-Uncommitted Player of the Week-
By: Jason Kullman – March 5, 2012
Diamond Prospects is excited to announce the premier of the Uncommitted Player of the Week Award for the 2012 high school baseball season. Starting this year DP has decided to further its focus on the players who may be flying under the radar of college programs. In addition to naming a Player of the Week, a first and second runner-up will be listed as well as a few honorable mentions in our new award.
Important Note: Deadline for submission of nominees is on each Monday by noon.
The initial award will be for the pre-season scrimmages and tournaments completed by March 4, 2012. Let’s check out the early season’s top uncommitted performers!
Stephen McKnight- Senior, Easley HS, LHP/OF: McKnight was excellent in the Mauldin Site Scrimmage being named the “show stealer” by DP’s Barry Mabry. With his excellent play on the mound and at the dish McKnight came in a close second to our winner, who will be named shortly. McKnight was three for four (two singles and a homerun) with three RBI’s in the game against Pendleton HS. In addition to providing three of the four Green Wave Runs he also stymied, the Pendleton offense while pitching four innings and giving up just one run. Great job Stephen, keep up the great work!
Garrett Chapman- Junior, West Florence HS, 3B/SS: Chapman’s play in the Pee-Dee Invitational is what earned him his spot as the second runner-up. While he did not have a hit, in two games he walked four times in seven plate appearances, scored three runs and drove in a run on a sacrifice fly. Chapman showed great patience for a young hitter not chasing many pitches and taking the walk. Way to go Garrett!
Austin Luttrell- Senior, Riverside Hs, C: Luttrell is an excellent leader and controls his pitching staff excellently at the Easley Preseason Tournament.
Logan McGraw- Senior, Emerald HS, RHP/OF: McGraw displayed excellent competitiveness in the Tournament of Horns third place game, pounding the strike zone in a win over Woodmont.
And with no further ado this week’s Uncommitted Player of the Week is:
Preston Lane- Senior, St James HS, SS/RHP
Lane was named the early season Player of the Week thanks to his play in both the Conway Scrimmage and St James game against North Myrtle Beach. Lane displayed excellent defense in both games covered by DP. His “web gem” came in the Conway Scrimmage when he darted to the middle to make the grab then turned and gunned down the runner at first. Also in the scrimmage he had four hits (2 doubles), scored two runs and had two RBI’s. In the matchup against North Myrtle Beach HS, Preston displayed the range and athleticism that projects him well to the next level. DP’s Michael McDonald feels Lane is athletic enough to play multiple positions for a college team and that his baseball IQ makes up for his slightly below-average arm strength at shortstop, as Lane does an excellent job adjusting to hitters and positioning himself.
Congratulations to all the players and keep up the great work!