Scouting a pair of all-star games 

August, 12, 2014
Here are some notes on a number of players I saw over the weekend.

  • Lefty Kolby Allard of San Clemente (California) High School was the breakout star of this year's Perfect Game All-American Classic, played once again at Petco Park in San Diego. The game was dominated by pitching, but nobody was as impressive as Allard, who punched out all three batters he faced on just 12 pitches, and showed a plus fastball and curveball along the way. The heater sat at 92-95 with easy velocity, while the curveball was 78-79, sharp with depth and tight rotation.

  • Left-hander Justin Hooper started for the West team and showed premium stuff, too, tossing darts at 93-96 with some life, and a changeup at 83 that was absurd. He couldn't finish his curveball at 73-74, however, and he might end up better suited to a slider if his current breaker continues to pose problems. His delivery is funky, which provides deception but may not be as easy to repeat 100-plus times a game.