|DSL Nationals||Lost, 4-3||OFF DAY|
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• R. Ramirez 2⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 3K
• R. Cuevas 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• C. Martina (BS, 1; L, 0-2) 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 2K, HBP
• Acevedo 2-4, RBI, SB(14), CS(4)
• Cabrera 2-3, BB, 2B, RBI
SSDD… The DSL Nationals fell behind 2-0, took a 3-2 lead, then gave up a run in the 8th to tie, then another in the 9th to lose, 4-3. Reilin Ramirez made his first start and gave up those aforementioned two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three. Clarence Martina wore the blown-save-loss with the final two runs allowed over the two innings on three hits, one walk, and a Robles. He struck out two. The D-Nats collected eight hits, with Andy Acevedo singling twice and Manuel Cabrera hitting the only extra-base hit (a double) while adding a safety.
NATS STOCK UP ON PITCHERS IN DAY 3
Eight of the final day’s picks were pitchers, and six were four-year college guys. But Washington threw us a little bit of curveball by selecting only two seniors. (*gasp*)
|11||Gavin Adams||RHP||6’3″, 175||Indian River St. (JuCo)|
|12||Travis Sthele||RHP||6′, 198||Univ. of Texas (Jr.)|
|13||Liam Sullivan||LHP||6’6″, 255||Univ. of Georgia (Jr.)|
|14||Elijah Nunez||OF||5’10”, 180||TCU (Jr.)|
|15||Mikey Tepper||RHP||6’1″, 225||Liberty Univ. (Jr.)|
|16||Austin Amaral||RHP||6′, 200||Stetson (Jr.)|
|17||Merrick Baldo||RHP||6’1″, 200||Loyola Marymount CA (Sr.)|
|18||Nate Rombach||C||6’4″, 222||Dallas Baptist (Sr.)|
|19||James Ellwanger||RHP||6’5″, 195||Magnolia West HS (TX)|
|20||Isaac Ayon||RHP||6′, 200||Univ. of Oregon (Jr.)|
Whether there’s any hidden gems here is a guess on my part. Otherwise, the name that jumps out is Ellwanger, who was ranked 107 by MLB Pipeline with the following scouting report:
Ellwanger found success on the showcase circuit last summer without lighting up radar guns, operating around 90 mph while topping out at 93. His velocity stayed the same early in his senior year after he spent the winter playing basketball, then suddenly shot into the mid-90s a month into the season. He dominated in the Texas 5-A playoffs, capping his high school career with a 17-strikeout one-hitter in the semifinals as Magnolia West won its first-ever state title. On his best days this spring, Ellwanger has maintained a 93-97 mph fastball for seven innings, and his heater comes with riding action up in the strike zone. He also has worked at 89-93 mph and peaked at 95 at times, but he should have more velocity and hold it more consistently once his lean 6-foot-5 frame fills out. He can flash a plus low-80s slider with depth and also employs an average curveball in the upper 70s. Ellwanger occasionally throws a mid-80s changeup with splitter action, though he struggles to land it for strikes. He’s very athletic but needs to smooth out his delivery and learn to locate his pitches rather than just bullying hitters with them. He often has to dial back on his velocity to find the strike zone. A Dallas Baptist recruit, he turns 19 two months before the 2023 Draft and would be eligible again as a sophomore in 2025.
I’ll leave it to you guys to have at it in the comments.