The Under Armour All-America Game gives evaluators a glimpse of the top high school talent in the nation, but scouts don’t make conclusions about players based on one game. The All-America game format is only one step in the process, an extra look at how the top draft prospects perform against one another, but for some scouts, it means something when a player performs on a big stage. The game was played at Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs.
“It’s always good to see young players at a big league park,” said one American League crosschecker. “How someone does at a big event like this means a lot. It isn’t easy to go from playing in high school games in front of your parents and friends to go play in front of thousands of people at a big league stadium.”
There’s an added pressure when the stage is so big and the lights are so bright, and excellence under such circumstances is something that matters to some scouts. It might not supersede the physical evaluation, but it might make the difference between two players of equal physical talent.
On the big stage, when the game started, Puerto Rican outfielder Heliot Ramos stepped up. Ramos went 3-for-3, punishing the ball with authority when he tripled down the right field corner and again when he homered to left center field.
But Ramos wasn’t the only star. What follows is a breakdown of each Under Armour All-American’s performance.
All but two of the participants in this year’s game will graduate in 2017; Joe Gray is a 2018 graduate, and Triston Casas is a 2019 graduate. Draft day ages are as of June 1, 2017. Heights and weights are those listed on the official roster. There are references to the workout that took place on June 22, as well as the pre-game workout on June 23.
Jordon Adell | OF/RHP | R/R | 6-3 | 185 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 2 months | Ballard High (Louisville, Ky.) | Commitment: Louisville
The beginning of Adell’s summer seems long ago, and he might have found a remedy for his early-summer woes. Adell, very much aware of his mechanics, explained the rationale behind his mechanical tweaks.
“Standing a little bit taller at the plate helps me with the high pitch,” he said. “Some of the guys are going to come high with me or they’re going to go low and away, so that’s helped a lot, me being able to see those pitches up . . . With my load, I’m not loading back as much. That’s helping me stay shorter to the ball, and closed off . . . My foot is going to have to come in to be closed off any way so I might as well start closed and keep it as simple as possible, so that’s helped me a lot . . . When I had my open stance I was trying to step in and wasn’t getting that (left) foot all the way in. So, me starting off closed, I know my foot is going to get where it needs to be, so that’s going to allow me to get to that outside pitch and take it the other way.”
That might be a long-winded way of emphasizing the adjustments that Adell has made, but the ability to make adjustments is a fundamental attribute of top prospects. And Adell’s adjustments aren’t just logically sound; his results have improved. In the game, Adell flied out to center (on a 96-mph fastball down in the zone) in his first at-bat. In his second time up, Adell tattooed a hanging breaking pitch, pulling it foul. He then struck out on a check swing at a fastball down and away—trying to stop his hands as the pitch came through, Adell clearly recognized the pitch. In his third trip, Adell hit a booming line drive right at the third baseman, showing the ability to turn on a 95-mph fastball. Finally, in the seventh inning, Adell took a fastball down and in and shot a hard line drive to left field for an RBI single.
Adell showed at least plus raw power in batting practice and in the home run derby. He also made a strong play in center field, making an overhead catch on a ball hit over his head in the third inning. He has an explosive array of tools and will be a fascinating prospect to follow over the coming weeks and months. Adell’s game is not without wrinkles, and he will have to overcome a slow start, but his adjustments are very impressive.
Nick Allen | SS | R/R | 5-9 | 155 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 8 months | Francis Parker School (San Diego) | Commitment: Southern California
Allen reached base twice in the game, once on a walk and another time when he was hit by a pitch. Allen took a 94-mph fastball off his side, near his hip, then trotted to first base as if it was routine. He’s 5-foot-9 and undersized by professional standards, but Allen has shown the best infield tools of any shortstop prospect in the 2017 prep class thus far. The Southern California native has plus hands and body control, and a strong arm despite his miniature frame.
Offensively, Allen shows line drive ability in batting practice and the ability to hit the ball with backspin to either gap. He starts with his hands extended a bit and he throws his hands at the ball. He has well below-average raw power, but he has a rare strength in defensive ability at shortstop.
