Florida State Games 17U Day Three and Playoff Recap


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The 17U playoffs featured a 6-team format with the top 2 teams getting a bye. Florida Burn Beisner earned the 1-seed and Southern Squeeze took the 2-seed. Quarter final matchups took place at the end of Day 3, with Ostingers Baseball Academy handling West Coast 9 Devils 11-1 and Tampa Terror Stealth outhitting Florida Burn Platinum 9-5.

In the semis, Ostingers drew the 1-seed Florida Burn Beisner. Behind the big bats of 3B Brock Wilken and IF Mac Jorgensen, Ostingers took the lead in the 1st. Florida Burn responded with 2 in the 2nd but couldn’t generate enough offense in the late innings off of Ostingers RHP Zach DeVito to keep up with the potent Ostingers offense. Ostingers moved on to the championship by a score of 11-4. In the other semi-final, Southern Squeeze faced Tampa Terror Stealth. The SQZ, paced by athletic SS Ben Abernathy and C Campbell Cleveland, went on to beat Tampa Terror Stealth by a score of 9-4 to advance to the championship.

In the championship, Ostingers gave the ball to West Virginia commit LHP Ethan Jones. SQZ jumped out to a 1st inning lead, notching 2 off Jones. Ostingers responded to take the lead in the 2nd with a 3-run inning that featured a Tyler Castelli triple. After the 1st, Jones and the rest of the committee the Ostingers threw in the championship quieted the hot Southern Squeeze bats. Back to back doubles by big standout Brock Wilken and strong, athletic left-handed hitting OF Ahmad Fitts gave Ostingers some insurance in the 6th. With a final of 6-3, Ostingers Baseball Academy took home the 2019 Florida State Games title to cap an impressive run in the 17U division.

Below we take a look at some standouts from Day three and the playoffs. For the full schedule and scores CLICK HERE

Florida Burn 2020 Beisner 

Jake Griffith OF / 1B / Fort Myers, FL / 2020

Strong and athletic frame at 6 foot and 190 pounds. Has short arm action with carry and accuracy. Average hands with good footwork and clean exchange and good 1st step with some range. Balanced approach at the plate from the left side with smooth load and hits line drives with some pull side power. Level bat path with extension and good rhythm.

 

 

Zac Calhoon OF / 3B / Venice, FL / 2020

Strong and athletic frame at 6 foot 1 inch and 195 pounds. Loose arm action with some carry and accuracy on throws. Plays through the ball with a good exchange and decent footwork.  Balanced approach at the plate from the left side and stays level with his bat path and gets extension. Hits the gap to gap with average bat speed. 


 

Scorpions West 2020

Jason Scott SS / 2B / Sarasota, FL / 2020

Strong and athletic frame at 6 foot and 175.Has short arm action with carry and accuracy. Average hands with good footwork and clean exchange. Has a long stride but balanced approach at the plate with smooth load and hits line drives with some pull side power. Level bat path with extension and good rhythm.

 

 

 

Nolan Miller C / RHP / Sarasota, FL / 2020

Athletic and lanky frame at 5 foot 11 inches and 160 pounds. Moves well behind the plate with blocking balls in the center of his body and receives with strong hands.  Has some carry on his throws and carry with pop times to 2nd at 2.0-2.1 with accuracy. Balanced approach at the plate with rhythm and smooth load while using the lower half well.  Has a level bat path with gap to gap power and average bat speed and barrel awareness. 

 

 

 

Beast Mode Prime 17U

Anthony Figueroa OF / LHP / Miami Beach senior high, FL / 2020

Uncommitted. Small frame at 5’9 150 but uses all of it efficiently to produce an 87-89 MPH fastball. Fiery quick arm and creates a lot of torque with a good lower half. High ¾ slot with some arm side run. Struggled to command FB and 77 MPH BB that had above average depth and tightness. Changeup at 79. 

 

 

 

Satchel Norman C / OF / Sarasota, FL / 2021

Florida State commit. Young exciting player only going into junior year. Advanced approach at the plate with plus feel for the game. Short swing with great bat speed and extension. Gap to gap power as of now but will become more of a power threat as he adds to his 5’11 170 frame. Solid defender with good actions and above average arm. Played 2B and could stick in the IF instead of behind the plate.

 

 

 

Tennessee Raiders

Carter Sides RHP / 1B / The McCallie School , TN / 2020

Strong and athletic frame and has short arm action with average strength and accuracy. Average hands with good footwork and clean exchange, work on lateral range. Has a long stride but balanced approach at the plate with smooth load and hits line drives with some pull side power, has problem with chasing off speed out of the zone, but hits fastballs well. Level bat path with extension and good rhythm.

