Digging In: Jupiter Day 1 Notebook


Sean Duncan
Executive Director

Prep Baseball Report’s national scouting staff is in Jupiter, FL, for the 2017 World Wood Bat Championship. Executive Director Sean Duncan, National Crosschecker Shooter Hunt and National Supervisor Nathan Rode are posting separate notebooks with information on what they saw each day. To see all content from Jupiter, click here.

JUPITER, FL - If by chance Owen White (Jesse C Carson HS, NC) had fallen out of the conversation as one of the top right-handed pitching prospects in the 2018 draft class, the highly athletic 6-fOwen Whiteoot-3, 175-pounder provided a friendly reminder Thursday afternoon that, indeed, he should be right there near the top of the list.  

White delivered a near flawless performance for the South Charlotte Panthers in his complete-game shutout of a talented Rawlings National Scout Team. White struck out 13 without issuing a walk, and allowed only one hit - a double to Tennessee recruit Sean Guilbe (Berks Catholic HS, PA) - in the second inning.

Ranked No. 27 in the PBR Draft 100, the South Carolina recruit was in complete command of his four-pitch arsenal, pumping 74 percent strikes during his 87-pitch masterpiece. He came out the gates firing easy 92-mph fastballs throughout the first inning, topping at 93. He settled in the 88-90 range when he began to shuffle his polished arsenal with more regularity.

Aside from his easy velocity, White’s command of his secondary stuff is the separator in an event loaded with big fastballs. His slider - sharp and tight with a 2700 spin rate - ranged between 77-81 mph, and it served as a putaway pitch. He also mixed in a mid-70s curveball that showed more depth, while keeping hitters honest with an advanced 81-84 changeup coming out of the same window and similar fastball arm action.

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