MS All-State Games: Quick Hits II

Ronald Sims
Mississippi Scouting Director

While most of the state has experienced significant amounts of rain, with unplayable fields, we were very fortunate to have great weather in Jackson, MS for the MS All-State Games. The Invite Only event, was hosted at Jackson State University and revealed several standout performers from around the state. Today we take a brief look at a few underclassmen from Sunday's event.

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+ 2020 1B Wesley Sides (DeSoto Central HS) has a sturdy, strong frame at 6-foot-1, 215-pounds. Sides was impressive during BP as the right-handed hitter showed off fast-strong hands that generate the type of easy bat speed that will draw the attention of college recruiters.

+ 2021 RHP/3B Cole Tolbert (West Jones HS) is going to be fun to watch over the next couple of years. At 6-foot-3, 205-pound the right-hander has a long, lean frame with a long arm swing from a high-¾ slot that produces heavy arm side run at 84-86 mph, topping out once at 88 mph. His curveball was 68-69, and also showed feel for a changeup with fading action at 67-69 mph. Displayed a confident presence on the mound. Recruiters will need to make sure they follow Tolbert closely as there is already hand speed with some feel for three pitches.

+ 2020 SS/RHP Robert Riggin (Raymond HS) displayed solid footwork on the infield as his hands worked out front, playing low through the baseball. Arm works well from a high slot as he threw 84 mph across the diamond with good carry. The arm also played on the mound, as the right-hander sat 78-82, topping at 84 mph, with a long arm swing from a ¾ slot. Though the approach at the plate is still developing, Riggin was able to produce an exit velocity of 89 mph.

+ 2020 2B/RHP Mac Sims (DeSoto Central HS) handle the ball in the middle of the field with a mid-line exchange, solid glove action and smooth footwork as he plays through the ball. An athletic 5-foot-11, 170-pound frame, the switch-handed hitter took a solid round of batting practice from the right side showcasing loose, quick hands through the zone producing an 86 mph exit velocity.

+ 2020 1B/C Austin Lee (Germantown HS) has a broad shouldered, high-waisted frame that projects to add even more strength in the next year at 6-foot-5, 215-pounds. The left-handed hitter starts from a tall, stacked setup with relaxed hands, then loads up as he triggers his hands and tips the barrel forward, and taking a short stride. Hands work through the zone with looseness, creating lag in the barrel to go with lift through the zone, to create a top exit velocity of 86 mph. Didn’t have much to show for it during the game, but he did make some really good passes on a couple of balls that he just missed.

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