Top Uncommitted 2016 Corner Infielders



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By Jerry Shank
Maryland Scouting Director

With the 2015-2016 high school sports season as well as fall ball getting underway, PBR Maryland will take a look at some of the top uncommitted prospects from the 2016 and 2017 class at each position. 

+2016:   LHP        RHP       OF          CATCHER            

Today we are looking at the top uncommitted corner infielders in the state. We will look to create a few top uncommitted lists each week, as you can see by our 2016 Rankings there are numerous talented prospect still available.

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TOP 2016 UNCOMMITTED CORNER INFIELDERS

Max Rogers Mount St. Joseph
Ranking: 26
Scouting Report
Long athletic frame at 6-foot-2 190-pounds. Athletic set up at the plate with short and simple stride/load. Level bat path with some bat speed. Good balance in swing and could increase lower half involvement. Would like to see a little more extension through contact but already shows pop in his gap-to-gap style of hitting with a 91 mph exit velocity. Fluid footwork at third base with soft hands and a clean exchange. Loose arm action from a ¾ arm angle across the diamond with carry on them at 83 mph. Got up to 87 mph from the outfield and also pitches. Ran a 4.78 home to first time and ran a 7.45 60-yard dash.

Max Hammond 1B St. Mary??s
Ranking: 54
Scouting Report
Solid frame at 6-foot-5 230-pounds.  Good feet around the bag.  Short arm action from a low ¾ arm angle. Throws had some carry at 72 mph from the turn. Hands were average and displayed fluid feet with a clean exchange. Hits from an open set up with a big leg kick in stride.  Has some lower half involvement in swing.  Quick hands and a short bat path with occasional barrel drag.  Gap-to-gap style hitter. Pull side power and strong.  As he gets stronger could be bigger power threat. 4.72 home to first time and 86 mph exit velocity.

Jeff Jones 1B Calvert Hall
Ranking: 55
Scouting Report
Long frame and still room to fill more at 6-foot-6, 210-pounds. Moves well around the bag at first base with sound footwork.  Hits from a wide base in an athletic set up at the plate. Has a quick bat to the ball with a middle hitting approach. Interesting frame and skill set.

Barrett Smith 3B/1B Archbishop Spalding
Ranking: 59
Scouting Report
Athletic frame at 6-foot-2, 190-pounds. Sound footwork and actions on the defensive side.  Can play either corner position.  Soft hands and moves well with confident first step. Hits from an athletic set up.  Has a shorter swing path with average bat speed. Very intriguing prospect with skill set.

Cade Rousseau 3B James M. Bennett
Ranking: 73
Scouting Report
Athletic frame at 6-foot-1 185-pounds. Hits from a tall slightly open set up. Double tap load. Shows some bat speed with a level bat path and slight extension. Good balance and rhythm throughout swing. Exit velocity of 82 mph. Has active feet at third base with good hands and clean exchange.  Throws from a high ¾ arm angle with carry at 82 mph.  Ran a 7.76 60-yard dash.

OTHER NAMES OF NOTE

1B Dwayne Thomas (Paint Branch, No. 69), 3B Casey Crawford (Howard, No. 75), 3B Will Rankin (St. Mary??s, No. 82), 3B Ian Heffley (Avalon, No. 84)