Skinner Strong Invitational: Scout Notes

Kaden Smith ‘24 | RHP | Uncommitted 

Kaden Smith really impressed during his outing here in Palm Beach.. A lot to like from Smith, frame is athletic with room to grow, delivery is clean, arm works fast from a H3/4 slot and throws all pitches with conviction. FB up to 88 with 2200rpm lives low in the zone. Tunnels the BB extremely well, maintains arm action and really spins it, primarily 73-75 with 2300rpm. High follow 2024 arm to monitor as he continues to progress. 

Michael Petite ‘23 | OF | Uncommitted 

Petite is perhaps one of the most physical players in the 2023 class, frame is mature with present strength and explosiveness. When Petite makes flush contact it is loud and the ball jumps. Took a pitch that was middle cut and sent it well over the LF fence here at the #SkinnerStrong Invitational, 92 exit velocity off the bat, carried 390 feet. Can’t see Petite being uncommitted much longer. 

Holden Brauner ‘23 | OF/LHP | Uncommitted 

Brauner showed a very nice swing from the left side here at the #SkinnerStrong Invitational.. Uses the lower half well, leg kick starts the swing, early and big load with the hands gets him on time and creates power and timing. Backside really fires at contact, strong core with a whippy barrel through the zone, showed excellent situational hitting this weekend, athletic build with bursty speed. Currently uncommitted.

Ryan Vasquez ‘23 | OF/C | Uncommitted 

Vasquez has really stood out at the plate here at the #SkinnerStrong Invitational, a lot to like within the swing.. Simple setup with a 1P leg kick load, gets the barrel on plane and keeps it in the zone, working through the middle of the field, strong wrists at contact, ball jumps off the bat, multiple hard hit balls this weekend in Palm Beach. Under the radar guy, currently uncommitted. 

Tyler Kozera ‘23 | RHP | Uncommitted 

Solid arm from the right side out of Windermere, FL. Kozera works from an OTT slot with some downhill to the FB, arm path is clean and easy, repeats well.. FB primarily 86-88, grabs 90 at times with 2300rpm, CB checks in at 71-74 with 2200rpm, also flashed the ability to turn over his CH at 80 with fade. Currently uncommitted, fun follow as he continues to progress. 

Malachi Witherspoon ‘22 | C/RHP | Daytona State Commit 

Witherspoon is a primary catcher out of Jacksonville, FL who has very solid defensive actions, arm is strong with carry down to 2B, athletic build, moves well behind the plate. Showed some two-way ability on Day 3 of the #SkinnerStrong Invitational hopping on the mound with electric stuff, FB sat 90-92, T93 with 2650rpm, tunnels the BB well at 77-80 with 2850rpm. Still fairly raw on the mound at this time but the stuff and spin projects for a lot more to come. Great pickup for Coach Touma at DSC. 

Charlee Soto ‘23 | SS/RHP | Uncommitted 

Charlee Soto continues to establish himself as one of the premier two-ways in the 2023 class. Soto looks the part on both sides of the ball, profiles on the left side of the infield at SS or 3B, moves well efficient feet & hands, strong arm across the diamond.. At the plate, Soto is a switch hitter with feel from both sides, + barrel to ball skills with some natural lift. On the mound, Soto has a quick arm and works with tempo, FB plays in the upper 8s and grabs 90 at times with a very solid SL. Soto is a high level prospect who should not be on the board much longer. 

Christopher Morales ‘23 | RHP | West Virginia Commit 

Morales is a big bodied RHP with a verbal to WVU.. Loose arm from a H3/4 slot FB comes out of the hand easy with some run, sat 88-90 on day 1 of the #SkinngerStrong, the separator for Morales is the CH which is firm with fade, not afraid to work inside to RHH’s. Solid arm to follow as he makes his way to WV. 

Ryan Ashford ‘24 | LHP/1B | Miami Commit 

Ashford is Miami commit who continues to cement himself as a high level two-way, on the mound Ashford has a loose arm from a M3/4 slot, works in the mid 8s with big time ASR. At the plate, Ashford continues to hit on the travel ball circuit, cashed in with 2 more knocks on day 2 of the #SkinnerStrong Invitational, uses the lower half and keeps it connected, uses the whole field with some power that will continue to develop. 

Robert Mitchell ‘24 | RHP | Uncommitted 

Mitchell is a sneaky young arm that throws with intent, uses the lower half to drive down the mound. FB works low to mid 8s with some some run to it. CB 72-74 with depth, can turn over the CH at 74-76. Still very young with time to fill into the frame. 

