VA/DC PreSeason All-State II: Infield Analysis


John Nolan
Virginia Scouting Director & Managing Editor

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The Preseason All State Session II was held on February 10, 2019 at the Virginia Sports complex. over 70 players from around the Commonwealth attended our second session of what ended up being well over 150 total participants at our top event of the winter. We continue our player analysis from the event with the infielders.

Preseason All State Session II  

STATS
SUPERLATIVES
PODCAST REACTION
RAPID REACTION I 
RAPID REACTION II

 

VIRGINIA/DC UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Top Performers

 

 

 

Gavin Collins SS / 3B / Centreville, VA / 2020

Collins is 5-9 with an athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a balanced athletic stance, strides on line, loads back, hips rotate completely with some violence, has some balance during his swing. Short and quick to contact, keeps hands inside ball, strong at contact point, slightly uphill path, swing has loft built in and ball carries in gaps, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 91. In the infield, clean feet, rounds ball and fields with a good wide base and soft hands. Plays through ball to a quick clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, free arm action, position velocity was 82. Home to first was 4.50.

 

 

Thomas Latham SS / 3B / Chantilly , VA / 2020

Latham is 6-0 with a lankier athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a balanced athletic stance, short stride on line, loads back to a slight wrap, hips rotate completely with violence, has some balance during his swing. Quick to contact, keeps hands inside ball, strong at contact point, slightly uphill path, line drive swing has loft built in and ball carries in gaps, showed good approach working gap to gap, still has more power in the tank, exit velocity was 86. In the infield, clean feet, rounds ball and fields with above average hands. Plays through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, free arm action, position velocity was 77. Home to first was 4.50.

 

 

Johnathan Marquart 1B / 3B / Woodgrove , VA / 2019

Marquardt is 6-4 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, minimal load, hips rotate completely and violently, has some balance during his swing. Short and quick to contact, fast bat, keeps hands inside ball, strong at contact point with good extension through ball, slightly uphill path, line drive swing has loft built in and ball carries in gaps, showed good approach working gap to gap, still has more power potential in the tank, exit velocity was 93. At first base, gets body behind ball and fields with above average hands. Plays through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, free arm action, position velocity was 83. Home to first was 4.09.

 

 

James McGrady SS / 2B / Greenbrier Christian Academy, VA / 2021

McGrady is 6-0 with an athletic frame that has some 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 back, hips rotate completely with violence, has good balance during his swing. Short and quick to contact, fast bat, keeps hands inside, strong at contact point with extension through the ball, slightly uphill path, line drive swing has loft built in and ball carries in gaps, showed good approach working gap to gap, more potential power to access, exit velocity was 85. In the infield, clean feet, rounds ball and fields with above average hands. Plays through ball to a clean exchange, throws primarily from a high three-quarters arm slot, loose quick arm action, position velocity was 83. Home to first was 4.28.

 

 

Ethan Ott 1B / 3B / Greenbrier Christian, VA / 2021

Ott is 6-2 with a mature athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a relaxed open upright stance, big leg kick stride on line, loads back, hips rotate completely with some violence, has some balance during his swing. Quick to contact, keeps hands inside ball, fast bat, strong at contact point with extension through it, slightly uphill path, line drive swing has loft built in and ball carries to all fields, showed good approach working gap to gap, easy home run power to pull side, exit velocity was 97. At first base, gets body behind ball and fields with average hands. Throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, free arm action, position velocity was 83. Home to first was 4.46.

 

 

 

Grant Painter SS / 2B / Riverheads, VA / 2020

Painter is a James Madison commit and is 6-0 with a lankier athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open athletic stance, leg kick stride on line, loads back to a slight wrap, hips rotate completely with violence, has some balance during his swing. Quick to contact, fast bat, keeps hands inside ball, strong at contact point with extension through it, slightly uphill path, line drive swing has loft built in and ball carries in gaps, showed good approach working gap to gap, still has more power in the tank, exit velocity was 91. In the infield, quick clean 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, free arm action. Home to first was 3.88.

