Under Armour has finalized the 38-player rosters for the Under Armour All-American Game, powered by Baseball Factory.
The seventh annual game will be held at Wrigley Field on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 7:05 p.m. EST. This is the first time the game will be played at night.
The 38-player roster is selected by a committee of Baseball Factory scouts, chaired by Steve Bernhardt, Executive VP of Baseball at Baseball Factory. Thirty-six of the 38 players are domestic high school players and two are from the Dominican Republic, outfielders Franklin Reyes and Starling Heredia.
The UA Game will be managed by Billy Ripken, who has managed in the past, and Sean Casey, who will serve as manager for the first time.
The Under Armour Game has a strong track record of hosting the top players from a draft perspective. Since 2008, 51 first- or supplemental first-round picks have played in the game.
The 2013 game featured nine players who went in the first or supplemental first round and that doesn’t include Brady Aiken, who played in the 2012 game but played for Team USA, or Jack Flaherty, who was also an early commit for the game but played for Team USA, or Dylan Cease, who signed for supplemental first-round money ($1.5 million). The 2013 crop included Tyler Kolek, Nick Gordon and Alex Jackson.
Luken Baker, rhp, Oak Ridge HS, Spring, Texas
Baker gained national recognition when he won the second annual MLB Junior Select Home Run Derby that was held during the MLB Home Run Derby in Minneapolis a year after 2013 UA All-American Jacob Gatewood won the inaugural event. The big, strong and physical Texan exudes power on the mound and in the batter’s box with his broad-shouldered and country-strong 6-foot-4, 245-pound build. His time as a position player is spent mostly at first base and occasionally behind the plate. Baker touched 94 with heavy sinking life when down in the zone and the ability to produce groundballs, sitting in the low-90s early before average 89.1 over the course of the outing. He maintained his velocity better earlier this month, maintaining 90-93 over extended innings. Baker has an above-average spin rate on his breaking ball (2,661 RPM) according to TrackMan. The development of the Texas Christian commit’s control and secondary stuff will likely be the key to his prospect status.
Seth Beer, of, Lambert HS, Suwanee, Ga.
Beer is one of two underclassmen in this year’s event and is the only position player. He was an excellent swimmer before focusing on baseball and set multiple national records in the backstroke. While Beer is a rising junior, the 17-year-old will be 18 in the fall and his age is age appropriate with the 2015 class. The lefthanded-hitting corner outfielder’s top tool is his bat, showing natural feel for the barrel and bat speed. His size (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) and strength also give him power potential. The uncommitted Beer’s speed and actions fit best in a corner and he will likely be the first player ever drafted out of Lambert (Ga.) High.
Hunter Bowling, lhp, American Heritage HS, Delray Beach, Fla.
Bowling’s team at American Heritage has a chance to be one of the more prospect-laden squads in the country with infielders Jonathan India and Lucius Fox Jr. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Florida commit has a great pitcher’s body with large frame and long levers that scouts can project on. His fastball has touched 93 with downhill plane. Bowling offers a slider that flashes at least average potential and he doesn’t use his changeup much in game action.
Beau Burrows, rhp, Weatherford (Texas) HS
Burrows has consistently shown some of the top velocity in the class across different events this summer, touching 96 on multiple occasions with some riding life. He is one of the headlining arms in a crop of Texas pitchers that is up significantly from last year. His fastball sat at 94 mph in a two-inning stint early in the summer. Burrows, who pitches off of his fastball, possesses a fast arm with considerable tilt in the back of his delivery from an athletic build at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds with broad shoulders and a high, trim waist. Both the Texas A&M commit’s breaking ball and changeup show potential, with his changeup flashing above-average with significant tumble and flashing downer tilt to his breaking ball.
Kody Clemens, mif, Memorial HS, Houston
Kody is the fourth son in the Clemens family lineage and is committed to his father’s alma mater, Texas, where his older brother Kacy completed his freshman year as a two-way player. Kacy was an UA All-American two summers ago. The lefthanded-hitting 18-year-old flashes a line-drive-oriented stroke with quick hands and some power to his pull side. The athletically built 6-foot-1, 175-pound Clemens has a high, trim waist and room to get stronger. He offers arm strength in the middle of the diamond and ran the 60 in 7.08 seconds. His high school has produced nine draft picks since 2001 including a first round pick (Kevin Ahrens).
