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Double Digit D-I Commits Patrolled The Outfield at 2016 UA Pre-Season

The 2016 Under Armour Pre Season All-America Tournament was loaded with talented outfield prospects. Several made the Top 10 lists based on graduation year, but many more deserve recognition.

Left-Handed Hitters

Coaches and scouts love players that swing the bat from left side and there were several that did it – and did it well – in Arizona. We’ve already documented the showings of five such players, including 2016 Under Armour All-America Game selections Cole Brannen (Elko, GA), Garrett Mitchell (Anaheim, CA) and Cole Turney (Richmond, TX).

Switch-hitter Drew Waters (Woodstock, GA) joined Brannen, Mitchell and Turney among the top 10 2017 graduates, while fellow switch-hitter Ty Sawka (McKinney, TX) earned a top 10 selection among 2016 graduates.

2017 OF Baron Radcliff

One player who stands out just running on the field is the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Baron Radcliff (Norcross, GA). A 2017 graduate, Baron has a major-league body and swings the bat with authority from the left side. He has power with a feel for the barrel as evidenced by his two hits in limited action before missing the rest of the weekend with an illness.

Another physical young man is Missouri commit Cade Bormet (San Antonio, TX). The strong 2017 corner OF prospect also plays football in the fall and has an intriguing power/speed combo (we’ve seen him as low as 6.77 in the 60). Add to the athleticism a mature, patient approach at the plate and you have exciting upside.

2017 OF Jake Randa

Reese Albert (Jupiter, FL) is another 2017 prospect with a big-time verbal commitment. The future Florida State University outfielder has a short, compact left-handed stroke that results in hard line drive and ground ball contact. He ran a 6.61 and fits the profile of a potential CF/lead-off man at the next level. He went 2-for-3 with a sac fly and three walks in game play showing his knack for getting on base.

One of the most polished all-around outfielders at the event was Western Kentucky commit 2017 Jake Randa (Mission Hills, KS). His father Joe Randa was an 11th round pick by the Kansas City Royals in 1991, and made his Major League debut in 1995 to complete a steady progression through the Royals system. Over the course of his 12-year career, he saw Major League service time with the Royals, Pirates, Tigers, Reds and Padres. A career .284 hitter, he amassed 1,543 hits in 1,522 games, including 327 doubles and 123 home runs.

Given his MLB bloodlines, Jake Randa’s high baseball IQ should come as no surprise; he also can play multiple positions and showed advanced feel for hitting. With excellent strike zone judgement and a quiet, repeatable stroke, Randa stays in the middle of the field well and squares up balls on a consistent basis.

Another interesting skill set belongs to Harding University commit, 2016 Peyton Ravencraft (Oklahoma City, OK). He plays with intensity, and backs it up with solid measurables — including a 6.72 60 yard dash and an exit velocity of 91.7 mph in Arizona.

Future Center Fielders?

2017 OF Jack Schneider

A few athletes who look to have the range and instincts to stay in centerfield at the next level are 2017 Eric Bohnert (Cypress, TX), 2016 Tristan Gonzalez (West, TX) and Jack Schneider (Owensboro, KY).

Bohnert, a 6.5 runner who went 2-for-6 with a walk in game action, has a strong, compact frame and covers ground in the outfield.

Gonzalez is a 6.64 runner with quick-twitch explosion on display in everything he does, including his 9’1” broad jump. He also was 2-for-6 at the plate, and is scheduled to attend Hill College in the fall.

Finally, 2017 Jack Schneider puts together an impressive combination of tools and athleticism. Heading to Murray State, he had an exit velocity of 98 mph, broad jumped 9’10” and ran a 6.57 in the 60 yard dash. He showed power potential in batting practice, and was impressive in his defensive workout to round out a good showing at the event.

Corner Type Bats

2017 OF Roy Thurman

While speed was the calling-card tool for the three players above, a few of the Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament prospects fit better in a corner outfield spot thanks to a solid hit tool and power potential.

Roy Thurman (Indianapolis, IN) is one such player. A 2017 graduate and University of Louisville commit, he has a physically mature 6-foot, 200-pound frame with strong hands and a powerful lower half. The ball comes off his bat with authority and he has natural in-game instincts that play well.

2017 OF/1B Michael Giordano

Daniel Budke (Houston, TX) is another strong 2017 grad with a similar frame at 6-foot and 200 pounds. He can drive the ball to all parts of the park – balls that he hits seem to keep carrying. He tripled twice during games in Arizona and should fit nicely in left field at the next level as a run producer in the lineup.

At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, Michael Giordano (Pembroke Pines, FL) is a presence in the batter’s box. The strong frame translates into the ability to impact the ball, as evidenced by his 101 mph exit velocity. With several hard hit balls over the course of the weekend against quality pitching, it appears that there is enough hit tool for the power to play. A 2017 graduate, Giordano can also play first base.

Finally, Kansas State commit Tristan Peterson (Tucson, AZ) also flashes present power with more to come. A 2016 graduate, he stands 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds with a clean swing and good barrel accuracy. He is athletic and natural enough to play either corner outfield spot well.

Two-Way Players

2016 John Julian Kea

A handful of the prospects out in Arizona have a legitimate chance to be two-way players at the college level. 2016 graduate John Julian Kea (Kapolei, HI) checks a lot of boxes as he has an advanced approach at the plate, going 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and 2 walks, and had an excellent all around workout. He was also up to 85 mph on the mound with a good feel for his curve.

German Torres (West Palm Beach, FL) is a talented 2016 who ran a 6.89 and has smooth, fluid outfield actions. He has quick hands at the plate with a line drive stroke and also reached into the low-80s with his fastball with clean arm action.

