Jupiter Recap: Day Two

Kiley shares notes from day two of PG's WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, FL including more premium arms like Turner Larkins, Brandon Murray and Kodi Medeiros.

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The rest of the teams threw their top arms in day two since most didn't play on the abbreviated day one, so I'll focus on the arms again in this breakdown and get to the bats tomorrow. The first big arm I saw yesterday was RHP Brandon Murray (#44 prospect in prep class, South Carolina commit). That's higher than I wanted to rank him based on performance and delivery, which both have been pretty awful this summer, but he has the elements that could lead to an overdraft in June. He's a solid athlete with an arm that works, a fastball that's hit 96 mph, an above average to plus breaking ball and a changeup that's been average at times. His delivery is holding him back but if a team is convinced they can overhaul his delivery, I could see him sneaking into the second round. Unforunately, his velo was down in Jupiter (89-92 touching 93) and he could barely throw a strike, much less a good breaking ball, which increases the chances he's going to be South Carolina's pitching coach's problem.

Next, I saw RHP Turner Larkins (#27 prospect, Texas A&M commit), who is a guy I liked a lot this summer and could see working his way into the top 40 picks. He worked 88-91 with a smoother delivery and better command, which along with a long summer circuit forgives the tick or two of velocity missing from his peak. His breaking ball was above average to plus and his changeup was still average to above and there's still a little projection left. Larkins and Murray area headed in different directions.

The main event for the day came in the third set of games at 12:40, the start for Hawaiian LHP Kodi Medeiros (#13 prospect, Pepperdine commit). Medeiros threw almost all fastballs the first few innings and didn't disappoint, getting a number of swings and misses and working 91-93, hitting 94 mph. The development here was better feel and action on his 80-82 mph changeup, which looked to be at least average (I had only seen a below average one in the past) and may end up better than that. His plus slider at 79 mph was good as usual and now, with a three pitch mix, scouts should be more willing to take a chance on a pitcher in the first round with an arm slot as low as his. There aren't a lot of comparisons with that height and arm slot but the stuff and results are legit; hitters are very uncomfortable facing him.

An under-the-radar arm I wanted to go out of my way to see was RHP Marvin Gorgas (#75 prospect, Connecticut commit). I got there in the 3rd inning on the farthest back field of the complex and was very impressed. Gorgas isn't the biggest guy, has some effort to his delivery and doesn't get much plane on the ball, but the stuff and feel are for real. Gorgas sat 90-91 deep into the start and hit 94 mph with a solid average slurve at 78-80 mph, a usable curve at 75 mph with a different plane and a changeup that was at least average. It's a back-end starter profile and there's no projection, so scouts aren't going to look at him until the third or fourth round, but the risk is much lower.

Throwing for the most loaded team in the tournament (Cardinals Scout Team/FTB Mizuno) RHP Alex Faedo (#81 prospect, Florida commit) was sure to get a lot of scouts at his start and yesterday was no exception. Faedo showed the best velocity I've seen from him yet (including last weekend), sitting 90-92 and hitting a 93 (and 94 on one gun) after sitting 87-90 mph in a one-inning stint back in June. His 81-85 mpg changeup that I hadn't seen much in the past flashed above average potential while his 79-82 mph slider flashed above average potential as it has all summer. His delivery varies some start-to-start, his elbow get higher than I like to see and there's still some immaturity and inconsistency to overcome, but the 6'5 Faedo is showing top 2 round potential this fall.

Two righties that were unranked on the top 100 but both would've made a top 150, RHP Tyler Schimpf (uncommitted) and RHP Micah Miniard (Western Kentucky commit) also flashed some improvements yesterday. Schimpf worked 87-90 mph with a breaking ball that flashed above average potential, some feel to pitch with a smoother delivery than I've seen from him and a super projectable 6'5 frame. Miniard is also projectable and even bigger than Schimpf at 6'7/215. I didn't see him but talked to a scout that saw him flash a little more velo than we've seen from him in the past, sitting 90-92 and hitting 93 mph early in his start, but he'll still have to put on some weight as that velo dropped to the more usual 88-90 mph range by the third inning.

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