Raymond Gonzalez ‘24 | RHP/INF/OF | Uncommitted 

Raymond Gonzalez is an athletic young ‘24 from Pembroke Pines, FL. Wiry build at this time with room to add strength. Offensively, Gonzalez handles the barrel well and works through the middle of the field, creates tension throughout the load and lets the hands work to the ball. On the mound, Gonzalez has feel with clean mechanics, ball comes out of the hand well, delivery projects for more velo and action on the off speed.

Kody Morgan ‘24 | RHP/INF | Uncommitted 

Very impressive ‘24 from Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 6’3 180lb frame with talent on both sides of the ball. At the plate, Morgan has a balanced approach with loose wrists, barrel has whippy action through the zone. On the mound, Morgan works with some pace, FB plays at 85-87 T88 from an OTT slot, mixes in a BB at 68-71. Solid two-way to check out as he continues to develop. 

Bryce Jackson ‘24 | C | Uncommitted 

Really like the swing from the left side from Jackson, a ‘24 from Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Jackson really showed off the hit tool all summer circuit and has carried over into this fall. Productive leg kick load with a barrel tilt gets Jackson in a good spot to do damage, uses the whole field, high follow ‘24 to monitor as he continues to progress. 

Carter White ‘23 | INF | UCF Commit 

Extremely advanced swing from the left side, White is a polished LH bat from Naples, FL.. 1P swing with an early and on time load, creates great rhythm up top with the hands and barrel, works through the middle of the field with strong wrists at contact. Very solid bat to follow as he makes his way to #UCF. 

Mason Laurito ‘23 | LHP | Uncommitted 

From Ocala, FL - Laurito is a solid arm from the left side.. Moves fast on the mound and works with tempo, clean and short AA that he repeats well. Goes right after hitters with a solid two pitch mix. FB was 84-86 with run here at the #SkinnerStrong Invitational. Delivery is clean, can see the velo making jumps as he continues to add to the frame. 

Matthew Heyl ‘23 | LHP | Uncommitted 

Matthew Heyl gets more impressive each outing we lay eyes on him. Heyl has funky/deceptive AA from the left side, arm works fast and gets on hitters quickly. Heyl features a solid two pitch mix, FB works 85-88 with ASR, can spin the BB at 73-75 with 2200rpm. Heyl has poise on the mound and will continue to get better with added strength, very solid arm, still on the board to check out. 

Matthew Shumate ‘23 | RHP | Uncommitted

Matthew Shumate is a mature RHP from Lake Mary, FL.. Poised operation on the mound with clean and repeatable mechanics, Shumate uses the lead arm to create arm speed down the mound, FB primarily work 85-88 and grabs 90 at times, with some run/sink in-to RHH’s. Shumate also has a useable BB he can throw when ahead in the count. Solid present build with strength. Looks comfortable on the mound, more in the tank for Shumate, high follow ‘23 still on the board. 

Robert Rodriguez ‘23 | OF | Uncommitted 

Twitchy LH bat from Doral, FL… Rodriguez has an advanced approach at the plate, balanced lower half with hands that are ready to fire through the zone, easy leg kick load gets him on time, path has natural lift with present pop to the middle and pull side, barrel really stays through the zone for a long time.. Talented bat that will continue to get better, more power to come. Strong follow bat in the ‘23 class. 

Adrian Santana ‘23 | INF | Miami Commit 

Very fun to watch ‘23, Santana is a talented switch hitting infielder from Miami, FL. Has shown the ability to put together productive (team) AB’s, high baseball IQ, knows the situation at the plate and gets jobs done. Has a knack for finding barrel from both sides of the plate.. In the INF, Santana has very solid actions, moves well laterally, plays the hop and gets rid of the ball quickly. Verballed to #Miami. 

Anthony Wilkie ‘24 | RHP | Uncommitted 

Wilkie has a very advanced frame for his age at 6’5 205lbs, works downhill on the mound.. Simple and clean AA from a H3/4 slot, FB works 83-86 at this time however, a lot more velo to come. BB checks in at 74-76, maintains AA when going to the offspeed. Another high level ‘24 arm produced by Power Baseball. Interesting follow, currently uncommitted. 

