Perfect Game announced the rosters for the 12th annual All-American Classic at San Diego’s Petco Park. The game will be held on Sunday, August 10 at 8 p.m. EST and broadcast live on MLB Network.
Last year’s game featured 15 prep players who went in the first round last month. The game pits the East against the West roster. Here is the East roster with a description of every player. The West roster will follow shortly.
C Elih Marrero, Coral Gables Senior, Miami
Coral Gables has produced four big leaguers in Yonder Alonso, Mike Lowell, Rick Greene and Elih’s father, Eli Marrero. Scouts say that Marrero has the instincts of the son of a former major leaguer and is one of the more instinctual players in the class. Marrero is a sound defender with soft hands and at least an average arm. The switch-hitting Mississippi State commit has a loose, wristy stroke and flashes sneaky pop. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Marrero has a strong, physical build.
C Nick Fortes, Deland (Fla.) HS
Fortes comes from a program that has yet to produce a big leaguer but has had two first-round picks in Michael Main and Luke Weaver (after college). The backstop posted average pop times in workouts and in game action at PGN. The righthanded hitter has a pull-oriented stroke with pull power. The 6-foot, 200-pound Fortes has an athletic build and is committed to Mississippi.
MIF Alonzo Jones, Columbus (Ga.) HS
The 5-foot-10, 192-pound Jones is a muscular, powerfully built middle infielder with some of the best speed in the high school class, running the top 60-yard dash time at PGN and offering at least an average arm. The switch-hitter has power to the gaps and some pull side power from the left side. He comes from a powerhouse program that has produced 18 draft picks since 1990. Jones is committed to Vanderbilt.
MIF Cornelius Randolph, Griffin (Ga.) HS
Randolph is a lefthanded hitter with offensive thump, offering bat speed, power potential and the chance for an impact bat. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Randolph has a strong, stocky body with a physical lower half. Some evaluators expect Randolph, currently a shortstop, to move off the position to second or third. The Clemson commit is an average runner in the 60 and young for the class.
MIF Brendan Rodgers, Lake Mary (Fla.) HS
Rodgers, who has been a known entity for a while after standing out against older competition on the showcase circuit, is emerging as one of the top position players in the high school class, according to evaluators. Rodgers, a righthanded hitter, has gained strength and bat speed over the past year and has rare raw power for a high school middle infielder. He has an easy swing and the ball jumps off of his bat, showing plus raw power and the ability to drive the ball out of the ballpark to center field. Rodgers is an instinctual player and the game comes easy to him. He has body control, soft hands and athletic actions on defense with a chance to remain at shortstop, possessing an above-average arm. The Florida State commit has above-average straight line speed in the 60.
MIF Jonathan India, American Heritage, Delray Beach, Fla.
India has drawn comparisons to Marlins 2012 third-rounder Avery Romero for his strong body with a developed lower half, aptitude for the game and hitting ability. India has shown natural hitting ability with a line-drive oriented swing and hit a home run at the Tournament of Stars. He has defensive aptitude with soft hands and at least an average arm. A Florida commit, India will be a key piece on one of the more prospect-laden teams in the country with draft prospects Lucius Fox Jr., an athletic middle infielder, and Hunter Bowling, a big-bodied lefthander.
INF John Aiello, Germantown Academy, Lansdale, Pa.
Aiello is one of the headlining players from Pennsylvania, which has a chance to have a strong high school class this season. He has natural feel for the game and a skill set that has the potential to fit a third base profile, though he is currently a shortstop. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Aiello has very broad shoulders with strength to his frame. Aiello has some body control, defensive aptitude and an above-average arm that is loose and can throw from angles. The switch-hitter has feel for the strike zone and has made consistent contact this summer. The Wake Forest commit offers above-average power potential, though some evaluators prefer his righthanded stroke.
INF Ryan Mountcastle, Hagerty HS, Oviedo, Fla.
The righthanded-hitting Mountcastle has hit this summer on the showcase circuit, squaring up line drives to all fields with a loose stroke. His bat is his top tool and he offers power potential when he fills in his lean, athletic 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame. The Central Florida commit had the fourth-highest exit velocity (100.9) at Perfect Game National and had one of the 20 farthest-batted balls, per TrackMan. He ran the 60 in 6.86 and 6.95 seconds at the Tournament of Stars, though his speed hasn’t quite played at average out of the box this summer. According to evaluators, his arm has not consistently played at average this summer and will be one of the keys to his prospect status and finding a defensive home.
3B/C Willie Burger, Lancaster Catholic, Maytown, Pa.
The righthanded-hitting Burger has a strong, physical build at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds and fits at a corner infielder spot or behind the plate, where he posted some average pop times in workouts. He has power to his pull side and is currently uncommitted.
