BOYNTON BEACH - Day 4 ended with rain, as the semi-finals games were suspended in the 2nd and 3rd innings. Both semi finals games will be resumed tomorrow. CBC leads Almendares 4-1, while the Elite Squad Black and Elite Squad 2013s are tied 0-0 in the top of 3. The games will pick up at 9:00am.
The MVP race has begun to come into play and here are a few guys that have begun to look like MVP Candidates. This list is subject to change and new players can emerge:
Jordan Austin, Florida Hardballers - The CF ran a 6.85 during the combine, and chucked it 85mph from the OF during the combine, flashing some tools. He put some of those tools to work during the event, going 8 for 13, 8 runs scored, 5 RBI, 4 for 4 on stolen bases, and also contributed 1 inning on the mound of shutou ball.
John Sternagal, Florida Stars - Sternagal went 6 for 13 with 3 triples, 1 double, 4 RBIs, and 5 runs scored. He is an impressive overall player that looks like a potential prospect.
Kevin Perez, SF Elite Black - Perez lost his no-hit bid in the 7th inning of the quarterfinals today, not bad considering it was his 2nd appearance of the tourney. 10 IP, 10K, just 4 hits, and a 1.40 ERA for the tourney. He also leads the tourney in top pitching velocity in the tournament, although that could change if teammates Hayden Hurst and Nick Travieso throw in the championship game.
Esteban Puerta, SF Elite Black - Puerta is 6 for 10, with a double 2 triples, 4 RBI and 6 runs scored. After going 3 for 3 in the quarterfinals, most players would have hung out in the dugout and eat some concession stand food. Not Puerta. He went into the cages in between games and worked on his swing. Puerta's average build doesn't look as good in a uniform as fellow teammates Michael Klement and Nick Travieso, who are both strong looking kids. But Puerta is a division 1 bat all the way and projects to hit as a 2-hole type of bat at the division 1 level.
The CBC Hitting Coach or Recruiting Coach is also looking at a possible MVP. Seriously, this lineup has produced throughout this whole tournament, and appear to be the top hitting team in the event top to bottom. Patrick Rivera is on fire, Jake Jacob is a weapon in the leadoff spot, Kris Molter may be the best prospect and overall player on the team, Connor Miller is a potential division 1 bat. KK Daniel has had some good hits in the tournament and has a hose for an arm. This is a very deep lineup and honestly too loaded to go through every guy. It would be tough to pick an MVP from this lineup.
Victor Arche, Almendares Baseball - In a big quarterfinal game vs. the Jacksonville Warriors, Arche kept them off balance all game long. The soft-tossing lefty only throws 71-78mph with his fastball, and radar gun happy scouts would have written him off before even giving him a chance. But Arche has a Zito-like breaking ball with a ton of break to it. He also throws a sharper, tighter breaking ball. The lefty has a polished delivery and can easily pitch at the division 2, JuCo or NAIA level in the state of Florida if given the chance to compete.