2013 HS Scouting Reports: 51-75
As the high school season gets
underway, we'll take a look at the scouting reports for Baseball
America's Top 100 high school prospects, from bottom to top. Here are
the reports on the prospects in the 51-75 range . . .
See Also: 2013 HS Top 100 Scouting Reports, 1-25
See Also: 2013 HS Top 100 Scouting Reports, 26-50
See Also: 2013 HS Top 100 Scouting Reports, 76-100
See Also: 50 Players Who Just Missed The 2013 HS Top 100
51. Mason Smith, of, Rocky Mountain HS, Meridian, Idaho
It's a banner year in Idaho and Mason Smith leads the way with his athletic build at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds. He helped lead Rocky Mountain to a 2012 state title and shows intriguing tools across the board. He's an above-average runner who covers plenty of ground in center field, but he stands out most for his prowess at the plate. Smith has a short, compact swing and shows the ability to lace the ball hard to all parts of the field. He should grow into some power as he continues to fill out and, if everything clicks, he has five tool potential. Smith, who is a member of the Mountain West Baseball Academy, is committed to Utah.
52. Brian Navarreto, c, Arlington Country Day HS, Jacksonville (@BNavarreto)
Navarreto, who was born in Puerto Rico, has intriguing tools. He's a physical specimen at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, and he shows quickness and agility behind the plate, especially for a player his size. He shows soft, strong hands and premium arm strength, throwing seeds to second base in the 1.9 second range. Navarreto also stands out for his provocative power potential at the plate. A righthanded hitter, he takes aggressive hacks with plenty of bat speed and raw pull power. In games, his weight tends to stay back in his swing, causing him to get a little uphill and too power conscious at times. He will need to shorten up as he faces smarter pitchers who will exploit his holes. Navarreto plays for the East Cobb Braves and has not committed to a college.
53. Stephen Wrenn, of, Walton HS, Marietta, Ga.
Wrenn is one of the fastest players in this year's class. He ripped off a 6.40-second 60-yard dash at the East Coast Pro showcase. The speed obviously allows Wrenn to cover an impressive swath in center field and he has a strong arm, too, as he doubles as a pitcher on his high school team. Wrenn, whose father was a second-round draft pick in 1967 out of Wake Forest, hits from a crouched stance with a wide base. He utilizes a simple, flat swing to try and put the ball in play and put pressure on defenders with his 80 speed on the 20-80 scouting scale. This summer, Wrenn didn't have a lot of strength behind his swing, but he took the fall off to bulk up and now checks in at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds. He played his summer ball in the East Cobb program and is committed to Georgia.
54. Dom Nunez, c/ss, Elk Grove HS, Sacramento
Nunez will get plenty of looks this spring as teammates with first baseman Rowdy Tellez (No. 16 on this list). Nunez first stood out as a shortstop on USA Baseball's 2011 16-and-under team (a team that also included eight other players on Baseball America's 2013 high school Top 100 list). The 6-foot-1, 175-pound lefthanded hitter shows a smooth, quick swing. While he mostly has a line-drive approach, Nunez has sneaky power for his size. He shows good actions in the field and a strong arm, but is intriguing scouts even more this spring by spending time behind the plate. Nunez is committed to UCLA.
55. John Sternagel, 3b, Rockledge (Fla.) HS (@JSternagel)
Sternagel has a solid build at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds. While his rolled shoulders and swing can evoke Hunter Pence comparisons, Sternagel stood out this summer by always finding a way to get the barrel on the ball and was a line-drive machine on the showcase circuit. 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 East Coast Pro showcase, which may preclude second base as well. Sternagel played with the Orlando Scorpions program and is committed to Florida and if he continues to hit like he has, he'll be in the lineup somewhere.
56. Brandon Gilson, lhp, Prosper (Texas) HS
Gilson has a big, sturdy frame at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, and is athletic for his size and has a powerful delivery. His fastball sits in the 86-89 mph range and he pitches with a downward plane to the plate. His 76-77 mph slider can get slurry at times and he lacks a true third pitch at this point. Gilson played for the Frozen Ropes program and is committed to Texas Christian.
57. Billy Roth, of/rhp, Vista (Calif.) HS
Roth has an athletic build at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and stands out as a two-way player. As a hitter, he shows a prototypical third base profile with his power potential and arm strength. On the mound, he sits in the 89-91 mph range and tops out at 92. He has a loose arm and a late-breaking, low-80s slider with tilt. Roth is committed to Arizona.
58. Derik Beauprez, rhp, Cherry Creek (Colo.) HS
Coming from the same high school that produced Brad Lidge, Josh Bard and Darnell McDonald, Beauprez has a workhorse frame at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds. His fastball presently sits in the 88-92 mph range and he topped out at 93 in Jupiter in the fall. He shows feel for a curveball and can manipulate the speed and shape of the pitch, throwing it anywhere from 70-76 mph. Beauprez also mixes in a changeup. Beauprez is committed to Miami.
