Uncommitted 2021 Sr. Showcase - Infielder Analysis


Steve Doherty
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FULLERTON, CALIF. - The second annual SoCal Uncommitted Senior Games took place at Amerige Park home of the Hope International Royals. Over 50 players descended on the downtown Fullerton ballpark to participate in the event that was live streamed to over 100 coaches across the country with many Division II and Division III coaches in attendance since restrictions on their recruiting were lifted on September 1st. 

Players were put through a traditional pro-style workout before playing in a live scout-ball style game in which pitchers faced 5-6 hitters apiece. For several players this was their first opportunity at live baseball action in some time which you would have never known based on their performances. 

In this edition we'll take a look at the uncommitted infielders for the 2021 class. Click on the player name and it will take you to their full profile. 

Kainoa Williams, Westview (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 6-0, 168-pounds. Sturdy frame, some present size, still has room to fill.
Defense:  Relaxed, light on feet, moves well laterally. Clean transfers and glovework.
Arm: RH. INF - 76 mph. Shorter arm action, had a feel for varying slots. Clean elbow spiral.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open stance with a wide base. Leg kick trigger with a level barrel path through the zone.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity. Gap-to-gap currently. Drove the ball well to all fields throughout his round of BP.
Run: 7.09 runner in the 60.

Tyler Vannix, Hart (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 3B/SS
Body: 6-0, 155-pounds. Long, wiry, room to fill out.
Defense:  Bouncy, moved around to both sides with ease. Fielded balls in rhythm.
Arm: RH. INF - 74 mph. Longer arm stroke but gets up on time consistently.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open stance with leg kick trigger. Stays through the zone with a level bat path
Power: 85 mph exit velocity. Power will continue to develop as the frame starts to fill out.
Run: 7.52 runner in the 60. 

Dominic Carnes, El Camino Real Charter  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-9, 155-pounds. Athletic, proportional frame with some visible strength. Room to fill in.
Defense:  Athletic, bouncy, light on feet. Moved and fielded well to both sides.
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. Short, quick arm that will stick up the middle. 79MPH infield velocity.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open stance with a quiet head and small leg kick trigger Stays on the ball for an extended amount of time allowing for him to use the whole field.
Power: Peak exit velocity of 96 MPH via Trackman. Stayed gap to gap during his round, but the ability to hit the ball hard is there.
Run: 7.53 runner in the 60.

Nick Rocha, Eastlake  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-11, 170-pounds. Athletic, sturdy base, some visible strength.
Defense:  Bouncy, plus lateral quickness and light on feet. Plus actions with the glove.
Arm: RH. INF - 81 mph. Short, clean action, can stick in middle infield.
Hit: RHH. Neutral stance to start with a small leg kick to initiate the swing Barrel slots into position and stays level through the zone.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity. Showed pull side power and had a 2B off the wall during game play.
Run: 7.82 runner in the 60.

Angel Casanova, Olympian (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/OF
Body: 5-10, 140-pounds. Slender, proportional frame with room to fill out.
Defense:  Moved well to both sides, worked around the ball, fielded everything cleanly during defensive workout.
Arm: RH. INF - 69 mph. Clean, short arm action with quick release.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open stance, high leg kick that allows for him to get into his lower half well. Small hand coil during load
Power: Showed some gap to gap power, max exit velocity of 78 MPH via Trackman.
Run: 7.6 runner in the 60.

David Lee, San Juan Hills (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP/2B
Body: 5-10, 150-pounds. Wiry, athletic, with plenty of room to fill out
Defense:  Light on feet, moved well laterally, will need to improve glove work at the next level.
Arm: RH. INF - 80 mph. Quick, clean arm action that plays up the middle
Hit: RHH. Quiet stance with toe tap trigger Level bat path and quick hands lead to plenty of barrels
Power: Max exit velocity of 90 MPH via Trackman. Drove the ball well throughout his round
Run: 7.56 runner in the 60.

Julian Galvan, West Torrance  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/3B
Body: 5-9, 150-pounds. Athletic, compact frame, room to fill out
Defense:  Light on feet, moves laterally well, athlete
Arm: RH. INF - 79 mph. Short, clean and quick arm action that plays up the middle.
Hit: RHH. Rhythmic, quiet stance and load Tight hands lead to quick rotation into contact
Power: Some present pop, will increase with mass, high of 85 MPH exit velocity via Trackman.
Run: 7.52 runner in the 60.

