2011 PG National Standouts




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In addition to outfielder Rhett Wiseman from Buckingham Browne and Nichols High in Cambridge, Mass., here are 20 other players that stood out at the Perfect Game 2011 National Showcase. . .

Lance McCullers, rhp, Tampa Jesuit HS
Business as usual: 94-97 mph with a very hard, sharp slider at 86-87. Added strength improved balance on the mound.

Hunter Virant, lhp, Camarillo (Calif.) HS
First-year pitcher already shows everything scouts want to see: size, stuff and projection. Fastball was 90-91, touched 93 and threw four pitches for strikes. 

Taylore Cherry, rhp, Butler HS, Vandalia, Ohio
Hulking 6-foot-9, 260-pounder showed easy 91-92 mph fastball with command and slurvy breaking ball.

Ty Hensley, rhp, Santa Fe HS, Edmond, Okla.
Another big Oklahoma arm: physical righty sat 92-94, touched 95 and mixed in a hammer 77-78 mph curveball.

Carlos Correa, ss, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
A physical 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, but very smooth at shortstop with some strength at the plate—big upside.

Trey Williams, 3b, Valencia HS, Placentia, Calif.
Pressed a little during batting practice, but crushed an opposite-field missile home run in his first real at-bat.
 
Clate Schmidt, rhp, Allatoona HS, Acworth, Ga.
Whippy righthander sat 92-94, topping out at 95 mph with a hammer breaking ball.

Josh Henderson, of, Home School, Suffolk, Va.
Showed nice loft power from the left side of the plate, but will be limited to a corner outfield spot.

C.J. Hinojosa, ss, Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas
Hammered everything all week, showing good bat speed and pull power.

Lucas Sims, rhp, Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga.
Clemson commit sat 90-91, touching 93 with one of the best curveballs at the event, a tight, 12-6 breaker in the 75-77 mph range.

Max Fried, lhp, Montclair Prep HS, Van Nuys, Calif.
Another projectable SoCal lefty—88-91 mph fastball with a nice 71-75 mph curveball and a good feel for pitching.

Nathan Kirby, lhp, James River HS, Midlothian, Va.
Athletic lefty showed 89-91 mph fastball that topped out at 92 with good downward angle and late life. The UVa commit mixed in a nice, 78-82 mph slider.

Matthew Smoral, lhp, Solon (Ohio) HS
Good year for big Ohio pitchers: 6-foot-8, 225-pound lefty was 89-91, topping out at 93 with a tight 77-78 mph slider and flashes of an 82-84 mph changeup.

Ryan Burr, rhp, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) HS
Workhorse build and the stuff to match: Sat 91-93 mph with tight 75-77 mph curveball.

Carson Fulmer, rhp, All Saints' Academy, Winter Haven, Fla.
Aggressive delivery produces 92-94 mph fastball and 78-79 mph power slurve.

Alex Bregman, c/2b, Albuquerque Academy
USA Baseball 16U star stood out for his feel for hitting and scrappy play all over the diamond. Also showed very impressive power in home run derby.

Skye Bolt, of, Holy Innocents HS, Atlanta
Has big tools, including above-average arm strength and speed, and the switch-hitter pulled a towering home run as a left-handed hitter.

Daniel Robertson, 3b, Upland (Calif.) HS
UCLA commit didn't flash a lot of other big tools, but was a hit-machine in games.

Kyle Moore, of, Nansemond River HS, Suffolk, Va.
Racked up a lot of hits, including the first home run of the event, and showed great hustle.

Jesmuel Valentin Diaz, ss, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
Jose Valentin's son shows quick hands, good actions and a little pop as a switch-hitter.