Prep Baseball Report

East Coast Sox Scout Day: Session 3 Notes

Austin Sharp
Director of Scouting

This Thursday, June 4th, we traveled over to Meridian, MS to check out some of the top players in the East Coast Sox, one of the top travel baseball organizations in the country. In 3 sessions, there were a combined total of 192 players at the event. Mother Nature was perfect with not a single drop of rain and sunshine the whole day. It was a great event at Q.V. Sykes Park.

Over the next few days, we will be rolling out some post-event content and coverage on our social media and website, so be sure to keep an eye out. There were tons of other talented players at this event. Today, we will take a look at some of the top performers from Session 3 of the East Coast Sox Scout Day.




‘22 RHP Colin Daniel, Corner

6-foot-1 180 pound frame that really was one of the top arms in Session 3. Fastball was 86-88 mph while touching 89 mph a few times. Located for strikes. Mixed in & out. Breaking ball showed hard, late break at 75-77 mph. Changeup played well off the fastball at 81-82 mph with fade into RHH’s. One of the top arms in the ‘22 AL class.

‘23 SS/RHP Walter Ford, Hoover

6-foot-2 185 pounder that is a legit 2-way player. At the plate, he showcased some definite pull side pop and the potential for power. Line drive approach with quick hands. 93 mph exit velo. On the mound, the fastball played 88-90 mph and topped at 91 mph. Looked easy coming out of the hand. Uses a strong lower half and gets into his hips in his delivery. Breaking ball has potential at 74-76 mph. Changeup offerings were anywhere from 79-82 mph and located for strikes. Alabama recruit. 



‘21 RHP/SS Aidan Major, Central Mountain (PA)

5-foot-11 190 pound arm that showed some electric stuff on the mound during his bullpen. Fastball was primarily 88-89 mph and bumped 90 mph a couple times. Paired that with a 74-75 mph slider that had late break. Changeup looked like a solid third offering at 80-81 mph. Also swung the bat well during BP and posted a 95 mph exit velo and a gap to gap approach. 2-way potential. West Virginia recruit. 

‘21 RHP/1B Mason Nichols, Jackson Prep (MS)

6-foot-5 200 pounder that’s a physically imposing specimen on the mound and showcased some electric stuff during his bullpen. Offers a true 4 pitch mix. Fastball was 88-89 mph and topped at 90 mph. Breaking ball showed swing and miss potential at 75-76 mph. Changeup was 80-81 mph. Featured a cutter that looks like the fastball out of the hand with late hard cutting action. Ole Miss recruit.




‘21 OF/3B Carson Chavies, Collierville (TN)

5-foot-11 180 pound frame that put together one of the more impressive rounds during BP. Line drive approach. Looked comfortable from both sides of the plate. 89 mph exit velo. 85 mph OF velo. 6.98 runner.

‘21 2B/SS Griffin Cordova, Pace (FL)

5-foot-11 150 pounds. Did multiple things well at the event. Natural lift in his swing that allows him to drive balls to the gaps. Middle-away approach. 85 mph exit velo. Sure handed defender with the glove. 81 mph IF velo.

 ‘23 3B/RHP TJ Dunsford, East Central (MS)

6-foot 180 pound frame that provides some thump in his bat offensively. Strong, quick hands and looks to lift. Really gets his lower half incorporated in his swing. Pull side juice. 92 mph evil velo. 86 mph IF velo.

‘23 SS/2B RJ Hamilton, Hoover

5-foot-10 165 pound frame that is ultra athletic. Tons of speed and some already present strength that will continue to add over the coming years. Middle to pull side approach during BP, hitting hard line drives and some deep fly balls. Rangy defender up the middle that has a good arm across the diamond. 6.69 runner at the event.

‘21 2B/3B Michael Hopkinson, Faith Academy

6-foot 170 pounder that showcased some impressive tools during the workout. Under control, smooth swing from the right side. Middle-away approach at the plate. Some lift in the swing. 89 mph exit velo. Solid defender up the middle that can stick there or move to the hot corner. 87 mph IF velo.

’22 SS/RHP Nickolas Monistere, Northwest Rankin (MS)

5-foot-11 160 pound frame that is an athlete on the field. Seemed to do everything at a high level at the event. Short, compact swing at the plate. 91 mph exit velo. Sure handed with the glove up the middle. Showcased good range. 86 mph IF velo. 6.76 runner at the event. Also hopped on the mound and was up to 85 mph.

‘22 C/RHP Chase Payne, Appalachian

A physical frame, listed at 6-foot-2 200 pounds. Power hitter at the plate with a 96 mph exit velo. Strength throughout the frame. Above average defender behind the dish. 2.05-2.19 pop times. Soft hands receiving during bullpens.

’22 1B/OF Lincoln Sheffield, Hartfield (MS)

6-foot-2 185 pounder that really stuck some balls during his round BP at the event. Uses a toe-tap load and stays connected in the zone for a long time. The bat is one of his best tools. 96 mph exit velo. 6.93 runner.

‘22 SS/3B Mac Turner, Helena

6-foot-2 170 pound frame that has really added some noticeable strength to his build. Looked really good swinging the bat from the right side, as he hit multiple balls deep into the outfield and left the yard once. 93 mph exit velo. Good with the glove up the middle and showed a strong arm (82 mph IF velo). 


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