Scouting Notes: Tournament of Stars Wrap-Up

Cary, N.C. -- This week's action in carry showed us fairly clearly that high school pitching will not be the strength of the 2013 draft class. The most noteworthy talent of the event once again was the bats, much in the same way it was in last year's crop. Let's now take a look at some of the top performers from the Tournament of Stars.

Kevin Davis, RHP, T.R. Miller H.S. (Ala.)

Power arms were few and far between in Cary, and Davis clearly had the best pure fastball at the event. He worked at 92-94 mph and hit that 94 mark routinely throughout his outing. More impressive was his feel for his 77-79 mph curveball and 80-82 mph changeup. He doesn't have overwhelming size, but this young righty showed just about everything else to impress scouts in North Carolina.

Robert Kaminsky, LHP, St. Joseph H.S. (N.J.)

It's early on in the summer, but right now Kaminsky looks like the "it" guy when it comes to high school pitching in the 2013 class. After seeming to not warm up properly, Kaminsky settled in around 91-92 mph with his fastball, bumping 93 a couple times at the very end of his outing. Kaminsky also has a devastating, plus curveball which he locates expertly already. The good delivery, the fastball, and the plus breaking ball made him easily the most impressive overall arm at the event. Keep an eye on Kaminsky's changeup as well, which is also a quality pitch in the making.

Zack Collins, C/1B, American Heritage H.S. (Fla.)

There's a little hitch in Collins' load, and if it works scouts can say it's similar to Josh Hamilton's. If he struggles, then it will be classified as a swing issue. Right now, Collins ends up hitting the ball up the middle and to the opposite field more often than not, and it may not be by design. He needs to get his hands in a better position a little sooner to drive the ball. If he can do that, his bat speed and lift stack up with any high school hitter out there.

Garrett Williams, LHP, Calvalry Baptist (La.)

There are some lefties to like in this seemingly thin group of high school arms, and Williams is one of them. He worked at 90-91 mph in Cary, and mixed in a very sharp, potential plus curveball at 77-79 mph. He may need to calm down his delivery a little bit, but there are two quality offerings already in place.

Cavan Biggio, INF, St. Thomas H.S. (Texas)

To say the very least, Biggio has outstanding bloodlines. And, it's also not too surprising that he might be the most consistent and polished high school hitter on the scene at the moment. Biggio consistently sprays line drives to all parts of the field from the left side, and also showed a live, athletic frame in Cary.

Ian Clarkin, LHP, James Madison H.S. (Calif.)

Clarkin worked at 90-92 mph and flashed an average big league breaking ball at 72-75 mph in Cary. He also worked in a solid changeup and spotted all his pitches well. His pitchability and ability to mix all of his pitches was as impressive as any arm at the event.

Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Cathedral Catholic H.S. (Calif.)

Someone is going to have to improve Gonsalves' breaking ball, but aside from that all the raw ingredients are there for him to be outstanding young southpaw. He lives at 90-91 mph with his fastball, bumping 92 now and then and does so with a long, easy arm action. His body type is ideal and that fastball comes easily, so all that's left is the development of the secondaries.

Justin Williams, OF, Terrebonne H.S. (La.)

Most scouts would likely agree that Williams was the most physically impressive player at the event. He showed tremendous raw strength and athleticism, and that strength showed up in batting practice, where he flashed significant raw power.

Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood H.S. (Wash.)

McGuire has the look, at least early on, of being a very well rounded talent. He takes very consistent batting practice rounds, shows discipline in game action and shows superior skills behind the plate, including a strong throwing arm. His stock should continue to rise through the summer.

Pete Alonso, 1B/3B, Plant H.S. (Fla.)

Alonso was the hitter in Cary that drew the most gasps in batting practice. He's a very strong young hitter and already shows a lot of loft before and during game action. There's some length to his swing, but in the early going he looks like one of the best right-handed power bats in the country.

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