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Recruiting Roundup: 12/9


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By Jerry Shank
Maryland / Virginia Scouting Director

Every Friday National Scouting Supervisor Nathan Rode provides a roundup of insider recruiting information and commitments throughout the PBR coverage area: The Buzz. CLICK HERE to take a look at the latest National Buzz. With that in mind, lets take an in depth look at the Virginia prospects who have committed to colleges recently with detailed scouting information when applicable.

We start off with two Virginia stars that de-committed in the past month are off the board again. 2017 IF William Simon (Benedictine College Prep, VA) had de-committed from Richmond and is now committed to James Madison. Simon is a sweet swinging corner infielder currently ranked No. 17 in the VA 2017 Rankings. 2018 OF Kyle Horton (Liberty Christian Academy, VA) committed to South Carolina. He was previously committed to Liberty. Horton projects as a your prototype top-of-the-order table setter that hits for average with speed and a strong arm in the outfield.  He is currently ranked No. 7 in the VA 2018 rankings.

Let's take a look at the recent Virginia/DC commitments (Click on player name to see their full profile). 

Jon Alderman OF Chantilly HS 2017
Ferrum College

Scouting Report (Unsigned Senior Games 8.9.16)
8.10.16:  Alderman is 5-10 and has an athletic frame. Short arm action from a high three-quarters arm slot, position velocity of 73. Average hands, quick fluid footwork and a clean exchange, playing through the ball well. Hits from the right side, tall open stance. Load back and leg kick stride, ok lower half and average balance throughout swing. Fast bat with a short, level swing, line drive approach that worked gap-to-gap. Exit velocity of 80.

Avery Combs 3B EC Glass HS 2017
Scouting Report (Unsigned Senior Games 8.9.16)
8.10.16:  Combs is 6-0 tall with an athletic frame. High three-quarters arm slot, loose arm with some carry, position velocity of 78 on the infield. Soft hands and fluid footwork, quick clean exchange, plays through the ball well. At catcher, high three-quarters arm slot with a quick arm, position velocity of 70. Clean exchange with pop times of 2.09-2.28. Hits from the left side from a closed stance. Smooth back load and a leg kick stride. Ok lower half and good balance throughout the swing. Fast bat with a good approach, short level swing. Line drive type with a gap-to-gap approach and a fluid rhythm, exit velocity of 87.

Carter Davis C Blessed Sacrament Huguenot School 2017
St. Andrews Presbyterian College

Jaran Davis SS CD Hylton HS 2017
Norfolk State
Scouting Report (Underclass Invitational 2.15.15)
2.15.15 Hit from an athletic.balanced stance that was slightly open. Smooth load back, with a slight leg kick and a short stride, that was on line. Had very good balance throughout the swing. Had a confident approach, fluid rhythm, short bat path, and good extension. Line drive swing that could spray the gaps. Tendency to pull on occasion (too much top hand). Had an Exit Velocity of 71 mph. In the field, threw from a ¾ arm slot with a short, stiff arm action with accuracy. Had athletic actions and played through the ball. Showed average hands with quick footwork and quick/clean exchanges. Showed average arm strength with a Positional Velocity of 78 mph.

Connor Dopp RHP/SS Glen Allen HS 2017
Scouting Report (16/17 Top Prospect Games 11.8.14)
11/8/14:  Dopp stands a lanky 6-foot-4 and has a projectable frame. He throws from a high three-quarters slot and has a quick, long arm action. He pitches with some effort and falls off after release. Dopp pounded the zone with his fastball which ran 78-80. It had some slight sinking action to it that increased when he drove the ball down to the bottom of the zone. He showed a 11/5 breaking ball that was up in the zone and ran 63-69. Dopp also flashed a change-up with some sinking action to it that ran 66-72. As his feel for his secondary pitches improves he has a lot of upside.

Kyle Horton OF Liberty Christian Academy 2018
South Carolina
Scouting Report
9.29.16 - Quick athletic outfielder. Has quick hands at the plate with a shorter swing path and fast bat speed. Uses field well spreading the ball around the field with line drive ability. Quick and confident first step with shorter arm action and good carry on throws from the outfield. Ran a 6.76 60-yard dash.

Eric O'Brien C St. John's College 2017
Christopher Newport

Jacob Selden C EC Glass HS 2017

Tyler Shaffer C/OF Kettle Run HS 2017
Scouting Report (Top Prospect Showcase North 6.21.16)
6.21.16:  Shaffer is 6-0 and has an athletic frame. He hits from the right side from and open, athletic stance. He has a smooth back load and a short stride. Decent lower half and good balance throughout his swing. He has a fast bat and a short path with an exit velocity of 90. Good approach and a fluid line drive swing that was gap-to-gap. Behind the plate, short high three-quarters arm action that is loose and quick. Position velocity of 74. Clean exchange, pop times were 2.06-2.28. Decent speed for a catcher with a 7.03 60 time.

William Simon 1B Benedictine College Prep 2017
James Madison
Scouting Report
Simon has a powerful frame in the 6-foot-4 range with a strong foundation at the plate. Already has a strong offensive presence with power. Should be a middle of the order type hitter in college and has potential to develop into a special power threat.

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