EMERSON, Ga.—Here are a few quick notes from the final few days of the 17U WWBA.
Righthander Mike Nikorak gives Pennsylania a prominent prep arm for the 2015 class and another interesting prospect from the Keystone State made his summer showcase debut in Georgia.
• Lefthander Brendon Little (Conestoga HS, Berwyn, Pa.) threw twice at the WWBA and showed velocity both times out. In his second outing, Little sat 89-91, touching 93 with some sink at the bottom of the zone and tail from a high three-quarters arm slot. Little struck out half of the hitters he faced (10) in his 2 2/3 inning stint on seven swinging strikes. Check out the video below.
“Last year I was sitting 85-87 but then over this last winter I did a bunch of the college camps and I have my bands routine that I keep doing,” Little said. “This summer I was up to 94.”
Little showed feel for spinning his curveball for strikes and 70 percent of the time the offering went for strikes. His curveball has downer action with 12-6 tilt and depth, showing the makings of at least an average offering. He largely pitched off of his fastball and threw his changeup four times over the two games and eight innings.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Little offers present strength with muscular, broad shoulders. His goal is to focus on developing his lower half.
“I am really excited for this winter because I going to be going to a new place to work out and their philosophy is developing the core and legs,” Little said.
He showed some feel for throwing strikes and produced strikes on two-thirds of his pitches. Little worked more frequently to his arm-side.
Little is committed to North Carolina. He helped pitch his high school team to the state title game, where it lost 4-2.
Pennsylvania has produced five prep lefthanders to go in the top 10 rounds since 2000.
• Although the East Cobb team’s playoff run ended in the semifinal round, outfielder Daz Cameron (Eagle's Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, Ga.) finished the event on a high note in his last game.
The righthanded hitter showed his plus bat speed and ability to impact the baseball to multiple fields. After grounding out in his first at-bat, Cameron drove a home run well beyond the fence in left field.
TrackMan registered a 97-mph exit speed from the bat. In his next time up, Cameron tripled into the right center field gap, this time producing an exit velocity of 96 mph. Cameron showed his plus speed underway on the bases that impacts the game when taking extra bases.