Top Prospects Games; Work Out Notes



By: Zac Bottoms
Arkansas Scouting Director

The Top Prospects Games was hosted at Fayetteville High School. This event featured players from the 2018, 2019, and 2020 classes. This group was invited by our staff, using our extensive work scouting throughout the fall 2016 and spring of 2017 to make our selection. Through our scouting and using our trusted high school and summer coaches as cross checkers, we managed to compile the most talented Top Prospects Games roster in the three years we have hosted this event.

Twenty players ran sub 7.0 in the 60. This group was led by 2018 MIF Bryce Dodd who ran a 6.37 and 6.41 in the 60. Dodd grabbed the attention of all talented evaluators in house with those times and continue to impress throughout the event. Showing solid defensive actions and a strong arm throwing the baseball 85 mph across the infield. Offensively he showed a line drive swing with a feel for the barrel. Here is a look at the top runners from the event

Name 60's
Bryce Dodd 6.37
Clayton Gray 6.43
Kam'Ron Mays-Hunt 6.56
Houston King 6.64
Mason Shaw 6.64
Brandon Ulmer 6.69

After the 60s we moved to catcher pop times; the 2019s stole the show: With 4 catchers throwing sub 2.0; they were led by 2018 C Jake Wright from Bryant High School; He threw a 1.85 showing off fluid footwork and a quick exchange and a strong arm with carry. He ran a 6.80 in the 60. Offensively he produced exit velocity of 86 mph. This group is deep; 2018 C Cason Tollett, 2018 C John Hoskyn and 2018 William Poppy impressed with advanced skills behind the plate. Take a look at top pop times during the work out.

Name Pop Times
Jake Wright 1.85
William Poppy 1.96
John Hoskyns 1.96
Chandler Alanis 1.97
Peyton McElroy 1.97
Garrett Dennis 1.99

Moving into defensive evaluation; Demias Jimerson and Kam’ron Mays-Hunt stood out; both showing their ability to a versatile defenders. Hunt showed premium arm strength throwing the baseball 90 mph from the infield and from the outfield. He has fluid footwork and quick exchange, his actions have some rawness to them on the infield, but his athleticism makes up for what skills he lacks. Jimerson threw the baseball 87 mph across the infield and 88 mph from the outfield. In the outfield he showed fluid footwork and a normal exchange, he made solid reads on balls in the air. On the infield, his footwork was choppy, with an elongated exchange, his arm strength made up for exchange. Top position velocities are below.

Name Defensive Velo
Kam'Ron Mays-Hunt 91
Jakobi Jackson 90
Ollie Reddick 88
Demias Jimerson 88

Moving forward; We continued to see the athleticism showed up with some raw bat speed the average exit velocity in the event was 86.4 hours between the 63 position players which attended the event.

 

Name Exit Velo
Luke Pectol 96
Kam'Ron Mays Hunt 94
Jakobi Jackson 93
John Hoskyn 92

On field batting practice was solid; some names that stood out was 2018 OF/INF Demias Jimerson; who showed the ability to make consistent loud contact and showed pull side player. 2020 CIF G Allen showed raw pull power, his frame is large and he has a physical build. 

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