Top Stories of 2014: #9 - West Virginia Prospects Shine in Fall Program Action



By Greg Williams
WV Director of Scouting

The Fall College Prospect Program annually offers prospects an opportunity to be seen during the months of August, September and October on college campuses regionally. In the two years the Fall Program has run in Pennsylvania and West Virginia a total of 73 players have gone on to make college commitments. Following is a look at the top outfield prospects from Week Two action last fall with including a pair of West Virginia players that stood out.

The 2nd Annual Fall College Prospect Program moved to La Roche College for Week Two action on September 14. The fall format involves two nine inning games and a showcase at each of three stops over the course of the month of September. Today we continue our analysis of the prospects in attendance during Week Two of the program by taking a look at the outfielders in attendance.

Top Outfield Prospects: Fall College prospect Program (Week Two )


2015 OF RJ Boop (Neshaminy, PA)

Boop is a 6-foot, 170-pound uncommitted senior that has made significant strides in the past year. The right-handed hitter gets to good extension from a square stance and flashed an 85 mph bat exit velocity while making consistent solid contact in batting practice. Boop went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly in game action and showcased athletic actions defensively with an 85 mph arm. He rounded out his day by running one of the top 60-yard dash times of the day at 6.98.

2015 OF/RHP Clayton Anderson (George Washington, WV)

Anderson is a physical 6-foot, 215-pound two-way prospect. The uncommitted senior took one of the top rounds of batting practice on the day driving the baseball repeatedly to all fields with a bat exit velocity of 80 mph. Anderson showed a line drive approach with developing power potential from the left side of the plate. He displayed an 82 mph arm from the outfield and sat 78-80 with a 69 mph curveball during three innings of work on the mound. Anderson registered six strikeouts and mixed the breaking ball effectively to keep hitters off balance.

2015 OF/LHP Braden Griffin (Man, WV)

Griffin drove a long home run to right center field during game action as part of a 3-for-5 day that included a double, a sacrifice fly and three RBI. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound left-handed hitter starts from a square stance and uses a strong lower half and an aggressive hip turn to create a 90 mph bat exit velocity. Griffin flashed an 80 mph arm from the outfield and sat 80-82 with a tight spinning 72 mph slider during three innings of work on the mound. He completed his day by running a 7.23 60-yard dash.

2017 OF Chase Smith (Central, PA)

Smith went 3-for-8 in game action giving him eight hits over the first two weeks of the Fall Program. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound right-handed hitter continued to display the ability to stay inside the baseball and to make consistent solid contact in game action. Smith ran a 7.36 60-yard dash and displayed a 72 mph arm from the outfield while battling nagging bumps and bruises from the third week of his high school football season.

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