Catching up on East Coast Showcase action
After a busy day of non-waiver Trade Deadline coverage, I made it up to Syracuse late last night, ready to hit the ground running for Day 2 of the East Coast Pro Showcase. Rain is keeping the action from starting, with the hopes of the first game starting at 12:30 p.m. ET.
I wasn’t here for Day 1 action, but talked to some scouts who were and have some highlights, as well as the top times in the 60, which players ran yesterday. If you want more details on the day’s action, I encourage you to read David Rawnsley’s blow-by-blow in his blog over on Perfect Game (subscription required, I believe) and Clint Longenecker’s take over at Baseball America.
After just one day of action, it’s certainly too early to draw any conclusions. But a few players and pitchers stood out, according to scouts I spoke with. A quick smattering of highlights, sorted by team (twitter handles of players in parentheses). Top 60 times for each team are at the end of each team section:
Nick Gordon (@NickyG_Dsquad) is the biggest name. Flash’s kid, Dee’s brother. He’s a two-way player, but he wants to play shortstop. And scouts think he can.
Jeff Schwarz, a catcher from Palm Beach Gardens HS in Florida, and Anff Seymour, an outfielder from American Heritage, showed some ability on Day 1.
On the pitching end, Cle Fincock was 90-92 mph from the mound. Alex Faedo and Cobi Johnson (@Cobi_Johnson) threw well. Johnson is the son of Dane Johnson, the former big league reliever who’s been the Blue Jays’ roving pitching instructor.
Anff Seymour: 6.36
Carl Chester: 6.56
Forrest Wall: 6.58
New Jersey area right-hander Joseph Gatto was the biggest standout from this team on Day 1. Longenecker reported that the 6-foot-5 hurler touched 94 mph during his stint on the mound. A scout I spoke with said he liked Isan Diaz, a shortstop from Massachusetts a little bit as well.
Zach Sullivan: 6.73
Tristan Rojas: 6.78
Liam Sabino: 6.95
Bobby Bradley is the biggest name on the team and there’s a lot to like with his swing (from the left side) and strength. He’s pretty quick to the ball and has the chance to hit. Whether he can play third is still to be determined. Scouts also like outfielder J-mal Howard and catcher Chase Vallot after one look.
Dilton Filotei: 6.47
Chandler Avent: 6.57
Wesley Roberson: 6.60
Zach Shannon, a two-way player from Ohio, created some buzz on the mound, throwing 90-93 mph with his fastball and showing a 78-79 mph breaking ball. Justus Sheffield (@Topsheff42) was a “known guy” coming in (his brother, Jordan, was a top high school prospect in 2013, but Tommy John surgery ended his senior year before it started and he went on to Vanderbilt rather than sign with the Red Sox). Justus is a lefty who didn’t hurt himself at all on Wednesday, touching 94 mph. His breaking ball will need to be tighter, but there’s a lot to like.
Jack Schaaf: 6.50
Thomas Lane: 6.63
Caleb Potter: 6.70
Dylan Cease is the guy to watch on this team. He’s a two-way player, but his future should be on the mound.
Michael Gettys: 6.58
Raphy Ramirez: 6.60
Trey Harris/Reese Cooley: 6.70
Grant Holmes started against Sheffield in a terrific matchup on Wednesday and the right-hander from South Carolina more than held his own. Rawnsley reported that he touched 94 mph.
Andrew Deatherage: 6.52
Troy Stokes: 6.56
KJ Bryant: 6.58