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Top performers: Day 3 of WWBA World Championship

October 22, 2017

JUPITER, Fla. -- Weather was not an issue on Day 3 of the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association World Championship, as all 88 teams took the field at least once on a day that saw 58 games played across 14 backfields at Roger Dean Stadium.• Day 1 top performersThe

JUPITER, Fla. -- Weather was not an issue on Day 3 of the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association World Championship, as all 88 teams took the field at least once on a day that saw 58 games played across 14 backfields at Roger Dean Stadium.
Day 1 top performers
The loaded schedule produced countless standout performances from some of the country's top prep prospects, a group that, for a third straight day, was headlined by many highly-touted Class of 2018 and '19 hurlers.
Day 2 top performers
Here are some of the highlight's from Saturday's action, with much of the data courtesy of TrackMan Connect.
Austin Becker, RHP (Sunbury, Ohio)
The Vanderbilt recruit popped a 96 mph fastball in the first inning of his start for Canes National to match the top velocity posted by any hurler in the event so far. He sat 93-94 mph in the inning, generating easy velocity with his highly projectable 6-foot-6, 185-pound frame, before operating at 90-93 in his second and final frame. He threw just two curveballs in the outing, both registering in the mid-70s. One of the more highly regarded Class of 2018 pitching prospects, Becker allowed two hits and one walk while striking out one over two scoreless innings.

Ethan Smith, RHP (Mount Juliet, Tenn.)
Smith etched his name in PGWWBA WC history on Day 3 by firing a seven-inning perfect game with an event-best 14 strikeouts -- including seven straight to open the game -- for Team Elite Prime. What's more, the Vanderbilt commit needed just 77 pitches to accomplish the feat, as he threw 74 percent of them for strikes and generated an impressive whiff rate of 34.4 percent. Highly projectable with his present reportoire, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-hander bumped 92 mph in the first inning, with a max spin rate of 2,533 RPMs, and was still sitting at 88-90 in the game's final frame. He also showed feel for a hard, late-breaking slider that ranged from 79-82 mph.

Brennan Malone, RHP (Matthews, N.C.)
Regarded by evaluators as one of the premier pitching prospects in the Class of 2019, Malone possesses all the qualities that big leagues teams covet in a potential high Draft pick. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound right-hander confirmed that much in his Day 3 start for the On Deck O's, combining athleticism and a lightning-quick arm to produce a fastball that sat 90-92 mph and was up to 93.5 as late as the fourth inning. His curveball was sharp early in the outing, registering at 77-79 mph with a good spin rate, but became more loopy over his final two frames. And while the North Carolina commit didn't fare particularly well in the outing -- he allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts in four innings -- his overall upside on the mound is undeniable.

Matthew Thompson, RHP (Cypress, Texas)
Thompson posted the event's third-highest velocity of 94.9 mph while sitting 92-94 with an 80-83 curveball in his start for the Banditos Scout Team. The Texas A&M recruit struck out a pair and allowed three hits over 1 2/3 scoreless innings. At 6-foot-3, 184 pounds, Thompson has separated himself as one of the top Class of 2019 arms with impressive velocity that should continue to increase as he adds strength to his projectable frame.

Joe Gray Jr., OF (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
Gray, who is committed to Mississippi, paced Canes National at the plate as he tallied a pair of doubles and two RBIs in a perfect 3-for-3 showing. All of Gray's hits were barreled, too, as he recorded exit velocities of 92.9 (double), 90 (single) and 96.9 mph (double), respectively. In addition to his performance at the plate, the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder also impressed with his overall athleticism and tools, showcasing plus speed on the basepaths and considerable range in center.

Skylar Gonzalez, RHP (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Gonzalez, an uncommitted Class of 2019 prospect, fired a six-inning no-hitter with one walk and five strikeouts for Elite Squad Louisville Slugger. The 6-foot-2, 160-pound righty needed just 72 pitches in the outing, throwing 62 percent of them for strikes. Standing out more for his advanced pitchability than his stuff, Gonzalez achieved his no-hitter by effectively changing speeds with an arsenal comprised of a fastball, curveball and changeup.
Parker Meadows, OF (Grayson, Ga.)
Smith stole the show on the mound for Team Elite Prime, but it was the Clemson commit Meadows, the younger brother of Pirates top prospect Austin, who paced his team offensively with a 2-for-2 game that included a two-run, inside-the-park home run. As he did on the event's opening day, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound left-handed-hitting outfielder showcased an impressive combination of size, athleticism and tools, most notably his above-average speed while racing around the bases after driving the ball deep to center field.

Michael Burrows, RHP (Waterford, Conn.)
Entering in relief for North East Baseball, Burrows allowed one hit and one walk while striking out six over four scoreless frames to record the win. The 6-foot-2, 183-pound righty's fastball reached 93 mph in the performance, and he also utilized three secondary offerings: a curveball (71-73 mph), a slider (80-83) and a changeup (84-85). He's committed to UConn.
Jack Kochanowicz, RHP (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.)
Starting the first of two games on the day for the Baditos Scout Team, Kochanowicz, a Class of 2019 Virginia commit, boosted his Draft stock by tossing 6 2/3 scoreless frames of two-hit ball with eight strikeouts. A physically imposing presence on the mound, the 6-foot-6, 210-pound right-hander bumped 91 mph several times and sat around 88-90 for much of the outing and showed feel for throwing his mid-70s curveball for strikes.

Garrett McDaniels, LHP (Nichols, S.C.)
The Upstate Mavericks southpaw turned in a dominant performance as he fanned nine batters over four hitless frames while registering a 39.5 percent swing-and-miss rate, the third-best mark in the event thus far. Committed to Coastal Carolina, the 6-foot-2, 170-pounder's heater sat between 88-90 mph and topped out at 91. In addition, McDaniels selectively mixed in a curveball in the upper 70s as well as one changeup.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.