 

 

 

Jett Shue SS / RHP / Albemarle , VA / 2020

Shue is 5-10 with an athletic frame that has plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open crouched athletic stance, strides on line, loads back, hips rotate completely with violence, has some balance during his swing. Short and quick to contact, fast bat, keeps hands inside ball, strong at contact point, level line drive path with some carry in gaps, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 82. In the infield, quick clean feet, rounds ball aggressively and fields with a good wide base and soft hands. Plays through ball to a quick clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, short loose arm action, position velocity was 85. Home to first was 4.13.

 

 

Drew Stieg 3B / SS / McLean, VA / 2020

Stieg is 5-11 with an athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open athletic stance, low leg kick stride on line, loads back, hips rotate completely with violence, has some balance during his swing. Short and quick to contact, quick bat, keeps hands inside ball, strong at contact point with good extension through ball, uphill path with pop to pull side, loft built into his swing, exit velocity was 92. In the infield, clean feet, rounds ball and fields with a good wide base and soft hands. Plays through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, short free arm action, position velocity was 82. Home to first was 3.96.

 

 

 


Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)  

 

 

 

 

Jackson Baird SS / RHP / Battlefield, VA / 2021

Baird is 5-11 with an athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open crouched athletic stance, strides on line, loads back and down, hips rotate completely, has some balance during his swing. Takes hands straight to contact point and keeps them inside ball, slightly uphilll path, line drive swing, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 79. In the infield, clean feet, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Plays through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a lower three-quarters arm slot, free arm action, position velocity was 81. 

 

 

Blake Belletto 3B / 1B / Bayside, VA / 2021

Belletto is 6-3 with an athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open crouched stance, short leg kick stride on line, loads back and down to a slight bar, hips rotate completely, has some balance during his swing. Longer path to contact, strong at contact point with extension through the ball, slightly uphilll path, line drive swing with carry in the gaps, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 87. In the infield, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and average hands. Plays through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a lower three-quarters arm slot, position velocity was 74. 

 

 

Max Ehrhardt 2B / RHP / Patriot, VA / 2022

Ehrhardt is 5-7 with an athletic frame that has plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open athletic stance, strides on line, smooth load back, some rhythm to his setup, hips rotate completely, has good balance during his swing. Short to contact, keeps hands inside ball, strength at contact point, uphill path with a line drive swing, swing has loft built in and ball will carry in gaps, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 79. In the infield, clean feet, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Plays through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a higher three-quarters arm slot, free arm action, position velocity was 77. Home to first was 4.45.

 

 

Alec Ellison 3B / RHP / Yorktown, VA / 2020

Ellison is 6-2 with an athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open athletic stance, leg kick stride on line, loads back to a wrap, hips rotate completely with some violence, has some balance during his swing. Short to ball, keeps hands inside, gets extension through the ball, uphill path that is more level in middle of the field, swing has loft built in and ball carries to pull side, showed good approach working primarily gap to gap, where he has some juice, exit velocity was 91. In the infield, keeps footwork simple, rounds ball and fields with a good wide base and above average hands. Plays through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, short free arm action, position velocity was 77.

 

 

Caiden Ertter RHP / SS / John Champe, VA / 2022

Ertter is 5-8 with a lankier athletic frame that has plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open upright balanced stance, short leg kick stride on line, loads back to a slight bar, hips rotate completely with some violence, has some balance during his swing. Quick to contact, quick bat, keeps hands inside ball, strong at contact point with extension through ball, slightly uphill line drive path, ball will carry in the gaps, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 79. In the infield, quick clean feet, rounds ball and fields with a good wide base and above average hands. Plays through ball to a quick clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, short free arm action, position velocity was 78.

 

 

Jaden Guthrie SS / 2B / Forest Park, VA / 2021

Guthrie is 5-9 with a lanky frame that has a lot of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open athletic stance, strides on line, short smooth load back, hips rotate completely with violence, has some balance during his swing. Short path and quick bat, keeps hands inside ball, level line drive swing with doubles power potential, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 81. In the infield, clean feet, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Plays through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, short free arm action, position velocity was 75.

