PEORIA, Ariz. — For the second straight day, pitching talent was in abundance at the Arizona Senior Fall Classic as many west coast teams made their showcase debuts.
The SC Rays Scout Team, a Southern California regional team with a rich history at the Fall Classic, ran out a slew of impressive arms over two games Friday afternoon.
Lefthander Bernando Flores from Baldwin Park (Calif.) High stood out in the first, displaying an impressive three-pitch mix. The 6-foot-4, 170-pounder sat in the 86-88 mph range with good downhill plane, mixing in a developing changeup and 72-74 mph curveball with good depth.
6-foot-2, 178-pound righthander Greg Harris started game two for the Rays. The Oregon commit struggled through his first inning of work, allowing a pair of hard hit balls, but looked dominant in his second frame, striking out five of the six hitters he faced, as the teams agreed to play five-out innings to get players more looks. Harris showed tremendous command of an 88-90 mph fastball, touching 92 with late fade. He mixed in a 66-67 mph curveball with good depth and a deceptive 79 mph changeup.
Righthander Tyson Miller from Shadow Hills High in La Quinta, Calif., followed. At 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, Miller has a very projectable frame that he uses well, staying tall throughout his delivery with good extension. He showed a solid two-pitch mix—pounding the zone with an 87-89 mph fastball and 75-76 mph curveball with great depth.
Perhaps the biggest standout of the day however was Rays outfielder Billy Roth from Vista (Calif.) High. The Arizona commit is a two-way player that touches 92 mph off the mound but it was his bat that was on full display Friday, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a home run to left-center field in their second game.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Roth displays a smooth, quick righthanded swing with excellent barrel ability and above-average raw power. He is a patient hitter with great strike zone knowledge who looks for his pitch. Scouts were most impressed by the amount of leverage that he gets during his swing, causing the ball to jump off his bat.
Righthander Tanner Draper from Riverton High in West Jordan, Utah pitched 86-88 mph today, flashing a tight, but inconsistent 73-74 mph curveball. The Oregon State recruit shows good athleticism and present strength in his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame and will be an interesting follow for scouts this spring.
San Diego State commit Blake Taylor from Dana Hills (Calif.) High breezed through his two innings of work Friday afternoon inducing groundouts while striking out a pair. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound lefthander gets good tilt on his 88-91 mph fastball and mixes in a sharp, developing 78-80 mph slider.
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