|Evaluator:||Nick J. Faleris|
|Report Date:||April 3rd, 2018|
It was a horribly disappointing tournament for Mater Dei (Costa Mesa, Calif.), as the former back-to-back NHSI Champions (2012-2013) were the only club to finish the event without a win. Despite the poor team results, standout shortstop Emilio Rosas shined brightly for the Monarchs, finishing-up the four-game stretch going 8-for-15 with three doubles and a walk – good for a slash line of .533/.562/.733.
The Southern Cal commit keeps a nice, clean barrel to the ball, thanks to good balance, bat speed and rhythm in the box, and can flash good gap power at present that could grow into more consistent over-the-fence production in time. His range is stretched some at short, and he could ultimately fit best as a third baseman long term, where his arm strength would play well.
Rosas could fit in the top ten rounds of the June draft off of his offensive potential alone, and a team who believes in the glove as well could pop him as early as the first half of Day 2. Provided he makes it to USC, Rosas will be one of the more interesting talents to watch develop in the 2021 class, with a chance to emerge as an offensive force over the next three years.