January 25 - Broad Run’s Cameron Wayt homered on his first and last at-bats at the Under Armour All-America Preseason Tournament in Mesa, AZ last weekend.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior outfielder and right-handed pitcher was one of six area players to travel to compete in games and workouts at the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs from Jan. 18-20. He registered an exit velocity of 95 MPH on one of his home runs, one of the top velocities recorded at the event.
Wayt was one of nearly 500 players from 32 regionally-based teams to participate. Carrying a 4.0 grade point average and a 1450 SAT score, he has been accepted to attend the University of Alabama with the offer of academic scholarships and an opportunity to walk on to the baseball team.
Spartans coach Tommy Meier is hopeful Wayt’s success on the travel and showcase circuit this offseason translates to the field this spring after an inconsistent junior campaign in which he hit .238. “He performed great last weekend,” Meier said. “[Wayt ] is a gym-rat, constantly seeking improvement. He’s a great example for the younger players in our program … absolutely a weight-room warrior and puts on a show in [batting practice].”
The other five players attending from the area included Osbourn sophomore Alex Brown, Bishop O’Connell junior Eddie Eisert, Yorktown senior Ben Koomey, Paul VI Catholic sophomore Daniel Quintana and Riverside senior Carson Swank. Eisert has committed to play at N.C. State, and Swank, a member of the 2018 NOVA Nine Team, has signed to play at Yale.
The showcase event, which is sponsored by Baseball Factory, stresses instruction over competition, with daily sessions focused on hitting and fielding work with each team. Games were structured to change sides after five batters, with each hitter starting with a 1-1 count.
“We look a lot at how they can use those skills in the game,” Steve Bernhardt, Baseball Factory’s executive vice president of baseball operations, told Baseball America. “Can they really play or is it just an impressive workout? We also want good people. We want guys that have the makeup that seems to lead to future Major Leaguers … guys that are driven, have that work ethic, are coachable and are good teammates.”
The son of Dayton Moore, a former player and coach at George Mason University and the current general manager of the Kansas City Royals, was one of the top standouts at the showcase. Robert Moore, a switch-hitting junior shortstop at Shawnee Mission East High School in Leawood, KS who has committed to Arkansas, was named to this summer’s Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago after his performance in Arizona.
Photo of Cameron Wayt courtesy of Broad Run Baseball