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Super 60 A Day Of Doing What They Love For Connecticut Trio

Bruce Hefflinger
PBR New England Senior Writer

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FRANKLIN, Wis. - Three Connecticut high school seniors had the opportunity to showcase their skills among the best players in the country on Sunday at the Prep Baseball Report Super 60.

Matthew Garbowski, Carlos Pena and Julian Stevens came away with a feeling of accomplishment to go along with exuberance after participating at the 19th annual event held for the first time at the MOSH Performance Center south of Milwaukee.

“The Super 60 was an amazing experience held at a brand new facility that is one of the largest indoor sports facilities that I have ever been to, and the event itself was very well run and organized,” explained Garbowski. “There were many pro scouts in attendance and some of the best baseball players from the class of 2021 from all over the country. I was able to observe first hand top-quality players and saw an enormous amount of talent and skill in a short period of time. I saw the true definition of work ethic and what it takes to get to the next level.”

Pena was also impressed with the atmosphere and what took place for a field of  74 players representing 32 states and the Canadian province of British Columbia.

“First and foremost I would like to thank PBR for putting together another great event,” Pena said. “I had a blast at the event reuniting with a lot of my friends throughout the country. “

Stevens was more than happy to be among those performing before approximately 80 MLB scouts, a number that was down from previous years due to a limit of no more than three per major league team because of covid.

“The event in general was a great experience,” Stevens noted. “PBR and Mizuno did an amazing job at making all of the participants feel special. Aside from the aesthetics, it was cool to have an event that acted as a checkpoint to see how your off-season training has been going. Not often are we able to do something of this caliber in February.”

The trio from Connecticut made an impression with some solid performances.

Garbowski tied for the second best pop time of 1.90 while hitting 82 with his catcher velocity.

“It’s always a little nerve-wracking to perform in front of a room full of MLB scouts,” the University of Connecticut commit admitted. “As much as you try to remain grounded, being there in that moment is not always the easiest task. Staying relaxed under pressure is key to being able to showcase your skills and talents. This time, I had the mindset to have fun and do what I love the most and that’s play baseball. I tried to just be myself, relax, and play the game.”

In addition to showing well behind the plate, the third-ranked New England 2021 had an exit velocity of 93 which did not go unnoticed by Shooter Hunt, Prep Baseball Report’s National Crosschecker.

“Garbowski is a player who is only going to keep getting better,” Hunt said of the 6-0 210-pound New Fairfield senior. “The swing is fluid and he catches the ball out front with considerable power potential in the future. A quality defender with softer hands, he has a strong arm, and his stock will continue to rise especially because he hits left-handed.”

The overall game of Pena came through, with the 6-3 210-pound Salisbury senior fifth among outfielders with an 89 velocity while hitting 98 exit velo and running a 6.79 time in the 60.

“My highlight was running my personal-best at 6.7 on the 60-yard dash,” pointed out the 33rd-rated 2021 outfielder in the nation. 

Stevens, a Missouri commit like Pena, also showed off his versatility with a 6.80 clocking in the 60 to go along with 87 outfield velocity and 94 exit velo.

“A highlight for me was to see where everybody was performance-wise this early in the year,” explained the 6-0 180-pound Amity High School senior. “I was pleased to see that I was able to showcase the consistent power of my swing.

“I’m always grateful to showcase my abilities in front of scouts alongside some of the best players in the country,” added the fifth-rated 2021 outfielder in New England. “Although a lot of eyes are on you, it has never been pressuring. Just another day doing what I love.”

The chance to talk to scouts added to the enjoyment of the day.

“I spoke to a few scouts about high school baseball,” Pena noted. “It was just another great experience for me.”

Interest from scouts is nothing new for Garbowski.

“I’ve been in contact with a few scouts, however I had to catch a plane back to New York so I was unable to connect at the event,” Garbowski said. “Many conversations involve baseball. What games, tournaments and events will I be attending? What kind of player would I like to be? What are my goals? How do I plan to get better? Etc. It’s a very cool experience to have these conversations with scouts.”

Getting to do it while participating in an event with a field of players from all across the country made it even better.

“Playing in front of scouts was great, but thanks to PBR events it made me feel more comfortable,” Pena said. “Thank you to Sean Duncan and the staff at PBR for putting on such a great event.”

For those in attendance like Garbowski, there was also an opportunity to learn while being part of a phenomenal event.

“Overall, I thought this was an amazing experience,” Garbowski concluded about an event that has had more than 300 players drafted since 2003, including 22 in the first round and 25 in the second round. “I learned that this is a game that needs continual practice to get better.”

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