 

 

Jack Hardy 3B / RHP / James Monroe, VA / 2020

Hardy is 6-3 with a mature athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open athletic stance, short leg kick stride on line, smooth load back, hips rotate completely, has some balance during his swing. Quick to ball, keeps hands inside, strong at contact point with extension through the ball, slightly uphill path, line drive swing has loft built in, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 86. In the infield, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and average hands. Plays through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, free arm action, position velocity was 82.

 

 

Joe Hardy 3B / OF / James Monroe, VA / 2022

Hardy is 6-1 with an athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open athletic stance, strides on line, loads back with some wrap, hips rotate completely, has some balance during his swing. Takes hands straight to contact, keeps them inside ball, strong at contact point, slightly uphilll path, line drive swing, showed good approach working gap to gap, potential for doubles power down the road, exit velocity was 79. In the infield, gets body behind ball and fields with a average hands. Works through ball, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, free arm action, position velocity was 71. 

 

 

Nicholas Hess RHP / 1B / Colonial Heights, VA / 2021

Hess is 6-2 with a lanky frame that has a lot of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a relaxed open upright athletic, strides on line, loads back to a wrap, hips rotate completely, has some balance during his swing. Takes hands straight to ball, strength at contact point, slightly uphilll path with loft built in, showed a pull preference, exit velocity was 82. At first, gets body behind ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Works through ball, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, free arm action, position velocity was 75. Home to first was 4.47.

 

 

Conner Johnson 2B / SS / Deep Creek , VA / 2021

Johnson is 5-6 with an athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the left side from an open athletic stance, strides on line, loads back to a wrap, hips rotate completely with some violence, has good balance during his swing. Short to contact, keeps hands inside ball, slightly uphill path, line drive swing, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 82. In the infield, quick feet, gets body behind ball and fields with a wider base and average hands. Plays through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, short arm action, position velocity was 74. Home to first was 4.15.

 

 

Stone Lasseigne 3B / RHP / Riverside, VA / 2022

Lasseigne is 6-0 with an athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open athletic stance, leg kick stride on line, short load back, hips rotate with some violence, has some balance during his swing. Keeps hands inside ball, strong at contact point, uphill path, worked primarily gap to gap, exit velocity was 86. In the infield, gets behind ball and fields with a wider base and average hands. Quick clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, free arm action, position velocity was 70. Home to first was 4.50.

 

 

Codie Maitland 3B / RHP / Dinwiddie , VA / 2021

Maitland is 5-9 with an athletic frame and a strong lower half. He hits from the right side from an open athletic stance, short stride on line, short back, hips rotate completely, has some balance during his swing. Short to contact, strength at contact point, uphill path, showed pull approach with some loft, ball will carry that way off his bat, exit velocity was 82. In the infield, clean feet, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Plays through ball to a quick clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, free arm action, position velocity was 75. 

 

 

Andrew McDowell 2B / SS / Cosby, VA / 2022

McDowell is 5-4 with a lankier athletic frame that has plenty of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an athletic stance, short stride on line, loads down and back, hips rotate completely, has good balance during his swing. Keeps hands inside ball, slightly uphill path, line drive swing with potential for extra base power, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 77. In the infield, clean feet, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Plays through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, position velocity was 63. 

 

 

Mason McDowell SS / 2B / Wilson Memorial , VA / 2022

McDowell is 5-8 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, leg kick stride on line, loads back and wraps, hips rotate completely, has some balance during his swing. Keeps hands inside ball, extension through contact, level line drive swing, showed good approach working gap to gap, has gap power potential, exit velocity was 79. In the infield, quick active feet, rounds ball and fields with soft hands. Plays through ball to a quick clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, loose quick action, position velocity was 78. Home to first was 4.44.

 

 

Cole Mclain 3B / RHP / Northside , VA / 2021

McLain is 5-10 with an athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an upright open stance, strides on line, short load back, hips rotate completely with some violence, has some balance during his swing. Slightly uphill swing path, line drive swing has some loft built in, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 83. In the infield, clean feet, rounds ball and fields with a good wide base and above average hands. Plays through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, free arm action, position velocity was 74. 

