SAN DIEGO -- The East team, led by Florida preps Francisco Lindor, Tyler Marlette and Sean Trent, won the 8th annual Aflac Game Sunday night at Petco Park in San Diego, 5-3.
Marlette blasted a two-run home run to give the East its first lead and was named the game’s MVP.
Lindor had two hits, including a triple and a stolen base. He also looked great at shortstop and second base. Trent drove in the winning runs with a double on a two-strike count.
The pitching stood out, despite the fact that three or four of the nation’s top prep pitching prospects who were on the two teams did not pitch in the game. Those who did pitch, all 16 of them, threw 91 mph or better.
Here are the top velocity readings on the scouts’ Stalker guns behind home plate:
Robert Stevenson RHP (Martinez, CA) – 95 mph, he also flashed three quality pitches with outstanding life on his fastball.
Daniel Norris LHP (Johnson City, TN) – 94 mph
Daniel Mengden (Houston, TX) – 91 mph
Michael Kelly (Boynton Beach, FL) – 94 mph
Ricky Jacquez (El Paso, TX) – 94 mph
Dillon Maples (West End, NC) – 94 mph
Tyler Beede (Auburn, MA) – 93 mph
Archie Bradley (Broken Arrow, OK) – 95 mph
Deshorn Lake (Newport News, VA) – 92 mph
Daniel Camarena (Bonita, CA) – 91 mph
Jose Fernandez (Tampa, FL) – 94 mph
Dylan Davis (Redmond, WA) – 96 mph
John Magliozzi (Milton, MA) – 94 mph
Henry Owens (Huntington Beach, CA) – 91 mph
Jake Cave (Hampton, VA) – 93 mph
Though they were all in uniform, top pitching prospects Dylan Bundy (Owasso, OK), Dillon Howard (Searcy, AR), Cristian Montgomery (Indianapolis, IN), Joe Ross (Oakland, CA) and Andrew Suarez (Miami, FL) did not pitch in the game. All of them have been 94 or better in the past.
Bundy and Howard pitched in the Connie Mack World Series last week. Bundy actually wanted to throw, but after a 100+ outing in winning a Connie Mack game a couple days ago it was decided he wouldn’t throw Sunday.
Howard had a 120+ outing in winning the Connie Mack Championship game on Friday. The others are all suffering from minor injuries of one sort or another. Bundy and Howard are in great shape, but didn’t throw for precautionary reasons.
The 2010 Aflac Game was a classic with very few walks, plenty of great plays and pitching, and several key hits. There were no errors in a game that featured several highlight-type plays all over the field.
It was a well-played game aired on national television by a bunch of very good prospects.
More to come!