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2006 Hawaii Showcase






2006 Top Prospects

Bucky Aona - 1B - 2006 - Kapolei, HI
Showed impressive power stroke and plays a position that fits his offensive capabilities. Very short swing with plus bat speed and explosion at contact. Aona drives the ball to center and right center with authority and should be able to hit for not only power, but also for average. He is an adequate defensive player with soft hands.

Christian Johnson - OF - 2006 - Aiea, HI
Johnson is an excellent centerfielder with strong offensive ability from the left side. He is a sub-7.0 runner (6.90-6.98) with a quick bat and power from the left side of the plate, particularly on the pull side. In the outfield he gets good jumps, closes well, has a strong arm and makes playing centerfield look easy. This is a D1 player still looking for a place to go to school next fall.


2007 Top Prospects

Daniel Duran - RHP - 2007 - Moreno Valley, CA
A two way prospect for the D1 level, Duran has a mid 80s fastball that projects to be in the upper 80s soon due to a long, clean, and leveraged arm stroke. Both his curveball and slider have good spin and late action. Offensively he has excellent bat speed and natural lift in his swing that suggests middle of the order power numbers at the college level.

Evander Ledward - LHP - 2007 - Waianae, HI
Ledward's arm works in a manner that suggests he has a big velocity jump coming in the next year or so, or when his wiry body starts to hold weight and strength. The ball comes out of his hand easily, reaching up to 84 with little effort. His arm is quick and he gets on top of the ball well after making a long arc after separation. His 68-70 mph curveball flashes tight spin and plus action.


2008 Top Prospects

Aaron Fujiki - C - 2008 - Honolulu, HI
Fujiki plays much bigger than he is and is a talented, competitive baseball player. Behind the plate he is a legitimate 1.95-2.05 thrower in game situations with very quick hands and feet and a strong, accurate arm. At the plate he has a quick bat and sprays hard line drives all over the yard. In the outfield he goes to and after the ball well and gets good jumps, with an arm that plays at all positions. You have heard players referred to as "baseball players" and Fujiki is one of them.

Dane Kinoshita - RHP - 2008 - Honolulu, HI
Kinoshita can flat out pitch and does so with four pitches. He has plus command of the fastball, particularly when working in and out. At times his fastball, which currently is in the 82-84 range, has riding action on the arm side. He has command of a 12/6 curveball and a slippery slider and spins both of them well. His change-up has some late tumble action. Kinoshita's arm is loose and quick from an over the top slot. Obviously his body does not profile well, but can pitch and has quality stuff. Kinoshita also handled the bat well and showed good bat speed to go with a nice hand path.

Kolten Wong - C - 2008 - Hilo, HI
This young player can handle the bat. He is a left hand hitting catcher with some promising athleticism. Wong is a slightly below 7.0 runner and defensively he shows promise behind the plate with catch throw skills, but also is intriguing to consider as a centerfielder or a second baseman. Offensively he has excellent bat speed and hand eye coordination and makes hard contact all over the field. His swing is fundamentally sound and he makes consistently hard contact.

Cory Yuh - LHP - 2008 - Waipahu, HI
Yuh could continue to develop as a two-way prospect because the only thing he doesn't do well yet is run (7.75 60). On the mound he has an athletic and rhythmic delivery and his still developing fastball has a lot of arm side movement that happens late in the zone. His curveball will need to tighten up, but at times he currently gets some late action on that pitch. Yuh has a quick arm from a 3/4 slot a lean, wiry body. Offensively he handles the bat well. He has an easy swing and has a good feel for hitting. His bat control is a major asset and is apparent as he sprays the ball from line to line.