Prep Baseball Report

Future Games: Workout Highlights

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

WESTFIELD, IN - The first day of the Prep Baseball Report Future Games was the positional workout portion of the three-day event, and several players emerged with strong showings Thursday. Many of the top uncommitted 2018 and 2019 prospects, spread across 16 state-specific teams, elevated their stock in front of a packed house of college coaches at Grand Park’s pristine 22-field complex.

On a whole, Team Minnesota/Iowa opened eyes with its overall combination of physicality, athleticism and overall tools. Team Tennessee featured an array of athleticism, high-ceiling 2019 prospects and overall impressive top-to-bottom depth, while Team Indiana and Team Illinois both had excellent overall depth and tools. Team Pennsylvania flashed strong offensive prowess throughout its roster.

Enough about the generalities, let’s take a quick look at some of the top overall individual performances.

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Big Winners

+ Hayden Jones, C, Carroll HS, IN, 2018
The 6-foot, 185-pound left-handed hitter was a more well-known commodity heading into the event, and he only solidified his status as one of the top uncommitted 2018 catchers in the country. Jones consistently fired sub 1.9 pop times with easy carry (83 mph) to second base. He also showcased a loose, athletic swing with pop and ran a 7.10 60.

+ Travis Odom, SS/RHP, Blackman HS, TN, 2019
The athletically built 6-foot-1, 160-pound two-way talent was for me the day’s biggest revelation, and proved himself to be a high-level 2019 prospect with high-ceiling potential. A fluid athlete, the ball jumps off Odom’s barrel with ease and backspin carry. He’s balanced, loose and has strong hands. Defensively, his throws carry across the infield with little effort, yet was 90 across the infield. He also ran a 6.95 and recorded an 88-mph exit velocity.

+ Matt McCormick, C, St. Laurence HS, IL, 2019
The 6-foot, 190-pound left-handed hitter took one of the most impressive overall BPs of the day, as he consistently drove the ball all over the field. His swing is simple, strong and his bat stays flat through the zone longer than most of his peers. The ball jumps off his barrel with ease and backspin carry. He registered a 97-mph exit velocity, had pop times that ranged between 1.97-2.07 with accuracy, and was 77 mph from the crouch.

+ Thomas Caufield, SS, West Chester Henderson HS, PA, 2018
An athletic left-handed hitting shortstop, the 6-foot-1, 165-pound Caufield showcased one of the looser swings of the day. While the results were sometimes mixed, there’s no debating the athleticism in the hands and his high-ceiling potential as he fills into his long, rangy frame. Caufield ran a laser-timed 6.76 60, was 84 across the infield and 88 mph exit velocity.

+ Peyton Williams, 1B, Johnston HS, IA, 2019
Team Minnesota/Iowa/Nebraska had several standouts, but the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Williams showed to be one of the most impressive left-handed power bats of the day. For starters, he’s a monster in the box, and for his size, he’s remarkably balanced, easy and repeats. He creates leverage and natural loft in the swing, and the ball carries. There’s big juice in the bat with plenty more coming in the future. The 2019 registered a 91 mph exit velocity.

+ Daniel Fallacaro, C, Fairfield Prep HS, CT, 2018
The 6-foot, 170-pounder did everything well across the board, including throwing pop times that ranged between 1.87-2.01. He has highly athletic feet, quick out the chute, throws have carry (80 mph) and he ran a 7.24 60. Offensively, he has a line-drive, compact swing with loose, athletic hands.

+ Mason McLeod, C, Greensburg HS, IN, 2019
Catchers and high-ceiling 2019 prospects were two of the overarching strengths on Thursday, and the long and loose 6-foot-3, 185-pound McLeod was right up there in both categories. His easy left-handed bat, however, was his carrying tool at the event. McLeod has loose, easy hands, a simple, balanced approach with big power potential down the road as he fills into his frame. He registered a 91-mph exit velocity and fired consistent 2.0 pop times.