2018 OF/LHP Alec Lubas

Jeremiah McCollum (Sugar Land, TX) is an athletic young 2017 graduate with bat speed in his right-handed stroke and 6.9 speed in the 60-yard dash. He’s raw on the mound, but did run his fastball up to 81 in a brief outing.

Several young 2018 grads are further along as position players, but also showed some glimpses on the mound. Alec Lubas (Brentwood, TN) is a left-handed hitter with a quiet, controlled swing that drives balls to all fields. The strength from his solid 6-foot-1, 202-pound frame generated 90 mph exit velocity with more power to come. Alec also threw strikes with a fastball up to 83 mph and solid secondary offerings.

2018 OF/LHP Baylin Moore (Albany, GA) is a 7.0 runner and a natural defender. He also has a line drive stroke at the plate and a compact repeatable delivery on the mound resulting in low-80s velocity.

Fellow 2018 Carlos Contreras (El Paso, TX) has a coordinated left-handed swing and already generated 82 mph exit velocity with physical maturation still to come. On the mound he has nice feel for his change-up that complements his fastball (up to 81) well.

Body & Tools Combo

Hayden Freeman (Hoover, AL) and Zachary Daniels (Stockbridge, GA) were already profiled in the Top 10 sections, but they were not the only outfielders with an interesting combination of body and tools. Click here to read more about 2016 OF Hayden Freeman, and click here for more on 2017 OF Zachary Daniels.

2017 Tyler Moreland (Texarkana, AR) had some of the best testing numbers at the event. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder ran a 6.82 in the 60, had a 95 mph exit velocity and broad jumped an eye-opening 10’4”. There is serious athleticism and explosiveness in this big frame, and his two hits in game play show signs that it will translate between the lines.

Joshua Simpson (Allen, TX) is another 2017 R/R outfielder with a high ceiling. He has quick hands at the plate and loose, athletic actions as a defender. His 6.81 speed help his range in the outfield and he looks to have future power at the plate as his 6’2” frame continues to mature.

Impressive Stat Lines

2016 OF Carter Mossey

A trio of outfield prospects not only showed high-end tools in the event workouts, but also used them in games to produce impressive stat lines. Carter Mossey (Cheyenne, WY) was among the best runners in Arizona (6.57 in the 60) and he was on base in 5 of his 8 at bats allowing him to use that speed to put constant pressure on the defense. He can impact the baseball (92 mph exit velocity) and he’s an explosive athlete (9’1” broad jump) as well – an impressive overall package. A 2016 graduate, Mossey is scheduled to attend Otero Junior College in the fall.

Another impressive performance was turned in by Harrison Jacobs (Lynnwood, WA). The 2016 grad was 4-for-5 with a walk and collected 4 stolen bases. His instincts for the game are outstanding, and he showed them both on the bases and as a defender where he gets outstanding reads and jumps.

2017 Michael Connelly (Hendersonville, NC) was another prospect that showed best in the games – when it counts the most. He was 4-for-7 with 2 doubles and proved to be a very tough out with quick hands, a level path and a willingness to use the entire field. He hustles and plays hard, and looks to be a fit in left field at the next level.

Two more solid performances came from a pair of 2016 graduates: Matthew Yokota (Pearl City, HI) and Jacob Urrutia (Riverside, CA). Yokota had two doubles and three stolen bases to go along with a good workout. Urrutia’s tools graded out well across the board, and he squared the ball up against quality pitching throughout the event.

2018 Graduates

Finally, this group of outfielders had several other 2018 graduates that showed tremendous upside and are prospects that warrant close following. A few have already been mentioned above, and Miko Rodriguez (Ada, MI) and Drew Williamson (Brewton, AL) were recognized as members of the top 10 prospects, but here are some more that had our scouts talking.

2018 OF Ryan Greene

Ryan Greene (Prescott, AZ) had three hits including a double and was on base in 6 of his 8 at bats. He also ran a 6.8 in the 60 and showed the ability to track balls well in the outfield.

Hunter Foster (Hazlehurst, GA) showed a similar profile: 6.82 speed with advanced defensive skills. He made an excellent diving catch in left field and he shows power potential at the plate.

At 6-foot-2 and 158 pounds, Jake Plecas (Flagstaff, AZ) has a projectable frame. He looks to be a future centerfielder with 6.88 present speed and the ability to go get it. His swing is balanced and sound with some flashes of pop resulting in 89.2 mph exit velocity.

A little more physical at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Wyatt Walorinta (Camarillo, CA) produced 85 mph exit velocity with a balanced, clean stroke. He had a double and a triple in game play and reached base in 5 of his 7 at bats, while showing aggressive outfield actions.

2018 OF Tahj Cunningham

Another prospect with present strength is 6-foot-1, 215 pound Austin Watters (San Andreas, CA). He generates pop from a quiet, controlled approach, and looks to be a run-producing left fielder at the next level.

Yet another impressive specimen is the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Derek Wylie (Warner Robins, GA). He reacted very well to the ball off the bat, and hit the ball hard all weekend including a double. Derek also showed an aggressive nature and good instincts on the bases.

Tahj Cunningham (Tallahassee, FL) is a quick-twitch athlete who showed off his ability to center the ball and used his speed on the bases to leg out a triple. He is a polished all-around outfielder who looks to be able to stay in CF at higher levels.

One more 2018 with a high ceiling is Nicholas Fajardo (Durham, NC), a left-handed hitter with great strike zone judgement (5 walks during the weekend) and an advanced stroke. He has quick hands, a line drive path and the ability to select his pitch.

Overall, the outfield position proved to be a deep and talented position at the Under Armour All-Ameria Pre-Season Tournament with a mix of polished, complete, and raw prospects with high upside.

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