Shane Baz | RHP/INF | R/R | 6-3 | 190 | Draft-Day Age: 17 years, 11 months | Concordia Lutheran High (Tomball, Texas) | Commitment: Texas Christian
Baz is a two-way prospect, but appears to have more upside on the mound. He has a loose arm and some athleticism to his delivery. Baz’s arm circle isn’t quite full, nor is it abbreviated, with his back shoulder opening up slightly as he loads his arm. He fires through a three-quarter arm slot which can vary for him by pitch type, with his bread-and-butter slider coming from a lower slot during the Under Armour Game.
Baz pitched off his slider in a 1-2-3 inning. He showed the ability to locate it to either side of the plate, and got late horizontal break on the pitch, which sat at 82-84 mph. He threw only a few fastballs, which registered at 92-93. He also threw one curveball, which he buried in the dirt with more top-to-bottom action.
Offensively, Baz went 0-for-1, striking out in his only trip to the plate. In batting practice on the workout day before the game, Baz showed the ability to make hard contact, though the trajectory off his bat was often high. He bars his lead arm and strides out front with his left foot. His swing is geared more for power than it is for contact.
Cole Brannen | OF | L/R | 6-1 | 187 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 10 months | The Westfield School (Perry, Ga.) | Commitment: Georgia Southern
Brannen fits into a phylum of player that is very common in this year’s class, that of the athletic outfielder with promising all-around tools whose bat will dictate his ultimate ceiling. He had three plate appearances in the game. In his first, Brannen struck out looking. In his second time up, facing hard thrower Alex Scherff, the lefthanded hitting Brannen shot a middle-in changeup out to the left field warning track for a triple. In his third time up, he struck out looking again, this time at a front-door curveball. Both of his strikeouts came against lefthanded pitchers.
In batting practice, Brannen showed a loose swing with minimal moving parts. He stays online with his stride out front and has a parenthesis-shaped bat path, geared for backspin to the opposite field. Brannen has showed average bat speed and the ball came off his bat well in both batting practice sessions.
Brannen throws with a short arm action and showed the potential for above-average arm strength during the workout day, though his arm looked closer to average during a pre-game workout on the day of the game.
Tanner Burns | RHP | R/R | 6-1 | 205 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 6 months | Decatur (Ala.) High | Commitment: Auburn
Burns didn’t have the electric stuff that he’s shown earlier this summer. His fastball worked at 88-93, and he didn’t throw his breaking ball in game action. He’s previously shown the potential for an above-average or better breaking ball, a pitch with hard three-quarter break and tight spin.
Burns has a wrap in the back of his arm action, with his forearm bent at an angle near 90 degrees as he plunges down in back. His front side was a bit early in the game, and he had trouble repeating his release point as his arm tried to catch up. Despite a more stocky build, Burns has shown intriguing athleticism in the past, so it’s possible for him to overcome some of his mechanical barriers to commanding the ball.
Joe Boyle | RHP | R/R | 6-6 | 225 | Draft-Day Age: 17 years, 10 months | North Oldham High (Goshen, Ky.) | Commitment: Notre Dame
Boyle showed some of the best velocity and extension of any pitcher in the game. His delivery starts with a high leg kick before he drives forward. Boyle came off his back ankle early and swung his front side open, finishing with his torso extended deeply over his front side. His delivery has some similarities to A’s lefthanded pitching prospect A.J. Puk, though Boyle is righthanded.
Boyle’s fastball worked at 92-93 and touched 95 once on Baseball America’s radar gun, though it reached 96 on at least one other radar gun. Boyle struggled to get on top of his curveball, which lacked power spin in the one-inning look and checked in at 72-75.
Boyle has moved from his hometown of O’Fallon, Mo., to the Louisville, Ky. area. He will attend North Oldham High. North Oldham has played Ballard, the school of Jordon Adell, in four of the past five seasons, meaning that two high-follow prospects could face each other in the spring.
