Congratulations, to highly recruited West Coast Guapo Parker Gerken on his commitment to play baseball at Crown College!
We look forward to watching him play for a great program at Crown College. A program that continues to build players on and off the field.
It wasn’t easy to see the Yankees trade International League Player of the Year Ben Gamel to the Seattle Mariners at the end of August, especially since the return was two teenage pitchers in Rookie ball no one had ever heard of. Gamel looked ready to help New York right now, whereas the pair of prospects they received, Jio Orozco and Juan De Paula, are a few years off from the show, if they ever made it.
Still, it’s clear something had to give with the Yankees log-jam of outfielders in the upper-minors, and the two young arms they landed each show some promise. Orozco in particular looks pretty advanced for a 19-year-old.
The Mariners managed to land Orozco in the 14th round of the 2015 June amateur draft because of a commitment to Arizona. Rick Randall of SeattleClubhousespeculates that a personal connection to Seattle’s minor league field coordinator Jack Howell allowed the Ms to grab him much later in the draft than he ordinarily would have been selected considering his abilities. Baseball America had him ranked in their top 200 list of draft prospects that year.
Fresh out of high school, the Mariners assigned Orozco to the Arizona League, where he pitched to a 2.95 ERA and struck out 10.1 batters per nine through 21.1 innings of work.
In 2016, he returned for a second go-round in the league. His strikeout numbers jumped to 11.7 K/9, but he has struggled with his control at times, walking three per nine innings through 48.1 IP.
Orozco showed enough in his second professional season that MLB Pipeline had him ranked 19th in the admittedly thin Mariners system prior to the trade. Here’s what they had to say about his arsenal:
His fluid arm action and clean delivery allow him to pitch to both sides of the plate with his 91-94 mph fastball, while his extension through the ball gives it some sinking action. Orozco’s curveball has above-average potential, thrown from an over-the-top slot with good arm speed, creating a 12-to-6 shape with depth, and he also shows good feel for a changeup, giving him the chance for three average-or-better offerings … Beyond the stuff, Orozco’s overall feel for pitching sets him apart from most pitchers his age.
At 6’1 210 lbs, Orozco is much more physically mature than the average 19-year-old. Combine with three quality pitches and you have a guy that could climb the minor league ladder fairly quickly.
Notably, MLB Pipeline doesn’t have Orozco listed among the Yankees updated top 30 prospects, but that may say more about the powerhouse farm system than about Orozco’s abilities. New York’s minor leagues are simply stacked at the moment, but Orozco isn’t far off from establishing himself among the club’s best pitching prospects.
Fredrick Ortega has signed to play for Coahoma Community College. The Tigers are managed by Ole Miss All-American and former Texas Rangers Second Baseman and also current associated Texas Rangers Scout Coach Lee Hodge.
''Im excited to bring my skills set and my work ethic to Coahoma and contribute to the program anyway possible to help my team win and get our ring!, with the help of Coach Hodge, Coach Foster and the rest of the staff and their knowledge I will be able to grow as a player and move on to play for NCAA D1 school or God willing get Drafted. ''
"We are excited to have Fredrick join our program. He brings serious power to our line upend polished defensive skills at the shortstop position. He has MLB talent and will have no problem being drafted after his first season with us. - Coach Foster
Orange Lutheran first-team All-County all-purpose player Stanley Berryhillhas committed to Arizona as a preferred walk-on wide receiver, the senior confirmed.
Berryhill, who transferred to Orange Lutheran from Arizona, delivered a strong season in 2016. He had 63 receptions for nearly 1,000 yards and nine TDs. He also was an outstanding returner.
Highlights: Graduated in 2017 from Orange Lutheran High School (Calif.)…Two-time team captain and most valuable player…Earned three letters in football, three in baseball and two in basketball…Earned First-Team All District as a senior…Specialist MVP in the Trinity League…Had 60 catches for 1,000 yards as a senior…Became first player in school history to score a touchdown four different ways in a game…Also had baseball offers from University of Southern Texas and University of San Diego.
2018 GRAD Isaac Montaño
Congratulations to our 2018 grad Isaac on his commitment to the University of Jamestown. This was his number one choice school and we know he had some tough decisions with other offers. Your hard work through the last few years have paid off!
We look forward to watching you take the West Coast Guapos movement to the higher level!
Nov 21, 2017
Dawson CC Baseball is excited to add Lorenzo Valencia to their roster for the spring 2018 season. During the scouting and recruiting process, DCC Assistant Baseball Coach Leanhardt liked what he saw, “What I see in Lorenzo is a fierce, feisty competitor. He swings the bat from both sides of the plate, he covers ground well in the outfield, and he has a commanding presence on the mound. I’m thrilled to bring his diverse skillset to our program.”
Lorenzo graduated from Tempe High School in Arizona. As a senior, Lorenzo led with team with a 0.430 batting average and earned 2nd Team All-Region honors in the talent-laden region surrounding Phoenix, AZ. Lorenzo spent the fall semester studying at South Mountain CC and working out with the West Coast Guapos. When asked about coming to Glendive, MT, Lorenzo said, “I chose Dawson Community College because I felt like this program can help me grow as an individual and because they saw something in me that no other coaches saw and gave me a huge opportunity.”
Head DCC Baseball Coach Lewis added, “Coach Leanhardt has been working around the clock to identify players that can help fill our needs for the spring season. We had a need in the outfield and we feel like Lorenzo fits that need very well. It doesn’t hurt that he also has the ability to compete on the mound. We are excited to have him join the Buccaneer Baseball family.”
Lorenzo will get to enjoy a homecoming, of sorts, when the Bucs play in the Tucson Invitational on March 12-16, 2018.
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