Samuel Tuivailala, SS
6′ 3″ 195lbs 10/19/1992
Aragon HS, California
AZ’s snap take: The Cardinals found someone pretty obscure for the third round. On the tall side for your traditional shortstop.
MLB.com Draft Tracker: Video
Baseball America: 77th overall prospect out of Califonia
Sam Tuivailala attended a small showcase in Sacramento last summer and started a lot of buzz when he hit 93 mph on the gun. He also showed bat speed and strength as a position player and is being considered by some scouts as a third baseman. At 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, Tuivailala has good size and strength and a projectable frame. He has long arms and legs and has athletic agility. His secondary stuff is evolving. His curveball is a tweener pitch that should be a slider from his three-quarters slot, and he lacks a third pitch. He sits in the 88-89 mph range, with movement. He lacks a lot of mound time and an organization that is strong in pitching development will value him most. Tuivailala joins Judge in Fresno State’s recruiting class.
Was signed by Fresno State (h/t Austin). Frenso State’s head coach on Tuivailala:
Another talented three-sport athlete, Sam played shortstop and served as the closer for his high school team. He’s run a 6.8 60 yd dash, thrown in the low 90′s and demonstrated power potential at the plate. We’re going to give him the opportunity to do both for us and see where it goes. He entered his senior year at 16 years old so we are excited to see how he develops physically as he concentrates on baseball for the next four years.