Tallahassee, FL - The rain held off just enough this past Sunday to get another great NLB showcase done. There were about 170 players total over the two days that attended, and about a dozen college coaches, professional scouts, including the MLB Scouting Bureau.
The NLB coaches/staff worked hard to put this showcase on, and they did a great job!
Next Level has always run first class events, with great talent. This past weekend was no exception.
The player scouting reports are based on batting practice, I/O, bullpens and 60’s. The evaluations are tool set based, there were no games played during the showcase. The reports are in no particular order.
Alec Aleywine - 1B/LHP 6’2” 220 L/L Bozeman HS - In BP, Aleywine showed plus batspeed for a 2016, with good extension through the zone. Alec has a very strong/thicker build and uses his lower half to generate batspeed and power. As a LHP, he showed a short arm action that had some deception. Alec had been up to 86mph this past summer, and could be a legitimate 2-way player at the next level.
Kodi Bishop - OF/RHP 6’2” 185 R/R Colquitt County HS - Bishop showed some defensive tools at the showcase. From the OF Kodi was 88mph, w/carry and accuracy, showing a solid 45 arm. Bishop had a solid BP.
Will Brooks - OF 6’2” 220 L/L Godby HS - Brooks best tool was his bat during BP. He was out on his front foot a bit, but kept his hands back enough to drive balls. Will showed some pull side power, the ball jumped off his bat with some natural backspin. Brooks ran a 7.4 60.
Josh Collins - OF 6’ 170 R/R Strongsville HS - Collins showed a couple of tools at the showcase. Josh ran a 6.84 60 and in BP showed good rhythm and timing. His bat stays through the zone, Collins just needs to get stronger.
JT Duncan - OF/SS 6’ 170 R/R Bay HS - Duncan showed some of the best all around tools at the showcase running a 6.94 60, 80mph from SS and a solid BP. In BP, JT showed average batspeed for a 2016 grad, but was short and quick to the ball at times. Solid player.
Nick Lentz - MIF 6’1” 165 R/R Wakulla HS - Nick a 2015 PW All-American, showed his tools again at NLB’s showcase. Lentz’s best tools were his defensive and bat. Nick was 85mph from SS with above average actions for a 2016. In BP, Lentz showed above average batspeed for a 2016 and made hard consistent contact. He ran a 7.25 60 but, we’ve had him a bit quicker than that in the past. Lentz is a definite next level player and can play MIF, and maybe some 3B.
Josh McLanahan - OF/P 5’10” 180 L/R Chiles HS - McLanahan had one of the better BP’s at the showcase, hitting laser after laser from the left side. Josh was very short/direct to the ball and showed + batspeed for a 2016. He used the entire field as well, gap to gap. We’re not sure position wise where Josh plays at the next level, but the bat should play.
Jeff Omohundro - SS 6’ 180 R/R Houston Academy - Jeff had a strong physical build. Defensively, at SS, he showed some stiffness in his overall actions but showed a solid 40/45 arm at 85mph. In BP, Jeff showed above average batspeed for a 2016, used the entire field spraying line drives. His bat was quick and stayed through the zone.
Kris Reber - LHP/OF 6’ 170 L/L West Florida HS - Reber had a couple good first round of BP, showing average batspeed for a 2016, and good extension. His second round, he came around the ball a bit but mainly from being tired. Reber was tied for the showcase best 88mph from the OF. On the mound, Kris has a chance to be pretty good at the next level. He showed a quick arm that worked well. Reber’s fastball had been up to 86mph earlier in the summer and judging by the arm/shoulder quickness, he should be living 85-87mph this fall, next spring. He opens up a bit earlier which can be fixed mechanically. Kris spins his CB ok, but slows his arm down some on his change up. If he can stay closed better with his front side, his velocity could jump a little. And if Reber can show a more consistent CB and better arm speed with his change up, he can definitely pitch at the next level possibly as a starter. With a little work, everything’s there for Kris to be successful at the next level.
Michael Sandle - OF 6’ 165 R/R Navarre HS - Sandle was one of the better athletes at the showecase. Michael’s showed well at our tournaments this past summer and showed well at NLB’s showcase. He ran the fastest 60 time at 6.64, but he’s shown better game speed. Sandle’s a strong, athletic, competitive player that when he focuses on baseball 100% of the time, he may be an impact player at the next level. Defensively his speed arm strength play in CF. In BP, he showed some quick-twitch and squared up quite a few balls. He has quick hips, quick hands and a quick bat showing above average batspeed for a 2016. Sandle just needs to continue to play, and play against better competition.
Bo Seccombe - C 6’ 195 R/R Lincoln HS - Bo, a 2015 PW All-American has pro tools behind the plate, and is a physically strong player. He pop’d a showcase best 1.85, with arm strength, carry and accuracy. In BP, Seccombe had some length in his swing but showed some raw power hitting a couple balls out and driving several others deep into the gaps. The catch/throw ability is definitely at a pro level, the bat could become a pro level bat. If Bo can shorten his swing a bit, be more direct to the ball, he’ll draw MLB scouts interest next spring. The tools are there for Seccombe to help a college program behind the plate immediately, and eventually a pro organization.
