-Prospect Info: Class of 2018-
Jacob English - St. James, USC signee, MIF: English has some of the best actions of any of the infielders in the event and can absolutely pick them up and put them down. He posted an impressive 6.67/60 time on Sunday. English can handle the bat and will be a tough out at the plate.
Jordan Flanders - North Augusta HS, Citadel signee, 1B/RHP: If you like to see the baseball go over the wall then Flanders is a guy for you. He led off the day with the most impressive round of batting practice of the entire event, losing a number of balls well over the outfield fence. Flanders will have a chance to be a legitimate power threat for the Bulldogs and can run it up there on the mound as well. Flanders got on the bump and was throwing bowling balls at 87-89 MPH, topping out at 90. Flanders is a physical kid and does a nice job using lower half when delivering to the dish. Today he showed a nice change-up that registered on the gun at 81 MPH. Flanders tends to cut himself off at the finish which is an indicator there is more velocity in the tank.
Nathaniel Lamb – Chesnee HS, Clemson signee, LHP: This time last year we were discussing the tools that Lamb possesses and the pitcher he could become. Now in 2018 Lamb has increased arm speed and has grown into an intriguing 6’5” frame. Lamb was throwing darts that were up to 88 MPH that had noticeable arm side run. Arm speed has improved on secondary pitches as well. What stood out to this scout today was the approach Lamb had when he took the rock. He was very business-like and displayed confidence in his abilities. No doubt, scouts will be checking in on Lamb this spring when it is his turn to take the ball for Chesnee HS.
Brad Golden – North Augusta HS, SMC signee, RHP: Throughout Golden’s prep career, there is no doubt his stuff had the ability to be electric. Today, the fastball was 85-87 MPH and topped out at 88 MPH. What has set Golden apart is his ability to spin the breaking ball. Today, he spun the breaker in at 77-79 MPH with good bite. At times, Golden can lose his release point due to a slight variation in his arm slot. Once this young man begins to repeat his delivery, we could see another jump in his stuff. With the duo of Golden and his teammate Jordan Flanders, we could see the North Augusta Yellow Jackets make a deep playoff run!
Jackson Lindley – TL Hanna HS, Clemson signee, RHP: Lindley has been on the DP radar for a couple of years and has continued to make great strides in his craft. Today the 6’4” Tiger signee was painting the lower half of the zone with a fastball that sat 90-92 MPH. In the past year, it’s evident he has placed an emphasis on his breaking ball as it came in at 78 MPH and now has the potential to be a strikeout pitch as he rolls into the spring. Lindley works at a good pace and the delivery is smooth and can be repeated. Lindley is a high character kid and with the strides he has made this offseason, shows the amount of pride he took in improving his game. The Yellow Jackets look to have a strong team this spring and Lindley’s success on the bump will dictate a great deal of that.
Gage Jeffcoat – Cardinal Newman HS, Uncommitted, RHP: This uncommitted senior was throwing darts at the lower half of the zone that sat at 89 MPH. Jeffcoat possesses a quick arm and there appears to be more velocity in the tank. He tends to be stiff and bails out during his delivery. The natural tools Jeffcoat possesses are very intriguing. To go with his fastball, he spins the breaker at 73-74 and showed the feel for a changeup that came in at 81-82 MPH. The wiry right-hander has the frame to add weight and develop more power. Look for Jeffcoat to be a shutdown arm for Cardinal Newman HS this spring.
Jaret Montenery – Waccamaw HS, Winthrop signee, RHP: Montenery is another senior who is a regular on the DP scene and today he continued to impress with his arm strength. One big aspect that stuck out compared to previous viewings was Montenery’s ability to repeat his delivery and maintain arm speed. Delivery appears to be in sync and his changeup is going to present issues to left-handed hitters at the next level. Montenery is a bulldog on the mound and will continue to work to be an important piece of the Waccamaw rotation this spring.
Tyler Corbitt – Airport HS, Citadel signee, MIF: Corbitt is one of the better middle infield bats in the state and really has a head for the game. A 6.87 runner with great instincts, he should be an impact guy in the Southern Conference right away. Corbitt has some good batspeed and hits the ball hard and with some better separation he could really develop into a guy who adds some long balls to his numbers in the future.
Jordan Starkes – Northwestern HS, Furman signee, OF: At 6-0/195, Starkes looks very athletic in a baseball uniform. He is very good outfielder who takes good angles to balls in the gap and reads the ball well off the bat. He showed a strong, accurate throwing arm that should allow him to remain in centerfield at the next level. He has made strides at the plate. He showed some bat speed today with a short compact swing. He had a very impressive round of batting practice with multiple balls leaving the yard. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him find himself in the Paladin lineup sooner than later. He is an exciting player and it will be fun to follow him after high school.
