Prospect Rundown: UA All-American Game
CHICAGO – As has become the annual traditional in recent years, the scouting world descended on Wrigley Field this past Saturday, as another banner crop of outstanding young high school players showcased their skills in one of America’s most historic sporting venues. Power arms were on display, but we also saw some potent power bats, and it’s clear from this collection of talent that we’ll need to brace for what looks like a highly impressive 2016 high school class.
A nationally broadcasted game on MLB Network, this year’s Under Armour game proved to be chock full of future big league talent. Many of these players will also end up at some of the top colleges in the nation. Here’s an in-depth look at all the action and top performers from Saturday’s action at Wrigley. Also, stay tuned in recent days and weeks as we’ll delve more into the top performers from this game, as well as other summer high school events.
• Riley Pint (RHP, Lenexa, Kan.) started the game with a bang, pumping a 96 and a 97 mph fastball with his first two pitches of the game. He topped out at 99 mph in his one inning stint and routinely hit 98 mph. The 6-foot-4 LSU commit has an electric arm, and the projectable, wiry frame to match, but he did labor with his command in this one. His 83 mph slider and 85-87 mph changeup both project as potential plus offerings, giving him the frontline starter kit that all scouts covet. It’s also worth noting that Pint put on a mammoth batting practice display, putting multiple shots well out of the Wrigley Field confines.
• Alex Speas (RHP, Powder Springs, Ga.) may not have hit 99 mph, but his performance was an electrifying one nonetheless. The Mississippi State commit pounded away with a 93-96 mph fastball that showed explosive late life through the zone. He can miss bats by elevating, but he also should be a groundball machine at the next level. Speas stays on top exceptionally well and knows how to use his 6-foot-4, projectable frame. This is as good a pure arm as you will find in the class, and we’ll just have to watch closely to see how he can continue to harness his raw ability.
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