Daniel Seres - C 5’ 11” 185 R/R Sequoyah HS - Seres may have been the most impressive catcher at the showcase. He had the quickest catch/throw skills and showed arm strength and accuracy. Daniel pop’d a 1.90, and was consistently a sub 2.00 and accurate. In BP, he was very short and direct to the ball, with above average batspeed for a 2016 and squaring up just about every ball using all fields. Seres really gets his backside through the ball and has good extension. Colleges need to take a close look at Daniel this fall and spring in games.
Isaiah Wilson - OF 5’ 10” 165 R/R Osceola HS - Wilson ran a 6.78 60 and took a couple good rounds of BP. Isaiah’s a good athlete. There’s some length in his swing, but he showed good timing and average batspeed for a 2016. His speed plays more in LF, maybe CF. With added strength, Wilson’s tools should get better and play at the next level.
Max McKinley RHP 6’ 2” 190 R/R McClay HS - McKinley had a quick delivery, clean arm, and repeated well. At times, Max rushed his delivery a bit which led to some inconsistency on pitches. He sat 85-86mph, but we’ve seen McKinley up to 88mph back in June, so the arm strength is there. He showed really good arm speed on his change up, which could be a swing/miss pitch. If Max can slow his delivery down a bit, gather himself and stay over the rubber a little longer, he may sit in the 87-89mph range touching 90mph by the spring. If he’s showing a fastball in that range, and his solid change up in the spring, there’s no reason why a college shouldn’t want him on their staff.
Wade Walton RHP 6’ 4” 200 R/R Jensen Beach HS - Walton was up to 87mph in his pen. His fastball was a little flat but at 6’ 4” he creates a decent amount of leverage. Walton’s CB showed good spin but it was inconsistent. Wade needs to use a two-seamer more often to see if he can get a bit of movement and tighten up his consistency with his CB.
Daniel Floyd RHP 6’ 3” 170 R/R Chipley HS - Floyd may of had the quickest arm at the showcase. There was quite a bit of effort, but the arm action was clean and worked well. Daniel has projectability and once he starts to physically mature, he may have a significant velocity jump. He’s long, loose and repeats ok. Floyd tends to not get through his pitches, standing straight up and opens up a little early. He was up to 86mph at the NLB showcase but with better extension and staying a little more closed, his velocity should jump to the upper 80’s/low 90’s by this spring.
Evan Floyd RHP 6’ 1” 200 R/R Pensacola Catholic HS - Evan may have been the biggest surprise of the event. He showed a very quick, compact delivery with a lightning quick arm/shoulder. He looked the part of a closer, with two above average MLB pitches right now. He kept climbing the ladder starting at 86-88-90mph, then touching 92mph with his fastball after only about a dozen pitches. His fastball had some run and even though he’s only 6’ 1”, Evan created a good downward plane on all of his pitches. Floyd showed a power curveball (60/65 on an MLB scale) at 79mph, with tight spin, great depth and bite. Evan doesn’t get all the way through his pitches, but if he can do that and learn to use more of his lower half, 92mph may be 95mph soon. He showed a feel for a changeup as well. This spring, if Floyd can sit in that 90-92mph range touching some 3’s and 4’s, with his power CB, MLB scouts will be checking in on him. His curveball is a separator!
Marshall Thompson RHP 6’ 2” 180 R/R Home School - Thompson’s fastball was up to 88mph in his pen and there’s definitely more in the tank. He repeated his delivery well and there wasn’t a lot of effort in his arm action. Thompson’s curveball was a little inconsistent but showed good spin. He really uses his lower half well and gets out over his front side decent. All Thompson needs is a little more polish, he’s a little raw in a good way. College coaches should keep a close eye Marshall this spring, wherever he decides to pitch in high school.
Samuel Brunnig RHP 6’ 4” 160 R/R Trinity Christian Academy - Brunnig was one of the last arms to throw and was the true definition or “arms and elbows” flying at you. It was hard to pick up where the ball was coming from. There’s a lot of projection with Samuel, very long limbed/lanky. He showed good spin on his curveball and ran his fastball up to 86mph. With deception, a good downward angle, and the ability to spin it a bit, Brunnig could develop into a good next level arm. There’s definitely more velocity coming.
Colin Barrineau INF 5’ 11” 150 R/R Leon HS - Right now, Barrineau is only lacking strength as a hitter. In BP, Colin used a leg kick for timing and was able to time up just about every pitch. The bat quickness isn’t quite there yet because of the lack of strength, but he hit the ball hard consistently. He uses his lower half well, getting through the ball and using the entire field. He ran a 7.28 60 and should get faster as he gets stronger. Once Colin matures more physically, his bat could have a chance at the next level.
