Levi Usher
Levi Usher
Levi Usher
Levi Usher

CLASS OF 2018

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Levi
Usher

Louisville
Cedar Rapids Prairie (HS) • IA
6-1 • 195LBS • L/R
Travel Team: PG Select

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2018 National

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2019 DRAFT Angels ROUND 37

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3/15/21

A plus athlete with a plus-plus run tool, the 6-foot-1, 190 pound left handed hitter has already swiped 15 bases in 15 attempts this spring. Defensively, he profiles to center field where he’s a plus defender and uses his speed for gap-to-gap coverage of the outfield grass. In the past he has shown a better than average to plus arm, but he did not in this series. Most of his throws were in the average to slightly above category. Where it matters the most, in the batter’s box, Usher appeared to be making progress with his swing path last spring upon my look at Wake Forest. However, on this recent look, he failed to make adjustments, consistently hitting around the baseball as he did his freshman season in junior college. His lofty preseason ranking was influenced by an improvement in his bat path that I witnessed at Wake just before the covid shutdown last spring. During that series, Usher stayed much more connected and used all fields with some authority. On this recent look he did show above average raw power to his pull side during batting practice, but he failed to drive anything the other way. The game results were a 1-for-8, three strikeout series with his only hit a bunt single. At the end of the day, Usher is athletic enough to again find his stroke, but maintaining the improvements he once showed is looking to be a challenge.

8/15/20

After playing just a single season at Kirkwood CC, IA in 2018, Usher impacted the D1 level as a sophomore last spring, beginning his Louisville career by leading the Cardinals in batting average at .411 while slugging .571 and stealing 11 bases in 12 attempts. Strong and quick twitch, Usher has very good tools across the board. He runs easy with plus-plus speed and shows an above-average-to-plus arm from right field where he’s an above average defender with plus range. At the plate he shows very good hand/eye and plus raw power to his pull side, and he’s working hard to correct what was once solely a hooking swing. During most of his at-bats on our looks last spring, he had an opposite-field approach, trying to stay inside the ball, but did revert back to his tendency to hit around the ball during a couple of late at-bats in the series. He also seemed to struggle with left-handers during the Wake Forest series, but further experience at the D1 level should cure what ails him in that department. Usher has all the tools to become a first-round pick, but with limited time at the four-year level,�he must perform once again this spring to pass the analytics test most teams now embrace.

3/10/20:�Strong and quick twitch, Usher has very good tools across the board. He runs easy with plus-plus speed and shows an above-average-to-plus arm from right field where he’s an above average defender with plus range. At the plate he shows very good hand/eye and plus raw power to his pull side, and he’s working hard to correct what was once solely a hooking swing. During most of his at-bats on this look, he had an opposite field approach, trying to stay inside the ball, but did revert back to his tendency to hit around the ball during a couple late at-bats in the series. He also seemed to struggle with left-handers on this look, but experience at the D1 level should cure what ails him in that department. Usher currently leads the Cardinals with a .417 batting average, while also stealing eight bases in nine attempts. He is a high round prospect for 2021. (Seifert)

10/2/18:�Top level tools across the board. Appears fully recovered from broken leg suffered during senior football season. Proven plus runner. Did not give opportunity to get a true time down the line on this look, but is moving well. Plus arm that may have a chance to become plus-plus with continued development; registered 102 mph outfield velo at scout day. Shows present strength and impressive raw power in box. Will need to continue refining swing to tap into that power more often in game action. Uses a short hand load and doesn’t create much separation. Barrel can enter/exit zone quickly with swing becoming hooky. High level draft follow. (Banfield)

8/1/16- 6-foot-1, 175-pound left-handed hitting outfielder. Most athletic outfielder in event. Lean fast twitch build. 6.7 runner. Open stance, controlled leg kick trigger to square, strides inline, clean bat path, line drive approach, works mid/pull side of field, above avg. pop in bat, 86 mph exit velocity. Light on his feet, easy athletic actions in field, above avg. arm speed, good carry and accuracy to target. 87 mph arm strength.

8/4/15- 6-foot, 165-pound left-handed hitting outfielder. Athletic build. 6.85 runner. Open stance. Strides across. Good hands in swing. Ability to drive ball to oppo gap. Some lift in swing. Will improve more with better use of lower half in swing. 82 mph exit velocity. Solid actions in outfield. 2 hand fielder effects momentum and balance on throws. Very good arm. Above avg. carry with plus accuracy to target. Clean arm action producing 88 mph throws. High Follow in 2018 class.

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