For those of you interested in the upcoming draft where the Cubs will likely have a top 3 pick, here is some more scouting information on some of the prep players who are coming here to Chicago to play at the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field this Saturday. I've used a variety of sources here, including some first hand information from aspiring scout and Cubs Den contributor, Kevin Gallo, as well as a little from Keith Law.
Here is some more excellent information from Baseball America, who provide capsules on all the players who will be there. They also have an article on local product, Corey Ray of Simeon.
I also wrote some quick profiles on these and other players here. Between those two posts, it makes for a pretty decent cheat sheet if you're going to the game to see these players. I still have a few tickets left (free of charge) for those interested, courtesy of The Baseball Factory. If you're interested contact me and we can make arrangements. There will be plenty of fellow baseball and Cubs fans there already, including many Cubs Den readers, so I hope you can join us.
If not, here is some information from MLB Network...
MLB Network’s telecast of the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game:
- The 2012 Under Armour All-America Game from Wrigley Field on Saturday, August 18 at 1:30 p.m. ET will be televised live on MLB Network.
- Greg Amsinger of MLB Network and John Manuel from Baseball America will be in the broadcast booth calling the action.
- MLB Network’s Larry Bowa (NL team) and Bill Ripken (AL team) will be managing the two teams.
- Bowa and Ripken will both be wearing live microphones during the game and will be interacting with players in the dugout and with Amsinger and Manuel in the booth throughout the game.
- Bowa and Ripken will also have TV monitors with them in the dugout so they can watch replays and offer additional analysis.
Austin Meadows, 6'3", 200 lbs, OF (GA)
Of all the players here, Meadows has the best chance of being picked by the Cubs with their very first pick. He shows all the signs of being a 5 tool player with 30/30 potential. He has a smooth left handed stroke and seems to glide running across the OF. He has the potential to be a very special player.
Per Keith Law via ESPN (insider only),
Center fielder Austin Meadows (Grayson HS, Grayson, Ga.) was by far the most impressive player in the game for me; only one other hitter could match his bat speed, he showed easy power, and is a plus runner. Meadows has extremely quick hands, so even though his setup is a little high he has zero trouble getting the bat head through the zone.
Clint Frazier, OF R/R 6’1 190:
Frazier is a special kid, had plus power potential and above average speed. He also has a plus arm in the OF and could be a 5 tool player if his hit tool, particularly his power potential, plays out. He has strong hands and wrists which give him great bat speed and makes up for a lack of ideal size.
Outfielder Clint Frazier (Loganville HS, Loganville, Ga.) was the one hitter who could argue he had better bat speed than Meadows, although he doesn't have Meadows' power and is an above-average runner rather than plus. Frazier's swing is a little busy from setup to load, but he has lightning in his wrists and can get his hands started quickly from any position. His bat speed is so good that he could hit for at least average power just by getting a more consistent swing and keeping his weight back better.
Trey Ball III 1B/LHP 6’6 180lbs
Has a Fastball in the high 80’s and low 90’s with late tailing action and downward plane. Curveball shows depth and sits in the high 70’s. He shows great athleticism, good power and speed on the position side of the ball. He has room to get stronger and add mph to his fastball. He also shows feel for a change-up.
Ball(New Castle HS, New Castle, Ind.) was the most interesting prospect at the Area Code Games. He was 89-92 and showed some feel for a changeup and confidence in his curveball. His swing was loose and easy with good extension but he probably hasn't faced pitching of this caliber much before this summer.
Jared Brasher RHP 6’2 200lbs:
His fastball sits around 89 to 91 with late movement. His curveball shows hard bite and sits around 80 to 81. He has good arm speed andh as a chance to develop more velocity.
Nick Ciuffo C L/R 6’1 200lbs:
Lightning quick behind the plate and displays a plus arm. He also shows above average power capability.
Zack Collins C/1B L/R 6’3 220lbs:
Will most likely outgrow the catching position but his bat will play anywhere. He has a powerful left handed swing and show the ability to use all fields.
