Prep Baseball Report

Top Uncommitted 2016 Middle Infielders

By John Cackowski
State Director

This week we have looked at some of the top 2016 players, catchers, outfielders and corners who are still uncommitted. Today we look at the top uncommitted middle infielders

Aaron Dammel, Highlands Ranch, MIF/RHP, 2016
Currently ranked No. 25 in the 2016 class. 6-foot-0, 170-pound two-way player. Left-handed hitter, athletic balanced stance, tall setup. Short load back with short stride. Bottom hand dominant. Dammel's exit velocity was 85 MPH from the tee, but we have had as high as 88. Dammel has a nice smooth swing through the zone with good plate coverage. Line drive hitter with opposite field power. Defensively Dammel has nice fundamentals, plays smooth through the ball,  and threw 84 MPH across the infield at the Centennial State Games this June. Ran a 7.36 60 time. Dammel continues to impress us as a steady player who can start at 3 infield positions, outfield, and could probably pitch if needed. Was first alternate to making the Junior Sunbelt Classic Team.  

Billy Moreland, Heritage, SS/RHP, 2016
Currently Ranked No. 27 in 2016 class. 5-foot-11, 175-pound right-handed hitting middle infielder/right-handed pitcher hits from a balanced setup, short stride, short bat path with pull tendencies. Had 91 MPH exit velocity at Preseason All-State, top 3 from this event. Ran a 4.5 home to first.  On the mound, fastball sat 83-85 MPH from same arm slot as in the infield, tall-and-fall delivery, toe down at balance point, shoulders stay level throughout, 69 MPH curveball was up in the zone, 72 MPH change.  


Dane Grounds, Ponderosa, MIF, 2016
Currently ranked 35 in the 2016 class. 6-foot, 150 pounds. Bats and throws right. Showed versatility at the tryout as an outfielder and a middle infielder. In both spots throws from an over top motion and displayed a good arm throwing 85 mph from OF and SS. Showed solid fundamentals in both positions. At the plate has very slight opened stance, slight leg-kick with medium sride, loads back, and generates good bat-whip and speed through the zone. Sometimes finishes with two hands, sometimes with one. Lower half Has gap to gap line drive power that produced 87 mph exit velocity off the tee. Ran a 7.46 60 time. Liked his arm strength. 

Sean Rooney, Valor, SS, 2016
Currently ranked 40 in the 2016 class. The 6-foot-0, 150 pound SS. Bats left and throws right. Showed an 81 mph arm velocity in the Centennial State Games Tournament.  Another left hand hitting SS that shows good balance at the plate and good bat control driving the ball to all fields. Hit .323 for the Eagles this spring.

Ty Lightley, MIF/RHP, Dakota Ridge, 2016
Currently ranked No. 51 in the 2016 class. 5-foot-9, 160 pound right-handed hitting MIF. Lightley has good hands and shows versatility in the infield up the middle. Moves to ball well with fluid feet.  Clean exchange, quick release and plays through the baseball with athleticism.  Accurate arm across the field at 81 which was faster then we had him at last event.  Ran a 7.61 60 time.  At the plate starts athletic and balanced with high hands.  Got rid of toe tap, now has short stride,  Has minimal load, and showed more gap to gap power at the tryout. Shorter to the ball with high one hand finish. Registered an exit velocity of 75 MPH, but we have had him as high as 79. Lightley can also pitch but did not pitch at the tryout. In live games we have seen Lightley has high as 84 mph on the mound.


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