Under Armour All-American Game
Hey folks. Sorry for the dearth in coverage, but I’ve been on vacation with the B3 family, doing things like going to Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico and climbing ladders like these (and some much longer) into caves once inhabited by Native Americans.
But I did want to check in and update everyone with what’s going on in the wonderful world of amateur baseball and the Draft. Draft-wise, the signing deadline is looming and I’ll be at the MLB Network from 6 p.m. on to provide updates on signings, etc. With Bobby Borchering signing with Arizona, that leaves 18 unsigned first-round picks, with plenty of late-round above-slot signings to come, I’m sure. More on that in the days to come, especially on Monday, either here or on Twitter, where you can follow me @JonathanMayoB3.
In the past week, though, there have been some real good amateur showcases/events with scouts flocking to see the best high school talent for the Draft Class of 2010. I’ve got some information on the Under Armour All-American Game, held at Wrigley Field on Aug. 8. I’ll have some dirt on the Area Code Games for you soon as well.
As for the UA Game, last year’s contest, so you know, included 2009 first-rounders Bobby Borchering, Nick Franklin, Matthew Purke, Zack Wheeler, Donavan Tate, Tyler Matzek and Jacob Turner. In other words, it’s worth paying attention. Here are some top performers from this year’s edition:
Yordy Cabrera, SS: Big, physical kid with serious hitting potential. Went deep in the game. Played well at East Coast Showcase as well. Some at this game thought third base would be better for him defensively in future.
Chevez Clarke, OF: Good tools across the board. Not as much power as some others, but good athlete who’s fun to watch.
Nick Castellanos, 3B: Won the HR Derby, went 4-for-4 in game, with 4 extra-base hits. . Lots of life in bat. Has a hitch, but have to like the results.
Reggie Golden, OF: Hit a huge homer onto Waveland Avenue, but didn’t do much else in the game. But he’s got five-tool potential.
Austin Wilson, OF: Also hit a long homer in the game, has thunder in his bat. A real physical specimen. with some serious tools. Good arm in right field.
Stetson Allie, RHP: Size, strength, big fastball, up to 96 mph, along with hard slider. Got out of leadoff walk jam in this game well.
AJ Cole, RHP: Big fastball, power guy. Hard curve to go with heater up to 94 mph. Command a bit off in this outing. But stuff and projectability are exciting.
Kevin Gausman, RHP: At 6-4, 180 lbs., easy to project a lot more in the tank.
DeAndre Smelter, RHP: More power from the right side, up to 94 with fastball, slider up to 85 mph. Throws strikes as well. Goes right after hitters.
Andrew Smith, RHP: Good potential with velocity and ability to spin a breaking ball.
Jameson Taillon, RHP: Dominant stuff. Struck out side, up to 96 mph, good hard slider. Size and strength.
Bobby Wahl, RHP: Big and projectable (6-4, 200) with plenty of room for future velocity.
Karsten Whitson, RHP: Big, strong righty, up to 94 mph in this game. Slider up to 80 mph. Command was a little off, but still one to watch.