Perfect Game All-American Classic 2014: West Roster
Perfect Game has announced the rosters for the 12th annual All-American Classic in San Diego’s Petco Park. The game will be held on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. EST and will be broadcast live on MLB Network.
Last year’s game featured 15 prep players who went in the first round last month. The game pits the East against the West roster. Here is the West roster with a description of every player.
C Chris Betts, Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif.
Scouts believe that Betts has a chance to emerge as one of the better prep catchers from the class with continued development and refinement. He has plus pure arm strength behind the plate, though his arm stroke can get long at times and receiving will be a key to his prospect status. Betts has above-average raw power from the left side of the plate and was one of the participants in the MLB Junior Select Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis. He had the farthest hit batted ball at Perfect Game National on a triple to dead center field, according to TrackMan. The Tennessee commit is a well below-average runner with a strong, husky body at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds.
C Wyatt Cross, Legacy HS, Broomfield, Colo.
Cross is one of three position players from Colorado who will play in the Classic. Historically, the state has been light in position players and heavy on arms. The last time a position player drafted out of Colorado made it to the big leagues was 1997, and in that time nine pitchers advanced to the majors. Cross has the potential to have one of the stronger catching arms behind the plate in the prep class. When his throwing mechanics are right, he can produce at least plus pop times, though his arm consistently played below that level at the Tournament of Stars. Cross has some strength and athleticism to his 6-foot-3, 190-pound build, allowing scouts to project on his power. The North Carolina commit is a below-average runner.
1B Devin Davis, Valencia HS, Santa Clarita, Calif.
Davis is a bat-first player with the potential to develop hitting and power abilities. Davis’ prowess with the bat stands out in batting practice, which earned him a spot in the MLB Junior Select Home Run Derby. The righthanded hitter has the potential to develop above-average power with natural leverage in his stroke, and the ball makes a different sound off his bat. He is a below-average runner with a below-average arm. The Loyola Marymount commit has a strong, physical body at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds.
1B Josh Naylor, St. Joan of Arc, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Naylor is one of the most acclaimed prep players to come from Canada in recent memory, having played on the Canadian Junior National Team as a 15-year-old. Although scouts expect Naylor’s defensive home to fit toward the bottom end of the defensive spectrum, he offers power and hitting ability. The lefthanded-hitting Naylor was the runner-up to Luken Baker in the MLB Junior Select Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis. Naylor has above-average bat speed and plus raw power, hitting the second-farthest batted ball at PGN. Naylor is a well below-average runner who offers some arm strength. At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Naylor has a physical, strong and husky body that evaluators will monitor. He will be 17 on draft day.
MIF Kody Clemens, Memorial HS, Houston
Kody is the fourth son in the Clemens family lineage and is committed to his father’s alma mater, Texas, where his older brother Kacy completed his freshman year as a two-way player. The lefthanded-hitting 18-year-old flashes a line-drive oriented stroke with some power to his pull side. The athletically built 6-foot-1, 170-pound Clemens offers arm strength in the middle of the diamond and ran the 60 at PGN in 7.08 seconds.
MIF Nick Shumpert, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Colo.
Shumpert, who is the son of former big leaguer Terry Shumpert, is committed to his father’s alma mater, Kentucky. Shumpert has improved over the last year and has gotten into great physical shape at 6-foot, 180 pounds, gaining strength and speed. He demonstrates defensive aptitude with goods hands and instincts, offering a strong arm that is loose and can throw from angles. Shumpert is an above-average runner in the 60 and out of the box. He offers some bat speed and pull side power from the right side of the plate.
MIF Luke Wakamatsu, Keller (Texas) HS
Wakamatsu is another infielder on the West squad with bloodlines; his father, Don, caught in the major leagues, managed the Mariners (2009-2010) and is currently the Royals bench coach. The switch-hitter began hitting lefthanded last year and offers a simple, direct, line drive-oriented stroke from the right side of the plate and a little more power from the left side. The Rice commit made consistent contact at PGN and produced quality at-bats. He offers considerable physical projection to his long, lean and rangy 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame. Wakamatsu ran the 60 in 6.71 seconds at PGN and offers arm strength.
MIF Cadyn Grenier, Bishop Gorman, Henderson, Nev.
Grenier hails from a powerhouse program that routinely is in contention for winning a state title and produced Joey Gallo and Marty Cordova. He has tools and his natural ability plays up because of his instincts and feel for the game. The Oregon State commit shows advanced defensive ability in the middle infield with the ability to cut down ground, soft hands and a very quick transfer that helps his arm that projects as at least average to play up. The righthanded hitter is a contact-oriented hitter with a line-drive stroke who shows feel for the bat, also demonstrating sneaky pop to the gaps. Greiner is an above-average runner in the 60 and out of the box, with his speed impacting the game on the bases. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Grenier has a toned, athletic build.
INF/RHP Parker Kelly, Westview HS, Portland, Ore.