Triston Casas | INF| L/R | 6-4 | 240 | Class of 2019 | American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.) | Commitment: Miami
Casas did not get into the game before its final innings were scratched due to the weather, but he did enough for evaluators to circle his name as a prospect to follow in 2019. Casas has a strong, physical frame and showed big raw power in batting practice. He has smooth hands at first base, and may be able to handle another position. Casas is also a prospect as a pitcher, though he did not pitch in Chicago.
Jack Conlon | RHP | R/R | 6-5 | 215 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 6 months | Clements High (Sugar Land, Texas) | Commitment: Texas A&M
Conlon has a wrap in the back of his arm action. He fires through a three-quarters arm slot and he showed above-average arm speed in the game. His front side rotates out early and then he sort of hops down the mound. Conlon’s fastball worked at 89-91 and touched 92. He also mixed in a short, sweeping slider in the upper 70s.
Hans Crouse | RHP | L/R | 6-4 | 185 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 8 months | Dana Hills High (Dana Point, Calif.) | Commitment: Southern California
Crouse started the game for the National team and pitched two innings. The righthander showed premium stuff at the Tournament of Stars back in June, but didn’t have that stuff at Wrigley. His fastball sat at 91-94 and touched 95 in the first inning before settling in at 91-92 in the second. Crouse threw his breaking ball with a shorter arm at release, allowing him to get more vertical shape on the pitch but also changing his release point and creating a distinguishable difference in arm slot for his two pitches.
Hagen Danner | C/RHP | R/R | 6-2 | 195 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 9 months | Huntington Beach (Calif.) High | Commitment: UCLA
Danner is a two-way prospect who attended the Under Armour game as a catcher. He got only one at-bat in the game, and struck out, chasing a curveball in the dirt.
Ricardo De La Torre | SS | R/R | 6-2 | 175 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 5 months | Puerto Rico Baseball Academy (Gurabo, P.R.) | Commitment: Auburn
De La Torre is one of the top prospects from Puerto Rico this year. He showed plus raw arm strength in workouts, though it remains unclear if his footwork and body control fit at shortstop long-term. In his three at-bats, De La Torre went 1-for-2 with a walk and saw only six pitches.
In the first inning, De La Torre swung at the first pitch he saw, a 97 mph fastball from Hunter Greene, and hit a ground ball back up the middle for a single. De La Torre swung at the first pitch he saw again in the third inning, and grounded out. He then walked on four pitched in the seventh. He showed an aggressive approach in game action.
Mason Doolittle | C | 6-3 | 210 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 10 months | Jupiter (Fla.) High | Commitment: Louisiana State
In his only plate appearance of the game, Doolittle struck out against Joe Boyle. Doolittle’s best game highlight came in the top of the fifth, when he gunned out a runner attempting to steal third base. Doolittle has arm strength and quick hands at the plate to go with his physical, wide-shouldered frame.
Jake Eder | LHP | L/L | 6-4 | 215 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 7 months | Atlantic High (Delray Beach, Fla.) | Commitment: Vanderbilt
Eder struck out two, walked one and got a lineout thanks to a quick reaction at second base from Adam Hall. Eder has a physical frame and a quick arm. He has a long stride and extension out front. His delivery was a bit rushed and not always in sync, and he had some head movement at release. Eder’s fastball sat at 89-91 and touched 92. He did not throw his curveball in the game, but the pitch showed sharp spin despite looping upward out of his hand in warmups.
Joe Gray | OF/INF | R/R | 6-2 | 195 | Class of 2018 | Hattiesburg (Miss.) High | Commitment: Uncommitted
Gray is just a rising junior, but he has plenty of raw tools to build off. Gray did not get an at-bat in the game, but he made one outstanding defensive play on a ball hit over his head in center field that required him to turn back and eventually leave his feet. In batting practice sessions, Gray showed a loose swing with quick hands. Throwing from the outfield, his throws reached their targets on a line. He has a long arm action with some effort.
