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Avery Tuck opens some national eyes

06/30/2015, 6:02pm PDT
By John Maffei

Steele Canyon player joins LCC's Moniak on West team for Perfect Game

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Steele Canyon's Avery Tuck will play in the Perfect Game All-American Classic on Aug. 16 at Petco Park.

Mickey Moniak is on the radar of virtually every scout in America. Has been since he was 12.

A picture-perfect swing, a plus-throwing arm, great range in center field and a swift 6.58 seconds in the 60-yard dash - where anything under 7.0 is considered good - get people's attention.

Avery Tuck was like the Stealth, flying under the radar.

This summer, though, Tuck will get the chance to soar with the big boys.

Tuesday at Petco Park, Moniak - a senior at La Costa Canyon High - and Tuck - a senior at Steele Canyon - were officially named to the West team for the 13th annual Perfect Game All-American Classic on Aug. 16.

Jack Dashwood, a pitcher/first baseman from St. Augustine, is still under consideration and could be named to the game at a later date.

The game, which pits 50 of the best high school players in the country, has produced 165 first-round draft picks with 109 alumni making it to the big leagues.

"I'll be honest," said Brad Clement, the vice president of development for Perfect Game, "Avery blew up at our National Showcase in Fort Myers.

"We knew the name before he got there, but we didn't know his skills.

"He had three hits in one of the games. He ran a 6.88 in the 60.

"And he has a big-league body."

Tuck stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 195.

A left-hand hitter and right-hand thrower, he was less than impressive as a junior at Steele Canyon, hitting .286 with three homers and 11 RBIs.

Moniak, on the other hand, hit .426 for La Costa Canyon with eight doubles, four triples, 28 RBIs and 29 runs scored.

Plus, he was successful on 12 of 13 steal attempts.

Moniak, who's committed to UCLA, was a first-team All-CIF selection. He's a veteran of the showcase circuit.

He's currently in Cary, N.C., having survived the first cut from 80 to 40 for USA Baseball's 18U National Team.

Should he make the team, he'll play in Taiwan and Japan in late August and September.

Tuck is a novice on the showcase circuit.

Last year's Underclassman Area Code Games in Long Beach was his first real national exposure.

"I've seen guys I played with and against get here, and wanted to surprise people," said Tuck, who has committed to San Diego State. "I've worked very hard to get better.

"When I got to Florida, I was relaxed, composed. I didn't worry about the scouts.

"Plus, I think I'm easy to coach.

"I had a rough season in high school last year, but I was dealing with some things."

Tuck's grandmother is battling cancer. That was a big drain on Avery. But she is doing better.

"That's a huge relief," Tuck said. "Now I can go to work and prove they made the right choice in selecting me for this game."

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