Ellis Brooks INF 6’ 170 R/R McGill-Holden HS - Brooks barreled everything in BP, line drive after line drive, making hard consistent contact. He was as short/quick to the ball as anyone at NLB’s showcase. Ellis gets through the ball, his bat stays in the zone, and he showed above average batspeed for a 2017. He has really quick hands at the plate. There wasn’t anything not to like about Brooks swing. Ellis has an athletic body and ran a 7.32 60 which should get a bit faster with some added strength. Brooks will be interesting to follow this fall, next spring and summer.
Justin Raley 1B 6’ 180 L/L Milton HS - Raley is a strong physical bodied LHH that showed plus batspeed for a 2017. In BP, the ball made a different sound off his bat. He was very short and quick to the ball and sprayed line drives all over the park. Justin is a foot up/foot down hitter and has quick hips and clears them well. The bat stays through the zone with good extension. Defensively, Raley has to play 1B, but his bat should play at the next level.
William Choi 3B 5’ 11” R/R 185 Lincoln HS - In BP, Choi showed above average batspeed for a 2017, attacked the baseball, with quick wrists/hands and sprayed line drives everywhere. There wasn’t a lot of wasted movement in Choi’s swing, but he could use his lower half better by getting through the ball. William showed a 35 arm from the OF at 83mph and ran a 6.92 60. Choi is a physically strong bodied player with some tools to work with.
Brock Edge OF 6’ 170 L/L Columbia HS - Edge took one of the better BP’s as a 2017 showing average to above average batspeed for a 2017. Brock’s bat stayed in the zone forever with good extension through the ball. He used his lower half well, getting through the ball and driving balls from gap to gap. There’s a bit of length in his swing, but his timing is good. Edge has a projectable body, that has room to add some strength. Defensively, Brock showed a solid 45 arm from the OF at 85mph with carry. He doesn’t run too well, but his bat and defense should play at the next level.
Robby Swindle 1B 6’ 3” 225 R/R Lowndes HS - Swindle is a strong physical kid, that showed brute strength in BP. He drove balls deep into the gaps, hitting at least one out, every other one was a laser. Robby showed plus batspeed for a 2017 grad. As he gets stronger, he’s just gonna hit balls harder, that’s scary.
Cody Gwin C/1B 5’ 9” 160 R/R Marianna HS - Gwin has a great catcher’s body, shorter and strong. Defensively, he pop’d a 1.93 and showed good arm strength and carry through the bag. Had one of the quickest catch and releases at the showcase. His pop times will only get better. In BP, Cody showed average to above average batspeed for a 2017, but kept his hands inside the ball well especially during his first round, squaring up just about every pitch. He showed the tools to be both and offensive and defensive catcher heading into the spring and next summer.
Austin Lawniczack OF 5’ 8” 140 R/R Choctawhatchee HS - Austin’s not a big kid, but had one of the quicker bats at the showcase, showing plus batspeed for his grad class. He was a short and direct to the baseball as any hitter at the showcase. Lawniczack doesn’t get through the ball with his lower half, leaving some power behind. Austin is a LF type of player defensively and his bat is definitely his best tool.
Lucas Dunn MIF/OF 5’ 9” 150 R/R Arnold HS - Dunn may have been the best overall player at the NLB showcase for the 2017 grads. Defensively, from the OF Lucas showed a 50 arm at 87mph with good carry and accuracy. From SS, he showed the best actions and made everything look easy and was 81mph across the diamond. In BP, Dunn had a good first round showing average batspeed for a 2017. He stayed inside the ball and went backside well. There’s some length in his swing. Lucas needs to get stronger and shorten his swing a bit, but all that’s workable. He ran a 7.39 60, which will get better with strength. There’s nothing not like about Dunn’s game, he just needs to get stronger.
Terry Morris OF 5’ 10” 170 L/L Huntsville HS - Morris has an athletic, high-waisted body with some projectability. In BP, Morris showed above average batspeed for a 2017 and got his backside through the ball well. He didn’t have a lot of wasted movement in his swing and generated good extension through the ball. A very easy, productive swing.
Mark Thornhill 1B 6’ 2” 220 R/R Rickards HS - Thornhill is a big, physical, high-waisted kid with some raw power. In BP, he had natural lift and made hard consistent contact on the barrel. As Mark gets stronger, he could have some big time power. For a bigger kid, his bat was quick and short to the ball. Defensively, he moves well enough around the bag at 1B. His bat is what plays right now.
Zach Parrish UT 5’ 10” 165 R/R Lee County HS - In BP, Parrish showed good pull side power and squared up quite a few balls. He showed above average to borderline plus batspeed for a 2018 and is an athletic bodied kid. We would’ve liked to have seen him go backside more in BP, but his swing is there. Short and direct to the ball. He ran a 7.58, which should get better over the next couple of years. Parrish is a player to keep a close eye on.