Dallas Preseason ID - Upperclass Quick Hits

Brandon Gowins
Assistant Scouting Director

PLANO, TX - As we get ready to start the High School Season, we had our final Preseason ID of the winter this past weekend at John Paul II in Plano.  It was a loaded event with quality players, so we will break down our Quick Hits into two parts - upperclass & underclass.  Today we look at some of the top 2022 and 2023 grads from this past weekend.




Tyler Priest OF / 2B / Tyler Legacy, TX / 2023

Priest got things started with a bang on Sunday when he stepped up and ran a 6.67 60 to start the day.  The Junior’s athleticism is evident in everything he does on the field. He profiles as a guy that could handle Center or Left field, or play 2nd base. At the plate, the RHH showed a quick, short stroke geared for line drives. He showed a gap to gap approach during BP.  Priest profiles as a table setter at the top of a lineup who could cause havoc on the bases.  High Academic kid as well. 

Ryan Ornelas OF / OF / Leadership Prep, TX / 2023

One of the loudest rounds of BP at the event belonged to Ornelas.  He launched multiple balls over the left field fence.  He consistently delivered exit velocities over 95 mph.  The RHH has a quiet set up at the plate with little wasted movement. His blast numbers showed a very efficient swing with plenty of power behind it. He ran a 7.25 60, and profiles best as a Left Fielder at the next level.  

Chase Weaver LHP / 1B / Hamilton, TX / 2023

Weaver had himself a very solid day in all phases on Sunday. The LHH 1B/LHP displayed some solid glove work around the bag at 1st. At the plate, the high waisted lefty had an up the middle approach and was geared for more line drives.  With some added strength and change to his approach, Weaver could grow into some power as well.  On the mound, Weaver was 81-83 and filled up the strike zone with a High ¾ arm slot.  He flashed an avg. change up as well that played nicely off the Fastball.  He also threw a mid 60’s Curveball. Weaver has plenty of upside left, and with some added strength to the lower half he could make some big jumps in the  next year 

Theo Kummer C / 1B / John Paul II, TX / 2022

One of the stars of Sunday was Kummer. The Uncommitted Senior had himself a day Offensively and Defensively.  Behind the plate he had multiple pop times that were sub 2, and he showed off his solid receiving skills once again.  At the plate is where Kummer has really taken the next step.  He hit multiple balls out, and every swing had intent.  He has a slight leg kick but is consistently on time.  Kummer should get plenty of attention early in the season for John Paul II, as he will be catching one of the deepest pitching staffs in the State.  

Cole Loser RHP / OF / Denton Guyer, TX / 2023

Loser has really seen his stock rise over the last few months.  The Denton Guyer Jr. has a good blend of present stuff, with plenty of projection left.  While his velocity was down a little, he still sat in the mid 80’s topping out at 86.  He had spin near 2500 rpm’s on his fastball, and over 2700 rpm on his curveball. The curveball has a chance to be a true swing and miss pitch for him.  He also is developing a usable change up that shows good arm side fade. As Loser continues to fill out physically, the velo should continue to rise as well.   

Jackson Murcer SS / RHP / Lake Highlands, TX / 2023

The two way talent from Lake Highlands had himself a nice day on Sunday. At the plate, he had a max exit velocity of 98.6 and some of the best bat speed at the event with a max of 77.4 On defense he profiles best as a 3rd baseman and he has plenty of arm strength to play there.  He also had himself a nice day on the mound.  He showed good mechanics with a clean short arm path.  His fastball got up to 87.  He complimented the heater with a split change.  He controlled it well, showing consistent sinking action on the pitch.  Murcer has a good frame, and should continue to add some velocity.  

Andrew Schultz 1B / RHP / Coppell, TX / 2023

The Jr. from Coppell had a good day on both sides of the ball. Defensively, he looked really good at 1st making all the plays and picking multiple balls from his fellow infielders.  At the plate, the LHH had a max exit velo of 96.3 He shows a short stroke to the ball, and he is able to hit the ball with authority to all fields.  When Schultz is locked in, he has as much power to the left center gap as he does to his pull side.  Schultz is poised to have a big year for the Cowboys.



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