-Prospect Info: Class of 2020-
Landen Lucas – Blythewood HS, USC commit, RHP: The athletic sophomore was impressive during his time on the bump. Fastball topped out at 88 MPH and showed late life. Lucas does a nice job of getting down the hill and his delivery is in sync with his quick arm action. Lucas also showed a better change up today compared to viewings from last year. As Lucas wrapped up his session, he dropped his arm slot and showcased an 86-87 MPH fastball and also demonstrated the ability to spin a slurve from that slot. Lucas will be a big piece of the success the young pups at Blythewood HS could have this spring.
Tomas Frick – JL Mann HS, UNC commit, C: Frick continues to show why he is the top-ranked catcher in the sophomore class. He has a great set up behind the dish and receives the baseball well. Had no problems handling some of the best pitchers in the state during their workout. His transfer is quick and has the arm strength to match as he registered a 1.90 pop time. The bat is getting better. Was able to barrel up some balls to the gaps in batting practice. He needs to stay more linear with his front hip as it tended to leak during his round. He has made great strides in improving his body as he checked in at 6-0/200. With three more seasons of high school baseball to develop, he will be an interesting follow. He will be a very good catcher in the ACC for the Tar Heels.
David Cromer – Lexington HS, USC commit, OF: At 6-2/220, Cromer is not your typical high school sophomore. He showed a strong and accurate arm during the outfield portion of the workout. However, it’s the bat that really stands out. Cromer consistently hammered balls into the gaps. There is more in the tank! When he learns to incorporate more of his lower half to create torque in the swing, balls will consistently leave the yard. Will need to improve his footspeed to remain in the outfield. Cromer ran a 7.76/60. Will be a mainstay in the Wildcat lineup for the next three years and could be a true power hitter for the Gamecocks.
Jalen Vasquez – Fort Dorchester HS, USC commit, MIF: Vazquez is a smooth looking infielder with good actions. The bat is starting to come around and as the 5-10/150 sophomore adds some weight and strength, his offensive game should jump another level. I expect as he begins to fill out he will improve on his 7.19/60 as well.
Brody Hopkins – Summerville HS, Uncommitted, OF/RHP: Hopkins is a toolsy outfielder who, at 6-3/170, really has a chance to develop physically in the coming years. He displays a solid arm in the outfield and very good bat speed for a young hitter. While there are some things to clean up in the swing, it is hard to debate that the ability is in there and it will be exciting to see how he develops in the future.
Walker Lathrop – Seneca HS, Uncommitted, OF: Lathrop is another of the impressive crop of 2020’s who were on display. Lathrop may be one of the more complete players in the class, showing the ability to do it all. His arm strength is above average, and he was one of the more impressive throwers among the outfielders. He ran a 6.91/60 and can swing the bat. At 6-0/165 he is not the most physically imposing guy, yet, which makes it all the more impressive the way the balls jumps off his bat. As the body matures and he gets stronger, watch out for this prospect.
-Prospect Info: Class of 2019-
Jax Cash – Spartanburg HS, USC commit: Cash already looks like a big leaguer walking into the park. At 6-3/205 he’s an imposing figure behind the plate and in the box. Displaying plus-arm strength that reaches 91 MPH on the mound, he registered a 1.95 pop time. Cash has the strength to punish the baseball but will need to make some adjustments in his load to be on plane more consistently. After completing his catching responsibilities on Pro Day, Cash turned his attention to his abilities on the bump and did not disappoint. Cash was firing bolts that sat 87-88 MPH and he ran his heater up to 91 MPH. When delivering his secondary pitches, he tends to ease up on his arm speed. However, Cash is still raw on the mound and will have plenty of time to develop. This junior possesses the tools to be a legitimate power arm moving forward.
Will Smith – Conway HS, Uncommitted, RHP: Smith exhibited a smooth, repeatable delivery as he joined the 90 MPH club on this January afternoon. In his brief outing today, he showed the ability to command three pitches with his breaking ball being his out-pitch. Smith spun the bender in the 74-76 range and showed a solid feel for this pitch. Due to his quick arm and athleticism, he puts his body in a good position to fire down the hill. Smith has made a nice jump in his skillset since his last viewing at Palmetto Games and the future remains bright for this Conway native.
Dylan Williamson – Pelion HS, Uncommitted, RHP: Just a couple of months ago, Williamson was unknown to the DP staff. In a short time, Williamson has propelled himself to one of the top arms in his class. Today, his fastball sat in the 86-88 MPH range. The intriguing thing about Williamson is the velocity he possesses right now is all arm strength; no lower half. When he understands there is more to chunking the pill than just your arm strength, watch out! Williamson has the tools to be a legitimate power arm. Improvements on secondary pitches are recommended but there is plenty of time for that as we are just kicking off the 2018 campaign. Very excited to see the progress Williamson makes in the coming years.
Trotter Harlan – Hillcrest HS, C of C commit, MIF: Harlan is a smooth fielding middle infielder that shows good range and above average arm strength. He made every play during the infield workout and made it look second nature. He registered a 6.87/60 as well. He has a simple load and compact swing that allows him to stay on the baseball and hit it to all fields. Don’t let his slight build fool you. Although he’s 5-10/160, there is some pop in the bat. Adding some weight will definitely translate to more power in his swing. With two more seasons of development and growth before he arrives on campus, the College of Charleston is getting a guy that will be very productive for the Cougars.
Dylan Rogers – Dorman HS, Kentucky commit, OF: It’s well-documented that Rogers missed most of the 2017 high school season with an injury. He appears back and healthy as he won the best hitter at the 2017 Palmetto Games. He showed a strong accurate throwing arm from the outfield. He posted a 7.26/60. Look for him to play a corner outfield at the next level. At the plate he has very good rhythm and consistently gets the bat head out. He finds the barrel often. At 6-2/190, Rogers has the frame to add some size and strength. Could be a very good player for the Wildcats and beyond college.
Ethan Fewell - Academic Magnet HS, Winthrop commit, C: At 6-3/185 Fewell has a frame that should fill out very well over the next few years. He displays impressive bat speed but tends to get in and out of the zone a bit. The ball jumps when he squares it up. The bat is a bit ahead of the defense at the moment but with a strong arm and his solid work ethic, he has all the makings of a quality defender at the next level.
Travis Lott – Stratford HS, Citadel commit, C: Lott is a phenomenal catch and throw guy with remarkable throwing accuracy. He does not display the raw arm strength that some of the catchers showed but it’s difficult to find a more consistent thrower. He turned in a 2.01 pop time in this showing. His power is beginning to develop and that was on display in his BP round hitting a ball high off the building in right field. Lott has a simple and short stroke and as he improves on getting to balls out front and elevating the ball he should post some power numbers in the future.
Geoffrey Gilbert-Bishop England HS, Clemson commiit, 2019, LHP: Gilbert is a 2019 LHP who was 86-88 MHP with his fastball. His arm slot is straight over the top which kept his ball straight but it did jump at the end. His curveball was a short and tight sweeper at 74-76. He also showed an average change up at 78 with arm-side run. In his windup, his hands start high drop to his belt and then breaks high at the letters which gives him some rhythm. When I watch him it is like watching CJ Wilson with comparable stuff and size.