CrossHit Baseball PBR Day Position Player Evaluations for 15U



Adam Akin
Director of Scouting



The 2016 CrossHit Baseball PBR Day took place on Saturday, December 10 at their new and impressive indoor facility in Gallatin, TN and included a position player workout and pitcher bullpens. Players were afforded the opportunity to showcase their abilities in front of the PBR Tennessee staff. The following is our evaluation of every position player from their 15U team that was in attendance.

 

Outfielders

Luke Bradshaw, OF, Lebanon, 2020
60 Time: 6.82, Position Velocity:  OF-82, Exit Velocity: 92
6-foot-2, 170-pound, LHH showed very similarly to his performance at the Border Battle Games in October, continues to get stronger, hits from a fairly wide and open stance, uses a short stride and a lowering and pushback of his hands to get loaded, when lower half fires smoothly he succeeds, stays well-balanced, elbows still flare out a little too much and cause stiffness through the zone, bat path is flat through the zone with some lift at the end that provides some very real power that translates to the game.  Defensively, shows good hands and footwork as he plays through the ball very aggressively, transfer is usually clean and arm action is longer and almost over-the-top. One of the top prospects in the 2020 class.

Hunter Lautzenheiser, OF, Davidson Academy, 2020
60 Time: 6.95, Position Velocity:  OF-81, Exit Velocity: 90
6-foot-0, 190-pound, LHH hits from pretty much the same wide and even stance we saw from him at the Border Battle Games, uses some rhythm with his body but has gone to a no-stride approach at the plate, lower half explodes and creates both good separation and a solid base for him, swing plane is flat through the zone with some lift at the end that provides gap-to-gap pop, could develop big power down the road.  Defensively, was once again aggressive in playing through the ball with above-average hands and footwork, arm action was a little shorter and came through an over-the-top slot.  A top prospect in the 2020 class.

Casey Eldridge, RHP/OF, Station Camp, 2019
60 Time: 7.45, Position Velocity:  OF-76, Exit Velocity: 81
5-foot-11, 160-pound, RHH hits from a taller and open stance with some initial hand positioning that is higher than average, uses a smooth but short stride with a lowering and movement back of his hands to get loaded, lower half works to clear his backside but keeps him tall throughout his swing, bat path is pretty flat through the zone, can seem handsy at times, produced some consistent a solid line drives up the middle.  Defensively, he showed good hands with average footwork, could’ve played through the ball a bit more smoothly and with more confidence, didn’t seem to get everything behind his throws through a ¾ arm slot.

Keaton Wilson, LHP/OF, Hendersonville, 2019
60 Time: 7.00, Position Velocity:  OF-79, Exit Velocity: 75
5-foot-7, 135-pound, LHH hits from a fairly balanced and open stance with his hands in a higher but strong position, uses a little longer and usually early stride with a lowering and movement back with his hands to get loaded, lower half stays pretty balanced and fires his hips through the zone pretty well, bat path is flat to slightly upward through contact and helps him to spray the ball to all parts of the field, singles approach.  Defensively, showed good hands and above-average footwork in the outfield, transfer is clean, loose arm action came through a high ¾ slot to produce throws that will gain strength with age and maturity.

Cobey Allison, RHP/OF, Davidson Academy, 2020
60 Time: 7.25, Position Velocity:  OF-78, Exit Velocity: 80
5-foot-10, 140-pound, RHH hits from a more narrow and even stance with his front heel elevated and his hands in a relaxed position near his right ear, uses a toe-tap and short stride with a very slight barrel tilt to get loaded, lower half gets everything going but struggles to get through the zone as his hips never really clear until the very very end, stays tall, swing plane is steep to the ball and produces a lot of ground balls and low line drives.  Defensively, showed average hands and footwork as he could have played through the ball more confidently, exchange was longer, arm action was long and came through an over-the-top slot.

Lawrence Sutton, OF/IF, Loretto, 2020
60 Time: 7.01, Position Velocity:  OF-78, IF-70, Exit Velocity: 85
6-foot-1, 165-pound, RHH hits from a balanced but tall and slightly closed stance with his barrel resting just above his shoulder, uses a toe-tap and short stride with a push back of his hands to get loaded, lower half gets through but stays tall and doesn’t create as much torque and separation as its capable of, bat path is pretty flat through the zone, came around the ball at times and hit a lot of ground balls and low line drives to the left side.  Defensively, showed average hands and footwork in the outfield, played through the ball, higher exchange leads to a shorter but slinging arm action through a high ¾ slot, showed versatility by participating in the infield as well.

