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Florida State Games: Day Two Scout Blog

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PBR Florida Staff

The 2020 PBR Florida State Games kicked continued Saturday, July 11th at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, The event features teams from the 14U, 15U, 16U and 18U age groups. Each team is guaranteed four games with championships on Monday.

Throughout the weekend, we will have a scout blog for each day. These scout blogs are notes on some of the players that stood out to the PBR Florida scouts. Take a look at the Day Two Scout Blog.

Day Two Scout Blog

Zack Bird LHP / OF / Lennard, FL / 2024

Bird has himself a day with two extra base hits that cleared the center fielder. Athletic outfielder. Left handed bat that showed some gap to gap pop.


Braedon Carela SS / 3B / Sickles , FL / 2023

Athletic twitchy middle infielder. Above average actions at short. Showed some offensive upside as well driving a ball down the left field line for an RBI double. 


Nicholas Carroll OF / RHP / Newsome, FL / 2021

Athletic and strong frame as a two-way player who has average arm strength from the outfield with above average footwork. Runs the bases well with a stolen base and taking extra bases multiple times which allowed him to score some runs for his team.  Balanced and aggressive approach at the plate with good barrel awareness, had 2 hits in the game.


Daryl Carney OF / RHP / North Broward Prep, FL / 2020

Florida Southwestern commit. Athletic two-way guy was on base all game long. Quick hands at the plate with a pullside approach. Hammered two balls through the ⅚ whole. Jumped on the mound in the last inning with a fastball up to 84.


Sammy Cooper 1B / RHP / Marjory Stoneman Douglas, FL / 2021

Possesses a big frame with wide shoulders and hips. Long limbs with flashes of body control that should get better as he matures. Confident at the plate and attacks pitches in the zone well. Aggressive early in the count and gets the weight behind the barrel adding a small leg kick and hand shift in the load.


AJ Cottrill OF / LHP / Jesuit Tampa, FL / 2022

6-foot-1 200 lbs.  Large, athletic projectable frame. Short, compact swing, above average bat speed. Power to all fields. Consistent exit velo’s 92- 103 mph. 4.3 runner to 1st.


Nick Cucchi OF / RHP / Bishop McLaughlin , FL / 2024

Medium frame, athletically built. Semi-crouch stance w/ hands at shoulders. Mid leg lift, loads into the back hip. Long stride w/ weight equally distributed. Compact, violent stroke w/ strength. Chance to really hit.

Billy Eich 1B / RHP / Wharton, FL / 2022

Tall, strong 6-foot-6, 220 pound frame. Showed some two way potential. Has shown a powerful bat in the past. On the mound he ran into some trouble but was able to get out of it. Was working 81-84 and recorded the save for the Hammerheads.


Davian Garcia RHP / 3B / Sickles, FL / 2021

Strong, athletic frame. Reaches balance point, effective when staying on top of baseball. FB:86-88 T:90 mph. CB:72-74. CH:79-80 - circle change action. SL: 77-78 -swing/miss, sharp action

Donovan Garcia SS / OF / Steinbrenner, FL / 2020

Athletic frame and balanced aggressive approach at the plate with good barrel and strike zone awareness.  Hit the ball hard all game and ended up with 3 hits.


Matthew Hall RHP / OF / Undecided , FL / 2024

Tall lanky 6-foot-2, 155 pound frame. Found the barrel all game long as he tripled twice to deep left center. Showed quick hands with some gap to gap power.


Michael Harrigan 2B / RHP / Pine Crest School, FL / 2023

Athletic frame with average arm strength and above average footwork in the outfield. Crouched and aggressive approach at the plate with a level bat path. Good barrel and strike awareness and ended up with 2 hits in the game.


Sean Hermann RHP / OF / Durant, FL / 2021

Wiry frame with advanced body control. The USF commit works with high energy and attacks hitters on the mound. Up tempo delivery with a low 3/4 slot, tilts the upper body creating torque and gets over the front side with force and a quick arm. Loose action to the arm with potential for a velocity jump as he touched 89 mph with the fastball and couples it with a sweeping low-mid 70s breaking ball. Adds in a 79-81 mph CH to boot.

Maddox King SS / OF / Hillsborough , FL / 2023

Athletic leadoff guy. 5-foot-9, 145 pound frame. Showed quickness on the basepaths. Doubled to leadoff the games. Multiple stolen bases as well. High instincts player.


Nathan Maestre C / 3B / Coral Springs Charter, FL / 2021

Athletic and lean with quick twitch movements. Rhythmic load in the swing with a calm land on the front foot. Gets the bat head out front and uses the quick hands to get to the ball without being too big. A little raw in the all around game but the potential with the bat is there and the arm plays across the diamond.


