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A Look At the Under Armor Showcase

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by Rob Willer

Early Thoughts (Home-run Derby)-The day started off around 11:00 am where I met John Arguello of Cubs Den and Harry Pavlidis who contributes to a variety of things which include but are not limited to Baseball Prospectus, Washington Post and created Pitch/FX. We proceeded to the front row right next to the scout seats where the likes of Keith Law, Jim Hendry, Sahadev Sharma among many other great baseball minds. First up was the home-run derby and boy was that a show. The two stars of the day were Chase Vallot and Jacob Gatewood. Gatewood put up a very impressive six home-runs showing great bat speed as well as ability to drive the ball. Vallot followed Gatewood with an impressive performance of his own hitting 6 home-runs himself in the opening round. Projects more as a catcher but could end up at 1st base the ball really exploded off his bat. In the end, Gatewood won the derby by defeating Vallot in the final round setting the stage for the Under Armor Game.

Pitching Prospects

Touki Toussaint– Touki Toussaint is a RHP with a 6-2 195 lb. frame from Coral Springs, FL who attends Coral Springs Christian Academy. Toussaint was sitting 93-95 on his fastball through the inning he pitched.  Topping out around 97 while mixing in a big breaking curveball which sat around 73-75. Toussaint showed great poise by retiring the heart of the American League Lineup.

Dylan Cease– He repeats his delivery very well and seems very mature with his age. Like Toussaint he was bringing some serious heat sitting in the 92-95 range topping out at 97. When seeing him live it really seemed like his motion was very easy and retired the side 1-2-3. He ended the first with a high fastball to retire Dazmond Cameron quickly the pitch had a lot of movement on it.

Cobi Johnson- Johnson pitches for Mitchell High School in Holiday,Florida. He stands at a 6 foot 4 and provides us with a fastball that sits in 87-90 works well downhill as he gets a lot of downward movement. He mixed in a curve that sat at 77-79 mph, retired three of the five batters he faced giving up a walk and a single in his one inning of work.

Sam Hentges- Hentges is from Minnesota where he pitches at Mounds View High School. What makes Hentges unique is he is a left-hander that stands at 6 foot six he projects to be a power arm in the future. For his fastball he had it in the range from 86-88 and maxed at 89 on the radar gun for the day. Relatively uneventful half of an inning although he did make quick work of Alexis Pantoja striking him out on a high fastball. Overall has a solid delivery and looks to be ready for the MLB Draft already with his body type and track record.

Tyler Kolek- Kolek was the surprise of the day already looking like Jonathon Broxton mixing in a fastball that regularly sat between 94 and 97 miles per hour. His stocky build provides him with an established reliever body type. He measures at 6 foot 5 and 250 pounds with a power fastball that hit 99 miles on the gun. Very easy motion and repeated it well throughout his inning of work. Kolek definitely caught many scouts eyes when he regularly reached back for his plus fastball.

Tuesday: We will continue the Under Armor Recap with some of the top high school hitters in the country.

  • cap’n Obvious

    this article lost me very early, when Jim Hendry was referenced as being among other great baseball minds.

  • PLCB3

    Jim Hendry sucks. He gave me the finger in 2007.

    • Jedi

      That was a short week.

      • Josh Cornwall

        It was after CAPS yelled at his mom.

      • Josh Cornwall

        It was after CAPS yelled at his mom.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Maybe he goes by the MIB definition.

    • MinorLeagueRob

      That’s very unfortunate I got to be the batboy during that season during spring training was a great experience. I meant to say that it was good to see him. Got lost with all of the high profile names there.

  • AC0000000

    Jim Hendry sucks. He gave me the finger in 2007.

  • Bones

    So does Cashman take what Jim says and does the opposite? That sounds like a winner idea to me.

  • Despite what Sahadev Sharma may say, I’m personally cooling a bit on Chase Vallot. Harry Pavlidis and I are in agreement that Sam Hentges is the sleeper of this showcase.

