Pitcher Showcase: Quick Hits Part Two

Walt Jones
Louisiana Scouting Director

The annual Pitcher Showcase took place on Saturday, January 4th at The Kastle in Mandeville. The open event saw 20+ of pitching prospects from across the state of Louisiana.

Monday we began our instant analysis from Saturday’s event with the stats story. Which you can view HERE.

While yesterday we continued our coverage with the Quick Hits story, which you can view HERE.

Today, Louisiana Scouting Directors Trey Sofio and Walt Jones run through a few additional quick hits with focus on prospects from the annual event with standout performances on the mound.

Quick Hits Two

+ 2021 RHP Hunter Ponson (Parkview Baptist HS, LA) pitched showed well on Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound right-handed pitcher pitched 84-86 mph on Saturday with solid command pitching to both sides of the plate. He flashed a solid breaking ball with 11/5 shape at 70-73 mph that looks to have improved since our last look. He also showed feel for a developing changeup at 73-75 mph with quality arm side fade. 

+ 2022 RHP Nick Whittington (Sterlington HS, LA) was another arm that stood out on Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 195 pounder who has been up to 87 mph in previous events worked 84-85 with some deception in the delivery. The breaking ball showed solid shape  at 71-73 mph flashing decent depth. Whittington also flashed a solid changeup at 76-78 mph as he’s starting to gain more feel for his third pitch.

+ 2021 RHP Seth Whiginton (Live Oak HS, LA) was another arm that stood out on Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound projectable right-hander worked 80-84 with an on-line, open toe delivery. The breaking ball showed solid spin and 11/5 shape at 67-71 mph flashing occasional depth. He also showed feel for the changeup at 72-75 mph with some arm-side action.  

+ 2022 RHP Brooks Fawcett (Kinder HS, LA) also showed well on Saturday. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound right-handed pitcher worked 81-83 from a high-¾ slot with moderate effort. Fawcett showcased feel for 2 breaking balls at the event, a 66-67 mph curveball with 11/5 shape and a tighter 70-72 mph slider with 10-4 shape. He also showed feel for a changeup at 76-77 mph mostly to the arm side with some deception.

+ 2021 RHP Joshua Orr (Holy Cross HS, LA) stood out on Saturday with his command. The 6-foot-1, 175 pounder worked 80-82 with a on-line delivery and above average command. The breaking ball flashed solid downward action and depth at 68-72 mph. Orr also flashed advanced feel for his changeup at 74-75 mph. Should be fun to follow as the arm strength continues to develop.

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