Top 10 2019 Grads From The 2018 Under Armour Baseball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament
#1 – Bobby Witt, Jr. | SS | Colleyville Heritage HS, TX
Two-time Under Armour All-American Bobby Witt, Jr. put on another impressive display at the Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament. Once again, he showed off his impressive tools with an outstanding batting practice and his usual smooth, mature infield workout. He ran a 6.6 60-yard dash and registered an event-best 104 mph exit velocity. Bobby showed a taste of his complete skill set in game play with hard contact in several at-bats including an RBI double, an outstanding double play exchange, and he even scored from first on a hit and run single into right center field. Add in the make-up (he was the last player on the field Saturday picking up baseballs that were left on the field after staying to turn double plays for the third baseman being filmed) and the Oklahoma commit is a very complete prospect.
#2 – Logan Britt | OF | All Saints Episcopal-Fort Worth HS, TX
The 6’4”, 210-pound Britt was announced as a 2018 Under Armour All-American and proceeded to show why. He is a tremendous athlete with loud tools on display across the board. He ran a 6.80 in the 60 (we’ve seen him as low as 6.52) and was outstanding in the workouts. His loose, easy right-handed swing generated hard contact with line drives to all parts of the park. He recorded an exit velocity of 100 mph and showed some hard contact in games as well as advanced strike-zone discipline. Defensively, he has the speed and arm to play in any of the OF spots. His 96 mph arm strength plays with carry and accuracy. Overall, this Texas A&M recruit is one of the highest ceiling players in the country.
#3 – Yordani Carmona | LHP | Archbishop McCarthy HS, FL
Carmona is a mature LHP with advanced feel to pitch and a quality three-pitch mix. He was in total control on the mound and filled the zone with a high volume of strikes. His delivery and arm stroke were both excellent and allowed him to repeat well. Yordani threw his fastball to both sides of the plate – he kept it true inside to RHH, and tailed it away on the outer half. He spun his breaking ball very well, showing depth in the pitch and the confidence to land it at any time. The University of Miami commit also flashed an occasional change that had some sinking action from good arm speed. Carmona was up to 92 mph and struck out 6 of the 12 hitters he faced, putting one of the most impressive outings of the event.
#4 – Kaden Hopson | C | Redlands East Valley HS, CA
Kaden’s profile, a left-handed hitting catcher, garners attention immediately. His skills and ability to play the game keep you interested. He had an excellent weekend at the Cubs Spring Training Complex in Mesa, AZ. Kaden generated bat speed with a fluid LH stroke that led to lots of barrel in his batting practice. While he’s most comfortable driving balls to RF and RCF, he utilizes the entire field, as he showed with an opposite-field double in the game. Kaden really shined behind the plate where he was named the Easton Elite Gloveman as the best defensive catcher at the event. He threw to second in 1.87 and handled his pitchers with a quiet confidence that made it look easy behind the plate. He is committed to the University of Arizona and should get a lot of attention over the next two high school seasons.
#5 – Jalen Greer | SS | St. Rita of Casica HS, IL
Jalen seemed to take well to heading out of the cold of Illinois to sunny, warm Arizona for the UAAAPS Tournament. The indoor winter workouts had him well-prepared, allowing him to flash high-level tools and use them in game play. Jalen took an excellent batting practice with consistent, hard line drive contact throughout. He showed quick hands and an easy, clean stroke. There was little wasted movement and he got the barrel to the ball in a hurry. This carried over, as he went 3-5 in games with a double, two RBI singles and a walk. Defensively, Jalen displayed sure hands and solid instincts in the infield. He has plenty of arm for the left side of the diamond, as evidenced by his 93 mph raw arm strength. At 6’2”, 170 pounds, this Missouri commit has more maturing to do and looks to be developing into a special player.
#6 – Marcerio Allen | SS | Dacula HS, GA
The switch-hitting Allen has a natural looseness and rhythm to everything he does on the field. His infield actions are advanced with sure, soft hands at shortstop. He was excellent in the workout and made all the plays in games earning him the Easton Elite Gloveman Award as the best defensive infielder at the event. His throws (90 mph arm strength) have carry as well to finish off his plays from the left side. At the plate, Marcerio showed a quick, loose hands both RH and LH. He flashed surprising power (98 mph exit velocity) and squared up several balls in games including a hard-hit single and a deep triple. Committed to Kennesaw State, Marcerio is an exciting prospect to follow at a premium position.
#7 – Jonathan French | C | Parkview HS, GA
Jonathan is a complete all-around player at the premium defensive position of catcher. He seemed to do everything well out in Arizona, showing tools, athleticism and the ability to play the game. He ran a 6.94 in the 60 and the speed was evident in the way he ran the bases, while the quickness played as a defender. He sat well behind the plate and received in a simple, quiet fashion. His throws had carry and good plane, using his 89 mph raw arm strength to throw to second in 1.90. At the plate Jonathan showed very quick hands with a clean, repeatable RH stroke. He went 3-7 including a triple driven deep to the opposite-field gap. Committed to Clemson, Jonathan is an intriguing prospect with the arrow pointing up on him.
#8 – Mykanthony Valdez | 3B | Calvary Christian Academy, FL
Looking at the strong, proportioned 6’1”, 210-pound frame of Mykanthony, it’s hard to believe he is only a 2019 grad. The body is mature, and so is his game. In Arizona, he once again showed the loud contact we have come to expect from him. His approach is confident and aggressive, looking to do damage each time he steps into the box. Mykanthony drove balls to all fields during batting practice flashing some loft power, and he carried it over to the games with several hard-hit balls including a double. Defensively, he takes good angles at third and has dependable hands to go with a strong and accurate arm. It’s easy to envision this University of Miami commit being a run-producing bat that hits in the middle of the order at higher levels.
#9 – Drew Wiegman | SS | Carmel Catholic HS, IL
There is a lot to like in this Louisville commit, and much of it was on display at the UAAAPS Tournament. A high-energy player, Weigman played fast and hustled everywhere on his way to a 3-4 showing at the plate that included a single, double, triple and two walks. This was on the heels of a quality gap-to-gap batting practice session and a polished infield workout. He showed a live arm (93 mph raw velo) across the diamond from SS and also showed his quick-twitch nature running a 6.89 in the 60. At 6’3”, 185 pounds, Drew has the frame, tools and game abilities that merit close following.
#10 – Jaden Woodson | SS | Dallas Jesuit HS, TX
The ultra-athletic Woodson is another shortstop on the Top 10 list who showed an intriguing combination of tools and the ability to use them in Arizona. He is quick-twitch in all that he does including his compact right-handed stroke that is geared for line drives. He went 2-4 with two BBs in game play, showing the ability to recognize and react to off-speed stuff. His loose hands got the barrel to the ball effectively during BP as well. Defensively, Jaden had good feet (ran the 60 in 6.84), rhythm on ground balls, and showed the ability to go well to his backhand side. This University of Texas commit seems to just be scratching the surface of his ability on the diamond.