Unsigned Senior Spotlight: RHP/SS Michael Grove

By Greg Williams
WV Director of Scouting

Michael GroveMichael Grove (Wheeling Park) is about to be a very busy young man. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound RHP/SS followed up a strong performance in the West Virginia Class AAA state semifinals with an impressive two days at the PA Top Prospect Games. In both cases, Grove showcased a heavy fastball that sits 87-89 with late life. He showed repeatable mechanics and the ability to make in game adjustments to allow himself to have success. Grove is a strike thrower that does not use his 71 mph curveball or his 77 mph changeup often, but his fastball is good enough currently that he doesn't need to.

Currently ranked No. 12 in the WV Class of 2015, Grove is likely to move up the rankings significantly when they are updated in July. Grove also flashed two-way abilities running a 6.92 60-yard dash and showcased an 86 mph arm across the diamond. With his size and room for added growth, Grove projects as a corner infielder or outfielder if he continues to play both ways at the next level.

Grove displayed an 88 mph bat exit velocity and power potential to both gaps. He went 3-for-6 in game play including an inside the park home run to dead center field in his team's first game.

His size, fluid mechanics, and considerable room for more growth and velocity will undoubtedly have his phone ringing quite often over the next few months.

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