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Palmetto Games Prospect Info: Class of 2018

-Prospect Info: Class of 2018- 

LambNathaniel-sign16Nate Lamb – Chesnee HS, LHP, Clemson: When watching Lamb throw today it is tough not to go back and reflect on the strides he has made over the years. When Lamb first broke onto the scene, he had an intriguing frame and it was fun to look in to the crystal ball and see what he could become. When he took the ball Sunday afternoon, what DP saw in that crystal ball surpassed our projection 17 months later. Lamb came out of the gate firing darts that topped at 92 MPH and fastballs at 90 MPH were the norm when he was on the rubber. He also showcased a mid-80’s two seam that ran in on left-handed hitters with authority. Lamb has picked up arm speed and created leverage when going towards the plate. The breaking ball was sharp as well with it being much better in his second inning of work. Lamb has the tools to draw some serious pro attention as he continues throughout his prep career. Lamb’s frame is intriguing as he stands at 6’5’ and weighs in at 200 lbs. Lamb’s outing this weekend landed him the Palmetto Games Most Outstanding Arm Award. 

Gilbreath-John-setJohn Gilreath – Northwestern HS, LHP, USC: Gilreath is coming off a tremendous spring season for the 2017 AAAAA State Champs and he did not disappoint as he came out firing bullets on Saturday in game one. Gilreath topped out at 90 MPH and sat in the range of 85-88 MPH. As usual, Gilreath located his fastball on both sides of the plate and showed a good feel for his changeup. Would like to see Gilreath tighten up the breaking ball and add depth to it. It is evident that over the summer, Gilreath has found the weight room as he has begun to fill out. Look for Gilreath to be an important piece of arguably the best pitching rotation our state has had to offer in recent years.  

Tank Harrison – Eastside HS, RHP, Uncommitted: Harrison had a solid weekend as a position player but DP walked away intrigued with what he can do on the bump. Harrison showcased a mid-80’s fastball that he ran up to 87 MPH. He shows a simple, repeatable delivery and good arm speed on all three of his pitches. Right now it appears he has a better feel for change up than breaking ball. Harrison is on pace to be a quality high-80’s arm with three pitches. As he goes into the offseason, a big focus in the weight room would be beneficial for his development....Harrison had a tremendous weekend at the plate going 4-for-4, staying inside the baseball with a short, compact, flat swing that delivered line drive singles to right-center. He is comfortable letting the baseball travel and doesn’t try to do too much with his swing. Solid infielder, most comfortable at 2nd base, but has mid-80’s arm strong enough to play 3rd. Average runner but plays the game hard. Primary pitcher but could contribute 2 ways in some situations, depending on which college he attends. 

LloydDan-rel17Daniel Lloyd – Summerville HS, RHP, USC: Lloyd is an above average athlete who has also been blessed with a great arm. He and Lamb squared off Sunday afternoon and Lloyd matched Lamb by topping out at 91 MPH. Lloyd sat 87-89 MPH and sprinkled in fastballs in the low-90’s. To compliment the fastball, Lloyd showed his quality breaking ball that was mid-70’s. At times when Lloyd tried to amp up, he rolled out of delivery and that caused some command issues. When Lloyd maintained directions, he dotted the strike zone and his fastball showed late arm-side bore. Lloyd should be the anchor of a quality Summerville staff next spring. If Lloyd stays within himself and pitches to his strengths, it will be a tall task to reach first base off this future Gamecock, especially for RHH!

StarbuckMac-flip17Mac Starbuck – Easley HS, MIF, Clemson: Starbuck is a plus defender with advanced actions. The play on the run is the separator for infielders and Starbuck was the only player who did it with two hands during the pro-style workout. He can change arm angles to make every possible throw and possesses outstanding footwork which creates favorable hops. The former switch-hitter has decided to focus on hitting right-handed and it's working for him. He displayed the ability to use the entire field during BP and carried that over into the games. He has improved his foot speed (6.94) and his baseball instincts are evident. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and he plays the game full speed all of the time.  

Alex Nash – Waccamaw HS, INF/RHP, SMC: Nash was not originally scheduled to throw this weekend but a change in plans allowed him to get an opportunity on the bump, and he took full advantage of that. Nash throws a heavy fastball that sat 87-88 MPH. He showed a quick compact arm motion that with work will become more efficient. He also showed the ability to change arm angles that will cause some issues for right-handed hitters. To compliment the fastball, he showed a slider that will only get better as he continues to get a feel for his stuff on the mound. It is evident Nash is a competitive kid and would be a great back end guy for the Warriors if he throws strikes. Nash’s outing on Sunday was one of the surprises of this year’s event.  

Bryce Jackson – Abbeville HS, RHP/INF, Uncommitted: Following our rain delay on Sunday afternoon, Jackson took the hill and grabbed scouts’ attention right away. Jackson ran the fastball up to 90 MPH and sat in the high-80’s. In each of Jackson’s outings viewed by DP, he continues to become more polished on the bump. There is no question that Jackson’s arm works but in the past repeating the delivery has been the question. Along with his fastball, he spins a hard-breaking ball that can be a legit pitch at the next level. Though it was a snap shot, Jackson showed he is one of the state’s top arms as we roll into the off-season. 