Justin Cohen, c, Riverview HS, Sarasota, Fla.
Cohen hails from a school that has had 28 players drafted, including four big leaguers. His time over the last year has been limited because of a thumb injury. The uncommitted Cohen offers athleticism and catch-and-throw skills behind the plate. He has strength and physicality to his 6-foot, 195-pound build that gives him power to the gaps with a quick righthanded stroke that is conductive to hard line drives. Speed is not a big part of his game.
Devin Davis, 1b/of, Valencia HS, Santa Clarita, Calif.
Davis is a bat-first player who shows the potential to hit and hit for power. Davis’ prowess with the bat stands out in batting practice, which earned him a spot in the MLB Junior Select Home Run Derby. The righthanded hitter has the potential to develop above-average power with natural leverage in his stroke, and the ball makes a different sound off his bat. He is a below-average runner with a below-average arm. The Loyola Marymount commit has a strong, physical body at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds.
Gray Fenter, rhp, West Memphis (Ark.) Senior HS
Fenter is only the second Arkansas prep to play in the UA game. The lion’s share of the draft talent out of The Natural State historically has come from the college ranks, but Fenter could be an exception. The quick-armed Fenter has shown the ability to sit in the low 90s and touch 94 from a high three-quarters arm slot. His fastball plays up because of its downhill plane and sink. TrackMan indicates his fastball has a low spin rate, portending groundball tendencies. His breaking ball shows at least average potential, flashing better, while offering a changeup. The Mississippi commit has shown strike-throwing ability and has a strong, physical build with a developed lower half at 6-foot, 200 pounds. The 18-year-old Fenter will be 19 and a half on draft day.
Mitchell Hansen, of, Plano (Texas) Senior HS
Hansen has a well-rounded skill set and scouts can dream on his potential with the bat and athleticism. The 18-year-old Stanford commit is a good athlete who shows prowess on the gridiron as a wide receiver and was the first freshman to ever start on his varsity team. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Hansen has a large, athletic frame with significant room to get stronger. He can flash above-average raw power to his pull side and his power could increase significantly given his expected strength gains. Hansen shows contact ability with feel for the bat, putting together quality at-bats. Hansen, a lefthanded hitter, has posted plus run times in the 60 and out of the box. His skill set has drawn comparisons to Brandon Nimmo from evaluators.
Bryan Hoeing, rhp, Batesville (Ind.) HS
The 6-foot-6, 195-pound Hoeing has a long, athletic and projectable build with long extremities that entices evaluators. Hoeing, the cousin of Alex Meyer, is one of the better basketball players in a basketball-driven state. He offers present stuff, pitchability and projection as well as athleticism that translates to the mound and off of it fielding his position. Earlier this month, Hoeing his fastball was 88-91, touching 92 while sitting 90-91 early in his outing. He showed groundball tendencies with downhill plane, sink and a heavy ball through the zone. Hoeing’s primary secondary offering is his curveball that shows at least average potential, flashing above-average with depth. He mixes in a changeup that flashes average potential and a low-80s slider. The Louisville commit has demonstrated strike-throwing tendencies.
Cole McKay, rhp, Smithson Valley HS, Spring Branch, Texas
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound McKay has a strong, physical build made to handle innings, which is typical of his Texas roots. McKay is a power pitcher with some feel to pitch. The quick-armed McKay has sat 92-93 from the first base side of the rubber in short stints, touching 94 with late riding life through the zone to his hairy fastball. His fastball has sat in the low 90s over extended innings. Both his curveball and changeup show at least above-average potential, with his changeup flashing considerable tumble. The Louisiana State commit has shown feel for mixing all three offerings. He hails from an athletic family with a sister that is a Division I volleyball player and a father that played tennis professionally.
