Orlando Scorpions Tryout Standouts


Doug Freeman
Florida Executive Director

In the midst of a jam packed tryout weekend, I had the chance to head back to my hometown of Lakeland and check out the fall tryout for the Orlando Scorpions. The Scorpions did not disappoint, as talent was plentiful during the workout and gameplay portion over the weekend. Now we take a look back at some of the standouts from the weekend. 

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2021

Cade Bush, 1B, Palm Beach Gardens

The FSU recruit almost looks like a new man. The frame has grown and has gotten noticeably leaner and stronger. Strong shoulder, but stays loose in the hands with a tall setup offensively. A lot to like about the overall offensive profile as there is present hit and power with more to come. 

Zachary Ehrhard, SS, Wharton

Uncommitted and not exactly sure why. He has gotten more physical and remains just as athletic. An above average runner, all of the athleticism plays in game and is functional. Offensively, he has a knack for the barrel. Creating more torque now, the swing has above average bat speed and is compact and level through the zone. 

Jake Fox, SS, Lakeland Christian

Florida commit, Fox looks the part of a top prospect. Poised and confident, he has a lean, athletic frame. Moves well all around. Offensively, he stacks into the back leg on load and uncoils aggressively, but under control. The hands are loose and quick with easy above average to plus bat speed. Very high offensively ceiling and overall quality profile. 


2022

Nico Banez, OF, Olympia

Athletic outfielder who stood out both in batting practice and in gameplay. He is a bit undersized, but plays with a bouncy athleticism. Offensively, he uses his frame well, staying compact and short to the ball with an ability to turn the barrel and stay in the lower half. Moved well in the outfield during the game and swing translated as well. A gamer who could hit at the top of the order. 

Landon Moran, 1B/LHP, Lake Brantley

Moran, a Florida commit, has no shortage of talent and is starting to look stronger and healthier after an injury. The swing is aggressive through the zone and present bat speed and leverage. He has plenty of room to fill out and has a chance for above average power. On the mound, his arm looks healthy and working freely and was up to 85. Will be interesting to see how it continues to progress as that was his original carrying tool.  

 

2023/2024

Cooper Jones, MIF, North Marion

Jones is a projectable young middle infielder. Offensively, he stood out with a natural feel to hit. Slightly uphill path, he was aggressive through the zone. Present bat speed and used the lower half well. Also showed present athleticism defensively at short. 

Jake Richardson, OF, Melbourne

Richardson took a very impressive round of batting practice. He has a lean, athletic and projectable frame. The swing is simple with present rhythm. He is compact though the zone and was consistently on the barrel. A swing with a chance to hit at a high level. 

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