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Standout Players From The 2023 Minority Baseball Prospects All-American Games


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The Minority Baseball Prospects All-American games brought together several prominent high school players eligible for the 2024 and 2025 draft.

The event, held in West Palm Beach, Fla. at the spring training home of the Astros and Nationals, included a workout, home run derby and a game first for the underclass players and another for the 2024 class.

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Last year’s games included a pair of first-round picks in Padres outfielder Dillon Head and Yankees shortstop George Lombard Jr., along with prominent Red Sox picks in second-round shortstop Nazzan Zanetello and third-round shortstop Antonio Anderson.

These were some of the players for the 2024 and 2025 classes who stood out at this year’s event.

Emmanuel Lantigua, SS, Florida

A switch-hitting shortstop, Lantigua turned 16 shortly after the MBP All-American games, making him one of the youngest players for 2025 and someone who could fit in the 2026 class based on age. He’s one of the premier defensive shortstops for 2025, a bouncy, rhythmic fielder who moves his feet well, has secure hands and smooth actions to go with a strong arm. Defense has been the calling card for the Florida State commit, but Lantigua has added strength over the past year to his 6-foot, 170-pound frame. That strength was on display during the game when he launched a home run to the pull side as a righthanded hitter.

Jay Abernathy, SS, Georgia

A Tennessee commit in the 2024 class, Abernathy is 5-foot-10, 170 pounds with quick-twitch athleticism and speed that have made him an intriguing player to scouts for a while. Before the game, Abernathy showed fluid infield actions and occasional sneaky pop for his size from the left side of the plate. In game, he made a nice play on a broken-bat groundball at second base, charging in on the ball to get the out at first. He also recorded one of the few hits in the upperclass game, sending a fastball up in the zone the opposite way for a double.

Kelvyn Paulino, 3B, North Carolina

Paulino won the MVP award for the underclass game. A 6-foot-1, 185-pound righthanded hitter in the 2025 class committed to Miami, Paulino went 2-for-2, pulling a line-drive single to left field in his first at-bat, then sending a double down the right field line his next trip to the plate. It was the start of a big week for Paulino, who went on to have a strong offensive performance at the WWBA World Championship in Jupiter to help lead his Five Star/Top Tier Roos Mafia team to a championship.

Eli Pitts, OF, Georgia

Pitts has stood out from a young age for his elite speed and athleticism. The South Carolina commit and No. 57 player in the 2025 class is a plus-plus runner, an explosive player with the tools to handle a premium position. While that part of Pitts’ game has long been evident, what stood out here was how much stronger Pitts has gotten while maintaining a lean, well-proportioned frame and his athleticism. The extra strength helped him produce a lot of hard contact from the right side during batting practice, and he’s still scratching the surface of his potential to be able to unlock more of that power in games.

Quentin Young, INF/OF, California

Young comes from a baseball family—former big leaguers Delmon and Dmitri Young are his uncles—and he physically wouldn’t look out of place in a major league uniform right now at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds. He reclassified from the 2026 class to become a 2025 last month, ranking as the No. 16 player for 2025, and his raw power is up there with anyone in the 2025 class. That was evident in BP and in the game, when he drove a ball for a deep flyout to center field. Young has spent time in the infield and outfield, playing shortstop here both in the workout and in game. He has an outstanding arm, likely fitting best at either third base or in right field, and he made a nice defensive play at shortstop going into the hole to his right on a groundball to get the lead runner out at second base.

Aiden Harris, 3B, Virginia

Harris just turned 17 the week before the MBP All-American games, making him one of the youngest players in the 2024 class. Physically, though, he looks like a man among boys at 6-foot-4, 220 pound. Harris did show swing-and-miss tendencies during the summer circuit, but he also showed some of the better raw power in the class with big home runs in games, and he showed it again here when he won the upperclass home run derby. He’s a righthanded hitter with a fairly short stroke for his size, with a small lower half load and minimal hand movement to get his swing started, yet he’s still able to generate impressive bat speed and power. A Virginia commit, Harris has a strong arm at third base, though at his size there’s a chance he outgrows the position and heads to first base in pro ball.

Terrence Kiel II, OF, Georgia

Kiel is one of the better athletes in the 2024 class. He’s a plus runner and an aggressive hitter who drove the ball well from the right side during BP with deep shots into the left-center field gap. The Texas A&M commit had an up and down summer offensively, but there’s a chance for a power/speed threat at a premium position in center field if everything clicks.

Samuel Richardson, 3B, Missouri

Richardson has outstanding bat speed and can drive the ball with some of the best power in the 2024 class. The Texas commit is 6-foot-1, 195 pounds with the ability to drive the ball out of the park from right-center over to his pull side. That power comes with a higher swing-and-miss rate, though he has condensed some of the bigger moving parts in his swing from where it was last year.

Donavan Jeffrey, OF/1B, Virginia

At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Jeffrey is a strongly-built righthanded hitter with big power in the 2025 class. He won the underclass home run derby at the event, then in the game pulled a double down the left field line. Jeffrey is a Miami commit.

Erik Parker, SS, Georgia

A recent Georgia commit in the 2024 class, Parker is a tall, athletic shortstop with more space to fill out his 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame. While his offensive performance on the summer circuit has been up and down, he is a patient hitter with a good sense for the strike zone and hasn’t show much swing and miss, especially for a young, long-limbed hitter. He’s a plus runner and drove the ball well to the middle of the field in one of his two at-bats, though the center fielder was able to track it down for a deep fly out.

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