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Top 10 performers from the Tournament of Stars

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CARY, N.C. -- The Tournament of Stars, which serves as the first step for USA Baseball in forming its U18 team, has become must-see for scouts of all 30 teams. The event gives professional evaluators the chance to see the top high school prospects in action on the same field over several days, an opportunity impossible to pass up.

CARY, N.C. -- The Tournament of Stars, which serves as the first step for USA Baseball in forming its U18 team, has become must-see for scouts of all 30 teams. The event gives professional evaluators the chance to see the top high school prospects in action on the same field over several days, an opportunity impossible to pass up.

:: 2018 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars ::

Reports from the week will be combined with other performances over the summer as teams build follow lists for the 2019 Draft. It's important not to put too much stock into four games of action, but it's also good to note who stood out the most. The following top 10 isn't just a list of the top statistical performers, but a mix of results and scouting evaluations. And we're sticking to 2019 kids (with all due respect to 2020 standouts like Austin Hendrick, Pete Crow-Armstrong and Victor Mederos).

1. CJ Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity Catholic (Ga.) HS: Toolsy and athletic, Abrams showed off his plus speed, ability to swing the bat and good overall actions at short.

2. Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Colleyville (Texas) HS: While Witt didn't swing the bat as well as he may have liked, he did have very good at-bats, ran well and played terrific defense, doing nothing to take away from his No. 1-in-the-class label.

Video: FREE@PRIDE: Bobby Witt Jr. makes a diving stop

3. Riley Greene, OF, Hagerty (Fla.) HS: Greene came in with a reputation as one of the most advanced high school bats in the country and he solidified it, working deep counts, picking up base hits and squaring up the ball multiple times.

4. Rece Hinds, 3B, Niceville Senior (Fla.) HS: Hinds has as much raw power as anyone in the prep class and he showed it in games, especially in the gold medal contest when he homered twice and drove in seven runs.

Video: BRAVE@UNITED: Rece Hinds's two-homer day

5. Brennan Malone, RHP, Porter Ridge (N.C.) HS: Malone tired at the end of his start, but was as electric as any arm over his first 2 1/3 innings of work with a fastball reaching 94 mph, a good curve and an effective changeup.

6. Hunter Barco, LHP, The Bolles School (Fla.): Barco's fastball was down a tick -- around 92 mph -- and his breaking ball was a little more inconsistent, but he mixed them well with his changeup to put up four effective scoreless innings.

7. Jack Leiter, RHP, Delbarton Prep (N.J.): Al's son, Jack, continues to raise his profile as a Draft prospect, as he used his 90- to 94-mph fastball, two distinct breaking balls and changeup to post four shutout frames.

Video: Al, Jack Leiter discuss Tournament of Stars, baseball

8. Mack Anglin, RHP, Highland (Ohio) HS: A projectable right-hander, Anglin used a fastball that topped out at 93 mph and a breaking ball with a spin rate above 2,800 rpm to deliver four scoreless innings of his own.

9. Tyler Callihan, 3B/1B, Providence (Fla.) HS: Callihan had consistent professional-grade at-bats and barreled up the ball well, showing the potential to fit the corner-infield profile well in the future.

10. Avery Short, LHP, Southport (Ind.) HS: Short put himself on the map this week, mixing effective two- and four-seam fastballs (up to 92 mph), sliders and changeups to get through five scoreless innings on 56 pitches.

Video: Short on dominant Tournament of Stars start

Others of note: Corbin Carroll, OF, Lakeside (Wash.) HS; Joe Charles, RHP, The First Academy (Fla.); Kale Davis, RHP, Westmoore (Okla.) HS; Jerrion Ealy, OF, Jackson Prep (Miss.); Matt McCormick, C, St. Laurence (Ill.) HS; Quinn Priester, RHP, Cary Grove (Ill.) HS; Sammy Siani, OF, William Penn Charter (Penn.); Andre Tarver, OF, Ringgold (Ga.) HS.

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