Contributing: Todd Gold
Ross Dodds (Buchanan HS, Clovis, CA): Dodds showed the best bat
at the event with a very strong line drive swing and consistent hard
contact. He also has top level arm strength, throwing 90 mph from
the outfield and 89 from the infield and the mid-80s from the mound.
Dodds projects as a third baseman in the future.
Christian Funk (Clovis West HS, Fresno, CA): Funk was definitely
one of the top athletes and most versatile athletes at the event,
receiving top prospect grades both in the outfield and infield
defensively and throwing up to 87 mph from the mound. He has a long,
loose swing with good bat speed and projectable power.
Justin Wylie (Hamilton HS, Chandler, AZ): The 5-11/165 Wylie put
on a strong performance in all aspects of the showcase, taking a very
strong batting practice that included surprising power, standing out
in the middle infield with his overall actions and quick release,
running a 6.8 60-yard dash and playing well in the games. He’s a good
all around player.
Octavio Lara (Gahr HS, Bellflower, CA): Lara was the showcases
hardest thrower, topping out at 88 mph and consistently pitching in
the 86-88 mph range for the first couple of innings. He showed a
full array of secondary pitches, including a 75 mph slurve that was
very effective for him later in his outing. Lara is a strong athlete
at 6-2/210 and showed nice hitting tools in BP too.
Max Green (Palos Verdes Peninsula HS, Rolling Hills Estates, CA):
Green is a live bodied 6-1/160 southpaw who threw 91 mph from the
outfield and ran a sub-7.0 sixty. He topped out at 84 mph on the
mound but has lots more in his arm with some delivery adjustments.
Corbin Lilledahl (Los Banos (CA) HS): Lilledahl is very slender
at 6-3/160 but he has quick strong wrists and generates some whippy
bat speed in his left handed swing and squares the ball up
consistently. He also showed solid outfield arm strength and ran a
6.9 60-yard dash.
Chase Beal (Queen Creek (AZ) HS): Beal gets your attention right
away with his strong, well-proportioned 6-6/210 build and keeps it
with a mid-80s fastball and hard spinning mid-70s curveball.
The Arizona native topped out at 90 mph at the 17u PG World Series
Lucas Halstead (Monte Vista HS, Alamo, CA): The 6-3/225 Halstead
stands out on the field with his size and strength and plays with
lots of energy as well. He put on a big power display in batting
practice, hitting balls out to all fields, and will improve in games
when he learns to get better direction to contact.
Cheynne Giles (Westview HS, San Diego, CA): Giles has a nicely
projectable 6-1/170 build with some wiry present strength. He looks
to have centerfield athleticism and tools on defense, including 6.8
speed and a strong arm, and swings the bat well from the right side.
2B/SS Austin Bernard (Valley Center (CA) HS): Bernard is listed as a primary second baseman but his arm strength and game actions indicated that he has the ability to play shortstop at the next level based on this look. He has a very aggressive right handed swing with power.
Tom Leonardini (Aptos (CA) HS): Leonardini has a nice 6-3/190
pitcher’s build and a long, loose arm action that projects well.
He worked the corners effectively with an 84-86 mph fastball that
maintained its velocity into the fourth inning. Continued
improvement of his secondary pitches will be the key to his further
Cameron Aufderheide (Trabuco Hills HS, Rancho Santa Margarita,
CA): The 6-3/180 Aufderheide had the best three-pitch combination of
any pitcher at the showcase and did it from a deceptive whippy mid to
low three-quarters release point. His fastball topped out at 84 mph with
very good life down in the zone and his 75 mph slider and 78 mph
changeup were quality secondary pitches that he commanded well.
Rayson Romero (St. Louis HS, Mililani, HI): Romero is a very
polished defensive player who made all the plays in the games and
graded out very well in the drills. His balance, soft hands and
quick release stand out. He has a short line drive swing from the
right side of the plate.
C Keith Wallach (Maria Carrilo HS, Santa Rosa, CA): Wallach is a bit undersized at 5-8 but has good strength and plenty of quick twitch actions. He especially stood out in games, where his energy and motor is apparent both offensively and defensively.
Patrick Cromwell (Calvary Chapel HS, Costa Mesa, CA): Cornwell
is a very projectable 6-1/160 middle infielder with a lean, loose
athletic body and solid present tools. He has a nice left handed
swing with the ability to hit the ball hard to all fields.
Kevin Abandy (Ayala HS, Chino Hills, CA): Abandy has a loose
left-handed swing and present gap to gap power and projects to add
more bat speed as he gets stronger. He’s also 6.9 runner.