Showcase Day Three Recap

Game 1 The first game of the day was started off with Nelfy Abreu demonstrating his offensive abilities by driving a double into left before stealing third.  Imanol Marinez followed Abreu in the lineup and although he grounded out to third it was enough to allow the plus runner in Abreu to score giving Blue an early 1-0 lead.  The next run of the game would cross the plate in the bottom half of the second when Osvaldo Guerrero would absolutely punish a ball and send it flying out in left-center, tying the game at one apiece. Neither team would manage anything in the third.  Then in the top of the fourth Eddys Leonard reached on a single to start the inning and advanced on consecutive Santana and Abreu groundouts.  He would manage to score and give Blue the lead on an error by the left fielder on a ball George Valera placed into play.  The game went quiet from that point until the top of the 6th when Blue started to heat up.  They managed one more when Carlos Sanchez singled, stole second, advanced to third on a Pedro Sanchez groundout, and scored on a Johansel Pontiel RBI single into center.… Read More

Showcase Day Two Recap

Game 1 Game one once again featured the red team taking on the blue team but the players today were completely different players than yesterday.  The game started out slow with neither team getting on the board through the first two innings of play.  Then in inning three the blue team got the scoring started.  Darling Florentino singled and then proceeded to steal both second & third before being knocked in by a Casimiro Fernandez RBI single into CF, giving them a 1-0 lead.  However, this woke up the red team up who proceeded to score three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.  Ruben Maldonado got red started with a single and a stolen base which made scoring really easy when Joswel Soriano ripped a double into left.  The next batter was Perez who would reach on an E-6 that moved Soriano to third, this was followed by a Jeurys Espinal RBI single into right-center, giving Red a 2-1 lead.  Their final run of the inning was plated by lead-off man Jose Rodriguez when he put one into right for a RBI single, 3-1 Red.… Read More

Showcase Day One Recap

Game One In the first game of the day, Red took on Blue and the runs came early.  Daniel Bautista led off the game for Red and started it off with a single to center which was quickly followed by a Imanol Marinez single to right that scored Bautista.  Then a few batters later Osvaldo Guerrero came to the plate and knocked in Marinez giving Red a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first.  Blue, however, did not just go quietly in the bottom of the inning scoring a run of their own as Roger Contreras led off the inning with a single up the middle, stole second and then advanced and scored on 2 consecutive groundouts. Red then came back to the plate in the top of the second and responded scoring two more as Neify Marinez hit a single into center and immediately stole second which allowed him to score as he was followed by a Felix Reyes single also into center.  Reyes came around to score on that same play as an error resulted in the ball ending up in CF.  The bats then quieted down until the bottom of the third when Blue managed to tie it up at four on a 3-run blast to left by Junior Santana that also scored Widimer Joaquin and Jery Hernandez, who reached respectively on a passed ball strike 3 and an error by the first baseman.  Later in the game Red would sneak Oliver Moreno across to retake the lead, 5-4.  Unfortunately, for Red that would not last long as Blue would win in walk-off fashion by a score of 6-5.… Read More

Hector Lucero, C

Hector Lucero Position: C      Bats: Right     Throws: Right Date of Birth: 4/5/2001     Age: 15 Height: 6’3″     Weight: 190 lbs. Analysis: When you watch Hector Lucero play it gives you a Salvador Perez like-feel.  There were once concerns about Perez outgrowing the catcher position and the same could apply to Lucero who stands at 6’3 190 pounds at only 15-years-old.  However, like Perez and many before him, if he can maintain being a plus defender behind the plate teams will have no choice but to leave him behind the plate.  Lucero’s defensive calling card is his arm strength but he also has good plate blocking ability.  Then you have his offensive ability which is even better than his defense thanks to an advanced approach at the plate, extremely quick hands, and power bat potential. … Read More

Christian Ceballos, C

Yeison Ceballos Position: C      Bats: Right     Throws: Right Date of Birth: 2/20/2001     Age: 15 Height: 5’11”     Weight: 170 lbs. Analysis: Yeison Ceballo is a right-handed hitting catcher who has demonstrated the ability to be an above-average asset both at the plate and behind it.  At the plate, he has quick hands and the ability to drive the ball well to all fields with some pop, which will likely improve as he continues to develop.  Then behind the plate his above-average arm strength, his ability to block and receive the ball and his ability to frame pitches plus his overall feel for the position give him the makeup of a plus defender.… Read More

Enrinque Valdez, MIF

Enrinque Valdez Position: MIF      Bats: Switch     Throws: Right Date of Birth: 5/15/2001     Age: 15 Height: 6’1″     Weight: 155 lbs. Analysis: Enrique Valdez is a left handed hitting middle infielder with a slender frame and live arm. His average speed and frame may eventually make him move off of shortstop, however at only 15, we expect his strength and explosiveness to increase. Demonstrates the ability to generate loft and high volume of contact all over the field. Through refinement of mechanics, we expect Valdez to become a polished middle infielder with feel at the plate.… Read More

Amin Valdez, MIF

Amin Valdez Position: MIF      Bats: Left     Throws: Right Date of Birth: 11/18/2000     Age: 16 Height: 6’0″     Weight: 155 lbs. Analysis: Amin Valdez is a flashy shortstop with a very quick release and soft hands. He generates effortless pop with smooth mechanics. With an immense amount of polish already in his game, he is more advanced than most middle infielders his age and even older. Expect Valdez to make an impact right away in pro ball after he signs in 2017.… Read More

Ronny Mauricio, MIF

Ronny Mauricio Position: MIF      Bats: Switch     Throws: Right Date of Birth: 4/4/2001     Age: 15 Height: 6’2″     Weight: 165 lbs. Analysis: Ronny Mauricio is a very athletic, switch-hitting shortstop, whose actions are similar to Jurickson Profar. Mauricio carries a projectable frame which will add some muscle and strength. He can pick it with soft hands and the ability to throw from different angles with a fast glove/hand transition. For a switch-hitter this young, he shows a very advanced feel from both sides. Mauricio is one of the most projectable shortstops in the international class of 2017.… Read More