Top Prospect Games: Infield Analysis



By Rob Sidwell
Florida Scouting Director

The Prep Baseball Report Top Prospect Games took place on Tuesday, June 23rd  at the Lake Brantley High School complex in Altamonte Springs, Fl. This event featured 2016 and 2017 uncommitted graduates.

38 prospects came together to show off their skills in front of the PBR Scouting Staff in a pro-style workout setting.

Today we’ll take a look at the top infielders from the event, led by Greg Lewandoski,currently ranked 19th in our 2017 class. More of an offensive guy, Lewandoski surprised me with his speed and athleticism as well as his defensive abilities. Also Jason Swan, who was the most athletic kid at the showcase and can play anywhere on the field.

Let’s take a look at the top infielders from this year’s Top Prospect Games:

Top Infielders

1. Greg Lewandoski, SS/2B, Spruce Creek, 2017
5-foot-9, 160 pound middle infielder with an athletic live body on a medium size frame. More of an offensive guy but showed very good actions with soft hands. Light on his feet with sound fielding mechanics. Has enough arm for the left side of the infield but more of a second basemans’ arm. Lacks ideal range for short stop but can make all of the routine plays and plenty of bat for third base. Short quick stroke with good hitters hands and a very good approach. Gap to gap type, doubles hitter with average ML power. Front side stays on ball well. Hands stay inside ball with a good path. Uses the whole field. Advanced young hitter. Aggressive on the bases with pretty good speed. Has good first step quickness. Ran a 6.84 60. 89 mph exit bat speed velocity. 81 mph infield velocity.  

2. Jason Swan, SS/2B, Atlantic Coast, 2017
6-foot, 170 pound middle infielder has a live athletic projectable strong young body with high hips, narrow waist, and broad shoulders. Very athletic young guy with a lot of upside. Has good first step quickness with good actions and hands with good body control. Gets a bit flat footed and occasionally stops to field ball, but has sound mechanics with an average ML arm. Will become more fluid as he learns to field through the ball. Very simple approach with the bat. Short quick stroke with quickness and strength in the hands. Good load and separation with a leg kick. Bat starts on shoulders and lifts off with the load. Good bat path. Gets a bit too aggressive in approach and lands hard. Average ML raw power. Is super athletic and can play anywhere on the field. Ran a 6.78 60. 88 mph exit bat speed velocity. 85 mph infield velocity.

3. Joey Bellini, SS/C, Edgewater, 2016
6-foot2, 150 pound middle infielder with a tall loose lean projectable young body. Very young body with a lot of upside. Loose  easy actions in the field with soft hands and good instincts. Sound mechanics with good body control. Light on his feet. Lacks ideal foot speed but makes up for it with good first step quickness and baseball instincts. Has enough arm to play on left side of infield. Has aggressive approach at the plate with a loose quick bat. Has good hand eye with a good bat path. Makes a lot of hard contact. Lacks strength right now but ball still jumps off his bat. Very projectable bat. Good hitting instincts. Will be fun to watch when his body starts filling out. Is also interesting behind the dish. Is a bit crude but certainly has the tools and the make up and the baseball instincts to become a catcher. I don’t think he has to yet because he’s a very good infielder. However, that makes him a bit more valuable knowing that it’s a possibility. Ran a 7.47 60. 86 mph exit bat speed velocity. 80 mph infield velocity. 2.0 pop time with 74 mph catchers velocity. Excellent academic kid with top of the chart grades.