GoldenBrad-finish17Brad Golden – North Augusta HS, RHP, Uncommitted: Golden is a wiry kid that possesses a fastball that can touch 88 MPH and sits in the 85-87 MPH. What Golden does that makes him an intriguing prospect is the fact that he possesses a plus, plus breaking ball that registered up to 80 MPH. When he got hitters on their heels he generated some bad swings with this pitch. Moving forward, Golden should focus on repeating his delivery. When Golden gets comfortable on the bump and fills up the zone with his fastball he will silence lineups with his quality fastball and legit curveball.  

SweattWes-sign17Wesley Sweatt – Northwestern HS, RHP, USC: Sweatt is one the four quality arms at Northwestern that will be tough to bet against once again in the 2018 season. Sweatt is a physical kid that stands at 6’3” and has a strong lower half. This weekend, he ran his fastball up to 91 MPH and would not be surprised to see him at higher numbers next season. Sweatt also shows a power breaking ball that can cause some serious issues for guys in the box. Sweatt is a great competitor and benefitted from being the Trojans closer last season. Developing the mindset of being a shutdown guy at a young age really pays dividends when a kid steps onto a college campus. It will be interesting to see what role Sweatt plays for the Trojans as we turn our attention to the 2018 season.   

Jaret Montenery – Waccamaw HS, RHP/OF, Winthrop: This Winthrop commit stands at 5’9” but when Montenery gets on the bump, he appears as if he is seven foot tall, picture Craig Kimbrel. He has a lighting quick arm and attacks hitters with confidence. This weekend, he ran his fastball up to 90 MPH and sat anywhere from 85-87 MPH. Both of his off-speed pitches were in the mid-70’s range and showcased both of them very well. At times, he can work too quick in his delivery and this can cause him to leave the ball up. As that margin for error closes, when he gets to the next level this will need to be corrected in order for him to be able compete for innings right away when he gets on campus at Winthrop. No question, the skillset is present for him to play a part in the Eagles pitching staff. 

Tyler Jones – Wando HS, RHP/INF, Winthrop: Jones is another kid that has benefited from a strong summer. This kid has not had much mound time in his prep career but as he has grown, the arm has gotten stronger as he is registering fastballs up to 90 MPH. At times, Jones can lose his arm slot and that leads to him losing his release point. Progress has been noted on his breaking ball as he is improving on his arm speed on this pitch. It appears he will be a two-pitch guy at the next level and will be a quick arm coming out the bullpen. Jones is an athletic kid where quick twitch muscles are present. It will be exciting to see what he develops into on the bump as he gains mound time. 

Tanner Steffy – Chapin HS, C, Uncommitted: Steffy put on a show in BP prior to Saturday’s game. He deposited four of eight balls deep into the stands at Founders Park. Has a great set up and generates a ton of bat speed. Shows good plate discipline and doesn’t swing and miss very much for a guy with power. Placing an emphasis on getting better at receiving and transferring will go a long way in determining where he plays at the next level. Arm strength is there as he continuously posted pop times in the 2.10 to 2.15 range. He can flat out hit and will be a big offensive pick-up for someone. 

Tanner McCallister - Dorman HS, 3B/RHP, College of Charleston: When McCallister toed the rubber, he ran his fastball up to 87 MPH and sat in the mid-80’s range. He showed a confident feel for his breaking ball and change-up. It appears he throws the change-up with a great deal of confidence. McCallister will be the centerpiece of the Dorman rotation this spring with the potential to develop into a quality arm when he steps on campus in Charleston next fall. He could end up being a two-way guy as he also had a good weekend at third base and the plate. He had the game wining hit on Sunday and also made a very nice play on a slow roller at 3B. He’s 6-2/185 and has some juice from the right side. He runs well enough (7.09) and swings it well enough to warrant consideration to pull dual status for the Cougars. 

Max Ryerson – Carolina Forest HS, RHP/OF, Charleston Southern: Ryerson is a big strong kid (6-4/205) that possesses a strong arm. He ran his fastball up to 89 MPH and sat upper-80’s. He can get violent in his delivery and that can cause him to leave the ball up and lose command. As Ryerson becomes more efficient in his delivery and trusts his entire body rather than just his arm, he could become a legit power arm that will pepper the strike zone with a firm fastball and a plus breaking ball (76 MPH). Ryerson is a very interesting arm that could potentially draw pro attention because of his size and arm strength. Excited to see what the future holds for this young man! 

Parker-James-2017James Parker – TL Hanna HS, MIF, Clemson: Very projectable body that has been committed to the Tigers for two years. Parker has clean actions at shortstop and a rocket for an arm. Has really improved his defense over the last couple of years. He runs well (6.72) and put that on display by beating out a slow roller and swiping a bag Saturday. Pull-side power but has the ability to drive balls in the right-centerfield gap when pitched away. He has been a fixture in the Yellow Jacket line-up for 3 years and will be a nice addition to the Tigers after graduation in 2018. 

