The Five: Corner Bats


Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

TEXAS, USA - This week we take a look at some standout performers from the DFW Preseason ID that was held in Plano on Saturday, January 5. On Monday, we posted a Quick Hits story with multiple standouts. Today, we dig a bit deeper into specific positions, including a group of five corner bats that have a chance to be impact hitters at the next level, and a couple that are two-way guys.

 

 

GAGE GODDARD

3B / RHP / HARMONY, TX / 2020

Lean, athletic frame at 6-foot, 170-pounds. The right-handed hitter starts from a tall stance with his knees pinched together, then uses a smooth leg kick as he triggers his hands. Lands with separation, creating room for the barrel to work through the zone with gap power and loose finish. Good feel for the barrel and quick hands, his swing projects for more power in the future. On the infield, Goddard plays easy catch from the left side with soft hands and quick footwork that should allow him to stay on the dirt in college. His arm works well from a high-¾ slot, creating carry across the diamond with a top velocity of 81 mph. On the mound, the right-hander works from a high-¾ slot with a short, quick arm stroke and a tall-and-fall delivery. Occassionally tips at the waist, showing feel for a slighlty lower slot. His changeup was a plus pitch with heavy arm side fade at 75-77 mph. Curveball shows solid action with 12/6 downer break at 65-67 mph.

 


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