Projected Pool Winner: Dirtbags
Champions of this event only two years ago, the Dirtbags return with a loaded roster and look to make it to the top of the mountain yet again. With 20 Division I commits rostered, it’s going to be hard to beat the Dirtbags once you get to the later innings as they will be able to pull arms out of everywhere to look for shutdown outs. AJ Wilson is the big draw on the mound here as the East Carolina commit can work up to the 90s from an almost sidearm slot with a very tight spinning breaking ball as well. Jax Cash and Xander Hamilton should receive plenty of professional looks as well as the Dirtbags certainly look the part of a championship contender.
Dark Horse: San Diego Show
One of the premier organizations on the West Coast, the story for this year’s roster for the San Diego Show is the talent of their 2020s. They feature some of the top juniors in the country with 54th-ranked Kevin Sim, 96th-ranked Jordan Thompson, 126th-ranked Kyle Casper and 134th-ranked Nathan Nankil. The team has their star power of 2020s backed up by reliable 2019 Division I commits on the mound in Steven Nasquez, Alex Hendrick, Charles Acker and Ricky Tibbett. The talent blends nicely together as the Show certainly have components to that roster to make a run at the pool and upset the Dirtbags in the process.
What To Watch For: Minnesota Blizzard Arms
The majority of the Division I commits on the Blizzard roster are primary arms, and that could make for very low-scoring affairs when squaring off with the Minnesota-based team. Led by North Carolina commit and lefthander Ryan Sleeper, who can run his fastball up to 89 mph with a good breaking ball too, the arms should see plenty of interest from professional scouts in attendance. Benjamin Pedersen, Trent Schoeberl, Sean Bernard and William Roguske round out the rest of the staff and should be able to make the Minnesota Blizzard into a scary opponent in Jupiter.