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Jupiter Notebook: Dallas Tigers

By Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

JUPITER, FL - Prep Baseball Report Texas is working to become your #1 source for high school and travel baseball news and notes. So when teams from Texas, pack up and travel to Florida, we tag along to watch some of the most talented players from our state compete against teams from all over the country. The four day tournament provided our staff the opportunity to lock-in and evaluate nine teams from Texas. Over the next week, we will be posting our team write-ups, as well as player write-ups, be sure to visit our site daily for content. Follow us on twitter @PBR_Texas.

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Jacob Meador, RHP, Centennial HS, 2019
TCU commit. 5-foot-10, 170-pounds. Works from a high-¾ slot with an athletic delivery. The fastball has some arm-side run at 87-89 mph with a swing-and-miss slider with slurvey-type action and good depth.

Pepper Jones, RHP/SS, McKinney HS, 2017
The uncommitted senior stands 6-foot, 172-pounds with a live body. Jones entered the game in relief for the Dallas Tigers bumping 89-91 mph facing his first two batters, eventually settling in at 86-89 mph. The two-way player has up-tempo, aggressive delivery, working from a high ¾ arm slot. He threw his slider 74-78 mph. Defensively, Jones has the look of a versatile utility player with good, all-around athletic speed. In one baserunning opportunity he stole third on a delay steal.

Russell Smith, LHP, Midlothian HS, 2017
Texas Christian commit. 6-foot-9, 235-pound frame. Very projectable frame combined with a high-¾ slot creates a lot of angle. His fastball was at the top of the zone in the one outing we saw in Jupiter, ranging from 87-89 mph in the first inning, he settled in at 84-86 mph in the second. His changeup was his best pitch at 78 mph with some arm-side fade.

Sean Bolin, RHP, Argyle HS, 2019
6-foot-6, 175-pound wiry, projectable frame. Worked from a ¾ slot with long arm action and up-tempo delivery. He seemed to be on the side of the ball with his fastball having some lateral cutter-type action at 82-84 mph. His curveball was 66-68 mph with 10-4 spin.

Kendall Foster, OF/LHP, Prosper HS, 2018
5-foot-9, 160-pound frame. The left-handed hitter has a tall set-up in the box with relaxed rhythm and control. An above average runner with a 4.33 home-to-first time, Foster looks the part of an athletic all-around baseball player with long strides, good acceleration and clean exchanges in the outfield.

Parker Kelly, 3B/SS, Wichita Falls HS, 2017
Texas Tech commit. 6-foot-2, 200-pound, athletic, strong frame with broad shoulders and long arms. The infielder shows great actions on the left side of the field with plenty of arm strength to stay there. Offensively, he has a tall, simple set-up with good bat speed having good at-bats vs. a low-90's arm.

Dylan Ditzenberger, 3B, Allen HS, 2017
5-foot-11, 180-pounds. The Kansas commit is a solid defender at third base showing all the necessary tools to play on that side of the field, arm strength with carry, good footwork, and the ability to play low. The left-handed hitter has a smooth swing with a slight leg kick showing good bat speed through the zone. He barrelled up several balls right at defenders and had quality at-bats against some upper-80's velocity.

Conner Allen, SS, Plano Senior HS, 2017
Cisco JC commit. 6-foot, 185-pound frame. The infielder shows decent footwork and solid arm strength across the diamond. The right-handed hitter is strong at contact with a flat swing plane going 1-for-3 with two fly balls hit on the barrel to the outfield.

Mark Ready, IF, Jesuit College Prep, 2017
Santa Clara commit. 5-foot-11, 180-pound, strong, athletic frame. The infielder played second most of the weekend showing advanced quick-twitch actions to start and finish double plays. Offensively, Ready has real strength at contact with a simple set-up and quiet rhythm. Showed a good two-strike approach taking a curveball the other way in an RBI situation.

Brett Kittay, C, John Paul II, 2018
6-foot-1, 195-pound strong frame. Pop times between innings were 2.12-2.2. Solid target behind the plate with average receiving skills and good arm strength. Expect pop times to improve with cleaner exchange and footwork, allowing his shoulders square before throwing.

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