Five top prospects on the spot at NHSI
March, 26, 2014
By Christopher Crawford | ESPN Insider
Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty ImagesJacob Gatewood showed off his power in a special competition at the 2013 Home Run Derby.One of the more difficult things about scouting amateur baseball -- particularly on the prep side -- is that the level of competition that top prospects face is generally so poor that it's difficult to take much context out of the games. Any pitcher that has a fastball that clocks above 90 mph is going to get a ton of strikeouts, and any hitter with above-average bat speed is going to hit for a high average and look impressive against kids throwing 75 mph.
So whenever there is a chance to see multiple talented high school kids in one area, scouting directors and general managers generally jump at that opportunity, and that's exactly what will happen starting today in Cary, N.C., for the 2014 National High School Invitational.
"It's a huge event," an NL front office member said. "To get a chance to see this many potential guys over a four day period is really idea, and I love that it happens right in the middle of their seasons, because while it's the best look these kids will get, it's not some last chance thing, either.