North Texas Underclass Games Rewind: Top Prospects


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DALLAS, TX- The North Texas Underclass Games is a premier event for PBR Texas, with its purpose on being a key event for identifying the state’s top underclass prospects. Today our staff takes a look back at some of the top prospects in attendance. Each of the players below showcased high-level tools on developing frames with plenty of promise for the future.


TOP PROSPECTS 

DILLON LESTER

C / SS / DEER PARK, TX / 2023

Oklahoma Recruit. One of the youngest player in attendance was 2023 C/SS Dillon Lester (Deer Park HS), and this was our second time seeing him in the past 6 months. He has the skill set right now to compete with guys several years his elder. The switch-hitter can handle the bat from both sides of the plate even though his right-handed hack is more polished with an exit velocity of 90 mph, he still shows plenty of promise from the left side. Gap approach with loose hands, he can deliver the barrel with above average strength in his hands. Athletic defender at two premium positions, he plays catch at a high level with clean transitions, soft hands, and quick footwork with game speed tempo, moving with a bounce in his step and confident demeanor. Threw 75 mph from the crouch with pop times ranging from 2.05-2.16. As good of a reciever as we have seen at a young age, he also moves well on the infield and shows the ryhthm, tempo and footwork to be able to play in the middle moving forward. It’s not just his skills that suggest that this youngster has played up with older teams, he has a seasoned presence, and communicates at a high level.

CHASE SPENCER

SS / RHP / PLANO WEST, TX / 2021

Uncommitted. Spencer has a wiry, quick-twitch, still developing frame at 6-foot-1, 170-pounds. Starting from a tall, slightly open stance, the right-handed hitter loads back smooth as his hands work back with rhythm and he takes a short stride forward. Relaxed hack with rhythm, quick hands, Spencer has some whip in his barrel, working on a slightly uphill plane with a loose finish. On the infield, the smooth actions, rhythm and footwork are excellent for his class. Quick first step, good tempo, soft hands out front as he plays low through the ball. Easy transitions into an arm stroke that is accurate from different slots, starts the pivot with ease and he can throw on the run. The footwork, actions, and swing are there, look for him to make even more jumps as he adds strength throughout his frame.

JASON HAWKINS

C / 3B / PLANO SENIOR , TX / 2021

Houston Recruit. 6-foot-2, 190-pounds. The right-handed hitter has a balanced setup and shows simple strength in his hack at the plate and posted a top exit velocity of 90 mph. Loose hands with lag in the barrel through the zone and an inside-out path on a slightly uphill plane. Hard contact during BP with a gap approach. Behind the plate, he threw 74 mph from the crouch with pop times ranging from 2.02-2.12 seconds.

IAN COLLIER

C / 3B / TRINITY CHRISTIAN, TX / 2021

Uncommitted. Has grown into his body since last time we saw him, making him 195-pounds on his 6-foot-1 frame. Strong contact during BP including a HR. Balanced stance, strong extension, good lift. He posted a 90 mph exit velocity. Athletic actions in the infield, clean throws at 80 mph across the field. Threw 76 from the crouch and had pop times of 1.93-2.07

JAKE MAYNARD

SS / 2B / AMARILLO, TX / 2021

Uncommitted. Maynard has a lean-muscular, athletic, frame at 5-foot-10, 175-pounds. The right-handed hitter starts from a wide base with loose-relaxed hands before he shifts his weight back then strides forward, walking away from his hands, creating separation. Glides forward as the barrel sweeps through the zone, balanced lower half transfer and loose finish on an upward plane. Mostly opposite field approach during batting practice with an exit velocity of 86 mph. At shortstop, Maynard has a clean arm stroke and throws with solid accuracy and a top velocity of 79 mph. Overall, there is life in his body and he is a young player to keep an eye on as he continues to develop and add strength.


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