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Showdown: Mater Academy
Published: Tuesday, April 02, 2013
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mission statement on Mater Academy Charter High School's website
tells in very straightforward language just about everything you need
to know about the 11-year-old school in Hialeah Gardens, Fla.:
mission of Mater Academy is to develop the intellectual and social
skills of its students by facilitating a rigorous college preparatory
curriculum and a wide range of educational resources within a safe
learning environment. Students are expected to perform at or above
grade level availing success in high school and within a global
are high expectations, indeed, but ones every department in the
school strives to reach, including athletics. The baseball program is
certainly no exception when it comes to working to achieve
excellence, despite its relative youth.
team with one of the most impressive rosters at this week's first
Perfect Game High School Showdown may also be the team with the
shortest amount of history behind it. Mater Academy is playing just
its ninth season of varsity baseball in 2013 yet has already
established itself as one of the top programs in the state of
school, with nearly 4,000 students, is an academic gem. It's a
priority not lost on head baseball coach Edward Gorriz, who is also
the school's athletic director.
biggest accomplishment is that 90 percent of my graduating seniors go
to college on a scholarship, be it athletic or academic," Gorriz
2013 Lions will bring a 15-2 record to Fort Myers, Fla., for the PG
High School Showdown, an eight-team event that runs Thursday through
Saturday and pits four standout Florida teams against four equally
impressive Georgia teams. Mater Academy will not be overwhelmed by
any of those top Georgia programs.
outfielder William Abreu, the No. 47-ranked national prospect in the
class of 2013 and an alumnus of the 2012 PG National Showcase, leads
the Lions. He is joined in the outfield by junior Daniel Reyes, the
No. 30-ranked national prospect in the 2014 class. Abreu has signed
with Miami (Fla.) and Reyes is uncommitted.
top guys include seniors Kevin Abraham (Florida Atlantic) and Juan
Escarra (Florida International), and junior Michael Mediavilla
the baseball program is only in its ninth year, it already has one
quite famous alumnus. Outfielder Albert Almora was a 2011 Perfect
Game All-American and 2011 PG National Showcase participant that the
Chicago Cubs snatched-up in the first round (sixth pick overall) of
the 2011 MLB amateur draft.
Albert Almora drafted with the sixth pick by the Cubs (was special),
and having him here with me since he was in sixth grade is also
amazing," Gorriz said.
is ranked as the 162nd top overall prospect in the 2013 draft, which
puts him the fourth- to fifth-round neighborhood.
High School Team Breakdown: Mater Academy
Top Prospects (Position, Class, PG National Rank):
1. William Abreu, OF, 2013, 47
2. Daniel Reyes, OF, 2015, 30
3. Kevin Abraham, C/1B, 2013, 179
4. Juan Escarra, 3B/SS, 2013, 194
5. Michael Mediavilla, LHP/1B, 2014, 342
While they graduated a top 10 pick from their outfield
last year, that remains an area of strength for the Lions thanks to
2013 OF Willie Abreu and 2015 OF Daniel Reyes. Abreu has had success at
numerous high level events over the course of a long amatuer career,
both at team events as a member of the South Florida Elite Squad, and in
showcase settings like the PG National, East Coast Pro and Tournament
of Stars. Abreu shares one important trait with the departed Almora: his
overall game plays at a level above his physical tools.
Reyes is still a young player who is maturing, but he turned some heads
as a sophomore at the 2012 WWBA World Championship in Jupiter and is one
of the highest ranked 2015 grads in the talent rich state of Florida. The outfield duo is joined by two other Division I commits in the lineup, with Florida Atlantic recruit 2013 C Kevin Abraham and Florida International recruit 2013 IF Juan Escarra. 2014 LHP Michael Mediavilla, a Miami commit also contributes with the bat and can handle 1B for the Lions when he's not on the mound.
It is easy to see why this team has had no trouble scoring runs this season. It'll be interesting to see if they can continue their hot hitting when they come up against highly talented opponents from Georgia.
Youth is the theme on the mound, as 2014 LHP Michael Mediavilla is the top arm on the staff, while several other underclassmen will be counted upon to contribute meaningful innings. Mediavilla has been very good so far this season for Mater Academy, and he should give them a chance to win the game he pitches, but whether or not anyone else will step up to take the pressure off the offense to score a lot of runs will be the key.
Through 15 games the staff has allowed 36 runs, and had been playing in low scoring affairs until a recent stretch where they've relied a bit more on the offense.
Offensively, the Lions can match up with anyone in the tournament, and their 14-1 start to the season and national ranking reflect that. But facing other highly talented teams, they will have to find a way to prevent their opponents from lighting up the scoreboard as well, or find a way to win slugfests.
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