SEBRING, Fla. — Tonight's post won't be long because there wasn't a lot of action today. The North and South teams faced off this afternoon, with each team taking another round of on-field batting practice before the game.
The focus of today, though, was the pitching. About 75 scouts packed the bleachers behind home plate to see today's pitchers light up the radar gun and the two starting pitchers didn't disappoint. Here is a rundown on all the pitchers from today's action. . .
Wes Mugarian, rhp, Pensacola Catholic HS
Mugarian showed better velocity at today's even than he did in the summer. He was 90-92 mph in the first inning and touched 93. He mixed in a 75-77 mph curveball that he got under a few times, but he also threw some for strikes in on righthanders. The first batter of the game reached on an error, but Mugarian got the next hitter to hit a ground ball, which started a nice 1-6-3 double play. Mugarian got into some trouble in the second inning. He walked the first three batters he faced, but got another double-play ball on the fourth hitter and got out of the inning after allowing just one run to score. Mugarian was mostly fastball-curveball, but also mixed in a few sliders and changeups.
Brandon Allen, rhp, Milton HS
Up next for the North team was the 6-foot-6, 190-pound Allen. Believe it or not, 6-foot-6 is actually small for the Allen family. Brandon's father is Randy Allen, who played college basketball at Florida State and then in the NBA for the Sacramento Kings. Brandon's brother, Adam, is a forward at Florida. Allen used his height well to drive his 88-90 mph fastballs on a downward plane to the plate. Allen mixed in a 74 mph curveball and a couple 80 mph changeups with some drop. He is committed to Auburn.
Tony Mollica, lhp, Mandarin HS, Jacksonville
Mollica is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound lefthander signed to Jacksonville. His fastball was in the 83-85 mph range and he mixed in a 70-73 mph curveball.
Mark Lumpa, lhp, The Bolles School, Jacksonville
Lumpa is a 5-foot-9, 168-pound lefthander. He throws from a low three-quarters arm angle and shows some deception. His fastball, while in the 81-83 mph range, snuck up on hitters and ran in to break two bats during his inning of work. He mixed in a 68-71 mph curveball and is committed to Duke.
Johnny Barbato, rhp, Varela HS, Miami
Barbato started for the South team and came out firing. He was 92-94 mph in the first inning, although he settled into 89-92 by the second inning. He mixed in a 72-74 mph curveball that looked a little soft and a couple 82 mph changeups. He struggled a little bit with his control in the second inning and finished his two-inning outing with one hit, one walk and one strikeout.
Bryan Radziewski, lhp, Florida Christian HS, Miami
Radziewski showed a fastball in the 84-88 mph range and a 72-74 mph curveball with some bite. He had a very deliberate delivery and would sometimes drop his arm angle down from a three-quarters to a low three-quarters.
Jonathon Crawford, rhp, Okeechobee HS
Crawford is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound righthander from Okeechobee, about 50 miles southeast of Sebring. He was consistently 90-91 mph with his fastball and touched a couple 92s. He falls off the mound to the first-base side, which tended to pull many of his pitches that way, too. Crawford mixed in a 79-80 mph changeup and a 74-77 mph curveball. He struck out the side in his first inning of work, but also gave up two runs (to the two hitters that led off the inning with a walk and a hit-by-pitch).
There weren't many offensive highlights of the day, but outfielder Sean Dwyer of the North team hammered a first-pitch changeup from Crawford to the right-center gap. It took a strange bounce off the very top of the wall and was probably two inches from being a home run.
Like last year, it started pouring and forced everyone in the stands to the back few rows of the bleachers. Even though the metal roof covers most of the stands, it was raining in sideways and drenching everyone. After about a half hour of solid rain, the game was called with the North team winning, 5-2 in the seventh inning. The second game of the night was canceled a while after and hopefully they'll be able to get three games in tomorrow, weather permitting.
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