Hunter Greene | SS/RHP | R/R | 6-4 | 200 | Draft-Day Age: 17 years, 10 months | Notre Dame High (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) | Commitment: UCLA
Greene went 0-for-3 and gave up a hit in his lone inning of work off the mound, but he had one of the loudest performances of any prospect at the event. Prior to the game, Greene showed at least plus raw power in batting practice and in the home run derby.
On the mound, Greene showed his usual high-tempo delivery with a quick-twitch lower half and impressive extension of his torso over his front side. He pitched at 94-97 mph and filled the bottom of the strike zone. Greene also mixed in a sweeping slider at 78-80. He worked quickly and didn’t allow hitters time to get comfortable in the box.
Adam Hall | INF | R/R | 6-0 | 170 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 0 months | AB Lucas Secondary School (London, Ont.) | Commitment: Texas A&M
Hall went 0-for-2 in the game, but the ball came off his bat well in his first trip to the plate, when he saw a belt-high 93-mph fastball on the outer half and hit it sharply to right field. Hall grounded out in his second at-bat.
Hall bars his lead arm as he loads, but he showed impressive timing this weekend, with impressive hip-shoulder separation in his swing. In batting practice sessions Hall showed the ability to drive the ball with low trajectory and sharp backspin to the opposite field or turn on it and homer to the left center field power alley.
D.L. Hall | LHP | L/L | 6-1 | 180 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 8 months | Valdosta (Ga.) High | Commitment: Florida State
Hall’s arm action starts with an abbreviated arm circle and it looks easy through his three-quarter arm slot, though he finishes across his body with some recoil. He has a well-coordinated and balanced lower half that should give him a foundation for control as he matures.
The lefthander showed impressive velocity to start off his outing, sitting at 93-94 against the first few batters he faced before settling in at 90-92. His curveball velocity was 73-78 and the pitch showed 1-to-7 or 12-to-6 shape, backing up many times. In the past, Hall has shown more comfort with his curveball as he gets settled into an outing, so the pitch may be better suited for a real game scenario than it is for a showcase type of event.
Hall spent the last two years at Houston County High, but will return to his previous school, Valdosta High, this coming year.
Jacob Heatherly | LHP | L/L | 6-3 | 210 | Draft-Day Age: 19 years, 0 months | Cullman (Ala.) High | Commitment: Alabama
Heatherly showed some athleticism and a relatively compact arm action. He has a physical frame with wide shoulders. Heatherly pitched at 91-93 with his fastball and showed the ability to manipulate the spin of his breaking ball. He faced four batters, inducing a ground ball, allowing Heliot Ramos’ home run, and striking out two.
Quentin Holmes | OF | R/R | 6-0 | 180 | Draft-Day Age: 17 years, 10 months | Monsignor McClancy Memorial High (East Elmhurst, N.Y.) | Commitment: Mississippi State
Holmes went 0-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base. In his first trip to the plate, he struck out swinging, chasing a high fastball from Hans Crouse. Holmes then worked a walk and stole second on the first pitch to the next batter. In his third time up, Holmes was robbed of a hit when Adam Hall made a leaping catch on a sharp line drive between the 4-hole and the second base bag.
Holmes showed below-average arm strength and did not get the chance to truly showcase his outfield defense, arguably his greatest strength as a player. The righthanded hitter has a relatively simple swing, with a level bat path and a wide base.
Kyle Hurt | RHP | R/R | 6-3 | 200 | Draft-Day Age: 19 years, 0 months | Torrey Pines High (San Diego) | Commitment: Southern California
Hurt was scheduled to pitch two innings to finish off the game, but weather prevented him from taking the field. The righthander throws a low 90s fastball from a lower three-quarters arm slot and has shown feel for a changeup and a Frisbee slider so far this summer.
