TOS Notebook: First Workout Day
June 22, 2016
By Nathan Rode
CARY, NC—The USA Baseball Tournament of Stars kicked off Tuesday with the six teams running through a workout with the 60-yard dash, batting practice and infield/outfield. Games will take place Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday with another workout day on Friday.
USA Baseball will provide 60 times and we’ll pass them along them when we get them. Here are the rotations for Wednesday’s games:
LHP Nick Pratto (Huntington Beach HS, CA)
RHP Jon Stroman (La Cueva HS, NM)
LHP Richard Gilbert (San Antonio Johnson HS, TX)
LHP Sam Weatherly (Howell HS, MI)
Here are some highlights from the workout, separated out by team…
BRAVE: Looking at the roster, the first name to jump out for the Brave is OF/RHP Jordon Adell (Ballard HS, KY). With his lean and athletic 6-foot-3, 198-pound frame, the Louisville recruit certainly looks the part. His BP session was inconsistent, as his timing was off and he got jammed some. But when his timing was on, the ball jumped. He has some length to his swing, but flashed solid bat speed and flashed power to his pull side. At least five balls left the yard in his four rounds…2018 OF/LHP Mike Siani (William Penn Charter HS, PA) turned some heads with his arm strength. It’s above average and he got good carry to his throws from the outfield. They maintained a low trajectory and were on target. At the plate, he had a pull approach, with an upper cut swing and showed average raw power…SS Mark Vientos (Flanagan HS, FL) is squarely on the prospect radar as one of the top position players in the country and did nothing to dissuade that notion today. He showed a strong arm with carry on defense and then bat speed in BP as the ball was flying off his barrel to left and left-center field.