Texas All-State Games: Quick Hits (Part 2)


Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

WACO, TX - Watching this group take BP was a lot of fun. But first we would like to give a shoutout to Coach Brian Fisher, who threw to all 81 hitters, earning his second CG performance at a PBR Event. Today we are gonna take a look at several players from Sunday that stood out offensively. There was plenty of talent on display and stay tuned for more standouts the rest of the week.

2020 OF Elijah Nunez (Arlington Martin HS) is a fast-twitch athlete that makes everything on a baseball field look easy. The left-handed hitter has a calm setup at the plate with relaxed rhythm and a lower hand position. Repeats his hack and is consistently on time with the barrel staying in the zone a long time. Nunez is a top of the order hitter with speed, but there is also present gap power that should continue to improve as he matures. He can flip a ball the other way with two strikes, or turn on a fastball and drive it into the pull side gap. Best description is dynamic, with a high ceiling.

2020 SS Jorge Figueroa (Southlake Carroll HS) is a quality player and more of a “Gamer” than a workout guy because his measurables don’t jump off the page, but when you watch him play, you know that he can do it in the middle of the field. The right-handed hitter hammered a ball off the left field wall for an extra base hit during the game, and the ball sticks in his glove on the infield. Listed at 6-foot, 180-pounds, Figueroa can make all the throws at shortstop, start and finish the pivot, and plays on the run. High Baseball IQ, confident presence.

2021 1B Daylan Pena hails from a talented Veterans Memorial HS team down in Corpus Christi that made a run to the UIL State Semi-Finals last season. He started on that club and for folks that follow Corpus Baseball, they have two of the biggest power bats in the state on one team. Pena posted an exit velocity of 95 mph and the ballpark went silent during his BP as he hammered balls to the pullside with light-tower power, including two home runs. Didn’t have much to show for it during the game, but he did make some really good passes on a couple of balls that he just missed and popped up.

2020 OF Jaylan Hill (Frisco HS) has added strength this fall as he now stands 6-foot-2, 208-pounds. The switch hitter has raw strength from both sides of the plate and barrels it up much the same way he did this summer when he was highlighted in our Texas Limited Series Tournament at UH. Hill threw 91 from the outfield and posted an exit velocity of 103.

2020 SS Elijah Uribe (Lake Creek HS) collected a couple of knocks on Sunday and showed a relaxed feel to hit with loose hands and an exit velocity of 89 mph. The right-handed hitter starts from a tall stance, then loads back smooth as he triggers his hands and uses a high leg lift to generate leverage. His barrel stays in the zone a long time, working on an upward plane creating lift and carry. Showed quality arm strength across the infield at 88 mph.

2020 SS/3B Carson Ozmer (Guyer) was impressive during BP as the right-handed hitter showed off fast-strong hands that generate the type of bat speed (93 mph) that will draw the attention of college recruiters.

2020 SS Jacob Evangelista (Klein Collins HS) has added strength this fall and it showed with the bat on Sunday. The right-handed hitter launched a triple to left-centerfield during the game. Simple swing with a short, balanced leg kick and a direct path give him room for error. On the infield, he has soft hands to go with a fast exchange.

2020 C/OF Robert Antonetti (Grapevine HS) posted an exit velocity of 97 mph and threw  84 mph from the crouch. Has really improved behind the plate in the past year and ran a 7.19 60-yard dash, but the bat is still his best tool, and he will be an impact hitter early in his collegiate career.

2020 OF/2B Evan Cameron (College Park HS) put on a laser show through the middle of the field during BP. The right-handed hitter has loose hands and collected two knocks during the game.

2021 C Nick Lazzara (Dallas Jesuit) has power from both sides of the plate. Late in game three, batting from the left side, he scorched a double to deep right-centerfield.

 

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