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Area Codes Game 18: Four for the Road

August 10, 2009

Robbie Aviles, Albert Minnis, Kevin Ziomek and Jerrick Suiter each pitched well and placed themselves on scouting follow lists with their final outings at the 2009 Area Code Games Monday morning at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif.

Robbie Aviles (Suffern HS, Suffern, NY), a 6-4, 190 right-hander pitched at 88-89 and topped at 90 and 91. His curveball came in at 75-76. He has a thin and wiry frame that projects and is a long way from physical maturity. He would be well worth a spring follow and should be able to develop more power based on arm speed and room for muscle. He struggled with fastball location Monday.

Albert Minnis (Lawrence HS, Lawrence, KS) has the makings of a durable left-handed starter. He pitched with his fastball at 85-88, topping at 88 with life and movement on his arm side. He showed a change-up at 75-80 and an over-the-top curveball at 74-76. He’ll be worth following, would be of draft quality out of high school, and is athletic enough with more room for projection because of his strong legs and thighs and loads.  He reminds me a little bit of left-hander Tyler Lyons from Oklahoma State, a 10th round pick of the Yankees in 2009, though he could have more power in the future.

Left-hander Kevin Ziomek (Amherst Regional HS, Amherst, Mass.) hit 91 and pitched at 89-90 with fastball command and control. He is a lanky 6-2, 180 with a fast arm, room for physical maturity, uses the back half, is balanced, and lands well. He threw a curveball at 76 and a slider at 86-87.

Right-hander Jerrick Suiter (Valparaiso HS, Valparaiso, Indiana) hit 93 on some guns and pitched at 91. He has a large 6-3, 210 athletic and strong frame that is built for innings and has room left for physical maturity. Suiter has high legs and good balance, lands decently, and throws a heavy fastball with late sink in the zone. He threw predominantly fastballs in a very brief look, with one change-up at 73, and has a commanding mound presence. He will be in 2011 Draft class.


2 Responses to “Area Codes Game 18: Four for the Road”

  1. Jeff Burbach says:

    I was at the Area Code watching my nephew Jerrick Suiter this week. I was wondering How much stock do the MLB Scouts and College Scouts put into the Sparq testing.

    Is is a reference point fro scouts or is taken more seriouly than that? Just curious because I there were a few great combined scores but most were of the young atheletes were deemed “average”

  2. John Klima says:

    Scouts are more concerned with compiling raw data from performances at this point to help them compile follow lists for spring 2010 draft, and in Jerrick’s case, 2011. I don’t know how much stock individual organizations put into athletic testing numbers, though I am certain that it varies from organization to organization. The other thing to remember is that nobody gets drafted off of anything they do on the field or off the field this many months before a draft. What the player has to do is show tools on the field and be a projectable athlete. Thanks for following the site. We shot video of Jerrick which will appear on the site at some point in the future.

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