This past Friday, I had a first row seat to the PBR FL ProCase in Daytona. The event featured the majority of Florida’s best 2021 baseball players, including six ‘Noles. The Seminoles at the event were mostly hitters and showed some rust in game (which is to be expected after two months off), but flashed tools all over the diamond in the showcase drills. FSU commits put up the two best average exit velocities, the highest INF velocity, the highest OF velocity, the highest C velocity, the third hardest fastball, and the top two pop times. Let’s take a look at the tools each of the six (and one bonus uncommitted prospect to follow) bring to the table.
Jaime Ferrer possesses a rare combo of power and athleticism. The C/OF posted big numbers all over the field, topping out at 93 MPH from the OF (the highest at the event by 6 MPH), posting a 6.8 60-yard dash, and an average velo of 94.25 MPH. The TNXL Academy attendee gets easy power at the plate from natural strength, as he has simple, direct movements in the box. A combination of explosion through the hips and quick hands gives him low effort, gap-to-gap pop.
Behind the plate, the arm strength and athleticism continue to shine. On his throws, he does a good job of staying low through the transition and getting the ball out quick, as he popped multiple 1.84’s to second. Ferrer could easily stick behind the plate, but also has the tools to make a move to the OF if the depth chart calls for it.
For Ferrer’s full day, see below:
Despite being just 5’11, 170 pounds, Moore is a physical standout on the diamond. Moore ran a 6.76 60 and produced a 94 MPH exit velo off the tee. The MIF has easy pop, which largely comes from a strong lower half. He also has natural loft in his swing and consistently gets the ball up in the air. Moore does a really good job of getting to the high pitch and has easy ability to adjust his swing when he needs to.
Moore was most impressive in the field on Friday. The ‘21 commit topped out at 93 MPH across the diamond, top at the event for any INF. He has the arm strength and simple defensive actions to stick at SS at the next level.
For Moore’s full day, see below:
Satchell Norman is a quick-twitch player on both sides of the ball. The catcher had some of the fastest hands at the event. It’s a simple swing for Norman, but the hand speed creates a quick bat whip which gives him easy pop to all fields with good extension through the swing. Like Ferrer, it’s a simple line drive approach. With some more incorporation of the legs, the power could sky rocket.
Behind the plate, Norman popped times as good as 1.83. The ball goes from his glove to out of his hands in the blink of an eye. He stays low in his stance to get drive through the box. He has the clean, quick actions to stick behind the plate at the next level.
For Norman’s full day, see below:
Cade Bush is simply a physical presence in the box. Bush stands 6’3, 215 pounds in the RH box. Bush showed some rust early in the day, but made consistent hard contact when the game rolled around. When he barrels up the ball, it goes a long way. It’s all natural strength and pop for the 1B, and he’s not afraid to spray the ball to all parts of the field. The broad shoulders still leave him room to add on more strength, and with more inclusion of his legs in the swing, the pop will continue to increase.
For Bush’s full day, see below:
Aiden Mastantuno had a really nice day on both sides of the ball. At the plate, Mastantuno posted the highest average exit velo of the day at 94.85 MPH. He gets his power from his elite bat speed, which was consistently in the 80’s on Friday. He whips the bat through the zone with an easy, balanced swing and creates natural loft to the pull side.
Mastantuno worked in both the OF and 1B on the day, but will likely man 1B at the next level. The lefty glove looked natural at first, and would be the first natural lefty 1B in years.
For Mastantuno’s full day in the field, see below:
The southpaw also had the opportunity to pitch on Friday. Mastantuno made easy work of some of the best hitters in FL, going 6-up, 6-down in two innings of work. The crafty lefty worked 81-83 MPH with the fastball, 72-74 MPH with a sweeping curve, and 76-78 with a nasty changeup.
For his complete pitching outing, see below:
When Dylan Jacobs took the mound on Friday, he was uncommitted. Less than 48 hours later, he was committed to FSU. Jacobs caught my eye from his first warm up pitch. The FB has easy life out of the hand, sitting at 90-92 MPH. He also featured a slurve at 75-79 MPH, which was inconsistent at times, but flashed the potential to be a wipeout pitch. With a lanky frame and a low effort delivery, the ceiling is high for Jacobs.
For Jacobs’ complete pitching outing, see below:
Happy Bonus report! Alden Segui is a high follow for commitment watch. The Tampa-native has a high powered arm, sitting 93-95 MPH with the FB, paired with a sharp 85-86 MPH slider. The delivery is high effort and likely doesn’t profile as a starter, but he has the makeup of a dominant reliever. Segui is a teammate of current ‘22 FSU commits Ryan Denison and Jamie Arnold at Jesuit Tampa.
For Segui’s complete pitching outing, see below: