GA Scout Blog: 2/28


By Blake Davis
Georgia State Director

Another day, another threat of rain soaked the the GHSA scene this week. Nevertheless, PBR Georgia State Director Blake Davis was able to make it out to the ballpark in Creekview to watch McEachern and the hometown Grizzlies battle. It was a tightly contested match-up that required a late Creekview push in the sixth frame, a go-ahead sacrifice fly, to earn the 2-1 win.

Plus, at the game's conclusion, Davis realized he had time to hustle over to Etowah to catch the last bit of extra-inning action between the on-the-rise Eagles and the GA Power 25's No. 1-ranked Pope Greyhounds.

Let's get to the scouting reports.

SCOUT BLOG

Joey Gill LHP / Creekview, GA / 2019

Joey Gill is an uncommitted 2019 lefty with good size, at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds. He pitches 80-84 mph and uses a slow breaking ball that he changes speed and shapes with. Even though the breaker lacks true snap, it flashes late finish that keeps him off barrels. He appears to be a strike thrower and knows how to navigate a lineup.

Joey Gill (2/28/19)

DJ Banks SS / 2B / McEachern, GA / 2020

DJ Banks is a young looking uncommitted 2020 middle infield prospect. Banks has good defensive actions and uses his long, rangy build to cover ground. At the plate, he uses a smooth swing that is on time. He shows good tempo and rhythm, and a willingness to use the field and not do too much.


Victor Scott OF / McEachern , GA / 2019

Victor Scott popped onto the scene this summer out at the PBR North Georgia Trials, showing sneaky power and running a 6.51 in the 60-yard dash. he committed to West Virginia shortly after his performance at the event and has started to climb onto the radars of some MLB teams this spring. All of this attention has been good for the 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect and Coco Crisp lookalike. But Scott appears to be pressing a bit at the plate trying to do too much right now. When Scott is playing loose and to his skillset, he can use the field and his speed to create problems for the opposing team. As the weather starts to warm up, look for Scott to do the same.

Victor Scott (6/19/18)

Following the final out in the McEachern-Creekview game, Davis scuttled to Etowah to catch the conclusion of the extra-inning affair between the No. 1-ranked Greyhounds from Pope and the Eagles. Etowah earned a win over South Forsyth on Monday and were looking to assert themselves against undefeated Pope on Wednesday.

Davis arrived just in time to see the game play out like this, with Etowah down 9-8 in the bottom of the ninth: Michael Sharman doubled into left field to start the half-inning and was promptly moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, executed by Bryant Madden, a Maine commit. After an intentional walk, Carson Kirby smoked a single to shallow centerfield, tying the game and bringing the walk-off run into scoring position with one out. With the bases loaded, Head Coach Greg Robinson called an expertly timed suicide squeeze, perfectly placed by Ryan Lobus, leading to Pope's first loss of the spring.

The Eagles were labeled a bubble team on last week's GA Power 25, but they should debut on the rankings in Monday's update and might even break into the top 20. Check out video of the entire come-from-behind sequence below.

 

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