Kelly is the younger brother of Cardinals farmhand Carson Kelly, a 2012 second-rounder. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Kelly has a large frame with very broad shoulders and room to get stronger. He has some strength to his righthanded swing, offering power potential and arm strength in the infield as a well below-average runner. His fastball was 84-87 at PGN with natural sink and arm-side run from a high elbow in the back and low three-quarters arm slot. He offers a changeup he shows feel for and a breaking ball. He is committed to stay in state at Oregon.
3B/1B Ke’Bryan Hayes, Concordia Lutheran HS, Tomball, Texas
The son of former major leaguer Charlie Hayes, Ke’Bryan is a corner infielder with hitting potential. The righthanded-hitting Tennessee commit has a direct, loose and easy stroke with natural hitting instincts, serving line drives up the middle. Hayes has a chance to develop at least average power. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Hayes has a strong body with a physical lower half and has gotten in better shape over the last year. He offers an arm that is nearly average with below-average speed.
OF Trenton Clark, Richland HS, North Richland Hills, Texas
Clark has a center field profile and is an athlete with baseball tools. He is at least a plus runner who is better underway and his speed plays on both sides of the game with a chance to stay in center field. The game comes easy to Clark and his combination of speed and instincts made an impact on the bases at TOS. The lefthanded hitter has an unorthodox swing where he holds both of his thumbs up against the bat, which he has done since he entered high school. But Clark has a quick bat with a compact, direct swing path conducive for line drives, possessing knowledge of the strike zone. Clark has a strong, physical build with wide shoulders and a wide, muscular back at 6-foot, 205 pounds. He flashed average raw power in batting practice, hitting pull-side home runs. Scouts like the way the Texas Tech commit plays the game and he offers arm strength in center field with accuracy.
OF Kyle Dean, Poway HS, San Diego
Dean possesses a well-rounded skill set as a corner outfielder. The San Diego commit has a righthanded stroke with some thump and has made hard contact in game action while working inside the ball with a compact stroke. The strength in his 6-foot-2, 195-pound body coupled with his bat speed give him the chance to hit for at least average power. Dean has posted above-average run times in the 60 and runs well underway, offering an average arm in the outfield.
OF Mitchell Hansen, Plano (Texas) Senior HS
Hansen has a well-rounded skill set and scouts can dream on his potential. The 18-year-old Stanford commit is a good athlete who shows prowess on the gridiron and was the first freshman to start on his varsity team. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Hansen has a large, athletic frame with significant room to get stronger. He can flash above-average raw power to his pull side and his power could increase significantly given his expected strength gains. Hansen, a lefthanded hitter, has posted plus run times and his skill set has drawn comparisons to Brandon Nimmo from evaluators.
OF Doak Dozier, Arlington Heights HS, Fort Worth
Dozier is one of four Texas outfielders on the West squad and the 18-year-old is committed to Stanford, like Hansen. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Dozier has a trim, athletic build with long extremities and room to gain strength. Dozer is an above-average runner (6.57 in the 60) with defensive instincts. The 18-year-old showed some arm strength from a loose arm. He produced quality at-bats during PGN and demonstrated knowledge of the strike zone from the left side of the plate, showing bat speed.
OF Ryan Johnson, College Station (Texas) HS
Johnson has a chance to emerge as one of the better prep outfielders in the class, fitting a true right field profile. The athletic, lefthanded-hitting Johnson has gotten in great shape and looks the part in a uniform at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds. He offers hitting and power potential with the bat speed and strength for above-average power potential, producing the top exit velocity (102.6 mph) of any hitter at PGN. As a crosschecker said recently, “That is how a hitter is supposed to look in the box.” He has shown the ability to drive the ball to the opposite field and up the middle. Johnson ran the 60 in 6.86 seconds and is a better runner underway. The Texas Christian commit offers a right fielder’s arm and that arm strength translated to the mound, where he sat in the low 90s and touched 93.
OF Greg Pickett, Legend HS, Aurora, Colo.
The lefthanded-hitting Pickett has serious power potential with bat speed and physical strength. The ball makes a different sound off his bat, demonstrating above-average raw power. He produced an elite exit velocity (106.8 mph) on a home run this week in Arizona. Pickett has a big, physical build at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. The Mississippi State commit ran the 60 at PGN in 7.05.
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LHP Kolby Allard, San Clemente (Calif.) HS
Allard has shown a combination of stuff and performance at PGN and TOS. The 6-foot, 170-pound Allard has a lanky build with broad shoulders and long extremities. The UCLA commit has a loose, quick and easy arm that gets extension out front, sitting 90-92, touching 93. His easy delivery finishes with a less-pronounced “moonwalker” landing like Alex Wood where his strike foot hops backwards. Allard shows feel for pitching and throwing strikes, offering a curveball that flashes above-average potential and a changeup. He is one of the younger prospects in the class and won’t turn 17 until after the All-American Classic.