Skinner Strong Invitational: Scout Notes

Posted by Brando Centrone on Sep 05, 2021

Skinner Strong Invitational: Scout Notes

Posted by Brando Centrone on Sep 05, 2021

Skinner Strong Invitational: Scout Notes

Kaden Smith ‘24 | RHP | Uncommitted 

Kaden Smith really impressed during his outing here in Palm Beach.. A lot to like from Smith, frame is athletic with room to grow, delivery is clean, arm works fast from a H3/4 slot and throws all pitches with conviction. FB up to 88 with 2200rpm lives low in the zone. Tunnels the BB extremely well, maintains arm action and really spins it, primarily 73-75 with 2300rpm. High follow 2024 arm to monitor as he continues to progress. 

Michael Petite ‘23 | OF | Uncommitted 

Petite is perhaps one of the most physical players in the 2023 class, frame is mature with present strength and explosiveness. When Petite makes flush contact it is loud and the ball jumps. Took a pitch that was middle cut and sent it well over the LF fence here at the #SkinnerStrong Invitational, 92 exit velocity off the bat, carried 390 feet. Can’t see Petite being uncommitted much longer. 

Holden Brauner ‘23 | OF/LHP | Uncommitted 

Brauner showed a very nice swing from the left side here at the #SkinnerStrong Invitational.. Uses the lower half well, leg kick starts the swing, early and big load with the hands gets him on time and creates power and timing. Backside really fires at contact, strong core with a whippy barrel through the zone, showed excellent situational hitting this weekend, athletic build with bursty speed. Currently uncommitted.

Ryan Vasquez ‘23 | OF/C | Uncommitted 

Vasquez has really stood out at the plate here at the #SkinnerStrong Invitational, a lot to like within the swing.. Simple setup with a 1P leg kick load, gets the barrel on plane and keeps it in the zone, working through the middle of the field, strong wrists at contact, ball jumps off the bat, multiple hard hit balls this weekend in Palm Beach. Under the radar guy, currently uncommitted. 

Tyler Kozera ‘23 | RHP | Uncommitted 

Solid arm from the right side out of Windermere, FL. Kozera works from an OTT slot with some downhill to the FB, arm path is clean and easy, repeats well.. FB primarily 86-88, grabs 90 at times with 2300rpm, CB checks in at 71-74 with 2200rpm, also flashed the ability to turn over his CH at 80 with fade. Currently uncommitted, fun follow as he continues to progress. 

Malachi Witherspoon ‘22 | C/RHP | Daytona State Commit 

Witherspoon is a primary catcher out of Jacksonville, FL who has very solid defensive actions, arm is strong with carry down to 2B, athletic build, moves well behind the plate. Showed some two-way ability on Day 3 of the #SkinnerStrong Invitational hopping on the mound with electric stuff, FB sat 90-92, T93 with 2650rpm, tunnels the BB well at 77-80 with 2850rpm. Still fairly raw on the mound at this time but the stuff and spin projects for a lot more to come. Great pickup for Coach Touma at DSC. 

Charlee Soto ‘23 | SS/RHP | Uncommitted 

Charlee Soto continues to establish himself as one of the premier two-ways in the 2023 class. Soto looks the part on both sides of the ball, profiles on the left side of the infield at SS or 3B, moves well efficient feet & hands, strong arm across the diamond.. At the plate, Soto is a switch hitter with feel from both sides, + barrel to ball skills with some natural lift. On the mound, Soto has a quick arm and works with tempo, FB plays in the upper 8s and grabs 90 at times with a very solid SL. Soto is a high level prospect who should not be on the board much longer. 

Christopher Morales ‘23 | RHP | West Virginia Commit 

Morales is a big bodied RHP with a verbal to WVU.. Loose arm from a H3/4 slot FB comes out of the hand easy with some run, sat 88-90 on day 1 of the #SkinngerStrong, the separator for Morales is the CH which is firm with fade, not afraid to work inside to RHH’s. Solid arm to follow as he makes his way to WV. 

Ryan Ashford ‘24 | LHP/1B | Miami Commit 

Ashford is Miami commit who continues to cement himself as a high level two-way, on the mound Ashford has a loose arm from a M3/4 slot, works in the mid 8s with big time ASR. At the plate, Ashford continues to hit on the travel ball circuit, cashed in with 2 more knocks on day 2 of the #SkinnerStrong Invitational, uses the lower half and keeps it connected, uses the whole field with some power that will continue to develop. 