Josh Naylor, 1b, St. Joan of Arc, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Naylor is one of the most acclaimed prep players to come from Canada in recent memory, having played on the Canadian Junior National Team at 15. Although scouts expect Naylor’s defensive home to fit toward the bottom end of the defensive spectrum, he offers power and hitting ability. The lefthanded-hitting Naylor was the runner-up to Luken Baker in the MLB Junior Select Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis. Naylor has above-average bat speed and plus raw power. Naylor is a well below-average runner who offers some arm strength when in an outfield corner. At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Naylor has a physical, strong and husky body that evaluators will monitor. He will be 17 on draft day and is not committed.
Mike Nikorak, rhp, Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS
Nikorak grabbed evaluators’ attention early this summer when he sat 94-95, touching 96 in his first inning of an outing and then sat 92-94 in his second frame. The ball jumps out of his hand with arm-side run and sink. His curveball showed at least average potential, flashing above-average, though inconsistent. With a 6-foot-5, 205-pound build, the athletic Alabama commit has an extra-large frame and very projectable body. His athleticism has allowed him to compete on the gridiron as a quarterback.
Cal Raleigh, c, Smoky Mountain HS, Sylva, N.C.
Raleigh is the only player on the roster from the Carolinas and could be the first player ever drafted out of his high school. He offers baseball bloodlines and is the son of Todd Raleigh, who coached at Tennessee and Western Carolina. Raleigh offers athleticism as a standout basketball player and that athleticism has enabled the versatility to play multiple positions and gives him a chance to stay behind the plate. He has shown the ability to produce average pop times in games with an accurate arm. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Clemson commit is a switch-hitter with some physicality and feel for the bat.
Ashe Russell, rhp, Cathedral Catholic, Indianapolis
Russell has shown well in the early stages of the summer and some evaluators believe he has a chance to emerge as one of the better prep righthanders in the class. His fastball sat 92-94, touching 95 in a complete game effort earlier this month. Russell, who has considerable arm speed, has a very-whip like arm and gets bat-breaking fastball life with arm-side run as well as late tailing life to his glove side. He creates uncomfortable at-bats for hitters with his arm speed, extension and arm slot, particularly same-side hitters. The shape and velocity of his breaking ball vary because of his wandering arm slot but his breaking ball shows at least average potential, flashing better. The uncommitted Russell offers a seldom-used changeup in game action. He has a lanky, rangy and projectable build with rolled shoulders on his 6-foot-4, 195 pound frame. He was the Gatorade Player Of The Year in Indiana as an underclassman.
Cole Sands, rhp, North Florida Christian, Tallahassee, Fla.
Sands’ older brother Carson played in Chicago last summer and was drafted by the Cubs in the fourth round, getting an above-slot deal for $1.1 million that was the 57th largest in the 2014 draft. The quick-armed Sands attacks with his fastball on the mound, sitting in the low-90s and touching 93 at his best, while sitting 88-91 other times. The Florida State commit shows the ability to mix three pitches that flash at least average potential. His changeup flashes above-average potential. Sands demonstrates some strike-throwing ability and is young for the class.
LT Tolbert, ss, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
Tolbert will sojourn to Florida for his senior year and has been a vital cog for one of the top travel programs in the country, the EvoShield Canes. Loose and athletic, Tolbert offers defensive ability at shortstop with good actions and hands to go with an above-average arm. He demonstrates natural feel for the game and has a loose stroke from the left side. The 18-year-old offers present power to the gaps with significant room to get stronger once he fills his 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame, allowing scouts to project on his power. The South Carolina commit is a below-average runner.
Corey Zangari, rhp, Carl Albert HS, Midwest City, Okla.
Zangari hails from a powerhouse school in the Sooner State that produced 2014 fourth-round pick Gavin LaValley and 2010 third-round pick J.T. Realmuto. He has been a key piece of a team that has won three straight state championships. Although his time on the mound was limited in the spring because of his duties behind the plate, he showcased premium velocity this summer, touching the mid-90s and even 97 on some guns at an Area Code Games workout, according to evaluators. His breaking ball flashes potential with considerable depth, though the offering’s consistency will be a developmental point of emphasis considering his limited mound time. At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Zangari has a big, strong and physical build. The Oklahoma State commit will make his summer showcase debut next week in Long Beach.