AZDR Prospect Snapshot: St. Marys’ Gino Caperon (2018 Uncommitted)
St. Mary’s High School has produced some of Arizona high school baseball’s greatest success stories. From Andre Ethier to Brian Matusz to Nick Evans, the Knights’ baseball program has sent numerous players to the next level over the years. And while he may not be a future major leaguer, Gino Caperon looks to most certainly be an impact performer at the college level.
Gino has been a 4 year starter for the Knights, playing 2nd base and center field. He was also a standout on the St. Mary’s football team at wide receiver for 3 years before deciding to concentrate on baseball.
Gino is exceptionally athletic, with good quickness and speed. He’s run a 6.6 in the 60 yard dash and is an excellent base runner. He led the 4A conference in stolen bases last season with 19 and was not thrown out all season long.
Gino plays with All Star Baseball Academy in the summer and fall, and he was a big contributor when ASBA won the Arizona Connie Mack World Series Qualifier to qualify for the prestigious Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, NM.
Gino has hit over .300 for the last 3 seasons for the Knights, and last season he was named 1st Team All Region for his efforts.
At 6-0 170 Gino already has good strength to his body but will only get stronger over the next few years.
He generates plus bat speed (he was 92 MPH off the Tee with wood at the AZDR Fall Showcase) and has a flat bat path that keeps the barrel in the zone a long time.
Gino has not committed to a college yet, but the program that secures him will get a very versatile performer who will be a great teammate and a solid player.
20 Questions with Gino Caperon
All time favorite Major Leaguer ? Ken Griffey, Jr.
Favorite current Major Leaguer? Miguel Cabrera
Who has been the biggest influence on you athletically? My strength and conditioning coach
One word to describe your style of play? Scrappy
What is the one thing most people don’t know about you? I am humble and like speding time by myself
4 artists currently in my mp3 player? Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, New Edition, Led Zeppelin
Favorite Movie? Star Wars
On my secluded island, strand me with … Ellen Hoog and Grete Sadeiko
In 10 years I hope to be….Playing Pro baseball and a therapist for teens and young adults
Refreshing beverage of choice? Arnold Palmer
Three people I’d like to have at my dinner table. Jackie Robinson, Desmond T. Ross, Louis Zamperini
What’s on the menu for your perfect dinner? Barbecue Bacon Burger
When they make the movie based on your life, who gets the starring role? Chadwick Boseman
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
In my spare time, when I’m not playing baseball, I like to…. Listen to music, walk my dog and play video games
Best player I’ve played against? Jacob Gonzalez
Best teammate I’ve had? Andrew Kulis
Beach or Mountains? Beach
Favorite TV shows? Stranger Thnigs & Parks and Recreation
Most embarassing moment on the baseball field.Running out to play defense with my helmet on