 

 

Michael Michallas SS / RHP / Oakton, VA / 2020

Michalas is 5-7 with an athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open athletic stance, strides on line, loads back, hips rotate completely with violence, has some balance during his swing, leans back into contact. Keeps hands inside ball, strong at contact point, slightly uphill path, line drive swing, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 84. In the infield, clean feet, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Plays through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot, free arm action, position velocity was 81. Home to first was 4.20.

 

 

Aidan Miller SS / OF / Riverheads , VA / 2022

Miller is 5-7 with a lanky frame that has a lot of projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an upright open stance, leg kick stride on line, loads back, hips rotate completely, has some balance during his swing. Short to contact, keeps hands inside ball, strong at contact point with some extension through ball, level line drive path, showed good approach working gap to gap, exit velocity was 82. In the infield, quick feet, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Plays through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, position velocity was 65. Home to first was 4.19.

 

 

Johnny Oates C / 3B / Thomas Dale, VA / 2021

Oates is 6-0 with an athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a slightly open athletic stance, short stride on line, loads hands back, hips rotate completely with some violence, has some balance during his swing. Longer path but quick to contact, quick bat, keeps hands inside ball, strong at contact point with extension, level path between the gaps gets uphill to pull side, swing has loft built in, showed good approach working primarily gap to gap, power present with more in the tank, exit velocity was 88. In the infield, clean feet, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and average hands. Works through ball during exchange, throws from a lower three-quarters arm slot, free arm action, position velocity was 79. 

 

 

Carson Peggins 1B / 3B / Lord Botetourt, VA / 2021

Peggins is 6-4 with a strong athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from a relaxed upright open stance, leg kick stride on line, loads back, hips rotate completely with some violence, has some balance during his swing. Short to contact, keeps hands inside ball, very strong at contact point with some extension through ball, slightly uphill  line drive path, worked primarily gap to gap, exit velocity was 93. At first, gets body behind ball and fields with average hands. Throws from a three-quarters arm slot, position velocity was 76. 

 

 

Jack Starzyk 1B / 3B / Paul VI, VA / 2022

Starzyk is 6-1 with a lankier athletic frame that has a lot of projection left to it. He hits from the left side from an open athletic stance, short leg kick stride on line, loads back to a slight wrap, hips rotate completely with some violence, has good balance during his swing. Short and quick to contact, keeps hands inside ball, level line drive path in middle of field gets uphill to pull side, has power potential to pull side, exit velocity was 80. At first base, gets body behind ball and fields with a wider base and average hands. Throws from a low three-quarters arm slot, position velocity was 70. 

 

 

Keith Talley 3B / 2B / Powhatan, VA / 2021

Talley is 5-11 with an athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an athletic stance, strides on line, loads back, hips rotate completely with some violence, has some balance during his swing. Keeps hands inside ball, some strength at contact point, slightly uphill line drive swing, some loft built into his swing, exit velocity was 78. In the infield, clean feet, rounds ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Plays through ball to a clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, free arm action, position velocity was 76. 

 

 

Steven Thorne SS / 2B / Stonewall Jackson (Mannasas), VA / 2020

Thorne is 6-0 with a strong lower half and an athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He hits from the right side from an open athletic stance, strides on line, short load back, hips rotate completely, has some balance during his swing. Short to ball, keeps hands inside ball, slightly uphill line drive swing, exit velocity was 78. In the infield, clean feet, rounds ball and fields with a good wide base and soft hands. Plays through ball to a quick clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, free arm action, position velocity was 71. 

 

 

Logan Yi 1B / RHP / John Champe, VA / 2020

Yi is 6-3 with a lankier athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He is a switch hitter, from the right side hits from an open athletic stance, short leg kick stride on line, loads back, hips rotate completely with violence, has some balance during his swing. Keeps hands inside ball, strong at contact point with extension through the ball, slightly uphill line drive swing, some loft built into his swing, ball carries in gaps, worked gap to gap. From the left side, setup and hips mirror his right side swing, he is shorter to the ball and keeps his hands inside, showed a bit more of a pull approach with similar power.  Best exit velocity was 90. At first base, gets body behind the ball and fields with a wider base and above average hands. Clean exchange, throws from a three-quarters arm slot, free arm action, position velocity was 80. 

 

 

 

 

 

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