CARY, N.C. -- While two games were played in the main stadium Wednesday, a total of six were played on the back fields at the complex, with some solid Draft prospects on display.
Lefty Foster Griffin from Florida's The First Academy probably drew the largest crowd. Griffin isn't quite on the same level as Mac Marshall or Brady Aiken out in Southern California, but he's an intriguing 6-foot-5 southpaw. He certainly was effective in shutting out Milton High School from Georgia, tossing a three-hit shutout with eight strikeouts. But while his velocity was around 88-91 mph early on, he did seem to tire and was described by some scouts watching as "just OK." He got high marks for competing well and throwing strikes, but some felt his stuff was a little down from previous outings.
Gainesville's Michael Gettys, ranked No. 10 on the Draft Top 50, starred in his team's 6-3 win over Venice High School from Florida, but it was on the mound, not at the plate. A two-way player who most teams see as a toolsy outfielder at the next level, Gettys went the distance, throwing 113 pitches while giving up eight hits and four walks. As a hitter, the University of Georgia commit had an uneventful day, going 0-for-1 with a run scored, an RBI, a walk and a hit-by-pitch.
Gettys wasn't the only bat to go quiet on the back fields. T.C. Roberson's Braxton Davidson went 0-for-1 with two walks in a 5-0 loss against Huntsville. Davidson is considered one of the best pure bats in the high school crop, ranking No. 13 on the Top 50.
Clovis High School's Jacob Gatewood, No. 7 on the list, has big-time power but scuffled on Day 1. He went 1-for-4 with an RBI as Clovis beat ThunderRidge, but he didn't look comfortable in his at-bats.