Preseason All-State: OF Analysis From Feb. 15th



Dan Cevette
Director, New York

It's been 10-days since the MEGA All-State Showcase held at beautiful Accelerate Sports in Whitesboro, NY. The dust has settled, the smoke has cleared out, and the OF reports are in. A very special thanks to the players, families, and coaches that braved the winter-weather and witnessed a truly special event. Here's a look at the OF's who attended Feb. 15th and what we saw.

Kenny Cruz, OF, SOTA HS, NY (2016)
Cruz stands an impressive 6-foot-2, 200-pounds with an athletic, pro-size body. From the outfield he moves extremely athletic, can track balls with ease – evidenced by his 6.63 60 yard dash. Highly athletic prospect, Cruz keeps the ball in front of his body, uses a cow hop, transfer is slow but hand speed is quick and arm is becoming more fluid. 84 mph arm strength from the OF with good carry. At the plate Cruz carries a big stick, and swings like a grown man. His 92 mph exit velocity only tells half the story, during bp he put on an impressive display attacking the ball out in front. Short path to the ball, slightly inclined path, producing power. Prospect on the climb.

Dillan Wilkinson, OF, Liverpool, NY (2016)
Wilkinson stands a sturdy 5-foot-9, 165-pounds with signs of more to come. At the plate he swings a next-level bat from the left-side. Quiet approach, knee lift on the pitch with a back load. Hands power to the ball, short path, barrel gets slightly inclined creating back spin. He attacks the ball out in front of the plate with a highly athletic, balanced swing. We really like his bat. From the outfield he plays faster than he really is. Reacts fast, glove is smooth, clean quick transfer, arm is just average but his release is above average making his arm better. Very good next-level player.

Garrett Boldt, OF, Olean HS, NY (2017) stands an athletic 5-foot-10, 155-pounds and is one of the rawest athletes I have seen this past year. Incredible 'God-Given' tools that project him as a lock at the next-level in the outfield. Extreme quickness evidenced by his 6.67 60 yard dash, 85 mph outfield arm with carry - will only get better. This young, versatile sophomoric also swings a solid stick from the left-side showing middle-away pop.

Dylan Vincent, RHP/OF, Olean HS, NY (2018) stands a solidly built 5-foot-10, 180-pounds. Extremely versatile athlete who can pitch as well. From the outfield he shows an above average arm, plus skillset, runs like a deer evidenced by his 6.87 60 yard dash, and has some power potential signs with the bat. Gets long extension from the left-side, slightly uphill path. Exit velocity up to 83 mph. This freshman is the real deal.

Reid VanScoter, LHP, Livonia HS, NY (2017)
VanScoter stands 5-foot-11, 160-pounds with a lean, athletic frame. At the plate he starts relaxed, loads deep on the pitch,  barrel drops, slightly uphill to the ball, nice extension out in front, balanced finish. From the OF hes an athletic, projectable player with lots of upside. Gets behind the ball, clean arm action with an 83 mph arm with carry.

Hayden Demers-St. Hilaire, OF, St. Lawrence HS, NY (2016)
St. Hilaire stands 5-foot-11 165-pounds with an athletic frame to build on. At the plate he has an upright approach, short step, hands drop on the pitch, barrel stays level through the contact zone, top hand powers bat through extension. In the outfield he looks relaxed and smooth, true natural outfielder. Catches the ball off to the side of his body, clean transfer, throws from an over-the-top slot with some carry.

Vincent Chiarenza, OF, Canisius HS, NY (2016)
Chiarenza stands 6-foot-2, 185-pounds with a great physical build. At the plate the physical tools are all there. Needs to become more aggressive with attacking the ball. His setup is wide, loads back on the pitch, hands stay inside the playing field. Short extension on contact, shoulder high finish, athletic swing. From the OF goes back on the ball well, keeps ball in front, clean exchange. Long back arm action to a high-3/4 slot, arm strength at 76 mph. Ran a 7.06 60 yard dash.

Maddux Minton, OF/RHP, Livonia HS, NY (2016)
Minton stands an athletic 6-foot-0, 165-pounds with a very athletic build. At the plate he starts back, hands relaxed by this ear. On the pitch he loads back, knee lift for timing, short path, slightly inclined plane, nice extension through contact, gets hips through, next-level bat. From the OF he plays athletic, clean glove exchange, throws from a high-3/4 slot, quick hand speed. He's a player with upside.

Russell Mistretta, OF, Canisius HS, NY (2016)
Mistretta stands 5-foot-10, 180-pounds with an athletic build. At the plate he starts balanced, weight centered, hands relaxed. On the pitch he shifts weight back, loads, path to the ball is short, barrel stays mostly level through the zone, nice long extension after contact, high finish, balanced left-handed swing. From the OF he stays behind the ball, fields in front, long back arm action, throws from an over-the-top slot at 75 mph.

