Pendelton, IN - As we mentioned in the top workout results article earlier, the atmosphere in Pendelton, Indiana was awesome. The heat wasn’t too bad, the field was in great shape and there were quite a few parents and even more college coaches there in attendance.
As a staff, in general, we never like to “rank” players after only seeing them play once. Especially in a tryout, scout day setting unless their tools are off the scouting chart.
Below are what our staff felt like we’re the top prospects at the Indiana Prospect’s Scout Day. They aren’t ranked or in any particular order.
Sonny Ulliana C R/R 6’2” 225 - Ulliana from what our staff saw in Pendelton, is an underrated, under the radar sleeper bat for a DII/Mid-Major program. Sonny’s catch and throw skills aren’t great (2.03 pop), but his bat plays. During BP and in games, he showed gap power with natural loft and carry on the ball, especially to CF/RCF. The ball jumped off his bat, more than anyone at the event, and it’s easy/effortless power. During the game, Ulliana had good at-bats about every time at the plate including a HR and a laser right at the SS. He’s got a classic, drop the barrel/head on the ball swing with above average batspeed for a 2016. If a college can find a position for Sonny, maybe 1B, there’s no reason why he can’t be an impact bat at the next level.
Jason Clark IF/OF R/R 5’11” 170 - Clark is a pretty good athlete with good tools across the board. Jason ran a 7.13 60, was 83mph from SS, and 93mph from the OF. He also sat 85-87mph on the mound during the game. There’s definitely something there to work with on the mound, his arm works well and the ball comes out nice, but like most players that play several positions, his control wasn’t there. Jason had one of the better BP’s, hitting laser after laser. His bat stayed in the zone forever with a quick, level swing that won’t get beat too often with higher velocities at the next level. Clark showed above average batspeed for a 2016 and could be a legit 2-way player at the next level if he can work on repeating his delivery and having a consistent release point.
Jack Parkinson INF R/R 6’3” 180 - Jack had one of the more direct, and short to the ball swings at the scout day during BP. Parkinson showed above average batspeed for a 2016, and when he cleared his hips and got through the ball, showed a little bit of pull power. At SS, during the workouts, he showed above average actions for a 2016 and a borderline 40 arm. Jack has a projectable body and will continue to get stronger. He struggled a bit in the games at the plate, changing his approach a bit and not staying aggressive like he was in BP. Parkinson ran a 7.15 60, defensively we think he can play 2B at the next level, but it will all depend on how well he swings the bat next spring.
Matt Petrosino - LHP L/L 6’1” 170 - Petrosino may have been the best sleeper at the event. Matt’s velocity was down, but his ability to get batters out was unmatched by any other arm there. College coaches at any level need a Petrosino in their bullpen and maybe as a spot starter from time to time. The lefty, was a strike throwing machine and threw from 2-3 different arm angles. Left handed hitters have no chance against Petrosino, his fastball had arm side run and his slurve from a low 3/4 arm slot was nasty. After starting the first few hitters of from a low to mid 3/4’s arm angle, he decided to pitch from a high 3/4 arm angle. From the high 3/4 arm angle, Matt’s CB had more depth and was sharper. Once Petrosino gets to where he’s sitting 82-85mph or better, there shouldn’t be a reason any college in America wouldn’t want him on their staff. He can be a specialist, short or long relief, or spot starter and get outs!
Quenton Wellington OF R/R 5’7” 170 - Wellington has some quick-twitch, but the baseball skills haven’t caught up to his tools just yet. Quenton ran a 6.53 60 and showed 35 arm from the OF in the workouts. During the game, he had some good at-bats and some at-bats that weren’t as good. Wellington has average to above average batspeed for a 2016 grad and has quick wrists, which helps generate his batspeed. He made hard contact during the game, but at the same time struggled with strike zone discipline. If Quenton can be more patient, have a better approach at the plate, learn to utilize his speed better both offensively and defensively, he’ll have a chance to play at a smaller college or JUCO at the next level. Wellington just needs time and reps.
Adam Lovell OF L/L 5’8” 155 - Lovell is another sleeper. He ran a 6.84 60 and has a sweet LH swing. Adam has good rhythm and timing at the plate and took a solid BP session. He just needs to get physically stronger over the winter heading into his senior HS season. Lovell showed average batspeed for a 2016, but the swing is there to potentially be a good hitter at the next level. He had good at-bats in the game and has a patient approach at the plate, Adam just needs to get stronger.
Tyler Fairchild RHP R/R 6’4” 210 - Fairchild has a big pitcher’s frame with room to grow into it. Tyler’s delivery is a bit unorthodox, but his “stuff” has a chance to be nasty. Fairchild was up to 87mph and with his bigger, stronger frame, he should be able to maintain his velocity as he gets stronger. If Tyler can develop a better secondary pitch or two and command the strike zone better, he’ll have success at the next level. He definitely will get outs at the next level.
Hayden Castor INF R/R 6’3” 185 - some projectability, good actions for bigger bodied player, gets around the ball a bit and has some length in his swing, but there’s something there with this kid
Arian Coffey INF 6’4” 160 - projectable, good rhythm and timing at the plate, needs to get stronger, competes
Mitchell Hahn OF 6’6” 185 - very strong physical body, a bit stiff but strong/quick wrists, ran a 6.94 as well
Clay Farren OF - ran a 7.16 60, physical body, showed gap power in BP with good extension through the ball
Brenden Bube RHP R/R 5’9” 155 - Bube was an Elite100 participant in Nashville earlier in the summer where he first showed our staff his live arm and wipeout slider. Since then, nothing has changed. Bube isn’t a big kid, but he has a quick arm and competes every time he takes the mound. Brenden’s FB sits in the 84-85mph range, but it’s his slider that is unhittable at times. Once he gets a little stronger, Bube should be in that 85-88mph range with a an MLB 50 slider. It was easy for him to keep hitter off-balance because he throws his slider for strikes consistently. Hitters looking for a fastball or slider and guessing have no chance against Brenden. Colleges need to be all over this kid with his swing and miss pitch, and ability to spot up his fastball.
