Five more high school prospects have been invited to the Under Armour All-America Game, powered by Baseball Factory, which is scheduled to be played Aug. 24 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The latest invites are in addition to the original list of players, which was announced back in January. The five latest invites are as follows:
Dylan Cease, rhp, Milton (Ga.) High
Cease is a loose, athletic two-way threat with an exceptional arm. He is a talented position player, but his electric arsenal will likely overshadow those abilities. He can easily sit in the low 90s, has reportedly touched 97 this season and flashes the ability to spin a sharp curveball. He stands at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds and is currently uncommitted.
Jack Flaherty, 3b/rhp, Harvard-Westlake High, Studio City, Calif.
Like Cease, Flaherty is a force on both sides of the ball, but doesn’t possess the same current stuff on the mound and scouts may lean toward trying him as a hitter first because of his athleticism. He has a big, projectable frame at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and moves with ease. He has a simple swing and shows some feel for hitting. He hasn’t quite tapped into his power yet, but given his size and strength, it figures to be at least average. On the mound he sits in the mid 80s now, but can creep into the high 80s, and shows a sharp slider and good changeup. He is verbally committed to North Carolina.
Michael Gettys, of/rhp, Gainesville (Ga.) High
Gettys is another two-way prospect that will spark fun debate on his future. He is very athletic with excellent strength and shows good defense in the outfield with a strong arm. He runs well, but would likely profile in right field as a professional. He sits in the low 90s with his fastball and has a good breaking ball. He is verbally committed to Georgia.
Grant Hockin, rhp, Damien High, La Verne, Calif.
The younger brother of Chad Hockin, a Cal State Fullerton signee and also a righthander at Damien, Grant looks to have more upside. Verbally committed to UCLA, the younger Hockin stands at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and pitches with a fastball in the 86-92 mph range with late life and more in the tank. He has an effortless delivery and has shown a four-pitch mix. The Hockins’ grandfather is Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew.
Carson Sands, lhp, North Florida Christian School, Tallahassee, Fla.
Sands stands out physically as a 6-foot-3, 205-pound lefty. His fastball sits in the 89-92 range with potential for more. His fastball has good life to it, running to his arm side. He flashes a solid changeup and developing breaking ball, which shows sharp break at times, but needs consistency. He is verbally committed to Florida State.