Prep Baseball Report

Jupiter Day Three: Florida Standouts

By Doug Freeman
Florida Scouting Director

Prep Baseball Report’s national scouting staff is in Jupiter, FL, for the 2017 World Wood Bat Championship. Executive Director Sean Duncan, National Crosschecker Shooter Hunt and National Supervisor Nathan Rode are posting separate notebooks with information on what they saw each day. To see all content from Jupiter, click HERE

After Day 2 was shortened by rain, Day 3 featured plenty of standouts from Florida players throughout the day.

Executive Director Sean Duncan highlighted 2020 OF/C Dylan Crews (Lake Mary HS, FL) who has continued to show he is one of the top bats in the 2020 Class with two hard hit singles off of 90+ pitching. His full story on Day 3 is HERE.

National Crosschecker Shooter Hunt saw several big days from some Florida players which included 2019 RHP Kendall Williams (IMG Academy, FL) up to 93 on the mound and an impressive day at the plate from 2018 OF Jordan Lala (Steinbrenner HS, FL). To check out the rest, click HERE.

National Supervisor Nathan Rode also highlighted a handful of Florida players from throughout the day as 2018 3B Brandon Howlett (George Jenkins HS, FL) continued to impress at the plate with a hard hit double, 2018 SS Addison Barger (King HS, FL) delivered two hits, and 2018 LHP Jonathan Gates (Nature Coast Tech, FL) who sat 88-91 mph and struck out four in his two innings on the mound. 2018 RHP Kerry Wright (Oviedo HS, FL) was up to 93. Read about the rest of the Rode Show HERE

A few other players to standout on Day 3 were:

+ 2018 RHP Evan Michelson (Mandarin HS, FL) has made a nice jump. Shows above average feel for a curveball and changeup. The fastball has made a nice jump and worked 88-91, downhill with life. Uncommitted.

+ 2018 OF Jake Morrow (Providence HS, FL) is an athletic outfielder. He showed a short and level swing with a feel for the barrel. Uncommitted.

+ 2019 C Gerardo Rodriguez (Coral Gables HS, FL) has a strong, stocky body. Has a short, level swing with power potential abs offensive upside. Hands work defensively with a chance to be a plus defender. Had a 1.95 pop time on a caught stealing. Virginia recruit.

+ 2018 RHP Benjamin Specht (Evangelical Christian, FL) is athletic with a quick arm from a high 3/4 slot. Fastball worked 88-91, has some effort, but also life down in the zone. Also showed a slider with late action at 74 mph. Florida recruit.

+ 2018 1B Marcos Pujols (Florida Air Academy, FL) is a big bodied left handed hitter with a natural uphill swing with present pull side power. He has some swing and miss, but connected on one and drove it over the right field fence threw a cross wind. Florida International recruit.

+ 2019 RHP Nick Durgin (Melbourne Central Catholic, FL) has a high waist and projectable frame. Mechanically sound and repeatable delivery. Fastball worked 84-86 touching 87 mph. He shows feel for the offspeed and projects well. Stetson recruit.

+ 2018 RHP Zach Young (Sebastian River HS, FL) has a long, projectable frame with a young face. He has a quick arm and the fastball worked 88-90 mph and should jump with strength. South Alabama recruit.

+ 2018 RHP Troy Britts (St. John’s Country Day HS, FL) has made a nice jump since the summer. He has a quick arm and the fastball worked 87-90 mph. Also showed a hard, downward slider at 74-77 mph. Uncommitted.