+ Zaid Walker, OF, Homewood-Flossmoor HS, IL, 2018
Team Illinois’ outfield crop all put up impressive numbers, but the athletically built 6-foot-1, 200-pound Walker separated himself with his elite bat speed, aggressive yet balanced swing, consistent line drives and his overall athleticism. Walker also ran a 6.76 laser-timed 60, was 92 from the outfield and registered a 96 mph exit velocity.

+ Jerry Hammons, 3B, Knoxville Christian HS, TN, 2018
At 6-foot, 215, Hammons is a physically advanced right-handed hitter with present strength and looks to have more more in the tank. Offensively, he hits from a tall setup and the ball explodes off his bat with easy juice and lift. His strength was evident by his 99 mph exit velocity. Defensively he has a strong arm (86 across the infield), and moves well for his size (7.32 60).

+ Ty Olejnik, Sussex Hamilton HS, WI, 2018
At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Olejnik stands out just by his frame alone. He’s athletically built with proportional strength and longer limbs. Then you see him move … as in fly. The left-handed hitting Olejnik ran an event-best 6.54 laser-timed 60, while registering 88 mph from the outfield and 94 exit velocity.


+ Alexandro Bello, SS, Hiahleah Educational Acadely, FL, 2018
Only 5-foot-8, 147 pounds, but Bello was rock-solid across the board, running a 6.8 with a big arm (87 across infield) and a consistent, compact line-drive producing swing at the plate.

+ Jamarion Loston, SS, Morgan Park HS, IL, 2018
The 5-foot-8, 150-pound Loston arguably was the most impressive defensive shortstop during the workout. While he didn’t flash the biggest numbers, his hands, fluidity, and ability to play on the move stood out throughout. He further showcased his defensive abilities by taking every throw from from the outfield, picking everything thrown his way.

+ Tevin Tucker, SS, Prince George HS, VA, 2018
Speaking of athletic shortstops, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound Tucker flashed fluid, easy actions in the field. Light on his feet, Tucker ran a 6.71 and was 83 across the diamond.

+ Bradley Taylor, 3B, Logan County HS, KY, 2018
The athletically built 6-foot, 180-pounder showed athletic tendencies and baseball skill across the board. He ran a 6.86, was 86 from third base and took a consistent round of BP.

+ Luke Stephenson, C, Algonac HS, MI, 2018
The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder showcased highly athletic feet behind the plate, firing out the crouch to throw pop times between 1.86-1.94.

+ Jack Frank, OF, Strongsville HS, OH, 2019
The 6-foot, 165-pound left-handed hitter is a long and lean athlete with a flat, loose, balanced swing and projectable power as he continues to fill into his frame.

+ Justin Williams, 3B, Cumberland Valley HS, PA, 2018
The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has loose, athletic hands and strength in the swing. The ball consistently jumped off his barrel during BP, and verified his strength by registering a 97 mph exit velocity.

+ Eli Davis, OF, Brighton HS, TN, 2018
The left-handed hitter has a wiry-strong build with quick-twitch tendencies. The 6-foot, 170-pounder has quick, loose hands at the plate, with a flat line-drive producing swing. He also moves with fluidity in the outfield and showcased a strong arm (89 mph). He ran a 6.93 and also registered 90 exit velocity.

+ Cade Beloso, 1B, Foster HS, TX, 2018
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound left-handed hitter has an impressive blend of anger and barrel control in the box, and the net result were some of the hardest hit balls of the day. He also registered 95 exit velocity.

+ Conner Tomasic, SS, Lake Central HS, IN, 2018
Tomasic did everything well across the board, highlighted by an athletic arm with carry at 85 mph and some projectable pop at the plate.

+ Luke Yacinich, SS, Dowling Catholic HS, IA, 2018
The 6-foot-5, 185-pound shortstop will likely slide over to third base, but he moves well and has a balanced swing at the plate with current power and more likely to come.

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