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2007 Hawaii Showcase Tournament






2007 Top Prospects

Brian Loard - SS - 2007 - Long Beach, CA
Strong bodied infielder, Loard is a sound defensive player with a knack for making plays, and a strong arm. Physically he projects best at 3B. He has a line drive stroke and hits with authority to all fields, with some power projection.

Reece Alnas - OF - 2007 - Hilo, HI
Lean, lanky and athletic, Alnas is a talented player and is just scratching the surface. He has a quick bat and a lively swing and is still gaining strength. He runs well and possesses a strong arm that plays at any outfield position.

Kiley Kawazoe - C - 2007 - Hilo, HI
Kawazoe is a full-bodied player but surprisingly athletic. His main asset is a short, powerful swing that generates plus raw power, to all fields. He is a good receiver and has a nice catch/throw exchange. Strength and ability are not concerns.


2008 Top Prospects

Kolten Wong - C - 2008 - Hilo, HI
Wong is a small package of dynamite at the plate. He generates shocking power for only being 5-foot-8, 170-pounds and also bangs the ball hard the other way. He is athletic and gifted both behind the plate and at 2nd base and runs very well.

Brian Alben - LHP - 2008 - Hilo, HI
Alben is projectable both as a pitcher and maybe even more so as a hitter. He has a loose, quick arm and good secondary stuff. At the plate he generates plus bat speed and lashes line drives to all fields. The power is coming.

Aaron Fujiki - C - 2008 - Honolulu, HI
Fujiki may be the premier defensive catcher in the ’08 high school class. He routinely pops in the 1.9s and can get into the low 1.8s. He is agile, receives well, blocks exceptionally, leads, does it all. Offensively he is a contact/line drive hitter.

Matt Magill - RHP - 2008 - Simi Valley, CA
Magill has a high ceiling on the mound. He has a loose, quick arm, and works from a ¾ slot. His fastball is presently in the mid-80s, with more velocity coming soon. His upper-70s slider projects as a very usable, potentially plus “out” pitch.

Tobe Kailimai - RHP - 2008 - Kohala, HI
Kailimai has such and easy, loose, quick arm that is easy to project the upper 80s in the very near future. His arm stroke creates very good leverage. His curveball has tight spin and at times flashes as a potentially quality “out” pitch.

Blake Amaral - 3B - 2008 - Hilo, HI
Strong and athletic, Amaral swings the bat with middle of the line-up type authority. He has a projectable frame that will easily hold future strength gains.

Daniel Higa - SS - 2008 - Honolulu, HI
Slick fielding, switch-hitting shortstops are a pretty rare commodity, but Higa is just that. He plays defense with feel and possesses a very smooth left hand stroke.

Cory Yuh - LHP - 2008 - Waipahu, HI
Yuh has upside on the mound and as a hitter, though more so on the mound where he has three quality pitches and pitchability. He is a spray, line drive hitter.

Cole Shidaki - 1B - 2008 - Waipahu, HI
Shidaki is a developing left handed power hitter. He generates lift with his easy swing and as he gets stronger, the home runs are going to come.

Dane Kinoshita - RHP - 2008 - Honolulu, HI
Not the biggest pitcher, but Kinoshita has quality stuff. He mixes three pitches well and competes on the mound. His fastball is in the mid-80s and his curveball bites.


2009 Top Prospects

Matthew McDaniel - LHP - 2009 - Mililani, HI
McDaniel is a talented two-way player. He has a lively, quick bat and excellent hands, spraying hard line drives to all fields. On the mound he has feel of four pitches, with two biting breaking balls and a dirty change-up.

Gavin Kinoshita - RHP - 2009 - Honolulu, HI
Like his older brother, Kinoshita is not big, but has a lively arm and good stuff. He creates leverage with his arm stroke and will throw harder than his body suggests he can. His fastball has good movement and his 12/6ish curveball bites hard.

Derek Tan - OF - 2009 - Kailua, HI
Another player that plays bigger than his physical size, Tan can swing the bat a bit and runs quite well, routinely getting down the line in the 4.2s from the right side. He has a quick bat, a short stroke and can handle good velocity.