Team MS Sunbelt: Quick Hits

Ronald Sims
Mississippi Scouting Director

Team Mississippi Junior Sunbelt was on the campus of the University of Mississippi yesterday as they stopped through for practice before heading to Oklahoma for a weekend tournament. This team consisted of twenty of the top juniors  and seniors in the state of Mississippi.

Below are a few quick takeaways from our scouting staff on Wednesday’s practice:

+ Mississippi state recruit, 2018 INF/RHP JT Ginn (Brandon) had an impressive day as a two-way player. At the plate Ginn was mechanically simple, with quiet rhythm, and a short direct path from the right side. Ginn consistently found barrel, with solid bat speed and strength in swing, showed left-center approach with backspin ability. On the mound Ginn showed quality arm strength at 89-91 mph with fastball and a hard breaking ball at 77-79 mph that had good depth.

+ Louisiana State recruit, 2018 SS Drew Bianco (Oxford) displayed a simple, consistent, slightly uphill right-handed swing. Bianco consistently found barrel, with solid bat speed, line drive/gap-to-gap type approach and back spin ability.

+ 2018 OF Conner Carter (Germantown) hits from the left side in a squatted, athletic setup. Carter displayed a rotational, slightly uphill path with some effort and strength in swing to the pull-side.

+ 2018 3B Kelton Hall (Ingomar) is a right-handed hitter that is mechanically quiet with a short path and some effort in swing. Hall showed a left-center field approach with some strength in swing and backspin ability. Defensively moved well laterally with a easy arm action.

+ 2018 RHP Colton Ausbern (Nettleton) has a slow rhythm, with a short arm action into high-3/4 release. Ausbern displayed some quickness in arm with fastball sitting 82-84 mph, and showed a breaking ball with tight spin at 73-74 mph.

+ University of Southern Mississippi recruit 2018 RHP Aubrey Gillentine (Amory) has a long arm action into a high-3/4 release.  Gillentine showed a feel for his breaking ball at 67-69 mph, sitting 83-86 mph with fastball and flashed a change up at 72-73 mph.

+ 2018 RHP Mathew Manley (Central Hinds) showed short arm action into a high-3/4 release. Manley was able to create solid arm side action on fastball at 80-82 mph, with a tight spinning slider at 73-75 mph and change up with fading action at 73 mph.

+ Mississippi State recruit 2018 RHP Brandon Smith (Richland) has a high-3/4 release. Smith showed an easy arm action, with quickness in arm. Fastball was 86-88 and showed slider with 10/4 shape at 74-77 mph.

+ 2018 RHP Mathew Taylor (Desoto Central) has a short arm action into over-top release. Taylor showed solid arm speed with fastball sitting 83-84 mph. Breaking ball showed 11/5 shape with depth at 73-75 mph and flashed changeup at 76-77 mph.

+ Jones County Junior College recruit 2018 RHP Hunter Dykes (Petal) has a long, loose arm action, throwing from a low-3/4 release.  Dykes created deception in delivery and sat 80-81 mph with fastball and showed a sweeping slider at 67-69 mph, both with solid lateral action.


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