01/17/2014 - Under Armour Pre-Season All-America Tournament
Alika showed good switch hitting abilities as well as solid INF skills during the Pre-Season. At the plate, Alika has a balanced approach, good bat speed, and gap power. He has good barrel accuracy, slid hand-eye coordination, and he swings in good rhythm. At SS, Alika is light on his feet, he has good range, and he fields out front. He has soft hands, a quick exchange, and a fluid arm action to his target.
10/09/2013 - Arizona Senior Fall Classic
Alika is a 2-way player as a SS/RHP who showed well in Arizona. Defensively in the INF, he works around the ground ball and shows plus body control through the play. He has a clean exchange and makes accurate throws across the diamond. His athleticism allows him to get to balls hit to his right and left. Offensively, Sakurai shows a crouched/open stance and solid base. He had some quality at bats and battles at the dish. At the event he went 5 for 9 with 4 singles and a double. On the mound, this RHP fills up the zone and throws strikes with both pitches. He works at a smooth tempo, attacked hitters, and got outs. More lower 1/2 drive will help to increase velocity. Alika has skills and should have success the upcoming season.