By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
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.