More scouting info on prospects at Under Armour All-America Game

More scouting info on prospects at Under Armour All-America Game

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.

Per Law,

 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.

Per Law,

 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.

Per Law,

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.



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  • Let's hope that even though they keep playing good baseball
    they can still end up with the 3 or 4 pick. If they beat Houston
    all 3 of their final games, I'm afraid they might, then it might
    be the 5-6.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    I don't see the Cubs finishing with anything less than the 3rd worst record in baseball.

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    They have 12 left against the Rockies and the Astros. 6 is more than a little do-able.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    In order to finish with only the 6th worst record the Cubs would have to behind, as of today, Houston, Colorado, Minnesota, San Diego and KC. While I'd like to see the Cubs win more games than all those teams, I'd say they're just about locked into the 3rd worst record.

  • I hope your right, but I see the Cubs given enough games
    to finish with the 5-6. I really hope I am wrong.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    If they get a top 4 pick they should get a very good player right now, but it's early, hopefully that increases, but it's not a strong draft.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    And Appel isn't in this list (because he's in college), but he's probably the Cubs most likely grab if he's available. (Good pitcher who is fairly close to the majors, and as a college senior has significantly decreased bargaining power, so he'll sign.) With the Cubs schedule, I'm also afraid of a finish in the 5-6 range, which would suck. Theo and Jed could take some pointers from Houston on how to REALLY rebuild.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    LOL on Houston. They're totally tanking it. They could at least make it look like they're trying.

    There are three good college pitchers (Appel, Stanek, Manea) plus HS OF Meadows -- thats my top tier right now. Frazier and Ball are really interesting too, could make a move up during the season.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    I don't think there's any question that this is intentional losing on Houston's part. I fully expect Bud Selig to do something about this. Like making the team that finishes last HAVE to supply the starting pitcher to the All-Star game. That will fix things.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    It's his CBA that created this...and I wrote about this back when it first happened.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    I'm waiting to see what happens when another draft class like 2011 rolls around. If 25+% of teams can't sign their first rounders, ol' Bud is going to have some 'splaining to do.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Big test for me will be a stellar high school class...which 2011 was with Bundy, Starling, Bradley, Baez, and on and on. What might be worse were the guys picked lower like Fernandez, Bell, Maples, etc. What incentive do they have to sign for slot if they're not a top ten pick?

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Yes, I completely agree. But even think about Baez. If he gets drafted by the Cubs at 9, and the first 8 sign, the incentive for him is HUGE to play a year in Jr. college and quite possibly be #1 or #2 in the country this year. The strategies and counter-strategies get really messy quickly, and turn the entire thing into a giant cluster-you-know-what.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I wonder if we'll begin to see kids out of college and HS testing the waters in Japan?

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    John, "not a strong draft" as in top heavy but no depth? Or light on top AND no depth?

    I wasn't clear about that with past draft either. Everyone said it was light, but still heaped heavy praise on picks 1-10.

  • In reply to CubsML:

    Light in depth, light in college position players, lots of high risk/high reward types. There's no sure thing high school pitchers either, lots of projectable types but no Lucas Giolito or even a Max Fried. At least not yet.

  • Good work as always john, How high do think Austin Meadows could go in the draft and what player would you compare him to ?

  • In reply to seankl:

    He'll go top 5, maybe top 3. Some have compared him to Josh Hamilton.

  • John being up North in AZ, is this game televised or on one o the MLB streams? I wish I was there in Chi-town to see the game. Good work as usual Thanks!

  • In reply to Cubs26:


    I think it's on TV somewhere, MLB Network maybe? I'll try and find out for you.

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    It will be on MLB network at 1030 am in Arizona

  • In reply to Patrick Fahey:

    Thanks. It is MLB Network. It was on the Under Armour site too.

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    John dont you think it would be good to take a pitcher with our first pick?? We have a lot of position player talent.. You can never have enough though.

  • In reply to Colman Conneely:

    Yes, if they have a top 3 pick and things kind of hold steady, the best 3 players should be college pitchers -- and the Cubs would almost certainly take one.

    That said, if things change and you pick lower, then you're going to go for a second tier pitcher or Austin Meadows, that choice isn't quite as easy. You have to go BPA with your first pick and that would be Meadows.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    With a pick that high, all things being equal, I would alway
    take a hitter.

  • In reply to Colman Conneely:

    I know you didn't ask me the question but I think you have to go with best player at that spot. They may not like any of the pitchers at the spot they are picking, they just have to go with who ever as the higher grade. Some one like Austin Meadows might be their and you just can't pass that up if he has more upside, but you also have to consider who is harder to sign, with the new CBA rules.

