Drake Varnado
Drake Varnado
Drake Varnado
Drake Varnado
Drake Varnado




IMG Academy (HS) • FL
6-2 • 175LBS • R/R
Travel Team: 3N2 Sticks


2021 National

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Positional Profile: SS/RHP, Arkansas
Body: 6-foot-2, 175-pounds. Has a thin, slender, athletic frame. 
Defense: Fields off center of body, with a two hand gather, clean exchange with smooth and easy actions, and fluid footwork. 
Arm: RH. INF - 92 mph. Has a strong, short, quick, 3/4 arm slot. 
Hit: RHH. Starts with wide, open athletic setup. Knee lift into a short stride, quiet hands with late barrel tilt. Swings a downhill bat path, with natural lift. Stays inside baseball, with fluid rhythm, producing an easy swing. 
Power: 96 mph exit velocity from the tee. Power/line drive approach, gap to gap hitter, relaxed smooth all around hitter, with fast bat speed. 
Run: 6.74 runner in the 60. Runs with quick, athletic, choppy steps.

The South Carolina commit has an athletic 6-foot-2, 165-pound frame with plenty of room to add strength over the next couple of years. Offensively, Varnado is starting to come into his own with added rhythm in his hands providing for good lag through the zone, to go with a balanced, leveraged hack. He posted an exit velocity of 90 mph off the tee, and showed gap power during BP, as well a quality at-bat during the game where he scorched a deep fly ball to centerfield. Varnado plays light on his feet at shorstop, and has plenty of arm strength across the diamond at 89 mph. The exchange is quick and he can throw from different slots with plenty of juice to get the ball over to first. On the mound, he pitched at 86-88 and showed great feel for his changeup at 78-82 mph. Got around his curveball a bit from the stretch, but during can still throw it for a strike at 71-77 with good depth and downer shape.

At 6-foot-2, 155-pounds, the rising freshman not only looks the part with a projectable frame, but he also impressed with a 7.0-second 60-yard dash time, running with an easy stride. The right-hander works from a high-¾ slot with a clean, easy, effortless arm stroke. Throws a straight, four-seam fastball at 82-83 mph. The freshman repeats his delivery and arm swing for his off speed pitches, his curveball was 65 mph with 11-5 shape, while his changeup was 66 mph. The right-handed hitter has a balanced stance with his weight slightly shifted to his back leg. He has a smooth load and uses a short, direct hand path make consistently hard contact during batting practice with a gap-to-gap approach. His exit velocity was 87 mph off the tee. At shortstop, Varnado has fluid footwork and solid glove action, clean exchanges in the mid-line of his body, and throw with an easy, quick release. Overall, Varnado is a high level prospect.

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