Victor Pico, Hart  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/2B/OF
Body: 5-8, 155-pounds. Proportional frame with room to fill out.
Defense:  Showed well during defensive workout, moved around fielding balls quickly with relative ease.
Arm: RH.  INF - 77 mph. OF - 81 mph. Short arm action that gets up and out on time. Comes out clean.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open start with low hanging hands. Small leg kick and hand hitch helps store energy to be released during the swing.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity. Power potential is there when the body is sequenced right.
Run: 7.51 runner in the 60.

Dylan Nieto, Capistrano Valley  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 6-2, 160-pounds. Long frame with plenty of room to add mass
Defense:  Rangy, light on feet and moves around quickly. Glove showed well during the defensive workout.
Arm: RH. INF - 81 mph. Compact, whippy arm action that plays up the middle.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open to start with a quiet leg lift and load. Level barrel path through the zone.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity from the tee. Power will continue to develop with added size and strength.
Run: 7.61 runner in the 60.

Elias Gomez, St. Paul (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 5-11, 165-pounds. Proportional, athletic, room to fill out and add mass.
Defense:  Showed very well during his defensive workout. Solid lateral range and clean actions.
Arm: RH. INF - 74 mph. Longer arm stroke coming from a low slot.
Hit: RHH. Open to start with a rhythmic load and go. Slight hitch creates barrel whip but can cause it to lag at times.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity. Gap to gap power with more to come with added size.
Run: 7.47 runner in the 60.

Jake Ricci, Edison (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-2, 165-pounds. Solid base, room to fill out, proportional.
Defense:  Fielded everything cleanly during his defensive workout. Quick transfer and throw skills and showed the ability to move to all sides.
Arm: RH. INF - 73 mph. Longer arm action coming from a ¾ slot. Can improve on repeating arm action consistently.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open stance with a small toe tap trigger. Tight barrel turn with a level barrel path.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity. Gap to gap power that plays best when he’s driving the ball on a line.
Run: 7.87 runner in the 60.

Zabian Nila, Etiwanda (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-1, 175-pounds. Athletic, solid base, room to fill out and add mass.
Defense:  Bounced around fielding balls to both sides well. Performed well with the glove, can benefit from working on transfer skills.
Arm: RH. INF - 73 mph. Lower slot, slightly late getting up at foot plant.
Hit: LHH. Slightly open to start, leg kick timing mechanism. Slight uppercut allows for him to lift the ball to pull the side.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity. Showed power to his pull side, will continue to develop with added size and strength.
Run: 8.03 runner in the 60. 

Gianvito Carriglio, Palma (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 1B/RHP
Body: 6-1, 180-pounds. Medium frame with present athleticism. Room for gains.
Hit: LHH. Lines straight up with feet at stance with active hands. Leg kick trigger. Barrel tips in load. Whippy bat that's on an uphill plane. Coils well. Middle of the field approach.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity. Fills the gaps with line drives. Stronger to the pull side.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. Short and whippy arm out of the 3/4 slot. Mostly accurate throws especially on DPs.
Defense: Stays low to ground and fields out in front. Clean footwork. Exchanges can be improved.
Run: 8.1 runner in the 60. 

Sean Gaea, St. May's (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 1B/OF
Body: 6-3, 190-pounds. Long and lengthy build with a medium frame. 
Hit: LHH. Stands upright, slightly closed, with a low hand set up. Mild leg lift trigger. Starts load early. Has a slight barrel tip. Compact swing with good barrel control. Lifts bat through the zone for a more uphill plane. Middle-pullside approach.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity. Present pullside power. Sat around 70-74 mph in bat speed and averaged 23.4 gs of rotational acceleration which are both above average.
Arm: RH. INF - 69 mph. Short and wristy arm action that is quick to release out of the low 3/4 slot. Mostly accurate to the bag.
Defense: Smooth and fluid footwork. Light on his feet. Clean glove exchanges.
Run: 7.89 runner in the 60. 

Aaron Garcia, Olympian  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 6-1, 230-pounds. Large and sturdy frame with present strength
Hit: RHH. Stands slightly open. Pre-engaged with back side. Active hands in stance. Gets foot down early. Quick compact stroke. Flat-uphill swing path. Pull side approach.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity. Bat speed is there and uses lower half well. Pull side power is present especially on high pitches.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. INF - 83 mph.  At catcher that arm action is short and whippy. Slower to release. Throws were good when he got extended but flashed some tail when he wasn't. At 1B was quick to release and made nice throws on his DPs.
Defense: At catcher showed clean exchanges and footwork. Wide base. Provides a big target. At 1B looked comfortable with good footwork and soft hands showing an ability to pick it. One of the better 1Bs at the event.
Run: 7.98 runner in the 60. 

