Orlando Scorpions Tryouts: Bullpen Notes and Standouts (2020/2021s)


Mike Maerz
Director of Florida Operations/Area Scout

By Mike Maerz
Director of Florida Operations/Area Scout

This past weekend the Orlando Scorpions held their 2016 Fall Tryouts which showcased over 300 players either previously with the Orlando Scorpions or some looking to make a team in the fall.

On Friday, pitchers threw bullpen sessions in front of college coaches and scouts, while on Saturday position players went through a pro-style workout which included batting practice and I/O. Below are some of the standouts/pitchers seen during bullpens from the 2020/2021 classes from Friday and Saturday which includes reports on several players and notes on others.

Dylan Crews, C/RHP, Lake Mary HS, FL (2020)
-Lean, athletic build. Stood out from behind the plate with a quick release and accurate throws down to second base. Moves well, shows athleticism. Squared up the ball multiple times during batting practice. Ball jumps off the bat. Good instincts. High follow.

Carson Montgomery, RHP/OF, West Orange HS, FL (2020)
-Strong, athletic, solid build for his age. Projectable arm with more velocity to come as he sat 82-83 mph with his fastball which had some downhill action, up to 84 while mixing in a 70-71 mph curveball and a 75 mph change up during his bullpen. Some moving parts, but the arm strength is there. High ceiling with more to come. Athleticism in the outfield. Aggressive, confident approach at the plate. Makes hard contact, has a feel for the barrel , and can drive the ball into the gaps when he squares it up.

Devin Burkes, C/1B, Villages Charter, FL (2020)
-Athletic, strong build with good confidence in the batter’s box. Displayed good hitter’s hands, hand eye, and a quick bat as he consistently squared the ball up and rove the ball deep, especially down the left field line during batting practice. Ball jumps off the bat.

Nathan Espinal, MIF, Jupiter Christian HS, FL (2020)
-Displayed confidence in the box, good hands, and used all of the field during batting practice with several line drives.

Deric Fabian, MIF, Trinity Catholic HS, FL (2021)
-Lean build on a thin, smaller frame. Showed some good hand-eye, ability to make contact. Lacks some strength right now that will come with maturity.

Tyler Gesek, MIF, Bolles HS, FL (2021)
-Lean, athletic build. Took a solid round of batting practice where he was quiet, balanced in the box, and displayed quick hands to the ball. Used all of the field.

Cade Haddix, SS/3B, Winter Park HS, FL (2021)
-Took a solid round of batting practice where he consistently made contact and hit line drives all over the field. Balanced and comfortable in the box. Showed a good bat path with loose hands.

Scott Hartigan, C, Jupiter HS, FL (2020)
-Lean build. Quiet in the box with a high hand set, showed a quick bat during batting practice.

Carter McGonigal, RHP/3B, Gainesville HS, FL (2020)
-Fastball sat 74-76 mph and mixed in a 63-65 mph curveball during his bullpen. Made hard, solid contact during batting practice.

Clayton Moore, C, Jupiter Christian HS, FL (2020)
-Strong, solid, projectable build. Loose hands in the box and showed the ability to drive the ball with authority and he had some deep line drives into left field during batting practice.

Bryan Muniz, MIF, Trinity Christian Academy, FL (2020)
-Balanced in the box, displayed a quick bat during batting practice. Athletic.

Jackson Nezuh, IF/RHP, Harmony HS, FL (2020)
-Displayed quick hands, good hand eye, and had lines drives all over the field during batting practice. On the mound had a fastball that sat 74-76 mph, curveball with some spin at 62 mph, and a change up at 66-68 mph.

William Quinones, OF/IF, University HS, FL (2020)
-Big, strong build. Displayed some good bat speed, drove the ball with authority, and made hard contact. Ball jumps off the bat.

Trenton Swinford, OF/LHP, Trinity Catholic HS, FL (2020)
-Lean, lanky, with clean arm action that sat 74-76 mph with his fastball, 67 mph curveball, and 70 mph change up. Athletic. Showed the ability make contact with good hand eye during batting practice from the left side.