Jan Hernandez SS R/R 6’3 195:
Shows good range and should be able to stay at SS. He has very quick hands that should develop power in the future.
Brett Morales RHP R/R 6’2 185:
Fastball sits 91 to 94 with great late tailing action. Kevin liked his curveball, saying it showed 12-6 break and good depth, while Law said his slider was fringy. Change has some promise to be a plus pitch. Morales also has a fresh arm, an effortless delivery and a good feel for pitching. Has great potential to develop into a very good pitcher.
Robert Tyler RHP 6’4 190lb:
Is a big RHP with room to add muscle. His fastball sits 89 to 93 with plus sinking action. Curveball has 12 to 6 breaks, show potential depth and sits in the low 70’s. Change up needs work but has potential to be one of the best in the draft class. Throws it with side arm action and sits in the high 70’s to low 80’s range.
Justin Williams OF L/R 6’2 215:
Most likely the best pure power bat in high school. Is a pure athlete to go along with that power. Profiles to be RF and is very exciting to watch at the plate.
Outfielder Justin Williams (Terrabonne HS, Houma, La.) won the pregame home run derby, not surprising because, when he gets his hands and hips timed right, he's got easy power to line up with Meadows' and above-average bat speed of his own. Williams' load at the plate is pretty small and he doesn't always start from the same spot; with a wide base he also doesn't stride, something that, if changed slightly, could help his rhythm so that his swing path is more consistent.
Derik Beauprez RHP 6’5 215 L/R:
Derik has a low 90’s fastball to average movement. His curveball is average and sits at 74 to 78. His Changeup show promise and could develop into a plus pitch.
Kacy Clemens 1B/P 6’2 200 L/R:
I like him better as a pitcher then a position player. His fastball sat around 87 to 89 but had very good late movement. His curveball had late bit and sat around 74 to 76. His changeup which I believe was a split fingered fastball had great sink and was dropping off the plate. His swing as a position player seemed very long but generated power and has an excellent glove at 1B.
Ivan Wilson OF, 6'3, 200
Chiseled frame with power/speed combo that profiles best in RF. Has ability to rise up the ranks if he focuses on baseball.
Hunter Green LHP, 6'4", 180
Lean, athletic build. Clean delivery, somewhat deceptive. Throws 85-88 with mid 70s curve and a change with some sink and fade.
Hunter Harvey RHP, 6'3, 180
Bryan Harvey's son. 89-92 mph fastball, mid 70s curve, developing change. Fresh arm.
JP Crawford SS 6’2 175 L/R:
I believe his will be able to stay at SS with is wiry frame. He was the potential to have plus tools across the board and already has some now. His sweet Left handed swing has loft and his quick hands show power potential. He has a plus arm and shows it on the mound throwing in the low 90’s. And let’s not forget is plus speed on the base paths and in the field which along him excellent range. His has the ability to become a pure 5 tool player at SS.
Dustin Driver RHP 6’2 210:
Fastball sits around 90 to 92 with some movement. Also throws a power slider with good bit and sits around 83 and show a feel for a change up.
Chris Rivera IF 6’1 185 R/R:
Has a plus arm and has plus bat potential. The question is will be able to stay up the middle once his body fills out. His bat will play anywhere and looks like he could develop average to above average power.
Dominic Smith 6’0 195 OF/P:
Profiles to an above average to plus RFer. He uses the whole field and has above average to plus power potential. He also show above average speed and a plus arm. He could be a very special player.
There will also be one player who won't be eligible until the 2014 draft...
Alex Jackson C/OF 6'2 215 R/R:
An amazingly talented kid. Great power for a junior and could get better. He could stay behind the plate if he doesnt out grow the position. But he is athletic enough to play the OF. Along with his power he shows an advance approach for his age and the ability to use the whole field. Out of the kids I saw at the AC he was one of my favorites, surprising that he's just a junior in high school.