Friday Five Tool Five (Dec. 24)
Introducing the Friday Five Tool Five. National Scouting Director of Five Tool Drew Bishop gives out thoughts and information on Five Topics on his mind. This new segment will be a weekly occurrence. However, Five Tool’s Jeffrey Kahn makes a guest appearance taking over the Christmas Eve edition with the Hawaii Sandlot Classic coming up.
In today’s installment of the Friday Five Tool Five we talk about the upcoming Hawaii Sandlot Classic in which Five Tool Hawaii will be covering. This event features 105 players from the Island Nation who have been split up amongst eight teams. Players are competing from the 2022 class, the 2023 class and the 2024 class.
The event runs from December 27-30 at Hans L’Orange Park in Waipahu, HI. A showcase will be held on the first day with games being played throughout the next three.
I’ll be out there covering the event with all tweets coming from @FiveToolHI. The Hawaii Sandlot Classic staff submitted five uncommitted 2022’s to watch during the Classic. Below you will find the players with some thoughts on them as well.
1. Orion Medeiros | OF | 6-0, 180 lbs. | Kailua (HI) 2022
💣 Bombs away.
— Five Tool Baseball (@FiveTool) July 2, 2021
Outfielder Orion Medeiros went big fly in front of me in the first at-bat I saw him in during the Five Tool California SoCal Qualifier this past July for 808 Baseball Academy. With it being 320 down the line, the right-handed hitter had to make some hard contact for that ball to travel at Vanguard University. What was most impressive was that he was practically on second base as the ball landed off the netting in left — got out of the box fast and was looking two and possibly even three.
Medeiros is a player who is going to give you his all and be a guy who hustles at all times. He’s been swinging it well this late in the fall for the Hawaii Tigers organization. The outfielder also has some good speed with a 6.79s 60-yard time. He’ll need to solidify that during the Classic while showing off his tools. I’d look for multiple extra base hits going gap to gap and making it know that he’s got what it takes to play at the next level.
2. Mikey Hanano | LHP/1B | 5-10, 190 lbs. | Kailua (HI) 2022
— Five Tool Hawaii (@FiveToolHI) July 31, 2020
We saw Mikey Hanano carve dudes up in the inaugural Hawaii Sandlot Classic in August of 2020. The left-handed pitcher struck out seven in three one-hit innings. The low 80s fastball was complemented well by a curveball he threw backdoor to strike batters out in his outing. I couldn’t have been more impressed with the off-speed stuff. Hanano’s change-up had some late movement as well.
If we see Hanano improve his velocity on the fastball, he could make a college very happy to have a dependable lefty on staff. Not to mention, Hanano swung it well in the game he pitched in and can also play some first base. Potentially a two-way prospect to consider, I’m going to be most intrigued by what he does off the bump.
3. Hekili Robello | RHP | 6-3, 180 lbs. | Hilo (HI) 202
Impressive stuff from @2020_808 Baseball Academy’s Hekili Robello (@Kiliboyy) this morning. The RHP has racked up 7K in 6 IP and now is up to 86 MPH.
FB: 83-85, 86
— Five Tool Baseball (@FiveTool) July 3, 2021
Right-handed pitcher Hekili Robello impressed during the Five Tool California SoCal Qualifier. The RHP is one of those dudes who is going to throw his best stuff at you and make you try and hit it. And he found a ton of success in the outing in Fullerton, CA going seven innings with six strikeouts topping 86 MPH leading his 808 Baseball Academy team to victory.
Another player we’re looking forward to seeing if he has made a jump between the summer to the late fall. Robello is in the minority here during the Classic coming from the island of Hilo to play on Oahu, but that should just add to some of the intrigue around the 6-3, 180-pound potential starting pitcher on the collegiate level.
4. Jayden Flores | C | 6-0, 210 lbs. | Campbell (HI) 202
HT Pro Day • Jayden Flores
2022 RHP / C / 3B (Campbell HS) 6’1 180 LBS
— Hawaii Tigers Baseball Organization (@HawaiiTigers) December 31, 2020
Jayden Flores | 6’0 175 LBS | 2022
Campbell HS | Makaha, HI pic.twitter.com/HQzeVSv14N
— Hawaii Tigers Baseball Organization (@HawaiiTigers) December 11, 2020
Catcher Jayden Flores looks to be a bat that can provide some power from the position. What’s going to be important for him this week at the Sandlot Classic is to test well on the showcase day as well as put the bat on display during the games. If he can go yard at Hans L’Orange, then the power is certainly going to be there.
I’m going to be looking to how he can command the game behind the dish and how well he moves for a catcher. If the bat can end up in play, what he does as a backstop will be important in his recruitment process.
5. Dacoda Agoto| 3B/MIF/RHP | 5-10, 166 lbs. | Pearl City (HI) 202
— Nomura Baseball Academy (@NomuraAcademy) October 26, 2021
— Nomura Baseball Academy (@NomuraAcademy) October 26, 2021
Infielder/right-handed pitcher Decode Agoto is an interesting two-way prospect out of Pearl City (HI). off the Bump, Agoto was reportedly up to 87 MPH in October. The delivery and arm are clean and it definitely looks like there’s going to be more in the tank. At 5-10, 166 lbs., the ball seems to hum out of the hand. I’ll be looking to see if he can spot up and what type of offspeed stuff he’s got.
From the right side of the plate, Agoto looks to make some hard contact and hits the ball where it’s pitched. He seems very toolsy, and I think this one’s got a chance to be the best player we see all week getting things done from the mound and at the plate. I’m going to be interested in what kind of arm he has across the infield in the showcase portion. If it’s 88+ MPH and the glove works, I think he’s going to have a great shot at making a name for himself during the Classic and then getting the chance to play at the next level.
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