2019 Preseason All-State Showcase Analysis: Outfielders


Josh Kuykendall
West Virginia Director of Scouting

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The 2019 Preseason All-State Showcase took place February 24th at Pro Performance RX in Morgantown, WV. Today we continue a series of articles analyzing the prospects in attendance with a look at the  Outfielders that participated.

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Outfielders

Jonathan Milton, Linsly School, Class of 2019

Jonathan MiltonOffensively, the 6-foot, 185-pound switch hitting primary Outfielder initiates his swing from an open, athletic stance. His hands and wrists work well and on time with his body. His swing is quiet and repeatable on both sides of the plate. A true switch hitter. A 90 mph exit velocity was recorded. A 7.38-laser timed 60 was also recorded.

Defensively, Milton displayed a solid showing in the outfield. He aggressively plays through ball on the ground with confident glove hand and good technique. He stays in line and follows throws with a developing arm strength  of 86 mph. 

Griffin Adkins, Cabell Midland, Class of 2019

Griffin AdkinsOffensively, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound primary Outfielder starts in a neutral, athletic stance. Displayed a simple, effective swing that he shows well. Looks to drive the ball with a slight launch. A 81 mph exit velocity was recorded. An event best 6.50-laser timed 60 was recorded.

Defensively, Adkins fields the ball inside of his body and displays athletic lateral movement. Due to a recent surgery, Adkins didn't complete the throwing portion of the drill. Overall, He is one of the best athletes in the state.

Evan Smith, University, Class of 2021

Evan SmithOffensively, the 6-foot-2, 160-pound primary Pitcher starts in a athletic position with his hands out and away from his body. Uses lower half well and hits to all fields. Recorded a 7.69-laser timed 60. A 81 mph exit velocity was recorded on this day. 

Defensively, Smith reads the ball well off the bat. Rounds the ball extremely well and carries momentum into and through his throws. A 86 mph positional velocity was recorded, tied for best at the the event. 

Austin Dearing, Hurricane, Class of 2020

Austin DearingOffensively, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound left handed hitter, Dearing initiates his swing from a athletic stance, with his hands high and near his ear. He uses his body and midsection well to create a powerful turn with his hips. His bat stays in the zone and shows the ability to drive the ball to all fields. A 87 mph exit velocity was recorded. A 6.98-laser timed 60 was also recorded.

Defensively, Dearing rounds the ball well. He carries his momentum well into his throws. The Marshall commit has the potential to be an impact player for the Thundering Herd. 

Noah Cummings, St. Albans, Class of 2020

Noah CummingsOffensively, the 6-foot, 210-pound primary Outfielder initiates his swing out of an athletic open stance. He uses his front foot as a timing mechanism. A real power threat from the left side of the plate.  Showed good athleticism by running a 7.06-laser timed 60 and registered a exit velocity of 91 mph off the tee.

Defensively, shows confidence in his glove hand by fielding the ball inside his body consistently. He does stay in line with his target and uses his body effectively. A overall solid defender. A 81 mph positional velocity was recorded. 

Samuel Romano, Notre Dame, Class of 2020

Offensively, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound primary Outfielder has a inside out swing and drives the ball to the opposite field. Romano uses his body well during his swing which he initiates out of a open athletic stance. Romano shows solid athleticism and is evident by running a 7.16-laser timed 60. A 80 mph bat exit velocity was registered, up from 74 mph at a previous event.

Defensively, Romano still shows some hesitation when fielding the ball off the ground and has the tendency to still catch the ball on the side of his body. Romano does show solid arm strength with a 81 mph arm velocity. 

Eli Adkins, Hurricane, Class of 2021

Eli AdkinsOffensively, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound primary Outfielder displayed overall athleticism by running a 7.05-laser timed 60. Showed the ability to consistently find the barrel. Has a smoothness to his swing. A 88 mph exit velocity was recorded.

Defensively, Adkins showed a good, accurate arm at 80 mph from the outfield. He moves well in space and doesn't let the ball get outside his body.he watches the ball into his glove. He would benefit from fielding the ball more inside of his frame, but his hands and arm are adequate.

Clay Maholic, University, Class of 2020

Clay MaholicOffensively, the 6-foot, 195-pound primary Outfielder initiates his swing from a athletic stance, with his hands near his ear. He uses his body and midsection well to create a powerful turn with his hips. His bat stays in the zone and shows the ability to drive the ball to all fields. A 78 mph exit velocity was recorded. A 7.32-laser timed 60 was also recorded. 

Defensively, Maholic rounds the ball well. He carries his momentum well into his throws. He sees the ball well and has supreme confidence in his skills. 

Quintin Reep, Bridgeport, Class of 2020

Quintin ReepOffensively, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound primary Outfielder initiates his swing out of a slightly open, athletic stance. His swing is fundamentally solid as he gets his hands in sink with his stride. A 87 mph exit velocity was recorded off the tee, up from his last event.

Defensively, Reep shows confidence and is always in a good athletic fielding position. He gets behind the ball well and fields the ball inside his body. A 74 mph arm velocity was recorded. A 7.36-laser timed 60 was recorded on this day.

Chandler Rhodes,  Frankfort, Class of 2019

Chandler RhodesOffensively, the 5-foot-10, 145-pound primary Outfielder initiates swing in a open, athletic position. Displayed a compact, stroke from the right side. Hands work rather well inside his body and swing path. Registered a 85 mph exit velocity off the tee. 

Defensively, Rhodes shows overall athleticism with running a 6.70-laser timed 60. Gets around the ball and keeps momentum going through his target. Flashes solid glove hand and a 74 mph positional velocity.

 

POST EVENT ANALYSIS

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
2019 West Virginia Top Prospect Games WV 06/11 Frank Loria Field
Central West Virginia Summer Kickoff Showcase WV 06/26 Sue Morris Complex
Parkersburg College Prospect Showcase WV 07/09 Bennett Stump Field - City Park
Eastern Panhandle College Prospect Showcase WV 07/16 Potomac State College
West Virginia Deep South College Prospect Showcase WV 07/24 Linda K Epling Stadium
Junior Future Games NATIONAL 07/30 LakePoint


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