Central Texas Open: Infielders

By Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

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On Sunday December 11th, Prep Baseball Report and its staff converged on East View High School to workout a group of players from across Texas.  Each player was run through a full pro-style workout, with extended offensive, defensive, and bullpen sessions. The PBR staff was able to record stats and video on each player in attendance. PBR will continue to work to be the #1 news source for all of high school baseball across Texas.  Continue to check back for updated reports, video, and events.

We are proud to bring you our coverage from the inaugural event of Prep Baseball Report Texas. Below is a complete breakdown of all the infielders.  Each player has an updated profile with stats, a player write-up, and video from the event. There were a lot of talented infielders that attended our event. Here are five of the top performers.

+ Jarficur Parker, SS/2B, Plano West HS, 2017

5-foot-10, 165-pound, athletic frame. Began the day posting an event-best 60-yard dash time of 6.63. The right-handed hitter has good presence in the box and starts from a tall, relaxed set-up. Simple load, lands in strong launch position with hands back. Head stays quiet during the swing, clean hand path, barrel stays in zone a long time with solid extension through contact. Made solid contact throughout batting practice in the middle of the field with good barrel awareness. Exit velocity 84 mph. Parker showed good athleticism at shortstop with solid footwork and rhythm through the ball. Has soft hands from an athletic fielding position, clean exchange to high-¾ arm stroke at 80 mph across the diamond.

+ Zachary McAdams, SS/3B, Cypress Woods HS, 2017
6-foot, 200-pound, strong, projectable, athletic frame with well-defined lower half and broad shoulders. The right-handed hitter starts from a tall, balanced stance with high hands and a slight bat wrap. Small gather into his stride, lands with his hands back at launch position. Stays on the baseball well, good barrel awareness and a loose finish through strong contact. Registered an exit velocity of 91 mph. At shortstop, McAdams has soft hands with good glove action. Shows good rhythm through the ball, clean, quick exchange into a short throwing motion with very accurate arm and the ability to throw on the run. Threw 77 mph across the diamond. Ran 7.03 60-yard dash.

+ Parker Wayne, 2B/OF, Ridge Point HS, 2017
5-foot-10, 170-pound frame. The athletic infielder started the day running a 6.9 60-yard dash. Wayne, a right-handed hitter, starts from a tall set-up with good rhythm in his hands. Controlled, balanced load, short leg-kick into launch position, does a good job of riding his lower half with solid weight-transfer. Shows strength at contact with direct hand path and the ability to drive the baseball. Hit multiple balls into the left-center gap and a home run to left field. Registered an exit velo of 91 mph. Defensively he shows solid range and footwork, presents hands out in front well. Good exchange into throwing motion and shows feel for throwing on the run. Registered velocity across the diamond at 76 mph.

+ Steven Gallardo-Morris, SS/RHP, Burnet HS, 2017
5-foot-10, 175-pound, fast twitch frame. At shortstop, Gallardo-Morris flashes good range with quick feet, occasionally fielding the ball right-of-center. He has average rhythm through the ball and creates a whip in the arm throwing 77 mph across the diamond. Gallardo-Morris, a switch-hitter, starts from the right side with a tall set-up and his hands close to his body. Short stride and quicker load to get started with his hands sliding to his back shoulder. Compact hand path to contact showing occasional gap power. As a left-handed hitter he has loose rhythm with a short stride-and-glide timing mechanism and has good barrel awareness. Ran 6.75 60-yard dash.

+ Mario DeLeon, SS/RHP, Holmes HS, 2018
5-foot-9, 175-pound frame. At shortstop he has solid footwork and glove action. Works through the ball with athleticism and transitions well from the midline into a very good throwing motion. Registered an infield velocity at 77 mph. Offensively, the right handed hitter has an aggressive swing with easy strength at contact. Starts from a slightly open, neutral stance, short stride with quiet rhythm in hands. Showed ability to hit ball well in middle of the field, driving the ball with gap-to-gap power. Registered the highest exit velocity of the event at 94 mph. Ran a 7.38 60-yard dash.

Best of the Rest (Alphabetical)
+ Jacob Aguilar, SS/2B, Fort Bend Christian HS, 2019
5-foot-9, 155-pound frame. The right-handed hitter starts with a calm setup, short stride and quiet rhythm. Uses a small leg-kick to get started. He has a compact, direct hand-path and uses the middle of the field. He registered an exit velocity of 80 mph. On the infield Aguilar has a good first step, shows long strides to gain ground and average glove action. He throws with a short, compact arm stroke at 71 mph and shows the ability to throw on the run. Ran a 7.51 60-yard dash.

