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August 24, 2013

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Under Armour All-American Game: Note Sheet

by Nick J. Faleris


I'll be at Wrigley Field along with Chris King (@StatsKing) for this afternoon's Under Armour All-America Game -- an all-star game showcasing some of the top draft-eligible amateur baseball talent in the US), as well as some eligible-to-sign talent from theDominican Republic and even a couple of the top underclass talents (2015-eligible). For those tuning-in to watch the game on MLB Network, starting at 2:30pm Eastern, here's a note sheet covering each of today's player participants, and even some space for you to take your own notes at home while you watch along.

National Squad (Alphabetical)

Dazmon Cameron | OF | Eagle's Landing Christian Academy (McDonough, GA)
Ht/Wt:6-1/184 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: N/A

Snapshot: One of two 2015-eligible talents showcased today. Will flash all five tools. Drives gaps with more pop to come. Current center fielder with chance to stick there. Impressive feel for the game. Son of Mike.

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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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Luke Dykstra | INF | Westlake HS (Westlake Village, CA)
Ht/Wt:6-1/190 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Hawai'i

Snapshot: Future second baseman will flash pull side power and shows ability for loud gap-to-gap contact. Solid infield actions with comfort around the bag. Son of Lenny; brother of Cutter.
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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 solid breaker and change-up.

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Nelson Gomez | INF | Puerto Plata (DR)
Ht/Wt:6-2/195 | B/T: R/R | Eligible to sign 2014
Snapshot: High effort swing produces now pop to the pull side and the potential for future plus raw. Comfortable around infield but may fit best at the hot corner, long term. Keep in mind almost two years younger the other event participants.

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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. Natural player with fluid actions. Low-90s velo with plus breaker. Son of Tom "Flash".

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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. Will also shows a 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. One of the best power arsenals in the draft class.

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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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Corbin Martin | OF | Cypress Ranch HS (Cypress, TX)
Ht/Wt:6-3/185 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Texas A&M

Snapshot: Developing power bat that will already show some raw pop in BP. Solid approach at plate and feel for the barrel. Likely profiles defensively to an outfield corner, long term.

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Micah Miniard | RHP | Boyle County HS (Danville, KY)
Ht/Wt:6-7/205 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Western Kentucky

Snapshot: Long-limbed righty currently sitting upper-80s to low-90s with his fastball, and plenty of room for more velo down the line. Curve flashes above average. Creates tough angles.

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Alexis Pantoja | INF | Puerto Rico Baseball Academy HS (Gurabo, PR)
Ht/Wt:6-0/155 | B/T: L/R | Commitment: N/A

Snapshot: Flat, linedrive swing that can produce hard contact when he squares. Projects up-the-middle defensively and comes with fair amount of physical projection remaining. Helium candidate for spring.

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Alexander Paredes | OF | La Romana (DR)
Ht/Wt:6-2/170 | B/T: R/R | Eligible to sign in 2014

Snapshot: Top level talent in 2014 J2 class. Lots of projection with big offensive upside. Can come around contact but ball jumps when he squares. Body will determine position, but chance to stick in center field.

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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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Gilberto Rodriguez | C | Puerto Rico Baseball Academy HS (Gurabo, PR)
Ht/Wt:5-10/180 | B/T: B/R | Commitment: N/A

Snapshot: Solid defender can show sub-2.0 pop times to second. Natural loft in his swing but power plays more gap-to-gap right now. Upside play that could take a nice step forward this spring.

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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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‚ÄčAlex Verdugo | LHP/OF | Sahuaro HS (Tucson, AZ)
Ht/Wt:6-1/200 | B/T: L/L | Commitment: Arizona State
Snapshot: True two-way talent is top level prospect in outfield and on the mound. Right right field arm and corner power to match. Lively fastball plays in the low-90s. Will show two distinct curves and shows feel for a change-up.

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American Squad (Alphabetical)

Alec Brown | RHP | Fox Lane HS (Bedford, NY)
Ht/Wt:6-2/240 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: N/A

Snapshot: Big burly body currently sitting mid-80s with the fastball. Has seen good growth in fastball over past 12 months. Will mix in a low-70s curve with solid shape.

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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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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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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. Can sacrifice contact selling out for pop. Could be strong defender at third with easy arm strength. One of the highest ceilings in the draft class.

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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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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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Sam Hentges | LHP/1B | Mounds View HS (Arden Hills, MN)
Ht/Wt:6-6/240 | B/T: L/L | Commitment: N/A
Snapshot: Big-bodied lefty with imposing presence that belies current below-average fastball. Athleticism and frame allow evaluators to project growth in stuff. Interesting follow for spring.

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Grant Hockin | RHP | Damien HS (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
Ht/Wt:6-3/192 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: UCLA

Snapshot: Present low-90s fastball can creep to 94 mph. Shows a hard slider, curve, and change-up with late split-action drop. Projects to durable four-pitch starter and easy arm could lead to jump in stuff this spring.

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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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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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Ryan Johnson | OF/1B | College Station HS (College Station, TX)
Ht/Wt:6-3/215 | B/T: L/R | Commitment: N/A

Snapshot: Top tier power prospect in the 2015 draft class. Big, sturdy build and good athlete for size. Still learning to use whole field, offensively. High follow for 2015.

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Alex Lange | RHP | Lee's Summit West HS (Lee's Summit, MO)
Ht/Wt:6-3/215 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Louisiana State

Snapshot: Durable righty sitting comfortably in the low-90s and capable of reaching 94/95 mph. Slider shows tilt and hard action, flashing plus already.

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Milton Ramos | INF | American Heritage HS (Delray Beach, FL)
Ht/Wt:6-1/160 | B/T: R/R | Commitment: Florida Atlantic

Snapshot: Fluid up-the-middle defender shows confident actions in the field and at the plate. Potential to stick at short. Quick line drive bat that can work the whole field.

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Willie Rios | LHP | St. Bernard HS (Montville, CT)
Ht/Wt:6-0/180 | B/T: B/L | Commitment: Maryland

Snapshot: Under-sized lefty has shown four pitches and reached 94 mph this summer. Fastball generally works upper-80s to low-90s, Curve works 1-to-7 and can flash. Good athlete.

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Carson Sands | LHP | North Florida Christian (Tallahassee, FL)
Ht/Wt:6-4/205 | B/T: L/L | Commitment: Florida State

Snapshot: Highly projectable lefty with low-90s fastball and good feel for his off-speed. Curve with flash hard bite. Helium candidate for spring.

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Tim Susnara | C | St. Francis HS (Mountain View, CA)
Ht/Wt:6-0/185 | B/T: L/R | Commitment: Oregon

Snapshot: Take charge backstop moves well behind the plate and is capable of pop times in the 1.9 to 2.0 range. Will flash some pop and generates hard contact through a quick, compact stroke.

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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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