 

 

 

Ostingers 2020

Brock Wilken 3B / C / Bloomingdale, FL / 2020

Wake Forest commit. Wilken has been the biggest offensive standout in the 17U division all weekend. Plus frame at 6’4 210. Plus power and above average to plus hit tool. Showed slight tendency to chase high FB. He starts tall and sinks into swing well with great separation. Plus bat speed. Moves well defensively with a strong arm.

 

 

 

Macallister Jorgensen SS / 2B / Riverview, FL / 2020

Uncommitted but not for long. Top 5 overall player on the weekend in 17U. Was finding barrel almost every at bat. Solid athletic build. Smooth defensive actions, quick hands and an above average arm. Showed great ability to keep hands in and through the zone to produce very little swings and misses. Good bat speed and above average athlete. 

 

 

 

Figs 17U

Carlos Lopez / N/A, FL / 2020

Athletic frame with room for growth. Has above average hands with an average arm with accuracy and some carry. Moves fluid with his foot work and has a great 1st step  and plays through the ball. Balanced approach at the plate with a smooth and easy load that stays level with bat path through the zone. Hits line drives with good extension and has great barrel awareness.

 

 

Edwin Melendez C / Osceola, FL / 2022

Athletic and strong frame and has a strong arm that has some carry and accuracy. Average footwork and clean exchange with pop times at 1.95-2.0. Moves well laterally when blocking and has strong hands receiving. Balanced approach at the plate with a smooth load and level bat path. Hits gap to gap with pull side power. 

 

 

CBC Elite

Michael Guerrero RHP / N/A, PR / 2020

Big frame at 6’4 with long arms. Plus projectability. Used minimal effort to pump 86-87 with arm side run. 74-77 BB that he struggled to get down in the zone. Stayed away from the middle of the plate. Lost command of both pitches in the middle innings but regained in the 5th and 6th. High energy kid with a clean loose arm.

 

 

 

Southern Squeeze

Ben Abernathy SS / RHP / Hayden, AL / 2020

Athletic frame at 5 foot 11 inches and 165 pounds with room for growth. Has above average hands with an average arm with accuracy and some carry. Moves fluid with his foot work and has a great 1st step  and plays through the ball. Balanced approach at the plate with a smooth and easy load that stays level with bat path through the zone. Hits line drives with good extension and has great barrel awareness.

 

 

 

 

Jay Thomason 3B / 1B / Auburn, AL / 2020

Strong and athletic frame at 6 foot and 180 pounds. Has short arm action with average strength and accuracy. Average hands with good footwork and clean exchange, work on lateral range. Has a long stride but balanced approach at the plate with smooth load and hits line drives with some pull side power. Level bat path with extension and good rhythm.

 

 

 

Florida Burn 2020 Little

Ryan Kohn 1B / RHP / Spanish RIver High School, FL / 2020

Strong frame at 6 foot 4 inches and 230 pounds. A move well for a big body with average arm and accuracy, has a clean exchange and has fluid footwork around 1st base, but needs work laterally. Balanced approach at the plate with smooth load and hits gap to gap with some pull side power. Level bat path and gets good extension and good barrel awareness.

 

 

 

Empire Baseball 17U Tunnell

Nolan Zepp 1B / OF / Northside, FL / 2020

Strong frame at 6 foot 3 inches and 235 pounds. Moves well for a big body with average arm and accuracy, has a clean exchange and has fluid footwork. Balanced approach at the plate with smooth load and hits gap to gap with some pull side power. Level bat path and gets good extension and good barrel awareness. 

 

 

 

Top Tier Roos American

Henry Politz C / 1B / Jesuit, FL / 2020

Big frame at 6’3 230. Will stick at 1B. The Tampa Jesuit prepper has big power potential from the left side. Great bat speed and level bat path. Moves pretty well for his size. Calm approach with loose hands. Worked the middle of the field well.

 

 

 

Ian Brown RHP / 3B / Berkeley Prep, FL / 2020

Nothing overpowering but knows how to pitch with great feel. Commanded the zone with 78-81 FB and snapped off and above average BB with a lot of depth at 68 MPH. Complete game, maintained velocity throughout.

 

 

 

FCA

Zach Beolet 1B / 2B / Melbourne Central Catholic, FL / 2020

Effort and passion stood out. Wiry, quick feet with smooth actions at 3B. Above average arm strength. Good speed plays to his contact oriented approach. Quick bat with a compact swing. 

