PEORIA, Ariz. – With three days in the books, the 2012 Arizona Senior Fall Classic has been dominated by talent from the Four Corners region.
On Saturday, a pair of Colorado arms took the mound in front of dozens of scouts, establishing their cases as worthwhile follows this spring.
Derik Beauprez from Cherry Creek (Colo.) High was first to toe the rubber. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound righthander pitched 88-91 mph today, but struggled with fastball control throughout and appeared to be overthrowing. A Miami commit, Beauprez flashed a 70-72 mph curveball with good shape and a deceptive 77 mph changeup.
According to an American League scout on hand, Beauprez shows good upside but is a clear work in progress.
“He looks the part,” the scout said. “He’s a good athlete and the arm works but he just needs to improve his consistency in the strike zone. It’ll all come down to how he comes out in spring. He’s going to have to improve but there is a lot of stuff to like.”
Athletic lefthander Denton Keys, a Kansas commit from Rye (Colo.) High followed. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Keys has a projectable frame and a clean, athletic delivery. He gets good tilt on his 86-88 mph fastball with late life, mixing in a developing 76-78 mph breaking ball that shows excellent shape and bite at times.
“He’s definitely gotten better since the summer,” the scout said. “Bottom line is—he’s lefthanded, athletic and has a feel for spin. He’s got a chance.”
Also taking the mound on Saturday were two highly-touted 2014 righthanders—Ryan Castellani from Brophy Prep in Phoenix, Ariz and Tylor Megill from Los Alamitos (Calif.) High. Castellani, a UCLA signee, sat 84-88 mph, mixing in a straight changeup and developing 11-5 breaking ball with good bite. He has a projectable frame at 6-foot-4, 190-pounds and displays clean mechanics with good arm speed.
Megill, who has yet to commit, drew a large crowd of college coaches and certainly impressed. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound righthander pounded the zone with an easy 86-88 mph fastball with good sink. He showed good feel for his changeup and a developing breaking ball, a pitch he learned just before Area Code Games this August.
Shortstop Brantley Bell from Mountain Pointe High in Phoenix, Ariz went 2-for-2 with an opposite field double in the D’Backs Elite’s night contest. Bell, the son of 18-year ML veteran Jay Bell, has an easy, simple swing with quick hands and shows the ability to spray the ball to all fields. Defensively, he displays smooth actions and good arm strength.
Earlier in the day, first baseman Dominic Smith from Serra High in Los Angeles showed off his impressive power, slugging a no-doubt home run.