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August 11, 2013

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Perfect Game All-American Classic: Note Sheet

by Nick J. Faleris


Joe Hamrahi (@JHamrahi), Jason Parks (@ProfessorParks), and Chris Rodriguez (@Chrisrod13) will all be in San Diego for tonight's Perfect Game All-American Classic -- an all-star game showcasing some of the top draft-eligible amateur baseball talent in the US and Canada). After a fair amount of draft-related coverage already this summer, I'll be kicking back and watching like many of you -- on MLB Network, starting at 8pm Eastern -- and chatting on Twitter (@NickJFaleris). If you aren't up on the top draft eligibles for 2014, here's a note sheet covering each of tonight's player participants, and even some space for you to take your own notes at home while you watch along.

East Squad (Alphabetical)

Justin Bellinger | 1B | St. Sebastian's School (Needham, MA)
Ht/Wt:6-5/238 | B/T: L/L | Commitment: Vanderbilt

Snapshot: Elite left-handed raw power still working to utilize in game. Solid actions at first base. Finalist in yesterday's homerun derby.

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Dylan Cease | RHP | Milton HS (Milton, GA)
Ht/Wt:6-2/180 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: N/A

Snapshot: One of the top arms in the draft class. Can sit mid-90s with the fastball and shows a plus curve and solid change, commanding all three.

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Michael Chavis | IF | Sprayberry HS (Marietta, GA)
Ht/Wt:5-11/190 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Clemson

Snapshot: Solid, physical player shows leverage in swing and in-game power. All around tools, can run, throw, field, and drive the ball.

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Carl Chester | OF | Lake Brantley (Longwood, FL)
Ht/Wt:6-0/180 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Miami

Snapshot: True burner with above-average arm and potential impact profile in center field. Speed plays in field and on the bases.

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Reese Cooley | UTL | Fleming Island HS (Orange Park, FL)
Ht/Wt:6-3/215 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: N/A

Snapshot: Potential center field profile with plus speed to gaps and strong arm. Frequent hard contact and developing approach at the plate.

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Braxton Davidson | OF/1B | TC Roberson HS (Asheville, NC)
Ht/Wt:6-3/215 | B/T: L/R | Commitment: North Carolina

Snapshot: Perhaps best all-around bat in the draft class. Hits for power and average. Good actions in the field with solid arm strength.

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Greg Deichmann | SS/3B | Brother Martin HS (New Orleans, LA)
Ht/Wt:6-2/185 | B/T: L/R | Commitment: Louisiana St.

Snapshot: Has shown in-game power throughout the summer. Can sting it pull-side to oppo gap. Left-side arm strength and solid hands.

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Ti'quan Forbes | SS/OF | Columbia HS (Columbia, MS)
Ht/Wt:6-4/177 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Ole Miss

Snapshot: Loud tools across the profile, can impact in all facets. More feel at short than in center, but projects at both. Shown well this summer.

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Joe Gatto | RHP | St. Augustine Prep (Hammonton, NJ)
Ht/Wt:6-5/215 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: North Carolina

Snapshot: Big body with low- to mid-90s fastball on a tough downhill plane. More to come. Can mix-in a slider and change-up.

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Michael Gettys | OF/RHP | Gainesville HS (Gainesville, GA)
Ht/Wt:6-2/205 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Georgia

Snapshot: Plus to plus-plus arm and speed. Shows raw pop in workouts and improving in-game realization. Top-tier arm on the mound, too.

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Nick Gordon | SS/RHP | Olympia HS (Orlando, FL)
Ht/Wt:6-2/165 | B/T: L/R | Commitment: Florida St.

Snapshot: Potential impact defender at short with left side arm. Compact swing with gap-to-gap offensive approach. Low-90s velo with plus breaker.

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Foster Griffin | LHP | The First Academy (Orlando, FL)
Ht/Wt:6-4/195 | B/T: R/L | Commitment: Ole Miss

Snapshot: Projectable lefty arm already sitting low-90s with a change-up that could be a weapon. Also shows slider and soft curve.

