Derek Hughes
Derek Hughes
Derek Hughes




Ravenscroft (HS) • NC
6-1 • 170LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Akadema Knights


2019 National

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6 feet 1, 170-pound projectable build. Athletic with wide shoulders and some length in his limbs.  Plenty of room to project continued strength gains as he matures. Hits from the right side using a slightly open, balanced setup. Short stride for his load with his hands working slightly down and back. Stays fluid through his swing, keeping his barrel in the zone and getting extension out front. Looks to stay inside the ball with some feel for the barrel and a line drive approach, working gap to gap.  Finishes high with the hands. Exit velocity topped at 81 mph and there is more in the tank as he finds the barrel more consistently. Average hands behind the plate with fluid feet and quick exchanges. Hips lack some bend. Short arm action, loading the scapular after a strong exchange across his chest. Throws from a high ¾ slot with pop times ranging 2.07-2.23 and positional velocity peaking at 75 mph. Some accuracy.  Occasional arm side fade to throws through to 2B. Ran a 7.79 in the 60-yard dash.

Athletic build at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds.  Easy to dream on the body continuing to mature and adding strength.  Arm strength and carry on the baseball out of the crouch at 77 mph.  Short arm swing to a high-3/4 release as the ball exchanges in a strong fashion across the chest.  Pop times ranged 2.10 – 2.19 with a feel for the bag.  At times setup with a slight forward press in the glove-side, the hips can be high.  Aggressive to block and through any throws.  Hands worked with some ease funneling back to the middle of the body to present pitches.  Right-handed hitter works from an open stance with a slight crouch.  Loads back, taking the bat head to a vertical position.  Uses a leg kick to get to a short stride.  Better than average bat speed through a level bat path, wanting extension.  Pull emphasis with good rhythm.  Occasional swing and miss in game action, but showed a feel for the strike zone.  Exit velocity peaked at 83 mph.

Solid receiver and footwork behind the dish. Pop times ranged 1.91-2.13 with carry and above average accuracy on the bag.  Arm measured 77 mph from the crouch.  Athletic in a 6-foot-1, 170 pound frame, ran a 7.40 sixty.  Offensively, right handed hitter works from a balanced and athletic stance.  Loads back with an early, short stride to a tip-toe landing.  Barrel loads to vertical.  Loose with above average bat speed and a level path. Worked gap-to-gap with good rhythm. Exit velocity topped at 83 mph.

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