PEORIA, Ariz. — Each of the 61 teams at the Arizona Senior Fall Classic have talented players, but the teams with the biggest collections of talent are generally the regional teams organized by scouts.
Such was the case today when the SC Rays Scout Team rolled out a trio of intriguing righthanders–Nolan Gannon from Santa Fe Christian High in Solana Beach, Calif.; Jake Pintar from San Juan Hills High in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; and Zach Jemiola from Great Oak High in Temecula, Calif.
Rail-thin at 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, Gannon started the game. He has long limbs and a classic delivery, bringing his hands up over his head in his windup and some back shoulder tilt. Gannon stays in line to the plate well but is a bit of a short strider for his height, which caused him to leave some balls up in the zone. His fastball was 88-89 mph range early on, but he settled into the 85-87 mph range later in his outing with a 70-73 mph curveball.
Pintar is very tall and thin at 6-foot-7 and 190 pounds. He also showed a good line to the plate and good balance for his size. Throwing from a three-quarter arm slot, he pounded the strike zone with an 88-90 mph fastball, but his curveball was loopy in the 69-71 mph range and needs to be tightened up. He showed good athleticism by leaping off the mound to snag a chopper back up the middle to get an out.
Jemiola has an athletic, 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. He strides open a little, starting on the third-base side of the rubber and landing on the first-base side, but showed good stuff—an 89-91 mph fastball that topped out at 92 and a 76-77 mph curveball with good depth. Jemiola also throws a changeup and an occasional splitter, but just worked with his fastball-curveball combo today.
Jemiola gets the opportunity to work closely with scouts as a member of the SC Rays Scout Team and the Angels Elite scout team.
"It's helped the most with my composure, really," Jemiola said. "Pitching in front of a lot of people has helped me relax and work hard and gives me an understanding of what I can do in the future."
The UC Riverside commit will spend this winter working on conditioning. "I'm working on strength and flexibility a lot," Jemiola said. "I think if I can work on those two things, it'll help me out in the long run with my curveball and offspeed stuff."
• Catcher Clint Coulter from Union High in Camas, Wash., went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple in the NW Mariners Scout Team's first game Friday morning.
• Catcher Ian McLoughlin from Mira Coastal High in Manhattan Beach, Calif., hit a home run in Trosky Baseball's first game Friday. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound lefthanded hitter showed strong hands behind the plate and good agility for a catcher.
• Righthander Dayton Dawe from London, Ont., sat at 89-91 mph in his first inning of work, but settled into the 86-88 mph range with good run on his two-seamer. He only threw a handful of curveballs but will be an interesting pitcher for scouts to follow this spring.
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