4. Clemente Inclan, 3B/RHP, Bolles School, 2017
6-foot-2, 195 pound third baseman with a thick strong body with thick hips and thighs. Strong young kid. Is surprisingly very athletic. Is also ambidextrous. More of an offensive guy but has smooth loose easy actions at third base with soft hands and an average ML arm. Fluid mechanics. Light on his feet. Has a loose bat with quickness and strength. Good hitters hands with a good bat path. Barrel stays in zone and can drive ball in the gaps. Some loft in swing. Pretty left handed swing. Aggressive approach. Attacks his pitch and makes a lot of hard contact. On the mound he has a loose easy working arm (left handed), at a high ¾ slot. Has a fluid delivery with good rhythm. Repeats delivery and changes speeds well. Hides ball in back with a big take away. Arm has a bit of a sling action to it. . Fast ball has sink and cut at 75-80 mph. Curve ball is 71-72 mph and is a short rolling slurve. The change up has some fade to it at 71-72 mph with good arm speed.  

5. Stephen Moffatt, 2B/SS, Deland, 2017
6-foot, 160 pound infielder with a loose lean athletic projectable body. Good actions and soft hands. Good body control. More of a second basemans’ arm. Fields through the ball with closing speed. Can throw from different slots. Loose swing with some effort. Good bat path with a line drive stroke.  Good load and separation with good balance. Stays inside ball with gap to gap approach. Lacks strength right now but is still very young. Power will come with physical maturity. Ran a 7.41 60. 84 mph exit bat speed velocity. 78 mph infield velocity.

6. Cameron Meehan, OF/SS, Timber Creek, 2017
5-foot-10, 158 pound outfielder with a loose lean athletic projectable body with good outfield actions, hands and plenty of arm. Fields through the ball with a loose easy working arm. Erect stance at the plate with good rhythm in approach. Has a high back elbow with a loose quick bat and a good bat path. Stays inside ball and uses whole field. Has strength and quickness in the bat with some future power. Good young athlete with a lot of upside. Ran a 6.9 60. Outfield velocity was 85 mph. Exit bat speed velocity was 85 mph.

7. Matthew Griesmer, SS/2B, Auburndale, 2016
5-foot-7, 145 pound middle infielder with a stocky strong body on a medium sized frame. Good actions with a good first step. Takes aggressive routes to ball with a second basemans type arm. Sound fielding mechanics that hustles after everything. Aggressive approach at the plate. Attacks the ball. Good load and seperation with a good bat path. A bit of a toe tap and long stride with good balance. Very linear swing. Bat speed will improve with added strength. Is a grinder type kid who is very scrappy. Is a tough out at the plate. Grinds out at bats. Contact type hitter. Ran a 7.21 60. 81 mph exit bat speed velocity. 77 mph infield velocity.

Best of the Rest (In Alphabetical Order)

Paul Benitez, SS/2B, Lake Nona, 2016
6-foot, 185 pound middle infielder with a very athletic live strong body. High energy guy that likes to hustle. Aggressive approach at the plate with a short leg kick. Quick bat with a slight uphill path. Swings with effort. Good balance. Very physical kid. Average ML raw power. Aggressive routes to ball in infield. Attacks ball on defense. Has time to read and stay under control. Has enough arm to play left side of infield, but occasionally hurries throws when he doesn’t have to. Ran a 6.76 60. 78 mph exit bat speed velocity. 85 mph infield velocity.

Gus Cunningham, SS/RHP, Canterbury, 2016
6-foot-1, 175 pound infielder with a lean loose athletic projectable body. Good fielding mechanics with soft hands. Lacks ideal range for short stop but makes all the routine plays. More suited for second or third base. Good first step quickness. Aggressive routes to ball. Hustles. Aggressive approach at the plate with a short quick stroke. Good hand eye. Makes a lot of hard contact. Lacks strength right now but power will come. Good load and separation with a good bat path. Barrel stays in zone and uses the whole field. Swing has some length with loft and good extension. Finishes with good balance. Ran a 7.01 60. 82 mph exit bat speed velocity. 82 mph infield velocity.

Nick Lentz, SS/RHP, Wakulla, 2016
6-foot, 170 pound infielder with an athletic loose projectable body with a strong lower half. Good actions and soft hands with a loose easy working arm. Average ML arm. Good body control with good range. Good angles to ball. Some crudeness in the bat. Has quickness in hands with a good load and separation. Has a leg kick and lands hard. Doesn’t utilize lower half. Swings with effort mostly because it’s all upper body. Has a good bat path with some lift. Good balance. Ran a 7.32 60. 82 mph exit bat speed velocity. 84 mph infield velocity.

