Jupiter! When you say Jupiter most who do not know the game of baseball think of our solar system. To those who know amateur baseball know only one place and it is at the Roger Dean Complex in Jupiter, Florida where the world’s best baseball teams and players will meet for a 5 day tournament starting on October 20th. The Perfect Game World Wood Bat World Championships has over 350 colleges on hand as well as every Major League Baseball team represented at the event. In fact most Major league teams have at least 16 different scouts on hand including general managers from the organizations.
The Baseball U roster is set with some of the top players from 10 different states. The Baseball U Prospects that finished 3rd this past summer at the Perfect Game WWBA National Championships is set for another run at a title.
The roster is actually deeper than the team in Georgia but when you are not hitting live and playing games every day prior to the event this becomes a disadvantage for a northeast based team in it's daily repetition.
This won’t stop the group of 21 players from gaining national exposure during their time at the event.
On the mound the team will have some solid arms that are both committed and uncommitted.
Tommy Alexander (PA) has been the go to guy all year for Baseball U. Tommy is committed to ODU has touched 90mph this summer and is a solid competitor on the mound.
Jesse Adams (OH) is a crafty left handed pitcher who has touched 86 on the mound. Jesse has committed to Boston College where he will join several other Baseball U players. Jesse will also provide depth in the outfield for the team.
Tommy Burns (NJ) who is Don Bosco’s number 1 pitcher is a new addition to Baseball U. Tommy is ranked as the nation’s 257th best high school pitcher in the country has topped out at 90mph and has a power breaking ball. Currently uncommitted to a school he will draw plenty of interest down at the tournament.
Christian Colletti (NY) is a power left handed pitcher who has committed to UConn. Ranked as the 70th best high school pitcher in the country he has topped out at 91mph this past fall. Colletti is a possible draft pick in the 2012 draft if he continues to make improvements on the mound.
Matthew Dariano (NY) who too has committed to UConn has closer type stuff at the professional level. His 90mph fastball and power slider is one of the best around. Pitched the must win game for team to advance into the playoff round while down at the National Championships in Georgia.
Chris Liquori (NJ) is a crafty right handed pitcher who is uncommitted at this time. His fastball is in the 83-86mph range but has good ride on his two seem fastball to right handed batters. Chris is a strike thrower and will keep batters off balance.
Nolan Long (CT) is an imposing 6’9 pitcher whose fastball has topped out at 91mph. Long has plenty of college and pro interest. With his release point his fastball gets on hitters in a hurry. MLB scout have said it actually equates to 96 with his release point. Long is ranked the number one prospect in CT.
John McCarren (NJ) is a 2013 graduate that has gained plenty of exposure from colleges in various conferences such as the Big East, Colonial and ACC. His fastball is currently at the 85mph range but has a power slider with what we call a bugs bunny change up. John helped Baseball U win two big games in Georgia.
Connor White (NJ) is one of your more undersized catchers in the country. Do not let the size fool you as he plays like he is 6’2. His consistent defensive play behind the plate and throwing runners out in game play with his 1.89 POP time holds most running teams in check.
Austin Barr (WA) joins the team for the first time. Barr replaces Chris Harvey who left for Vanderbilt a year early. Barr a member of the Area Code Northwest team has committed to Stanford. He is one of the top defensive catchers in the country and will fill in the middle of the batting order with a solid approach at the plate. Austin is ranked as the 283rd best player in the high school class of 2012.
Chris Shaw (MA) has committed to Boston College. An imposing figure at the plate in one of the top power hitters in the country. He hits them as high as they are far when he gets a hold of his pitch. Ranked as the 162nd best player in the country and 2nd in his state of MA Chris could be a high draft pick in the draft of 2012.
Joe Dudek (NJ) is another 2013 graduate who is getting heavy interest from SEC and ACC schools as both a hitter and left handed pitcher. Dudek will provide the team with depth in the order with his bat and is currently ranked as 58th best player for his class of 2013.
Vinny Siena (CT) has committed to UConn. The middle infielder was entertaining much interest from many ACC, Big East and SEC schools. Vinny has started since he was a freshman in high school and possesses a strong throwing arm with a big bat. Siena is ranked as the second ranked player in CT.
Bryan Daniello (CT) will join Siena and 4 other 2012 graduates at UConn. The slick fielding middle infielder has pro type range with solid defensive actions. At the plate he hits from the left side and with added strength his bat projects well.
Grant VanOrden (NJ) is about as solid as they come at the hot corner. His glove could play in pro ball today with his arm strength above average. Grant has committed to attend Army where he will get the nation’s top education. A solid competitor on the field and in the class room Grant is ranked as one of the top 500 players in the country for the class of 2012.
Grant Lamberton (DE) is one of the better infielders for the class of 2013. A member of the 3rd place prospect team in Georgia Grant supplied the team with key at bats this past summer. Lamberton is gaining plenty of interest from various schools.
Ben Ruta (NJ) is a player with a good frame and is uncommitted at this time. With added strength his bat projects to be a solid D1 hitter. Ben has played several positions for Baseball U including all infield positions as well as outfield.
Joe McCarthy (PA) who has given his commitment to UVA is a strong athletic player. He has sub 6.7 speed for a player his size. His bat has shown improvement with each event and possesses power at the plate. A possible draft pick in the 2012 draft if he continues to improve.
Connor Myers (MD) is a speedy outfielder with good range in the outfield. As a member of the 3rd place team he provided an added dimension to the team with his speed on the bases. Connor has committed to Old Dominion.
Alex Nickles (NJ) has one of the better throwing arms from the outfield in the country. His velocity has been recorded at 93mph from the outfield. Alex has committed to Lafayette and is considered one of the top 500 players in the class of 2012.
Kyle Simmons (MD) is an added addition to the Prospect team from the class of 2013. Simmons batted .600 while with the Baseball U Black team at the underclass world championships and adds a potent bat and speed to the team. A strong physical player that will be one of the top outfielders in the class of 2013.