After a rough 2017 baseball season, the Miami Hurricanes are ready to go for the 2018 with high expectations. Just like how people have expectations of the Miami Hurricanes on the diamond, they have high expectations for them in recruiting. The Canes are in one of richest areas in high school baseball recruiting. The Miami Hurricanes always finished within the top in the recruiting ranking are expected to continue that trend with some of the top prospects out of South Florida and in the country. Here are the top five Miami Hurricanes commits in their 2018 recruiting class.
1B/3B Triston Casas
As soon as he entered high school ball, Triston Casas was always one of the top ranked recruits in the country. Casas is a 6’4” 240 pound corner infielder out of American Heritage High School in Planation, Florida. The big left-handed infielder is one of the most patient and smartest hitters I have seen. Not only is he a great hitter with tons of power but he has a great eye and doesn’t chase anything outside of the strike zone. He is not afraid to take a walk even though most high school pitcher rarely give him anything good to hit. One of the most complete hitters in the country and has also improved on his defense but slimming down and adding more muscle. He can play third base but his future is at first base. Perfect Game All-American.
RHP Slade Cecconi
Slade Cecconi is a 6’4” 195 pound right-handed pitcher out of Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, Florida. Cecconi is one of the top and most projectable pitchers in the nation. He is a big pitcher that has some strength and looseness in his arm. Great arm speed and extension but pitches with ease. Fastball sits in the mid-90s and tops out at 96 mph. Does a great job of pounding the bottom half of the strike zone with some life. His slider is his best off speed pitch as it sits at 84 mph and has lots of bite to it. Still needs to work on his curveball as his mechanics aren’t there yet. He’s not consistent with his off speed pitches but still pounds the zone. Cecconi still has some work to do but he is an elite pitcher with a high ceiling. Perfect Game All-American.
LHP Jonathan Gates
Jonathan Gates is a 6’2” 190 pound left-handed pitcher out of Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville, Florida. Gates is a very well built and physically mature pitcher that knows how to pitch. On the mound, Gates does a great job of hiding the ball and repeats his mechanics very well. Fastball seats in the low 90s and tops out at 92 mph. It has a lot of arm action and can really jam right handed hitters. Best secondary pitch is his slider due to its sharpness and tight spin. He has a ton of confidence in his slider and will use it to back foot righties. Gates also throws a nice changeup and doesn’t change his arm speed. Can really dominate with all three pitches. Perfect Game All-American.
SS/OF Luis Tuero
Luis Tuero is a 6’0” 170 pound shortstop/outfielder out of Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Opa Locka, Florida. Tuero isn’t one of the highest ranked Miami commits but he is an underrated prospect that has a lot of potential with lots of room to grow. He is a slender athlete that needs to add some strength to really take his game to the next level. At the plate, Tuero is a very smart hitter with a line drive approach and hits the ball to all fields. He’s not a power hitter but does a terrific job of hitting high for average and finding the gaps. Runs a 6.70 60 yard dash. Good defensive shortstop with smooth hands and decent arm strength. Could also play outfield to raise his draft stock. Definitely has enough arm strength and speed to play the outfield.
SS Michael Montes
Michael Montes is a 6’1” 185 pound shortstop out of Monsignor Edward Pace High School out of Opa Locka, Florida. Montes’s recruiting and rankings really skyrocketed once he transferred from American High School and had a great season playing for the Pace Spartans. The South Florida prospect had a .433 batting average with 10 home runs and 43 RBIs his junior season. Montes did a very physically built prospect but does have some solid strength. Montes is a line drive hitter that can drive the ball out of the yard but can also drive the ball to all fields. Runs a 7.29 60 yard dash. On defense, Montes has a pretty good range with quick feet and transfer and solid arm strength. Very underrated prospect that is just starting to make a name for himself and will continue to improve with a loaded Pace roster full of Miami commits.