CARY, N.C.—The final day of the Tournament of Stars saw three games played in a compact timeframe, with the undefeated Pride winning the event after defeating the Brave team in the championship game, 3-1.
Here are the highlights from the first game of the day.
Although the Stripes team lost 18-4 to United, the top three hitters in their lineup who are all lefthanded-hitting outfielders (D.J. Wilson, Trenton Clark and Mitch Hansen) showcased their speed that impacted the game the second time through the lineup in the third inning.
Even though Wilson, a Canton (Ohio) South High product, let up his final few steps on his way to first, he was clocked between 3.97- 4.00 by three scouts on a well-placed tapper back up the middle toward second for a single.
The No. 2 hitter, speed merchant Clark, chopped a groundball single through the right side, allowing Wilson’s plus-plus speed to play underway, reaching third base. Clark subsequently stole second base.
No. 3 hitter Hansen showed bat control when he hit a two-strike, left-on-left breaking ball on the outer third of the plate to the second baseman’s right and his speed put pressure on the defense, inducing a throw on the run that pulled the first baseman off the bag. Hansen ran a plus time of 4.13, driving in Wilson.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Wilson is a sparkplug with an athletic, strong and compact build, running the 60-yard dash in 6.68 seconds and posting numerous times around four seconds flat. His speed gives him the chance to remain in center field. Wilson is a contact-oriented hitter with a line-drive stroke and bat speed, producing power to the gaps. Wilson is committed to Vanderbilt.
Clark’s exploits have been covered in previous days.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Hansen is a good-looking athlete with a well-rounded skill set and a large frame with broad shoulders; it is likely he’ll get much stronger. He has been a starting skill position player on the football team since his freshman year, seeing time at quarterback and wide receiver.
The 18-year-old Hansen offers potential with his bat to hit for power and average from the left side. The ball makes a different sound off Hansen’s bat with his natural bat speed, squaring up hard line drives to the gaps and flashing at least raw power to his pull side in batting practice. His frame and swing path have similarities to Shawn Green, according to evaluators. Hansen is a plus runner in the 60 and can play at that level to first, though his speed played closer to average at times. He shows arm strength and had the sixth highest outfield velocity at Perfect Game National (93 mph). Hansen is committed to Stanford.
While the Stripes’ speed stands out at the top of their lineup, their opponent, United, showed more power than any other team at the event, scoring 18 runs, the most of any team in a single game by four runs. United players accounted for four of the seven over-the-fence home runs at the event as no player at this year’s Tournament of Stars hit multiple home runs.
Lefthand-hitting catcher Chris Betts (Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif.) hit the final home run of the event, a pull-side grand slam when he saw a second consecutive mid-80s changeup to start his second plate appearance. He showed feel for the strike zone, walking three times in the game. Betts has plus pure arm strength behind the plate and threw out a runner in game action, popping 1.91. Most of his in game pop times have been around average but he did have another pop that was better at 1.93. At times, Betts struggled to receive behind the plate, drawing some comparisons to the player that Chase Vallot was last summer. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Betts has a thick body that will need to be monitored and he is a well below-average runner.
Daz Cameron (Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, Ga.) stroked three base hits on the day. His speed and instincts on the bases again impacted the game. In the first inning, Cameron broke for third on a steal attempt, only to have pitch to the plate make it past the catcher. Cameron seamlessly rounded the bag and motored underway to beat the throw home.
The other United players who hit home runs in the event are lefthanded-hitting outfielder Chris Chatfield (Spoto HS, Riverview, Fla.), middle infielder Jonathan India (American Heritage HS, Delray Beach, Fla.) and infielder Julian Infante (Westminster Christian, Palmetto Bay, Fla.).