Tommy Grimes, OF/C/RHP, Sycamore, 2021
60 Time: 7.71, Pop Time: 2.27-2.36, Position Velocity:  OF-80, C-71, Exit Velocity: 75
5-foot-11, 147-pound, RHH hits from a balanced and slightly open stance, uses a short stride and nothing more than a slight little bat wrap to get loaded, lower half is active but never truly gets through and certainly holds back his backside from driving, swing plane is very flat but seemed to come around the ball quite a bit as a result of his lower half.  Defensively, showed good hands and average footwork in the outfield, exchange took a while and included a glove pat, arm is loose and slings the ball through a low ¾ slot, also participated as a catcher.


First Basemen

Chase Nelson, LHP/1B, Hendersonville, 2019
60 Time: 7.83, Position Velocity:  IF-81, Exit Velocity: 84
5-foot-10, 170-pound, LHH hits from a wider and open stance with his barrel held loosely above his back shoulder, uses a toe-tap with a pretty generic stride and a late barrel tilt to get loaded, lower half explodes and gets very wide and low to create very good leverage and separation, bat path comes into the zone a little steep but tends to flatten out and get through the ball well, drove the ball with gap-to-gap potential. Defensively, showed soft hands with above average footwork around the bag, athletic player that uses it to his advantage, transfer is clean and leads to a high ¾ release point on throws with some firmness across the infield.

Wylie Ritter, 1B, Montgomery Bell Academy, 2020
60 Time: 7.59, Position Velocity:  IF-73, Exit Velocity: 79
6-foot-1, 190-pound, SHH still shows very similar mechanics from both sides of the plate, hits from a tall but balanced and even stance, uses a short stride and a push back of his hands to get loaded, lower half lags behind and doesn’t quite let his hips get cleared enough to create any real separation, swing plane is slightly upward through the ball and allows him to get the ball in the air pretty consistently, sits back a little too much at times and causes himself to come around the ball.  Defensively, showed solid hands and footwork around the bag, ability to play around and through the ball with confidence, exchange and arm action are a little long and deliver throws through a high ¾ slot.  

Jaiden Reynolds, 1B, Siegel, 2020
60 Time: 7.84, Position Velocity:  IF-66, Exit Velocity: 71
5-foot-11, 186-pound, RHH hits from a wider and open stance with very high hand positioning that actually puts them in front of his head to start, uses a toe-tap and stride with some hand movement to get himself loaded, lower half does get through to create some separation, bat path is a little steep through the zone because of how high his hands start, stiff grip keeps him from creating the barrel whip he is capable of.  Defensively, showed good hands and above-average footwork around the bag, exchange and arm action were very long but produced accurate throws through a high ¾ slot.


Middle Infielders

Dalton Cantrell, 2B, Pope John Paul II, 2020
60 Time: 7.69, Position Velocity:  IF-71, Exit Velocity: 74
5-foot-9, 135-pound, RHH hits from a balanced and open stance with his hands relaxed just out front of his chest to start, uses a longer stride with a movement back of his hands that creates a slight wrap to get loaded, lower half stays pretty wide and balanced, swing plane is flat to slightly up through the zone and allows him to get through some balls in the air.  Defensively, showed average hands and footwork, didn’t get down much to field the ball, exchange was generally clean with a shorter arm action through a high ¾ slot.

Tristan Eakes, RHP/SS, Davidson Academy, 2020
60 Time: 7.41, Position Velocity:  IF-68, Exit Velocity: 78
6-foot-1, 155-pound, RHH hits from a balanced and slightly open stance with his hands in a position right next to his right ear to start, uses a short stride and a big lowering and push back of his hands to get loaded, lower half comes through late and pushes him up tall into contact, bat path is flat through the zone and produced some solid line drives when his timing was right.  Defensively, showed average hands and footwork in the infield, could have played through the ball better, exchange is low and leads to a long and circular arm action through an over-the-top slot.

