Twelve Scout Day: 2021 Grads

Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

KATY, TX - The Texas Twelve is hosting their scout day on three separate days at Cotton Ranch in Katy. Here are some highlights from the group of 2021 Grads on Saturday.

The day started with some impressive 60 times from the first group.

Bryce Jones 6.6 (4.12 H-1st on an infield single)
Easton Brenner 6.74
Brandon Bishop 6.81
John Spikerman 6.83
Ben Lea 6.86
Will Stark 6.88
Jarrett Young 6.96
Connor McBryde 6.98
Weston Dean 6.98

After running through the pro-style workout, two separate groups played in two intersquad games. Things got chippy during the first game between the Maroon and Black squads, and there were plenty of bragging rights up for grabs.

+ RHP Ty Sexton has a long, lanky, projectable pitcher’s frame at approximately 6-foot-4. He works from a high-¾ slot with a fairly loose arm swing. His fastball was 85-88 and he threw an 11/5 curveball at 70-72 mph. Easy to dream that there is more in the tank. Fun fact - Sexton also plays QB on his high school football team.

+ Another high school quarterback is left-hander Luke Harrison, who stands 6-foot-2 with a rangy, athletic frame. Harrison threw 90 from the outfield, then hopped on the mound and showed solid pitchability with the ability to spin his 1/7 breaker at 70-72 mph with plus depth. His fastball was 83-85, topped out once at 86 mph, and he showed feel for a 77 mph changeup.

+ RHP Jack Hamilton (Texas A&M) was 85-87 from a high-¾ slot with an athletic, up-tempo delivery. Even though the curveball was only 71, its a knee-buckler with tight spin and late depth to finish.

+ RHP Austin Ford (Arkansas) has a strong, projectable frame and spun a tight, sharp, late breaking curveball at 73-76 mph.

+ RHP Brad Rudis showed quality feel for a three pitch repertoire. Working from a ¾ slot, he has a long, loose arm swing. Fastball was 84-85 and he can spin a 71-73 mph curveball. Really good feel for his changeup at 76-78 and he can throw it to both right - and left-handed hitters.

+ RHP Connor Barlett showed some of the best “stuff” of the day with good run and sink on an 83-85 mph fastball. He also throws a sharp, short, late breaking slider at 75-76 mph.

If you’re looking bullpen arms in this class, make sure you add RHP Trenton Chenard to the recruiting board. The right-hander is a very difficult look for RHH’s. Working from a ¾ slot with a long arm stroke and funky delivery, his fastball jumps out of his hand at 85-88 mph. The pitch either has serious arm side run, or cuts to his glove side. Although he still needs to harness his off speed stuff, and possibly at some point develop a cut/slider, he does throw a changeup at 76-78. Either way, he isnt the first guy I would choose to face late in the game.

+ Keep an eye on RHP William Maynard, he has a loose-whippy arm stroke from a ¾ slot with easy effort. His fastball was 82-84 mph, but the slider is already a real pitch at 70-73 mph.

+ C Travis White is going to be a quality sign for someone. Really good body control behind the dish with soft hands and easy sway in his lower half. He threw strikes to second base with a clean, quick exchange and good carry. The right-handed hitter has a simple setup with a short stroke. He singled home a run to left field on a 2-strike breaker, then had a QAB in his second at-bat when he hit the ball behind the runner at second base with no outs.

+ 1B/LHH Katcher Halligan turned around 85 at the chest for a double to deep centerfield.
+ Easton Brenner made a great play at shortstop, and hit a ground rule double to left field.
+ Ty Hodge (Texas A&M) barreled up a couple of balls, including an RBI double to left-centerfield.
+ John Spikerman is a quick-twitch left-handed hitting infielder with a long, lanky frame and plenty of room to add strength.

Group 2

College coaches are going to like watching the infield on the 16U Gold team. They have a number of guys that can play on the run and show solid actions and footwork. 3B/C Craig Kelly plays with a bounce in his step and has quick hands at the plate. The left-handed hitter doubled to left-centerfield on the first pitch of the game, turning around an 85 mph fastball. In his second AB he barreled up a hard GB to first base. Lance Kahn is a guy that draws your attention between innings as he is making the run-thru play look easy. Max Villareal also has quality actions, to go with “big league hair”. The IF/OF showed serious arm strength and a mid-line, elbow dominant arm stroke on throws across the diamond.

+ RHP Colby Wilson has a chance to throw hard. At 6-foot-1, the right-hander works from a low-¾ slot with a whippy arm swing. His fastball was 81-84.

+ RHP Cody Kingman has a projectable pitcher’s frame at 6-foot-5 and he showed quality command from a high slot, flashing tilt on an 81-85 mph fastball. Threw his curveball 70-71 and did a great job of getting off the mound to cover first base and fielding his position, then throwing the ball around the infield like he knew what he was doing.

+ RHP Ethan Marszalek had a solid outing as he pumped strikes and threw the ball where he wanted. Fastball was 82-83 and he can spin his slider for a strike at 70-72.

+ RHP Joshua Hernandez has a durable, broad-chested frame. Working from a high-¾ slot with a quick arm and above average effort, his fastball was 82-84 and he spun a sharp breaker at times from 70-73.

+ RHP/UT Walker Holzhausen was 80-83 and dropped a sharp 12/6 curveball in for strikes whenever he wanted at 70-73 mph.

+ Dylan Dudney was 81-83 with a long arm swing from a low-¾ slot and deceptive delivery. His fastball darts all over the place with sink, cut and run. Mixes in a 71-74 mph curveball. An athletic kid with loose hips and long strides, he doubled to left-centerfield and ran a 4.43 on the turn at first base.

+ RHP Jake Kolkhorst stands 6-foot-1 with a long-limbed frame. Working from a ¾ slot with a quick arm, he was 83-85, with a 70-73 mph slurve.

+ OF/LHP/LHH Zachary Griffin ambushed a tailing fastball from right-hander deep over the right field fence for a home run. The wiry-athletic junior has some moxy about him.

+ 2020 Grads

UP NEXT: 2022 Grads

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