OK Preseason All-State Showcase: Catchers

Andy Urban

Oklahoma Scouting Director
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On February 11th , Prep Baseball Report Oklahoma held its inaugural Preseason All-State Showcase, in Tulsa Oklahoma at the state of the art World Baseball Outreach indoor facility. An invite only roster of 50 players from around the state in the 2018-2020 classes attended the event while college coaches took note.

Player profiles have been updated with profile pictures, stats, and videos. In days to come, we will break down the event position-by-position. Today, we will take an in-depth look at the catchers. Though some of the backstops here are two-way players, they will be covered here as pitchers. Click on the player’s name to see their full profile. 

Colby Entwistle, Edmond North HS (2020)
A 6-foot-2, 175-pound wiry strong frame with plenty of room to add size and strength.  Offensively, a right-handed hitter, middle of the field approach with lift. Hits from a very back leg heavy set-up, low hands, moderate leg kick, big hand pump, uphill bat path.  Finds consistent barrel in BP, 75 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.20 laser-timed 60. Defensively, shows a very accurate arm, high-3/4 slot, 73 mph. Advanced blocking , average feet and hands, some troubles on the transfer, 2.07-2.10 showcase pop times.

Dagan Hembree, Westville HS (2018)
A 5-foot-8, 160-pound frame with some strength. Offensively, a right-handed hitter, pull on the ground and line drives up the middle. Hits from a balanced, slightly closed set-up, small hanging leg kick, arm-bar load, uphill path with a high finish, 76 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.10 laser-timed 60. Defensively, high set-up in the squat, average block, quick feet to second, works around the plate. Throws from a high-3/4 slot, 69 mph, some accuracy, 2.07-2.10 showcase pop times.

Ethan Jackson, Stonewall HS (2018)
A 5-foot-6, 170-pound frame with strength. Offensively, a right-handed hitter, middle-pull line drive approach. Hits from an open stance, good rhythm, knee-knock leg kick, short to the ball, flat through extension, found consistent barrel, 81 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.54 laser-timed 60. Defensively, advanced actions all the way around.  A skilled blocker and receiver, excellent exchanges, quick feet. Over-the-top slot with some arm strength, 76 mph, some accuracy. Had a showcase best 1.94-2.00 pop time range.

Parker Powell, Southmoore HS (2020)
A 5-foot-8, 160-pound build with some strength. Offensively, a right-handed hitter, middle of the field line drive approach with occasional lift. Hits from a closed, front foot heavy set-up, knee-knock load, slight arm-bar, quick hands, some bat speed, high finish. Barreled the majority of balls, 83 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.24 laser-timed 60. Defensively, consistent, clean exchanges, a bit stiff at times. Throws from an over the top slot, 72 mph, flashed some accuracy, 2.00-2.12 showcase pop times.  

Connor Roberts, Durant HS (2018)
A 5-foot-11, 210-pound durable build with lots of strength throughout. Offensively, a right-handed hitter, pull gap approach with doubles trajectory. Easily one of the best rounds of the day, Roberts didn’t miss a barrel. Though the exit velo was 83 mph, he showed much more pop in the live cage. Hits from an open, athletic stance, small stride with inside knee turn, drops hands slightly, short and flat to contact, high finish, quick hands. Runs a 8.04 laser-timed 60. Defensively, athletic, low set-up, average blocking, soft hands, deliberate feet. Throws from a high-3/4 slot with arm strength, 77 mph, 1.99-2.10 showcase pop times.

Parker Rowland, Bishop Kelley HS (2019)
A 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame with room to add size and strength.  Offensively, a switch hitter, middle of the field, line drive approach from the right, and a all fields approach with lift from the left side. From the right side, Rowland uses a smooth knee-knock load, slight arm-bar, flat path through extension, found consistent barrel, 83 mph exit velo. From the left side, slight leg kick load, loose hands that take an loopy, uphill path, high finish, found some barrels,  81 mph exit velo. Runs a 8.12 laser-timed 60. Defensively, catches from a high, narrow set-up, average blocking, good hands, clean exchanges, and consistent footwork. Throws from a high-3/4 slot, 72 mph, accurate, 2.00-2.10 pop time.

Colton Sweeden, Stigler HS (2018)
A 6-foot-1, 185-pound lean athletic frame. Offensively, a right-handed hitter, best in the middle of the field, flat approach. Hits from a balanced, knock-kneed stance, bend at the waist, attacks the baseball with a downward angle until contact, high finish. Exit velo of 83 mph. Runs a 7.86 laser-timed 60. Defensively, shows a quick arm from an over-the-top slot, 75 mph. Some trouble on the transfer, short footwork, 2.10-2.26 showcase pop times.