JUPITER, Fla. — Tidewater O’s righthander Tommy Doyle (Flint Hill High, Vienna, Va.) made his first appearance at a national showcase since Perfect Game National in June, striking out six in three innings.
The long-limbed 6-foot-6, 215-pound righthander has a projectable build with an extra-large frame, lean lower half and sloped shoulders. The Virginia commit has a delivery that is typical of pitchers in Charlottesville, which led a scout to say, “I see where he is from and the delivery, and I don't even have to look down to see where he is going to school.”
From a drop-and-drive delivery, Doyle sat 89-91 with his fastball from a three-quarters slot in his first inning. Over three innings, Doyle’s fastball dipped to 85-88 with gloveside run. Although he has a quick, loose arm and compact arm action, Doyle has some short actions and rigidity to his movements in his delivery.
His 77-79 mph curveball flashed average with three-quarters tilt, garnering numerous whiffs, but was inconsistent at times. Doyle, young for the class, did not show a third offering although, according to scouts, he has shown a changeup that flashed average in the past.
° On a day when many of the top performances came from pitchers, catcher Drew Lugbauer (Arlington High, Pleasant Valley, N.Y.) went 2-fot-3 with a home run. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Lugbauer has an extra-large frame, broad shoulders and strength throughout his build. A lefthanded-hitter with at least plus raw power who had a strong power display at the East Coast Pro Showcase, Lugbauer hit his home run to the pull-side in his first plate appearance and hit a hard line-drive single to the opposite field in his third. Lugbauer, a Michigan commit who is very young for the class, has well below-average speed and an average arm but struggled with his blocking and receiving in Saturday’s action.
° Midland Redskins outfielder R.J. Bates (Oak Hills, Victorville, Calif.) has shown the ability to drive the ball with authority over the first few days of the event. A strong-bodied 6-foot-2, 210-pound righthanded-hitting Southern California commit, Bates has an aggressive stride and bat speed that has produced loud contact. He is the older brother of junior righthander Solomon Bates (6-foot-3, 210 pounds), who started for the Redskins and did not allow a run on three baserunners and two strikeouts in his four innings of work. The younger Bates, who is also committed to Southern California, brandished a mid-to-high-80s fastball that topped out at 91 mph.
° Chandler Baseball righthander Brad Deppermann (East Lake High, Palm Harbor, Fla.) had a dominant outing on Saturday against the Perfect Game White squad, tossing not allowing a hit or walk in three and one-thirds scoreless innings, striking out five of the 10 hitter he faced. Deppermann maintained 90-92 mph velocity throughout this outing and touched 93 with occasion armside run. Deppermann showed little effort in his delivery to reach that velocity and the ball came out of his hand easy from a three-quarters slot, allowing him to throw over 70 percent of his pitches for strikes. His primary offspeed offering was an 80-84 mph slider that showed potential. He also mixed in a 76-77 mph curveball. The athletic Deppermann has a well-proportioned build at 6-foot, 180 pounds. The uncommitted Deppermann drew a contingent of college coaches to the field for his outing.
° Saturday featured a number of sophomore and junior pitchers that showed low-90s velocity. 16-year old righthander Luken Baker (Oak Ridge, Spring, Texas) is an intimidating physical presence on the mound with strength throughout his large, physical 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame and powerful lower half. Despite being touched up for a few runs in his two and two-thirds innings, Baker struck out two and sat 90-92 in his first inning. His heavy fastball with natural sink then fell to 88-91 as his pitch count increased. The uncommitted Texan largely pitched off his fastball but his low-80s slider with two-plane break and power, flashed average at its best. Baker mixed in two changeups at 79-80.
° Houston Banditos middle infielder Justin Twine, who attends Hemphill (Texas) High, is a football star who has shown his speed on the diamond. Twine, who scored five touchdowns in his first game of the season, bypassed scholarship offers from Big 12 schools for football and is committed to Texas Christian for baseball. As a sophomore, Twine ran for the third highest single-game rushing total in Texas state history, 534 yards. Despite not focusing on baseball this fall, Twine has gone 3-for-12 over three games and turned in run times of 4.02 and 4.09 through first base from the righthanded batter’s box. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Twine has a strong, compact build with well-developed shoulders and back. Twine has quick hands, a line-drive stroke and above-average bat speed. He has a quick first step defensively.