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Grant Holmes | RHP | Conway HS (Conway, SC)
Ht/Wt:6-1/210 | B/T: L/R | Commitment: Florida

Snapshot: Has wowed this summer with big mid-90s fastball and power breaking ball. Physical pitcher with swing-and-miss stuff.

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Cobi Johnson | RHP | JW Mitchell HS (Holiday, FL)
Ht/Wt:6-4/180 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Florida St.

Snapshot: Projectable righty with quick, loose arm capable of reaching the mid-90s. Hard downer curve that shows plus already.

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Kel Johnson | OF | Home Schooled (Dalmetto, GA)
Ht/Wt:6-4/210 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Georgia Tech

Snapshot: Power bat with pre-game displays and growing in-game utility. Inconsistent summer but at his best, one of the class's best bats.

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Mac Marshall | LHP | Parkview HS (Parkview, GA)
Ht/Wt:6-1/185 | B/T: R/L | Commitment: Louisiana St.

Snapshot: One of the top lefty arms in a deep collection. Advanced three pitch arsenal includes low-90s fastball, two-plane sweeping curve, and impressive change.

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Gareth Morgan | OF | Vaughn Road Academy (Toronto, ON)
Ht/Wt:6-4/215 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: N/A

Snapshot: Big growth in game and physicality over past twelve months. Projects as power bat capable of providing defense on the corners.

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Kevin Pimentel | RHP | Montverde Academy (Wading River, NY)
Ht/Wt:6-2/215 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Miami

Snapshot: Fastball/slider righty with some effort in the delivery, splitting evaluators as to starter/reliever profile. Good plane deception on FB/SL.

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Sean Reid-Foley | RHP | Sandalwood HS (Jacksonville, FL)
Ht/Wt:6-3/197 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Florida St.

Snapshot: Coming off electric outing at East Coast Pro Showcase. Attacks with low-90s fastball, low-80s tilted slider, and late-fade change.

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Benito Santiago | C | Coral Springs Christian Academy (Coral Springs, FL)
Ht/Wt:5-9/175 | B/T: L/R | Commitment: N/A

Snapshot: Nice backstop skillset with advanced catch-and-throw game. Developing offensive profile with some evaluators projecting average power.

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Justus Sheffield | LHP | Tullahoma HS (Tullahoma, TN)
Ht/Wt:6-0/190 | B/T: L/L | Commitment: Vanderbilt

Snapshot: Advanced lefty that can carve with four utensils: low-90s fastball, low-80s slider, mid-70s curve, and upper-70s change. Works the quadrants; sequences.

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Devin Smeltzer | LHP | Bishop Eustace Prep (Vorhees, NJ)
Ht/Wt:6-2/170 | B/T: R/L | Commitment: Florida Gulf Coast

Snapshot: Fastball/slider lefty can command to both sides of the plate and creates a tough angle with the slider. Starter/reliever split, but most agree there's more velo to come.

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Justin Smith | OF | Bartram Trail HS (St. Johns, FL)
Ht/Wt:6-2/205 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Miami

Snapshot: Lots of loud contact throughout the summer. Speed/arm/glove give him a chance to profile in center, long term, with middle-of-the-order upside.

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Touki Toussaint | RHP | Coral Springs Christian Academy (Coral Springs, FL)
Ht/Wt:6-2/190 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: N/A

Snapshot: Present stuff with low-90s fastball and plus curve, but easy motion, athleticism, and frame allow evaluators to project even more to come. Top tier arm.

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Chase Vallot | C | St. Thomas More HS (Lafayette, LA)
Ht/Wt:6-0/205 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Mississippi St.

Snapshot: Strong catcher with sub-2.0 pop times to second and present pull-side power. Chance to stick behind the plate with impact offensive profile.