OF Daz Cameron, Eagle’s Landing Christian, McDonough, Ga.
Cameron is one of the top high school position players in the class and has an up-the-middle profile. The righthanded hitter has plus bat speed with a compact stroke and has hit some of the hardest line drives on the showcase circuit this summer. He is a plus runner underway with a chance to stay in center field. His combination of speed and instincts stand out on the bases, where he has impacted games. He projects to have at least an average arm.
OF Brandt Stallings, Kings Ridge Christian, Alpharetta, Ga.
Stallings is a big-bodied athlete with power potential. A righthanded hitter, Stallings generates bat speed and the ball jumps off his bat. Stallings has a large, athletic frame with room to get stronger at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds. The Georgia Tech commit runs well for his size, posting a 60 time of 6.6 at PGN.
OF Jahmai Jones, Wesleyan HS, Norcross, Ga.
The 6-foot, 210-pound Jones has a very strong, muscular and developed physique owing to his football background and bloodlines. His father, Andre, played in the NFL and was a part of Notre Dame’s 1988 team that won the National Championship. Jones offers bat speed and impressive physical strength in his pull-oriented stroke, offering above-average power potential. Some evaluators think he has a chance to remain in center field, while others believe his speed and body type fit best in a corner, with the North Carolina commit’s arm fitting best in left field. Jones, who will be 17 on draft day, has drawn praise for his attitude and hard-working ways.
OF Daniel Reyes, Mater Academy, Hialeah Gardens, Fla.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Reyes is a strong-built corner outfielder who can put on some of the best batting practice displays in the class and was one of the top home run performers at the MLB Junior Select Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis. Reyes ran the 60 in 6.72 seconds, though his speed out of the box has not consistently played at that level. The Florida commit is next in the line of outfielders at Mater Academy, which produced Albert Almora in 2012 and Willie Abreu in 2013.
OF Kyle Tucker, Plant HS, Tampa
The Florida commit has Gator bloodlines as the younger brother of Preston Tucker, the Astros’ seventh-round pick in 2012. Tucker has been heralded as one of the top prep hitters in Florida. The lefthanded hitter has a loose stroke and the ball jumps off his bat to all fields, flashing at above-average raw power. Tucker has an old-school approach to the game and has at least average speed and arm strength. Tucker is a broad-shouldered, lanky 6-foot-3, 175 pounds with considerable room to get stronger.
OF Kep Brown, Wando HS, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Brown fits a corner bat profile and will be 17 on draft day. A righthanded hitter, Brown has a large frame at 6-foot-5, 195 pounds with present strength and room to get stronger. Brown has leverage in his righthanded swing with pull-oriented tendencies, offering raw power to his pull side. The uncommitted Brown was a hitting standout at Perfect Game National, hitting two of the hardest and farthest hit balls of the event, per TrackMan, on doubles off the wall in left field.
OF Chris Chatfield, Spoto HS, Riverview, Fla.
Chatfield hit a home run at the Tournament Of Stars and offers above-average power potential from the left side with a loose stroke. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Chatfield has a large, athletic frame with long extremities and lots of room to add strength. His frame has drawn comparisons to Twins 11th-round pick Roberto Gonzalez, sans Gonzalez’s extra-long arms. Chatfield’s speed and defensive ability fit best in a corner.
OF Isiah Gilliam, Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga.
Gilliam, who began the 2014 season as a junior, reclassified in March and was eligible for the draft, going unsigned as the Cubs’ 23rd-round pick. He is slated to attend Chipola (Fla.) JC next year. The switch-hitting Gilliam offers plus raw power from both sides of the plate with above-average bat speed. His exit velocity of 100.2 mph was the seventh best at PGN, according to TrackMan. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound Gilliam has a strong build on his large frame, offering an average arm and well below-average speed.
RHP Donny Everett, Clarksville (Tenn.) HS
Everett will likely be the first high school player drafted from Clarksville (Tenn.) High since 1967. He is a power arm who sat 92-94, touching 95 in a short stint with arm-side run at TOS before sitting in the low 90s over extended innings. The Vanderbilt commit offers a low-80s power slider that flashed plus potential and was up to 84 mph. His changeup usage lags behind his slider’s, though the offering showed potential. Strike-throwing ability will be one of the keys to Everett’s prospect status. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Everett has a strong, durable build with some effort to his delivery.
RHP Mike Nikorak, Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS
Nikorak grabbed evaluators’ attention at PGN when he began warming up at 92-94 before sitting 94-95, touching 96 in his first inning and sitting 92-94 in his second frame. His 95.9 mph velocity tied for the top at the event, according to TrackMan. 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.
