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Grant Green, ss
11/2004 — 2004 West Coast Top Prospect Showcase
Grant is a 2006 grad from Canyon High School in Anaheim California. He stands 6'3" 170 lbs with a athletic wiry frame and build and a lot of room for added muscle in the future. He's a good looking projectable athlete who shows advanced knowledge and skills. We think that Grant will be able to stay at SS in the future unless he just gets too big and strong. He has sure quick hands and balanced feet and pure infield actions. His arm strength is well above average, with very good and quick releases out front. It can be a real weapon for him. Grant has an unorthodox stance at the plate, hitting out of a crouch with tight elbows, but he shows you a strong top hand, good rhythm and a sense of timing to contact. Grant's bat speed is good right now and will improve even more as he physically matures. Our scouts, one of whom is an ex-Big League shortstop, thought that Grant had lots of similarities to current Tigers manager and former All-Star SS Alan Trammell. Grant has a chance to be high draft pick and definite major college player when his time comes around in 2006. He is a strong student.
Domonic Brown, of/lhp
6/2005 — 2005 National Showcase
Domonic Brown is a 2006 left handed pitcher from with a very athletic tall build at 6-6, 200 lbs. Brown has smooth, easy athletic actions in everything he does and might be almost as good an outfield prospect as he is a pitching prospect. On the mound, Brown had a tall, balanced delivery with a clean, smooth arm action and minimum effort delivery. He varied his release point a lot on his pitches, which made his command inconsistent, but he should be able to spot the ball effectively as he gains experience. Brown's fastball topped out at 86 mph with good life down in the zone. The best of his many off-speed pitches was a short, quick slider at 72 mph. He also threw a curveball, change up and knuckleball. As an outfielder, Brown showed exceptional speed for his size at 6.70 in the 60 and 4.32 to first base. He has a nice swing at the plate with good leverage at contact and plus power potential. How Brown develops as a prospect and at which position is difficult to project because he is still raw, but you won't find many better athletes who combine Brown's speed, power and balance. Highest level prospect and a big-time sleeper.
Madison Bumgarner, lhp
6/2006 — Perfect Game National Showcase, Fayetteville, Ark.
Solid, durable frame with good pitcher’s shoulders, built similar to a young Steve Carlton. Quick power arm runs his fastball up to 89-93 and in on righties' hands and breaks bats. Curveball sits near 74-78, and is a present below-average pitch with some flattness. It looks like he gets caught in between throwing a slider or curveball, but has the arm stroke and slot to develop a reliable breaking ball. The slider should be a pitch of choice in the future, as he has a good slider arm slot. Changeup at 79-82 mph and needs some refinement in secondary pitches, should be at least a No. 3 starter in the future, possibly a No. 2.
Tyler Matzek, lhp
12/2007 — Toys for Tots Tournament, Irvine, CA
Matzek is a Lefthanded pitcher who is slated to graduate from Capo Valley HS in 2009. Tyler has an ideal tall and lanky pitchers frame which contains significant projection. He exhibits a lively arm which delivers an 86 to 88 fastball which peaks at 89. While Matzek is strong on the basics, he is weak on the details. Tylers poor command is due to severly inconsistent mechanics. His arm slot varies from pitch to pitch and is often too low, and his arm frequently strays away from his trunk. Matzek throws across his body, lands on a front leg which is far too stiff, and has a tendency to open his front shoulder and front side too quickly. Tyler offers an 82 change and a promising hard curve at 78-79. However, he gets under instead of on top of his breaking pitch at release, which causes that pitch to travel sideways, instead of achieving two plane break. With maturity, experience and quality coaching, all of these flaws are correctable. Matzek has a bright future. With his prototypical lefthanders frame and outstanding natural stuff, Tyler will no doubt be an Area Code candidate, top D-1 recruit and pro prospect as 2009 approaches.
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