Quick Hits: State Games of MS

Ronald Sims
Mississippi Scouting Director


The Class of 2018 State Games of Mississippi began earlier this week with major schedule changes due to daily inclement weather that has effected the area. Today our scouting staff at a few quick hits, observations and revelations from the yesterday's action before the rain delay.

Austin Kelly, C, Washington, 2019
Mississippi State recruit. Solid defensive catcher with an athletic, sturdy frame. Displayed present arm strength behind the plate, with quick, clean exchanges getting rid of the balls with accurate throws to second base. The setup is low with looseness in hip and soft, receptive hands out front, working balls back towards the plate.

Will Davis, RHP, Indianola Academy, 2019
The right-hander works from a high-¾ slot with a quickish arm stroke and regular effort in his delivery. Scattered the zone with his fastball which sat 81-83 mph touching 84, while his breaking ball ranged from 69-70 mph. The delivery is still developing, but with the quick arm and athletic delivery Davis should continue to improve command and velocity.

James Beard, OF, Loyd Star, 2019
High-waisted 5-foot-10, 160-pounds, wiry, athletic frame. Beard has displayed elite athleticism early in the week posting a 6.29 60-yard dash. The right-handed approach is still raw with some swing and miss but with a simple, short path and hand speed, Beard was able to produce ground ball/line-drive contact. Stole several bags on the day.

Byrion Robinson, LHP/OF, Brookhaven, 2019
The left-hander works from a high-¾ slot with a short wrap in the back, medium arm stroke, and quickish arm out front. His fastball was 80-83 mph, topping out at 84 mph several times. Threw fastball in to LHH and away from RHH with scattering command as he walked a few and hit one LHH batter. His curveball has big break at 70 mph, and 1/7 shape, but the pitch should continue to improve at the next level as he continues to develop.

Shelby Terrell, RHP, West Marion, 2019
Wiry 6-foot-2. 175-pound frame with long limbs and room to add strength. The right-hander works from a high-¾ slot with a medium arm circle, clean arm swing, and regular effort, repeatable delivery. His fastball started out at 84-87 mph coming out clean with occasional life. Breaking ball showed 11/5 shape, flashing occasional tight spin with depth. 

Tanner Watts, RHP, Brookhaven Academy, 2020
The right-hander has an up-tempo rhythm and controlled delivery throwing from a ¾ slot with a short arm swing. Fastball was 80-83 with slight arm side run. Threw his breaking ball with good arm speed and it showed 10/4 shape at 70-72 mph. With the quickish arm stroke and controlled delivery, the fastball velocity should see a jump as he continues to mature.

Brady Spring, SS, Brookhaven Academy, 2020
Defensively made a few rangy plays at shorstop with adequate arm strength and accuracy to firstbase. The left-handed hitting approach is simple and direct, creating line-drive contact with middle of the field approach.


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