Tallahassee, FL - It was a beautiful day for a great showcase. The Next Level Baseball staff handled everything to perfection. The tryout ran like clockwork. There were plenty of college coaches, scouts, and fans in attendance at the Lincoln Trojans Sports Complex in Tallahassee, Fl. There wasn’t an empty seat in stands or in the third base dugout where all the college coaches and professional scouts congregated.
Gavin Dickey, a former Gatorade Florida HS Football Player of the Year in 2001 helped Next Level Baseball with the workout hitting infield/outfield and throwing batting practice. Dickey was a two sport standout in football and baseball at the University of Florida before signing a professional baseball contract with the Atlanta Braves in 2006 as a 12th round pick and playing 4 years in the minors.
The majority of the players were from Florida and Georgia, but there were kids from Alabama, Tennessee, and New Jersey as well.
The day started with the players stretching and getting ready to run a 60 yard dash. I’d like to make a note that Next Level Baseball’s 60 times were laser timed. It was the first showcase that I've scouted this winter where a program had laser timed 60’s. There were a number of college coaches and professional scouts timing the players with handheld stop watches like myself.
The top 60 time was turned in by Madison Skillings (6.51 sec), a 2013 OF from Hillgrove HS in Powder Springs, GA. Skillings is a great looking athlete that can really run.
After the players ran their 60’s, it was time to showcase their arm strength in the infield and outfield workouts.
The best outfield arm was shown by Taylor Maxey, a 2014 OF from The Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. Maxey showed a 35/40 arm (MLB scouting scale) with good carry and accuracy.
After the players showcased their infield and outfield skills it was time to see them swing the bat during batting practice.
There were several impressive BP performances, and it was very tough to decide the most impressive or the one that "wowed" me.
At the end of the day I think Willie Carter, a 2014 1B/3B from Fort White HS showed the best combination of power and consistency hitting the baseball harder and probably farther than anyone.
The last part of the showcase featured several good arms, but only one really stood out.
Matthew Sellers, a RHP/OF from Vero Beach HS showed a very loose and easy arm with plenty of projectability on the mound topping out at 88mph and showing a breaking ball with tight spin and late depth.
Overall, there was quite a bit of talent at Next Level Baseball’s Elite 100 this past Saturday. For more rankings and reports check out my next article. Most of the participants profile reports were posted in real time via our Ipad app I used to scout on Saturday. I still have to post catcher’s pop times and more 60 yard dash times which will be done by tonight.