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SoCal Preseason All-State: Middle Infield Analysis


Steve Doherty
SoCal Area Scout

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA - SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA - This week we take a look at some standout performers from the SoCal Preseason All-State that was held at JSerra High School on Saturday, January 5th. Earlier we posted a Quick Hits story with multiple early standouts. We also released our stats leaderscatchers analysisoutfielders analysis, and corner infielder analysis pieces earlier this week. 

Today we will take a look at the middle infielders. There's always an emphasis on being strong up the middle making middle infielders a priority for college recruiters and pro scouts alike. 

Players are listed in no particular order. Position listed is the primary position players have listed in their profiles. Be sure to click on the player profile for full video from this event and more notes from other viewings. 

Joel Castillo

Class of 2020 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Granada Hills Charter
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: Reggie Smith academy
  • Height: 5-10
    Weight: 185lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
6.84
60-yard
(01/05/19)
73
INF Velo
(01/05/19)
77
Exit Velo
(01/05/19)
Position
60-yard
6.84
INF Velo
73
Exit Velo
77

Scouting Report

1/5/19 - SoCal Preseason All-State. 5-foot-10, 185 lbs. All-around strong, muscular frame, V-shaped back, with power in legs and wide calves. Starts with a narrow, open stance to wide lower in the load. Displays some lift in his swing. Castillo is a physical presence that projects to develop into a power hitter. Committing to being more flexible, twitchy, and developing more arm strength should be a priority moving forward. Runs well for muscular frame clocking a 6.84, 60-yard dash. Future corner infield with nimble footwork and a consistent glove.

Justin DeCriscio

Class of 2021 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Orange Lutheran
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: Saddleback Cowboys
  • Height: 5-9
    Weight: 140lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.01
60-yard
74
INF Velo
80
Exit Velo
Position
60-yard
7.43
INF Velo
71
Exit Velo
80

Scouting Report

1/5/19 – SoCal Preseason All-State. Uncommitted. 5-foot-9, 140 lbs. Small frame, with lean athleticism throughout. Lacking overall strength in build at current time. Displays a clean, rhythmic right-handed swing that's on time. DeCriscio has the ability to handle the barrel and use both sides of the field. Demonstrates smooth, clean actions defensively with a current average arm that can throw from all angles. DeCriscio is an above average runner that has lead off hitter qualities.

Anthony Mata

Class of 2020 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Grossmont
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: SoCal Giants Scout Team
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 160lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.38
60-yard
(01/05/19)
81
INF Velo
(01/05/19)
87
Exit Velo
(01/05/19)
Position
60-yard
7.38
INF Velo
81
Exit Velo
87

Scouting Report

1/5/19 - SoCal Preseason All-State. Uncommitted. 6-foot-2, 160 lbs. This is our second look at Mata at a PBR event. Lean wiry, loose, athletic frame. Long arms and legs that lacks strength on build at current time but projects to put on muscle mass and all-around strength as he matures. Mata displayed an aggressive approach at the plate with solid, loud contact during his batting practice round. Gap power currently, but with added strength will have over the fence power potential. Mata glides around defensively, typical of high-level MIF's that are rangy and can throw from all angles.

Caden Miller

Class of 2019 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2019
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Bishop Alemany
    State: CA
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 175lbs
  • Bat/Throw: S/R

Statistics

Position
6.50
60-yard
(01/05/19)
79
INF Velo
(01/05/19)
89
Exit Velo
(01/05/19)
Position
60-yard
6.5
INF Velo
79
Exit Velo
89

Scouting Report

1/5/19 – SoCal Preseason All-State. SDSU commit. 5-foot-11, 175 lbs. Medium size, proportional, strong frame throughout with significant physical projection remaining. Exhibited a balanced swing with a wide, open stance, quick hands, and a high finish. Present gap-to-gap power. Demonstrated ability to pick up the ground ball consistently and had a crisp fielding session on this day. Arm is average currently, but projects more velocity on throws across the diamond as he matures. Above average runner that can steal a base and cause havoc on the bases.

Sebastian Murillo

Class of 2020 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Fountain Valley
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: GBG Renegades and East Cobb Astros
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 175lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.20
60-yard
(01/05/19)
82
INF Velo
(06/08/19)
87
Exit Velo
(06/08/19)
5.10
H-1st
(06/08/19)
Position
60-yard
7.52
INF Velo
82
H-1st
5.1
Exit Velo
87
Position
60-yard
7.2
INF Velo
78
Exit Velo
84

Scouting Report

1/5/19 – SoCal Preseason All-State. Arizona commit. 5-foot-11, 175 lbs. Medium size, proportional, strong, athletic frame with significant physical projection remaining. Murillo demonstrates the ability to put the bat on the ball and square it up consistently with a solid approach. Currently has gap-to-gap power with occasional ability to drive ball over the wall. Should have high doubles totals with his present approach. Displayed good footwork defensively and exhibited smooth, clean actions in his groundball session. Arm strength is enough to keep him on the left side of the infield. Throws with accuracy to first base. Quality everyday player that can add depth and offense to a lineup.

