Preseason All-State Spotlight: Preston Joye


By Andy Sroka
Staff Writer

This Saturday will mark the first Georgia showcase of 2019, and it’s a significant one: Preseason All-State. An invite-only event for the state’s top prospects in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 classes. To request an invite, click here.

Today, we’ll start ramping up to Saturday’s high-profile event by shining the spotlight onto some of the prospects who will be joining us at the showcase, beginning with the switch-hitting middle infielder Preston Joye, from Fellowship Christian. We last saw the junior in October at the Deep South Invite showcase where he recorded the top home-to-first mark as well as one of the day’s top exit velocities. Joye was one of the standout performers from the inaugural Deep South Invite at Auburn University and it’s evident he’s becoming one to follow throughout the spring as we expand on the state’s Class of 2020 Rankings later in the year.

Preston Joye

Class of 2020 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Fellowship Christian
    State: GA
  • Summer Team: Nelson Baseball
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 175lbs
  • Bat/Throw: S/R

Statistics

Position
7.19
60-yard
(05/28/19)
83
INF Velo
(10/14/18)
87
Exit Velo
(10/14/18)
4.36
H-1st
(10/14/18)
Position
60-yard
7.19
INF Velo
80
Exit Velo
87
Position
INF Velo
83
H-1st
4.36
Exit Velo
87

Scouting ReportS

10/14/18 - Joye has already made the commitment to his development and it shows up in his compact 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame. Joye showed off a workmanlike demeanor and went about his business like a player all day. He is a switch-hitter with the ability to use the whole field and make hard contact. He is balanced from both sides and has the ingredients to continue to switch-hit at the next level. Defensively, Joye can play low to the ground and catches clean and makes accurate throws. Joye's strong body and ability to play low to the infield dirt helps him profile best a second base at the next level and should fill the grinder role -- bringing quality at-bats and solid defense with him. What Joye lacks in projectable upside he makes up for in self-awareness.  He knows how to work and compete and will make his team better as soon as the fall of 2020.

5/3/18 - Moved well defensively, working through the ball well with good feet and really trusting his glovehand on one-hand and slow roller plays. Only saw the 5-foot-10, 180-pound switch-hitter from the left side, where he has a quiet set-up in the box, while his swing has some length created by a barrel wrap and dropping his hands in his load. Did not get a line time on this day.


 

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