Florida Insider: More notes from the South Florida Elite Tryouts



By Rob Sidwell
Florida Scouting Director

More notes from the South Florida Elite Squad tryouts. This time we take a closer look at the class of 2016 position players that I saw.

+ OF Alex Carballo (Archbishop McCarthy HS) is a 5-foot-11, 182 pound outfielder with a live athletic body. Short quick stroke with quickness in hands. Has a good plane with some power now and more to come. Good instincts in outfield with enough arm. Ran a 6.75 60 yard dash.

+ INF Javier Valdes (Gulliver Prep) is a 5-foot-10, 182 pound infielder with a thick strong lower half. Stocky hips and thighs. Has a short compact quick stroke with looseness in his hands. Shows good bat speed and strength with a good approach. Very confident hitter. Fair actions at shortstop with a very good arm. Good feet, hands need work. Offensive infielder whose bat is ahead of his defense. Has the body type more suited for third base or catcher. Very good young hitter.

+ C Mike Amditis (Boca Raton HS) is a 5-foot-10, 187 pound catcher with a stocky strong smaller framed body with a thick strong lower half. Similar to Pudge Rodriguez. Excellent catch and throw skills. Short compact quick arm. Has plus major league arm strength with a very quick release. 1.94 seconds to second base. Occasionally tries to hurry and be too quick and loses accuracy. Has a short compact quick stroke with good bat speed and strength. Average major league power now. Love this kids energy. Has the make up and tools to become a major league prospect.

+ C Pedro Pages (Gulliver Prep) is a 6-foot 195 pound catcher with a thick blocky strong body. Solid defensive guy with an average release and a plus major league arm. Throws downhill to second base. Is very accurate and under control. 1.97 to 2.1 to second base. Shows some strength in bat with some power. His plus arm will draw interest from major league scouts. 

+ INF Michael Acosta (Westminster Christian HS) is a 5-foot-11, 180 pound infielder with a live athletic body and decent actions with enough arm in the infield. Showed some quickness in the bat with some power. Showed a solid approach with a good plane. Ran a 6.8, 60. One of the top times in the event.

+ OF Steven Revilla (West Browrad HS) is a 5-foot-10, 150 pound outfielder with a lean live athletic body on a smaller frame. Loose quick bat with a good plane. Has good hand eye. Bat will improve with strength. Good actions in outfield with enough arm. Ran a 6.8, 60 yard dash. 4.18 to 1B.

+ INF Dan Vaughan (South Dade HS) is a 6-foot, 185 pound third baseman with a stocky strong body and a loose quick bat with a very good plane. Line drive stroke with some power now. Ball jumps off his bat. Decent actions in field with enough arm. Ran a 7.2, 60.

+ 1B Tyler Waters (Creekside HS) is a 6-foot-3, 190 pound first baseman with a big blocky strong body with quickness and strength in the bat. Gap to gap power. Stays inside the ball well. Took a very good batting practice.

+ INF Jack Khawly (Somerset Academy) is a 6-foot-1, 195 pound third baseman with a strong athletic body and good bat speed with a good plane. Aggressive approach. Has loft in swing. Can hit the ball out of the yard now. Took a very good batting practice.  Ran a 6.9, 60 yard dash.

+ OF Mark Bejar (Somerset Academy) is a 5-foot-6, 130 pound outfielder who is a little guy with quick actions in the outfield. Short compact quick stroke with some power for his size. Loose bat with some quickness. Good plane. Good hand eye. Ran a 7.0, 60 yard dash. Scrappy guy. Hustles.

+ INF Brandon Chinea (Florida Christian HS) is a 5-foot-8, 160 pound middle infielder with a smaller frame and loose athletic body. Good actions and hands in field with enough arm. Short quick stroke with some power for a smaller guy. Good hands with a good path. Solid all around player.

+ OF Edmond Americaan (Trinity Christian Academy) is a lean live athletic projectable body. Loose live athletic actions in outfield with an above average major league arm. Had a short compact quick stroke. Ran a 6.7, 60 yard dash. One of the fastest times at the event. 4.35 to first base. Bat will improve with added strength. A lot of upside.

+ INF Greg Veliz (Key West HS) is a 6-foot-1, 190 pound short stop who also pitches. He has an average sized body with looseness. Showed good actions and hands in the field with a plus major league arm. Has an easy working arm.  Did not pitch at this event but reportedly has pitched in the 89-91 range, and has been up to 94.Two-way talent with premium arm strength.

+ INF Colton Welker (Douglas HS) is a 6-foot-2, 195 pound short stop with an athletic strong body and good infield actions with solid fielding mechanics. Shows plenty of arm to play left side of infield. Quick bat with some strength. More power to come. Average major league tools now.  

+ OF Aldrich de Jongh (Trinity Christian Academy) is a 5-foot-9, 150 pound outfielder with a very athletic live body. Ran a 6.7, 60 yard dash. Athletic actions in the outfield with good hands and enough arm strength. Bat will improve with added strength.

+ INF Jorge Arenas (Monsignor Pace HS) is a 6-foot, 190 pound short stop/third baseman with an athletic strong body and good actions in the field with an above average major league arm. Had quickness and some strength in the bat. Limited range in the field. Ran a 7.2, 60 yard dash. May end up at third base or catcher when the body is done growing.

+ OF Ruben Someillan (Florida Christian HS) is a 5-foot-8, 155 pound outfielder who is a smaller framed guy with a live athletic body. Good actions in the outfield with good first step quickness. Tracks ball well. Enough arm and speed to play center field. Ran a 6.6, 60 yard dash. The fastest time at the event. Short compact quick stroke. Contact type hitter. Bat will improve with strength.

+ OF Colin Durkin (Cardinal Gibbons HS) is a 6-foot-2, 175 pound outfielder with a tall loose athletic projectable body. Short quick stroke with some power now and more to come. Loose actions in the outfield with enough arm. Ran a 6.8, 60.

+OF Dionte Robison (Coral Gables HS) is a 6-foot-3, 195 pound outfielder with an athletic body and loose actions in the outfield and enough arm. Ran a 6.6, 60 yard dash. Did not see in game.

+ INF Michael Perez (West Broward HS) is a 5-foot-9, infielder with a loose projectable body and aggressive approach at the plate. Has some quickness in hands with some power now. Good actions and hands with enough arm. Bat will improve with added strength. Ran a 7.1, 60 yard dash.

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