Under The Radar Prospects



Trey Sofio
Louisiana Scouting Director

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As the 2015 summer season is winding down, Prep Baseball Report Louisiana will take a look a few 2016 and 2017 graduates that are flying under the radar right now, but should be seeing their stocks rise in the very near future.

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Under The Radar Prospects

+ Hunter Romero, C/1B, St. Paul’s HS(2016)
A 6-foot-1, 210-pound catcher and first baseman with a large, developed frame with a strong lower half and muscular build. Right-handed hitter with a present college level hit and power tool. Shows a short, compact stroke with flat path through the zone, creating natural leverage in swing and shows advanced bat speed and strength at contact. Went on a tear this summer where he went 14-for-21 in the WWBA tournament in Atlanta. Primary position is catcher right now, and displays adequate abilities behind the plate with solid arm strength and a consistent 2.1 pop time to second base. Profiles more as a first baseman, where he displays solid athleticism and defensive ability at that spot.

+ Jeffery Elkins, OF, AES HS(2017)
A 5-foot-10, 165-pound outfielder with an average, lean, athletic body. Right-handed hitter that hits from a slight crouch setup with a slight load, leg kick, explosive lower half, and solid balance. Displays a compact, short path with a gap to gap approach and quality bat speed. Solid defensive outfielder with soft hands, fluid footwork, clean exchange, plays through well, and solid arm strength out of a mid-3/4 release with solid carry on throws.

+ Austin Kirkirkpatrick, C, Teurlings Catholic HS(2016)
A 6-foot-1, 155-pound catcher and outfielder with a lean, athletic frame. Outstanding defensive catcher that shows advanced ability to receive, block and throw at a high level with a pop time of 1.86. Shows easy athleticism behind the dish with loose hips, a high energy level, and the ability to control a pitching staff. Right-handed hitter with a balanced setup, smooth load, short stride, efficient lower half and solid balance. Displays quality bat speed with a level path, line-drive approach and fluid rhythm that stays gap to gap with occasional pull pop.

+ Kobe Cazes, RHP, Chalmette HS(2017)
A 6-foot, 155-pound right-handed pitcher with an average, athletic frame that has projection. Clean, long, loose arm action into a high-3/4 release with smooth rhythm throughout the delivery. Fastball sits 80-83 and has touched 85 mph with slight run that is consistently commanded well. Shows advanced feel to spin a breaking ball with 11/5 shape, depth and tight spin at 70-72 mph. Also flashes a change up with near fastball arm speed and fade action at 72-75 mph.

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