Pendelton, IN -
Grant Richardson OF/LHP L/L 6’2” 170 - Richardson is the real deal. Every college in the country needs to be on Grant. At the scout day, he showed all the tools. He’s a quick-twitch athlete that is a “baseball player”, which is rare. Richardson’s BP was impressive, hitting line drive after line drive and wearing out the L-Screen. He’s as wiry as it gets, and when he starts to physically mature, Grant will be a legitimate high level D1 two-way player and will have MLB scouts trying to figure out if they like him more as an OF or LHP. As a hitter in the game, he battled against good pitching and good velocity. Richardson turned on mid to upper 80’s like it was nothing, but was able to foul off tough pitches battling to get his pitch. Grant showed ++ batspeed for a 2018, with a bit of a leg kick for timing but his bat stays on a good plane through the zone. He gets good rotation with his hips and lower half resulting in serious bat whip. He has a ton of projection and can add plenty of strength to his frame over the next few years. Once he gets a little stronger, balls in the gaps will turn into HR’s. The ball made a different sound off of Richardson’s bat during BP, jumping off his bat almost every time he made contact. He ran a 6.91 60 as well and showed good instincts on the bases in the game. As a pitcher, Grant has as much upside, maybe more. His fastball touched 88mph, and he threw from a couple of different arm angles. His arm is lighting quick, but the strength just isn’t there yet. That’s not a bad thing, that means when the strength does come, Richardson should me a low to mid 90’s arm from the left side. When Grant threw more from the high 3/4 arm slot, his control was better and his CB had tighter spin with better depth/bite. Right now, he’s more of a thrower than a pitcher. All that Grant needs is more reps on the mound and physical maturity. Remember his name when the MLB draft comes around in 2018!
Jake Sweeney LHP L/L 6’6” 208 - Sweeney already has an MLB type body and for a bigger bodied LHP, he showed a good repeatable delivery and threw a lot of strikes. Sweeney was up to 86mph and there’s plenty more to come in the next year or two. Jake works from a great downward plane and showed good tilt and depth on his CB. He got over his front side pretty well and had decent extension. Everything Sweeney threw was down in the zone. He showed the makings of a power arm and we wouldn’t be surprised if Jake isn’t in the upper 80’s, low 90’s by next summer. He’s the type of arm MLB scouts will want to take a close look at and colleges need to get on him early before his velocity makes a jump.
Kendal Riley RHP R/R 6’3” 190 - Riley has a great pitcher’s body with plenty of projectability. He had one of the better/cleaner deliveries and arm actions at the scout day. Effortless arm action and the ball came out real easy which means there’s more velocity coming. Kendal is a good athlete as well, moved well at SS during I/O and was 83mph across the diamond. Riley’s future though is probably on the mound. Kendal's fastball was up to 85mph, but it was a very easy 85mph. He showed some feel for a changeup, but slowed his arm down a bit. He opened up a bit with his front side early as well, if he can stay over the rubber longer and more closed with his front side, his velocity should jump a bit. When the velocity jumps a bit and he can get better arm speed with his changeup, Riley could develop into a legitimate D1 type arm.
Ronald Evans OF R/R 6’2” 180 - For a 2019, Evans has a ++ body. Athletic looking, high-waisted, and strong. Evans ran a 6.97 60, but speed probably won’t be his best tool long term. He showed plus batspeed for a 2019 in BP and in the game, and we think he may have some serious power in a couple of years. Evans is the rare, athletic but a bit stiff type of player. He has quick hips and some present pull-side power. If Evans can become a little more flexible/loose over the next couple of years, he’ll start to draw some pro scouts. Ronald’s best tool was his bat and if he can make more consistent contact, the power will be there. Evans needs reps, reps, and more reps against higher level pitching to see if he can make the adjustments. If he does, he’ll be a legitimate power bat.
Steven Molinet OF R/R 5’7” 145 - Steven definitely has some quick-twitch, speed is his best tool right now running a 6.91 60. He’ll get faster over the next couple of years. Molinet is a wiry type of player that at times was a bit overmatched in the game, but the tools are there. His batspeed is a little above average for a 2019. Steven just needs time to physically mature and continue to play against better competition. The stronger he gets, the more consistent contact he’ll make and the more he’ll be able to use his speed.
Mason Mcleod C L/R 6’3” 170 - Mcleod is very athletic and projectable as a catcher. He pop’d a 1.91 once in the workouts, but his transfer was a little slow. Mason has a big arm, which makes up for the slower transfer. Because he’s so young and still growing into his body, the slower transfer doesn’t bother us. Once his eye-hand coordination catches up with his body, his transfer will be quicker. As a hitter, he showed plus batspeed for a 2019 and some pull-side power during BP. In the game, he actually showed better with the bat. He was shorter and more direct to the ball making more solid contact in a couple at-bats. Mason has a chance to be a big time player, LHH catcher’s are rare, especially one’s that are defensive and offensive. Mcleod will be a no-brainer D1 catcher and by his senior year will have MLB scouts paying close attention.
Mason Gillis OF R/R 6’4” 190 - Gillis has a ++ body and already looks the part. During BP, he showed plus batspeed for a 2019 and had one of the shortest/most direct swings to the ball. Gillis didn’t do a lot in the game but he’s a player college’s and pro scouts can dream on. Mason has a high ceiling and is as projectable as it gets and could turn into a big time player.