Diamond Club Notes: Day One

Kiley shares notes on the West club from day one of the Florida/Puerto Rico high school prospect showcase Diamond Club in Lakeland, FL.

For day one, we saw the West and South teams take batting practice, infield/outfield, run the 60 and play a game before the East and North teams get into the act on Saturday. Click on each player's name to see previous content, including videos, rankings and scouting reports.

Hitters Of Note

I've seen most of the players on the West team in the past as it is the region of Florida I live in, but a few players showed some improvement from the summer today. The IMG Academy in Bradenton has it's best team in years with a number of recent transfers, headlined by OF Luke Bonfield (from New Jersey) and 3B Taylor Lane (from Virginia).

Bonfield's arm looked a little stronger, grading out as a 50 for me to where you could consider putting him in right field with a little more improvement. He's still an average runner with below average power, so the profile isn't ideal and that may push him to campus (Arkansas commit) but there is present ability and above average feel to hit. I graded Bonfield in the 4th-5th rounds earlier in the summer.

Lane (Florida commit) looked stiff and a little awkward earlier in the summer but looked much more fluid all-around today. He still needs to work on the timing mechanism in his swing as he got started a little early and a little late at times, ending with more pop-ups than ideal in BP, but the tools are there. Lane has an above average arm and can fit at third base with a little work while his power could produce double digit home runs annually with that mechanical fix. I had Lane in the 5th round earlier in the summer but may move him up a notch if he finishes strong on Saturday.

Pitchers Of Note

First pitching for the West was Stanford commit RHP Keith Weisenberg, who looked about like he's looked all summer but was a little stiffer in his delivery today. He sat 91-94 mph in his two inning stint with a fringy 84 mph changeup and tight 82-83 mph slider that was average at times. The stuff was in line with how he's been all summer and I'll chalk up the slight difference in the delivery to fatigue. I had a 2nd-3rd round grade on Weisenberg earlier in the summer and that's still where I have him.

Next up was Florida commit RHP Alex Faedo, who looked a little better than the last time I saw him this summer. He sat 88-90 mph and hit 91 with a solid-average slider at 78-81 mph but I didn't see a changeup today. I've seen an average changeup in the past and Faedo's delivery looked fluid with better than usual command of his breaking ball. I still don't love Faedo's mechanics (elbows get high in his delivery) and will stick with my 3rd round grade.

Two more arms came out for the West worth mentioning: uncommitted righty Maikol Mora and Florida commit RHP Weston Davis. Mora is a Venezuelan-born righty I hadn't seen in the past that's similar in some ways to Marlins prospect Nelson Zulueta, who was to be in this same draft class at the same school (Faith Baptist HS) until Zulueta was reclassified to the 2013 MLB Draft a few days before the draft, eventually signing with the Marlines. Mora worked 88-90 mph with a loose arm and a fringy curveball at 73-75 mph along with an average to slightly above average changeup at 75-78 mph. There's some projection here and I don't have any history, so Mora is a guy I'll have to check in with during the spring, with a 5th-6th round grade.

I had seen Davis in the past and reports of his stuff getting a little crisper since then were correct. I don't love Davis' delivery or arm slot, but his size (6'4/180), projection and age (among the youngest in the class) are all big pluses, along with his 89-92 mph fastball and 78-80 mph changeup that's above average to plus. Davis' breaking ball is fringy but there's plenty here to be an impact college arm and possibly a factor in the top few rounds for the right club with further development. I put a 4th-5th round grade on Davis earlier in the summer, but the stuff belongs higher than that with only the delivery holding him back for me, though some clubs could differ with me about that, such as with 2013 White Sox 2nd rounder RHP Tyler Danish, also from the Tampa area.. Davis' size/age means that stuff could still get better, too, so he still has a good chance to work his way up draft boards.

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