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West Florida Select: Day 3 Scout Blog

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PBR Florida Staff

The PBRT West Florida Select continued at IMG Academy with action all day from the Upperclass and Underclass Divisions. The tournament will last four days with a winner in each division determined on Monday. Today, we will take a look at our Scout Notes from Day 3 at the West Florida Select. See who stood out to our PBR Florida Scouts.

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Cristien Banda LHP / 1B / Gahr, CA / 2022

Long Beach State commit. Cali lefthander closed things out for the Blue Jays. Funky crossfire delivery with a quick arm. Worked 86-89 from the left side mixing a breaking ball at 69-70 that he tunneled well low in the zone. 


Jake Bechtel OF / RHP / East Lake, FL / 2023

6-foot-4, 205 pounds. Large, filled out frame. Dual sport athlete and shows the strength at the plate to go along with bat control. Balls jump off the barrel. 


Lahiem Bell C / OF / Vero Beach, FL / 2022

Strong frame and continues to use it to his advantage showing power to all fields. Has been on time and on the barrel all summer long and looks to continue that trend for weeks to come. 


Caden Brown OF / LHP / Inspiration Academy , FL / 2023

Brown was in the middle of a huge offensive game from the Kingfish in the quarterfinals. Athletic frame with quick twitch actions at the plate. Drove a high fastball out of the park to right for a two-run homer. Moves well defensively in center field as well. Uncommitted 2023 follow. 


Kayden Dean OF / Inspiration Academy, FL / 2023

Uber-athletic build. Solid, muscular frame with strength throughout. A lot of potential here if he can become consistent with the swing the power is there. Loud contact off the bat. 


Andrew Duncan OF / RHP / Bishop McLaughlin , FL / 2023

The Florida State commit was working FB/CH combo today, FB command was a bit spotty but kept everything low at the knees. CH has potential to be a plus pitch with splitting action. 

FB: 88-90
CH: 79-82


Timothy Dunn SS / RHP / Land O Lakes, FL / 2022

Lean, athletic frame. Room to add strength. Dunn has swung a hot stick this weekend barreling balls up in each game. Stays simple and is balanced and on time consistently. Shows a line drive approach. 


Daniel Englert RHP / OF / TNXL Tampa, FL / 2022

Englert threw a gem going seven innings, allowing one run on five hits with three strikeouts. He pounded the zone and mixed his pitches well keeping hitters off balance. 


Ryan Gargett C / RHP / Inspiration Academy, FL / 2023

Durable, thick frame with raw strength. Turns on pitches middle in with ease. Gets the hands extended for the most part and can really do some damage when he squares it up. Multiple extra base hits to his credit. 


Rolando Jimenez SS / 3B / Tampa Catholic, FL / 2023

Has looked solid at short this weekend. Quality lateral movement, overall solid defender. Offensively, he has had a hit in every game, leadoff type hitter, compact, level swing. Stays on the barrel. 6-7 so far in 4 games.  


Jonathan Martinez SS / SS / Homeschool, FL / 2025

We have really liked the way Martinez moved at short. Advanced feel, rhythm, light on his feet and quality hands. Offensively, has a short swing with quick hands. Uses the whole field to his advantage. 


Caden McDonald RHP / 1B / Sickles , FL / 2023

Athletic 6-foot-2, 185 pound frame. Got the start for SWFL going to 3.1 innings. Allowed two runs with five strikeouts. Worked a three pitch mix. Fastball sat 81-84, curveball 68-70, changeup 72-75. 


Hayden McElreath OF / RHP / Hudson , FL / 2024

Has helped lead his team to the 1 seed this weekend going 5-9 from the top of the order. Shown a balanced, simple swing with ability to adjust plane and stay on the barrel. 


Isaiah Mejia 2B / RHP / Trinity Christian, FL / 2025

Athletic two-way has made a big impact for FTB Tucci's lineup this weekend. Balanced athletic stance with a simple line drive swing. Shows present bat speed and the ability to use the whole field. Quickness plays on the bases as well. 


Augie Mojica RHP / 3B / Bishop McLaughlin, FL / 2022

Mojica flashes the upside on the mound. Long, wiry frame and could become consistent with the fluctuating velo when he puts some weight on. Showed a compact, fast arm from a ¾ slot. High spin and FB had some ride to it. Breaking ball has some late life with big shape. Up to 91 on the fastball Sunday. 


Mike Palenzuela 1B / Braddock, FL / 2024

Showed mature actions with a nice and easy delivery. Rhythmic windup and transfers the weight well. Compact arm motion from a high ¾ slot. Attacks with FB and flipped in a couple sweeping breaking balls when down in the zone. FIU commit

FB: 79-82 T83
CB: 64-67



John Smith OF / Lennard, FL / 2022

Smith had a big game for FBH in the quarterfinals. Lean, athletic frame with a balanced athletic swing. Launched a two-run homer to left early in the game and followed it up with a RBI single later on. 


Conley Strayer OF / Plant, FL / 2022

Athletic, cut up frame. Smooth swing from the left side. Confident at the plate with a line drive approach. Knack for the barrel as the hit tool continues to show up. Uses the whole field. 


Kyson Witherspoon SS / RHP / Fletcher , FL / 2022

Quick twitch ability. Uses the hands well with the ability to be on time. Gets the barrel out front consistently and drove the gaps in games. 




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