Notes From The Yard (3-23-18)
If you know me, you know how much I value energy and effort in a player. Nick has this in abundance. Defensively he has good quickness and athletic footwork. The hands are soft and he has good arm strength as well. He’s a very tough out at the plate (he hit .524 in 2017 with 18 extra base hits) and has surprising juice in the plate for a smaller guy.
Another MDN player who caught my eye was freshman OF Rafael Armenta. He’s a very physically developed player for his age and shows good athleticism. At the plate he sets up in a balanced stance and the swing has a lot of buggy whip to it. He’ll be an interesting one to watch for the next couple of years.
You can make a pretty convincing argument that the best infield in 6A belongs to the O’Connor Eagles.
With Nolan Gorman (Arizona) at third, Jayce Easley at SS (Oregon State), Noah Burgarello at 2B (Utah) and Mason Skaugrud at 1B, they are a solid defensive group.
Offensively, Gorman is obviously an elite player. Easley is a catalyst type player at the top of the order and an aggressive base runner. Burgarello has added a ton of quality strength to his body over the last year, and Skaugrud is emerging as a legit bat (.395 with 4 doubles) providing protection in the lineup for Gorman.
I’ve mentioned his name before, but SDO 2019 OF Amari Bartee continues to develop into a solid prospect. He covers a ton of ground in CF, and while the arm doesn’t blow you away, its adequate for a CF. At 6-2 175 the frame is very projectable. At the plate the swing has a good path. The barrel gets in the zone early and he generates good bat speed. He homered against Perry when I saw him. I see a lot of Brennan Davis (Basha) in him.
Another good looking young OF is 2020 Noah Nithman. He’s a decent runner (6.9 ish) with some fast twitch to his actions. He’s a switch hitter. I saw him from the left side this time and he homered. He sets up in an upright stance and has a long stride. He gets good separation and produces very good bat speed. He’s hitting .444 at present.
There have been 3 Crenshaw boys contributing to the success of Perry High in recent years.
Big brother Wacy is a now a sophomore at Glendale CC.
Senior Wyatt patrols the outfield for the Pumas.
Perhaps the most projectable of the group is sophomore Dustin Crenshaw, who is playing 3rd for the Pumas.
I love the left handed swing. It’s a flat bat path and he releases the barrel head effortlessly with his hands. He has a lot of athleticism in him and has shown the ability to play multiple positions on the field. Dustin has wiry strength in his lean frame and should add significant strength in the future.
Chandler High has a number of talented underclass players who are seeing significant playing time.
2019 OF Javan Ah’quin has been tearing it up this spring. He’s hitting .532 with 7 doubles and 19 RBIs. He’s a football player as well, and he clearly doesn’t shy away from the weight room. The swing is short and compact and he shows the ability to use the field well. He sets up in a wide stance wit a toe tap trigger. Defensively he moves well and is an average runner. The arm plays well from the outfield.
Sophomore IF/OF Efrain Manzo is a good looking prospect. At 6-2 180 the frame projects very well going forward. He DH’ed on the day I saw him. He gets great separation from a wide stance with a short stride. He looks very hitterish in the box and has a lot of fast twitch to his game. Possible dude alert here.
2020 1B Luke Bass is a physical young player. He’s a big bodied guy but moves pretty well (ran a respectable 4.35 down the line). At the plate he sets up in a balanced stance with a simple load to separation. He shows a nice flat bat path with the barrel in the zone early. He has big time power potential going forward.
2019 3B/ RHP Nate Rohlicek is a guy I’ve seen before, but he continues to grow on me as a player. He has some good strength to his frame and some twitchiness to his actions. He made a couple of tough plays at third look pretty easy and had a couple of hits in the game.
2018 LHP/OF Brandon O’Neill made the start for Chandler on the mound and also hit. He’s a good looking athlete. The delivery was balanced, the arm was clean and he varied his delivery to provide deception. He worked at 79-81 on the gun. I like him at the plate. The swing is pure, great barrel path and very good extension. I had him at 4.2 down the line from the left side as well.
Show Low came to town for an early afternoon tilt at American Leadership Academy, and the Cougars had a couple of players I liked.
2018 SS Trent Williams is a big physical player who profiles as a 1B at the next level. The bat will really play going forward. He’s very quiet in the box and the swing path is solid. The ball comes off his bat hot. I filmed him recently at Glendale CC and he committed there shortly after.
2019 Catcher Zach Edwards is an athletic backstop with very good quickness. He made a couple of difficult blocks, and while he’s a bit raw, his receiving/ framing skills are pretty good. I had him at a 2.0 pop on a steal attempt.