Scouting Notes: Taking a look at regional qualifier Tipp City Tippecanoe

By Roger Janeway


Sophomore Ben Hughes (R/R, 5'11, 170) is an excellent two-shot prospect for a mid-major D-1 program. On the bump, he has clean delivery with some effort arm action. Very aggressive with fastball that has ranged this spring 82-85 mph. Shows feel & spin on curve and arm speed on changeup. Also plays third base with good defensive ability. At the plate, he shows a line drive swing with some pop, good load and lower body.

Junior right handed pitcher Carter Langdon (6'4,170) has been outstanding for his club, overcoming past years' physical ailments. Slender build with good arm extension and finish. His fastball currently ranges 82-84 but places in good spots in strike zone. Best pitch is a hard slider that bites on both corners and solid arm action on change-up. Also one of team's offensive stars.

Junior LHP/1B Steve Calhoun (L/L, 6'7, 210) is a good D-2 prospect. On the mound, he shows long arm action with a fastball ranging 80-83 mph along with feel for curveball. Offensively, shows some line drive pop with controlled upper cut swing. Plays good defense around the bag.

Sophomore catcher BJ Donathan (R/R, 5'10, 180) shows good defensive ability with lateral movement who boxes & frames well. Has accurate arm strength. Should enhance his glove to hand exchange with further experience. Line drive pop with hand load and improving tourque.

Sophomore Cam Johnson (R/R, 6'0, 175) is likely the best athlete on the team. Three-sport standout. He is a quick-twitch player at shortstop who shows range with arm strength. Displays above average foot speed. Has the chance to be an offensive catalyst once he enhances his hitting approach and baseball maturity.

A pair of freshman have roles with the club. Second baseman Zak Blair (R/R, 5'10, 140) has excellent baseball sense and skills, just needs to get physically stronger. LHP/OF Cole Quillen (L/L, 5'10, 150) is a "Tom Stoffel" type. On the bump, he has good moving FB 79-82 and a line drive stroke as a hitter. He also has good foot speed.