Prep prospects: MO2 spotlights players from Calvary Christian and Stoneman Douglas
The latest prep prospect watch from Man On Second Baseball contributor Andre Fernandez, who is highlighting top high school talent in South Florida
By Andre Fernandez @FernandezAndreC
PARKLAND, Fla. — Man On Second Baseball continues to track some of the top high school prospects in South Florida.
With the high school postseason set to begin this week, we checked in on a few more last week in a matchup of two nationally-ranked teams – Stoneman Douglas (ranked fourth by MaxPreps) and Calvary Christian (ranked eighth by Perfect Game).
Douglas had a packed house for the matchup with fans even gathered along the outfield fences and roughly 15 scouts sitting behind the plate.
Here’s a look at five prospects and Division-I signees who caught our eye:
C Rene Lastres, Calvary Christian, Class of 2021, University of Florida signee: Lastres’ tall 6-3, 210-pound frame immediately stands out behind the plate. He compliments that with a strong arm which was on display throwing out a runner during Wednesday’s game. But what I like is his agility and quickness behind the plate, plus the maturity he shows when it comes to managing the game and working with his pitchers. Lastres doesn’t look like he’d hit for a really high average, but the right-hander shows pop at the plate as he did when he belted his sixth home run of the season opposite field in the first inning. Should he not go pro, Lastres looks like he has the solid overall makeup of a player who could hone his skills noticeably behind the plate at a program like Florida and end up being an early-round pick after college.
OF Roman Anthony, Stoneman Douglas, Class of 2022, Ole Miss signee: Anthony leads Broward County this season with 23 stolen bases and showed off his quickness by swiping a bag against Calvary and by legging out an infield single early in the game as well. At 6-3, 185 pounds, Anthony has solid bat speed and good bat-to-ball skills from the left side of the plate. He’s hitting .431 with five home runs this season for Douglas and could prove to be a key cog in the lineup of a powerhouse SEC program like Ole Miss in a couple of years if he doesn’t go the pro route. Keep an eye on this promising prospect from the 2022 class.
SS Alex Ulloa, Stoneman Douglas, Class of 2021, Oklahoma State signee: Although scouts don’t think he has a lot of raw power, Ulloa (5-11, 180 pounds) showed some solid bat speed and a good swing in the first inning by belting an opposite field home run near 400 feet. Ulloa showed a good approach in this game and the quick actions that could make him a dependable shortstop at the next level should he end up at OSU. He is projected to be an early day two pick likely somewhere in the 5th-10th round range by Baseball America, which ranks him the third-highest draft prospect from Broward County.
INF Gavin Conticello, Stoneman Douglas, Class of 2021, USF signee: Another lefty bat who stood out with his smooth swing and bat speed plus his defensive play in the middle infield for the Eagles. Conticello is hitting .389 with a home run and 12 RBI this season and is another speedy runner on the base paths (12 steals). He also has a strong arm, which could earn him some playing time at the next level at third base as well. Conticello showed his ability to drive the ball as well in the fourth inning with a key double that tied the game and helped Douglas eventually come back to win 9-3.
RHP Irving Carter, Calvary Christian, Class of 2021, Miami signee: Just a quick update on Carter, who we profiled recently as well. The potential first or second round pick touched 96 mph on Wednesday and his fastball consistently sat in the 90-92 mph range. He’s still working on developing his slider as a reliable out pitch, but again showed how his stuff can be effective when consistent against one of the best lineups in the nation. Carter struck out four of the first five batters he faced before running into some trouble. He never seems to let innings unravel though, which is a good sign for a young pitcher.
RHP/OF Jake Clemente, Stoneman Douglas, Class of 2022, Florida commit: Clemente is another projectable 6-3, 190-pound two-way player to keep an eye on over the next couple of years. This season, Clemente has shown his tools both on the mound where he has 25 strikeouts and 14 walks over 17 2/3 innings and at the plate where he has hit .375 with a 1.145 OPS and four home runs. Clemente showed an ability to hit balls up in the zone when he got a hold of a fastball from Carter for an RBI single. He could develop into a solid run-producer at the next level whether that’s in Gainesville or pro should he sign next season. Clemente is one of the top prospects among juniors.