Houston Top Prospect Showcase: Top Prospects (Part 1)


Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

HUNTSVILLE, TX - The Houston Top Prospects Showcase at Sam Houston State was so loaded with talent that we will break down the top prospects over the next couple of days in several parts. For now, lets take a look at eleven of the top players from this event, many of which, committed shortly after this event.

 

TOP PROSPECTS

 

MICHAEL GRESHAM

SS / RHP / BOERNE - SAMUEL V CHAMPION, TX / 2019

Blinn commit.  Athletic 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame.  Gresham punished balls in batting practice from the left field line to the right center gap, registered 103 mph exit velo during the BP round.  The ball jumps off the right-hander’s barrel, he has an open stance with some bend in his knees, hands set high above his shoulder, has a smooth load into a high leg kick, has rhythm in his simple load with his hands, stays down in an explosive lower half with excellent balance in the leg kick, has plus bat-speed as he works with extension through the hitting zone, and has the intent to do damage present in his swing.  In the infield he has athletic actions, high motor, soft hands, he works through the ball with fluidity and swagger, can play on the run, and has a short over-the-top live arm action that produced 92 mph velocity across the diamond with carry and accuracy. This live arm translated to the mound, where he sat 88-90 with a heavy fastball with some late life. He spun his 11/5 shaped breaking ball at 74-76 mph, and flashed feel for a changeup at 75-77 mph.  Gresham has a loose and quick arm stroke from a high ¾ delivery, has a tall balance point with his left foot pointing straight down and stays tucked down the hill as he establishes direction, gets strong leg drive and his body is in sync and rhythm throughout the delivery, and has an athletic finish. Gresham threw each pitch with similar intent and high effort level. He also ran a 7.14 laser-timed 60-yard dash. Overall, Gresham has the skill set to be a game-changing player whether in the infield and/or on the mound at the next level.  

 


 

 


 


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