Prep Baseball Report

FL JUCO: Chipola and Gulf Coast State Scout Day

Phil Kerber
PBR Florida/JUCO Wire

MARIANNA, FL - Unable to make the Sophomore All-Star Weekend two weekends ago in the wake of Hurricane Michael, Chipola and Gulf Coast State participated in a joint Scout Day hosted by Chipola. 

We teased our upcoming Junior College Prospect rankings by releasing the Top 10 prospects on Wednesday. Among those 10 was Chipola infielder Ivan Johnson (South Carolina commit) at No.7. Johnson did nothing to diminish that status on Thursday, in fact he only helped his case with his performance. Chipola also boasts a silky smooth middle infielder in Joshua Rivera. 

The Gulf Coast State prospects were impressive in their own right. Utility-players Bretty Wisely(South Florida commit) and Jacob Kates both have a wide range of skills. Wisley is a swiss army knife on the diamond, playing seemingly anywhere and getting it down on the mound, not to mention ihs advanced hit tool. Kates' physicallity lends itself to his entire game, as he swings a powerful bat offensively and mixes it up on the mound.

Keep reading to see reports, video and news on 15 prospects from yesterday's Scout Day.


Ivan Johnson, INF, Chipola (SO)
South Carolina commit, No. 7 ranked JUCO prospect in the country. 6-foot, 190-pound switch-hitting infielder, strong, athletic build. Has been a consistent performer all fall. In a batting practice setting, showed strength form both-sides of the plate. Incorporates lower half well with a powerful hip thrust. More natural power from the right-side with a gap-to-gap approach, can turn on inside pitch, gains extension through the zone with hands, strong wrists/hands at point of contact. Left-side, still generates considerable amount of pull-side power, gap-to-gap type approach. Defensively, has the tools to stick on the left-side of the infield. Ran a 6.72 60.

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Brett Wisely, UTL, Gulf Coast State (SO)
USF commit. 5-foot-10, 175-pound left-handed hitting utility player, lean, athletic frame. A jack-of-all-trades type prospect, possesses an advanced hit tool, defensively took I/O in the outfield and at second base, and is capable arm on the mound. Offensively, balanced setup, hang leg kick timing trigger, maintains good balance. Generates line drive contact to all fields, pull-side power. Defensively, athleticism allows to play outfield or infield.Clean arm action, plays through the ball. On the mound, fastball worked 88-89, 12/6 curveball at 72-74. Top of the order type bat with potential on the mound.

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