Adisyn Coffey SS R/R 6’1” 160 - Coffey was a PW All-American down at USF in Tampa at the end of this past July. He’s the type of player that defensively he makes things look easy and has above average arm strength for a 2017. Adisyn is about as wiry as it gets and generates borderline plus batspeed for a 2017. The area we saw some improvement this past Sunday for Coffey was the ability to drive the ball the other way in BP. He likes to go out and get the ball, which is part of his aggressive approach at the plate. Adisyn hit the ball hard in the game as well as during BP. If he can learn to be a bit more patient at the plate, wait for his pitch, stay back longer, he’ll start to drive balls from gap to gap. The defense is already there, the bat we think will get there for Coffey to play at a high college level and maybe draw some MLB scouts interest at some point.
Corbin Cox OF R/R 6’1” 205 - Cox has some tools, but has some work to do to sure up his swing a bit. He showed plus batspeed for his grad class during BP, getting great extension and showing some pull-side power. Like Coffey, Cox needs to learn to let the ball travel a bit more and calm his swing down some. There’s a difference between being good aggressive at the plate and just aggressive. Good aggressive is being aggressive and attacking the baseball in the strike zone, if Cox can make that adjustment, he’ll start to get good looks from colleges. He ran a 6.72 60 and is physically strong, with a better approach at the plate colleges will take notice.
Blake Dunn MIF/C/RHP R/R 5’11” 175 - Dunn may have been the best athlete at the scout day. Blake did every really well and has pro tools already. At SS, he showed quick feet, athleticism, and a cannon for an arm. (90mph from SS) Dunn ran a 6.78 60 and Pop’d a 1.91 time down to 2B. Blake’s a quick-twitch athlete, with good eye-hand coordination. Physically, he was worn out in the games from playing about every position, but he still played well. In BP, Dunn has no stride and it short/direct to the baseball with plus batspeed for a 2017. He has a tendency to get pull happy, we’d like to see what would happen if Blake actually took a stride to help develop better rhythm and timing. He’s certainly athletic enough to make that adjustment, and it’d help him keep his hands inside the ball better and drive more balls the other way. He is a definite D1 prospect and could become a legit 2-way player and develop into a pro prospect at some point.
Tyler Van Pelt OF L/L 5’11” 180 - Van Pelt was one of the more impressive overall players at the scout day. Not sure what colleges are waiting for on Tyler, but he’s a “baseball player” with tools. He ran a 6.72 60, had the best BP and raked in the game. What impressed our staff the most with Van Pelt is that he plays hard, loves the game and has an advanced approach at the plate. He stays within himself, which a lot of amateur hitters don’t do, especially when there are 30 college coaches watching them. Tyler created good bat whip, showed above average batspeed for his grad class, his bat stayed in the hitting zone forever with great extension. In the game, he took what the pitchers gave him and hit the ball hard. This kid has a chance to be an elite level hitter at the college level and will get some pro interest his senior year in HS. As balanced of a swing as our staff has seen this year.
Carson Wright OF L/L 5’10” 160 - Wright didn’t have a great BP, but when the game started, he did what he has done all summer. Hit the baseball hard consistently. Our staff had no idea that Carson was a sub 7.0 runner in the 60 (6.91). His game speed is a bit better and he covers a ton of ground from gap to gap in CF making a couple of great plays at full speed in the gaps on line drives. Wright showed above average batspeed for a 2017, good extension, great rhythm and timing. If there was anything we felt Carson needs to improve on at the plate, it would be to become a bit more balanced. A lot of his swings, it appeared he was trying to lift the ball and didn’t get his weight transferred through to his front side. That was mainly in BP though, he looked much better in the game, when it counted. Wright is a high level D1 type hitter/OF and may get some pro looks his senior year of HS.
Ryan Metz RHP R/R 6’1” 185 - Metz was one of the most impressive arms at the scout day. He sat 85-87mph but ran it up to 89mph. Ryan has a great pitcher’s frame and has some projectabliity. He repeats extremely well, pitches from a good downward plane, and can throw three pitches for strikes. Metz’s curveball was a bit inconsistent, but it showed flashes of having tight spin, depth and a possible swing and miss pitch. He hit his spots a lot with his FB. There’s nothing not to like about Metz, the delivery, arm works well, pitchability and projectability. Ryan will be an upper tier D1 arm and a definite pro prospect by his senior year.
Chas Adams LHP L/L 6’1” 190 - Adams was very impressive. He already has a decent idea of how to pitch and uses his plus changeup for a 2017 extremely well, setting up hitters. You would think by the downward angle, Adams creates from the left-side he was 6’4”-6’5”. His fastball was up to 87mph and there’s definitely more in the tank. Chas had a quick arm and kept the same quick arm action on his changeup which makes it such an equalizer against good hitters. Adams, like Metz should be a weekend starter at the D1 level and draw quite a few pro scouts during his senior year. Once his velocity jumps and he’s sitting 89-91mph, with his changeup, high school hitters won’t have a chance.
Colin Donahue C R/R 6’1” 180 - had good pop times (1.91), good catch and throw, hit a HR in the game, finds the barrel but needs to work on getting through the ball with a better weight transfer and get better extension, could become a player to watch
Grant Fremion OF L/L 5’11” 160 - has a great LH swing, needs to get stronger to create better batspeed, has a good approach, runs well (6.91 60) and showed a 40-45 arm from the OF, has the tools, just needs strength
Tomorrow we'll have reports on the 2018's and 2019's!