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RHP Tylor Megill (#54 prospect on prep top 100, Loyola Marymount commit) was similar to how he looked at Area Codes, but that still may get him as high as the 2nd round next June. Megill sat 88-91 mph over the first two innings with a 75-79 mph curveball that flashed above average potential but should improve as Megill grows into his huge 6'7/220 frame. He only threw a couple changeups, all around 80-81 mph and didn't get one in the zone but I saw a solid average pitch there last time out.
Matching up with Megill in a twin towers matchup was a very similar RHP Tommy Doyle (#57 prospect, Virginia commit), who stands 6'6/215. Doyle also looked about the same as when I saw him earlier in the summer but his curveball has made some progress. Doyle also sat 88-91 mph (but was a tick higher earlier in the summer) along with a curveball that was above average at times (78-80 mph) and didn't show a changeup but the pitch was solid average last time I saw Doyle in June. It'll come down to the spring to separate these two tall righties, depending on if one has a velo spike or grows into their frame faster than expected.
The main event on day three of the tournament was a 3 pm matchup between CF Daz Cameron's (#1 prospect for 2015, son of Mike Cameron) East Cobb team and righty with helium, RHP Scott Blewett (#70 prospect, St. John's commit) of the Syracuse Sports Zone). Blewett continues the theme of tall pitchers, standing 6'6/210 and was fluid but had mostly average stuff earlier in the spring. Rumor was his velo had spiked and he had scouts buzzing from an impressive bullpen side session on the first day of the event. Blewett looked more fluid and sat 91-93, touching 94 over the first two innings before settling in at 89-91 mph before he exited the game. His curveball also improved, sitting 76-78 mph and flashing above average a number of times with a chance to be plus if he arm speed continues to progress. Blewett threw a handful of changeups in the mid 80's that flashed average to slightly above as well. He's taken a step forward into the sandwich to second round area and will be a late-spring priority for scouts to see in the frigid upstate New York climate.
I've seen St. Pete-area RHP Keith Weisenberg (#48 prospect, Stanford commit) a number of times this summer and he looks to be trending the right way in his last appearance on the national stage before the spring. Weisenberg sat 93-94 and hit a 95 in the first inning, settling in with a sinker with above average life at 91-93 mph in the next few innings. He flashed the best slider I've seen from him all summer at 80-84 mph and was consistently above average along with a hard mid-80's changeup that was at least average.
The sad story of day three was RF/RHP Zack Shannon (#29 prospect, Ohio State commit). He had been hitting in that game and came in to relieve, witha number of scouts lined up to see him and then see Blewett's start in the next game on the same field. Shannon's stuff was as good as it had been all summer, siting 92-94 mph with a plus hard slurve at 81 mph. After a wild pitch, Shannon went to cover home plate and had an awkward collision with the runner that ended with Shannon laying on the ground for an extended delay while they waited for an ambulance to drive on the field, with speculation being a broken bone in his foot.
RHP Erik Manoah (just missed the top 100, Florida International commit) was standout at the Diamond Club showcase last weekend and kept that momentum at Jupiter, sitting 88-92 mph after sitting a tick or two higher last weekend with a hard breaking ball. Among the other 2014-eligible pitchers worth noting from day three include 6'3 Georgia prep LHP Tucker Baca (Arizona State commit) who was recently seen in the mid-80's that sat 89-92 and hit 93 mph but hasn't quite developed the off-speed to go with it. RHP Jason Morgan (North Carolina commit) sat 88-90 with hard life from a low three quarters slot, an average or better changeup and solid slurve that should make him a solid college arm and 6'5 Tulane commit LHP Zach Warren hasn't quite delivered on his projection yet, sitting 85-88 mph in his outing as he did earlier in the summer.
Among the 2015 underclassmen worth nothing are 6'7 Louisville commit RHP Noah Burkholder (#50 prospect for 2015), who faced Weisenberg and sat 89-91 with life and flashed an above average breaking ball in an effctive four pitch mix. Florida commit LHP Thomas Szapucki (#9 prospect) doesn't throw much on the showcase circuit but kept his reputation, sitting 92-94 mph early in his outing and sitting 89-91 mph late into the game with a good slider. Unsurprisngly, a number of advisors were in attendance and buzzing after these outings. Mississippi State commit 6'3/210 RHP/1B Austin Riley showed some power at the plate and worked 88-91 early in his start before settling 86-88 mph but has an easy motion and some projection to go with impressive current tools. 6'3/190 uncommitted Florida prep RHP Christian Demby has continued his breakout by sitting 90-92 mph early in his outing with an high-70's curveball that was at least average to go with lots of projection.
The story of the late games was 2016 (current HS sophomore) RHP Anthony Molina (Miami commit and would be #1 in 2016 class should I be insane enough to rank those kids right now). He sat 89-92 and hit a number of 93's in his first inning with an above average mid-70's breaking ball. The arm slot is a little low and the arm is a little late, but everything else is premium for this projectable 6'4/180 sophomore. He just turned 16 and scouts were openly guessing how much he would get if he were Dominican and July 2nd eligible, with most guesses ranging from $2-4 million. Kudos got to the Miami program, who scooped Molina up during his freshman year at West Broward HS (he's since transferred to HS power American Heritage) when he would sit 90-94 mph in relief. After getting Brandon Lopez, Zack Collins and Willie Abreu on campus and having another solid 2014 recruiting class lined up, the struggling program looks to be on the rise.