By: Austin Alexander – June 6-7, 2022
-College coaches, young talent on display in Capital City-
Diamond Prospects returned to familiar turf this week after quite a few years were sandwiched between trips to Lexington High School! And how fortunate on day one that we had access to their top-notch facilities and conducive weather to execute our gameplan, Day 2 was a little dicey with a Game 2 lightening delay as we were constantly letting the radar dictate any necessary changes to the original schedule. As things played out, it's quite miraculous that we got everything in both days, finishing 25 minutes early each evening. Temps were smoking throughout the event, so were the prospects!
This event was full to participants three weeks before we ever picked up a baseball. Over 40 evaluators were on hand to beef up their summer radar, also to cross off off some names too. Just as these scouts showed up, so did the talent. Though this is an "open" showcase, many of the top uncommitted players were present and shined, especially in the younger classes. So many new names emerged and punched Palmetto Games tickets, which is uber-exciting when in our profession!
While we see an unparalleled number of prep games in the spring, it's impossible to see all, easy to miss an arm if he's not throwing when we are in attendance too. Which is why we host events such as this - to provide the platform for young men to sell themselves. James Island 2023 Tanner Beckley (pictured at top) stole the show with his BP round, then leading off the game later that afternoon with a dinger. He was not alone as the list was long of individual exploits.
The theme of this showcase remained all of the young uncommitted talent in South Carolina and a solid field of speed paced by Carolina Forest 2023 Andrew Buffkin and Lexington 2023 Gabe Herold, each with a 6.82/60 time. Even with a southpaw bumping 92 MPH, Boiling Springs 2023 Jackson Cole (left) was among the sharpest in a parade of projectable pitchers.
Below we will chronicle what occurred between the lines over the 36 hours in Wildcat Country...the future remains so bright in the Palmetto State, read our take on this summer showcase as we have chronicled plenty of info for our subscribers!
Tip of the Cap: In no particular order...Skipper Brian Hucks for allowing us at his place and to assistant coach Randy Lucas who worked tirelessly going the extra mile before, during and after we were there. He had the PA blaring as we pulled in Tuesday at 6:45 AM, attaboy Coach... Chic-fil-A franchise owner Buzzy Myers supplied the lunch for our staff and scouts on Day 1, even hand-delivered them himself. They were warm and on-time, heck, they were Chic-fil-A sandwiches, what else could a person ask for? Thank you Buzzy!…Not to be outdone, Maurices BBQ's Chris Bennett was wheeling and dealing as well...New partners to DP, Dingers Only sponsored our Diamond King award winners and was in attendance, thank you!...Last but not least, our DP staff. Wow were our guys on point as usual, especially in the heat. What an awesome group of teammates to step up and help us execute a common goal!
Bonus Kudos- College Style: USC-Aiken Tyler Miller was there first - by over an hour. He helped us unload and set up, not part of his job description but very much appreciated...Less than 18 hours following a gut-wrenching, season-ending defeat at East Carolina, Coastal Carolina assistant Tim Perry made the trip from Greenville, NC to be in attendance and kick-off the summer recruiting grind. Perry was a staple working our events for nine years before taking his new post in Myrtle Beach. Always good to have TP in the house...Cannot have this category without mentioning the many talents and hats worn of the USC-Salkehatchie Athletic Director and Head Coach. JJ Joye (a.k.a. DJ Jazzy JJ) double-dipped each masquerading as baseball coach but also hitting the right buttons to keep us tapping our feet during some long days. Coach you have done this for us over many years, keep the good times rollin'!
Final Kudos: Our initial event having the staff at StatStak with us was a huge success! This will continue to be an excellent evaluation tool for the DP staff, players and college coaches moving forward. We are thankful for our new partnership with them and very excited what the future holds for our prep players in the Palmetto State!