Unsigned Senior Spotlight: C/OF Jack Fentress


By Andy Sroka
Staff Writer

The winter's showcase season is right around the corner, slated to kick off this Sunday, Jan. 13, at The MAX in McCook, Ill., with the Unsigned Senior Showcase. The first PBR Wisconsin showcase of 2019 is coming to Kenosha on Jan. 26. The previous hyperlinks should direct you to registration information for both events.

Jack Fentress, the catcher/outfield prospect from Eau Claire Memorial, has transformed himself from a lean and lanky athlete with raw feel for the game into a 6-foot-4, 200-pound prospect with considerable upside who's made real gains behind the plate. He's harnessed his lanky frame, as evidenced by a 6.89 mark in the 60-yard dash at last summer's Top Prospect - Milwaukee event, and has continued to progress offensively. He always had a feel for the barrel in the right-handed batter's box, but it was fair to wonder where he'd fit defensively. It's clear, however, that Fentress has been diligently at work improving his skills as a backstop all while maintaining his aggressive and powerful approach at the plate. He regularly takes reps in the outfield and still might project best in a corner spot at the next level, but his hard work to overcome the defensive deficiencies he had previously cannot be overlooked. He's been rising in the state's 2019 rankings as a result, bordering the top 50 these days.

In the right environment, Fentress could continue to actualize his increasingly apparent upside to further help his future home compete.

Jack Fentress

Class of 2019 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2019
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Eau Claire Memorial
    State: WI
  • Summer Team: SHB Kards
  • Height: 6-4
    Weight: 200lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
6.89
60-yard
2.10 - 2.15
Pop Time
80
OF Velo
77
C Velo
87
Exit Velo
(07/24/18)
Position
60-yard
6.89
Pop Time
2.11 - 2.15
OF Velo
80
C Velo
77
Exit Velo
87

LATEST Scouting ReportS

7/24/18 - 6-foot-4, 200-pound outfielder/catcher, large frame with strength. 6.89 runner in the 60. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, leg kick trigger, average balance. Path works uphill with pull side power, aggressive swing looks to do damage. 87 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively arm action is long and firm, high ¾ slot, 80 mph from the outfield, 77 mph out of the crouch. Profiles best as a middle of the lineup corner outfielder. Pop times range from 2.11-2.15, hands worked behind the dish.

7/5/18 - 6-foot-4, 200-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder, large frame, broad shoulders, high waist, room for continued physical development. Balanced setup at the plate, smooth hanging leg kick, hands load back, sees the ball early, stays on it. Has power abilities, can lift balls gap-to-gap. Long-strided runner, gains ground on the bases.


 

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