Rated 8.5 ("definite/top Division I prospect) by Perfect Game at Atlantic Coast Underclass Showcase, August 2010; A Perfect Game scout described him as "a top fast-twitch athlete ... some of the best hitting tools of any player in attendance." Cardinals Coach Rich Graham says "Tyler is an incredible athlete and competitor. Though only a sophomore, this 5-tool athlete has attracted the eye of many of the best college programs in the Mid-Atlantic region who are just waiting for this 2013 to be eligible for full fledged recruiting. Tyler has a picture perfect left handed swing with big time power that produces home runs regularly and will continue to do so at the collegiate level."
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Woodbridge, VAC. D. Hylton
When not playing for Hylton, Bettinger has played with the Canes summer/travel team. Canes GM Jeff Petty said of Bettinger "Alec came to a tryout in November of his freshman year of high school, and was the talk of the tryout. I remember that day leaving thinking he was going to be something special, and that has held true. Alec had an outstanding summer. In 12 plus appearances this summer I only remember one outing where Alec didn't dominate. This summer he has consistently been able to command three pitches on both sides of the plate, and at times has been able to hold velocity in the upper 80's with his fastball, and at times touch 90, 91 MPH. So much upside to Alec, and in just one years time the jump he made leaves us all to believe there is so much more in the tank. He seems to be hungry to get better, and he loves to compete!"
Virginia Beach, VAKellam
The OF/LHP prospect was also a standout wrestler for Kellam, but has decided to concentrate on baseball. He has outstanding power at the plate and squares up everything. On the hill, he is 84-86 and has touched 88 with plenty left in the tank. The left-hander will certainly garner a lot of recruiting attention!
Former Atlee coach Kevin Elrod told VirginiaPreps.com "Luke has the ability to be the best lefty in the state as a junior. He has been working hard in the The Shop BPA on his lifting and arm care workouts which has enabled him to increase many things off the mound. His workout ethics are like no other. If he meets his goals, by March, then he should lead Atlee to a very successful season with the offensive help that his team is capable of producing. Atlee had a 2.04 team ERA last season with a team batting average of .420 and a starting 9 batting average of .449 producing 10.3 runs per game last season. They lost 5 seniors, but will be able to fill their spots with ease this year under a new head coach and staff. Luke was my number one pitcher as a freshman and should dominate the district."
Midlothian, VAJames River
A first team All District as sophomore (2011), and a VirginiaPreps.com Underclass AAA All State Honorable Mention (2011), Second team All District as freshman (2010). Cardinals Coach Rich Graham on Caples: "Mac is a pure athlete who can truly play anywhere, though we feel he projects best at third base. Also a football running back, Mac is strong, fast, and agile, with a powerful line drive stroke. He can help any team anywhere, even on the mound, where we have seen him up to 86 mph as a sophomore."
One report we received on Carpenter following his performance at the 2011 Area Code Games; "If you're looking for a right-handed stick with raw power, look no further than Carpenter. As a sophomore, Carpenter had no issues swinging with a wooden stick, and hit the most balls out of the park among any player on the day. Defensively, Carpenter showed a plus arm and solid footwork, and was one of the most active kids in the field. He's two years away, but file the name away now, because you're going to be hearing it a lot in 2013." Another scout told us "Junior at Varina and RBAWEST Elite 3B and 1B. Carpenter has an athletic frame, at the plate he has light tower power and when he squares the ball up its going to be very hard and go very far! He has worked very hard on his fielding for the past year and could possibly be a corner guy or outfielder for VCU."
Woodbridge, VAWoodbridge Senior
A two sport standout (baseball and football) During the summer Farrar plays for Patriots of Northern Virginia. Was true catalyst on the Woodbridge team that went to State Championships in 2010. Has incredible power and speed, from the lead off spot - bunt singles to long HRs. For Woodbridge last season; .316 6 HRs. At 16U WWBA went 6 for 13 with a couple of steals. Heavily recruited for football and baseball. Plans to play both at next level, with schools such as Maryland, Boston College and LSU showing interest.
Chesterfield, VALloyd C Bird
Besides playing for Bird, Harman is also a member of the prestigious Richmond Braves travel team during the summer and fall. Tommy Mayers, the Braves National Director said about Harman "Bryce is one of the most recognized players in the Country. He has always stood out because of his height, but most players, coaches, and umpires know him for his friendly, out going personality. Bryce always plays the game hard, but has this way of keeping everything and everyone loose. Bryce is one of those guy's that makes everyone around him better."
Chesapeake, VAGreat Bridge
Although only a sophomore last year, Jones' resume was filled with big wins. He finished the year with a 8-1 record including an era under 2.50. What was more impressive was his post season stats where he was 3-0, with 15 strikeouts and a 1.69 era against Western Branch, Nansemond. River, Lake Braddock and South County. He shutdown top-ranked and undefeated South County to help Great Bridge win the State championship and he won the State quarterfinal game against Lake Braddock. Jones was also the winning pitcher in the Eastern Region championship game over Nansemond River. Against South County, scattered six hits while allowing only two earned runs to give Great Bridge their first state championship since 2003.
Roanoke, VAHidden Valley
Hidden Valley coach Jason Taylor told VirginiaPreps.com "As a sophomore Ryan pitched 17.1 innings with 8 appearances, and did not allow a run in five of those outings. Ryan’s innings were limited because he was behind three senior pitchers. In his two wins he struck out 16 and allowed only 4 hits. He had 22 K’ with only 6 BB. He continues to mature as a young man and hopefully he will continue to develop into a great high school pitcher. Ryan has been clocked in the upper 80’s and he has good off speed with a live arm. With a little more weight room for for his lower body, he could be in the low 90’s by the start of the 2012 season.