Ryan Greene, SS, Siegel, 2020
60 Time: 7.96, Position Velocity:  IF-74, Exit Velocity: 69
5-foot-8, 135-pound, RHH hits from a balanced and slightly open stance, uses a short and quick stride with only very slight hand movement down to get loaded, lower half fires but doesn’t quite allow his hips to get fully cleared, bat path is flat with some lift through the zone but doesn’t provide enough bat speed to produce power yet, line drive approach.  Defensively, showed good hands and average footwork in the infield, could play through the ball more smoothly and with confidence, exchange includes a glove pat and a short arm action through a high ¾ slot to get the ball across the infield.

Christian Mansfield, 2B, Homeschooled, 2020
60 Time: 7.81, Position Velocity:  IF-64, Exit Velocity: 74
5-foot-9, 125-pound, RHH hits from a wide and slightly open stance, uses a short stride that gets him back to even and a subtle but sudden movement back with his hands to get loaded, lower half gets in good positions but will need to add strength to make a real difference, can get out on top of front leg, bat path is mostly flat through the zone but can get steep on pitches down around the knees, line drive approach is best when he stays middle.  Defensively, showed average hands and footwork in the infield, didn’t really play through the ball, short exchange and arm action came through a high ¾ release point.

Jalen Morris, 2B/OF, Coffee County Central, 2020
60 Time: 7.73, Position Velocity:  IF-62, OF-65, Exit Velocity: 77
5-foot-11, 153-pound, LHH hits from a balanced and even stance with some relatively high hands that have some movement during pre-pitch, basically a no stride movement with his lower half and a lowering and movement back with his hands get him loaded, lower half lags a little behind and could provide more torque, swing plane comes into the zone a little steep but seems to flatten out a little through contact.  Defensively, showed average hands and footwork in the infield, didn’t seem to play through the ball at all, used a short and quick exchange to get rid of the ball with a short arm action through a high ¾ slot, showed versatility by participating in the outfield as well.

Bryce Rawls, SS, Davidson Academy, 2020
60 Time: 7.62, Position Velocity:  IF-71, Exit Velocity: 84
5-foot-10, 192-pound, RHH hits from a balanced and slightly open stance with some barrel movement before the pitch, uses a short stride and pauses that hand movement to get loaded, lower half starts to go but pauses and gets his hands out front before finishing to clear his hips, short swing creates a pretty flat bat path through the zone, solid line drives come from his upper body strength.  Defensively, showed average hands and footwork in the infield, got back on his heels once, exchange was clean and led to a short arm action through a high ¾ slot.

Jackson White, SS, Siegel, 2020
60 Time: 7.27, Position Velocity:  IF-66, Exit Velocity: 78
5-foot-9, 150-pound, RHH hits from a balanced and even stance with an athletic bend in his knees to start, uses a leg kick with a very subtle movement back of his hands to get loaded, lower half is engaged and generally gets his hips moving but pushes him tall near contact and on the finish, bat path is a little steep into the zone but flattens out a little bit, produces mostly low line drives and ground balls.  Defensively, showed average hands and footwork in the infield, could have played through it better, exchange was a little long and arm action came through an over-the-top slot.


Third Basemen

Cole Bagwell, 3B, Greenbrier, 2019
60 Time: 7.76, Position Velocity:  IF-68, Exit Velocity: 84
6-foot-0, 220-pound, RHH hits from a wide and open stance, uses a toe-tap and stride with a smooth movement back with his hands to get loaded, lower half gets working early but holds his hips back before contact at times, also finishes tall and on front leg often, swing plane is a little steep but his strength helps produce some solid contact.  Defensively, showed some good hands and footwork at the corner, makes a conscious effort to play through the ball and does so a majority of the time, exchange and arm action could be cleaner, long arm action through a near over-the-top slot.

Michael Frye, RHP/3B, White House, 2019
60 Time: 7.57, Position Velocity:  IF-73, Exit Velocity: 84
6-foot-1, 175-pound, RHH hits from a wider and even stance with a minor bat waggle just behind his head before the pitch, no stride approach and nothing more than a pause in hand movement are used to get loaded, lack of rhythm makes it hard for his lower half to really get going, bat path is steep into the zone but flattens out through contact, at his best when he stays middle.  Defensively, showed average hands and footwork at the corner, could’ve played through the ball more, arm action was longer through a near over-the-top slot.