59. Corey Simpson, c/1b, Sweeny (Texas) HS (@CoreyDaRealDeal)
As his Twitter handle would suggest, Simpson is the real deal—at least when it comes to power. He put on one of the most impressive displays at the Area Code Games this summer when he hit a mammoth home run to dead center field as the main highlight to his mashing all week. He moves well for his 6-foot-3, 220-pound size, but projects as a first baseman much more so than as a catcher. So he'll really have to continue mashing to make it there as a righthanded hitter. Simpson has a patient approach at the plate and will need to continue to refine his pitch recognition. A member of the South Texas Sliders in the summer, Simpson is committed to Houston.
60. Clinton Hollon, rhp, Woodford County HS, Versailles, Ky.
Hollon emerged as one of the top arms for the 2013 class when he started lighting up radar guns at 95 mph as a rising junior. But he was lapped in the class somewhat this summer after missing time with elbow soreness. When he did pitch, Hollon still showed above-average arm strength, sitting in the 91-92 mph range with his fastball. He has an athletic build at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, but has some effort to his delivery. Hollon mixes in a sharp slider with depth in the 77-79 mph range and an occasional changeup in the mid-80s. A member of the Kentucky Baseball Club, Hollon returned to the mound early this spring and is committed to Kentucky.
61. Jonah Wesely, lhp, Tracy (Calif.) HS (@JonahWesely)
Wesely has firmed up his 6-foot-2, 215-pound build, but is pretty well maxed out, physically, with broad shoulders and a strong lower half. What he lacks in projection, he makes up for with deception and poise on the mound. His fastball sits in 89-92 mph range with natural cutting action. He's not afraid to challenge hitters on the inner half of the plate. He has a four-pitch mix, including a nasty 79-82 mph slider, a 79-81 mph changeup and a 71-74 mph curveball. Wesely pitched for Team Elite last summer and is committed to UCLA.
62. Chris Oakley, rhp, St. Augustine Prep. HS, Richland, N.J. (@COakley031)
Oakley stands out with his 6-foot-8, 220-pound size. He is big and physical with strong legs and broad shoulders and shows good body control for a pitcher his size, though his delivery can be deliberate and he opens his hips early at times. Oakley's fastball sits in the 89-92 mph range, but he can run it up as high as 94. His curveball shows some power in the 75-78 mph range and he mixes in an 77-81 mph changeup. Oakley has intriguing stuff and size, but will need to show more consistency this spring after being hit around at the East Coast Pro and Area Code Games showcases. A member of the South Florida Bandits program in the summers, Oakley is committed to North Carolina.
63. Josh Adams, of, Pleasant Grove HS, Elk Grove, Calif. (@j_adams1010)
Adams was a talented football player but has given up the sport to focus on baseball after tearing his ACL during his junior season, which caused him to miss the spring baseball season and most of the summer showcase circuit. A lefhanded hitter and thrower, Adams fits in center field with his above average speed. Now healthy, he's creating some buzz in Northern California already. At the plate, the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder shows a balanced swing and power potential. He is committed to UC Santa Barbara.
64. Jake Brentz, lhp/of, Parkway South HS, Manchester, Mo.
Brentz, who bats and throws lefthanded, first intrigued area scouts for his bat. At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, he has a strong lower half and shows some power potential—a prototypical right-field profile with solid athleticism and a strong arm. But he put himself on the map as a pitcher in Jupiter, Fla., last fall when he touched 96 mph with his fastball pitching for the St. Louis Pirates. Brentz is new to the mound, so he has a lot of catching up to do as a pitcher, but that arm strength is impossible to ignore. He is committed to Missouri.
65. Carlos Salazar, rhp, Kerman (Calif.) HS
Salazar has a stocky, square 6-foot-2, 205-pound build with a very strong lower half. Salazar loads up on his back leg in his delivery and practically jumps toward home plate, a la Jordan Walden. The ball explodes out of his hand and his intimidating fastball sits in the 93-96 mph range. He didn't show a good breaking ball in the fall, but it was vastly improved early this spring, sitting in the 74-78 mph range with vicious two-plane break. While he'll still need to harness his control some, the addition of a breaking ball will boost his draft stock if he continues to show it throughout the spring. Salazar also mixes in an occasional 82-86 mph changeup. A member of the Ohio Warhawks this fall, Salazar is committed to Fresno State.
66. Ryan McMahon, 3b, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif. (@RyMac_15)
McMahon first stood out at USA Baseball's inaugural National High School Invitational tournament last spring. Though Mater Dei has a strong baseball history and won the NHSI, the school is known more as a football powerhouse. McMahon followed in the footsteps of Matt Leinart, Colt Brennan and Matt Barkley as the Monarchs' starting quarterback, so he wasn't a big name on baseball's showcase circuit before that. But he stood out for his lean, but strong, 6-foot-3, 180-pound build and his sweet lefthanded swing. McMahon has arm strength and athleticism and should profile well at third base when he eventually adds power into the equation. Like his high school teammate, catcher Jeremy Martinez, McMahon is committed to Southern California for baseball only.