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    I second the idea that pitcher almost has to be our first round priority.

    Pierce Johnson is not a future 1, 2, or even 3 guy IMO. Combine that with the presence of Almora, Soler, Sczcur, Hoon-Ha, and even Jackson* means I don't see how they can justify ANOTHER of player.

    Unless Meadows resembles Josh Hamilton (sans drug abuse) THAT MUCH.

    Don't get me wrong. If he IS that good, I wouldn't MIMD seeing an Almora, Meadows, Soler outfield. But we still have no legitimate SP prospects.

    *And that's not counting players that could possibly be moved to outfield due to infield defensive liabilities. Lake, Cutters, Baez, etc.

  • In reply to Giffmo:

    What makes you think Johnson is not a 2 or 3? Obviously that's a long way away, but he has that kind of stuff.

    At any rate, you can't reach for a pitcher, much like the Cubs did not last year. If it's equal, though, in this case you take the pitcher. I think the Cubs would take any of the three top college SPs before Meadows.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    John would we get rid of Jackson in the near future if we drafted meadows? And bring up sczcur to be a part time replacement untill he's ready?

  • Thanks, Pat and John: I will be watching with brunch on MLB at our favorite park. Would love to see more of those games take place there. Wish I were there! Thanks again.

  • In reply to Cubs26:

    Hey, I just heard from MLB Network and they gave me some more specifc info. I updated the post.

  • Take the best player available, then worry about where they'll play later - or else flip 'em for what you need when the time is right.

  • In reply to SFToby:


  • If you go with the "best player available" ,all things being equal, a
    pitcher is never better than a every player.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    Agreed on BPA. And college everyday players tend to be the lowest risk in the draft. Unfortunately, there are no great college everyday players, so I think Cubs are going either HS position player or college pitcher, which will be the best talent available at the top.

  • This is Kevin Gallo. This isnt going to be a strong draft class because of the low floor players in the draft. But there are still alot of high ceiling and I believe it will look like a stronger class once the draft gets closer. Some players who arent on this list because they arent in the UA game, like Cavan Biggio, Stephen Gonsalves, Ian Clarkin, Reese McGuire, Ryan Tellez, Robert Kaminsky, and Clint Hollon (he didnt pitch in the All American Classic for some reason). It a better class HS wise then last year position wise.

  • john where would theo sit in cubs games

  • In reply to kingpro98:

    Probably somewhere behind home plate, but I don't expect him to be there. Would be cool if he was, but I expect to see a lot of scouts, maybe Wilken, McLeod, Madison at the most.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I'd be surprised if Theo didn't already have Wrigley fitted with video cams set up to shoot every part of the field. I'm sure he'll have all the activities recorded and stored in the Ernie data Banks computer for review. That's what's already happened at all the Cub's minor league facilities, if I'm not mistaken.

  • In reply to SFToby:

    Haha...i like the Ernie Data Banks.

    Thats probably true. Wouldn't be surprised if they have all this stuff set up to get the most info possible.

  • Thanks again John: I would tape it even if I were there. I'am sure you are. . Have fun at the game and hope you see all the CUBS scouts and Cubs FO. Looking foward to the commentary of the game with the live mics.

  • In reply to Cubs26:

    Your welcome. Hope to meet some new people there. I don't know about the live commentary though ;) At least not from my end!

  • John,

    We going to have a Cubs Den meet & greet section, or possibly a cold beer at Murphy's, etc?.....

    Side notes: Really cool article on FO organization & scouting from Detroit:

    Cool video on AZ Rookie League & interview with Almora:

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    We can definitely do that. If anybody has suggestions as to when, let me know.

    Very nice Detroit article. Thanks for posting it.

    The YouTube video is actually from Tim Sheridan's Boys of Spring Blog, which has great stories and pictures, mostly during spring training but occasionally some AZ stuff like that.

    I actually posted on it a couple of weeks ago here...

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    If I weren't 2000 miles away, I'd suggest meeting at a place that is usually quiet and has a couple of pool tables as I recall - the Neisei Lounge on Sheffield, just north of Newport, the street I used to live on. Nice place to chat and reasonably priced cocktails and a couple minute walk to Wrigley.

  • In reply to SFToby:

    I've heard good things about that place. That sounds good to me.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Sorry John, wasn't aware you had already shared that video...

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    No worries at's a great video and Tim's a good guy. Glad to see his video is doing so well! And it gave me a chance to watch it again!

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    great article - thanks for the heads up.

  • I see Javie Baez tonight has a double and an HR and 3 RBIs in his first 2 ABs. Let's hope he got over whatever it was and is feeling better in FLA.

  • In reply to SFToby:

    yes...hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

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