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April 16, 2014

Draft Ten Pack

More from NHSI and Two Big College Names

by Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff


This week we finish up with some trailing NHSI reports (last week’s Ten Pack had notes on ten participants), hit some more high school kids, and provide an introduction to FIU backstop Aramis Garcia and an update on FSU ace Luke Weaver.

Michael Rivera, C/3B, Venice (Venice, FL) | Commit: Florida


Rivera had some of the hardest contact I saw through my days in Cary, including a couple solid fly outs against potential first rounder Mac Marshall (LHP, Gainesville (Gainesville, GA)) and a line drive out to second. He finished the event with a 5-for-12 line, one double, one walk and no strikeouts, and put together consistently aggressive but balanced at bats. He can gear up and gear down depending on the situation and there is some pop in the swing, though he isn’t strong enough yet to fully tap into it. Behind the dish (video) Rivera plays well in the dirt and gets the job done in the catch-and-throw department, but he didn’t stand out in any particular facet during this event. The biggest concern at this point is the body, which is a little soft with a danger of ballooning if not kept in check. Still, it’s a potential five-five bat if everything comes together, and he shows enough comfort behind the plate to give him a chance to stick at the two spot long term. He has shown (and I have seen) a plus arm and pop times in the past, though I did not witness it this go-round at NHSI. Rivera is still an early-round candidate for teams willing to look past the body, and should he head to Gainesville he’ll have a chance to make an immediate impact. —Nick J. Faleris

Benito Santiago, C, Coral Springs Christian (Coral Springs, FL) | Commit: Tennessee
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Santiago continues to move closer to signing round than college-bound, with his NHSI performance showing positive steps forward. Defensively, he has tightened his receiving since the summer and shows a solid catch-and-throw game (video), though he remains loose in his transfer and in his side-to-side actions. He is a good athlete who should continue to mature into a solid to above average defensive backstop, but ideally we would like to see a little more in the way of established skill set when talking about a potential early-round catcher. The offensive upside is clear, including the chance for a little bit of pop, though the Tennessee commit struggled to adjust to off-speed and his pitch identification lagged some in these showings. He’s a future pro; the question is whether he finds the right suitor to put a suitable bonus in front of him. If not, he could mature into a solid top-three-round talent after a few years in Knoxville. —Nick J. Faleris

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