Prep Baseball Report

DFW Top Prospects Showcase: Quick Hits

Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

PLANO, TX - The DFW Top Prospects was loaded with talent as nearly 70 players in the 2019 grad classes converged on Prestonwood Christian Academy. College coaches got to see a little bit of everything on Tuesday, with players that stood out from every position. We will be rolling out content in the coming weeks, for now, here is a quick glimpse of what we saw from a strong group.

+ 3B/RHP Chandler Freeman (Colleyville Heritage HS) continues to impress with high end tools as a two-way player. The Dallas Baptist commit creates a lot of lift and torque that allows him to drive the ball deep to the gaps with an exit velocity of 95 mph. Throws with plenty of arm strength across the diamond (91 mph) that should allow him to stay on the left side of the infield. The interesting part about Freeman’s game is that the arm strength also transfers to the mound, where he pumps gas at 89-91

+ Auburn commit Mason Greer (Colleyville Heritage HS) hammered balls from the left side during batting practice. Greer has the look of an offensive infielder at 6-feet, 200-pounds that will do damage in the SEC. The left-handed hitter has a balanced setup with simple strength in his hack. Natural lift with loose hands and great extension through contact. He registered an exit velocity of 93 mph off the tee and threw 89 mph across the infield. He has soft hands on the infield, fundamental footwork, exchanges the ball quick and easy, plays on the run, and has an accurate arm that allows him to make all the throws to stay on the infield at the next level.

+ Oklahoma commit Logan Kohler (Little Elm HS) is super athletic at third base, and with a projectable 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame, it’s easy to dream that there is as much upside as anyone in the 2019 class. A left-handed hitter, Kohler registered an exit velocity of 92 mph (off the tee), and laced balls through the middle of the field during batting practice. Kohler has loose hands and a fluid hack with real strength at contact.

+ Uncommitted SS/OF Cody Akers (Azle HS) is an athletic switch-hitter that ran a 6.88 60-yard dash, threw strikes to the plate from the outfield at 91 mph, threw 89 mph across the infield, and registered an exit velocity of 93 mph from both sides of the plate. His bat speed showed really well during BP from the left side, as the barrel stays in the zone a long time with a smooth hack, and the ball jumps off his bat.

Here is a quick snippet on some of the arms that stood out during the bullpen session.

+ RHP Elijah McCormack (Coppell HS) was 88-90 from a high slot and showed tilt on his fastball with a quick arm stroke. He spun his curveball for strikes at 74-76 with 12/6 shape, and showed feel for a changeup that he located at the bottom of the zone at 80-81. At 6-foot-3, 170-pounds, there is still room for McCormack to add strength to his already projectable pitcher’s frame.

+ LHP Austin Teel (College Station HS) was 85-87 from a high-¾ slot, he spun his curveball with short 1/7 break at 73-75 mph, and mixed in a 77-78 mph changeup.

+ RHP McCrae Wiest (Prestonwood Christian Academy) has a projectable pitcher’s frame at 6-foot-4, 185-pounds. Working from a high slot, the right-hander sat 86-87 and spun a sharp 12/6 curveball at 72-74 mph. Also threw a couple of nice changeups at 75-76 mph.

+ RHP Luke Douthitt (Plano West HS) has a wiry-strong, quick twitch frame at 6-foot-2, 180-pounds and threw every fastball at 86 mph from a high slot with a quick arm swing. He spun a 12/6 curveball with depth at 70-71 mph, and showed feel for a changeup with arm side fade at 75-79 mph. A left-handed hitter, Douthitt also showed some snap in the barrel during BP, with line drive power, hard contact, quick-twitch hands, and an exit velocity of 93 mph.

+ RHP Justin Karbowski (Wakeland HS) has the look of a college reliever with some upside already in his 6-foot-5, 170-pounds. Working from a low-¾ slot, the right-hander throws a heavy fastball that sat mostly 82-84. Spins a tight curveball with 10/4 shape and depth at 72-74 mph, and turns over his changeup with fastball arm speed, giving the pitch good depth at 78-79 mph.

+ LHP Cameron Pool (Lovejoy HS) was 82-84, and threw a deep-breaking 1/7 curveball at 66-69 mph. Threw his changeup at 74-75 with fastball arm speed.

+ It’s always good to see LHP Tye Sampson from Guyer HS, who is not even close to reaching his full potential on the mound. At 6-foot-6, 180-pounds, his arm works clean and easy from a high-¾ slot with his fastball sitting at 78-80. Flashes tight rotation on his curveball at 70-72, and he showed increased feel for a quality changeup at 71-73 mph. He threw one slider at 75 mph. Paris JC commit.

+ LHP Jack Hattrup (Plano West HS) has a projectable frame at 6-foot-4, 187-pounds, and sat 82-84 mph with his fastball with a 68-69 mph curveball, and a 64-65 mph changeup.

