Aflac East Team Capsules

Jack Armstrong, RHP
Jupiter (Fla.) HS
Height: 6-7 Weight: 200 Bats/Throws: R/R
With a projectable frame and pedigree, the son of former major leaguer Jack Sr., Armstrong has name recognition to go along with plenty of potential.
Xavier Avery, OF
Cedar Grove HS, Ellenwood, Ga.
Height: 6-0 Weight: 185 Bats/Throws: L/L
One of the fastest players in the country and a D-I tailback football recruit, Avery uses his blazing speed to run down fly balls in center field and wreak havoc on the basepaths.
Tim Beckham, SS
Griffin (Ga.) HS
Height: 6-2 Weight: 191 Bats/Throws: R/R
A fluid athlete with true middle-infield skills, Beckham is one of the nation’™s most promising position players. He can hit, run, throw, field and hit for power, making him a five-tool talent.
Brett DeVall, LHP
Niceville (Fla.) HS
Height: 6-4 Weight: 217 Bats/Throws: R/L
DeVall is a physically imposing figure on the mound and his pitching prowess is equally intimidating. He has an advanced feel for pitching and works off a nice three-pitch repertoire.
Anthony Ferrara, LHP
Riverview (Fla.) HS
Height: 6-2 Weight: 190 Bats/Throws: R/L
The rising senior class has a handful of intriguing southpaws, including Ferrara, who has dialed his fastball up to 95 mph and has an athletic delivery.
Wesley Freeman, OF
All Saints’™ Academy, Winter Haven, Fla.
Height: 6-4 Weight: 210 Bats/Throws: R-R
A big, strong presence on the field, Freeman’™s tools are evident. He has outstanding raw power with an ability to drive balls out of all parts of the ballpark.
Sonny Gray, RHP
Smyrna (Tenn.) HS
Height: 6-0 Weight: 185 Bats/Throws: R/R
Gray is one of the top-five pitching prospects in the nation. He has a fastball that routinely sits in the low-90s, touching 95 mph, and he can freeze even the best hitters with a hard, tight curveball.
Taylor Hightower, C
Cartersville (Ga.) HS
Height: 6-1 Weight: 190 Bats/Throws: R/R
Because of a strong arm and a dangerous bat, Hightower earned Aflac honors as one of the country’™s premier high school catching prospects.
Destin Hood, OF/SS
Saint Paul’™s Episcopal HS, Mobile, Ala.
Height: 6-2 Weight: 185 Bats/Throws: R-R
A power-hitting outfielder with premium athleticism, Hood is one of the more exciting players in this year’™s game. He can launch long home runs to left field and has an aggressive approach.
Eric Hosmer, 1B
American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.
Height: 6-3 Weight: 210 Bats/Throws: L/L
Hosmer is one of the most gifted amateur hitters in the country. He’™s drawn comparisons to Angels first baseman Casey Kotchman for his sweet swing and smooth defensive skills.
Garrison Lassiter, SS
West Forsyth HS, Clemmons, N.C.
Height: 6-2 Weight: 187 Bats/Throws: L/R
A slick-fielding shortstop with supple hands and a strong arm, Lassiter makes all the plays up the middle. His unorthodox approach at the plate works for him, and he’™s having a great summer.
Kyle Long, LHP/1B
Saint Anne’™s-Belfield HS, Charlottesville, Va.
Height: 6-8 Weight: 285 Bats/Throws: L/L
A remarkable athlete with massive size and strength, Long is as physically imposing as any player to wear the Aflac uniform. He has plus raw power and arm strength.
Daniel Marrs, RHP
James River HS, Midlothian, Va.
Height: 6-3 Weight: 200 Bats/Throws: R/R
A strong-bodied righthander with plus arm strength and a heavy fastball, Marrs profiles as a potential middle-of-the-rotation starter. He helped James River win a state title this year as a junior.
Ethan Martin, 3b/rhp
Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga.
Height: 6-3 Weight: 185 Bats/Throws: R/R
Martin headed into the summer as Georgia’™s top prospect, and one of the country’™s top 10. He goes to the plate with one thing in mind: doing damage to the baseball.
Harold Martinez, SS/3B
Braddock HS, Miami
Height: 6-3 Weight: 190 Bats/Throws: R/R
A skilled player on both sides of the game, Martinez shows plus defensive ability with a strong arm in the infield and can also change games with his power and sweet swing.
Quinton Miller, RHP
Shawnee HS, Medford, N.J.
Height: 6-2 Weight: 180 Bats/Throws: R/R
As a projectable righthander who already shows feel for his secondary stuff as well as above-average fastball velocity, Miller profiles as a promising middle-of-the-rotation major league starter.
Adrian Nieto, C
American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.
Height: 6-0 Weight: 195 Bats/Throws: B/R
Switch-hitting catchers are always a commodity, and that’™s one of many reasons Nieto, a Cuban native, has long been a high-profile amateur player.
Michael Palazzone, RHP
Lassiter HS, Marietta, Ga.
Height: 6-4 Weight: 190 Bats/Throws: R/R
With a lean, projectable frame, Palazzone offers outstanding upside, and also some of the best pure stuff among the rising senior high school class.
Scott Silverstein, LHP
Saint John’™s College HS, Washington, D.C.
Height: 6-5 Weight: 205 Bats/Throws: L/L
A talented lefthander with a deceptive delivery and a nice, three-pitch repertoire, Silverstein has oodles of upside. He can run his fastball into the low-90s, and complements it with a sharp slider.

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