Underclass Trials: Quick Hits Part Two


Trey Sofio
Louisiana Scouting Director

The annual Louisiana Underclass Trials took place on Sunday, May 20th, at St. Thomas Aquinas high school, in Hammond, LA. The open event saw eighty-four underclass prospects from across the state of Louisiana perform in front of several college coaches, and the Prep Baseball Report Louisiana scouting staff.

Sunday’s Underclass Trials was perhaps the most talent-rich in the four-year history of the event, as numerous prospects emerged onto the recruiting scene with noteworthy performances.

Monday we broke down the event from a statistical standpoint in the Stats Breakdown story, which you can view HERE.

For a complete list of statistics in PDF format, click HERE.

On Tuesday, our scouting staff took a look at a few quick hits, observations, and revelations from Sunday’s Underclass Trials in the Quick Hits article, which you can view HERE.

Today, the Prep Baseball Report Louisiana scouting staff takes another look at a few more quick hits, observations and revelations from Sunday’s Underclass Trials.

Cole Cressend RHP / SS / Mandeville , LA / 2020

Lean 6-foot, 145-pound frame with long limbs, wiry build, and room to add strength. Long, clean arm action into high-3/4 release with quick arm speed and regular effort. Athletic delivery with in-line direction, smooth rhythm, strong front side, and lands square. Pitched 80-82 mph with his fastball, strike thrower that shows ability to pitch to both sides of the plate. Breaking ball showed 11/5 shape with quality spin, depth, and sharp, late break at 65-66 mph. Also showed solid feel for changeup with near fastball arm speed, and downer action at 70-71 mph.

 

 

Benjamin David C / OF / Barbe, LA / 2020

Strong 5-foot-10, 175-pound frame with athletic build. Quality defender with soft hands, fluid footwork, and quick, clean exchanges. Short arm action into high-3/4 release with carry and accuracy on throws, posting a positional velocity of 76 mph and a pop time of 2.01-seconds. Right-handed hitter that hits from balanced, athletic setup with smooth load, short stride, and quality balance. Line-drive, gap-to-gap approach with fluid rhythm, and simple, direct path to the baseball. Finds the barrel consistently with solid bat speed that posted an exit velocity of 82 mph. Also posted a 7.01 60-yard dash.

 

 

Blake Rambin 3B / RHP / St. Amant , LA / 2020

Long 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame with lean, wiry build and room to add strength. Left-handed hitter that hits from balanced, athletic setup with simple load, and short stride. Line-drive, gap-to-gap approach with fluid rhythm, and solid bat speed. Long levers allow for quality extension and projectable power. Solid defender with average hands, developing footwork, and plays through balls well. Medium arm stroke into high-3/4 release with accuracy on throws across the diamond.

 

 

Donovan Hall 2B / RHP / St Michael, LA / 2020

Lean 5-foot-7, 130-pound frame, athletic build with room to add strength. Quick twitch athlete that posted a 6.82 60-yard dash. Athletic defender with average hands, quick footwork, and clean exchanges. Long arm action into high-3/4 release with carry and accuracy on throws across, posting a positional velocity of 81 mph. Right-handed hitter that hits from athletic, balanced setup with smooth load and short stride. Gap-to-gap, line-drive approach with fluid rhythm and tempo. Flat, on-plane path with strength at contact and quality bat speed that posted an exit velocity of 82 mph.

 

 

John Dade Wooton RHP / 1B / Holy Cross , LA / 2021

Long, wiry 6-foot-2, 168-pound frame with lean, athletic build and room to add size. Long, clean arm action into high-3/4 release with average arm speed and regular effort. Athletic delivery with quality direction, smooth rhythm, and lands square. Pitched 75-77 mph with the fastball, showing control in the zone, and ability to pitch to both sides of the plate. Breaking ball showed 11/5 shape with solid rotation, depth, and late break at 63-64 mph. Also showed solid feel for a changeup with near fastball arm speed, and fading action at 68-71 mph.

 

 

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