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Scouts dish on Perfect Game All-American standouts

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For years, the Perfect Game All-American Classic has been the exclamation point on the long summer showcase circuit for high school prospects for the following year's Draft class. This year was no different, with many of the top prepsters on hand at Petco Park on Sunday to put a bow on what has been a very busy summer.

There have been several standouts throughout the summer, including those at Sunday's event. Pitching tends to rule the day in these showcases, and that held true in San Diego on Sunday. MLBPipeline.com caught up with a couple of scouts who had seen these high schoolers perform all summer and they broke down a handful of the standouts.

For years, the Perfect Game All-American Classic has been the exclamation point on the long summer showcase circuit for high school prospects for the following year's Draft class. This year was no different, with many of the top prepsters on hand at Petco Park on Sunday to put a bow on what has been a very busy summer.

There have been several standouts throughout the summer, including those at Sunday's event. Pitching tends to rule the day in these showcases, and that held true in San Diego on Sunday. MLBPipeline.com caught up with a couple of scouts who had seen these high schoolers perform all summer and they broke down a handful of the standouts.

Will Banfield, C, Brookwood HS (Snellville, Ga.)
Catching is always in high demand, and while developing a high school backstop is tough, Banfield has shown that he is the top all-around catcher in the class.

"Banfield has a 60 arm with the strength of a pro now," one scout said. "He catches and throws as well as anyone in the class and has power that stacks up with anyone as well. His pull power has been better than plus at times this summer."

Nolan Gorman, SS, Sandra Day O'Connor HS (Glendale, Ariz.)
Gorman was a home run derby master throughout the summer, and while he didn't win that event in San Diego, he did homer in the game en route to earning MVP honors.

"Sunday was about Gorman's bat and the big arms," one scout said. "He has special power and a strong arm. There are some holes in his swing, but the power is special."

Video: Perfect Game: Gorman homers to give West early lead

Ethan Hankins, RHP, Forsyth Central HS (Cumming, Ga.)
Hankins capped off a tremendous summer with a hitless frame in San Diego, cementing his place at or near the top of most 2018 lists.

"He was 94-96 mph with his fastball and mixed in a 75-77 curve," one scout said. "He's a front-line starter with premium stuff. He's possibly the best high school right-hander in this Draft class."

Video: WEST@EAST: Hankins fans two during the 2nd inning

Matt Liberatore, LHP, Mountain Ridge High School (Glendale, Ariz.)
The lefty has raised his stock as much as any prep pitcher in the class, with the possible exception of Hankins. He won the Under Armour All-America Game MVP and tossed a perfect frame in the PG Classic.

"Liberatore can pitch and the fastball is above average right now," one scout said. "His command and changeup are both above average. His breaking ball can show average, giving him a really advanced mix."

Video: WEST@EAST: Liberatore throws a strong bottom of 1st

Kumar Rocker, RHP, North Osborne HS (Watkinsville, Ga.)
Looking for the top pure power arm in the class? Look no further than this Georgia standout, who has shown premium velocity at multiple stops.

"He's been 94-98 mph consistently, with angle and power," one scout said. "And he's shown a good 85-88 mph slider. He's been the easiest arm for three outs this summer."

Video: WEST@EAST: Kumar Rocker pitches the 1st inning

Brice Turang, SS, Santiago HS (Corona, Calif)
Thought of as the top high school player in this class, if not the top player overall, Turang has done nothing to change that high opinion of him all summer.

"Turang has been one of the top middle infielders this summer, with the bat to handle the top power arms," one scout said. "He might be a 70 runner, with the glove and actions for both middle-infield positions and the arm plays at shortstop. His fast hands and sharp hand-eye coordination is what separates him."

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.