By Sean Duncan

CARY, N.C. – Friday was the workout portion of the Tournament of Stars at USA Baseball’s training complex. The position players were put through positional workouts on the third day of the event, with games resuming on Saturday. From there, the list of potential national team members will be whittled down significantly.

Once again, several Midwest players showed well during the workout portion. Observations and other items:

♦ OF Alex Krupa (Greenwood HS, IN) unofficially ran the second-fastest 60 time at the Tournament of Stars, checking in at a 6.62. The Indiana recruit narrowly missed the fastest time of 6.60, ran by OF Ryan Boldt (Red Wing, MN). On Thursday, Krupa ran a 3.81 home to first on a 4-3 put-out. In my opinion, after three days of observation, don’t be surprised if Krupa makes the cut to the final workouts next week. His speed and outfield prowess put him in the upper-echelon that I’ve seen.

2B Ro Coleman (Simeon HS, IL) was perhaps the biggest winner of the entire Tournament of Stars. Not a national name, Coleman put on a defensive show in game action, and continued to impress during the workouts. The generously listed 5-foot-6 Coleman was nothing short of spectacular during the workout session, both defensively and offensively. The switch-hitter was lacing line drives during situational hitting like a precision fungo hitter. Defensively, Coleman stacked up with the best middle infielders in the country. Coleman’s stock went through the roof over the last three days. Don’t be surprised if Coleman makes the cut as well.

Coleman’s teammate, OF Corey Ray (Simeon HS, IL) also showed well during workouts and should be on the short-list of outfielders to make the team. Instinctively, Ray is a top-level outfielder and he always seems to rise to the occasion on the big stage.

MIF Connor Heady (North Oldham HS, KY) also was a standout performer among an overall weak middle infield group. Heady is committed to Kentucky.

I had to leave for the airport, so I did not get to see the catchers work out, and pitchers did not throw.