Prep Baseball Report

Summer Standouts: South Region 2024s

PBR Florida
PBR Florida Staff

After a long hot summer down in the sunshine state, we want to look back at the many players who stood out at showcases this year. Plenty of committed and uncommitted talent from each high school class made a name for themselves this summer and really stood out to our scouting staff.

Last Monday, we introduced our 2021 Summer Standout series. This series will highlight players from each class that really stood out at our events this summer. Throughout this Summer Standout Series, we will get ready for our State Games this Fall with the theme of #RepYourRegion. Each standout article will be broken down region by region. Today, we will continue with the South Region 2024 Standouts.

South Region 2024 Standouts

Frank Avila SS / 2B / Riviera Prep, FL / 2024

5-foot-6, 130-pound lean athletic build. Capable at the plate, the right-handed hitter had a max exit velocity of 83 mph. Started in an athletic tall stance with a slow controlled load, then used a short stride. Bat speed is developing, shows a short upward swing plane and high finish. He found some barrels with some loud contact. Up the middle approach. Smooth while in the infield, made throws at velocities up to 77 mph; shows athletic feet, soft sure hands, and a clean developing exchange. Fields the ball out front, movements laterally were average. Showed consistent accuracy to the base with a short arm action and a ¾ slot. Clocked a time of 7.41 in the 60-yard dash.

Noah Ditas SS / 2B / American Heritage, FL / 2024

5-foot-8, 145-pound lean athletic build. Solid in the box, the right-handed hitter had a max exit velocity of 90 mph. (68.84 mph bat speed average). (21.09 mph hand speed average). Starts in a balanced athletic stance with a slow controlled load, then uses a controlled short stride. Bat speed was above average, used an uphill swing plane and level finish. Found multiple barrels with some loud contact. Gap to gap line drive approach. Athletic in the infield, had a live arm with throws that topped out at 88 mph; showed a clean exchange, soft consistent hands, and athletic rhythmic feet. Fielded the ball out front with athletic movement laterally. Consistent accuracy to the bases, used a high ¾ slot with a long arm action. Showed his athleticism during the event with a sub-seven 60 time of 6.62.

Jayden Dubanewicz RHP / OF / Stoneman Douglas , FL / 2024

6-foot, 150-pound lean athletic frame. Above average on the mound, used a ¾ arm angle and a consistent arm action while showing quick above average arm speed. Tall-and-fall type pitcher who shows easy effort. During his delivery balance point is tall with even shoulders. Lands square with a clean finish. Sat with his fastball at 80-83 mph and topped out at 84 mph; had a heavy fastball that showed late running action and command very consistent around the zone. (Max spin 1966; Avg 1850). Threw his tight slider (71-74) with sweeping action and consistent low in the zone command. (Max spin 2092; Avg 2024).

Michael Escobar 2B / 3B / Gulliver Prep, FL / 2024

5-foot-9, 140-pound lean athletic frame. Capable during batting practice, Escobar had an exit velocity of 84 mph. (60.02 mph bat speed average). (22.79 mph hand speed average). Begins in a balanced crouched stance with a quick controlled load, then uses a short leg kick stride. Has average bat speed, short rotational swing plane and high finish. Found some barrels with some loud contact. Pull side line drive approach. Smooth in the infield, his best throw was registered at 78 mph; has soft sure hands, a quick natural exchange, and athletic rhythmic feet. Fields the ball out front, movements laterally were athletic. Used a low ¾ slot with a short arm action while showing consistent accuracy to the base. Clocked a 60 time of 7.33 at the event.

Devin Fitz-Gerald SS / RHP / Stoneman Douglas, FL / 2024

Fitz-Gerald is a 5-foot-9, 160 pound shortstop from Stoneman Douglas. He plays travel ball with TBT Fitz. Devin is one of two 2024s on this year's Future Games squad. An above average defender at both middle infield spots. Soft hands with a quick release. Offensively, is a switch hitter who has started to show gap to gap power potential. Aggressive swing with the ability to find the barrel.

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