Prospect Q&A: Josh Bailey


Ronald Sims
Mississippi Scouting Director



Josh Bailey

Class of 2019 / 2B

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2019
  • Primary Position: 2B
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: St. Joseph Madison
    State: MS
  • Summer Team: East Coast Sox
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 165lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
83
Max FB
80 - 82
FB
62 - 63
CB
71 - 72
CH
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
80 - 82
CB
62 - 63
CH
71 - 72
Position
7.01
60-yard
79
INF Velo
(07/17/18)
89
OF Velo
83
Exit Velo
(07/17/18)
Position
60-yard
7.01
INF Velo
79
Exit Velo
83

Scouting Report

7/17/18 Lean 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame, athletic build with room to add strength. Displayed athleticism, posting a 7.01 60-yard dash. Athletic defender with receptive hands, smooth footwork, and clean exchanges. Short arm action into high-3/4 release with accuracy on throws across, posting a positional velocity of 79 mph infield velocity. Right-handed hitter that hits from athletic, balanced setup with smooth knee-to-knee load and short stride, creating good separation with hands. Line-drive approach with fluid rhythm and tempo and a flat, on-plane path with bat speed that posted an exit velocity of 83 mph. The right-hander works from a high ¾ arm slot with a short arm action, and using in-line direction to the plate.  His fastball sat 80-82 mph, topping 83 mph and was commanded for a strike. Curveball had 11/5 shape break with fastball hand-speed at 62-63 mph, and his changeup was down in the zone at 71-72 mph. Works with regular effort delivery with smooth rhythm, level shoulders, and an athletic finish.






 


The Prep Baseball Report Mississippi scouting staff recently sat down with St. Joseph second baseman, Josh Bailey to discuss his recent commitment to Southwest Community College. Below is a transcript of our question and answer session:

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process?
Bailey: My expectations were that if I worked hard and played hard then I could earn the opportunity to play on the next level.

PBR: Did location or distance from home play a factor in your decision? 
Bailey: It didn’t really matter to me how far away the college was.

PBR: Where did the college you chose first see you? How did your relationship develop with them?
Bailey: SMCC first saw me when my high school team was playing for the state championship. I started talking with the coaches after the MS Top Prospect Games and we built a solid relationship and then I went on a visit.

PBR: Who is the best player you have faced in your state, and why?
Bailey: Regi Grace from Madison Central was very good. He had a good fastball and solid curveball and was also a very good hitter. 

PBR: At what point in your career did you realize you were an elite player and became serious about taking your game to the next level?
Bailey: I’ve always wanted to play at the next level and I knew I could do it when my coaches would tell me that I had the talent to play on the next level and I just had to keep working hard.

PBR: What were you looking for out of a college program to continue your baseball career at?
Bailey: I was looking for a place with solid athletics and academics and somewhere that I could become a better player and person.

PBR: What is your best attribute as a baseball player and how does that transfer onto the field for your team?
Bailey: My best attribute is that I can play many positions and this transfers well because I can help the team in many places

 

PBR: What part of your game needs the biggest improvement, why, and what will you do to improve it?
Bailey: I need to continue to get stronger and faster. I will continue to workout hard and work on my agility.

 

PBR: What advice would you give to young baseball players striving to get where you are?
Bailey: Trust in Gods plan, work hard and have fun every time you play the game.

PBR: What do you do in the offseason to keep yourself in baseball shape and prepare for the upcoming season?
Bailey: I workout and put in a lot of work in the cage and on the field.

PBR: What do you like most about the college you committed to and what were the key factors in making your decision?
Bailey: I like the coaching staff and the plan they have for me at SMCC. I wanted to go to a school with good coach and good academics. 

  

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