Catchers

Luke Jones, C/IF, Greenbrier, 2019
60 Time: 7.54, Pop Time: 2.03-2.21, Position Velocity:  C-73, IF-77, Exit Velocity: 88
5-foot-11, 175-pound, RHH hits from a balanced and open stance and begins with his bat rested just above his shoulder, rhythmic stride turned into an abbreviated leg kick by the end of his round, used a smooth movement back with his hands to get loaded, lower half explodes and creates a ton of separation, generates a lot of his batspeed from his lower half, swing plane is flat through the zone and has the ability to create some lift at the end, gap-to-gap pop.  Defensively, showed good hands and above average footwork behind the plate, exchange was quick and clean and led to a short arm action through an over-the-top release point, throws had solid carry, showed versatility by participating at 3B.

Caid Sanders, C/IF, Hendersonville, 2020
60 Time: 7.64, Pop Time: 1.96-2.11, Position Velocity:  C-74, IF-78, Exit Velocity: 81
5-foot-9, 155-pound, RHH hits from a balanced and even stance, uses a leg kick and stride with a simple and smooth and slight movement back with his hands to get loaded, lower half is engaged early with his leg kick and hips are cleared aggressively, bat path is steep as he comes forward and finishes on top of his front leg at times, chance to develop some gap-to-gap pop in the future.  Defensively, showed good hands and average footwork behind the plate, exchange was generally smooth and led to a short arm action through a high ¾ slot, firm throws to 2B, showed versatility by competing in the infield.

Cole Heath, C/IF/RHP, Davidson Academy, 2020
60 Time: 7.72, Pop Time: 2.02-2.16, Position Velocity:  C-76, IF-77, Exit Velocity: 80
6-foot-0, 162-pound, RHH hits from a balanced and slightly open stance with some initial shoulder tilt and slightly higher hands, stride is short and hands come down and back for his load, lower half does a good job of clearing his hips and freeing him up, balance would be more consistent if he stayed lower, bat path is flat to slightly up through the zone and helps him to drive balls into the air, some gap-to-gap potential.  Defensively, showed good hands and footwork behind the plate, efficient exchange led to a short and clean arm action through a high ¾ slot with good strength, showed some versatility by competing in the infield.

Jackson Odette, C/IF, Wilson Central, 2019
60 Time: 7.52, Pop Time: 2.03-2.20, Position Velocity:  C-71, IF-77, Exit Velocity: 74
5-foot-9, 155-pound, LHH hits from the same wide and even stance we saw from him at the Underclass Games, stride is longer than in the past but remains short, hands go back in a smooth manner to get loaded, lower half stays pretty balanced, swing plane is general flat through the zone but can be a little steep on occasion, line drive hitter can spray the ball around. Defensively, showed good hands and pretty good footwork behind the plate with a high exchange and a short arm action through a high ¾ slot, athletic enough to play anywhere on the field.

Tristan Swift, C/RHP, Stewart County, 2020
60 Time: 8.38, Pop Time: 2.32-2.44, Position Velocity:  C-69, IF-71, Exit Velocity: 80
5-foot-8, 150-pound, RHH hits from a more narrow and even stance with his bat just above his back shoulder, uses a long stride and a pretty fluid movement back with his hands to get loaded, lower half works well and certainly allows his hips to get through the zone, bat path is generally flat with a little upward lift at the end, can get through balls when he stays middle.  Defensively, showed average hands and footwork behind the plate, exchange took a little while, arm action was short but slower developing through a high ¾ slot, also participated in the infield.

Eli McDonald, C/IF, White County, 2019
60 Time: 8.60, Pop Time: 2.31-2.47, Position Velocity:  C-65, IF-61, Exit Velocity: 71
5-foot-10, 172-pound, RHH hits from a more narrow and slightly open stance with higher hand positioning to begin, toe-tap and short stride that basically just gets him even and hardly any real hand movement get him loaded, lower half gets through but doesn’t provide much because of how tall and narrow he stays, bat path is steep because of his initial hand height.  Defensively, showed above-average hands and decent footwork behind the plate, needs to improve arm strength, also participated in the infield.