Prep Baseball Report

2018 Florida All-State Games 2nd 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 2nd 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:

Juan Marulanda RHP / Keys Gate Charter, FL / 2018

ASA Miami recruit, the stocky right-hander stands at 5-foot-10, 177 pounds. Simple wind up with a higher leg kick before his delivery. Shows some extension out in front and works downhill. Fastball mostly worked at 84-85 mph down in the zone along with a 66-67 mph curveball, throwing it for strikes while mixing in a 78-79 mph slider that showed depth. Showed a feel for his three pitches and mixed it up well. Struck out four in his two innings of work. 

Sebastian Bentz LHP / 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. 

Sebastian (Bazz) Jimenez C / Coral Reef, FL / 2020

Florida International recruit, stands at 6-foot-3,182 pounds, has continued to fill out a long, lean and projectable frame. Defensively, the big frame has some stiffness, but overall presents a quality target, is a good receiver and has pop times that range in 2.07-2.1 range. As he continues to fill out and become more flexible, he has the actions to be an above average defender. Offensively, he has long levers, but stays compact through the zone. More power continues to come and will continue to improve with added strength. Has feel to hit and translated to a single in the game and a 90 mph exit velocity. Present tools and frame give him a high ceiling in the future. 

Jorge Corona C / Miami Killian Senior, FL / 2019

Polk State College recruit, standing at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds he has a broad shouldered, strength throughout his frame. Showed plus defensive actions with a plus arm, pop times ranging from 1.85-1.95 and topping out at 82 mph. Has flexibility, feel to receive and block and overall above average defensive actions. Offensively, he uses the strong lower alf well, clearing the back side and stays simple and compact through the zone. Generated an exit velocity of 93 mph and has present hit and power potential. Corona will be a draft follow going to Polk State JC.

Matthew Krtausch 1B / Miami Killian, FL / 2019

Hillsborough recruit, the big, strong 6-foot-4, 220 pound first baseman stood out offensively. The big left handed hitter stands tall and confidently in the box. He has a strong lower half and strong wrists, with present strength and power, with an exit velocity of 90 mph. The swing stays compact in game and drove a hard single pull side and a double to the backside. Defensively, he is sound at first base, but the bat is what will carry him at the next level.

Alexander Aguila MIF / Mater Academy, FL / 2019

Committed to VCU shortly after the event, showed well above average to plus defensive actions. He showed quick hands offensively and upside from both sides of the plate. His throws topped out at 85 mph across the diamond, which was one of the top infield velocities at the event. Showed above average speed on the base paths, registered one of the top three home to first times at 4.31 seconds. Overall, he projects as a plus defender and has offensive upside. 

Elian Roman MIF / Cypress Creek, FL / 2019

Committing to Bethune-Cookman shortly after the event. Currently stands at 5-foot-9, 175 pounds with a strong lower half. Defensively, he shows sound actions and sure hands. He has a good first step and natural instinct for the position. The switch hitter has potential from both sides. Left handed, he is balanced and simple with present hit ability. Right handed, he is balanced as well, with more loft and power potential. Overall, a very solid all around player that will make an impact at Bethune-Cookman.

Jorel Ortega MIF / Spanish River Community, FL / 2019

Tennessee recruit. Currently stands at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds on an athletic frame. Shows an above average feel for the position. He isn’t the most twitchy middle infielder, but he always is in the right position and makes both routine and above average plays. Offensively, he has a simple swing with present bat speed and feel for the barrel. Drove a ball back up the middle during gameplay, took second on the throw in. Overall, he is a gamer. The tools play up in game both offensively and defensively. Overall, he continues to make an impact and stand out and will be a potential draft follow for 2019. 

Jesus Pacheco MIF / Cypress Bay, FL / 2020

Uncommitted. Currently stands at 5-foot-8, 165 pounds on a compact, athletic frame. In the field he shows advanced defensive actions and bounce in his step. He has a lot of lateral agility, a quick transfer and throws have carry. He did not catch at this event, but has shown ability to be an above average catcher as well. Offensively, he stands upright and is compact through the zone. There is present bat speed and offensive potential. Overall, there are multiple tools to follow going forward. 

Hunter Fitz-Gerald 3B / Stoneman Douglas, FL / 2019

Florida Southern recruit. The 6-foot-3, 208 pound 3B/1B has continued to fill out and has been on the upward trend throughout the summer. Defensively, the hands and feet work in sync and move well, especially for his size. The bat has made some huge strides and the added strength in the frame has translated to present power. Standing tall and confident in the th box. He works with a big leg kick, loose hands and works out over the front foot. He can get steep at times, but as he continues to learn to use his long levers, balanced and compact through extension, there is big power potential as the exit velocity was 97 mph. There is present offensively ability and on a current upward trend, there is high offensive upside.

Ernesto Medina OF / Miami Killian, FL / 2019

Uncommitted, stocky, 6-foot, 195 pounds. From the outfield, he had accurate throws that topped out at 80 mph. Ran a 4.51 home to first time. Offensively, he works slightly open to closed, with rhythm. The hands work well, he trusts them and uses them well to extension. Could benefit from activating lower half and clearing the backside. Still generates bat speed and a present exit velocity of 83 mph. 

Alexander Sousa OF / 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 rotational 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 barrel. On the mound, he featured a fastball ranging from 76-77 mph and a curveball a 71-72 mph. 

Brandon Ortiz OF / Cypress Bay, FL / 2020

Uncommitted, 5-foot-8, 160 pound SS/OF has present quick twitch athleticism. From the outfield, he shows the twitchy athleticism and is athletic to and through the ball, topping out at 82 mph. From short, he has a quick first step, quality range and above average hands. Offensively, he has a simple and compact swing. The path is short and level through the zone. He stayed consistently on the barrel during BP, with line drives from gap to gap. Ran a 4.42 home to first time from the right side and overall has present bat speed and overall a twitchy athlete. 

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.