LHP Justin Hooper, De La Salle, Concord, Calif.
The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Hooper has a large frame and projectable build. His fastball was reportedly up to the mid-90s this spring and showed the ability to sit in the low 90s with a quick arm. His breaking ball shows potential as his primary secondary offering. The UCLA commit has not attended a national showcase this summer.
LHP Patrick Sandoval, Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS
Sandoval turned in an impressive outing at PGN, showing pitchability and feel for throwing strikes with one of the better lefthanded breaking balls at the event. His fastball sat 88-89 mph, touching 91, while his low-80s breaking ball showed plus potential with late 1-7 tilt and depth. The Vanderbilt commit mixed in an 81-84 mph changeup. Sandoval has an athletic build at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and comes from the same city as Tyler Matzek.
RHP Christifer Andritsos, The Woodlands (Texas) HS
Andritsos has been a key member of a powerhouse program at The Woodlands High, which produced Jameson Taillon, Kyle Drabek and Paul Goldschmidt, among others. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Andritsos has a strong, muscular and mature build. He ran his fastball up to 93 at PGN with arm-side run, sitting 89-91. He can spin a breaking ball that shows fringe-average potential, flashing average. The Oklahoma commit has used his changeup sparingly this summer.
RHP Luken Baker, Oak Ridge HS, Spring, Texas
Baker was thrust into the national spotlight when he won the MLB Junior Select Home Run Derby that was held during the MLB Home Run Derby in Minneapolis. The big, strong and physical Texan exudes power on the mound and in the batter’s box with his 6-foot-4, 240-pound build. His time as a position player is spent behind the plate and at first base. Baker touched 94 at PGN with heavy sinking life when down in the zone, sitting in the low-90s early before average 89.1 over the course of the outing. He maintained his velocity better two weeks ago at the WWBA, maintaining 90-93 over extended innings. Baker produced the fourth-highest breaking ball spin rate (2,661 RPM) at PGN. The development of the Texas Christian commit’s control and secondary stuff will likely be the key to his prospect status.
RHP Beau Burrows, Weatherford (Texas) HS
Burrows has consistently shown velocity across different events this summer. His peak velocity at PGN (95.9 mph) tied for the highest of the event and his average velocity (94.2) was the highest. Burrows possesses a fast arm with considerable tilt in the back of his delivery from an athletic build at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds with broad shoulders and a high, trim waist. Both the Texas A&M commit’s breaking ball and changeup show potential, with his changeup flashing above-average with significant tumble and flashing downer tilt to his breaking ball.
RHP Joe DeMers, College Park HS, Pleasant Hill, Calif.
DeMers was the only underclassmen on USA Baseball’s 18U Gold Medal winning team last year. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound DeMers has a husky, thick and physical build with present strength throughout his frame. At PGN, DeMers had the fourth-highest peak velocity (94.7) and the third-highest average velocity (93.5). His lively fastball gets sink and arm-side run that show groundball tendencies. Scouts say he has a chance for four average pitches, with his slider and changeup flashing better. The Washington commit has a natural feel for pitching and throwing strikes, though his delivery has effort and rigid actions.
RHP Drew Finley, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
Finley is the son of the Red Sox’s director of player personnel David Finley. He is the next product from “The Factory” that has produced Alex Jackson, Gosuke Katoh and Cole Hamels. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Finley gotten in better shape over the last year and possesses a strong, athletic build. His fastball has sat 88-90, touching 91 with natural deception while working down in the zone from an easy delivery. The Southern California commit shows feel for pitching and spotting up his fastball. His breaking ball shows shape and he mixes in a changeup that has flashed average.
RHP Cole McKay, Smithson Valley HS, Spring Branch, Texas
McKay started the first game at PGN and kicked off the event in a big way. The quick-armed McKay sat 92-93 from the first base side of the rubber, touching 94 with late riding life through the zone to his hairy fastball. Both his curveball and changeup show at least above-average potential, with his changeup flashing considerable tumble. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound McKay has a strong, physical build made to handle innings.
RHP Kyle Molnar, Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Molnar combines stuff, athleticism and pitchability. The UCLA commit has a quick arm that produces a fastball that primarily sits 90-92, touching 94 (93.8, per TrackMan) with plane and varied life to both sides of the plate as the ball jumps out of his hand. He demonstrates a natural feel for pitching and throwing strikes, consistently locating to his glove side. His changeup shows plus potential and his curveball flashes at least average. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Molnar is very athletic.
RHP Corey Zangari, Carl Albert HS, Midwest City, Okla.
Zangari has not been a fixture on the showcase circuit but has made noise late this summer. The big-bodied, 6-foot-4, 230-pound Zangari has shown mid-90s velocity that has touched 96 at an Area Code Games workout, according to evaluators. His time on the mound has reportedly been limited because of his two-way duties behind the plate, but evaluators believe his breaking ball flashes potential. Zangari is committed to Oklahoma State.