arm from the OF during workouts and in game. Throws were on a rope. At the plate he showed very quick hands along with very good plate coverage. Kept the barrel in the zone with a level plane swing. 
Connor Lunn RHP,3B R/R 2016 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA) At 6'3" 205, Lunn looks the part once he steps on the field, then he steps on the mound and confirms the gut feeling. Sitting 86-88 with downhill slope on his FB, he compliments it with a slider at 75 that shows a lot of depth. While he didn't throw a CB he says he's working on improving that pitch. Here is video from Steve Fiorindo from April 24, 2014. 
Charlie Verrone MIF,RHP R/R 2016 Los Osos (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) An interesting prospect in that if he showed more consistency he'd be one of the most sought out recruits in his area. Flashes very advanced glove and footwork to go with a strong arm but at times makes the routine look difficult. Accurate throws on the run are a regular and he shows good body control from both the INF and OF. Threw 90 MPH from RF - 3B. Shows a balanced open stance that allows him to get his hands inside and the barrel through the zone. 4.82 runner to 1B.
Anthony Acosta MIF,RHP R/R 2016 Simi Valley (CA) Acosta showed + glove and footwork along with a strong arm during the workout portion of the showcase. In the BP portion he flashed fast hand which produced + bat speed. A line drive hitter he showed some power potential. A bit of a pull hitter, he was 4.82 to 1B. On the mound he sat 79-82 with his FB and a sharp CB at 75 with 11-5 break. 
Jake Suddleson OF,RHP R/R 2016 Harvard Westlake (Studio City, CA) A starter for the Wolverines in the OF this past season, Suddleson shows a lot of potential at the plate and in the OF. Starts with a good base and a leg kick trigger, he keeps his hands inside the ball and gets the barrel through the zone nicely. Throws his hands and head flies open at times, but his approach is very consistent. Strong, accurate arm during the OF workouts. 
Thomas Savich INF,OF S/R 2015 Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, CA) Very quick release with a strong, accurate arm one he has the ball in glove. Showed good lateral movement and is smooth with the backhand. At the plate he has a balanced, neutral stance. Uses his hand movement as his trigger. 
Shane Nobiesky C,RHP,OF S/R 2015 Granite Hills (San Diego, CA) Very athletic catcher where he popped a whopping 1.71 during workouts. The switch hitter has a quiet approach where he uses his lower half well and generates + bat speed. A line drive hitter, he appears a bit more comfortable from the left side. 
Tyler Durna 1B L/L 2015 Ayala (Chino Hills, CA) Unquestionably the best all-around 1B at the event. Smooth, effortless actions defensively to go with a very strong, accurate arm across the diamond. Appears that the game slows down for him when on defense. + glove, + footwork around the bag. Take charge type of guy on plays he's involved in. All fields hitter that flashes power potential. Gets and keeps barrel in the zone throughout swing. 
Chris Ceballos C,3B,OF R/R 2015 Chino Hills (Chino Hills, CA) The big bodied Ceballos showed very well at all positions but made his mark with his bat. During a loud round of BP he repeatedly hit balls hard to all fields. Uses his lower 1/2 half very well and keeps the barrel in the zone which produced line drives all weekend. Popped 1.87 - 1.93 during the catching workouts with a quick release and very good footwork. 
Jake Peloquin SS,2B R/R 2015 Basha (Chandler, AZ) Strong, accurate arm with throws all at the chest of the 1B. A max effort defender who shows good lateral movement and body control. At the plate he barrels everything up from a high hands, quiet, neutral base. Power potential. 
Adre Riveroy INF,OF R/R 2015 Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA) Some of the smoothest hands at the event during INF workouts. Flashed a strong arm and good footwork as well. From the OF he showed a strong, accurate arm on all throws. He plays the ball well rather than sitting back on it. At the plate he showed quick hands with a slight load. Swing is a little choppy but he gets barrel on it more often than not. 
Michael Guerena SS,3B R/R 2015 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA) Smooth feet with a reliable glove pair with a strong arm to make Guerena an intriguing prospect. More of a 3B than a SS because of uncertain range potential, Guerena's bat plays at either position. Shows an early load then attacks the inner half consistently which allows him to barrel everything up. Pepper the opposite field all weekend. 
Patrick Vizcaino MIF R/R 2015 Don Lugo (Chino Hills, CA) Showed good footwork and arm strength during INF workouts making plays to both sides. At the plate he shows a wide base with a slight back load that allows him to use his quick hands to get through the zone. An all field hitter.
Harry Gard 1B,RHP R/R 2015 Sandra Day O'Connor (AZ) Showed + glovework and range at 1B. Handled bad throws with ease. A quiet line drive swing keeps the barrel in the zone a long time and flashes power potential and regularly produces line drive hits. 
