Left-Handed Hitters Shine at Under Armour Futures West
The second stop of the Fall’s Under Armour Futures Series was in Southern California on September 24th where a bevy of left-handed hitters were on display.
Leading the group was 3B Nolan Gorman. The University of Arizona commit has present strength and pull side power. The ball comes off the bat hard thanks to quick, strong hands and an excellent feel for the barrel. Not only was his BP impressive, but he also followed it up with excellent game at-bats including two left-on-left singles against quality arms.
Also swinging the bat with authority during batting practice was Cal State Fullerton commit Kameron Ojeda. The catcher’s loose LH stroke is natural and fluid and he drove the ball to all parts of the park. Perhaps the biggest power came from outfielder Preston Hartsell. The 6’0, 185 pound USC commit used leverage power to loft several balls high off the net above the right field wall during BP.
Other lefties with solid offensive showings included UCLA commit JT Schwartz and Brian Leonhardt (San Diego State) as well as Oregon commits Maxwell Foxcroft and AJ Miller.
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The tall, lean Schwartz showed an easy, athletic LH stoke and has a high ceiling. The 2-way performer Leonhardt generated good bat speed and flashed power when his swing was connected. Miller’s approach relies on excellent hands and he delivers the barrel with consistency using the entire field. Finally, Foxcroft is an advanced, polished hitter who always seems to have quality at bats. He is a versatile defender with great energy and a high baseball IQ to go with his high-level hit tool.
While these hitters stood out, they were certainly not the only impressive prospects in attendance. Many of the arms, as well as several other position players, also excelled. Look for more on their performances coming soon.