Alex Seguine

Class of 2019 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2019
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Long Beach Wilson
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: CBA/A's Scout Team
  • Height: 5-9
    Weight: 155lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.03
60-yard
(01/05/19)
78
INF Velo
(01/05/19)
82
Exit Velo
(01/05/19)
Position
60-yard
7.03
INF Velo
78
Exit Velo
82

Scouting Report

1/5/19 – SoCal Preseason All-State. Uncommitted. Seguine is no longer committed to Utah Valley State (confirmed). The 5-foot-9, 155 lb. seniors game continues to grow. Seguine looks hungry for his next opportunity, and it shows. Demonstrated a gap-to-gap approach in batting practice round with hard contact to the gaps. Maintains his barrel on a consistent path through the hitting zone. Exhibited a clean crisp groundball session where his athleticism was on display in his clean, crisp footwork and exchanges. Arm strength profiles for a move to second base. Throws were accurate to the bag.

Kieran Sidebotham

Class of 2020 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Corona del Mar
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: West Coast Blackdogs/Trosky
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 175lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
7.39
60-yard
(01/05/19)
74
INF Velo
(01/05/19)
86
Exit Velo
(01/05/19)
4.82
H-1st
Position
60-yard
7.39
INF Velo
74
Exit Velo
86

Scouting Report

1/5/19 - SoCal Preseason All-State. Uncommitted. This is our 2nd look at Sidebotham at a PBR event. Sidebotham has made a commitment to getting more physical as there is a noticeable change in lower half strength since last viewing. Displayed a solid batting practice round consistently squaring it up and hitting the ball hard in gaps. Has a slight bat wrap but gets square at contact. Power numbers will increase as he matures. Profiles as a corner infield in the future.

Parker Welch

Class of 2020 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: SS
  • High School: Martin Luther King
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: Prime Baseball
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 165lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/R

Statistics

Position
7.01
60-yard
(01/05/19)
79
INF Velo
(01/05/19)
85
Exit Velo
(01/05/19)
4.57
H-1st
(06/08/19)
Position
60-yard
7.35
INF Velo
75
H-1st
4.57
Exit Velo
85
Position
60-yard
7.01
INF Velo
79
Exit Velo
85

Scouting Report

1/5/19 - SoCal Preseason All-State. 5-foot-11, 165 lbs. The UCSB commit is the #91 ranked player in the State for his 2020 class and #23 at the MIF position. Welch has a small/medium frame; athletic build that currently has some strength in the body. Welch projects to add muscle mass and still maintaining his athleticism as he matures physically. Displayed the ability in his batting practice round to handle the barrel and use both sides of the field with good hand-eye coordination. Welch exhibits excellent bat-to-ball skills that are callings to bat at the top of the line-up or turn it around. Throws faded to first base from a low ¾ slot and there was a lack of carry that we've seen from him in the past.

Blake Wink

Class of 2019 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2019
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Yorba Linda
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: Saddleback/Giants Scout Team
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 171lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
6.77
60-yard
(01/05/19)
84
INF Velo
(01/05/19)
90
Exit Velo
(01/05/19)
Position
60-yard
6.77
INF Velo
84
Exit Velo
90

Scouting Report

1/5/19 – SoCal Preseason All-State. Fresno St. commit. 5-foot-11, 171 lbs. Medium size, proportional, strong, athletic projectable frame with room to grow. Wink has a high leg kick trigger with a subtle bat wrap. Shows the ability to square the ball up consistently and demonstrated a solid approach in his batting practice round. Really aggressive approach to his ground balls and plays through the ball extremely well. Wink has a feel for the hops he wants to pick out. Exhibits slightly above average speed and is a better runner underway. He is not a burner, but definitely adequate on the bases.

Danny Veloz

Class of 2019 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2019
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: Village Christian
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: CBA Marucci
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
87
Max FB
85 - 86
FB
74 - 77
CB
76 - 80
CH
Pitching
Max FB
87
FB
84 - 86
CB
74 - 77
Position
7.25
60-yard
86
INF Velo
88
Exit Velo
Position
60-yard
7.43
INF Velo
77
Exit Velo
86

Scouting Report

1/5/19- SoCal Preseason All-State (fielding) - continues to show excellent footwork and soft hands while playing the infield. Rangy and athletic, Veloz was able to get to every ball under control allowing him to make strong, accurate throws across the diamond. Has some sneaky power at the plate where his fast hands allow him to get to the inside pitch with the barrel. Present gap-to-gap approach. 

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