Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic High (CA)
Elite physicality, quick-twitch athleticism, has some growing into his body to do, can struggle at times—particularly in the field—to harness his quickness and strength; plus range at short, quick feet, top-shelf mobility, fielding actions will get a little quick and jabby, electric field-and-transfer, shows quality footwork around the bag; above-average arm strength, sloppy mechanics, below-average accuracy on the move; lacks innate smoothness and feel of a shortstop, athleticism to give it a go anyway; high leg kick, balanced off back side, simple load, creates torque, plus bat speed; lower half gets too quick, back knee will fold and he’ll lose his hips, becomes an arms swing; leverage to the pull side, bat speed and strength projection for above-average, potentially plus raw depending on how he fills out; advanced approach, flashes command of the zone, patient hitter, average or better hit and power tool potential; plus-plus runner, 4.04 from the right side, very quickly into second gear, stole second comfortably on a 1.27 pitcher and 2.0 pop; disruptive baserunner, aggressive, manufactures extra bases and pressures defenses.
Lewis boasts a bag full of raw tools (emphasis: raw), and he shows enough flashes of them in-game to project on the side of optimism for eventual translation of tools into premium talent. There’s some golden retriever puppy effect to him, where he hasn’t quite learned how to harness his quick-twitch athleticism or refine it into controlled fluidity, but that day will come. He has the physical tools to play shortstop, though the fielding actions are quite raw along with a combination of arm strength that is more alright than asset and spotty mechanics on the run may ultimately force him to center field.
Hagen Danner, RHP, Huntington Beach High School (CA)
Projectable frame, fluid, present strength with more to come; tall on the rubber, stays tall into high leg kick, steep and unbalanced, spine tilt with high, closed front shoulder; deep arm action, plus arm speed to high three-quarters slot, creates moderate deception and quality plane; mild lower-half deceleration to strike, can lose upper-lower sync, projection to smooth out into repeatable progression; clean deceleration; fastball 91-92 (t93), projection for a couple more ticks; hard, boring pitch, can pound it to the bottom of the zone, flashes glove-side command, showed cut variant at 88-90; curveball 75-79, 11-5 shape, two-plane movement, quality depth with late snap, works it into the zone effectively, advanced feel to manipulate shape, potential to work in and out of zone, plus projection; handful of changeups in bullpen sessions, mild fade, quality angle with room to develop; stiff, mechanical swing, complex load, rigid back elbow, reasonably short into the zone; leg kick, front side sets early and limits ability to adjust off-speed, highly leveraged swing, hips clear early, uppercut with extension to high two-handed finish, pull-side stroke looks to lift and separate.
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