Results tagged ‘ 2013 Draft ’

5 from Top 50 to attend NHSI

The participating teams for USA Baseball’s second annual National High School Invitational were announced today. It was a fantastic event that we covered fully in 2012, with stories, video and game broadcasts (some of which can be viewed in archive). The 2012 champions, Mater Dei, will be returning. Here’s the field:

Bingham High School (South Jordan, Utah)
Cathedral Catholic High School (San Diego)
Christian Brothers High School (Memphis, Tenn.)
Eustis High School (Eustis, Fla.)
Florida Christian School (Miami)
Grayson High School (Loganville, Ga.)
Hamilton High School (Chandler, Ariz.)
Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.)
Jenks High School (Jenks, Okla.)
Lexington High School (Lexington, S.C.)
Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Milton High School (Milton, Ga.)
T.C. Roberson High School (Asheville, N.C.)
The Woodlands High School (The Woodlands, Texas)
Tullahoma High School (Tullahoma, Tenn.)
Venice High School (Venice, Fla.)

From the group of 16 schools, there are five members on’s early 2013 Draft Top 50 Prospects list. They are:

3 Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson
12 Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Cathedral Catholic
30 Chris Okey, C, Eustis
41 Nick Ciuffo, C, Lexington
50 Jeremy Martinez, C, Mater Dei

There are a number of other exciting high school prospects who will attend, many of whom will likely land on’s Top 100 overall list in the spring. Some other “names to know” who will be in Durham, NC, March 27-30 for the tournament:

Jordan Sheffield, RHP, Tullahoma
Nick Longhi, OF, Venice
Ryan McMahon, 3B, Mater Dei

Looking forward to checking out this tournament for the second straight year.

Day 1 at the East Coast Pro Showcase

Three games, about 15 hours at the ballpark here in Syracuse. That’s what the scouts from all 30 organizations took in on Wednesday, the first day of the East Coast Pro Showcase.

The best quote that sums up what people feel so far about the 2013 Draft class came from one scout who said, “I don’t want to be one of those guys who says a Draft class is weak, but…”

But as they always say, there will be big leaguers from this class, as with every one.
The first day of the East Coast Showcase includes all the position players running 60-yard dashes and there was quite a bit of speed on display. The top times:

Carlos Williams, Covington HS. Tenn: 6.40
Stephen Wrenn Jr.,Walton HS, Ga.: 6.40
Matthew McPhearson, Riverdale Baptist School, Md.: 6.50
Justin Holt, Gulfport HS, Miss.: 6.56
Silento Sayles, Port Gibson HS, Miss.: 6.58
Clint Frazier, Loganville HS: 6.60
Benjamin Dluzio, The First Academy, Mich.: 6.60
Terry McClure, Riverwood International Charter School, Ga.: 6.63
Connor Heady, North Oldham, Kent.: 6.63
Alexander Krupa, Greenwood Community HS, Ind.: 6.64
Austin Meadows, Grayson HS: 6.64

There wasn’t a ton of velocity — no one creating a buzz with crazy radar gun readings, but there were several pitchers who were sitting in the low 90s. The top velo guys:

Clinton Hollon, Woodford County, KY: 93 mph (left in 2nd inning with some elbow soreness, more precautionary than anything)
Connor Jones, Great Bridge HS, Va.: 93 mph
Jordan Sheffield, Tullahoma HS, Tenn: 91 mph
Timothy McDonald, Village Christian Academy, NC: 92 mph
Tyler Danish, Durant HS, Fla.: 92 mph
Chris Oakley, St. Augustine Prep, NJ: 90 mph
Mark Armstrong, Clarence HS, NY: 90 mph

More tomorrow…

And, finally, there were a few guys who’s overall performances did make scouts notice. Here are some hitters who were mentioned by scouts I spoke to:

Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson HS, Ga.
Clint Frazier, OF, Loganville HS, Ga.
Jacob Heyward, OF, Eagles Landing HS, Ga.
Oscar Mercado, SS, Gaither HS, Fla.
Thomas Milone, OF, Masuk HS, Conn.
Joseph Dudek Jr, 1B, Christian Brothers Academy, NJ

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