This past weekend, USA Baseball put on the second annual National Team Identificatiton Series at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The NTIS consists of three age groups (13U, 15U, 17U) and more than 600 players. They are split into regionalized teams and play three or four games over the weekend. The staff of USA Baseball selects players from each age group to attend their team trials for the 18U, 16U and 14U squads for the ensuing year. On Wednesday night, USA Baseball announced the selections. Below is some information on the 17U selections, as well as the list of players selected from the younger divisions.
2010 17U/2011 18U
Justin Camp, rhp, Austin HS, Decatur, Ala.
Camp has a thick, 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame. While his body is a little soft, he showed good body control and threw all his pitches for strikes. His fastball sat in the 90-92 mph range, touching 93 and he mixed in a sharp 79-81 mph curveball and an 81 mph changeup. He went right after hitters, mixed his pitches well and showed good poise on the mound. Camp is in the 2011 class and is verbally committed to Auburn.
Max Dutto, if, San Ramon Valley HS, Danville, Calif.
Dutto played mostly third base at this event and showed good defensive skills there. He had good range, a good arm and made more than just the routine plays. He also showed good aptitude, positioning himself for each batter and making sure he was aware of which pitches were being thrown. He's an average runner, but showed good instincts on the bases. He is a 2012.
Jace Fry, lhp, Southridge HS, Beaverton, Ore.
Fry is a smaller lefty at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, but his fastball frequently touched 90 mph and he mixed in a 79 curveball and 80 changeup. He is eligible for the 2011 draft and verbally committed to Oregon State.
Koda Glover, rhp, Heaver (Okla.) HS
A 2011, Glover posseses a projectable body at 6-foot-4, 180 pounds and brings interesting stuff to the table. His fastball sits 87-90 and he mixes in a plus slider as well as a 79 changeup.
Ryan Keller, rhp, West Ranch HS, Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
A 2011 from Southern California, Keller showed an 89-92 mph fastball and 81 change. He also threw a nasty, mid-70s breaking ball. He struggled with command a little as his front shoulder would fly open. He has a strong frame at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds.
Ryan Koziol, if/rhp, Brother Rice HS, Chicago
The younger brother of Kevin Koziol, who is now at Louisiana State, Ryan is a skinny but projectable infielder that also saw time on the mound. He has a quick bat and went off on Saturday, collecting six hits between two games. He's listed at 6-foot-3, 162 pounds so he has plenty of room to fill before being draft eligible in 2012.
Kayden Porter, rhp, Spanish Fork (Utah) HS
Porter stood out in more ways than one. Physically, he's 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds. He also showed the best arm strength at this event and arguably the best power after crushing a grand slam to left field on the first day. A top arm to watch for 2012, Porter's fastball ranged from 92-95 mph with armside run. He also threw a mid-70s curve that was slurvy in his first outing, but looked sharper in his second. He also flashed a hard, low-80s slider and 81 changeup.
Drew Ward, if, Leedey (Okla.) HS
Ward was arguably the most interesting player in the 17U division, considering he just completed eighth grade—he's in the 2014 class—playing against mostly juniors and seniors. At 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, he has plenty of projection. He's strong with a quick swing and the ball jumps off of his bat. His arm is solid on the left side, but figures to get stronger as he gets older and adds strength. Ward should be watched closely over the next few years, especially because of his location. Leedey is a small town of about 400 people, about 150 miles west of Oklahoma City. There are 12 kids—eight boys, four girls—in his freshman class and about 70 in the high school.
Walker Weickel, rhp, Olympia HS, Orlando
Prep teammates with fellow 2012 prospect Jesse Winker, Weickel has a skinny, projectable frame at 6-foot-6, 185 pounds. His fastball ranged from 88-91 mph. He mixed in a sharp, 12-to-6 curveball in the low 70s as well as a 78 changeup. Weickel is a good athlete. He played the field some and ran a 6.63-second 60-yard dash.
2010 15U/2011 16U
Elliott Barzilli, if, Palisades Charter HS, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Bryson Brigman, if/of, Valley Christian HS, San Jose, Calif.
Francis Christy, c, Casa Grande HS, Petaluma, Calif.
Nick Ciuffo, c, Wando HS, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Dominic Nunez, Elk Grove (Calif.) HS
Jack Roberts, rhp, James River HS, Midlothian, Va.
Joey Starling, rhp/if, Bartow (Fla.) HS
Kevin Woods, of/if, Fort Mill (S.C.) HS
2010 13U/2011 14U
William Aguilar, if, Lawndale, Calif.
John Aiello, rhp/of, Lansdale, Pa.
Addison Albright, lhp, Cumming, Ga.
Carter Aldrete, if, Monterey, Calif.
Luken Baker, rhp/if, Spring, Texas
Isaiah Berry, of, Pittsburgh, Calif.
Christopher Betts, rhp/c, Long Beach, Calif.
Chris Cullen, c/rhp, Cumming, Ga.
Spencer Diaz, if/of, Boca Raton, Fla.
Sean Dixson, of, Noble, Okla.
Ty Duvall, c/of, Lebanon, Ohio
Chris Gallagher, lhp, Phoenix, Ariz.
Isaak Gutierrez, rhp/if, Norwalk, Calif.
Tyler Halas, if, West Chicago, Ill.
Nico Hoerner, rhp/if, Oakland, Calif.
Jonathon Hughes, rhp/if, Flowery Branch, Ga.
Connor Johnson, rhp, Kirkland, Wash.
Nick Madrigal, if, Elk Grove, Calif.
Matthew Sandor, if, Los Altos Hills, Calif.
Alexander Sturges, of, Katy, Texas
James Terrell, of, Fairfield, Calif.
Mason Thompson, rhp, Hutto, Texas
Ryan Vasquez, lhp/of, Manteca, Calif.
Ricky West, rhp, Louisville, Ky.
CONTRIBUTING: CONOR GLASSEY
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