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2011 West Coast Top Prospect Showcase






2012 Top Prospects

Ruben (RJ) Ybarra - C - 2012 - Riverside, CA
Ybarra has been a top level national prospect for some time and with good reason. He is immensely strong and drives the ball hard from a spread Albert Pujols type hitting approach. Ybarra's catching skills are very polished and he plays the game hard with plus baseball instincts in all areas.

Reece Karalus - RHP - 2012 - North Bend, WA
Karalus as an oversized but loose and athletic 6-3/235 build and sat steadily in the 87-89 mph range with hard run and sink. He has the looseness and strength to become at least a low 90's guy in the future. He might be better off with a power slider than the sweeping curveball he throws now.

Patrick Weigel - RHP - 2012 - Camarillo, CA
The 6-5/200 Weigel has an easy, athletic delivery and the makings of four quality pitches he can throw for strikes. He topped out at 87 mph on his fastball, threw a true upper 70's slider, a big downer curveball and a nice deceptive change up. With more velocity he could really step forward as a prospect in the near future.

Brian Mundell - C - 2012 - Santa Clarita, CA
Mundell has a big, strong 6-3/205 frame and the strength to overpower the ball at the plate, along with sound present hitting mechanics. Arm strength is his best defensive tool and he popped a 1.89 in drills.

Jordan Aboites - SS - 2012 - Long Beach, CA
What Aboites lacks in size (5-7/145) he makes up for in defensive tools and skills, where he plays shortstop with a flair and quickness that is fun to watch. He has enough wiry strength and quick twitch actions to swing a solid line drive bat as well.

Andre Angel-Bello - C - 2012 - Burbank, CA
Angel-Bello has superior defensive tools behind the plate, with quick, agile actions and a very strong and accurate arm. He'll need to make some basic mechanical adjustments at the plate to convert his present strength in to real bat speed.

Nico Darras - 1B - 2012 - , CA
The 6-3/205 Darras is going to hit home runs at the next level, he has a strong and powerful swing with bat speed and lift and the ball comes off the barrel hard. He also looks like a well above average defensive first baseman who can impact the game defensively.

Dominique Lemus - C - 2012 - Escondido, CA
Lemus is a primary C/OF with outstanding raw arm strength but his best future position for PG scouts is on the mound. He was a steady 87-88 off the mound from a simple low effort delivery and showed good feel for a change up and developing curveball.

Aaron 'AJ' VanMeetren - OF - 2012 - Henderson, NV
Van Meetran plays for one of the top high school programs in Bishop Gorman HS (NV) and it shows in his advanced fundamentals and ability to play the game. When he adds more strength to his 6-1/175 lb frame he could jump up the prospect lists.

Chad Lee - RHP - 2012 - San Dimas, CA
Lee is a slender and athletic 6-0/170 right hander who pounds the bottom of the strike zone with a live sinking 87 mph fastball. He has a solid secondary pitch in a low 70's 12/6 downer curveball that he has a mature feel for.

Daniel Martin - MIF - 2012 - Encinitas, CA
Martin might have ranked even higher had he not hurt his left shoulder in batting practice. He's a live bodied athlete with 6.97 speed, a strong throwing arm and very good bat speed from the right side.

Kenneth Chapman - RHP - 2012 - Pomona, CA
Tall projectable pitchers frame. Simple, repeatable delivery with good direction. High 3/4 arm slot, topped at 86. Good spin on curveball with depth, maintains arm speed on changeup with sink and fade.

Joseph Keller - 3B - 2012 - Chino, CA
Strong and athletic, Keller showed good defensive actions on the hot corner with soft hands and an accurate playable arm. Good swing mechanics, squares the ball up consistently with solid bat speed.

Chad Nelson - RHP - 2012 - Edmond, OK
Arm strength is an asset at both ends of the battery. Sat 83-85 consistently with his fastball, online balanced delivery with a compact 3/4 arm slot. Showed potential with offspeed pitches. Popped 2.03 in workout with 77 mph C velo. Strength in swing, some gap power.

Nolan O'Such - C - 2012 - Los Altos Hills, CA
Big and strong, O'Such has good overall strength, including his arm strength behind the plate. Tough out at the plate, direct swing path, hard line drive contact.

Chris Iriart - 1B - 2012 - Chino Hills, CA
Potential power bat from the right side, also threw 88 from the outfield. Can improve offensively with tweaks, has good offensive tools, good bat speed, leverage in swing.

Shane Gonzales - 3B - 2012 - Temecula, CA
Gonzales is a talented two-way player, who showed well at 3B and on the mound. Threw 84 across the diamond in the workout, touched 85 on the mound. Short compact swing path, drives the gaps well.

Michael Otair - 3B - 2012 - Orange, CA
Good swing mechanics, drives the gaps hard with a line drive plane, generates bat speed with effort in swing. Accurate arm from 3B, threw 84 on the mound.

David Edson - 3B - 2012 - Las Vegas, NV
Solid defensive actions at 3B, good hands and quick release. Versatile, can handle MIF positions as well. Aggressive left handed swing, line drive plane, hands directly to the ball, drives the gaps.

Justin Jones - MIF - 2012 - Henderson, NV
High energy MIF who moves well through the ball defensively. Light on his feet with soft hands. Nice hitting approach, loose easy swing, line drive contact hitter.


2013 Top Prospects

Chris Kohler - LHP - 2013 - Alta Loma, CA
Kohler is a classic projectable southpaw, with a very loose 6-3/170 build and an equally loose left arm. He threw in the mid 80's with a big downer curveball that had tight spin but there's plenty more velocity to come.

Chasen Ford - RHP - 2013 - Lake Forest, CA
The 6-3/195 Ford throws from an effortless extended 3/4's release point and has three solid present pitches in an 86 mph fastball, a big sweeping curveball with very good depth and a nice change up with late diving action.

Eriksen Dickens - 1B - 2013 - Oakdale, CA
While the 6-3/205 Dickens came to the event as a primary pitcher, he has a much higher ceiling as a power hitting first baseman. He absolutely crushed a couple of balls deep to the middle of the field in game action and has a loose, powerful swing from the right side.

Kenneth Meimerstorf - OF - 2013 - Henderson, NV
Meimerstorf had some of the best raw bat speed at the event and looks to drive the ball with an aggressive swing. He also threw 88 mph from the outfield with good on line carry.

Jacob Nottingham - C - 2013 - Redlands, CA
Nottingham looks the part with a very projectable 6-3/180 build that has plenty of room to add strength as he matures. He has a well rounded set of tools, including a very strong throwing arm and a good deal of present bat speed.

Erik Gonzalez - RHP - 2013 - West Covina, CA


Damion "DJ" Hernandez - 3B - 2013 - Indio, CA


Jason Martin - OF - 2013 - Corona, CA



2014 Top Prospects

Jordan Hand - C - 2014 - N. Las Vegas, NV
The 6-2/180 Hand already has prospect level bat speed at the plate and the ball jumps off his bat hard. His catching tools are more projectable than present but he already has the arm strength for the position.

David Banuelos - C - 2014 - Ontario, CA
Banuelos doesn't have the raw power potential or present bat speed as Hand but is a more polished hitter and already throws 79 mph from behind the plate.