David Maberry, 1B/OF, Choctaw, 2016
6-foot-2, 215 pound corner infielder with a big strong thick body. Moves well around the bag for a big guy and shows an average ML arm from first base to third base. Shows solid actions with good hands. Is athletic enough to turn the double play. Aggressive routes to balls. Fundamentally sound. Aggressive approach at the plate with strength and quickness in the bat. Swing has some length with some loft. Showed average ML power. Makes a lot of hard contact. Good balanced finish with a good bat path. Explosive hips. Good lower half. Ran a 7.38 60. 88 mph exit bat speed velocity. 81 mph infield velocity.

Daniel Ramos, SS/RHP, Hialeah Educational School, 2016
5-foot-11, 170 pound infielder with a loose athletic projectable body and a loose easy working arm. Can throw from different slots. Loose athletic actions with soft quick hands. Fields through the ball with light feet. Lacks ideal range for short stop but can make routine play. Good load and separation with an abbreviated leg kick at the plate. Loose bat with a good bat path. Lacks strength right now but power will come with added strength. Some lift in swing. Gets good extension through ball with a balanced finish. Ran a 7.28 60. 82 mph exit bat speed velocity. 79 mph infield velocity.

Travis Ray, 1B/3B, North Florida Christian, 2016
6-foot-1, 220 pound corner infielder with a thick strong body. Very physical kid. Moves well for a big guy with good actions and hands. Light on his feet with sound fielding mechanics. Plenty of arm for the left side of the infield. At the plate, he has good load and separation with some rhythm in approach. Erect, loose bat with good strength. Uses lower half well. Slightly uphill bat path. Can get the ball in the air. Had the highest exit bat speed velocity of 94 mph. Showed average ML power. On the mound he has a fluid delivery with good rhythm and a high ¾ slot. Loose easy working arm. Hides ball in back. Stays in line from second base to home plate. Fast ball is 79-81 mph with cut and run action. Change up is 75-76 mph and still a work in progress. Needs to finish it. Changes speeds well. Repeats delivery and throws strikes. Ran a 7.69 60. 94 mph exit bat speed. 83 mph infield velocity.

Tyler Robison, 3B/RHP, Ridgeview, 2017
6-foot, 215 pound corner infielder with a big thick strong body. At the plate he has a wide spread out stance with an erect bat. Good load with no stride and a quick bat with a good bat path. Barrel stays in the zone. Throws hands from back hip. Finishes with good hip action and balance. Has some lift in swing. Good strength in bat. Has good actions with plenty of arm for a corner guy. Fields the ball erect. Sits back on balls. Lacks flexibility, range and mobility for left side of infield. More of a first baseman. On the mound he had a short arm in back with a high ¾ slot. He took ball out in line and landed in line. Hid ball in back. Fast ball had some tilt at 78-81 mph. Dropped slot to throw the curve ball at 62-63 mph. It was a soft ¾ roller. Max effort delivery. Threw strikes. Ran a 8.8 60. 82 mph exit bat speed velocity. 78 mph infield velocity.

Gunner Smith, 2B/OF, Crawford Mosely, 2016
5-foot-10, 180 pound infielder/outfielder with a loose mature body and wide thick strong hips and thighs. Reminds me a little bit of Ron Cey. Very good actions with soft hands. Sure handed and light on his feet. Lacks ideal range for short stop but plenty for second or third base with plenty of arm strength. Has a short quick swing with bat speed and strength. Average ML raw power. Aggressive approach. Good load and separation with a good bat path. Barrel stays in the zone. Gets enough loft on swing to get ball in the air. Gets good extension through the ball. Ran a 7.32 60. 81 mph exit bat speed velocity. 75 mph infield velocity. 

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