Downstate JUCO Sophomore Showcase: Stats and Highlights

Jared Carrier
Scouting Director

This past Saturday Prep Baseball Report-New York along with Pro Prospects Training Center teamed up to work out Junior College Sophomores in unison with the Downstate Unsigned Senior showcase. There were 70+ recruitable athletes on the field at once.

Let's take a look at how the JUCO players measured up:

2017 Downstate JUCO Sophomore Showcase / Position Players

2017 Downstate JUCO Sophomore Showcase / Pitchers


INF/RHP Jose De La Cruz, Westchester CC, NY
One of the top standouts as he showed next level ability both as a position player and RHP. Running a 6.93 60; the RHH showed bat speed and a line drive approach (93 MPH exit velocity). Impressive range and above average arm at 91 MPH across the diamond. On the bump De La Cruz sat 88-90 featuring a late breaking CB/SL and a power change at 79-80 MPH.

SS Wataru Kazama, Sussex CC, NJ
Sleek defender with an above average release and accuracy. 5-foot-7 145 pounds of fast twitch muscle; can handle either 2B or SS as arm also works across the diamond (82 MPH). Left-handed bat that can spray it around. Ran a 6.81 60.

C Tyler Goff, Sussex CC, NJ
Full bodied catcher at 5-foot-10 210 pounds. Pop time ranged between 1.97-2.07 with his arm strength up to 75 MPH with carry. Quiet approach from the left side, stayed through the middle of the field with a line drive approach.

RHP Leonel De La Rosa, Sullivan CC, NY
Dynamic 5-foot-10 165 RHP that showed a quick arm and down-in-the-zone command of the fastball that sat 86-88 MPH, touching off one at 89 MPH. Repeats delivery while flashing a down action changeup/split at 72-73 and a late breaking slurve/slider at 72-73 MPH. Up tempo pace.

OF Cain Ruiz, Sullivan CC, NY
Scrappy 5-foot-7 160 pound outfielder who attended both the upstate and downstate event. Accurate arm with some carry and had a tremendous batting practice showing some punch to both gaps, more so his pull side. Last week showed more of a contact approach, this week he let if fly. Ran a 7.17 60/85 Exit Velo/78 MPH from the OF.  Hard nosed player.

INF/OF Manny Nova, Sullivan CC, NY
Like Ruiz, Nova showed more pop in his bat this week and matched his 6.79 60. More of a secondbaseman he showed the athleticism from the outfield and at SS once again with arm strength that will work all-around (83 from OF/85 on the INF). High-end athletic player packed into a 5-foot-10 194 pound frame.

SS/RHP Manny Rojas, Sullivan CC, NY
Similar to his teammates that attended again, Rojas showed an improved effort with a balanced and repeatable line drive approach through the middle of the field with an strong left side arm and extended range. 7.03 60/86 MPH exit/83 MPH from the INF. Also showed better feel on the mound at 83-85 MPH with a sharper breaking ball at 70-71 MPH.

C/RHP Ramiro Milar, Oakton CC, IL (Attending Borough of Manhattan CC this fall; January ready)
The most intriguing player at the event as the backstop ran a 6.81 60 and showed above average arm strength behind the plate (80 MPH) with a 1.92-2.03 pop range. A bit raw on the mound at 83-85 with late tilting slider at 72-73 MPH. Exit velocity of 89 MPH


1B Joselito Castro, 1B, Sullivan CC, NY
Big bodied 6-foot-1 220 pound right-handed hitter with some bat speed. Showed some strength to his pull side during BP

RHP Jonathan Vasquez, Sullivan CC, NY
Long and lean at 6-foot-4 175 pounds. Some short arming in his arm swing but was 83-85, touching 87 MPH with some life. Command could improve, physical frame still developing.

C Geremy Rodriguez, Sullivan CC, NY
Switch-hitting backstop with some bat speed. Clean exchange and footwork with a pop time range of 2.06-2.13.

INF Matthew Guzman, Sullivan CC, NY
Athletic frame at 6-foot-1 185 pounds, the RHH 3B/SS ran a 6.97 60 and flashed a steady glove and a 83 MPH arm across the infield. Line drive results with some gap potential during BP.

OF Jurg Steiger, Sullivan CC, NY
Ran a 6.95 60 and was 87 MPH from the OF. The lefty hitter/thrower was mostly pull in BP but showed some pop that way.

C Kevin Tapia, Borough of Manhattan CC, NY
Physical  catcher at 5-foot-10 210 pounds. Strong arm at 77 MPH with his pop range around 2.07-2.12.

3B Christopher Nunez, Borough of Manhattan CC, NY
6-foot-0 205 RHH who flashed some gap ability. Steady left side defender, may slide to 1B at the 4-year level.

OF Anthony Carida, Sussex CC, NJ
Muscular 5-foot-11 175 pound frame with some late acceleration through the zone; middle of the field approach. Corner outfield mold; steady defender. 7.2 60/84 Exit/ 77 MPH arm from the OF.

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