Prep Baseball Report

2018 Future Games: Team Florida Middle Infielder Breakdown

Doug Freeman
Florida Scouting Director

The 2018 Future Games is the largest uncommitted event in the country, with over 400 players and 253 coaches and scouts in attendance. The event consists of a workout day and three games. Team Florida played three games and we will take a look at each player from 2018 Team Florida. Today, we take a look at the four catchers in attendance.


Jacob Starling SS / 2B / Trinity Preparatory, FL / 2020

5-foot-10, 165 pounds, he strength in an athletic frame. One of the big offensive winners on the week as he stood out both offensive and defensively. Offensively, he stands tall, trusts his hands and shows an advanced, gap-to-gap approach. The swing is level and compact, with present bat speed and stays in the zone. Had an RBI single and was equally impressive on the base path where he had three stolen bases. Defensively, he has advanced defensive actions. He has advanced feel with a quick first step and above average hands with a quick transfer. The athleticism and tools translated to an outstanding play, diving up the middle at short in the game. Has the tools to stick at short and present hit tool. Overall, he is an athlete and should not be committed for much longer.  



Malik Young SS / 2B / Bishop Kenny, FL / 2020

A very athletic and projectable 6-foot-1, 170 pound, he has continued to fill out and mature and the frame is extremely projectable. Defensively, he is starting to grow into the frame. The feet and hands continue to work more in sync, he works light on his feet with athleticism and upside defensively. The actions work, and as he continues to mature, he has the makings of an above average defender. Offensively, he has long levers and can create some length at times. He also creates leverage and shows ability to drive the ball gap to gap with more to come with strength. Overall, there is an extremely high ceiling with the raw tools and fame and will be a very high follow.  



Sterlin Thompson SS / 3B / Forest, FL / 2020

The 6-foot-3, 180 pound SS/3B has a physical frame. Defensively, he has solid actions and some carry on the throws. Projects to continue to fill out and profiles more as a third baseman at college. He has some range at short and the hands work from the ground up. Offensively, his bat is his best tool. Stays compact, works to extension and creates leverage with present pul; side power. Had a pull side single and overall there is present hit tool, but shows above average power potential. The offensive upside is very high and could be one of the top available bats available in the 2020 class in Florida.  



Lucas Ismaili SS / 2B / East Lake, FL / 2020

A lean, 6-foot, 160 pounds, he has a twitchy athletic and projectable frame. Defensively, he has functional athleticism and a quick first step. The hands work well and has a quick transfer and some carry on the throws. Overall, the actions work and has the potential to stick at short. Offensively, he has a level and compact swing. Overall, the swing is fundamentally sound and will continue to improve with strength. He has a feel for the barrell and translated to  pair of doubles over three games. Also, showed ability to steal bases and an IQ on the basepath. Overall, there is a lot of upside with Ismaili.  



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