Prep Baseball Report

Memphis Tigers Scout Day: Quick Hits

Hunter Martin
TN Scouting Director

MEMPHIS, TN - The Memphis Tigers continued their fall season with a PBR Scout Day at FedEx Park on Wednesday, September 20th. Over 45 players went through the pro-style workout and there were several players that impressed at the different stations of the showcase. Below are some standout performers from the event.

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Memphis Tigers Scout Day

Collin Bland: Former 2023 PBR FG participant and 2026 grad, Bland has a unique blend of power, bat to ball skills, and feel for the plate that is very evident when seeing him swing the bat from the left side. Starting with a relaxed open stance, he creates easy tension on his back leg with compact weight distribution as he gets into his swinging motion. Light toe tap gets his rhythm going as he cocks his back elbow to get into launch position. One thing that stands out with Bland is his forward moving momentum to the pitcher, while keeping that said back leg tension strong as he leads with his hips through the hitting phase. Locks out his front leg extremely well for a young kid while maintaining that knee-to-knee contact position. Present pull side pop to the gap with multiple 100 mph exit velocities, while averaging upper 80’s on average in exit velocity. Bland is someone that has a talented toolbox at his disposal and not just at the plate. A young Prince Fielder type of body with a strong well-built lower half that plays really athletically. Currently a 1st baseman but I believe is talented enough and with time to move to the corner outfield to allow his bat to play even more. Also, plays in the best all-around district in Tennessee where he started varsity as a freshman batting in Houston's 5-hole. 

Lule Lloyd: Catcher currently listed at 6 foot 1 and 190 pounds in the 2025 class. Loyd packs a punch with a strong frame that has present strength that showcased power ability with back-spined line drives to both gaps. Swing starts with high hands with some present wiggle that he uses to sync up timing and plane. Lloyd presented a 100 mph exit velocity off the bat while having multiple mid 90’s for an average exit velocity in the high 80’s. He has really good extension after making contact with the baseball. Can shoot his hips early at times, which leads to some high flyouts, but the power is definitely there to go along with above average bat speed. Made clean throw downs behind the dish but personally see more upside with him in the field at a corner position to really allow his bat to play higher.  

Robert Armes: A 2027 kid that is already advanced for his age in terms of maturity, physicality and approach. Listed at 6 foot 1 and 190 pounds, Armes has present strength with a proportional build that oozes with potential. Showcased really well in both portions in the field and on the bump. Sat right around 80 mph from the right side with feel for spinning his four-seam in the 2100’s with some high 2200’s RPM’s, while showcasing the ability to ride that pitch for a 19-inch average Induced Vertical. This is a kid that as he grows into his frame will be throwing upper 80’s in about a year to two consistently. All around showed pitch-ability with off speed and ability to throw strikes. At the plate, Armes had a few batted balls in the low 90’s with really athletic traits and a feel for controlling the barrel. This is a kid that has a chance to go high power 5 as he matures. Will most likely be starting varsity as a freshman this season at Bartlett HS, which plays in my opinion, the best all-around district in Tennessee. 

Scotty Stafford: Mature 2026 LHP that really stood out with command, stuff and feel. Overall was probably the most consistent arm around the plate with all pitches, while showing ability to balance and repeat his actions. High ¾ arm slot from the left side that side upper 70’s, while touching in the lower 80’s. His “pitch clusters” were very apparent as they showed true differential to one another while showing consistency in shape for each pitch. You don’t see a lot of high school arms doing that. However, it was his ability to spin his four seam and command of both the lower part and upper part of the zone with that pitch that caught our attention. Consistently sat in the 2200 RPM range on that pitch with good pitch shape to it. Showed ability to kill spin on this changeup with solid 12 inches of horizontal movement. This is a pitcher that should continue to grow into his own and worth watching as he progresses. 

Halton Donnelly: 2025 OF that showed true athletic ability and competitive action defensively and at the plate. Listed at 6 foot and 185 pounds with room to fill out. From the outfield, he worked well sinking his lower half without sacrificing speed or momentum for a clean gather and smooth transition while showing mid 80’s from the outfield to home on easy low liner throws that displayed accuracy. At the plate, showed ability to hit line drives consistently to the gap. May need to continue to work on his bat plane to get higher launch angles to his batted balls but showed low 90’s exit velos with more in the tank.


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