Derek Bender
Derek Bender
Derek Bender
Derek Bender

CLASS OF 2021

C
1B

Derek
Bender

Coastal Carolina
St. James (HS) • SC
6-1 • 190LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Northeast Pride
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June 6, 2018

Bender ran a 7.71-60, an improvement from his last recorded time of 7.92.  Arm strength measured at 76-MPH from behind the plate, an improvement from last July with a pop time range of 2.02-2.09.

April 2018

Catching prospect had 3 hits on the day. Impressive bat-speed for his age, hit a homerun to his pull-side. Strong armed catcher, solid looking player.

Campus Series-Albany (July 18, 2017) 

Bender stands in at 5-foot-8, 170-pounds with a lean athletic frame. Offensively- Righty sets up slightly open with his feet shoulder width apart. Shows a slight knee bend with an upright torso holding the bat in front of his back shoulder using little pre-pitch bat movement. On pitch, his trigger is a slight knee raise to stride forward squaring up with the pitcher while his hands move back into the hitting position. Gets good lower body rotation utilizing the whole-body frame in the swing. Shows quick hands to the hitting zone with an upward lift barrel action throughout into a high one-handed finish. Demonstrated good plate coverage with gap to gap ability during batting practice rounds. Overall a good swing with a lot of room for growth. Recorded an exit velocity of 80 MPH. Defensively- Frames pitches well remaining quiet with the glove. Shows quick mechanics on throws to second but could stay shorter and more downhill to cut off time and get the ball out quicker. Blocks the ball well staying square and pops up onto his feet athletically. Recorded a positional arm velocity of 68 MPH with a pop time range of 2.17-2.22.

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