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OK Preseason All-State Showcase: Corner Infielders

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 many of the players here are two-way players, they will be covered here as corner infielders. Click on the player’s name to see their full profile. 

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Mason Carrier, 1B, Edmond North (2018)
A 6-foot, 190-pound proportional frame with strength. Offensively, a left-handed hitter, middle-opposite field approach, doubles trajectory. Hits from an open and upright set-up, knee-knock leg kick, long stride, short to contact, good extension, uphill path. Consistently on time and repeatedly found barrel hammering balls to the opposite field gap, 97 mph exit velo. Easily one of the best rounds of the day. Runs a 6.91 laser timed 60.  Defensively, athletic movements at first base, good hands, picks the ball well. Throws from a high-3/4 slot with a quick arm from first base, 77 mph.

Gus Collins, 1B, Pryor (2019)
A 6-foot-3, 200-pound advanced frame with a strong lower half. Offensively, a right-handed hitter, middle-pull approach, some lift. Hits from a slightly open, balanced, athletic stance. Crouches into his load, some bend at the waist, uphill path with a high finish. Uses his levers to produce an 84 mph exit velo. Defensively, shows soft, reliable hands when fielding and picking. Throws from a high 3/4 slot, 85 mph, with excellent carry and accuracy.

Wade Elliott, 3B, Deer Creek (2019)
A 6-foot-1, 215-pound frame with strength throughout. Offensively, a right-handed hitter, , middle-pull approach, double trajectory. Hits from a relaxed, upright set-up with easy rhythm. Used a small hanging leg kick for timing, slightly uphill path, good extension through finish, repeatedly found barrel. Shows fast hands and bat speed, impressive, elite power for his age, 99 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.29 laser-timed 60. Defensively, advanced as well, possess soft hands, clean footwork, and athletic actions. Accruate arm with good carry, 77 mph to first base.

Blake Ellis, 3B, Oklahoma Christian Academy (2019)
A 5-foot-9, 150-pound lean frame. Offensively, a right-handed hitter, all field approach, hit balls hardest to the pull-side gap. Hits from a wide, slightly closed squat, smooth load arm-bar load, small stride, uphill path through finish. Exit velo 68 mph. Runs a 7.48 laser-timed 60. Defensively, shows good range, active feet, above average hands. Throws from a 3/4 slot, 75 mph across the diamond. Could easily profile in the middle infield as well.

Zachary Hoffman, 3B, Southmoore (2020)
A 5-foot-11, 150-pound lean frame with long arms and legs providing lots of room to add size and strength. Offensively, a right-handed hitter, pull approach with some lift and pop. Hits from a slightly wide, back leg heavy set-up. Uses a small load with some arm bar, short stride, flat to contact, high finish, 87 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.31 laser-timed 60. Defensively, poses an advanced arm across the infield, 79 mph, with accuracy and carry, fields the ball deep.

Daniel Merrill, 3B, NOAH Home School (2019)
A 6-foot-5, 190-pound long limbed athlete with wiry strength. Offensively, a right-handed hitter, middle-opposite field, line drive approach. Hits from an open, balanced, athletic stance. Uses a small load, small stride, short to the baseball, stays inside the baseball, high finish, some pop, 90 mph exit velo. Defensively, soft hands, flashes athleticism, especially on the slow roller play. Throws from a low-3/4 slot, 81 mph across the infield with accuracy.

Cooper McMurray,1B, Bishop Kelley (2020)
A 6-foot-2, 210-pound advanced frame. Offensively, a left-handed hitter, middle-pull approach, shows pop, advanced for his age. Hits from a back leg heavy, upright stance, slight arm-bar load, good shoulder-hip separation, uphill path through finish. Found consistent  barrel, the exit velo was 80 mph off the tee, but the ball jumped off the bat in BP.

Blake Robertson, 3B, Edmond Santa Fe (2019)
A 6-foot-4, 183-pound frame,  very long limbs and wiry strength with plenty of room to add size and strength. Offensively, a left-handed hitter, line drive approach, showed pop to all fields. Hits from a slightly open, knock-kneed, balanced set-up. Short and flat to the ball, high finish, shows bat speed and hand strength. Consistently found barrel and created backspin, 89 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.12 laser-timed 60. Defensively, shows soft hands, and some athletic actions. Throws from a high-3/4 slot, low effort, 78 mph across the infield with accuracy.