In conjunction with USA Baseball, Baseball America selected an all-tournament team for the 2014 National High School Invitational based on players’ performances in Cary, N.C. Prospect status was a consideration, but a minor one, as the primary criteria was performance.
Yet many of the top pitching prospects at the NHSI, righthander Touki Toussaint, lefthander Mac Marshall and Foster Griffin, turned in strong performances that put them on the team. All three threw complete game shutouts and will likely go in the top two rounds of the draft. Righthander Kyle Molnar, the top 2015 pitching prospect at the event and owner of an advanced three-pitch mix, also turned in a dominant start.
The team is a veteran-laden group with 11 seniors and four juniors.
|C||Brewer Hicklen||Huntsville (Ala.) High||Sr.||13||.500/.615/.500||0||3||2||0|
Hicklen is an athletic Alabama-Birmingham commit who is the Huntsville quarterback and got on base more than half the time for the Panthers.
|1B||Whitt Davis||Huntsville (Ala.) High||Jr.||12||.444/.583/.444||0||0||3||0|
Davis, who also threw a complete game one-hitter and touched 90 mph, was a middle-of-the-lineup force and has received multiple Division I offers.
|2B||Luke Maddox||Gainesville (Ga.) High||Jr.||14||.615/.643/.615||0||0||1||2|
The uncommitted Maddox is a lean, athletic speedster who used a slash and dash approach from the left side of the box.
|3B||Trenton Fiscus||The First Academy (Orlando)||Sr.||12||.500/.584/.600||1||0||2||2|
The uncommitted senior hit well in Cary and made a superlative defense play on a slow roller to get the final out to clinch the tournament title for the Royals.
|SS||Max George||Regis Jesuit, Aurora, Colo.||Sr.||16||.600/.600/.733||2||1||0||2|
A scrappy Oregon State commit, George made tons of loud, line-drive contact to his pull side.
|OF||Evan Dougherty||Bishop Verot (Fort Myers, Fla.)||Sr.||16||.385/.500/.615||2||5||3||1|
A Duke signee, Dougherty was an offensive catalyst atop the Vikings lineup, stealing the most bases of any player at the NHSI.
|OF||Christian Hammond||Bishop Verot (Fort Myers, Fla.)||Sr.||15||.517/.600/.714||2||3||1||1|
Hammond, an uncommitted righthanded-hitting senior, was the No. 3 hole hitter for the Vikings and his OPS (1.314) was one of the five highest at the event.
|OF||Josh Brown||ThunderRidge High, Highlands Ranch, Colo.||Jr.||16||.533/.562/.667||2||1||3||0|
The uncommitted Brown, who hit .432/.483/.599 last year as a sophomore, hit well outside of elevation and showed feel for the strike zone.
|DH||Jeff Passantino||Bishop Verot, Fort Myers, Fla.||Sr.||15||.727/.733/.909||2||1||3||0|
Passantino, a Lipscomb commit who hit cleanup in front of two other Vikings who made the All-NHSI team, led the event in all three triple-slash categories with a 1.642 OPS.
|UT||Adam Haseley (of/lhp)||The First Academy (Orlando)||Sr.||15||.417/.533/.583||1||2||3||0|
Haseley could have been the most instrumental player in the tournament for the NHSI champs, throwing a shutout and getting on base more than half the time as the Royals’ leadoff hitter.
|P||Touki Toussaint, rhp||Coral Springs (Fla.) Christian Academy||Sr.||1-0||6||1||0||0||5||12|
Toussaint is a quick-armed righthander with a fastball that has touched 97 this spring to go with a one of the best prep curveballs and an improving changeup.
|P||Foster Griffin, lhp||The First Academy (Orlando)||Sr.||1-0||7||3||0||0||2||8|
Griffin has a great pitcher’s body and threw strikes effectively with a fastball-changeup combo and has been up to 94 this spring.
|P||Kyle Molnar, rhp||Aliso Niguel High, Aliso Viejo, Calif.||Jr.||1-0||6||2||1||1||2||9|
An early commit to the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game, Molnar showed strong strike-throwing ability and two offspeed offerings that showed above-average potential.
|P||Mac Marshall, lhp||Parkview High, Lilburn, Ga.||Sr.||1-0||7||4||0||0||1||6|
Marshall touched 92 and showed feel for two above-average offspeed pitches.
|P||McCarthy Tatum, rhp||Clovis (Calif.) High||Sr.||1-0||7||4||0||0||1||8|
The Fresno State commit, who is drawing pro interest as a position player, ran his fastball up to 87 for the NHSI runner-ups.