Underclassmen Showcase: Top Overall Performers



By: Zac Bottoms
Arkansas Scouting Director

On Saturday, PBR Arkansas hosted its first underclassmen event that featured 25 Class of 2017 and 2018 Arkansas prospects from all over the state at Little Rock Christian Academy. Today we take a look at the top performers, as the week goes on we will break down each position:

Luke Bandy, INF/RHP, Shiloh Christian HS, 2016
The 6-foot 175 pound INF/RHP showed several tools during the work out. He ran his 60 in 6.75 He had smooth defensive actions with solid footwork and registered up to 82 mph across the diamond during defensive work. Bandy showed fast bat-speed and some raw power with an uphill swing plane. On the mound he worked his inning with a fastball of 81-84 that showed late life. His curveball had 10/4 action with sharp break that he threw for strikes to put hitters away.

Evan Hooper, OF/RHP, Cabot HS, 2017

The 5 foot 11 165 pound OF/RHP blew up the stop watch running back to back 6.51 and 6.55  in the 60. He continues to show off his tools in other areas, throwing 83 from the outfield and registering 86 on exit velocity. During the game portion of the day Hooper displayed a fastball of 83-84 from 3/4 arm slot and maintained his velocity late to batters when he dropped to a side arm slot with good arm-side run. His curveball is a work in progress with an 11/5 action. The change up was his best pitch with fastball arm speed and arm-side run. He threw his change up 74-76.

J. Paul Fullerton, C, Harding Academy, 2016

The 6 foot 1 185 pound  C showed a lot of tools,  however the most impressive part of his day is how he ran the show during the game. He was very vocal and showed good leadership. His work out was solid throwing consistently 1.93, 1.97 and 1.95 on the bag. He could shave that down if he shortens his arm action Fullerton swung it well from the left-side during batting practice hitting the ball to all fields and even ran a couple out of the yard.

Ty Gordon, RHP, Green County Tech, 2016

The 6 foot 5 RHP may have been the biggest surprise of the day. He worked off his fastball of 80-81, it had good action with hard run for strikes on both sides of the plate. The velocity may not be there yet but it will come he has a quick clean arm. He needs to clean up some timing issues and get more extension but the body and arm are worth a look. His change up had arm side run but missed in consistently with it.

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