TPG West: Primary MIF Analysis


John Nolan
Virginia Scouting Director & Managing Editor

A

Follow @PBRVirginiaDC 

Facebook + Periscope + Instagram

In late-June, PBR VA/DC hosted the Top Prospect Games West at Liberty University. Over 50 players from multiple classes and all corners of Virginia took part in the event, and we continue our analysis of those players today with the primary middle infielders.

 

 

Jack Bourdon 2B / RHP / Madison County, VA / 2020

Bourdon is 5-10 with a lankier athletic frame that has plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a slightly open balanced athletic stance, short stride on line, short load back to a wrap. Hips rotate completely and he maintains good lower half balance. Keeps hands inside, has some strength at contact point. Level line drive swing showed a pull approach, exit velocity was 78. In the infield, good feet, rounds ball and fields with a good wide base and average hands. Works through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot with a short arm action, infield velocity was 79. Showed versatility throwing from the outfield, where his position velocity was 81. Ran a 7.14 60 yard dash.

Jordan Cann 2B / RHP / Indian Creek, MD / 2020

Cann is 6-0 with a strong athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a slightly open balanced athletic stance, leg kick stride on line, short load back to a wrap. Hips rotate completely and he maintains some lower half balance. Keeps hands inside, short to the ball, some strength at contact. Level line drive swing gap to gap, gets uphill to pull side, showed a pull approach, exit velocity was 81. In the infield, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Works through ball to a quick clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot with a short arm action, infield velocity was 75. Ran a 7.47 60 yard dash.

Thomas Chandler 2B / OF / Henrico , VA / 2021

Chandler is 5-2 with an athletic frame that has plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a slightly open balanced athletic stance, short stride on line, smooth load back. Hips rotate completely and he maintains good lower half balance. Keeps hands inside, short to the ball. Level line drive swing, showed good approach working primarily gap to gap, exit velocity was 68. In the infield, gets body behind ball and fields with average hands. Works through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot with a short arm action, infield velocity was 69. Showed versatility working out in the outfield as well where his velocity was 68.

Ryan Gimbel SS / RHP / Highland School, VA / 2023

Gimbel is 6-1 with a lanky athletic frame that has plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a balanced athletic stance, short stride on line, short load back. Hips rotate completely with some violence and he maintains good lower half balance. Keeps hands inside, quick and short to the ball. Level line drive swing, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 83. In the infield, gets body behind ball and fields with a wider base and average hands. Works through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot with a short arm action, infield velocity was 69. Ran a 7.42 60 yard dash.

Kevin Gunn SS / 2B / Dinwiddie, VA / 2021

Gunn is 6-1 with a lankier athletic frame that has plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a slightly open balanced athletic stance, short leg kick stride on line, smooth load down. Hips rotate completely with violence and he maintains good lower half balance. Keeps hands inside, quick and short to the ball, strong at contact point with some extension through the ball. Slightly uphill line drive swing, showed good approach working gap to gap, has some loft built into swing and ball carries in the gaps, exit velocity was 87. In the infield, good feet, rounds ball and fields with a good wide base and soft hands. Works through ball to a quick clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot with a short loose quick arm action, infield velocity was 88. Ran a 7.30 60 yard dash.

Mickey Haynes SS / OF / Brentsville District, VA / 2021

Haynes is 5-9 with a lankier athletic frame that has plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a slightly open athletic stance, short stride on line, smooth load back. Hips rotate completely with some violence and he maintains good lower half balance. Keeps hands inside, quick and short to the ball, has a strong contact point with extension through the ball. Level line drive swing, showed good approach working gap to gap, has some loft built into swing, swing is sound mechanically with a chance to add power as he adds strength, exit velocity was 77. In the infield, simple footwork, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Works through ball to a quick clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot with a short loose arm action, infield velocity was 81. Ran a 7.29 60 yard dash.

Cole Jenkins SS / 3B / Lee-Davis, VA / 2020

Jenkins is 6-2 with a lankier athletic frame that has plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a slightly open upright athletic stance, short stride on line, smooth load back to a wrap. Hips rotate completely and he maintains some lower half balance. Keeps hands inside, quick and short to the ball. Slightly uphill line drive swing, has long levers and loft built into swing, showed ability to use whole field but prefers to pull ball, exit velocity was 90. In the infield, gets body behind ball and fields with a wider base and average hands. Works through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot with a short loose arm action, infield velocity was 84. Ran a 7.30 60 yard dash.

Patrick Sheffield SS / 2B / Riverside, VA / 2021

Sheffield is 5-9 with a lankier athletic frame that has plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a slightly open athletic stance, short stride on line, minimal load back, quiet simple set-up. Hips rotate completely with some violence and he maintains good lower half balance. Keeps hands inside, quick and short to the ball with a strong contact point and some extension through the ball. Slightly uphill line drive swing with loft built in, has extra-base potential as he adds strength, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 74. In the infield, simple footwork to round ball and fields with a wider base and soft hands. Works through ball to a quick clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot with a short quick arm action, infield velocity was 81. Ran a 7.26 60 yard dash.

Brayden Simpson SS / RHP / Cosby, VA / 2022

Simpson is 6-1 with a lankier athletic frame that has plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a slightly open athletic stance, low leg kick stride on line, smooth load back. Hips rotate completely with some violence and he maintains some lower half balance. Keeps hands inside, quick to the ball with a strong contact point and extension through the ball. Slightly uphill line drive swing with loft built in, has extra-base power to the gaps, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 89. In the infield, quick active feet, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Works through ball to a quick clean exchange, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot with a short quick arm action, infield velocity was 79. Ran a 7.28 60 yard dash.

Andrew Smetana SS / RHP / Thomas Jefferson, VA / 2021

Smetana is 5-9 with a lanky athletic frame that has plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a balanced athletic stance, short stride on line, smooth load back to a wrap. Hips rotate completely with some violence and he maintains good lower half balance. Keeps hands inside, short to ball. Level line drive swing path, showed a pull approach, exit velocity was 74. In the infield, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and average hands. Works through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot with a short arm action, infield velocity was 67. 

Colby Taylor SS / 2B / Patrick Henry (Glade Spring), VA / 2020

Taylor is 5-11 with a strong frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the left side from an open athletic stance, low leg kick stride on line, smooth load back to a wrap. Hips rotate completely with some violence and he maintains good lower half balance. Keeps hands inside, short and quick to the ball with strength at contact point. Slightly uphill line drive swing that has loft built in, showed a pull approach and has some power that way, exit velocity was 82. In the infield, gets body behind ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Works through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot with a short arm action, infield velocity was 73. 

Michael Williams SS / OF / Franklin County, VA / 2021

Williams is 5-11 with an athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a slightly open balanced athletic stance, low leg kick stride on line, short smooth load back. Hips rotate completely with violence and he maintains good lower half balance. Keeps hands inside, short and quick to the ball with a quick bat and strength at contact point. Level line drive swing that has some loft built in with ball carrying in the gaps, showed a pull approach, exit velocity was 86. In the infield, rounds ball and fields with soft hands. Works through ball to a quick clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot with a short arm action, infield velocity was 82. Showed versatility taking balls in the outfield where his velocity was 83. Ran a 6.77 60 yard dash. Plays faster than that.

 

 

More Top Prospect Games