USA Prime Scout Day: Position Player Quick Hitters


Sammy Esposito
PBR SC Director of Scouting

On Wednesday September 28th PBR of South Carolina was on hand at Flour Field for a scout day with USA Prime. The scout day featured players from the 2023-2027 grad classes.

The evening started with catchers going through a defensive evaluation then pitchers throwing a controlled bullpen with Trackman collecting data analytics. After the bullpens position players ran a laser timed 60 followed by BP on the field with Trackman collecting ball flight data. After BP outfielders and infielders went through a defensive evaluation. 

Below we begin our breakdown of the players in attendance. 

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Quick Hitters - Position Players

 

Ezekiel Atkinson, OF, 2023

5-11 188 pound strong frame.  Hits from a wider stance and uses a toe tap to load and stride.  Has an aggressive approach looking to do damage with each swing in BP.  Showed power to the pull side with hard contact with a max exit velo of 95.5 mph and a max distance of 379 feet.  

Cade Gardner, INF, 2024

5-11 178 pound frame with strength.  Hits from a balanced upright stance with loose hands.  Uses a small stride to land in a good hitting position.  Showed an aggressive approach with a good path through the zone while showing some power with the bat.  Max exit velo of 95.3 mph with a max distance of 367 feet.  Defensively showed off good footwork through the ball while fielding the ball out front.  

James Shennan, OF/RHP, 2023

6-0 175 pound lean athletic frame.  Hits from a balanced simple setup and uses a small stride and lift.  Has a flat path through the zone with extension out in front.  Max exit velo of 95.1 mph and a max distance of 351 feet.  In the outfield showed off a strong arm with accuracy up to 89 mph. 

Gavin Hug, C/RHP, 2024

6-0 172 pound frame with present strength and room to add on.  Hits from a balanced even setup with bend in his knees.  Has a small lift and stride to a balanced hitting position.  Short swing through the zone with an uphill finish creating natural loft in ball flight.  Poolside power in BP up to 93.1 mph and a max distance of 354 feet.  Behind the plate showed off a clean exchange and good footwork while showing good arm strength.    

Ejan Fusetti, INF, 2024

6-0 174 pound frame.  Hits from an open and upright stance.  Has a medium leg lift and stride to get back to a balanced position.  Showed a flat path through the zone with good extension outfront and a one handed finish.  Aggressive pull side approach in BP with a max exit velo of 92.7 mph and a max distance of 341 feet.   

Dean McCravy, OF, 2023

6-0 180 pound lean frame with room to add on.  Hits from a wider, slightly open stance and uses a small lift and stride to get to balance.  Short flat swing through the zone with a slightly uphill finish out front.  Showed consistent contact with a max exit velo of 92.4 mph with a max distance of 342 feet.  Showed a good arm from the outfield with a max velo of 85 mph.

Hudson Brannon, INF, 2023

6-2 190 strong athletic frame.  Hits from a simple balanced stance with a small lift into a longer stride.  Short compact swing through zone with good extension out front.  Showed off a good middle of the field approach with a max exit velo of 92.2 mph and a max distance of 341 feet.  

Cooper DeVries, OF, 2027

6-0 165 pound lean athletic frame.  Hits from a wide stance with good balance and a very small stride.  Shows good bat speed through the zone with an aggressive approach while making consistent hard contact.  Has a max exit velo of 91.9 mph and a max distance 343 feet.  In the outfield showed good arm strength with accurate throws with a max velo of 79 mph.  

Carver Youngblood, INF, 2026

5-9 147 pound frame.  Hits from a balanced upright stance, uses a small lift with a controlled load and a medium stride.  Has a clean path through the zone with a short stroke, while showing a good line drive approach.  A max exit velo up to 88.8 mph and a max distance of 298 feet.    

Gregory Bryant, OF, 2025

5-9 150 pound lean frame with room to grow.  Hits from a wider, slightly open stance with a small lift and stride back to balance.  Has a flat stroke through the zone with a line drive approach while using the whole field in BP.  Has a max exit velo of 88.7 mph and a mx distance of 327 feet.  

Asher Bocanegra, INF, 2027

5-6 148 pound frame.  Hits from a relaxed upright and slightly opened stance.  Uses a toe tap to get loaded up to a good balanced hitting position.  Showed good bat speed with a compact stroke through the zone.  A good flat swing with a line drive approach while staying in the middle of the field.  A max exit velo up to 87.9 mph and a max distance of 306 feet.    

Joe Walker III, OF, 2024

5-8 160 pound athletic frame.  Hits from a wider stance with a controlled toe tap to get loaded up.  A short flat swing through the zone with a big finish out front and a one handed finish.  Had a max exit velo of 87.3 mph with a max distance of 334 feet.  Good athleticism on the field and accurate throws from the outfield.