Baseball America draft writer Clint Longenecker is attending the Tournament of Stars at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. and files this report.
• Nick Dalesandro of Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy has shown one of the top arms in the class, showing very well in Tuesday’s evaluation day. He first threw from the outfield, showing at least plus present arm strength, if not better. His primary position is catcher and he posted pop times in the low 1.8 range consistently. His arm has not been tested yet in game action. He also posted above-average times in the 60-yard dash (6.72, 6.78), though his speed didn’t play as well out of the box in game action on Wednesday. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder has an athletic build with solid present strength. The righthanded hitter has power to the gaps and pull-oriented stroke. In four plate appearances Wednesday, he struck out twice and grounded out twice, swinging and miss five times. The Purdue commit is the son of Mark Dalesandro, who played parts of five seasons in the majors, playing most of his games behind the plate.
• Lefthanded-hitting outfielder Chris Chatfield (Spoto HS, Riverview, Fla.) hit the first home run of game action on Wednesday, pulling a 92-mph fastball from Beau Burrows to right field. Chatfield has a loose, quick swing with some bat speed from a pull-oriented approach. He posted an above-average 60-yard dash time (6.78) though his speed hasn’t played quite as well out of the box (4.31, 4.40), offering a below-average present arm. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder has a lean, athletic build with room to get stronger and has a similar frame to another lefthanded-hitting outfielder from Florida, Roberto Gonzalez from the 2014 class, though Chatfield doesn’t have Gonzalez’s very long arms. In his three other plate appearances Wednesday, Chatfield walked and struck out twice on four swinging strikes. The uncommitted Chatfield struck out (17.7 percent) more than he walked (16.5) in his spring season.
• Outfielder Trenton Clark (Richland HS, North Richland Hills, Texas) had a strong showing in game action Wednesday and did not make an out in four trips to the plate. After the speed merchant posted plus times in the 60 (6.62, 6.70) on Tuesday, his speed impacted the game. The lefthanded hitter got out of the box well on a jailbreak bunt and flew to first in the mid-three-second range, with one scout getting as low as 3.47 while others got in the 3.5 range. He shot a hard single to the opposite field for his other hit of the day, drawing walks in his other two plate appearances. He is a good-looking athlete with a wide back and present strength and physicality to his solid 6-foot, 205-pound build. Clark chokes up on the bat and holds the bat in an unconventional manner, holding his thumb upwards and parallel with the bat. The Texas Tech commit has sneaky power.
• Outfielder Daz Cameron had one of the hardest hit balls of the day. The Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (McDonough, Ga.) product is strong through his forearms and wrists and has above-average bat speed. In Tuesday’s evaluation day, Cameron consistently hit hard line drives back up the middle, peppering the pitching L screen. He sent a hard single back up the middle Wednesday with top-end exit velocity and had another hard line drive for his other single on the day. He showed his speed and baseball instincts in taking extra bases when the throw came in from the outfield. He did not run the 60-yard dash in Cary but run plus at PG National (6.61). His speed really plays underway on the bases.
Below are all the 60-yard dash times that were below 6.80 seconds using USA Baseball’s electronic timing.
|6.43||Blake Perkins, of, Verrado HS, Buckeye, Ariz.|
|6.49, 6.60||Reggie Pruitt, of, Kennesaw (Ga.) Mountain HS|
|6.50, 6.63||Nick Madrigal, mif, Elk Grove (Calif.) HS|
|6.57, 6.53||Tyler Williams, of, Kellis HS Glendale|
|6.62, 6.70||Trenton Clark, Richland HS, North Richland Hills, Texas|
|6.63, 6.69||Chad Smith, of, South Gwinnett HS, Snellville, Ga.|
|6.63, 6.70||Danny Blair, of, Gilman HS, Baltimore|
|6.66, 6.83||Nicholas Shumpert, ss, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) HS|
|6.68, 6.68||DJ Wilson, of, Canton (Ohio) South HS|
|6.68, 6.87||Deacon Liput, mif, Oviedo (Fla.) HS|
|6.69, 6.87||Xavier Legrant mif, Berry Academy of Tech, Charlotte|
|6.70, 6.79||Nick Dalesandro, c, Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy|
|6.72, 6.78||Charlie Donovan, mif, Westmont (Ill.) HS|
|6.72, 6.90||Brandt Stallings, 1b, Kings Ridge Christian, Alpharetta, Ga.|
|6.74, 6.87||Mitch Hansen, of, Plano (Texas) Senior HS|
|6.75, 6.75||Kyle Dean, of, Poway (Calif.) HS|
|6.75, 6.81||Daniel Reyes, of, Mater Academy, Hialeah Gardens, Fla.|
|6.75, 6.88||Cadyn Grenier, ss, Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas|
|6.78, 6.78||Matt Kroon, if, Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.|
|6.78, 6.84||Cody Farhat, mif, Plano (Texas) Senior HS|
|6.78, 6.95||Chris Chatfield, of, Spoto HS, Riverview, Fla.|