 

 

 

Elite Squad Prospects

Hunter D'Amato SS / 2B / American Heritage Plantation, FL / 2020

Athletic frame at 5 foot 10 inches and 155 with room for growth. Has short arm action with carry and accuracy. Average hands with good footwork and clean exchange. Has a short stride but balanced approach at the plate with smooth load and hits line drives and good barrel awareness. Level bat path with extension and good rhythm.

 

 

D'Mani Scarbriel 3B / 2B / Flanagan, FL / 2020

Athletic frame at 5 foot 10 inches with room for growth. Has above average hands with an average arm with accuracy and some carry. Moves fluid with his foot work and has a great 1st step  and plays through the ball. Balanced approach from the left side at the plate with a smooth and easy load that stays level with bat path through the zone. Hits line drives with good extension and has great barrel awareness.

 

 

 

Gatorball

Tyler Shelnut SS / RHP / Fort White, FL / 2020

Florida commit. Lean athletic frame with a good balanced approach and base at the plate. 86-87 on the mound with an above average BB at 67 that can flash plus. Great command of both pitches.

 

 

 

Florida Burn 2020 Platinum

Bayron Acevedo LHP / Palmetto, FL / 2020

Athletic frame at 6 foot and 165 pounds with room for growth. Has above average hands with an average arm with accuracy and some carry. Moves fluid with his foot work and has a great 1st step  and plays through the ball. Balanced approach at the plate from the left side with a smooth and easy load that stays level with bat path through the zone. Hits line drives with good extension and has great barrel awareness.

 

Matthew Barnhorst SS / OF / Ponte Vedra, FL / 2020

Strong and athletic frame at 6 foot and 175 pounds. Has short arm action with carry and accuracy. Average hands with good footwork and clean exchange with good 1st step. Balanced approach at the plate with smooth load and hits line drives with some pull side power. Level bat path with extension and good rhythm with great barrel awareness.


 

 

Tyler Zylstra RHP / 3B / Port Charlotte, FL / 2020

Athletic and strong frame at 6 foot and 2 inches and 190 pounds. Clean and short arm action and is able to repeat throwing motion. Sitting 85-87 with his fastball working downhill, curveball 68-69 with good 12-6 break, changeup 73-74. Has a ¾ arm slot and throws from the same slot with all pitches and works low in the zone. Good rhythm with a high leg kick  while staying on line to home with delivery.

 

 

 

Pierce Chambers C / 3B / Calvary Christian, FL / 2020

Athletic and strong frame at 6 foot 1 inch and 185 pounds. Has a strong arm that has some  carry and accuracy. Average footwork and clean exchange with pop times at 1.95-2.0. Moves well laterally when blocking and has strong hands receiving. Balanced approach at the plate with a smooth load and level bat path. Hits gap to gap with pull side power.

 

 

 

Tampa Terror Easton

Ross Regan C / OF / Palm Harbor University, FL / 2021

Athletic and lanky frame at 5 foot 6 inches and 130 pound catcher. Moves well behind the plate and has strong hands receiving. Clean exchange on throws with fluid footwork with accuracy with an average arm. Balanced approach at the plate with short load and level bat path through the zone.  Line drive hitter with average bat speed, but finds barrel.

 

 

 

Tampa Terror Stealth

Jacob Von Thaden C / 2020, FL / 2020

Athletic and strong frame at 6 foot 1 inch and 185 pounds. Has a strong arm that has some carry and accuracy. Average footwork and clean exchange with pop times at 1.95-2.0. Moves well laterally when blocking and has strong hands receiving. Balanced approach at the plate with a smooth load and level bat path. Hits gap to gap with pull side power.

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Underclass Games - UCF (Invite Only) FL 06/23 John Euliano Park - Central Florida
Prospect ID - FIU FL 06/29 Infinity Insurance Park - Florida International
Underclass Games - Miami (Invite Only) FL 06/30 Alex Rodriguez Park - University of Miami
Top Prospect Games - Jacksonville (Invite Only) FL 07/06 John Sessions Stadium - Jacksonville University
Prospect ID - UCF FL 07/13 John Euliano Park - Central Florida
Underclass Games - South Florida (Invite Only) FL 07/14 USF Baseball Stadium - South Florida
All-States Games (Invite Only) FL 07/27 Alex Rodriguez Park - University of Miami
Junior Future Games NATIONAL 07/30 LakePoint
2019 PBR Future Games (Florida Invite) FL 07/31 LakePoint - Cartersville, GA
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