Prep Baseball Report

2018 FL All State Games: Two-Way Player Breakdown

Doug Freeman
Florida Scouting Director

Saturday, July 28th at Alex Rodriguez Park at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, the top high school prospects ranging from the 2019-2022 classes participated in the 2018 Florida All-State Games. The 2018 Florida All-State Games featured draft talent, numerous Division 1 recruits, and some of the top uncommitted underclassman in the state.

Over the course of the next few weeks we will break down each and every player, position by position. Today, we break down each of the two-way players from the event:

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Casey Daiss RHP / 1B / TNXL Academy, FL / 2019

Uncommitted. Big, strong frame standing at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds. Defensively, he has solid all around actions at first. Offensively, there is some length, but shows pull side power. He has the most potential on the mound. The fastball didn’t have the same velocity, but overall has a better tempo and the arm work clean, free and easy,creating a natural downhill plane at 84-86 mph. Could benefit from a somewhat longer stride, but the feel for a curveball with depth at 75-79 mph. Overall, the arm works and has present feel with ability to have more velocity which makes him one of the top uncommitted 2019 arms in the state.   


Armani Davis LHP / OF / NSU University School , FL / 2019

The 5-foot-10, 170 pound OF/LHP showed athletic actions in the outfield with natural instincts. Showed accurate throws, with carry, that topped out at 83 mph. Offensively, the left handed hitter has a leg kick trigger and still hands. Clears the backside and has a strong and balanced lower half. Aggressive through the zone and showed some pull side power during BP. Ran a 4.67 home to first time. 


Jaden Bruno RHP / OF / American Heritage, FL / 2020

Stanford recruit. Currently stands at 6-foot-3, 175 pounds with a tall, projectable frame. Fastball was mostly 85-88 mph with a live arm. While he tends to still land somewhat online, he shown better overall direction down the mound. The feel to pitch has continued to improve and overall, the present tools and frame give him a projectable and high ceiling. Offensively, there is potential as well. He has a compact, repeatable and level path through the zone.  Had a hard hit single in the game. High ceiling athlete with overall projection.  


Aiden Williams LHP / 1B / Marjory Stoneman Douglas, FL / 2021

Uncommitted, the 5-foot-11, 155 pound 1B/LHP is one of the younger arms in attendance. He has a simple and mechanically sound delivery. Landing in line, he works down the mound well. Throwing from a low 3/4 slot, he has some life on the fastball that ranged from 74-76 mph and showed a curveball that is 63-64 and changeup worked 64-65 mph.  


Payton McIntosh RHP / SS / Martin County, FL / 2019

Uncommitted. Currently stands at 5-foot-10, 175 pounds with a lean, athletic frame. Defensively, the middle infielder shows athletic actions, working under control with present range and athleticism. He has a quick and clean transfer and topped out at 80 mph. Offensively, the athleticism translates and has a level path, looking to drive the ball to the pull side. Has present bat speed and offensive upside, with an exit velocity of 88 mph. On the mound, again the athleticism plays well. Repeats delivery and showed a feel for three pitches. A fastball that ranged from 80-82, a changeup from 74-75 and a curveball from 70-71 mph.  


Sebastian Bentz LHP / 1B / Elite Squad Baseball Academy, FL / 2020

Uncommitted. Tall, projectable frame standing at 6-foot-3, 196 pounds. Offensively, he showed some natural loft and power potential from the left side, there is some length, but also natural strength. Also had a balanced and strong lower half.  On the mound, he works from an offset stretch. He has a high leg kick and high front side which create some deception. The arm works fairly clean and gets to extension, working downhill. The fastball worked 77-78 mph, while the changeup was his best offspeed pitch showing feel at 73-74 mph. He tended to get around the curveball and will improve as he gets to extension and begins to throw the pitch somewhat harder than the 61-62 mph. Overall, there is upside and struck out one in his inning of work. 


Ryan Bruno LHP / OF / American Heritage, FL / 2020

Stanford recruit. Currently ranked No. 15 in the Florida 2020 Class. Currently stands at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds with a very projectable, athletic frame. Continues to make strides in repeating his delivery and trending upwards. The arm is electric and was up to 89 mph, striking out two during the game. Everything has a lot of potential, but his best offspeed pitch was the changeup, which he showed a feel for at 75-76 mph. The curveball worked 73-74 mph. Also, had a hard hit line drive to center. Overall, he has high level arm talent and athleticism and continued strength to go with innings pitch should see continued jumps in both command and velocity. Overall, very high ceiling and potential 2020 draft follow.  


William Hagen 1B / RHP / Eau Gallie, FL / 2021

Uncommitted. Strong, solid frame standing at 6-foot, 210 pounds. Solid all around dfender at first base. Offensively, he has a lot of present strength. He could access more lower half strength with a somewhat longer stride, but he shows the ability to consistently find the barrel, flashing present pull side power. Overall, there is offensive upside with power potential. On the mound, he worked a clean, 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. He has a fastball that worked 73-75 mph and a changeup at 70-72 mph.  


Alexander Sousa OF / RHP / Cypress Bay, FL / 2020

Uncommitted. Currently stands at 6-foot, 175 pounds with a lean, athletic frame. Defensively, he has athletic range in the outfield. Has a high crow hop on his throws which he could cut down some to have a quicker release, but overall accurate and topping out at 78 mph. Offensively, he has a toe tap trigger and does not load the hands. He has a strong, wide and balanced base. The hands can get roational at times, but when he works through the ball to extension he shows a level path through the zone which also translated to a hard hit double in the game, with some present feel for the barrell. On the mound, he featured a fastball ranging from 76-77 mph and a curveball a 71-72 mph.  


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