Top 10 2018 Grads From The 2017 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament
Here are the Top 10 2018 grads from the Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament, held last month in Mesa, Arizona based on Baseball Factory coaches and scouts opinions.
1) Nolan Gorman – 3B
Nolan participated in the batting practice workout at the Under Armour All-America Pre-Season event in Arizona, and it was a memorable session. He put on a show, driving balls with authority on a consistent basis. During his second round, he had a stretch where he hit five balls high over the RF/RCF fence in six swings. His present strength and quick, efficient stroke result in lots of loud contact and make him one of the top hitters in the entire 2018 class. He should put on another impressive offensive display at Wrigley Field in the Under Armour All-America Game this summer.
2) Jordan Groshans – SS/RHP
Jordan, once again, showed why he is one the top prospects in the entire 2018 class. His overall approach is refreshing, as he can’t seem to get enough of the game of baseball. His right-handed stroke continues to show excellent rhythm with a short, quick path to contact. He shoots line drives to all fields with flashes of pull power. Defensively he has live actions, sure hands and confidence in the infield dirt. Routine balls are outs and he takes pride in this part of his game. Jordan was on base in all four of his game at bats with two singles and two walks. We look forward to seeing more of the same at this summer’s Under Armour All-America Game.
3) Raynel Delgado – SS
Raynel had an outstanding showing at the Under Armour All-America Pre-Season event in Arizona. It was his second consecutive year in attendance and he has made some great strides in all facets of his game. He is a confident infielder with smooth actions, soft hands, an efficient exchange/release and plenty of carry across the diamond. At the plate, Raynel swung the bat well from both sides of the plate. He utilizes a hanging leg kick from both sides and has rhythm and natural hitting actions. His hands are quick and he uses the whole field from each side, flashing more present power from the left. A very polished and complete player, he is a prospect to watch closely in the 2018 class.
4) Henry Davis – C
Henry continues to show that he is one of the top defensive catchers in the country. In Arizona, he once again flashed outstanding arm strength that was on display both in the workout and during the games. His exchange and release are very quick and combine with the arm strength to get excellent times (1.80) to 2B. Henry also is a polished receiver who takes pride in the little things that high-level catchers do, but aren’t always noticed. At the plate, he has a quality approach with a solid swing plane and an aggressive approach. He hits hard line drives – mainly to the pull side. Overall, Henry has the physical skills necessary to play at higher levels, but his make-up may be even more impressive. He is a leader with great passion and energy who has a very bright future.
5) Basiel Williams – OF
Basiel is an extremely unique prospect with some high-level tools. He is quick twitch and explosive (6.68 in the 60 and 9’10” broad jump) while also swinging the bat with authority from both sides of the plate. As a hitter, he has rhythm and natural feel to hit. He is athletic, comfortable and confident in the box from both sides of the plate with excellent hitting hands. He showed more power from the left side though he has leverage and pull side pop both right-handed and left-handed. Basiel even drove a ball into the gap in game play and used his speed to get an inside-the-park HR. Defensively, he uses his quick first step and athleticism for plus range that plays in CF. Overall, Basiel has a rare combination of skills that make him a 2018 outfielder to follow.
6) Brett Hansen – LHP
Brett was dominant at the Under Armour All-America Preseason Tournament. He faced 15 hitters and struck out 11 of them – including the last 10 in a row. He threw from a high 3/4 (nearly overhand) slot that generated excellent downhill plane to his fastball that touched 90 mph. That pitch normally had tail to it, though he kept it true when going inside to RH hitters. He showed lots of confidence in his curve that had good rotation and was landed consistently for strikes. Brett added in a change that had sink and some deception. Overall, this LHP has excellent feel to pitch, mixes his stuff well and throws a high volume of strikes – the recipe for a starting pitcher at the next level.
7) John Malcom – 1B/LHP
John, a 2018 graduate and Vanderbilt commit, is an exciting first base prospect with a high-level left-handed bat. He is imposing in his uniform with a 6’4″, 217 pound frame and strength throughout. He stands in at the plate with confidence and looks to do damage. With rhythm and a loose stroke with pull-side pop, he is a middle-of-the-order type. While his offense is his calling card, John is an advanced defender as well, showing sure hands and sound feet at first. His athleticism and feel for the game show through in the field. Overall, he is an advanced LH hitter to follow for the next few years, and how hard he runs balls out – and plays the game in general – will make scouts like him even more.
8) Cooper Stinson – RHP
Cooper had an excellent outing at the Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament in Arizona. The 6’6″ RHP was impressive, showing a three-pitch mix from a coordinated, repeatable delivery. His arm is very clean and quick through release resulting in an extremely easy 86-87 mph velocity. That number should spike in the near future. Cooper’s downhill plane makes his fastball very hard to barrel up for hitters, and his slider has late tilt at 79-80 mph and was also very effective. His change is a quality third pitch that rounds out his arsenal. Cooper filled up the strike zone (8 K’s in his outing) and was in total control. He is a pitching prospect to follow closely.
9) Xavier Edwards – SS/2B
Xavier keeps getting better, and had an excellent showing at theUnder Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament in Arizona. His actions, feet, hands and arm all played very well at SS throughout the weekend earning him recognition from Easton as the top defensive infielder in attendance. He is a smooth defender with quick twitch actions and a quiet confidence about him. Xavier swung the bat well from both sides of the plate going 2-for-3 with two walks in game play after taking a quality batting practice from both sides of the plate. Impressive measurables added to the mix after he ran a 6.66 in the 60 and broad jumped 9’6″. Xavier is an exciting 2018 infielder to continue to follow closely.
10) Dillon Marsh LHP/1B
Dillon is a talented two-way player who showed well in all facets, though it appears his highest ceiling is on the mound. He pounded the strike zone in his outing, using a fastball that sat mainly in the mid to upper 80s, but touched 92 mph when he needed it. He commanded all of his stuff very well – not afraid to pitch inside to right-handed hitters, and landing his breaking ball for strikes. That pitch had good depth, and he completed his three-pitch mix with a very good change. Dillon was in total control on the mound striking out eight and not allowing a hit. As a position player, he showed a solid left-handed stroke during BP spraying line drives to the pull side with good feel for the barrel. He is also very comfortable around the bag at first with sure hands and instincts for the game. Overall, this University of Kentucky commit can do a bit of everything on the field to help you win.