Jackson Gifford, Harbor (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 3B/OF
Body: 5-11, 190-pounds. Strong athletic build with present strength
Hit: RHH. Slightly open with bat resting on his shoulder at stance. Smaller leg raise trigger. Compact handsy stroke that is direct to the ball. Turns tight as hands stay connected to the body throughout swing. Flat swing path.
Power: 99 mph exit velocity. Present wall ball power. Coils well. Bat speed average of 72.1 mph and Rotational Acceleration average of 18.2 gs are above average for his level and show high power ceiling. Homerun in BP.
Arm: RH. INF - 78 mph. OF - 77 mph. Short and compact arm action from both INF/OF. Higher release. Accurate throws from both positions and flashed some carry.
Defense: Athletic movements at both positions. Comes through the ball well in the OF using momentum. Clean glove exchanges.
Run: 7.47 runner in the 60. 

Tommy Italia, St. Francis (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/3B
Body: 6-1, 195-pounds. Large frame with present strength and athleticism.
Hit: LHH. Sets up with a wide base and is slightly open. Active hands. Small leg raise trigger. Hands get good separation with front leg. Smooth stroke that has some barrel lift for an uphill path. Used the whole field in BP.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity. Present gap to gap power. Rotational acceleration average of 17.1 gs shows more power potential with bat speed gains.
Arm: RH. INF - 82 mph. OF - 81 mph. Arm played well at both spots. Throws flashed life and were accurate at both spots. Was quick to release in the INF.
Defense: Moved well in both the INF and OF. Played through the ball in the outfield and took good angles. Looked sharp in the INF. Had clean quick feet and got to good positions to field the GBs. Smooth glove exchanges on GBs.
Run: 7.37 runner in the 60. 

Anthony Beau Manuel, Gahr (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 2B/1B
Body: 5-9, 180-pounds. Medium sturdy frame with present strength.
Hit: RHH. Even base with low hanging hands in stance. Small leg lift trigger. Gets hands into strong scalp pullback position. Accelerates to and through the ball on a more upward path. Middle of the field approach.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity. Gap to gap power. Filled both gaps with LDs in BP. Had the highest rotational acceleration average of the event with 35 gs.
Arm: RH. INF - 65 mph. Short quick arm action out of the H 3/4 slot. Slower to release but made accurate throws. Ability to throw from different angles when needed.
Defense: Clean glove work and decent footwork. Takes the right angles and moves well laterally.
Run: 8.06 runner in the 60. 

Jose Marquez, Bishop Amat  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 1B/RHP
Body: 6-3, 220-pounds. Large sturdy frame. Present strength in legs.
Hit: RHH. Open and even balanced at stance with hands right below the ear.  Hands are direct to the ball for a more compact stroke. Flatter path to the ball. Catches the ball deep in the zone. Middle of the field approach.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity. Line drive gap to gap power. Good feel for the barrel. Power is there when out in front.
Arm: RH. INF - 80 mph. Short whippy arm at 1B. Gets to release fast and made accurate throws especially on DP's.
Defense: Good athletic movements for a bigger guy. Clean footwork and light on his feet. Gets low to the ball and pops up quick to make throws.
Run: 8.02 runner in the 60. 

Aaron Ruvalcaba, Chatsworth  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 3B/1B
Body: 6-0, 200-pounds. Large sturdy build with present strength in his upper and lower body.
Hit: LHH. Wide even base, slightly open and relaxed hands in stance. Strong smooth stroke. Gets hands in a good launch position to work up towards the ball. High bat to ball skills with good feel for the barrel. Works the whole field.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity. Current wall ball power with over the fence power potential. Reached a peak 75.2 mph bat speed in BP round. Multiple exit velos that were 90+ in BP. Pounded two LD singles in game action.
Arm: RH. INF - 72 mph. Longer arm action out of the 3/4 slot. Slower to release. Average velo. All throws were accurate in the workout.
Defense: Clean footwork. Light on his feet for his size. Glove skills could improve. Comfortable on the move.
Run: 8.29 runner in the 60.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Norcal Uncommitted Senior Games CA 09/26 Islanders Field
Norcal Underclass ID Showcase CA 10/10 Islanders Field - Lathrop
SoCal Underclass I.D. Camp CA 10/10 Great Park
SoCal Upperclass I.D. Camp CA 10/10 Great Park
SoCal Underclass I.D. Camp II CA 10/11 Great Park
SoCal Upperclass I.D. Camp II CA 10/11 Great Park


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