Ben Jordan | RHP | L/R | 6-9 | 220 | Draft-Day Age: 18 year, 11 months | West Carter County High (Olive Hill, Ky.) | Commitment: Kentucky
Jordan’s extra large body and limbs can (understandably) be difficult for him to sync up. His kinetic chain was rarely connected during the game, but he showed the ability to locate both of his pitches in the strike zone at times. Jordan’s front side swung open early at times, and his arm action includes a plunge in the back, making it difficult for his arm to catch up.
The 6-foot-9 behemoth pitched at 88-92 with his fastball and at 74-78 with his curveball. Jordan’s breaking ball lacked consistently sharp break, but at times he was able to get vertical break on the pitch and locate it down in the strike zone. Jordan has a high ceiling if he can continue to get stronger and fill out.
Royce Lewis | INF/OF | R/R | 6-2 | 185 | Draft-Day Age: 17 years, 11 months | JSerra Catholic High (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) | Commitment: UC Irvine
Lewis showed quick-twitch athleticism throughout the weekend workouts and in the game. He went 1-for-3 at Wrigley, and hit a towering home run to left field in the sixth inning. Previously, on a groundout to third, Lewis reached first base in 4.25 seconds.
The UC Irvine signee also showed above-average arm strength in both the outfield and at third base during the workouts. He has a swing geared for power, with a high hand set and wrapping motion to load his hands. Lewis swings down hill and is prone to rolling over the ball when he’s out front or hitting the ball with high trajectory.
M.J. Melendez | C | L/R | 6-0 | 180 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 6 months | Commitment: Florida International
Melendez has explosive hands and arm strength behind the plate, and if he can continue to make adjustments and learn how to use his tools, he could be one of the strongest catching prospects in this year’s class.
Melendez went 0-for-1 and walked in the game. In his lone at-bat, he hit a sharp fly ball up the middle that was caught by Jordon Adell. At the plate, he has a leg lift and a hip coil, as well as a wrap hitch load with his hands. He could some day develop above-average bat speed given his explosive hands.
The son of new Florida International head coach Mervyl Melendez, M.J. will attend high school in Florida, but his school is yet to be determined.
Brady McConnell | SS | R/R | 6-2 | 175 | Draft-Day Age: 19 years, 0 months | Merritt Island (Fla.) High | Commitment: Florida
The Florida signee went 0-for-2 with a swinging strikeout and a walk, not quite showing what he’s capable of in the one-game event. McConnell had an aggressive approach at the Under Armour game, appearing to hunt for early-count fastballs and swinging at fastballs that were either high or outside.
McConnell showed excellent bat speed in the workout the day before the game and during batting practice leading up to the game. He has some moving parts to his swing, but shows the ability to spray the ball to either gap with backspin in batting practice, generating modest trajectory off his bat, generally somewhere between line drives and pop-ups.
Garrett Mitchell | OF | L/R | 6-3 | 205 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 8 months | Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High | Commitment: UCLA
The ball came off Mitchell’s bat well in each of his two plate appearances. In his first trip to the plate, Mitchell got a 3-1 fastball down the pipe and shot a hard line drive to right center field for a base hit. In his second time up, Mitchell hit a sharp line drive up the middle, but was out on a strong play in center field by Joe Gray.
Mitchell has a quick lefthanded stroke, with natural strength and bat speed. His mechanics are a bit complex, with an immediate barring of his lead arm and a wide base setup.
Andrew Papantonis | SS | R/R | 6-1 | 190 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 8 months | Delbarton High (Morristown, N.J.) | Commitment: Virginia
Papantonis was one of the standouts of the workout day, when he showed line drive ability in batting practice and plus hands and above-average arm strength during infield/outfield drills. In the pre-game batting practice session, Papantonis hit more hard ground balls and didn’t quite have his best timing. In the game the New Jersey native went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.
Nick Pratto | 1B/LHP | L/L | 6-2 | 195 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 7 months | Huntington Beach (Calif.) High | Commitment: Southern California
In his two batting practice sessions, Pratto showed that he could consistently find the barrel. He was able to pull sharp fly balls over the wall in right center field, or to hammer the outside pitch to the left center field gap. He also showed smooth hands and arm strength at first base.
