East Coast Pro Day Two: Jake Godfrey Branches Out

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Pitching has emerged as the early strength of the 2014 high school class and another Northern arm, Illinois righthander Jake Godfrey, showed well on Thursday.

Godfrey generated two strikeouts in a quick first inning and sat 90-93 mph with life to his fastball. The righthander from Providence Catholic, New Lenox, Ill., has a physical, sturdy build and strong lower half at 6-foot-3, 215-pounds. He showed downhill plane from a high three-quarter arm slot.

The Notre Dame commit worked ahead in the count early in his outing to set up his high-70s curveball, which showed the making of an average or better offering with good shape and depth.

“In the bullpen the curveball felt pretty good, so I went it a lot,” Godfrey said.

According to a scout who saw Godfrey earlier in the summer, his curveball has displayed good shape in prior events but had more power and tighter rotation Thursday.

“In high school you can usually throw your fastball a lot,” Godfrey said. “But I have started using it a lot more this summer because you get the showcases where the hitters are a lot better. It has definitely improved and I am more comfortable with it.”

Godfrey used his curveball more as his outing progressed and featured it earlier in the count, throwing a few first pitch breaking balls. He also showed feel for a 78-80 mph changeup.

“It is a pitch I haven't used much in the game, but I have started to work on my changeup a ton and it has come a long way,” Godfrey said.

Godfrey felt comfortable enough with his changeup to throw it on the first pitch to a righthanded hitter. With the expanded repertoire, Godfrey is altering his pitch sequencing.

“Today coach talked to me about what pitch to throw in what count,” Godfrey said. “It has been a huge help to get the coaches input because it has helped me understand what pitch to throw in the right count.”

Godfrey, who plays travel ball for the Illinois Sparks, will be attending the Area Code Games, which begin Aug. 5 in Long Beach.

“I think he is going to be pretty good,” a scout said. “He has the ability to throw strikes with three pretty good pitches. It's a good arsenal. He has a feel to pitch and knows how to mix well.”

Speed Reads

Here are top 60 yard-dash times for the position players East Coast Pro:

Anfernee Seymour, of, American Heritage, Delray Beach, Fla.


Dalton Filotei, of, Daphne (Ala.)


Zach Schaaf, of, Springboro (Ohio)


Andrew Deatherage, Western Alamance, Burlington, N.C.


Troy Stokes, of, Calvert Hall, Baltimore


Carl Chester, of, Lake Brantley, Longwood, Fla.


Chandler Avant, SS, Pike Liberal Arts, Troy, Ala.


KJ Bryant, of, Wade Hampton, Taylors, S.C.


Forrest Wall, ss, Orangewood Christian, Winter Park, Fla.


Michael Gettys, of, Gainesville (Ga.)


Roberto Gonzalez, of,  University High, Orlando, Fla.


Wesley Roberson, ss, Houston High, Memphis


Raphy Ramirez, of, Pace Academy, Atlanta


Lane Thomas, of, Bearden, Knoxville, Tenn.


Brodie Leftridge, of, St. Johns, Highland, Md.


Nick Gordon, ss, Olympia High, Orlando, Fla.


Milt Ramos, ss, Florida Christian, Miami


Caleb Potter, of, Mentor High (Ohio)


Reese Cooley, of, Fleming Island, Orange Park, Fla.


Trey Harris, of, McEachern, Powder Springs, Ga.


Zack Gahagan, ss, North Henderson, Fletcher, N.C.


Zach Sullivan, of, Corning Painted Post East (N.Y.)


Benito Santiago, c, Coral Springs Christian Academy, Pembroke Pines, Fla.


Tristan Rojas, of, James Monroe, Bronx, N.Y.


Dylan Busby, ss, Sarasota (High), Fla.


Justin Smith, of, Bartram Trail, St. Johns River, Fla.