Prep Baseball Report

2018 Florida All-State Games 1st Team Announced

Mike Maerz
Director of Florida Operations/Area Scout

On 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.

Today, we will be highlighting those we have made the 1st Team for the 2018 Florida All-State Games. Each team includes two pitchers, two catchers, a first baseman, four middle infielders, a third baseman, three outfielders, and a two-way. Congratulations to the following players:

Irving Carter RHP / Calvary Christian Academy, FL / 2021

Miami recruit. Physical, athletic, durable frame standing at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. Overpowered the three hitters he faced in his inning of work where he struck out two. Fastball sat 88-90 mph, touching 91 while mixing in an 85-86 mph cutter, 71 -72 mph curveball, and a 74-75 mph changeup. He has a powerful presence on the mound and overall a very advanced feel for pitching for his class. He repeats with present athleticism and real arm talent. High ceiling and one of the top pitchers in his class nationally.

Casey Daiss RHP / 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. 

Christian Pregent C / Father Lopez, FL / 2019

Stetson recruit, the 6-foot-2, 200 pound catcher has continued to fill out and add strength. The defensive skillset continues to show above average to plus. He has a strong and accurate arm, with pop times in the 1.85-1.95 range, they were consistently on the bag. He is flexible with strong wrists and shoulders that make him an above average receiver. Overall, he has the toolset to be an above average to plus defensive catcher. Offensively, he uses the strong lower half well to stay balanced throughout the swing. There is present bat speed and pull side power. Overall, was one of the top players on the day.

Roberto Moya C / Monsignor Pace, FL / 2020

Uncommitted, the 6-foot, 200 pound C/OF has a extremely physical frame with strength throughout. Defensively, behind the plate he has some stiffness, but has strength in the wrists and shoulders. To stick behind the plate he will need to add some flexibility, but the hands work and has actions that can play behind the plate at the next level  Pop times ranged form 2.07-2.2. Offensively, he has some of the most pure raw power in the class. He uses the present strength extremely efficiently, firing the backside and clearing it well, he has extremely quick hands and all while staying compact through the zone. This culminated in the days best, 102 mph exit velocity. Overall, the bat plays. He has a chance to be an above average hitter with plus power. He shows enough athleticism in the outfield and the power plays well enough to play a corner outfield position if he does not stay behind the plate. The hit and power combo will make him a high follow and one of the top available bats in the 2020 class. 

Cal Gilliam 1B / Columbia, FL / 2019

St Johns River State College recruit, the 6-foot-3, 225 pound left handed hitting first baseman has a big, strong frame. Defensively, the footwork is solid around the bag, the hands work well and had accurate throws topping out at 78 mph. The bat is his best tool. There is present strength throughout the frame, especially the upper half. Really trusts his hands and uses upper half leverage. Could clear the backside and access event more power. He presently generates an exit velocity of 92 mph. There is above average power potential and the power tool will carry him going forward.

Sammy Infante MIF / Pace, FL / 2020

Miami recruit. Currently ranked No. 6 in the Florida 2020 Class. Currently stands at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds on a projectable, athletic frame. Really stood out all over the field where he showed above average actions and defense along with high offensive potential. Offensively, there is easy bat speed and present power with a lot more to come. Showed an above average arm from short, topping out at 86 mph across the diamond which was the top infield velocity of the event. The bat is his calling card though. He has above average bat speed and feel to hit with power potential. The offensive ceiling is extremely high and will be a high follow for the 2020 class. 

Dorian Gonzalez Jr MIF / Belen Jesuit, FL / 2021

Committed to the University of Miami shortly after the event. Currently stands at 5-foot-9, 175 pounds on a compact, athletic frame. Offensively, he continues to show an advanced, plus hit tool for his age. He has barrel awareness and an advanced approach from the left side. Consistently squared the ball up during batting practice, producing multiple line drives into the gaps. He has solid defensive actions and projects as an extremely offensive second baseman. The bat is a plus tool and will carry him going forward. 

Jordan Carrion MIF / American Heritage, FL / 2020

Florida recruit. Currently ranked No. 5 in the Florida 2020 Class. Currently stands at 6-foot, 155 pounds on a projectable, athletic frame. Looks to have grown a couple inches. Really stands out at short where he shows advanced defensive actions, above average range by moving freely to his left and right, confident hands with a quick release, and an above average arm across the diamond. He is a true plus defender that will stick at short. Offensively, the swing works. It is compact, level and has present barrel awareness. He has present gap power that will continue to improve as he matures and add strength. Overall, he has multiple above average to near plus tools that make him one of the top players in the 2020 class in the country. 

Keanu Jacobs-Guishard MIF / St. Thomas Aquinas, FL / 2020

Uncommitted. Currently stands at 6-foot, 165 pounds on a projectable, athletic frame. Overall, may have had the most impactful day. Had easy, athletic actions that played up in the game and really stood out. He is light on his feet with function athleticism, lateral agility and feel to stick at short. Offensively, he is compact with bat speed and power potential. As he continues to strengthen and fill out his frame, expect to see a jump in gap-to-gap power. There is above average present bat speed, leverage and feel to hit. Overall, he has an extremely high ceiling and wouldn’t expect to see him uncommitted for much longer.  

Carmine Lane 3B / American Heritage Delray, FL / 2019

South Florida recruit continues to fill out and add strength to a strong, 6-foot-1, 185 pounds. He has above average defensive actions at third, with natural instincts and a strong arm, topping out 83 mph with carry. Offensively, he is aggressive through the zone to extension. He can have some length at times, but has strength and present bat speed with an exit velocity of 92 mph. Overall, there is a lot of present athleticism and strength. He can stick at the corner and has the potential to have above average power.

Cesar Franco OF / Cypress Bay, FL / 2020

Uncommitted, 6-foot-1, 175 pound outfielder has a long, lean and very projectable frame. In the outfield, he shows above average actions, coming through the ball well and topped out at 91 mph Offensively, the left handed hitter shows a lot of upside. He has a leg kick trigger and works in rhythm. There can be some length, but the long levers can work together and create present power with more to come. There is a lot of athleticism, ran a 4.48 home to first and overall has a very high ceiling. 

John Urena OF / Barbara Goleman, FL / 2019

Uncommitted, 5-foot-8, 170 pound outfielder has a stocky frame with strength in the lower half. Extremely twitchy athlete who is a plus runner with a home to first of 4.3 from the right side. From the outfield, he a shows a quick, strong arm, topping out at 87 mph. The right handed hitter stands tall and is very simple, The stride can be a bit short, but really works with and trusts his hands. The hands are quick and create above average bat speed and is compact through the zone. Translated to a lineout during the game and overall is athletic with hit tool. 

Brice Montiel OF / Cardinal Gibbons, FL / 2022

Uncommitted, one of the younger participants, stands at 5-foot-9, 145 pounds. From the outfield he showed low, accurate throws topping out at 72 mph. He really stands out with his offensive potential. He stands tall and has a very simple swing while still generating plus bat speed for his class with an exit velocity of 86 mph. He does a very good job firing the back hip through and generating bat speed. Ran a 4.6 home to first time and the bat has a chance to be a plus tool as he matures. 

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.