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West Squad
Brady Aiken | LHP | Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego, CA)
Ht/Wt:6-4/205 | B/T: L/L | Commitment: UCLA
Snapshot: Tough-to-square low-90s fastball with two potential above-average future secondaries in his curve and change. Works well east-west and can elevate.

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Sean Bouchard | IF | Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego, CA)
Ht/Wt:6-3/195 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: UCLA

Snapshot: Future third base profile complete with solid average power, a feel for the barrel, left-side arm, and good hands. Solid athlete some evaluators would like to try at second base.

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Bryce Carter | C/1B | Cascia Hall Prep (Tulsa, OK)
Ht/Wt:6-1/195 | B/T: L/R | Commitment: Stanford

Snapshot: Solid build, simple load, and natural loft in the barrel. Best power to pull, but swing could grow to all-fields. In-game pops around 2.0 seconds; capable receiver.

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Darius Day | OF | Simeon Career Academy (Chicago, IL)
Ht/Wt:5-11/180 | B/T: L/L | Commitment: Arizona

Snapshot: Projectable profile boasting plus speed, good bat speed, and arm strength. Exciting player that could develop into an up-the-middle defender with top-of-the-order bat.

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Jack Flaherty | SS | Harvard-Westlake HS (Studio City, CA)
Ht/Wt:6-4/200 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: North Carolina

Snapshot: Five-tool player with shortstop actions and the potential for above-average hit and power. Ultimate size will determine SS/3B home -- impact talent at either spot.

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Stone Garrett | OF | George Ranch HS (Sugar Land, TX)
Ht/Wt:6-2/190 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Vanderbilt

Snapshot: Slasher profile at the plate with plus playable speed and ability to grind out at bats. Chance for five average or better tools, with speed and hit carrying.

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Jacob Gatewood | SS | Clovis HS (Clovis, CA)
Ht/Wt:6-5/190 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Southern California

Snapshot: Rare bat speed/leverage combo allows some to project plus-plus power, long term. Could be strong defender at third with easy arm strength. One of the highest ceilings in the draft class.

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Monte' Harrison | OF | Lee's Summit West HS (Lee's Summit, MO)
Ht/Wt:6-4/200 | B/T: B/R | Commitment: Nebraska

Snapshot: Three-sport standout with two-sport (football/baseball) offer for the Huskers. Top tier athlete growing into baseball profile. Some feel for barrel and speed/arm already shine.

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Derek Hill | OF | Elk Grove HS (Elk Grove, CA)
Ht/Wt:6-2/182 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: N/A

Snapshot: Has shown knack for hard contact throughout summer, with stock rising throughout. Excellent feel in center field, including reads, routes, and ability to close. Highlight waiting to happen.

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Scott Hurst | OF | Bishop Amat Memorial HS (Glendora, CA)
Ht/Wt:6-0/175 | B/T: L/R | Commitment: Cal St. Fullerton

Snapshot: Right field arm with speed and improving routes/reads giving him a chance at a center field profile. Shows some pull-side power through high-effort swing and solid bat speed.

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Alex Jackson | C/3B/OF | Rancho Bernardo HS (San Diego, CA)
Ht/Wt:6-2/210 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Oregon

Snapshot: Baseball Prospectus Prospect of the Year Award recipient can impact the game on both sides. Sub 1.9 pops with athleticism to profile around diamond. Above-average power and chance for plus hit.

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Trenton Kemp | OF | Buchanan HS (Clovis, CA)
Ht/Wt:6-2/188 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Fresno St.

Snapshot: Two-sport athlete (football/baseball) growing his baseball portfolio. Good runner can cover ground in the outfield and shows pull-side power in game. .

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Tyler Kolek | RHP | Shepherd HS (Shepherd, TX)
Ht/Wt:6-5/250 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: N/A

Snapshot: Country-strong righty with lively mid- to upper-90s fastball and power breaker. Hit triple-digits early this summer and shows some of the best swing-and-miss stuff in the class.

