Perfect Game National Showcase standouts
Players (and scouts) are already on to the next event, the Tournament of Stars, USA Baseball’s fantastic event that will lead up to the Prospect Classic (games being broadcast by Pete McCarthy and yours truly!), but those games don’t start until tomorrow. So this seemed like an opportune time to talk about who scouts felt stood out at this year’s Perfect Game National Showcase at the Metrodome.
This isn’t a ranking — I’ll list hitters and pitchers separately in alphabetical order. If I put a (TOS) next to their name, that means that they’ve gone on to Cary, North Carolina for the Tournament of Stars. From that large group, the US 18U national team will be formed and many of these players will be in that Prospect Classic, which will be streamed on MLB.com and the first two games of which will be on MLB Network via tape delay.
- Cavan Biggio, 3B/2B, St. Thomas HS, Texas (TOS)
- Nick Ciuffo, C, Lexington HS, SC (TOS)
- Zack Collins, C, American Heritage HS, Fla. (TOS)
- John Paul Crawford, SS, Lakewood HS, Calif.
- Clint Frazier, 3B, Loganville HS, Ga.
- Jan Hernandez, SS, Carlos Beltran Academy, PR
- Hunter Hope, 3B, W.T. Dwyer HS, Fla.
- Jeremy Martinez, C, Mater Dei HS, Calif. (TOS)
- Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS, Wash. (TOS)
- Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson HS, Ga.
- Chris Okey, C, Eustis HS, Fla. (TOS)
- Christopher Rivera, SS, El Dorado HS, Calif. (TOS)
- Dominic Smith 1B Serra HS, Calif.
- Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Elk Grove HS, Calif.
- Cheyne Bickel, RHP, Dwyer HS, Fla. (TOS)
- Taylor Blatch, RHP, Jensen Beach HS, Fla.
- Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS, Calif. (TOS)
- Trevin Haseltine, RHP, Will C Wood HS, Calif.
- Clinton Hollon, RHP, Wood Ford County HS, Kent.
- Robert Kaminsky, LHP, St. Joseph Regional HS, NJ (TOS)
- John Kilichowski, LHP, Tampa Jesuit HS, Fla. (TOS)
- Brett Morales, RHP, King HS, Fla.
- Chris Oakley, RHP, St. Augustine Prep, NJ (TOS)
- Jonah Wesely, LHP, Tracy HS, Calif.
As one scout put it to me: “It’s not a great group, but it will probably look better by the end of the summer. It usually does.”
So stay tuned for updates from the Tournament of Stars, Prospect Classic, East Coast Showcase, PG All-American Classic and the UnderArmour All-American Game on these high schoolers. Those wanting info on the college set, there’ll be some from the Prospect Classic as well as the Cape Cod League