    • MinorLeagueRob

      Yea crazy the size of him really has a chance to be something special.

      • John Arguello and I were likening his ++ size ceiling is that of a young Dan Vogelbach.

      • MinorLeagueRob

        John’s a great guy. I have attended a few Cougars game with him very knowledgeable.

  • Despite what Sahadev Sharma may say, I’m personally cooling a bit on Chase Vallot. Harry Pavlidis and I are in agreement that Sam Hentges is the sleeper of this showcase.

  • Doc Raker

    Where is the Under Armour showcase taking place? How is the food? The food at Cooperstown All Star Village was absolutely horrible, I am just recovering from a week of malnutrition.

    • Dusty Baylor

      Lol..yeah the CSV food is great for kids, not so much for adults.
      I umpired there this summer….what an otherwise great experience for the kids though. I mean, it seemed.

      • Doc Raker

        Our kids had a hard time eating it it was so bad. Everything was out of a box, high in sodium. Cosco ‘chicken’ nuggets for lunch with cold cuts surrounded by fly’s. A wasp nest at the coke machine. Breakfast had eggs that tasted like rubber, no real juices just wasp infested fountain drinks for breakfast. Dinners weren’t so bad, the taco meat wasn’t bad but it was still there on the floor and tables the next morning at breakfast. I complained and invited Pres Marty Patton and head hench man Buckett to breakfast. Marty no showed and Buckett and I met over slightly improved eggs and a clean mess hall, “the place looks clean today Buckett, maybe they knew you were coming.” I served Buckett some eggs but he didn’t touch them at all while he explained how they meet the Dept of Health Standards for kids camps. The baseball is great though, our kids had a blast since we brought outside food into feed them.
        I heard the food was better at Dreams Park, who knows, neither park is concerned about repeat business.

      • Dusty Baylor

        Lol… Bucket is something else. He has a lot of great stories for sure. There are a lot of teams who go every year. One of the teams I went with got beat 28-0 in 4 innings. Oof…

      • Doc Raker

        The skill level of the teams varied greatly, we mercied 4 out of the 6 pool games we had. The pitching we faced was like batting practice until our second playoff game. We were sharing a braclet so we could rotate a different dad through the bunkhouse every night, a share the misery/ responsibilty philosophy. Bucket didn’t like it, he called me a cheat and a liar. Never mind I called ahead and got no definitive answer on the sharing coaches duties and another parent got a go ahead. “It’s against the rules to share a bracelet, your a cheat and a liar.” i said, ‘Don’t get pissed with me because your people don’t know your own rules. If you served edible food we wouldn’t need to share bunkhouse duty. Your a half wit asshole who can’t think outside of his bureaucratic check the box mentality. What’s the big deal if a different coach stays in the bunkhouse each night?” “Because it is against the rules” The half wit asshole kept repeating. “Marty is pissed, he is going to escort you off the property.” I don’t give a f#### about Marty, he’s a money grabbing charleton that doesn’t feed me or my kids properly.” Glad to be home.

      • Dusty Baylor

        LOL!! Nice!!! I’m glad to hear someone stood up for themselves. When I was there, the 13 umpires were crammed into a small bunkhouse….there was not nearly enough room to hang all the clothes/equipment up, and the washers were broken from Saturday-Wednesday. Other than that the experience was good. I did learn a lot about working with 2, 3 , and 4 man crews.

    • MinorLeagueRob

      Wrigley Field. Estimate on the crowd was somewhere around 3000. Great experience to be up close near the dugouts. Players from both sides were very nice in the fact they signed things for kids. Not as big as the Perfect Game showcase in San Diego but still a great event.

  • Doc Raker

    Where is the Under Armour showcase taking place? How is the food? The food at Cooperstown All Star Village was absolutely horrible, I am just recovering from a week of malnutrition.

  • Seymour Butts

    This was a completely different article than I expected from the title.

    • Grown men fawning over high school boys tends to catch me off-guard as well.

  • Seymour Butts

    This was a completely different article than I expected from the title.