The 2012 Under Armour All-America Game, powered by Baseball Factory will be played live on the MLB Network on August 18 at 12:30 PM CST at Wrigley Field.
Dominican Prospect League players Lucas Tirado-SS and Lewin Diaz-OF have been selected to the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game. Both are high profile prospects eligible to sign on July 2nd 2013.
Lucas Tirado SS L/R 6’1″ 170lb Samana, D.R. / Trainer: Jaime Ramos
Lucas has a Lg frame, well proportioned body, athletic bounce and room for projection. He’s considered one of the top SS in Dominican Republic for his present hitting approach and polished tools. Tirado shows a sound approach at the plate, good bat speed and a compact swing from the left side; he’s a line drive gap hitter with surprising power and ability to handle noteworthy pitching. He’s a fluid defender with solid range natural athletic ability and solid average arm strength; runs a 7.0-7.1 (60 yard).
Lewin Diaz OF L/L 6’3″ 195lb, Santiago, D.R. / Trainer: William Valdez
Lewin has a XL frame, stocky body resembling baby fat, Lewin’s best tool is his left handed power stoke.
Diaz has a good approach shows balance at the plate and a fluid left hand swing. He loads with a leg lift and wiggles the bat as timing devices. He generally gets pull happy but has the ability to use the entire field. He’s shown ability to handle 88-91 pitching and average off speed stuff with constant solid contacts and has above average raw power. He’s not much of a runner at 7.6-7.7 (60Yard) but has natural fielding ability allowing him to take good routes defensively being an average fielder with flexibility to play 1B. Lewin has above average arm strength making him a strong candidate as a future right field.
Due to some above average present tools, projection and left handed power both Tirado and Diaz will more than likely be at the TOP of the 2013 class.
Since 2010 the UA All-America Game has selected multiple Dominican Prospect League players, here’s some info on prior participants.
Franmil Reyes: Baseball Factory is excited to announce the San Diego Padres have confirmed a deal worth $700,000 with 16-year-old Franmil Reyes, a top prospect out of the Dominican Republic. The Padres have been scouting the young outfielder since 2010 and agreed to terms earlier this week. Over the past two years, Franmil has gained national and international recognition and this past August our scouts selected him to the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game, powered by Baseball Factory.
Last March Franmil was selected to the Dominican Prospect League Elite Travel Team, giving him the opportunity to travel to Arizona and Florida during Major League Spring Training. Following the MLB Spring Training experience, Franmil continued to show top raw power and consistent, quality at-bats. His hard work paid off and he was selected to the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game, powered by Baseball Factory, which took place at historic Wrigley Field this past August. During the event Franmil qualified for the Home Run Derby finals after a strong display in the preliminary rounds, launching five monster homeruns at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He was eliminated in the first round of the derby but showed solid at-bats during the game, going 2 for 4 with a run scored. His strong performance, matched with a 6’4, 190lb frame comparable to Jermaine Dye, garnered a lot of attention from scouts. Not to mention his skill set, which can be described as having a lot of up-side and overall projection. Franmil possesses above average arm strength, fielding ability and raw power. His hands are quick through the zone and he generates good bat speed and squares up pitches with authority. He will only continue to improve and as the Padres confirmed with their offer, Franmil has a bright future ahead of him.
Baseball Factory would like to congratulate Franmil on taking the next step towards Building His Way To Greatness. We wish him the best of luck and continued success as he begins his professional career with the San Diego Padres.
Yairo Munoz / Ronniel Demorizi: Baseball Factory is happy to announce a pair of switch hitting shortstops from the Dominican Republic recently signed contracts with Professional Organizations. 16-year-old Ronniel Demorizi has agreed to a deal worth $105,000 with the Toronto Blue Jays organization, while fellow 16-year old Yairo Munoz signed a deal with the Oakland Athletics organization for $280,000. Both Demorizi and Munoz are former Under Armour All-Americans.
At 6 feet and 170 pounds, Demorizi has the prototypical makeup of a speedy middle infielder, and he has become a very coveted player in both national and international markets. His talent earned him a selection to the 2010 Under Armour All-America Game, powered by Baseball Factory. As a member of the Dominican Prospect League, he has worked on refining his skills and is now regarded as one of the top prospects participating in the DPL. Regarded as a superb defender, Demorizi showed off his ability as a starting shortstop at the 2010 Under Armour All-America Game. He is projected as an athletic infielder who will anchor any defense up the middle. His offense consists of hitting gaps and using his speed, but his best tools will always be on the defensive side of the ball, a place where he makes even the most challenging plays look effortless.
The Oakland Athletics also got a tremendous player in Yairo Munoz. Munoz is capable of playing both second base and shortstop and he showed this ability during the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game, powered by Baseball Factory. Scouts at the game rated him as having the best throwing arm of all infielders present and second best arm overall. He also was an offensive force during the game, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base and 3 RBIs. Two of those RBIs came on a line drive single in the 8th inning, which broke a 4-4 tie and proved to be the winning runs for the National Team. Munoz will be another player who can lead an infield with his above-average range and stellar arm, and projects to hit for average and use his speed to create havoc on the base paths. At 6 feet, 168 pounds, Munoz still has time to develop his already athletic body and has the ability to be an impact player on a Major League team in the future.
Both Demorizi and Munoz join fellow countryman Franmil Reyes, a 16-year-old outfielder who signed a $700,000 deal with the San Diego Padres in Early November. Baseball Factory would like to congratulate all three players on their accomplishments thus far and wish them continued success throughout their professional careers.
Ronald Guzman: 2010 Under Armour All-American Game participant Ronald Guzman (OF) had himself quite the Fourth of July weekend. Guzman, Baseball America’s #2 ranked Dominican prospect, reached an agreement with the Texas Rangers that included a signing bonus believed to be around $3.5 million. Guzman is from La Vega, Dominican Republic and went to Santo Tomas de Aquino High School. Last year, he helped lead his Santo Domingo team to the 2010 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) championship in Jupiter, FL. It was the first time that a Dominican team had won an RBI championship.
Although Guzman is just a mere 16 years of age, he lets his play speak for itself. He has an easy, effortless swing to all fields from the left side and is projected to develop more power as he matures. Standing in at 6’4” and 195 lbs, he already has the physical make up of an elite prospect. He put his talents on display last summer at the Under Armour All-American Game, powered by the Baseball Factory, which took place at Wrigley Field. Guzman was the starting left fielder for Team National in an outfield that also featured first round picks Bubba Starling (#5) and Dwight Smith Jr. The Baseball Factory would like to congratulate Ronald on his signing and wish him the best of luck at the next level.