Perfect Game USA is rolling out its 2014 preseason previews and rankings this week, and IMG Academy's Luke Bonfield earned special recognition from the renowned high school scouting site. In its regional preview of the state of Florida, Perfect Game selected Bonfield to the Florida High School Dream Team and selected him as the Best Hitter For Average.
Excerpts from the Perfect Game Regional HS Preview: Florida:
Florida High School Dream Team
Based on present tools and position played for high school team
OF – Luke Bonfield, Sr. IMG Academy -- Bonfield might be new to the state of Florida after transferring down from New Jersey for his high school senior season, but his reputation with the bat followed him. Bonfield has the ability to cover the entire plate and barrel up the ball with very good bat speed to all parts of the field. While he makes consistent, hard line drive contact to the gaps for doubles, don’t be surprised when those balls start making their way over the fence.
Florida Region Best Tools
Best Hitter For Average: Luke Bonfield, Sr. IMG Academy -- There are a few categories among the top tools that were extremely close, with this being one of them. Jeremy Vasquez is very advanced with the bat, as is Bonfield, who started his hot hitting at the National Showcase last June and didn’t stop all summer. Bonfield set the tone for what he would do the rest of the summer in one of his first at-bats in Minnesota, barreling up a mid-80s slider from PG All-American righthander Luis Ortiz. He consistently squares up top pitching, showing gap power with more on its way.
To read the full Florida preview from Perfect Game, click HERE.