Josh Tobias(SEG) goes 2-2 with three runs scored on Friday at World Wood Bat Championship in Jupiter, Florida

Posted by Andy Durham on October 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm under Amateur, High School | 10 Comments to Read


JUPITER, Fla. – Josh Tobias(Southeast Guilford High School) and Jake Cave are high school seniors in two southeastern states who share a passion for baseball and are members of a select group who may, someday, make a nice living playing the game.

They have a lot in common, no doubt. And one of the most impressive accomplishments they can list on their resumes is that they were given the opportunity to play in the Aflac All-American Classic in San Diego in mid-August, and this week are playing in the Perfect Game WWBA World Championship held here at the Roger Dean Complex.

Tobias and Cave are members of the North Carolina-based Canes Baseball travel team program, and are with the Canes this week. The Canes, one of the pre-tournament favorites to win the World Championship, lost their opener Thursday to NE PG Purple, 2-1, but rebounded to beat the Houston Banditos, 12-1, Friday morning.

Tobias, a highly ranked middle-infielder who played left field Friday, was 2-for-2 with two walks, three runs scored and two stolen bases in the win. Cave, one of country’s top left-handed pitchers in the class of 2011, pitched three scoreless innings, but gave up three hits and two walks while striking out two.

“I feel like I didn’t have my stuff really today,” said Cave, who entered as pitcher in the third inning after playing the first two innings in right field. “I didn’t have time to warm-up, came in and struggled a little bit. Hopefully the next time I (pitch), I’ll have the live arm and that kind of stuff, but it wasn’t there today.”

That performance was more exception than rule. Cave, a 6-1, 180-pounder from Hampton, Va., is Perfect Game’s 26th-ranked national prospect and No. 1-ranked in Virginia, and his fast-ball is consistently clocked in the low 90s.

Tobias’ performance Friday was something that has become expected from the stocky 5-9, 194-pounder from Greensboro, N.C. He is ranked 16th nationally and No. 1 in North Carolina by Perfect Game.

Perfect Game projects Tobias to be the 75th player selected overall in the 2011 Major League Draft, with Cave going next at 76th overall. That places both players in the late second round.

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  • sefan said,

    Should be a good year for the Falcon’s baseball team this year.

  • bagger said,

    about time last time i looked he was 3 for 21 ,won of a weak team

  • Grey said,


  • Andy said,

    We only had him for the one game back on Friday and that one looked pretty good….

  • Grey said,

    In every write-up I am seeing from the Canes games down in Jupiter, he looks to be doing very well.

  • notaplayer said,

    Sorry but this kid hasn’t put up eye popping numbers to be this highly regarded. So PG says Tobias has a higher projected draft position than that of Wil Myers from a few years back. I know different years yield different draft classes so the only reasoning must be that the ’11 draft must be significantly down compared to that of the ’09 draft.

  • Grey said,

    This kid is a very good high school player…performs at a high level in national showcase events and tournaments…and has combine numbers that are off the charts. Additionally, he plays multiple positions in the field. Not sure where you are coming from?

    As for the ’11 draft vs. the ’09 draft, you may be right…I dont know. But I seem to remember that Wil Myers was projected at around the 12-15 slot in the whole draft, but I think he was interested in going to school at SC, so that may have scared some teams away. In any event, you dont normally see the big bonus money that Wil received that far down in the draft, which proved his overall value…and from what I have read, Wil has been worth it, and more.

  • notaplayer said,

    I agree that he is a very good high school player, but I tend to also think that we, myself included, get a little carried away with the projections of kids not only in baseball but all sports for that matter. So to say that he is so high nationally is a stretch in my opinion, and I know that we all have them. So I will form my entire opinion in the future on what he does against competition that is at or above his projected level, i.e. in Gainesville! And yes I know all about Myers and his signability concerns and why he dropped to 91st overall when he was projected by Baseball America as going in the 12-15 slot in the 09 draft!

  • Grey said,

    I understand what you are saying…and yes, people do get carried away. My thought is that, even if he doesnt produce at the level some are projecting him at, he seems to be a hard working kid that will be furthering his education at an SEC school (great baseball conference) and/or improving his financial situation (through the draft). Great for him.

    As for Wil Myers, didnt imply that you didnt know the situation, actually was hoping for you to comfirm what i was saying as my recollection was a little shady…thanks.

  • notasefan said,

    looks like baseball america guy was right, not playing him at shortstop,but playing him in the outfield is his only option.