Prep Baseball Report

Underclass Showcase at Franklin Ranch: Quick Hits

Phil Haig
Texas Scouting Director

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FRANKLIN, T.X.- The Underclass Showcase featured a handful prospects that will defiantly be fun to watch over the next few years. Below is our quick hits notebook that features a quick look at the some of the top performers from the event. 

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Joel Garcia, Laredo Alexander, 2021
5-foot-5, 145-pound frame that showed off an all around game. At the plate, he had a exit velocity of 92 mph from the tee and showed a balanced set up with a  simple load and natural feel for the barrel. Showed athletic actions on the infield with good carry on his throws to first base at 82 mph.

- Joel Garcia

Noah McCarren, The Woodlands, 2021
On the infield  showed athletic hands and actions, transferred the ball and throws accurately with an athletic arm action. McCarren threw 78-mph across the infield

Tyler May, Kingwood Park, 2021, OF/ 2B
60-yard dash in 7.09, showed athletic movement to the ball in the outfield, showcased a fast arm up to 87-mph from the outfield with good carry and was accurate.

- Tyler May 

Jake Tatom, Porter, 2022, MIF
Showed some natural raw athleticism on the day with a 7.19 60-yard dash and threw 85-mph across the infield, as well as showing feel for the barrel and natural hand eye coordination at the plate hitting back spin line drives during BP.

Ethan Gonzales, Smithson Valley, 2023, C/3B
Behind the plate the young catcher showed off a quick release and accurate throws with pop times from 1.97 to 2.07 down to second base. Was also able to show 83-mph across the infield to first base. On the infield showed athletic feet and hands that worked together.

Trenton Chenard, Weimar, 2021, RHP
Projectable 6-foot-3, 160-pounds, long arms and a lot coming at you in the delivery. Sat 86-87 mph from a low ¾ slot. Fastball has armside run and some sink when it was down. Showed a CH at 76-mph with fastball armspeed and good feel for the pitch.

- Trenton Chenard

Trip Banta, Lake County Christian, 2021 LHP
on the mound was able to run his fastball up to 87-mph with a loose arm and body control throughout the delivery. Was able to show a change up at 81-mph and slider that was 79-80 mph.

Ethan Coronel, The Woodlands, 2023, RHP
Showed a very natural athletic delivery. There is a lot of room to grow on the frame but was able to really show natural ability on the mound. Fastball topped out at 79- mph, but showed a smooth clean arm path with natural separation and a frontside that created some deception and hid the ball well. Also showed a curveball with true 12/6 shape and tight spin, as well as a CH at 73-mph.

Cody Edwards, Tom C Clark, 2022, RHP
Showed a slow tempo delivery with balance and control throughout, has a smooth arm path behind him and releases at a  ¾ slot.  Fastball came in a 81-83 mph with some natural cut at times. Change up came in at 74-mph and a curveball from 67-70 mph with tight spin and depth.

Justin Lamkin, Calallen, 2022, LHP
6-foot-3, 185-pound projectable frame was able to really showcase his ability on the mound on the day. Showed natural feel and rhythm with his body throughout his delivery. Was able to show a fastball that sat 83-84 mph and commanded the pitch well on top of it. Also showed some advanced feel for his age with two offspeed pitches. Showed a CH at 77-78 mph with good arm speed and fading action to the arm side, as well as spinning a curveball with tight spin and depth at 68-69 mph. Lamkin has quite a high ceiling as he continues to grow and mature as a pitcher.

- Justin Lamkin