Unsigned Senior Games: Team Black Position Player Analysis

By Doug Hall
Tennessee Director of Scouting

The PBR Tennessee Unsigned Senior Games event took place on September 28 at Rose Park in Nashville.  The event included 35 uncommitted seniors still looking for a place to continue their education and baseball careers.  The following is analysis of all Team Black position players from the event.  This is position player analysis only.  Those players who also pitched for Team Black at the event will be featured in a subsequent article.

Middle Infielders

Jackson Arnold, SS/RHP, R/R, Lebanon HS, 2015
6-foot, 145-pound prospect posted a 7.14 60-yard dash and 79 mph tee exit velocity. Throws from the high-3/4 arm slot with medium action, shows athleticism in the field, fluid lateral movement, quick, clean exchange, plays through the ball, shows accuracy on throws with line carry to the bag at 79 mph, starts from a balanced hitting stance, though he has slight arm bar he takes a level path to the ball and showed line drive ability. Had a single up the middle and a double in game play where he was 2-for-5.

Matt Westberry, RHP/2B/OF, R/R, Eagleville HS, 2015
6-foot, 140-pound prospect posted a 7.83 60-yard dash and 73 mph tee exit velocity. Medium arm action from the over the top arm slot with 75 mph infield and 77 outfield position velocity with accuracy and line carry, starts from a balanced stance at the plate, tendency to drop hands but maintains a level swing path, shows line drive ability, held hitless in game play.

Blake Dutton, 2B, R/R, Carter HS, 2015
5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect posted a 7.35 60-yard dash and 62 mph tee exit velocity. Showed some noticeable improvement from his last outing at the North Tennessee College Prospect Showcase. Over the top arm slot, longer arm action and 69 mph position velocity would have him better suited for 2B, footwork was quicker, cleaner exchange with accuracy, arm strength needs to improve, hit ball with more consistency to all fields. Recorded a single in game play where he was 1-for-4.

Adam Newton, 2B/1B, R/R, Harpeth HS, 2015
6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect posted a 7.25 60-yard dash and 73 mph exit velocity. Not yet a finished product with some size and plenty of room to make strength gains. Medium arm action with high-3/4 arm slot and 77 mph across the field, accurate, line carry to the bag, still needs to make improvements to footwork, hits from a slight crouch with short stride, timing was off, but showed power with an uphill swing when he put it together. Strength gains will benefit offensive game, went hitless in game play but showed patience at the plate.

Corner Infielders

Tyler Blount, 1B/OF, R/L, Arlington HS, 2015
5-foot-10, 187-pound prospect posted 7.71 60-yard dash and 85 mph exit velocity. Shows versatility and can play 1B and the outfield, flashed accurate arm from both positions,  73 mph from infield and 75 mph from the outfield, high-3/4 arm slot with shorter arm action, athletic movements, sets up well. Hits from open stance, good load, short stride, good approach and rhythm, level bat path to ball, good extension, showed  quick hands, line drive ability with a gap to gap approach, took solid round of batting practice, made solid contact with two hard hit singles in game play, improvement in speed will lead to more opportunities to play outfield at the next level.

Kody Woodall, 3B, R/R, Sweetwater HS, 2015
6-foot, 230-pound prospect posted a 7.58 60-yard dash and 79 mph tee exit velocity. Strong body type, fielded ball with average hands, appears more comfortable on balls right at him and to the glove side, shows some fluid footwork, made accurate throws to the bag from the high-3/4 arm slot, short action and 66 mph position velocity.  Shows power potential at the plate with an uphill swing, 79 mph exit velocity.


Austin Melton, OF, R/R, Middle Tennessee Christian, 2015
5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect posted a 7.12 60-yard dash and 86 mph exit velocity off the tee. Strong, athletic body type, room to add more size and strength, corner projection at the next level in the outfield with 60 time (7.12), arm velocity (76 mph) with accurate throws to the third base bag, fluid movements, over the top arm action.  Shows a good offensive approach, balanced stance, short stride, creates torque with good usage of strong lower half, shows gap to gap approach, though held hitless in game play ball jumped off the bat during a solid round of  batting practice.

Jacob Whitehair, OF, R/R, Blackman HS, 2015
5-foot-11, 160-pound prospect posted a 7.59 60-yard dash time and 74 mph exit velocity off the tee. Though not a speed guy, flashed potential in the outfield with easy actions, moves to the ball well, good setup, gets behind and plays through, soft hands, quick, clean and fluid exchanges, short, high-3/4 arm action and 78 mph position velocity with some line carry and accurate throws.  Impressed during batting practice with a solid round of line drives hit to all parts of the field, level swing with good extension, added strength and speed gains should help improve his chances of playing at the next level.

Charlie Gill, RHP/OF, R/R, Harpeth HS, 2015
6-foot, 187-pound prospect posted a 7.68 60-yard dash and 82 mph tee exit velocity. Strong body type with wide shoulders, long over the top throwing action, plays through the ball, quick arm action with consistent 84 mph throws to the bag with line carry and accuracy. Solid approach at the plate, maintains good balance, quick hands, toe tap, tends to drop hands but shows adequate bat speed and gap to gap power potential.

Kyle Schmitt, RHP/OF, L/R, Wilson Central, 2015
6-foot-1, 170-pound prospect posted a 7.29 60-yard dash, and 84 mph tee exit velocity. Schmitt is a corner guy with a loose, high-3/4 arm that has carry, 80 mph arm strength, tends to get long in the exchange but showed accuracy.  Offensively, the left handed hitter has a balanced, athletic stance, short stride, shows some pop, hit several on the screws during batting practice. Though he went hitless in game play he had several hard hit balls.

Christopher LaFever, LHP/OF, L/L, Upperman HS, 2015
5-foot-8, 185-pound prospect posted a 7.23 60-yard dash and 86 mph exit velocity off the tee. Quick arm with line carry and velocity of 80 mph from over-the-top arm slot, shows athleticism in the field.  Hitting approach still needs improvement, long swing path with arm bar, but flashed a quick bat, ball jumps when he squares it, tendency to take uphill path to ball. Recorded hard hit triple to right field in game play.


Weston Burris, C, R/R, Eagleville HS, 2015
6-foot-0, 195-pound prospect posted a 7.77 60-yard dash and 84 mph exit velocity off the tee. Shows some athleticism behind the plate, receives with soft hands, shows quick and clean exchanges, quick feet, short high-3/4 arm action, accurate throws to the bag with 73 mph arm strength, pop times ranged from 2.04-2.09.  Starts with the bat on shoulder, maintains good balance throughout swing, tends to work uphill, showed gap power during batting practice, solid defensive catcher.

Tyler Randolph, C, L/R, Siegel HS, 2015
6-foot-3, 195-pound prospect posted a 7.43 60-yard dash and 74 mph velocity off the bat. Looked smooth during defensive portion of workout, quick clean exchange, easy effort throw to bag with accuracy, position velocity of 70 mph and 2.14-2.25 pop times.  Left handed hitter tends to bar arm causing an uphill swing path but showed line drive ability with some power to the gaps when he was able to square the ball.