Jesse Flores Memorial All-Star Game
For the fourth year in a row, scouts in Southern California ran an outstanding event, the Jesse Flores Memorial All-Star Game. MLB.com reporter Rhett Bollinger did an outstanding job covering the Draft showcase for us (read the story here).
This year’s edition was held at Mt. San Antonio College, a JUCO in Walnut, Calif. The initial rosters were jam-packed with the top talent in the state of California, but some cancellations did water it down a little bit. Here’s a list of some of the bigger names who ended up not playing on Sunday:
- Henry Owens — Got shut down this fall, just for rest, as a precaution.
- Austin Hedges — Has been out the past two weeks with a minor ankle injury
- Travis Harrison — Has been dealing with a few different minor injuries
- Daniel Camerana — Had the flue
That doesn’t mean there weren’t some very good players in attendance. And sometimes when some “names” don’t show, it allows others to step up into the spotlight.
Without Owens there, the consensus was that LHP Daniel McCreery stole the show on the mound. The big (6-8) lefty breezed through his inning of work, throwing 89-92 mph fastballs with plenty of movement (one scout described it as a cut fastball). He also threw a very good breaking ball which some think is better than Owens’.
RHP Danny Keller also impressed some. The 6-4 right-hander was throwing 90-94 mph and sat comfortably in the 92-93 mph range. He also showed a pretty good slider.
Catcher Bryce Mosier was the MVP with two hits — both hard-hit opposite field line drives — a pair of RBI and some strong defense behind the plate. He was strong in BP as well and threw out a runner during the game.
Taylor Sparks was a guy who wasn’t initially selected for the game, but took advantage of the opportunity when others sat out. The 3B is a specimen at 6-3, 195-pounds, runs a pretty good 60 (6.8) and shows average power. He’s average defensively with an OK arm at third. But he was very impressive during BP, showing plus bat speed and hitting line drives consistently.
Other players who stood out to scouts:
Jacob Anderson, OF
Brandon Berry, 1B
Aaron Brown, OF
Dante Flores, SS
Ryan Garvey, OF
Trent Gilbert, 2B
Ryan Keller, RHP
Christian Lopes, SS
Brandon Martin, SS
Riley Moore, C