Spring Scout Blog: Notre Dame Prep vs. Mesquite

Jordon Banfield
Arizona Scouting Director

The Arizona Spring Scout Blog will include notes and reports on select prospects we see throughout our spring high school coverage. If there is a game/player that needs to be covered do not hesitate to reach out and we will do our best to be there. As always, contact [email protected] or direct message @PBRArizona on Twitter with any questions about Prep Baseball Report and/or commitment information. 

Notre Dame PREP @ Mesquite 3/9/18

David Watson, 2018, RHP, Mesquite HS
Came on in relief for Mesquite and worked in the upper 80's with good life on his fastball that he was able to get by hitters. Working from a high 3/4 arm slot with some effort, Watson really competed and showed he could be an immediate contributor in the Pac-12. What really stands out are his two advanced secondary offerings that rate as the best for any 2018 AZ arm outside of Liberatore. His tight 76 mph curveball has late 11/5 break with depth and grades out as a present 50. The upper 70's tumbling changeup he showed is also a weapon due to the arm speed with which he throws it.

TJ Clarkson, 2019, LHP/1B, Mesquite
Part of a loaded Mesquite rotation, Clarkson struggled some with command on the day but really stood out offensively and has turned himself into a legitimate two-way prospect. The physical LHH blasted a long home run and showed an interested combination of strength and a short swing that could translate to the college level. On the mound, he topped out at 84 with a clean arm action, open-toe landing position and some head violence through release. He also showed a big sweeping breaking ball that was tough on LHH and a sinking change at 71.

Tag Bross, 2020, OF, Notre Dame Prep
In our first look at him Bross stood out offensively, squaring up a couple balls. He has an athletic look and shows a loose, easy swing from the left side that is certainly worth following as he continues to mature physically. Gross moves comfortably in the outfield and looks the part of a potential future D1 prospect.

Holden Breeze, 2019, IF, Notre Dame Prep 
Breeze isn't overly tools but shows a knack for finding the barrel, connecting on four doubles in the game. Hitting off of hit front foot, Breeze is able to keep his barrel in the zone for a long time and make line drive contact. Improving his foot speed would go a long ways towards making Breeze a higher level prospect as he turned in a 4.61 turn. As is there's no question he has ability to play the game and can contribute at the college level for someone.