Jared Kirven – Lexington HS, C of C signee, C:Kirven continues to show why he is one of, if not the top, defensive catcher in the state of South Carolina. He has a great setup and receives the ball quietly. He possesses a high baseball IQ and shows the leadership qualities you love to see in a catcher. He displayed the events best pop time at 1.84. The bat has gotten better every year and he barreled up some balls today in BP. He currently is a line drive hitter who hits the ball to all fields. Would like to see a little more rhythm in his load which would help him get the bat head out a little more consistently. Kirven reminds me of current Los Angeles Dodgers catching instructor Travis Barbary. He will be a very good catcher for the College of Charleston.
James Parker – TL Hanna HS, Clemson signee, SS/3B: Parker, 6-2/185, is a tall rangy infielder that possesses good feet and a very strong throwing arm. He made every play during the infield portion of the workout. His arm strength should allow him to stay on the left side of the infield at Clemson. He displayed a quiet approach at the plate with a short, compact swing. He consistently barrels up the baseball and has the ability to drive the ball to all fields. His frame should allow him to add weight which could translate in to more power. Would not be surprised to see him get the opportunity to play the game past the college level. Clemson is getting a very good player!
Dallas Callahan – Byrnes HS, Coastal Carolina signee, C: One of the top backstops in the 2018 class, Callahan turned in a solid 1.96 pop time and demonstrates that he could be a threat from the left-side of the plate. He needs to create some separation in his swing to really drive the ball the way he is capable of. The Coastal Carolina commit should have a bright future at the collegiate level.
Tanner Steffy – Chapin HS, Uncommitted, C/OF: Steffy continues to be the best uncommitted bat available in the class of 2018. He hit a 375 foot missile off the batters eye in centerfield during his batting practice round that probably never got higher than 25 feet off the ground. The ball comes off his bat at a different speed than most. He possesses the rare combination of power and very little swing and miss. He demonstrates a very strong throwing arm as well. Still believe he makes the transition to right field or first base at the next level. He will be great a great addition for a college looking for a guy with some legit juice!
Rob Hughes-Northwestern HS, Furman signee, RHP: Hughes is a 2018 RHP who was 89-91 MPH. A big, strong sturdy pitcher that resembles Carl Pavano. Hughes slot is over the top and breaks at the belt. On occasion, his hands get stuck and causes his arm to be late and the pitch up. His lower half his strong, powerful, and on line to his target. His breaking ball is a short slider at 76-78 that is really good when he finishes it and it gets down and away. The changeup is 73-74 with some run down in the zone.
Tyler Jones-Wando HS, Winthrop signee, RHP: Jones has a 3-pitch mix with an 88-90 MPH sinking fastball that he commanded with ease to both sides of the plate. He has a low-¾ slot with length on the back side that works well. His breaker was also a plus pitch at 76-78 it was big with late sharp 1 to 7 break. His change up also has a chance to be a plus pitch at 80-81 with sink. His upper and lower half work together and has rhythm which is evident by his small stature (6’0, 165) being up to 92.
Cameron Reeves-Northwestern HS, Uncommitted, RHP: Reeves is a 6-3/195 Big, Strong Righty was 88-89 with a fastball that cuts. He is on line to the plate and has command to both sides. His delivery is effortless and under control. His curveball needs a little work to compliment his fastball. It was a little on the soft side at 70-71 because he slows his delivery and arm down when he is throwing this pitch. The spin and action on the pitch was average but could be much better if he speeds it up. Changeup was better at 75 and looked just like the fastball with late life down.
Daniel Lloyd-Summerville HS, South Carolina commit, RHP: Lloyd is a 2018 RHP and Lloyd reminds me of Brian Lawrence from the Padres and Mets in the 2000’s (look him up) same mechanics. He pitches from the first base side of the rubber and at leg lift, he tilts at the waist like he is going to be a side-armer but he keeps his slot at mid-¾. What was concerning was he was throwing 89-90 and was at least 20 inches across his body. This is putting a lot of stress on his arm, it also makes it difficult to throw the ball away to a righty without the ball cutting ala Jake Arrieta. The breaking ball was short at 74 that backed up on him at times but for the most part it was good down in the zone. He located his 83 MPH changeup rather easily with cutting action.