2010 PG National Standouts
See Also: Feature on Austin Hedges
Perfect Game does a fine job identifying and inviting talented players to its National Showcase. Last year, 19 players from the event went on to become first or supplemental first rounders. While many players stood out this year, here are 15 (in addition to Hedges) that shined at the event. . .
Daniel Norris, lhp, Science Hill HS, Johnson City, Tenn.
Norris showed an electric 92-94 mph fastball and a nasty, 73-75 mph curveball. He has an easy delivery with a quick arm and showed a three-pitch mix by throwing a few 83 mph changeups. One college recruiter said Norris looked better than Matt Purke at the same age.
Josh Tobias, 2b, Southeast Guilford HS, Greensboro, N.C.
Tobias, who is already verbally committed to Florida, showed some exciting tools. He took a solid batting practice from both sides of the plate, lacing line drives all over the field. However, in games, he prefers to hit mostly righthanded and says he only hits lefthanded about 10 percent of the time, even though he's been switch-hitting since he was nine years old. His best at-bat in the games came when he roped a 90 mph Bryan Brickhouse fastball for a single and then stole second easily. He ran the fastest 60-yard dash at 6.35 seconds and also won the event's home run derby.
Dillon Maples, rhp, Pinecrest HS, Southern Pines, N.C.
Maples is the son of Tim Maples, who was a second-round pick by the Orioles in 1979. Maples was reportedly 94-96 for most of the spring and, although he wasn't quite that firm at the event, he was still very impressive, sitting 91-93 mph and touching 94 with some armside run. Maples mixed in an 80-81 mph curveball that he threw for strikes. His lower half looked a little stiff, but he was one of the most impressive righthanders at the event. Maples is verbally committed to North Carolina.
Jose Fernandez, rhp, Alonso HS, Tampa
Pitching in front of 150 scouts might be stressful for some players, but Fernandez has been through things in life that put it in perspective. The sturdy, 6-foot-3, 215-pound righthander fled Cuba for Mexico when he was 15 before ending up in Florida. Fernandez's fastball sat in the 91-92 mph range at the event and touched 94. Fernandez mostly threw fastballs, but mixed in a few 78-79 mph sliders.
Hudson Boyd, rhp, South Ft. Myers HS, Ft. Myers, Fla.
Boyd has a similar frame to Fernandez at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, although he's a little thicker through the middle. He was 91-93 mph during his two innings and also touched 94. He also flashed a 78-79 mph slider and has a verbal commitment to Florida.
Phillip Evans, ss, La Costa Canyon HS, Carlsbad, Calif.
Evans has a slender, 5-foot-10, 180-pound build. He has a short swing with some bat speed from the right side of the plate. His most impressive tool may be his arm. During infield, he takes ground balls at the corner of the dirt and the grass behind third base and fires seeds over to first base. He's an average runner, but plays the game hard and is always hustling and looking to take an extra base. Evans has a verbal commitment to San Diego State.
Dylan Davis, rhp, Redmond (Wash.) HS
Davis had the most remarkable performance of any pitcher at the event because he struck out all six batters he faced over his two innings of work. The 6-foot, 200-pound righthander showed a fastball in the 92-93 mph range and touched 94. He showed a short slider in the 83-84 mph range and mixed in an occasional changeup. Davis is a two-way player, but his future as a pro is clearly on the mound. He is verbally committed to Oregon State.
Joe Ross, rhp, Bishop O'Dowd HS, Oakland, Calif.
Ross, whose older brother Tyson is a rookie for the Oakland Athletics, showed an easy 91-93 mph fastball with good life. His curveball was in the 78-80 mph range and he flashed a 82 mph changeup. He doesn't have his brother's size, but still has a nice pitcher's frame at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds.
Blake Swihart, c, Cleveland HS, Rio Rancho, N.M.
There's a lot to like with Blake Swihart. He's a switch-hitting catcher with some power potential from his 6-foot-1, 175-pound frame. He's an average runner and showed above-average arm strength. He showed he can handle velocity by hitting a 93 mph Joe Ross fastball back up the middle for a single. In another game, he showed good instincts by hitting a ball hard up the middle and then taking second base when the center fielder played the ball back on his heels. Swihart has a verbal commitment to Texas.
Michael Kelly, rhp, West Boca Raton (Fla.) Community HS
Kelly has a lean, 6-foot-5, 195-pound frame. He fires 91-93 mph fastballs from a low three-quarters arm slot and mixed in a 75-78 mph slider and an 82-83 mph changeup. Kelly showed good control of all three pitches and has a verbal commitment to Florida.
Shon Carson, of, Lake City (S.C.) HS
Carson is a tightly-wound 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds. After getting hit by a pitch in one of the games, one scout joked that the ball might have a dent in it. Carson showed elite speed, running a 6.35-second 60-yard dash and some strength, hitting hard line drives in both batting practice and the games from both sides of the plate. Carson is also a highly-recruited running back that has his choice of almost any of the country's top programs.
Philip Pfeifer, lhp, Farragut HS, Knoxville, Tenn.
Pfeifer has experience pitching on a big stage, both with Team USA and Tennesse high school juggernaut Farragut High. So, it's no surprise that he showed the most polish of any pitcher at the event. His fastball sat in the 89-91 mph range and he mixed in a nice, 75-77 mph curveball with 12-6 break. He works fast and pounds the strike zone. Pfeifer has a verbal commitment to Vanderbilt.
Francisco Lindor, ss, Montverde (Fla.) Academy
Lindor is a switch-hitting 5-foot-11, 170-pound shortstop. He has fluid actions and soft hands at the position and made several nice plays during the event. Lindor has a compact, line-drive approach at the plate. With his 6.85-second 60-yard dash, he's an average runner.
John Curtiss, rhp, Carroll HS, Southlake, Texas
Curtiss has a slender, but athletic, 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame. His fastball sat in the 89-91 mph range, but touched 93 and there's room for more as he fills out and gains strength. His fastball also had good sink and he mixed in a 82-84 mph changeup and a wipeout 77-78 mph slider.
Mike Papi, 3b/of, Tunkhannock (Pa.) HS
Papi is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound third baseman and outfielder that showed a nice collection of tools. He has a smooth lefthanded swing with some power potential and a strong arm that would work at third base or right field. He's an average runner, running a 6.85-second 60-yard dash at the event.