Notes from the Yard (10-13-17)
10- 7-17 All Star Baseball Academy versus Paradise Valley CC
ASBA is one of the longest tenured summer/fall programs in Arizona and always a source of quality players who are coached and taught to play the right way.
Coaches Roumaldo Romero and Dean Budrow have always done it the right way. Romero spends the spring attending a ton of games and always finds players with tools who need some refinement and a place to grow and prosper.
Even without several of their best players on this day due to SAT testing/vacations and football (St. Mary’s Gino Caperon. Corona’s Matt Novis, Mingus’ Tyler Kelly, Prescott’s Ryan Greene) they still roll out a quality group.
2018 SS Logan McDonald from Millenium has always been a guy that I like. He plays with good energy and has smooth defensive actions and a good arm (81 across the diamond at Wed night’s AZDR Showcase). He’s going to continue to improve as he adds strength and speed to his 5-10 160 pound frame. He’s a 7.2 runner right now and showed a very respectable 85 MPH exit velo with wood on Wednesday.
2018 RHP Andrew Kulis from Cottonwood Mingus is an interesting follow. The arm works very well, a clean circle with some arm speed. He was up to 84 with a 2 plane 75 MPH slurvish breaking ball that shows some promise. He’s a lean 6-0 165 with a lot of room for added growth.
The best player on the field on this day was 2016 Desert Mountain grad Jake Halland, who is playing the outfield and 3rd base for PV. He’s added about 25 pounds of muscle since graduating high school and has improved his speed significantly as well. He’s a left handed bat who has always had some juice, but the ball is really jumping off the barrel now. He cranked a triple deep up the gap in right center and flashed his speed. After spending last year at Howard College in Texas, he’s at PV and will be a real nice pick up for a D1 program for next years.
It was also good to see 2017 Mountain Ridge grad Tristan “Chip” Thomas on the mound again. He’s serving a 2 way role for the Pumas this fall, but I’ve always liked his mound game . He was up to 84 (I’ve seen 87 in the past) and has natural heavy run and sink with the fastball. He has a very good 2 plane curve ball with very good late life that is going to be a very effective college breaking ball.
10-8-17 Angels Scout Team vs Benedictine
Angels SS Cole Lopez is a Skyline 2018 who had the unfortunate task of playing in an infield that included Boyd VanderKooi last spring, so saw limited time. He’s slick with the glove with excellent feet and showed adequate arm strength to stay on the left side of the bag at the next level. He’s a football guy too (which I love). I didn’t get a time down the line, but he looks to be a plus runner for sure. This is definitely a guy to keep an eye on.
Breckyn Montano (2018 Verrado RHP) threw for the Angels and is an interesting arm. He had a good 2017 season for Verrado tossing 35 innings with a 1.39 ERA. He has a long arm stroke with an over the top delivery. At 6-2 175 he gets good downhill plane, and he showed the ability to work both sides of the plate with the fastball. He was up to 83 on the gun, and mixed in a couple of firm 77 MPH slider shaped breaking balls that had some good late movement. The frame is very projectable down the road.