Pratto went 0-for-1 in the game, grounding out to second. He was also hit by two pitches, both breaking balls.
Sam Praytor | C | R/R | 5-10 | 205 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 1 month | Helena (Ala.) High | Commitment: Alabama
Praytor was one of three players in this game that Baseball America had not previously seen. He showed an intriguing combination of hand speed and arm strength. Praytor went 0-for-2 in the game, grounding into a double play against Hunter Greene in the first inning and striking out in the third.
At the plate, Praytor has an open stance that he closes off with a step inside. As he prepares to plant his front side, Praytor’s hands load back slightly just before he fires his hands through. He showed some pull power, with the ability to clear the fence in batting practice.
Ben Ramirez | 3B | L/R | 6-3 | 180 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 6 months | Eastlake High (Chula Vista, Calif.) | Commitment: Southern California
Ramirez is a lefthanded hitter with an open stance and a steep downhill bat path. He showed smooth footwork at third base during workouts. The USC commit went 1-for-2 in the game, hitting two ground balls. The first was a routine 6-4 fielder’s choice, and the second was a ground ball up the middle that went for an infield single as Ramirez reached first base in 4.25 seconds.
Heliot Ramos | OF | R/R | 6-2 | 185 | Draft-Day Age: 17 years, 8 months | Leadership Christian Academy (Guaynabo, P.R.) | Commitment: Uncommitted
Ramos, as previously noted, was the star of the game, going 3-for-3 with a triple and a home run. He struggled to make consistent sharp contact in batting practice, but showed the potential for plus raw power, given the way the ball carried off his bat.
The Puerto Rican standout also showed impressive arm strength in right field. He throws from a higher three-quarters arm slot and has a fast arm, giving him the potential to develop above-average or better arm strength as he matures.
Garrett Hunter Ruth | RHP | R/R | 6-2 | 187 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 0 months | Buchholz High (Gainesville, Fla.) | Commitment: South Carolina
After the first weather delay of the day, Ruth took the mound and threw a scoreless seventh inning before another delay ultimately ended the game. The righthander showed impressive arm strength, with his fastball working at 92-94 on Baseball America’s radar gun, though at least one gun had him throwing harder than that. He buried his curveball in the dirt often, and was still able to get chase swings-and-misses.
Alex Scherff | RHP | S/R | 6-3 | 205 | Draft-Day Age: 19 years, 3 months | Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas) | Commitment: Uncommitted
Despite reaching 97 mph with his fastball, Scherff didn’t have his best day on the mound in Chicago. His fastball sat at 93-96 and he was struggling to hit his spots with all three of his pitches. Scherff remains one of the top pitching prospects in the class, given the potential he’s shown with his changeup, his ability to spin the ball, and flashes of command shown earlier in the summer.
Caleb Sloan | RHP | R/R | 6-3 | 215 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 8 months | Regis Jesuit High (Aurora, Col.) | Commitment: Texas Christian
Sloan technically didn’t appear in the game. He was warming up for the eighth inning when the game’s second and final weather delay took place. The righthander showed an intriguing arm speed. He has a full arm circle with an up-and-back, slingshot-like arm action and fires through a three-quarters arm slot with above-average arm speed. His head whacks at release. Baseball America clocked his fastball up to 94 mph at the Perfect Game National Showcase in June.
Mitchell Stone | LHP | L/L | 6-10 | 240 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 5 months | Deer Creek High (Edmond, Okla.) | Commitment: Oklahoma State
Stone is mesmerizing to watch on the mound. He’s a well-coordinated athlete with a balanced delivery. Stone stays back on his ankle and is in control of his weight as he lifts his front leg. He’s also 6-foot-10 and physical. Did we mention that he’s lefthanded?
