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Palmetto Games Prospect Info: 2020 & 2021

-Prospect Info: Class of 2020- 

AustinCade-sign17Cade Austin – Chapin HS, RHP, USC commit: This weekend, the 2020 class continued to increase in depth and Austin sits near the top of that list. In his quick inning of work, Austin recorded a couple punchouts with a fastball that topped out at 88 and sat in the 86-87 MPH range. Austin has a clean delivery and gets down the hill well using his frame. He also showed a promising breaking ball. Mound presence checked out and he worked at good tempo. At 6-2/195, Austin is going to be physical kid that will continue to develop into a power arm for his class. Following the Palmetto Games, Austin made a commitment to University of South Carolina. 

CromerDavid-pg17David Cromer – Lexington HS, OF, Uncommitted: Cromer put himself on the radar this weekend. The rising sophomore had solid showings at the dish collecting three hits in five at bats. He showed the ability to drive the ball to both gaps and continuously barreled up fastballs. He displayed a strong throwing arm from right field and made a nice defensive play on Saturday. Currently 6-2/210, Cromer has the potential to be a legit power threat in the middle of the Wildcat lineup for the next three years. Serious baseball bloodlines only help his cause going forward.  

Grice-CadenCaden Grice – Riverside HS, LHP, Clemson commit: Grice continues to improve in each showing that DP checks in on him. This weekend, he showed a mid-80’s fastball and the ability to throw all three pitches for a strike. In the six outs he recorded, he sat down five via the strikeout. Grice gets great extension and because of this, the ball jumps on hitters. Along with the sneaky quick fastball, he shows an advanced feel for the change-up and a sweeping breaking ball that has good depth and command. Grice does an excellent job commanding the game when he has the ball and works at a respectable pace. The Warriors of Riverside will be tough to beat when Grice gets the ball each week! 

UrbanAlex-pg17Alex Urban - River Bluff HS, OF, Clemson commit: Good setup and stance at the plate. Has good rhythm with a nice, slightly uphill LH swing. Really like the way he gets the bat head out and gets the ball elevated. Already shows pull-side power but has potential for big time light tower power, especially as the body develops. Currently an average runner (7.22) that is best suited for a corner outfield spot at this time.  

BarnhillCarson-pg17Cameron Barnhill – Green Sea-Floyds HS, RHP, Clemson commit: Barnhill is another one of the young bucks that showed confidence when he took the ball. He is on pace to be a legit power arm in the years to come. He stands at 6’1” and throws a heavy fastball that topped at 87 on Sunday. When he catches the breaking ball, it is a good bender in the 72-74 MPH range that has the potential to be a plus pitch moving forward. At times, Barnhill can get amped up and will lose his command. When Barnhill trusts his abilities, and does not try to do too much, he shows plus stuff. Barnhill showed a fastball with late life and gets on hitters in a hurry. When a third pitch emerges, we are looking at a potential beast. Barnhill has the stuff to be a dominant force when taking the mound! 

VasquezJalen-stance17Jalen Vasquez – Fort Dorchester HS, MIF, South Carolina commit: Advanced actions for a rising sophomore. Vasquez is a very polished fielder with a good arm that will get better as he matures physically. Handles the bat well from the left side and doesn’t try to do too much. Barrel stays in the zone and has the ability to hit the ball to all fields. Excited to watch him grow and develop over the next three years. The tools and athleticism (7.0) are there for the youngster and he will certainly take off with added strength. 

EdmondsonAlex-pg16Alex Edmondson – Mauldin HS, RHP, Clemson commit: Already making his second trip to Palmetto Games, Edmondson had another strong showing as he took the mound on Sunday. Edmondson’s fastball topped out at 88 MPH and sat in the mid-80’s. Edmondson shows an excellent tempo in his delivery and has a nice, soft finish. Edmondson has been a touch harder than he was today but showed the ability to pitch, even when he does not have his best stuff. His breaking ball seemed to be tighter than recalled before. Not every day are you going to have your best, but on those days, a guy still has to get outs! Edmondson is a great athlete and the baseball IQ is present. Not only did Edmondson show well on the mound, he also flashed the leather in the infield!  

FinsterColin-bal17Colin Finster – Liberty HS, LHP, Uncommitted: Finster is a physical southpaw that attacks hitters at a quick pace and with confidence. Today his fastball was up to 85 MPH and sat anywhere from 82-84. Finster peppers the knees with the fastball but tends to fly open on his breaking ball. When going to the plate, he does a nice job driving with his lower half but will roll out his front side. This leads to him leaving the breaking ball up in the zone. Finster has a quick arm and when the delivery gets synced up, we are looking at a kid who will make a big time jump!

OlenchuckTy-sign17Ty Olenchuck – Dutch Fork HS, RHP/INF, Clemson commit: For the weekend, Olenchuck put down the pigskin and picked the baseball, only to throw darts that registered at 86-88 MPH and topped out at 89. Olenchuck is a gifted athlete that has the tools to become a legit guy on the bump. The tempo of his breaking ball is improving but can still be noticed when delivering to the plate. The demeanor that Olenchuck has when on the mound is impressive. He attacks hitters with confidence but does not get rattled with what is around him. As he continues to progress, the feel for his pitches will improve and the sky will be the limit for this young man! 

Frick-Tomas-2017Tomas Frick – JL Mann HS, C, North Carolina commit: The Tar Heels picked up a commitment from Frick after Saturday’s game. He is one of, if not the top catcher in South Carolina in the class of 2020. He is an excellent receiver of the baseball and does a great job of presenting pitches. He is quiet behind the plate and wins the border line calls for his pitcher. He consistently threw the ball accurately to 2nd base while showing off a strong arm (1.99). Frick has noticeably trimmed up his body and has plenty of time to add muscle to his 6 foot frame. He showed the ability to hit line drives in the gap in BP and followed that up with a hard single up the middle in game 1. The bat is usually the last thing to come for young catchers and I see no reason why he won’t continue to get better and better at the plate as he gets older. Reminds me of a former Tar Heel catcher, Tim Federowicz, now catching for the San Francisco Giants.

LucasLandon-sign17Landon Lucas – Blythewood HS, RHP/INF, USC commit: Due to inclement weather, Lucas did not get a chance to face live hitters, but his stuff in the bullpen was impressive. Lucas' fastball peaked at 86 MPH and when dropping arm angles, he came to the plate at 81-85 MPH with some late run. The limbs on Lucas continue to grow and the arm works quick. Lucas has the ability to spin the breaking ball as well as anyone. It is evident that Lucas is a student of the game and will continue to make great strides as he develops. Great showing for Lucas this weekend! 

-Prospect Info: Class of 2021- 

McDonaldKeyshawn-pg17Keyshawn McDonald – Harstville HS, RHP/OF: No question this weekend that McDonald established himself as the standard for this upcoming freshman class. He demonstrated command and confidence with his FB that sat 85-87, topping out at 88 MPH. This young man has yet to step on a high school campus but exhibited tremendous poise on the bump this weekend. His arm strength is very special and as he continues to develop, he is going to cause a lot of hitters to have difficult days at the plate. He struggled to repeat the delivery with his breaking ball but not an area of concern at this stage of his career because of his youth. Bottom line, McDonald is a gifted athlete (is also a standout basketball/football guy) and is going to be fun to watch for many years to come!