PBR FL 2018 ProCase- Outfielders

Doug Freeman
Florida Scouting Director

Sunday, May 20, Prep Baseball Report hosted its third annual Florida ProCase at IMG Academy in Bradenton. Since launching in 2016, the invite-only showcase has quickly become one of the most prestigious events for area juniors giving them a platform to perform in front of the scouting community as they head into their final offseason before their senior year. The previous two ProCase events have heralded some of the state’s top prep prospects in the following year’s draft.

Sam McMillan and Freddy Tarnok are two of the five players from the inaugural showcase selected in the 2017 draft, and Mason Denaburg, Andres Antonini, Robby Martin, and Luca Tresh are all examples of last year’s ProCase-ers preparing themselves for next month’s draft. Denaburg, namely, is candidate to be taken in the first round and is presently ranked No. 9 on our PBR Draft Board, that includes both college and high school draft-eligible prospects.

This year may have herald one of the deepest pools of talent in the events short, but very successful, history. Over the course of the next week we will break down every single player as follows: Outfielder, Infielders, Catchers, Two-Way Players, Pitchers. We will then announce the top uncommitted and top overall performers. Today, we take a look at the outfielders.

Derek Crum OF / LHP / Gaither, FL / 2019

Uncommitted the 5-foot-10 , 185 pound outfielder is one of the top uncommitted players in the state. An above average athlete, running a 6.89 60 yard dash, he also showed an above average workout both in the workout and in the game, throwing a runner out from right and topping out at 85 mph. Offensively, he works in rhythm, with loose wrists and above average bat speed. There is present hit tool, with some present power and more to come. An exit velocity of 89 mph and present strength with a frame to add more. He has solid average to above average tools across the board. While he did not throw on this day, he has also been intriguing on the mound in the past.  


Kyle Westfall OF / 2B / IMG Academy, FL / 2019

Texas Tech recruit. The 6-foot, 170 pound outfielder is a plus athlete and plus runner, running a 6.45 60 yard dash. Defensively, he is a plus route runner in the outfield, he covers an enormous amount of ground efficiently. He has a short arm action, topping out at 84 mph. Offensively, the right-handed hitter has a short, simple swing. The stride can be short at times, creating some steepness in the path. As he continues to get into the lower half, he has present bat speed, with an exit velocity topping out at 90 mph. With a double in the game, there is present bat to ball skill and the athleticism will lend itself to make some adjustments to best utilize the present bat speed. The plus speed is a true plus tool and makes him a high follow for 2019.   


Justin Turk OF / 2B / Steinbrenner, FL / 2019

5-foot-9, 165 pound outfielder. Slightly undersized, but an above average athlete. Runs well, has run better in the past, but was a 6.79 60 yard dash. Moves well in the outfield, showing above average range, comes through the ball well and throws have carry topping out at 86 mph. Offensively, he has a simple swing. With little load, he can cut himself off at times. He has quick hands and above average bat speed, with an exit velocity of 89 mph. When he gets extended, he has some gap-to-gap strength. The swing is compact and level and he is an above average athlete with a near plus run tool. 


Fabian Escalante OF / Bishop Moore, FL / 2019

Uncommitted 5-foot-10, 184 pounds, he has a stocky frame with a strong lower half. Ran a 7.42 60 yard dash and was 73 mph from the outfield. The left handed hitter has present bat speed and uses his lower half well. Sinks into the back side and clear his hips, there can be some length, but has natural loft. There is bat speed and power potential, he stayed on the barrel during BP, with an easy gap-to-gap approach and the bat should play going forward.  



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