+ 3B/RHP Crew Wilson (Ouachita Christian, LA) has a strong frame at 6-foot-1, 175-pounds. He threw 87 mph across the infield, topped out at 85 mph on the bump, working mostly in the 81-83 mph range.

There were a number of uncommitted infielders to see on Tuesday, and depending on what college coaches are looking to add to their 2019 recruiting class, here are just a few of the names to keep in mind.

+ SS Weston Symes (Frisco Centennial) has a wiry-strong frame with plenty of room to add strength as he continues to develop. Took an outstanding round of BP, lacing balls gap-to-gap with good energy in his swing. Symes has a natural athleticism at shortstop, and carries himself with a confident presence. He is also the starting QB on the Centennial football team.

+ SS Connor Jackson (Prosper HS) is a quick-twitch, switch-hitter with great footwork and a plus exchange. He throws with solid carry across the infield, and has loose, quick hands from the left side of the plate with line drive power.

+ SS Nate White (Arlington HS) has added strength to his already athletic frame this spring. White ran a 6.83 60-yard dash, threw 84 mph across the infield and made hard contact during BP. He moves with long strides and rhythm in his footwork, and there is still a lot of upside in his game.

+ SS Diego Johnson (Hebron HS) has a lot of upside with his long-limbed frame. Johnson ran a 6.88 60-yard dash. He has quick footwork on the infield, and does a really nice job of funneling everything to the midline of his body before he throws with solid arm strength and accuracy across the diamond (85 mph). The right-handed hitter has rhythm in his swing with fast-twitch hands that produced an exit velocity of 93 mph off the tee.

+  SS/OF Cole Antonelli (Flower Mound HS) ran a 6.91 60-yard dash and gets rid of the ball quickly on the infield with high end accuracy on his throws. The right-handed hitter has a simple swing, good barrel awareness, and made hard contact during BP.

+ SS Josh Bartolacci (Coppell HS) has a quick-twitch frame at 5-foot-11, 165-pounds, and plays faster than his 7.03 60-yard dash time. He plays with solid actions at shortstop, quick feet, a clean exchange, and the arm works well from different slots, as he can play on the run.

+ SS Dylan Herd (L.D. Bell HS) is another infielder with a projectable frame at 6-foot-1, 150-pounds. Moves easy from side-to-side and plays through the ball with natural actions for his long-limbed frame. Ran a 7.09 and threw 83 mph across the infield.

+ SS Brett Hedges (Marcus HS) plays with a bounce in his step on the infield. Moves with rhythm in his feet, has soft hands on ground balls, and quickly transitions into an accurate arm stroke across the infield.

There were a number of corner players that swung that bat with authority yesterday, including:

+ 3B/C Luke Stine, was a standout this year for Lovejoy HS. With a similar build - and hairstyle - of linebacker Clay Matthews 6-foot-3, 220-pounds, Stine launched balls during batting practice with an exit velocity of 94 mph (off the tee), including hammering a couple off the left-centerfield wall. He threw 82 across the infield, and 80 from behind the plate with pop times of 2.01-2.26.

+ OF/3B Jaxon Alley (Prosper HS) threw bullets from the outfield at 87 mph with high end accuracy and carry, with a short, quick arm stroke. Really strong contact during BP, his barrel stays in the zone a long time and the ball jumps off his bat.

+ 1B Nicklaus Baumbach (Trinity HS) has a strong, sturdy frame at 6-foot, 205-pounds. The right-handed hitter showed some power to the pull side with an exit velocity of 93 mph.

+ C Kolsen Powers (Liberty Christian HS) has a strong, muscular frame at 6-foot-3, 215-pounds. The right-handed hitter hammered balls in the gap during batting practice and threw strikes to second base during the catchers workout. He posted pop times of 2.08-2.2 at 75 mph.

+ OF Jacob Bushnell (Marcus HS) has a strong frame at 6-foot-1, 175-pounds. The right-handed hitter starts from an open stance, and shows quality rhythm and loose hands as he posted an exit velocity of 91 mph. He also made accurate throws to the dish (84 mph) as he played through the ball with an easy exchange and rhythm.

More on catchers…

+ Catcher Justin McMahan (Forney HS) did a fantastic job of blocking and receiving during the bullpen session. He has good hip mobility and moves with athleticism behind the plate. McMahan also threw 77 mph down to second base with pop times ranging from 2.04-2.15. He made hard contact during BP with gap power and loose hands.

+ Catcher Koby Ketcher (Legacy Christian HS) posted pop times of 2.14-2.26, and was accurate with balls in the tag zone at second base.

+ The only 2020 player to attend was OF Kameron Weil (Arlington Lamar HS). Weil is a fast-twitch, left-handed hitter that ran a 6.73 60-yard dash, threw 86 from the outfield, and was on the barrel during BP with an exit velocity of 84 mph.

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Full STATS will release tomorrow morning.
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