Jason Murphy RHP / 1B / Imagine School of North Port, FL / 2022

Athletic and lanky frame at 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds with plenty of room for growth. Balanced and aggressive approach at the plate with good barrel and strike zone awareness. Moves well defensively in the infield with average arm and foot work. 


Jonathan Napoles RHP / 3B / Palm Beach Central, FL / 2020

Uncommitted 2020. Athletic frame with a strong lower half. Up tempo delivery. Worked both a 4-seam and 2-seam fastball. Both pitches sat 85-87 and showed feel for the breaking ball.


Nick Rodriguez 3B / Jesuit, FL / 2021

Durable, athletic frame with advanced strength. Quick bat from the left side using a small load and keeping the hands cocked high in the slot. Drives the backside with a quick fire as he takes the hips back to the pitcher and lets the hands clear through extension. The weight is balanced getting to the hitting point on time and making loud contact consistently


Michael Ross RHP / George Jenkins, FL / 2020

Large, athletic frame with room for added strength. Semi-wind up w/ a high leg lift and long, direct stride. Ball to flat foot strike w/ slight flex in front knee and an online torso. Back leg releases around front hip w/ a slight upright, rotational finish. Clean, fluid arm action w/ hands breaking at chest and an online, inverted take away. Mild-strong position at foot strike. H ¾ w/ average arm spd through the window. Loose, dangly finish w/ soft bounce on deceleration. Use a three pitch mix: FB, CB L, and CH. FB is a below average quality pitch, remaining on one plane w/ occasional arm side tail when in sync. Sat 84-86, T 87. BB has inconsistent shape to break; but flashed an opportunity to be more than a keep ‘me honest pitch as he has a feel for average spin.  Played 71-73. CH is developing. Has limited action, but as feel develops, consistency w/ command and arm side fade action will improve. Worked fast, attacks hitters. Serviceable arm for Samford.


KJ Scobey SS / 2B / McKeel School of Technology, FL / 2024

Athletic and lanky frame with plenty of room for growth. Has a high baseball IQ and is able to play multiple positions well. Is a two-way player that has a fastball with sink and sits 79-81 and a sharp slider 66-67, commands both low in the zone for strikes, in 1.2 innings pitched had 3 strikeouts and got the save. Has a balanced aggressive approach at the plate when hitting and good barrel awareness. Barreled  2 baseballs at the plate with 1 hit and 2 RBI’s.


Zachary Showalter RHP / Wesley Chapel, FL / 2022

6-foot-1 205 lbs. Large, stocky, strong bodied frame. Max effort reliever. FB: 88-91 T: 92 mph - heavy sinking action. SL: 76-78 - sharp action, late bite. 1.2 IP, 3 K’s

Marques Smith LHP / OF / Middleton , FL / 2021

6-foot-1 205 lbs. Large, stocky, strong bodied frame. Max effort reliever. FB: 88-91 T: 92 mph - heavy sinking action. SL: 76-78 - sharp action, late bite. 1.2 IP, 3 K’s


Ryan Spitzer OF / RHP / Newsome, FL / 2024

Athletic two-way guy has shown he can make an impact on both sides of the ball. Switch hitter who has a knack for finding the barrel. On the mound works from a high ¾ arm slot. Fastball sitting 76-78 mph. Above average depth on the breaking ball.

Turner Thompson RHP / Jesuit, FL / 2020

Stocky frame, strong lower half. Max effort reliever. 3 IP, 6 K’s, 1 H. FB 89-92 slight run at times with late life. SL 79-80 swing/miss pitch, sharp action when on top of the baseball.

Michael Vazquez SS / RHP / Cardinal Gibbons, FL / 2023

Athletic, loose and projectable frame with advanced athleticism. High energy guy with clean actions in the infield and at the plate. Soft hands that work with the feet well with a plus glove for age. Minimal movement in the load as the head stays still and keeps the front side squared. Stays inside the ball and displays a mature approach at the plate.


Brock Wilken 3B / C / Bloomingdale, FL / 2020

6-foot-4 215 lbs. Extra Large athletic frame. Strength throughout the entire body. Plus bat speed. 1.95 pop time behind the dish. 3-3, 2 2B’s. Turned on one hitting it 400 ft 106 mph off bat.

Anderson Zambrano 3B / 3B / Northside Christian School, FL / 2023

Lean frame with a muscular build and above average athleticism. Body control at SS with the timing, footwork and arm to stick on the left side. At the plate, he takes the hands back in the preload and is quiet with the upper body. Screws into the ground and fires from the lower half, clearing the hips and keeping the hands inside the baseball.



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