Prep Baseball Report

2021 Border Battle Hitters

Tim Kay
PBR Tennessee Director of Scouting

On October 14th, the University of Kentucky hosted some of the top 2021’s from the states of Tennessee and Kentucky to play against each other.  Players did their defensive evaluations at 8 AM, followed up by a 16 and a half inning game.  After the game, the players took BP and recorded their exit velocities indoors.  The weather had an impact on the day, as temperatures hovered in the mid to high 40’s with consistent cloud cover and consistent light to moderate rainfall.  Many of the pitchers and position players have posted better measurables during the summer and this fall in better conditions, which makes the big numbers posted by some of the players jump out even more.  And it is necessary to add the caveat that hitters went through exit velocity testing after a nearly 5-hour day on the field in near freezing conditions.  In game swings are featured in this story, to view workout video, click on the name to head to their profile!

CLICK HERE to view the stats for all players who participated at the Border Battle on the Tennessee side.


Position Velocity:  OF-86, IF-82, Exit Velocity: 87
6-foot-2, 195-pound, RHH showed super intriguing raw tools in a pro body.  Tall, athletic frame w/ well-proportioned present strength throughout, super projectable.  Has a chance to be a monster physically.  Offensively, hits w/ an open, slightly crouched stance w/ bat resting on back shoulder into leg kick to slightly open and little hand load.  Generates above average bat speed through the zone, whippy.  Would benefit from some hand separation to get a better attack angle to the baseball.  Flashes ability to land square, weight occasionally takes him to the third base side.  Just missed some pitches on this day.  Learning to take the same swing every time.  Big power to all fields, learning to tap into it consistently.  Defensively, stands out for his profile in RF, featuring projectable carry through target arm strength and athletic actions.  At first base, moves well w/ projectable carry through target arm strength.  

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