Chandler Weisz C R/R 2015 La Jolla Country Day (San Diego, CA) Receives very well with very good footwork behind the plate. Frames pitches very well. Popped 1.94 during workouts. At the plate has a quiet/balanced approach to go with quick hands. Barrel stays in the zone throughout his swing. All fields hitter.
Justin Bardwell C R/R 2015 Chino Hills (Chino Hills, CA) Popped 1.95-2.0 consistently. Stays low, even during his release. A quick transfer and regular throws on the bag made him stand out. Flashed pullside power during BP and in game AB's. 
David Evans C R/R 2015 Desert Mountain (Scottsdale, AZ)  Popped 1.87 - 2.01 all weekend despite average mechanics. A little slow out of his crouch but has a cannon for an arm that produced throws on the bag routinely. Shows power potential and produced gap-to-gap hits during BP and in game. Gets a little top hand heavy at times. 
Chasen Wilson INF S/R 2015 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA)  Long, lean athletic build shows a smooth glove with light feet which lends itself to great range to both sides. A strong arm let him make all the throws. An upright quiet approach with quick hands allows him to turn on balls and get the barrel through zone. A line drive hitter who projects some power if the body fills out. 
Pikai Winchester INF L/R 2015 Iolani (Kapolei, HI) Great body control and lateral movement couples with a strong arm across the diamond makes him an interesting prospect. Uses an open/wide stance with quick hands to get inside the ball and pepper the opposite field. 
Justin Mellano OF R/R 2015 Sonora (Fullerton, CA) Good catch and release guy with good instincts and body control. Uses his speed to track down balls in the gaps and down the line. Uses a small step trigger to get his swing going. Is a little hipsy at time but keeps hands inside consistently. Long, lean, athletic body (6'1" 170).
Francisco Chavez SS,OF R/R 2015 Otay Ranch (San Diego, CA) Good body control with a smooth glove and strong arm, Chavez also showed the ability to get to ball deep in the hole as well as deep backhands. At the plate he stays closed with the left shoulder and shows neutral hands. Has a bit of a long extension, but he keeps the barrel in the zone. 
Zach Martinez C,OF R/R 2015 Lakewood (Lakewood, CA) During OF workouts he showed a strong, accurate arm with very good feet and body control. Balls came out and arrived on ropes. Behind the plate he has a quick exit and release but the transfer was a bit sloppy. Popped 2.01 - 2.21. Big power potential with quick hands. 4.72 runner to 1B.
Matt Hudgins OF L/R 2015 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) Don't be fooled by the small frame (5'9" 190), Hudgins is a ballplayer. Showing a very strong/accurate arm, he kept balls on a rope during OF workout drills touching 86 to 3rd base from RF. Using an open stance, the thick OF gets the barrel in the zone and flashes big power potential. At times gets a little handsy with this swing. Was 4-5 with 2 HR, 2 1B and 2 SB in one game. 
Connor McCollum RHP,INF R/R 2015 Marina (Huntington Beach, CA) Didn't show too much at the plate or in the infield. Then he took to the mound where he sat 88-90 (T91) with a seviceable CB in the 73-76 range. Commanded both sides of the plate with the FB that features some run into RHH. Impressed enough on the mound to earn an invite to the PG National. 
Dametri Evans C,3B,OF R/R 2015 Tahquitz (Hemet, CA) Despite some sloppy mechanics behind the plate, Evans showed the most accurate arm on throws to 2B that popped in the 1.94 - 2.1 range. Big, physical body with good hands allows him to hammer balls gap-to-gap. I was told he was up to 90 on the mound recently. 
Ryan Watts OF R/R 2015 Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA) Coming off an incredibly hot second half of the season, Watts showed his big time power potential during the BP session squaring up balls repeatedly. Using a wide stance the big bodied OF keeps his weight back but gets a little handsy at times. From the OF he showed a strong, accurate arm. 
Dylan Robertson INF R/R 2015 La Jolla Country Day (San Diego, CA) Above average defender with a strong arm from 3B who shows good lateral range to both sides. Takes charge on bunts and pop ups. Balanced, quiet neutral stance allows him to use his quick hands to get the barrel through the zone which repeatedly produces line drives. 
Dillon Paulson 1B,LHP L/L 2015 Santa Fe Christian (San Diego, CA) A big, physical player (6'3" 195) who is very smooth around the bag. Handled all balls hit in his direction with very good footwork and a smooth glove. At the plate Paulson is the prototype 1B. Uses lower half well to generate power to all fields. Barrel stays in the zone throughout his swing with a quiet approach. On the mound, he showed a heavy FB that topped at 82 from a high 3/4 delivery. Also showed a 2-plane CB that topped at 71. Easy/repeatable delivery. 
- Les Lukach