Prep Baseball Report

Recruiting Review:10.06.2017

By: Zac Bottoms
Arkansas Scouting Director

It has been a busy week of recruiting with 3 players from the 2018 class making their commitments as well as 2020 finding his home. Let us take look at each of them.

2020 Marcus Brown committed to the University of Kentucky, over the week end. Brown is a left-handed hitting infielder, who attends Shiloh Christian High School and plays for the Arkansas Prospects 2020. Below you will find video from the Top Prospects Games, in June hosted at Fayetteville High School

2018 Bennett Shoptaw committed to the University of Tennessee, on Monday. Shoptaw is a 6-foot 1 right-hander with a quick clean arm with a fastball which works up to 88 mph. On Sunday October first he worked 85-88 showing good feel for his curveball and changeup.  Shoptaw attends Little Rock Christian Academy and has played for East Coast Baseball and Sticks Baseball Academy in the summer and fall.

2018 Layne Hartsfield committed to Henderson State University. Hartsfield has been a dominant player in the 5A South both as a pitcher and a hitter. On the mound he has shown a fastball which works 84-86 mph, with solid secondary. As a position player he shows advanced arm strength behind the play and swings with great intent as a hitter. He attends White Hall High School and plays for the Arkansas Prospects in the summer.

2018 Luke Johnson committed to Pittsburgh State University. Johnson is a large framed first baseman with advanced bat speed and a feel to hit. He has shown to be a consistent power threat to the pull side. He has been a key contributor to Shiloh Christian as they have won a state title and finished as a state champion runner up over the last two years. He plays for Perfect Timing Baseball in the summer.

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