Robert Mitchell ‘24 | RHP | Uncommitted 

Mitchell is a sneaky young arm that throws with intent, uses the lower half to drive down the mound. FB works low to mid 8s with some some run to it. CB 72-74 with depth, can turn over the CH at 74-76. Still very young with time to fill into the frame. 

Raymond Gonzalez ‘24 | RHP/INF/OF | Uncommitted 

Raymond Gonzalez is an athletic young ‘24 from Pembroke Pines, FL. Wiry build at this time with room to add strength. Offensively, Gonzalez handles the barrel well and works through the middle of the field, creates tension throughout the load and lets the hands work to the ball. On the mound, Gonzalez has feel with clean mechanics, ball comes out of the hand well, delivery projects for more velo and action on the off speed.

Kody Morgan ‘24 | RHP/INF | Uncommitted 

Very impressive ‘24 from Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 6’3 180lb frame with talent on both sides of the ball. At the plate, Morgan has a balanced approach with loose wrists, barrel has whippy action through the zone. On the mound, Morgan works with some pace, FB plays at 85-87 T88 from an OTT slot, mixes in a BB at 68-71. Solid two-way to check out as he continues to develop. 

Bryce Jackson ‘24 | C | Uncommitted 

Really like the swing from the left side from Jackson, a ‘24 from Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Jackson really showed off the hit tool all summer circuit and has carried over into this fall. Productive leg kick load with a barrel tilt gets Jackson in a good spot to do damage, uses the whole field, high follow ‘24 to monitor as he continues to progress. 

Carter White ‘23 | INF | UCF Commit 

Extremely advanced swing from the left side, White is a polished LH bat from Naples, FL.. 1P swing with an early and on time load, creates great rhythm up top with the hands and barrel, works through the middle of the field with strong wrists at contact. Very solid bat to follow as he makes his way to #UCF. 

Mason Laurito ‘23 | LHP | Uncommitted 

From Ocala, FL - Laurito is a solid arm from the left side.. Moves fast on the mound and works with tempo, clean and short AA that he repeats well. Goes right after hitters with a solid two pitch mix. FB was 84-86 with run here at the #SkinnerStrong Invitational. Delivery is clean, can see the velo making jumps as he continues to add to the frame. 

Matthew Heyl ‘23 | LHP | Uncommitted 

Matthew Heyl gets more impressive each outing we lay eyes on him. Heyl has funky/deceptive AA from the left side, arm works fast and gets on hitters quickly. Heyl features a solid two pitch mix, FB works 85-88 with ASR, can spin the BB at 73-75 with 2200rpm. Heyl has poise on the mound and will continue to get better with added strength, very solid arm, still on the board to check out. 

Matthew Shumate ‘23 | RHP | Uncommitted

Matthew Shumate is a mature RHP from Lake Mary, FL.. Poised operation on the mound with clean and repeatable mechanics, Shumate uses the lead arm to create arm speed down the mound, FB primarily work 85-88 and grabs 90 at times, with some run/sink in-to RHH’s. Shumate also has a useable BB he can throw when ahead in the count. Solid present build with strength. Looks comfortable on the mound, more in the tank for Shumate, high follow ‘23 still on the board. 

Robert Rodriguez ‘23 | OF | Uncommitted 

Twitchy LH bat from Doral, FL… Rodriguez has an advanced approach at the plate, balanced lower half with hands that are ready to fire through the zone, easy leg kick load gets him on time, path has natural lift with present pop to the middle and pull side, barrel really stays through the zone for a long time.. Talented bat that will continue to get better, more power to come. Strong follow bat in the ‘23 class. 

Adrian Santana ‘23 | INF | Miami Commit 

Very fun to watch ‘23, Santana is a talented switch hitting infielder from Miami, FL. Has shown the ability to put together productive (team) AB’s, high baseball IQ, knows the situation at the plate and gets jobs done. Has a knack for finding barrel from both sides of the plate.. In the INF, Santana has very solid actions, moves well laterally, plays the hop and gets rid of the ball quickly. Verballed to #Miami. 

Anthony Wilkie ‘24 | RHP | Uncommitted 

Wilkie has a very advanced frame for his age at 6’5 205lbs, works downhill on the mound.. Simple and clean AA from a H3/4 slot, FB works 83-86 at this time however, a lot more velo to come. BB checks in at 74-76, maintains AA when going to the offspeed. Another high level ‘24 arm produced by Power Baseball. Interesting follow, currently uncommitted. 

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