2012 East Coast Pro Standouts
Since Baseball America just posted an early look at the Top 50 prospects for the 2013 draft class, doing a top prospect list from the East Coast Professional Showcase would be redundant. Instead, let's take a look at 10 players who weren't on the overall top 50, but stood out at the event. Here they are, in alphabetical order. . .
Nick Ciuffo, c, Lexington (S.C.) HS
Ciuffo has been on the prospect scene for a while. He committed to South Carolina as a 14-year-old, before he even played a varsity baseball game, and was Drew Cisco's catcher at Wando High in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. as a freshman before transferring to Lexington before his junior year. Ciuffo has a strong build at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds and with that comes strong power from the left side of the plate. Ciuffo was the first of two players at the event to hit a home run (the other being South Carolina outfielder K.J. Woods) and sent a towering 350-foot homer out to right field. Ciuffo also showed a good feel for hitting, consistently keeping his hands back and driving balls hard to left-center.
Trevor Clifton, rhp, Heritage HS, Maryville, Tenn.
Along with Ciuffo, Clifton was a member of Team USA's 16-and-under team from 2011. Clifton has a great pitcher's build at 6-foot-4 and 170 pounds. He has long legs and projection remaining to add strength. His delivery can be rushed at times and could use a little smoothing out, but Clifton impressed with his stuff and was not afraid to challenge hitters inside. His fastball sat in the 87-90 mph range and he touched 93. He also mixed in a sharp 74-77 mph curveball with 11-5 break and a 77-80 mph changeup.
Hunter Green, lhp, Warren East HS, Bowling Green, Ky.
Green has a lean, athletic build at 6-foot-3 and 160 pounds. He showed a clean, quiet delivery and lulled hitters to sleep a little bit, which allowed his 85-88 mph fastball to play up. Green also showed good deception with his fastball, perhaps because he lands slightly closed with his lead foot. He threw a lot of strikes and when he missed, he tended to miss down in the zone. Green was a little inconsistent with his 74-76 mph curveball, as he either got under the pitch or buried it in this outing, but he did show some feel for spin and will be able to throw it for strikes in the future. He also flashed a nice 78 mph changeup with sink and fade. Green is committed to Kentucky.
Hunter Harvey, rhp, Bandys HS, Catawba, N.C.
Harvey is the son of two-time all-star closer Bryan Harvey, and his brother Kris is a pitcher in Double-A in the Pirates organization. With his thin, 6-foot-3, 168-pound frame, Harvey has plenty of room to fill out and add strength. His fastball sat in the 89-92 mph range with good downhill plane and he mixed in a 74-77 mph curveball that showed flashes of being a quality pitch and an occasional 79-82 mph changeup. Harvey has a fresh arm, as he's one of the few players in this day and age who doesn't play on a summer travel team.
Thomas Milone, of, Masuk HS, Monroe, Conn.
Milone isn't overly physical at 6 feet and 185 pounds, but he showed some standout tools at the event. A lefthanded hitter and thrower, Milone showed above-average speed by posting one of the top 60-yard-dash times with a time of 6.68 seconds. Milone also showed intriguing pull power in batting practice with a quick bat. Milone's speed allowed him to cover a lot of ground in center field and he has an average arm. He is committed to Connecticut.
Cal Quantrill, rhp, Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ont.
Another pitcher with big league bloodlines, Cal's dad Paul pitched in the majors from 1992-2005 and was an all-star in 2001. Cal has a thin build at 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds with long arms and legs, though he also showed good athleticism and fielded his position well. Quantrill's fastball sat in the 88-90 mph range with good downhill plane and some armside run. His second best pitch is a changeup around 75-76 mph and he threw a couple sliders at 79 mph. Quantrill showed a clean delivery and worked quickly during his outings. Quantrill showed excellent poise on the mound. That should come as no surprise considering his background and the fact that, as a member of the Canadian Junior National Team, he's used to pitching against college and professional hitters. With an SAT score of 2040, Quantrill was also one of the brightest students at the event and is committed to Stanford.
John Sternagel, 3b, Rockledge (Fla.) HS
Sternagel has a solid build at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds. He's not new to the prospect scene, as he's one of the 28 players in consideration for Team USA's 18-and-under team, but he stood out at this event because he continued to do what he does best: hit. Sternagel always seems to find a way to get the barrel on the ball and he's been a line-drive machine on the showcase circuit so far this summer. The question for Sternagel will be where he fits defensively. He mostly plays third base, but he's a bit of a mechanical fielder there and lacks the arm strength to play the position at the next level. He's also a below-average runner, running a 7.22-second 60-yard dash at the event, so second base is probably out of the question, too. Sternagel is committed to Florida and if he continues to hit like he has, he'll be in the lineup somewhere.
Robert Tyler, rhp, Crisp County HS, Cordele, Ga.
Tyler has a proportioned build at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds with broad shoulders and a tapered waist. He showed some of the best arm strength at the event, throwing his fastball in the 89-92 mph range, but touching 94 a couple times. His arm stroke was a little stiff and sweepy in the back, but overall he repeated his delivery well and threw three scoreless innings while striking out six. Tyler mixed in a sharp downer curveball in the 74-75 mph range, but will need to improve his 79-82 mph curveball, as it didn't have a lot of movement and resulted in the only hard-hit ball during is three innings of work. Tyler is committed to Georgia.
Ivan Wilson, of, Ruston (La.) HS
Wilson easily stands out with his chiseled, 6-foot-3, 220-pound build. Even with that much muscle mass, he's still an above-average runner underway, posting a 60-yard dash time of 6.72 seconds. Wilson fits the right-field profile and showed solid-average arm strength right now. He has natural rhythm and balance in his righthanded swing and there's obvious strength. Wilson is the type of player who could really take off when he starts focusing on baseball full-time and scouts are intrigued by his power-speed combination.
J.B. Woodman, of, Edgewater HS, Orlando
A travel ball teammate of Sternagel on the Orlando Scorpions, Woodman has an athletic build at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds. He throws righthanded—and is also the quarterback for Edgewater—but bats lefthanded and profiles as a top-of-the-order hitter. He showed solid-average speed, running the 60-yard dash in 6.84 seconds. Woodman has a quick bat and a smooth stroke, though he does sometimes collapse his back leg, which causes his swing to get a little uphill. The Mississippi recruit plays the game hard and shows good instincts and game awareness. After hitting a 90 mph Robert Tyler fastball to centerfield, Woodman took an aggressive turn around first base and barreled into second when the outfielder's throw came into the infield.