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Michael Kopech | RHP | Mount Pleasant HS (Mount Pleasant, TX)
Ht/Wt:6-4/195 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: N/A

Snapshot: Long-limbed low-90s righty can touch mid-90s and throws downhill with deception. Curve flashes above-average already and there's lots of room for growth in size and stuff.

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Jon Littel | OF | Stillwater HS (Stillwater, OK)
Ht/Wt:6-4/195 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Oklahoma St.

Snapshot: Top tier bat shows leverage through hip/shoulder separation -- now pop with more to come. Simple load and compact delivery enables him to drive balls in all four quadrants. Corner defender.

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Keaton McKinney | RHP | Ankeny (Ankeny, IA)
Ht/Wt:6-5/220 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Arkansas

Snapshot: Big, durable build that pounds the zone with low- to mid-90s velocity. Good deception in off-speed draws soft contact and empty swings; breaker will flash.

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Kodi Medeiros | LHP | Waiakea HS (Hilo, HI)
Ht/Wt:6-1/185 | B/T: L/L | Commitment: N/A

Snapshot: Low-90s lefty that will show a promising slider and solid low-80s changeup. Solid improvement through the summer and breakout potential by next spring.

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Bryce Montes de Oca | RHP | Lawrence HS (Lawrence, KA)
Ht/Wt:6-8/265 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Missouri

Snapshot: Recovering from Tommy John surgery -- boasts mid-90s velocity on a steep downhill plane when healthy. Very tough to lift. Projects as durable starter that could blossom with improved secondaries. Will not throw at Classic.

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Brandon Murray | RHP | Hobart HS (Hobart, IN)
Ht/Wt:6-4/200 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: South Carolina

Snapshot: Projectable four-pitch righty that can reach mid-90s in short stints. Some ability to create tough angles, particularly against same-side bats.

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Luis Ortiz | RHP | Sanger HS (Sanger, CA)
Ht/Wt:6-3/205 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: N/A

Snapshot: Low-80s slider is one of the best breaking balls in the class, showing late break and tilt. Easy 92-94 velocity over multiple innings. Will flash a "show me" changeup.

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DJ Peters | OF/1B | Glendora HS (Glendora, CA)
Ht/Wt:6-6/215 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Cal St. Fullerton

Snapshot: Good balance at the plate; solid pop that projects to plus as he hangs strength on his projectable frame. Handles velo and routinely finds the ball with the barrel.

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David Peterson | LHP | Regis Jesuit HS (Denver, CO)
Ht/Wt:6-6/220 | B/T: L/L | Commitment: Oregon

Snapshot: Projectable lefty leads with heavy upper-80s to low-90s fastball and can drop changeup, curve, and slider in any count. Some feel for sequencing and can work both sides.

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Jakson Reetz | C/RHP | Norris HS (Hickman, NE)
Ht/Wt:6-1/190 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Nebraska

Snapshot: Athletic profile still refining on the baseball diamond. Lots of promise behind the plate with starter kit for plus catch-and-throw game. Improving offensive profile.

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Zack Shannon | OF/RHP | Anderson HS (Cincinnati, OH)
Ht/Wt:6-3/225 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Ohio St.

Snapshot: Entered summer as bat-first profile but may be higher upside on mound after showing low-90s velo and potential plus breaker at East Coast Pro. Leveraged swing and chance for plus pop.

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Cameron Varga | RHP | Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (Cincinnati, OH)
Ht/Wt:6-3/205 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: North Carolina

Snapshot: Big, strong build projects well. Low- to mid-90s fastball and power curve give two potential future plus weapons. Aggressive approach with loud stuff.

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Marcus Wilson | OF | JSerra HS (Los Angeles, CA)
Ht/Wt:6-3/175 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Arizona St.

Snapshot: Fairly raw talent that has flashed big upside this summer. When loose, can show good whip in the barrel and drives the gaps. Speed/arm both play. Breakout candidate for spring.

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