PEORIA, Ariz. – The 2012 Arizona Senior Fall Classic came to a close on Sunday, but not before six teams got the chance to take the field inside the stadium at the Peoria Sports Complex.
Game One featured the SC Mariners Scout Team, a Southern California team organized by scouts, and the NW Mariners Scout Team, a similarly built team based out of Washington that has historically been one of the stronger teams at the Classic.
Taking the mound for the SC Mariners was right-hander Tyler Mahle out of Westminster (Calif.) High. Mahle, who is committed to UC Santa Barbara (where his brother Brandon goes), tossed three scoreless innings, working off an 86-88 mph fastball with good life and an inconsistent but developing 68-73 mph curveball.
Class of 2014 righthander Branden Kelliher from Lake Stevens (Wash.) High was intriguing on the mound for the NW Mariners, sitting 88-91 with an excellent 77-78 mph changeup and 68-70 mph curveball with good depth. Despite standing just 5-foot-10, Kelliher achieves downhill plane, launching off the rubber (and consequently lengthening his stride) with a high three-quarters arm slot. Even with these unique features, Kelliher repeats his delivery well and shows great athleticism. Currently uncommitted, Kelliher is an interesting name to keep tabs on.
A handful of California position players stuck out on the final day of action:
Terrian Arbet, a shortstop from Great Oak High in Temecula, Calif., was one of the top defenders at the Classic, playing for the SC Rays Scout Team. The University of San Diego-commit simply makes all the plays, and is someone many scouts believe can stick at the position long-term. He attacks the ball and shows off smooth actions with quick hands. He ranges very well and displayed an average-solid arm with quick release on balls hit to his backhand.
Ryan “Rowdy” Tellez, a first baseman with Trosky Baseball from Elk Grove (Calif.) High, has long been on scouts’ radars. While he went 0-for-2 with a pair of flyouts and a walk on Sunday, the USC-commit showed off a patient approach and smooth swing with easy raw power. While some worry about his body, one American League evaluator on hand says his work ethic and love of the game make him a notable pro prospect.
Trosky Baseball teammate Jack Ross from Palma High in Gilroy, Calif. showed off a solid tool-kit this weekend and capped off the Classic with a triple into left-center Sunday afternoon. The uncommitted outfielder is a capable hitter from both sides of the plate with above-average power potential and solid-average running, fielding and throwing ability.
• Players at the event had the option of running an electronically-timed 60-yard dash. Here are the fastest times recorded . . .
6.43 — Tyler Williams, of, D’Backs Elite Scout Team
6.60 — Tristan Mercadel, of, SC Rays Scout Team
6.68 — Trever Morrison, ss, NW Mariners Scout Team
6.70 — Tyler Brown, inf, LVBA Cardinals Scout Team
6.72 — Philip Prendergast, of/rhp, IBAC Baseball
6.72 — Austin Miller, of, WYCO Braves
6.74 — Patrick Burrows, of, Team Hawaii Blue
6.76 — Chet Gleason, of, All Star Baseball Academy
6.76 — Nick Choruby, inf, BBNW Oregon
6.76 — Akoni Arriaga, inf, Team Hawaii Blue
• Lastly, in one of the coolest moments of the tournament, Team Hawaii Gold and opponent IBAC Baseball, from Auburn, Calif., exchanged gifts following their final contest Sunday afternoon. Team Hawaii Gold parents presented the umpires and opposing coaches with pineapples while the players traded gift bags and Phiten titanium necklaces.
• For more prospect video from the Arizona Senior Fall Classic, check out Peter Wardell’s YouTube channel.