January 2008

Better late than never

Been meaning to hop on here to throw up some info on the Underarmour All-American event in Tucson a while back, but haven’t had the opportunity to. Generally speaking, it wasn’t a really strong group there, though that can provide some chances for under the radar guys to get on the map. I didn’t get much feedback from scouts, other than that Matt Ramsey threw the ball well. Rather than go into detail here, I’ll instead post a Top 10 senior prospects from the event, courtesy of Baseball Factory and Team One scouts, the folks who put on the event. Store it away for later and see who from this list used the event as a springboard to a good ’08 campaign:

Matthew Ramsey | C/RHP | R/R | 5’11/195 | Farragut HS (TN)

Garrison Lassiter | SS/3B | L/R | 6’3/195 | West Forsyth HS (NC)

Niko Vasquez | SS | R/R | 6/175 | Durango HS (NV)

Justin Koehler | RHP/3B | R/R | 6’1/180 | Buchach HS (CA)

Jaff Decker | OF/LHP | L/L | 5’10/185 | Sunrise Mountain HS (AZ)

Tommy Collier | RHP/1B | R/R | 6’2/195 | Cy-Fair HS (TX)

Andy Burns | SS/3B | R/R | 6’1/185 | Rocky Mountain HS (CO)

Tommy Richards | 2B/SS | R/R | 5’11/178 | Bend HS (OR)

Nathan Fawbush | RHP | S/R | 6’6/185 | Union Grove HS (GA)

Ryan Curl | OF/RHP | R/R | 6’2/190 | St. Francis DeSales HS (OH)

Perfect Game Showcase — Ft. Myers

Perfect Game has built a pretty good reputation for their showcases and it’s pretty well-deserved. They typically have top-flight talent at events who go on to be high draftees every year. So I was very interested to hear what went on at their Showcase in Ft. Myers this past weekend.

Keep in mind that these early events should be graded carefully. It’s very early, players aren’t exactly in the best shape, certainly not in midseason form. We’ll know more about these players when we get to the spring. But it’s still valuable to check in and see who may have stood out at something like this.

Talking to scouts who were in attendance, the event was a little light in terms of elite talent compared to last year. Many of the high-profile guys didn’t attend. But here are few names to add to the radar as we start to crank things up.

Xavier Avery, OF (Decatur, GA) — Premium athletes with plenty of tools; followed up strong showing at East Coast Showcase with good performance here. Reminded some of George Lombard.

Jarred Cosart, RHP(League City, TX) — Up to 90-93 mph with his fastball; average breaking ball and solid changeup. Showed loose arm and good arm with a solid frame that has plenty of room for projection.

Rolando Gomez, INF (Pembroke Pines, FL) — No surprises there, did what people expect from him. He showed ood bat speed; played a lot of 2B a lot at this event.  Either you believe in him to play with his size (5-7, 140 or so pounds) or you don’t. Will have to play 2B or move around a bit; has arm to throw from third. It will all depend on if he hits. Whoever drafts him will have to be patient as he gains strength.

Garrison Lassiter, SS —
Was very smooth in the field; glove is ahead of the bat right now.
Pull’s a little slow at the plate, bat’s a projection, but he can definitely stay at short. He can pick and throw, showed very good actions there. He’s very athetic for as big as he is (6-2).

Stosh Wawrzasek, RHP (Langley, BC) — Up to 89-91 mph with fastball, with good life; showed some ability to spin a breaking ball a little bit.

Tyler Wilson, RHP (Rome, GA) — He’s 6-6, 205 lbs, lots of room for projection and growth; Up to — 88-90 mph with the fastball, with good movement and sink. He’s got a little bit of a  funky arm action, but showed really good ability to spin a breaking ball.

I’ll be back with more next week after the Underarmour All-America Event in Tucson (Jan 11-13).