+ Gage Boehm, 3B/RHP, Hutto HS, 2020
6-foot-2, 240-pound, strong, advanced frame with broad shoulders and well defined lower-half. The right-handed hitter starts from a tall stance with advanced rhythm. Smooth load and athletic leg-kick to get started, lands into an aggressive, advanced launch position to transfer through contact. Shows explosive bat speed with loose finish as the barrel stays through the zone. Hit several home runs during batting practice and registered an exit velocity of 93 mph. On the infield Boehm flashed soft hands and clean exchange into a strong throwing motion with carry at 75 mph.

+ Chase Carson, 1B/LHP, Smithson Valley HS, 2019
5-foot-11, 140-pound, wiry frame. Offensively, the left-handed hitter starts from a tall, open stance with some rhythm in his hands. Slight leg kick to start with some forward movement. Hands work well at contact showing some strength to the pull side. The first baseman has a good gather in his footwork to transition into a longer ¾ arm slot. Ran 7.21 60-yard dash. The left-hander has works from a low-¾ slot with a long arm stroke and reach out of the glove. Good mobility in his lower-half with high leg lift and average tempo in delivery. His fastball ranged from 66-67 mph. Flashed some feel for his curveball at 67 mph, while the changeup was 61-63 mph.

+ Nathan Gullo Jr., 2B/RHP, Dripping Springs HS, 2018
5-foot-10, 185-pound frame. The left-handed hitter starts from a slightly crouched, balanced stance. Smooth load with a knee-to-knee leg kick. Level hand path with line-drive bat speed. Did a good job during batting practice of using the whole field with good barrel awareness. Posted an exit velocity of 82 mph. Defensively, Gullo Jr. has average footwork and exchange with an accurate arm. Threw 72 mph across the diamond. Ran 7.53 60-yard dash.

+ Landon Hamm, 2B/SS, Ridge Point HS, 2018
6-foot, 143-pound, lanky frame. Started the day posting the second fastest 60-yard dash time at 6.83. Offensively, the right-handed hitter start from a slight crouched stance with his weight on a bent front leg. Rocks back to load his body then lands aggressively at foot-strike with an athletic lower half. Hands are back at launch position and he shows good whip in the barrel with a solid weight transfer and loose finish. Slight lift in hand path allows for back-spin in the middle of the field and an exit velocity of 84 mph. The middle-infielder has a good first step with long strides. Shows solid footwork and glove action with average rhythm through the ball into an accurate, loose throwing motion. Infield velocity was 73 mph.

+ Seth McAlister, 2B/OF, Gateway HS, 2018
5-foot-10, 150-pound, long-legged, projectable frame. Offensively, the right-handed hitter starts from an athletic set-up and relaxed rhythm. Gets started with an athletic push-back leg kick that produces good leverage and a strong hand load. Although he was out-in-front during batting practice, he flashes pull side strength and good lower-half transfer through contact. Exit velo 80 mph. On the infield he shows long actions with good arm strength and a longer, elbow dominated, loose arm action. Accurate thrower at 78 mph across the diamond. Ran 7.19 60-yard dash.

+ Chase Thinger, SS/2B, Round Rock HS, 2018
5-foot-11, 155-pound frame. The right-handed hitter starts from tall, neutral stance. Loads his hands before a short stride, lands in a solid launch position. Flat swing, inside-out hand path with rotational upper body swing. Does a good job of squaring up balls in the middle of the field with line drive power. Registered an exit velocity of 76 mph. At shortstop, Thinger shows soft hands with fluid footwork and average exchange. Good fielding position with hands out front, pulls ball to midline to throw with accuracy at 74 mph. Ran 7.0 60-yard dash.

+ Caden Walton, 2B/RHP, Vista Ridge HS, 2019
5-foot-10, 165-pound, strong frame. The right-handed hitter starts from a tall set-up with a short leg-kick to transfer aggressively through contact. Solid hand path with strong top hand-punch and strength at contact. Registered an exit velocity of 76 mph and showed the ability to drive the ball with backspin in both gaps. Defensively, Walton has good footwork and average glove action with smooth transition from catch to release. Showed accuracy to first base with some carry in the arm at 78 mph across the infield. Ran a 7.66 60-yard dash.

+ Jarek Wells, RHP/3B, Smithson Valley HS, 2020
5-foot-10, 160-pound, projectable frame with long limbs. On the infield he shows accuracy and carry on his throws with solid, elbow-dominant arm action at 70 mph. Average footwork and rhythm for his class. Offensively, the right-handed hitter starts from a tall, slightly open stance with loose rhythm. Slight toe-tap to get started with a rotational swing and flat bat-path that should improve with addition of natural strength. Wells has natural leverage with his projectable frame and does a good job on pitches he can get extended on. Ran a 7.41 60-yard dash.

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