RHP Ashe Russell, 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. He largely sat 92-94, touching 95 in a complete game effort at the WWBA in Georgia two weeks ago. Russell, who has considerable arm speed, has a very-whip like arm and gets bat-breaking fastball life, creating uncomfortable at-bats for hitters. The shape and velocity of his breaking ball varies significantly 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.
RHP Triston McKenzie, Royal Palm Beach (Fla.) HS
McKenzie had an outstanding outing at PGN and offers considerable upside. The 6-foot-5, 160-pound McKenzie offers tremendous physical projection with very long arms and a long, lean and athletic build. His velocity has increased considerably over the last year, sitting 88-91, touching 92 with downhill plane from a very quick arm that works easily. According to TrackMan, McKenzie’s fastball has a high spin rate that should portend swinging strike tendencies. The Vanderbilt commit showed feel for pitching and location to both sides of the plate, consistently locating to his glove side. Both his curveball and changeup show the potential to be weapons. He is intelligent is one of the younger prospects in the high school class and won’t be 18 until after the draft.
RHP Austin Smith, Park Vista Community HS, Boynton Beach, Fla.
Smith looks the part as a big, strong athlete with upside and a great pitcher’s body at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. He ran his fastball up to 94 at TOS and sat in the low-90s early in his outing before sitting 88-91 later. He works easily with his fastball that is heavy and features downhill plane, arm-side run and extension out front from a long stride. The Florida Atlantic commit has a curveball that flashes average potential, though inconsistent. His changeup is in the developmental stages. Smith shows feel for pitching and for throwing strikes with his fastball.
RHP/3B Austin Riley, DeSoto Central, Hernando, Miss.
Riley has shown aptitude on the diamond as a two-way player and on the gridiron as a quarterback. His father played football and baseball at Mississippi State, where Austin is committed. Riley’s fastball sat 89-91, touching 92 at PGN, but his velocity was up two weeks ago at the WWBA when he touched 94 and sat in the low 90s. He offers a four-pitch mix, deploying a curveball that flashes at least average potential more frequently than his slider. Riley, who will be 17 on draft day, has a low effort delivery from a three-quarters arm slot and has shown strike-throwing ability. As a position player, Riley offers power potential from the right side of the plate. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Riley has a strong, physical and husky build that will be monitored going forward.
RHP Tristin English, Pike County HS, Williamson, Ga.
The quick-armed English had an efficient, quick outing at PGN. He showed strike-throwing ability and attacked with his fastball that he spotted up, showing flashes of command. His fastball sat 89-92, topping at 92.9 and averaging 91.2 according to TrackMan. English offered a four-pitch mix, relying mostly on his breaking balls. His curveball flashed at least average potential and he used his mid-80s slider later in the count as a putaway offering. The Georgia Tech commit has a lean, athletic 6-foot-2, 180 pound build.
LHP Hogan Harris, St. Thomas Moore, Lafayette, La.
Harris lost his battery mate from last year’s state championship-winning team at St. Thomas More when Chase Vallot went in the supplemental first round to the Royals. Harris came out sitting 91-92, touching 93 with natural fastball life in his first inning at PGN. Toward the end of his second inning Harris’ velocity fell to 87-89, but he was the only pitcher from PGN to rank on the TrackMan leaderboards for peak fastball velocity (93.2 mph), fastball spin rate (10th; 2,390) and breaking ball spin rate (second; 2,757). Harris varied the shape of his big-breaking curveball depending upon hitter-handedness, flashing at least average potential. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Louisiana-Lafayette commit did not use a changeup in game action.
LHP Juan Hillman, Olympia HS, Orlando
Hillman offers a combination of athleticism, pitchability and stuff. At PGN, Hillman’s fastball sat 89-91, touching 92. He has a loose, quick arm and creates deception by hiding the ball and getting downhill plane from a high three-quarters slot. The Central Florida commit showed feel for pitching and spotted his fastball up to both outer thirds of the plate. Scouts believe his breaking ball has above-average potential and mixes in a changeup with fade. The 6-foot-2, 183-pound Hillman has an athletic build will room to get stronger.
LHP Thomas Szapucki, Dwyer HS, Palm Beach, Fla.
The area around Palm Beach, Fla., has three arms on the East squad in Szapucki, Smith and McKenzie, who are all within roughly half-an-hour drive of one another. The lefthander has a three-pitch mix and deceptive delivery. He has sat in the low 90s in short stints this summer, touching 93. The Florida commit had the highest fastball spin rate of any pitcher at PGN. His slider, Szapucki’s top secondary offering which had the highest breaking ball spin rate, shows at least average potential, flashing above-average. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has shown a changeup that flashes average. Szapucki works fairly easily and creates a tough look for same-side hitters with a lively fastball from a low-three quarters arm slot.