Oakton, VAJames Madison
Madison coach Mark "Pudge" Gjormand told VirginiaPreps.com "We don't normally start freshmen here at Madison", Gjormand added adding "but last spring we put him in the lineup and he responded with his best games in our biggest games of the season, something you would not expect from such a young player. In all my years here at Madison we have had some very talented players but none like Andy. He is very mature for his age, in practice it doesn't matter if D-I coaches are in attendance or not, he practices the same way, hard, all the time." McGuire told us "The early commitment takes a load of pressure off a high school baseball player. In my next few years at Madison my biggest goal will be to progress and become the best baseball player and the best young man I can be. Our team is fortunate to have a great coaching staff and great guys and hopefully that'll lead us to what we all want, a state championship."
Morrison has an athletic strong build, with good speed, and power potential. Mid-Atlantic Rookies Coach Mike Chroniger told us "Josh is a lean left handed hitting outfielder/1st basemen is gifted with outstanding speed and unusual power. Josh was one of the few sophomore that showed that he was a D-1 prospect in Virginia's Commonwealth High School Showcase." This past year, Josh helped his Mid-Atlantic Rookies team in the 2011 East Cobb Perfect Games Tournament by hitting multiple homeruns including a walk off at the East Cobb Complex. Josh is currently being recruited by multlple colleges who recognizes his 6.6 speed. who is capable of hitting that homerun or dropping down that drag bunt and stealing a base.
Nicely's high school coach Mike Thompson, had this to say about his young star "Austin is a rising junior who throws left-handed and is being clocked in the upper 80s. He has a very determined attitude on the mound and in the field. I had a senior pitcher last year who was excellent which is why Austin did not get as many starts, but he was still 3-2 with a 2.13 ERA as a sophomore. He struck out 28 in only 18 innings of work. He was all district and 2nd team all region as a DH which shows he is more than just a pitcher. I look forward to seeing Austin be ace #1 of our staff at Spotswood for the next 2 years. Austin also starts at quarterback on our football team, so you can imagine what kind of athlete he is. Austin is a great young man to have on a team and I cannot wait to see his leadership grow."
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Ashburn, VABroad Run
Powell displays a mix of power and finesse on the mound with a repertoire of fastball, curveball, changeup and slider. He tossed three no-hitters (one perfect game!) as a sophomore for Broad Run, leading the Spartans all the way to the AA State Semi-finals. His sophomore season record was 7-1 with the only loss of season coming in the state semis vs Tunstall.
VirginiaPreps.com Senior Baseball Editor Tom Garrett says of Powell "Austin was under the radar during his sophomore high school season. He did not make even second-team all-district. But, he tore it up in Legion ball, though. He pitched well but hit even better, batting around .450. Rich Graham told us "Austin is a very interesting young arm with a ton of upside. Austin has a solid 3 pitch mix with a very good breaking ball that he uses to keep hitters honest. Coming out of a very solid program at Manchester High School he has already been battle tested and shown an ability to be a reliable arm for the Lancers to count on for the next 2 years. Austin will also be a mainstay in the Cardinals rotation for this upcoming summer and we look forward to adding him to our list of D1 success stories."
Richmond, VASt. Christopher's
Tony Szymendera, varsity baseball coach at St. Christopher's offered the following comments about his superstar: "What stands out about Porter as a baseball player are his hands. He is as quick as anyone I have seen and as we have had at St. Christopher's. And that includes Austin Wates (STC '07, VA Tech, 3rd round draft choice after his junior year of the Houston Astros and currently playing for their High A affiliate the Lancaster Jethawks in the California League). That quickness and the bat speed that comes with it allow him to really see and recognize pitches. Porter once told me that playing professional baseball was not a dream, it was a goal. He doesn't hope it will happen; he is working to make it happen. As a result, Porter will not be out worked. He lives, sleeps, eats, and dreams baseball. Porter is also a very good soccer and basketball player. Besides being a very good athlete, however, he is that heady player who is always in the right spot at the right time. He understands whatever game he plays and manages to be there for that rebound, for that defensive stop, for that scoring chance, for whatever the team needs. Every coach wants him on their team and on the court or field at crunch time. I know it is almost cliche' but beside all the on field positives, Porter is just a great kid too."
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Midlothian, VAJames River
Younger brother of Will Roberts who was a star for the 2011 UVa baseball team. Jack is a standout in his own right and was a key contributor to the James River baseball team as a sophomore. Already projected as a possible high draft choice in 2013. One scout told us "The sky is the limit for the younger Roberts." VirginiaPreps.com's Senior Baseball Editor Tom Garrett said "He's a big, strong arm who is also an excellent hitter and fielder. Maybe the best "all-around" baseball player in that class."
Burke, VALake Braddock
Rogers plays for the Canes during the summer/fall, and Canes GM Jeff Petty had this to say "Thomas is one of Virginia's best arms in the 2013 class. He has so much growing to do and will add more velocity to his 86mph fastball. It is scary to think how good he can be. I have personally enjoyed my time with Thomas this past year and look forward to watching him develop further."
A first team All District, Second Team All Region as a freshman in 2010. Cardinals Coach Rich Graham on Luke Scherzer: "Luke is a very interesting and impressive athlete who hasn't even begun to scratch the surface of his ability."
Chesapeake, VAAtlantic Shores Christian
During the summer/fall Sergent plays for Tidewater Drillers showcase. He is at the top of the order in batting for them and a great pitcher as well. At Atlantic Shores last season, hit .356, with 3 home runs, on the mound 10-4 with 91 Ks in 71 innings. 1st Team - VISAA All-Conf Div II and 2nd Team - All State Div II. One scout told us: "He is a plus defender in the OF with a plus arm. At the plate, he swings it well."
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