By: Austin Alexander - November 3-4, 2018
Friday rain turned into spring weather and sunny skies on Saturday then Sunday greeted us at River Bluff High School and their envious facilities to help us execute Diamond Prospects' 13th Annual Fall Showcase. A full house of participants in the 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 classes were on hand to work out in front of 30+ evaluators on Day 1. A solid mix of tunes rang out of the PA system as two sessions of players were paraded through 60's on the A+ football field, then a defensive workout, batting practice and closing with bullpens before the games opened on Saturday afternoon 25 minutes ahead of schedule.
The theme of this weekend, after being awe-struck at the River Bluff campus for the umpteenth time, was of all of the names unknown to us and most scouts when we all arrived on Saturday. A heavy dose of freshmen, sophomores and juniors (left, 2020 TL Hanna SS Ross McCurley) forced themselves into claiming "follow" status, some with upside that had us VERY excited, including 2022 Midland Valley SS Charlie Bussey III (right). So many more punched their ticket to the Palmetto Games which is still nine months away, a win for all of us!
May River Blast: A fairly new High School invaded this DP event and made their contests a treat! Plenty of solid players too. It was a joy to see them and their fans enjoy an exhibition two plus hours from home. Perhaps we are way off (or precisely dead on) the ring-leader and a good player was Joshua Patterson, pictured right who also bears a strong resemblance to DP's own Barry Mabry!
DP High Five: River Bluff was a gracious host providing their amazing facility that has set the bar for other prep digs while creating envy from many of the college coaches that attended. The place could not have been a more accommodating site, Coach Mark Bonnette and his support staff were always first-class before, during and after the event; we sincerely thank them for opening their gates to DP for many, many more events to come!