Stone did allow a home run to Royce Lewis, but he was otherwise effective, retiring Garrett Mitchell, Hunter Greene and Andrew Papantonis. The southpaw sat at 89-91 with his fastball and showed flashes of feel for his changeup at 79-83. Stone was not able to consistently get on top of his curveball, but he has shown potential with the pitch in the past, with the ability to locate it for strikes.
Alex Toral | 1B/OF | L/L | 6-1 | 215 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 4 months | Archbishop McCarthy High (Southwest Ranches, Fla.) | Commitment: Miami
Toral has been well known for his promising raw power for quite some time. This was actually his second time playing in the Under Armour All-America game. This year, he walked in both of his plate appearances. In his first time up, Toral fouled off the first two pitches he saw from Hans Crouse, falling behind in the count to 0-2. Toral then took four consecutive close pitches, showing an awareness for the outside part of the strike zone and recognizing a breaking ball that broke through the bottom of the zone.
In batting practice, Toral showed a compact bat path that could allow for him to hit line drives in games, but he also has the raw power to impact the ball with over-the-fence authority, marrying natural strength with excellent bat speed.
The Miami commit worked out in the outfield on the day before the game. He showed a quick arm and a relatively compact arm action. Most of his throws were near-average, and he projects for better arm strength as he continues to refine his throwing mechanics.
Chris Troye | C | R/R | 6-4 | 215 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 3 months | Heritage High (Brentwood, Calif.) | Commitment: UC Santa Barbara
Troye struck out and walked in his two plate appearances. He showed the ability to hit line drives in batting practice and he has a physical frame that should allow for endurance and stamina.
Cole Turney | OF | L/L | 6-0 | 190 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 4 months | Fort Bend Travis High (Richmond, Texas) | Commitment: Arkansas
Turney was one of the standouts of the workout day, showing excellent raw power to his pull side. In his first plate appearance of the game, Turney saw a 91-mph fastball on the outer half of the strike zone and hit a sharp fly ball into the gap in left center field for a double. He later reached on a walk.
The Arkansas signee also showed intriguing arm strength in Chicago. His arm action has some length, with a plunge to his back hip as he loads up and he can sometimes get on the side of his throws, generating more sinking movement when he does. Still, Turney has a chance to develop above-average arm strength as he continues to mature.
Conner Uselton | OF | R/R | 6-4 | 195 | Draft-Day Age: 19 years, 0 months | Southmoore High (Oklahoma City, Okla.) | Commitment: Uncommitted
Uselton went 0-for-3 in the game. He struck out looking, then flied out to left and then grounded out. He showed the potential for above-average bat speed in batting practice, with a hand drop and an arm bar to load his upper half. He has a narrow stance with a slight leg lift and a moderate stride forward. The ball came off Uselton’s bat with sharp backspin in batting practice, and he showed the ability to drive the ball to either gap, though the trajectory off his bat wouldn’t quite fit into the line drive category.
Uselton showed a whippy arm action with some length. His throws lacked significant carry in the workout on the day before the game, but he threw better during the pre-game workout at Wrigley.
Ryan Vilade | 3B | R/R | 6-2 | 195 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 3 months | Frisco (Texas) High | Commitment: Oklahoma State
Vilade won the Home Run Derby before the game, swatting nine home runs in the final round to beat out Hunter Greene and Jordon Adell. Vilade showed a pull power-oriented approach in batting practice, with the ability to loft high pitches out to left center field. The Oklahoma State recruit went 0-for-2 with a walk, grounding out and striking out swinging in the game.
Drew Waters | OF | S/R | 6-2 | 183 | Draft-Day Age: 18 years, 5 months | Etowah High (Woodstock, Ga.) | Commitment: Georgia
Waters walked and struck out looking in the game, but he showed a loose swing from both sides of the plate and a strong arm in the outfield. From the left side, Waters has sort of a deep hand set with a wrapped setup and a closed lower half; it’s a swing that appears to be geared for contact. From the right side, Waters has more going on with his hands, but made more powerful contact in batting practice, showing the ability to drive the ball with life to right center field, though he is somewhat prone to rolling over the ball when he’s out front.