Prep Baseball Report

Canes Scout Day: Quick Hits

Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

LEANDER, TX - We ventured over to the Austin area on Thursday evening to host the Evoshield Canes Southwest Scout Day. Here are some quick notes on a number of players that stood out.

Top Performers

2019 SS/RHP Dax Dathe (Stony Point HS) is a coveted recruit for the University of Houston Cougars. At 6-foot-2, 190-pounds, Dathe had the best all around day for the Canes, and will be moving up the 2019 Rankings. The right-handed hitter has easy rhythm from an open stance, and creates natural lift with gap power (88 mph) that should continue to progress at the next level. After running a 6.68, the shorstop showed off smooth actions, soft hands, and the ability to make all the throws necessary to play on the left side. On the mound, the right-hander topped out at 89 several times, sitting 87-88. Slider has tight spin with sharp 10/4 break at 71-73. Mixed in a curveball with more 11/5 downer shape at 68-69.

2020 OF/LHP Dalton Porter (Rouse HS) is a Texas commit that stands approximately 6-feet, 180-pounds with an athletic, lean muscular frame. The left-handed hitter posted an exit velocity of 93, ran a 7.08 60-yard dash, and threw 88 from the outfield. On the bump, Porter works from a high slot with a clean arm swing, his fastball was 86-88, and he throws a plus changeup with heavy arm side fade at 75-77. Curveball has 1/7 shape at 66-70.

2020 RHP Wesley Kreger (Georgetown HS) plays for Action Baseball, standing 6-foot-7, 200-pounds,with a long, lanky frame, and plenty of room to add strength. Working from a high slot with a long arm swing and quick hand out front, Kreger’s fastball has late giddy-up at 86-87 mph. Throws a split finger fastball that flashed late depth at 70-71. Although his slider was inconsistent, it did come in at 74-76 mph with mostly lateral shape.

2019 Grads

Several uncommitted seniors had good days, including SS James Horton (Glenn HS) ran a 7.24 60-yard dash, and posted an exit velocity of 86 mph. RHP/3B Carter Poulson (Stony Point HS) was 82-83, with a 71-72 mph curveball, 74-77 mph changeup, and a 73-75 mph slider. Catcher Colton Regan (Round Rock HS) threw strikes to second base with pop times of 2.04, 2.12, 2.13, 2.12, and 2.15, all five right on top of the bag. 2B/SS Cade Webber (Round Rock HS) has a lean, athletic frame at 6-foot-2, 173-pounds. After running a 7.19 60-yard dash, he showed quality feel on the infield with quick footwork and an accurate arm from a lower ¾ slot. The right-handed hitter has a short, compact path and posted an 88 mph exit velocity.

2020 Grads

RHP Shea Walker (Smithson Valley HS) has an athletic frame at 6-foot-2, 185-pounds. The right-hander’s fastball was 82-84 on the mound with a clean arm swing. Good feel for all of his offspeed offerings. Curveball was 71-74 mph with downer shape, while his slider was 75-78 with short, lateral, more cutter type shape. Threw a couple of quality changeups at 71-73 mph.

RHP Laurence Westall (Round Rock HS) has a projectable frame at 6-foot-4, 175-pounds. The right-hander works from a high slot with a short arm stroke. Throws a heavy fastball with late bowling ball action at 78-82. Sharp curveball with 10/4 shape and depth at 66-67. Also mixed in a sharp slider at 71-72 mph with 11/5 shape.

C/SS Patrick Baca (Vandegrift HS) has really quick footwork behind the plate with an athletic exchange and clean arm stroke. He posted pop times of 2.0-2.19 with a velocity from the crouch of 783 mph.

C Hunter Rebando (Lampasas HS) was another player that had a solid all-around day. The right-handed hitter starts from an open stance and has loose-quick hands that provide strength at contact with a top exit velocity of 88 mph. After running a 7.09 60-yard dash, he posted pop times of 2.0-2.19 with a top velocity from the crouch of 75 mph.

C Haydn Hammerschmidt (Lampasas HS) has strong, accurate arm behind the plate with a slightly longer exchange. Posted a top exit velocity from the crouch of 75 mph, with pop times of 1.97-2.22. Ran a 7.01 60-yard dash.

C Jack Otto (Hays HS) blocked like a champ during the bullpen session, ran a 6.81 60-yard dash, then threw 75 mph down to second base with 2.04-2.11 pop times.

1B Lance Little (Rouse HS) has a strong frame at 6-foot, 200-pounds. The right-handed hitter has juice in the bat with a 90 mph exit velocity.

2021 Grads

2021 SS/3B Rowdy Hoadley (Georgetown HS) stands 5-foot-11, 160-pounds, with a strong, athletic frame for his class. Smooth actions on the infield to go with easy glove play on multiple picks when he was receiving throws from the first baseman across the diamond.

OF Cooper Dupree (Vandegrift HS) has an athletic frame at 6-foot, 152-pounds, and ran a 7.04 60-yard dash. The right-handed hitter has a balance approach and shows quick hands with a loose finish.

SS Matthew Garcia (Bowie HS) ran a 7.23 60-yard dash and has a clean arm stroke across the diamond to go with flashy footwork.

Really liked the way SS Thomas Soto (Round Rock HS) moves around on the infield. Great footwork and a clean, quick exchange to go with an accurate arm working from a low-¾ slot. Ran a 7.06 60-yard dash.

OF/RHP Aaron Vargas (Hendrickson HS) is a right-handed hitter with strong hands who made hard contact during BP with a top exit velocity of 85 mph.

2022 Grads

C/SS Logan Coleman (Lampasas HS) did a little bit of everything on Thursday night, showing off quick footwork on the infield with fundamental footwork. Coleman has clean arm action both on the infield and behind the plate, where he posted pop times of 2.11-2.26 with a velocity from the crouch of 71 mph.

OF Jeff Herbert (Westwood HS) showed some of the best actions during the outfield workout. Although he is only 5-foot-7, 115-pounds right now, he plays through the ball with smooth footwork and rhythm, using an athletic crow hop that allow his arm make accurate throws.

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