Jake Smith, OF, Bethlehem HS, NY (2016)
Smith stands 5-foot-9, 195-pounds with a strong lower half. At the plate he starts with weight back, hands back. On the pitch he uses a heel lift for timing, drives hands short to the ball, fairly level bat plane, some extension out in front, rolls some on front leg, shoulder height finish. Bat exit velocity was 81 mph, ran a 7.22 60 yard dash. From the OF he stays behind the ball, fields off to his glove side, uses a small crow hop, arm action is back and down, clean, throws from a high-3/4 slot, arm strength at 71.

Francisco Stec, OF, Schenectady HS, NY (2016)
Stec stands a solid 5-foot-9, 170-pounds. From the OF he fields behind the ball, glove side, average transfer to a long-back towards 2B arm action, throws from an over-the-top slot, front side opens up. With the bat he swings from the left-side. Weight starts back, hands high, barrel aiming at a 45 degree. On the pitch he uses a slight leg lift, hips open up early, gets the bat level to the ball quick, smooth looking swing with balance. Exit velocity off a tee was 80 mph.

Jacob Victor, OF, St. Francis HS, NY (2016)
Victor stands 6-foot-1, 175-pounds with a great baseball frame to add on to. At the plate he keeps his hands low, weight even. On the pitch he strides forward, weight shifts back, back leg collapses, barrel stays on an uphill plane, nice extension after contact, high finish. 83 bat speed. From the OF stays behind the ball, good exchange, throws from an over-the-top slot at 75 mph. Ran a 7.0 flat 60.

Bret Kelly, OF, Tonawanda HS, NY (2016)
Kelly stands 5-foot-8, 180-pounds with good size. At the plate he starts relaxed, shoulder width stance. On the pitch he loads his hands, barrel drops some, slightly uphill path, short extension, shoulder height finish. Exit velocity 83 mph. From the OF he stays behind the ball, has a clean exchange, fast arm action, opens his front shoulder up and pulls back with his head. Over-the-top slot with 74 mph arm strength. He ran a 7.09 60 yard dash showing signs of plus athleticism.

Mitchell Rosati, RHP, Canisius HS, NY (2017)
Rosati stands 5-foot-11, 150-pounds with a slender athletic build. At the plate he has a relaxed approach. On the pitch he loads back, weight shifts back., short stride. Barrel drops as he powers forward, bat plane is level through the zone, shoulder height finish. His swing produces an 80 mph exit velocity off a tee. From the OF he gets his body behind the ball, athletic approach. Clean glove to hand transfer, fluid arm action, throws from a high-3/4 slot at 74 mph. He ran a 7.03 60 yard dash showing signs of athleticism.

Kurt Forsell, OF, Shenendehowa HS, NY (2017)
Forsell stands 6-foot-0 170-pounds with an athletic build. At the plate he starts relaxed, hands be his head. On the pitch he back loads, short stride, path is short to the ball, path is slightly inclined with a shoulder finish. Rolls some on front side. Exit velocity was 79 mph. From the OF he fields the ball cleanly, off to his glove side, quick arm action, high-3/4 slot at 78 mph. He ran a 6.97 60 yard dash.

Kenneth Howe, OF, Mount Morris HS, NY (2016)
Howe stands an impressive 6-foot-4, 185 pounds with a lean, projectable body. At the plate he starts with his weight shifted back. On the pitch he loads back, short stride, hands power inside the ball, barrel drops slightly, plane is some what uphill through contact, nice extension, high finish. From the OF he stays behind the ball, fields in front, clean transfer, long arm action, throws from a high-3/4 slot, arm strength at 78 mph. He ran a 7 flat 60 yard dash.

Evan Plante, OF, Christian Brothers Academy, NY (2015)
Plante stands 6-foot-2, 175-pounds with a stronger build. At the plate he start with a slight open stance, hands high. Strides on the pitch, hands come down to the ball, slightly inclined plane, some extension, finishes around his shoulders. Exit velocity was 80 mph. From the OF he stays behind the ball, catches glove side, uses nice long-clean arm action, throws from an over-the-top slot at 79 mph. He ran a 6.98 60 yard dash showing plus speed for the position.

Zach Durfee, OF, Ballston Spa HS, NY (2016)
Durfee stands 5-foot-11, 170-pounds and has solidly built frame. Hitting he uses a relaxed approach, loads back on the pitch for timing, small stride. Powers his hands to the ball, short path, barrel stays sightly inclinded through the zone giving signs of some power potential. He uses some extension, could be longer, through contact with a shoulder height finish. He shows nice techniques with balance through contact. Next-level bat. 83 mph exit velocity. He ran a 6.91 60 yard dash.

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