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Top performers at East Coast Showcase

Now that the East Coast Pro Showcase has come and gone and focus has turned to the Area Code Games and then to the pair of All-American Games this weekend (UnderArmour All-American Game is Saturday in Chicago and Perfect Game All-American Classic is Sunday in San Diego), I thought it would be a good time to look at the top performers from this year’s East Coast event in Lakeland.

First, feel free to check out this video interview/feature with Giants scout John Castleberry, who helps organize and run the event every year.

In general, it seemed like the position player crop was a little deeper than the arms, though there were a few really high-level pitchers on display in Lakeland. You’ll also see a good amount of tools on the hitter side and a lack of lefties on the pitching side. With that in mind — and knowing a huge amount can and will change between now and next June, here’s a list of the top hitters and pitchers at the East Coast Showcase.

Eventually, this will evolve into a 2012 Draft Top 50 in the near future. Many of these guys will be on that list with more detailed information about all of them.

Hitters:

1. Bryon Buxton, OF (Appling County HS, Ga.)

2. David Dahl, OF (Oak Mountain HS, Ala.)

3. Jamie Jarmon, OF (Indianriver HS, DE)

4. Albert Almora, OF (Mater Academy Charter School, Fla.)

5. Lewis Brinson, OF (Coral Springs HS, Fla.)

6. Gavin Cecchini, SS (Barbe HS, La.)

7. D’Vone McClure, OF (Jacksonville HS, Ark.)

8. DJ Davis, OF (Stone HS, Miss.)

9. Danny Rosenbaum, INF (Chestnut Hill Academy, Pa.)

10. Rhett Wiseman, OF (Buckingham Browne & Nichols HS, Mass.)

11. J.T. Phillips, SS (Columbus HS, Ga.)

12. Corey Seager, 3B (NOrthwest Cabarrus HS, NC)

13. Zack Bowers, C (Harrison HS, Ga.)

Others: Keon Barnum; Skye Bolt; Carlos Correa; Addison Russell; Chris Shaw; Xavier Turner; Jesse Winker

Pitchers:

Lucas Sims, RHP (Brookwood HS, Ga.)

Lance McCullers, RHP (Jesuit HS, Fla.)

Walker Weickel, RHP (Olympia HS, Fla.)

Duane Underwood. RHP (Alan C. Pope HS, Ga.)

Ty Buttrey, RHP (Providence HS, NC)

Matthew Crownover, LHP (Rongold HS, Ga.)

Nick Travieso, RHP (Archbishop McCarthy HS, Fla.)

Clate Schmidt, RHP (Allatoona HS, Ga.)

Carson Fulmer, RHP (All Saints’ Academy, Fla.)

Justin Alleman, RHP (Holt HS, Mich.)

Others: Mitch Greer; Karl Keglovits; Nathan Kirby; Sean McLaughlin; Tucker Simpson; Robert Whalen;

Day Two at the East Coast Pro Showcase

The second day of the East Coast Showcase here in Lakeland was very much like the first, minus the 60-yard dashes and main-field batting practice. But there was plenty of baseball to watch — three games in total — and the rain stayed away this time around.

Day 2, however, didn’t really live up to the bar set on Day 1. The action could be best described as “blah” by most and there was a fair amount of sloppy play. The general consensus was that the player of the day was outfielder Byron Buxton. And he might not just be the player of the day — he could very well be the top prospect at this event. Other hitters who at least showed glimpses were Georgia catcher Zack Bowers, who missed a home run by inches and has generally looked solid at and behind the plate here, toolsy Delaware OF Jamie Jarmon, who’s shown good hit and run tools and Georgia infielder J.T. Phillips, who’s had some solid at-bats and had an RBI single on Tuesday.

Pitching-wise, it was just so-so, with no one really lighting up the radar gun and no one really impressing with secondary stuff. David Gonzalez (Georgia) was up to 91 mph and popped a 92 in his second inning. Justin Alleman (Michigan) was also up to 91 mph and out of any of the pitchers on Day 2, seemed to have a decent feel for pitching and mixed things up fairly well. If there was a pitcher of the day, it might have been Robert Whalen (Florida), who was up to 92-93 mph, but that was about it. One scout described his outing as “fair,” and that might have been the best there was on Tuesday.

Wednesday should be different, especially with the evening game (Rockies vs. Astros). It’s the game most are talking about with most of the top pitchers here going. The Rockies will throw Lance McCullers, Walker Weickel and Carson Fulmer. The Astros will counter with their own trio of great arms: Lucas Sims, Duane Underwood and Clate Schmidt. Suffice it to say the radar guns will be humming, with all of these guys able to crank it up into the mid-90s at least.

Last thing from here for now. I got the chance to talk to slugging first baseman Keon Barnum (and his dad) here. Here’s the story (and video interview) to go along with it.

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