67. Tyler Alexander, lhp, Carroll HS, Southlake, Texas
Alexander has a lean, projectable build at 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds. He has some looseness to his delivery and throws a lot of strikes with his three pitch mix: an 87-89 mph fastball, a slurvy breaking ball and a developing changeup. Alexander has big game experience with the D-BAT Mustangs, helping them reach the Connie Mack World Series this summer, and is committed to Texas Christian.
68. Trevor Clifton, rhp, Knoxville HS (@trevorclifton1)
Clifton has a great pitcher's build at 6-foot-4, 180 pounds with long legs and projection remaining to add strength. His delivery can be rushed at times and could use a little smoothing out, but Clifton showed impressive stuff this summer, including a fastball that sits in the 87-90 mph range, but gets as high as 93. He's not afraid to challenge hitters inside and mixes in a sharp, 74-77 mph curveball with 11-5 break, as well as a 77-80 mph changeup. He pitched for Marucci Elite this year and is committed to Kentucky.
69. Nick Longhi, of, Venice (Fla.) HS
Longhi has a strong, muscular build at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds. He is the rare prospect who throws lefthanded and bats righthanded, but is one of the best pure hitters in this year's high school class. He squared the ball up all summer and fall, wearing out the gaps at event after event with his quick, line-drive swing. With his size and bat speed—TrackMan recorded six of his hits at the Area Code Games leaving the bat at 100 mph or better—Longhi will start seeing his doubles turn into home runs eventually. He's limited to left field or first base as a pro, so he'll have to continue raking. Longhi plays for the FTB program and is committed to Louisiana State.
70. Chris Rivera, ss/c/rhp, El Dorado HS, Placentia, Calif.
Rivera has been a known quantity to scouts for years. He emerged as one of the top players in the 2013 class as early as 2008 when he was one of the youngest players on USA Baseball's 14U team. But there's a downside in being ranked so highly, so early. Fair or not, Rivera has been under the microscope early, and he's been exposed a bit. Rivera is still very talented, but he's been lapped by several prospects over the past few years. He has a lean, athletic 6-foot, 180-pound frame. At the plate, he has flashed a smooth stroke and squares balls up in batting practice or at showcases, but not in games. He hit just .194 during his junior year in high school. In the field, Rivera is a fluid defender with a strong arm and has even seen a little time behind the plate. Rivera also takes the mound occasionally and his fastball sits in the 89-91 mph range with a dirty 76-77 mph slider. He is committed to Central Arizona CC.
71. Alec Hansen, rhp, Loveland (Colo.) HS
Beauprez isn't the only super-tall righthander in Colorado this year, as Hansen stands 6-foot-7 and 210 pounds with broad shoulders and a strong lower half. He sits in the 88-91 mph range and topped out at 92 this summer. Hansen mixes in a curveball in the 69-74 mph range, but needs to stay on top of the pitch more consistently. He also throws an occasional changeup in the 77-78 mph range. Hansen plays for the Colorado Slammers in the summer and is committed to Oklahoma.
72. Dustin Peterson, ss, Gilbert (Ariz.) HS (@dPetey8)
New Mexico third baseman D.J. Peterson won't be the only member of his family drafted this June. His younger brother Dustin is also a standout prospect. Leaner and quicker than D.J., Dustin has an athletic build at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. He shows nice actions and a strong arm at shortstop, but may eventually shift over to second or third base. A knack for hitting must run in the family because Peterson has a patient approach at the plate, consistently squares balls into the gaps and projects to hit for power as he gets stronger. He is committed to Arizona State, where his cousin Nate Causey is a catcher for the Sun Devils.
73. Dane McFarland, of, JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
McFarland is a freak athlete with his strong, muscular build at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. Even with his size, he stands out for being a well above-average runner. He has shown arm strength in the past, but scouts will have to monitor that this spring, as he missed some time this summer with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. McFarland has electric bat speed at the plate and a balanced swing. McFarland played for the ABD Bulldogs program and is committed to Oregon.
74. Trae Arbet, ss, Great Oak HS, Temecula, Calif.
Arbet has a trim 6-foot, 180-pound body with quick-twitch athleticism. He has above-average speed and fluid actions at shortstop. He is an instinctive defender with a strong arm for the position and could also be an asset in center field if necessary. Arbet has a short, simple swing at the plate and looks to be a table setter with a line-drive, gap-to-gap approach. Arbet plays for the West Coast Clippers in the summer and is committed to San Diego.
75. Willie Abreu, of, Mater Academy, Hialeah Gardens, Fla. (@willieabreu5)
As a junior, Abreu played alongside Cubs' 2012 first-rounder Albert Almora. While Abreu doesn't have Almora's tools, he has an impressive build at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. He has some strength and bat speed in his lefthanded swing, but can be a little stiff at times. Abreu is an average runner with average arm strength, so he profiles best in a corner outfield spot. Abreu spends his summers with the South Florida Elite program and is committed to Miami.