Tennessee Senior Games: Quick Hits
September 27, 2023
NASHVILLE, TN - The Tennessee Senior Games was held on Saturday, September 23rd at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. This event was an open event that consisted of players from the 2024 class from Volunteer state. Players went through an extended pro-style workout that included batting practice using Trackman, ran the 60-yard dash using Swift Performance, and much more. Pitchers were able to get numbers and metrics on TrackMan. There were some players who showed up and continued to build off of prior performances, but there were also some new names who jumped onto our radar with a strong showing at the event.
Kicking off our post-event coverage for this event, we take a look back at some of the top performers and standouts from the event. Continuing over the course of the next week or so, we will release different statistical leaderboards for the event along with other pieces of content.
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Tyler Zeligman: 5 foot 11 and 180 pounds, Zeligman comes in with mature pitchability and understanding of what he is trying to accomplish while on the bump. Weight is distributed in his lower half up with easy throwing mechanics that he is able to repeat. Stays over his front side well with a relaxed leg lift while generating ideal shoulder-hip separation to the tune of 88 mph, while sitting 85-87 with mid 2200’s RPM’s on his four-seam fastball. Has really clean hip turnover while staying closed before exploding down the mound. Really was impressive with all three pitches and demonstrated the ability to throw strikes, while also working off the plate for strikeouts. Could look to kill changeup spin to give that pitch a truer shape but the actions are there with about 15 inches of horizontal run. This is a guy that should have zero business being uncommitted still and just about getting him in front of the right people as he can easily be in the low 90’s with proper weight training and arm speed.
Hayden Stranak: Left-handed pitcher that has some length to him at 6 foot 2 and 165 pounds. Easy and effortless velocity that came in at 84-86 mph with really quality spin at low to mid 2200’s on his four-seam. First inning struggled some with command against lefty hitters but bounced back impressively from there to shut out the side with multiple strikeouts in inning 2. That is something that always stands out is when a pitcher is able to control himself and continue to put up quality innings after maybe struggling the first inning and is a testament to his demeanor. Displayed a decent shape CB but could look to stay on top of that pitch more for additional vertical drop, however the spin shape is there and just needing fine-tuning. Overall had a really impressive outing and should have zero issues getting an offer before the start of his spring season.
Mason Grube: Catcher that plays fast and hard. Just moved to Tennessee by way of Colorado where he will be suiting up for the Farragut Admirals this coming season. Has real arm strength in the mid 70’s from behind the dish that popped behind the plate to a 1.96 to second base. Showed feel in game for pitch sequencing and getting his pitchers in quality counts that kept hitters guessing. Good receiver with clean hips and ability to bounce behind home plate. Had probably the best all-around BP session with an average exit velocity of 90 mph, while displaying true bat speed with 97 mph exit velo’s. Just another guy that needs time in front of colleges and shouldn’t have an issue getting an opportunity to play somewhere.
A.J. Armstrong: Strong physical kid at 6 foot 1 and 215 pounds of quality weight. Strong lower half that has a good understanding of working into his swing. More athletic than previously thought with a 7.07 sixty-yard dash with quick moving feet. Position is the only thing that has held him back to this point as he profiles as a corner infielder but lacks some present arm strength. Decent glove actions and transitions, shows the ability to move laterally to both sides with ideal hip hinge when receiving. Looked smooth defensively but may stick at 1st base at the next level. Popped a few mid 90’s exit velo’s with present power to pull side, while even having more in the tank currently with a few tweaks using his lower half more efficiently. Loves the game and plays really hard and should be off the board coming into the spring.
Grant Tallent: Clean outfielder that clocked in at the low sevens’ during the sixty-yard sprint portion. Really athletic components and showed true defensive ability to both sides while having present arm strength in the low 80’s. Had probably the best all-around performance during the game play portion with a hard shot double in center and a single to left field. Stole a bag, as he plays faster than his sixty suggests. Has a really clean swing that has line drive launch angles with barrel control. Sprayed balls to both gaps, while primarily staying true dead center. Doesn’t look to do too much but his game shows and should be able to find a home this upcoming year at the next level.
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