Michael Poulos – West Ashley HS, C/RHP, College of Charleston: It was evident that Poulos is raw on the mound but one thing is present, arm strength! During in/out Poulos showed a strong arm to second base and a 1.89 pop time. When Poulos took the mound the arm strength transferred over as he was throwing darts up to 91 MPH with a loose arm action. The breaking ball still needs work as he slowed down the entire delivery but that is expected due to his lack of experience on the mound. It will be interesting to see how Poulos develops but one thing is for sure; there is potential for this young man on the bump! Following the Palmetto Games Poulos made a commitment to College of Charleston.

HowlettDan-rel17Jonathan Howlett – Lexington HS, RHP, Uncommitted: Howlett got the call to throw the first pitch of the 2017 edition of the Palmetto Games and he did not disappoint. He sat at 86-89 MPH and showed good arm speed in his two innings of work. In those two innings, he fanned five hitters and threw all of his pitches at the knees. It is evident when Howlett toes the rubber, he does so with confidence and with a bulldog mentality. Howlett spins a good breaking ball with late break and has also shown a quality changeup that has good arm side run. Everything points to Howlett being a young man that will have 90 MPH bolts coming from his arm sooner than later. Strong outing for this Wildcat pitcher and look for the uncommitted tag to be lifted from him soon! 

Bradwin Salmond - Lugoff-Elgin, OF, Spartanburg Methodist: Tall, rangy, athletic OF that runs well with such ease (6.87) that it looks like he is coasting. His LH swing is also fluid and effortless but balls explode off his bat to all fields. Bradwin is a 3-sport athlete that has not scratched the surface of reaching his full potential. Once he is able to spend significant time in the weight room and gets a lot more swings, the sky is the limit for this young man.  

Dallas Callahan - Byrnes HS, C, Coastal Carolina: One of the top catching prospects in the state, as well as the southeast, looked very good behind the plate receiving. His arm and feet have continued to improve with pop times 1.95–2.03. Also showed impressive quickness on two snap throws to 1st base picking off a runner. Looked sluggish at the plate due to illness but has shown a good LH swing that produces solid contact and power. Will only continue to get better at Coastal under Coach Schnall’s tutelage.  

Josiah Sightler – Swansea HS, OF/LHP, USC: Tall, athletic frame that has really filled out in the last 12 months. Very good runner (6.84) that roams the outfield well and has an above average arm. Upright stance at the plate with a fluid LH swing that creates lift. Shows power to all fields but spun off pitches on the outer half this weekend. Most likely will have the opportunity to prove himself as a 2-way threat at USC, however, pro interest as a bat is likely to create some difficult decisions for this young man in the spring.  

Tyler Corbitt – Airport HS, UTL, The Citadel: Very athletic utility player that flashed the leather at both middle spots earning his gold glove honors. Has good enough feet and hands to stay in the infield but arm strength and accuracy must continue to improve. Displayed very good instincts and lateral quickness. Did not have a great weekend at the plate chasing some pitches above his hands but showcased his above average foot speed (6.72) swiping a bag. Has a good setup at the plate and bat speed that generates surprising power to all fields for his size. Look for him to contribute right away at The Citadel.  

Kyle Ecton – Dutch Fork HS, C, Uncommitted: Ecton is a left-handed hitting catcher who will be a nice pick up for someone looking for a solid defender who can swing the bat. He consistently barreled up the baseball all weekend, collecting three hits. He has a short, compact swing and works primarily through the middle of the field. Shows good plate discipline and attacks balls in the zone. A solid catcher who posted consistent 2.0 pop times in the pregame workout. Becoming more accurate with his throws will land him on a college campus next fall. 

Nate Roof – Lexington HS, RHP, Uncommitted: Roof was another one of the pleasant surprises this weekend. In his two innings of work, he filled up the zone with a fastball that sat 85-87 MPH with sink. Roof has a quick arm and also showed a plus slider that also generated a number of weak ground balls (77 MPH). Roof is a kid that projects to be a ground ball machine if he continues to pepper the knees and fill up the zone with multiple pitches. Roof also shows a changeup that keeps left-handed hitters off-balance and is difficult to pick up. Roof will be a kid to keep tabs on moving forward and will be a valuable piece to the Wildcats pitching staff during the 2018 season. 

Garrett McDaniels – Pee Dee Academy, LHP, Coastal Carolina: McDaniels was another one of the highlights of the weekend as he showcased a fastball that sat 88-89 MPH from the left side. McDaniels fastball has late life and comes out of his hand free and easy. McDaniels has a projectable frame and has a good feel for his pitches. Breaking ball can flatten out on him at times but when he catches it right its registers at mid 70’s with good bite. McDaniels will no doubt draw pro attention this spring with the arsenal he has and will be a dominant guy on the mound next spring! 

Chad Fairey - Ninety-Six HS, INF/UTL, Clemson: Fairey is a left-handed hitter with good rhythm who displays the ability to drive the baseball from gap-to-gap. His barrel stays in the zone a long time which gives him the ability to hit the ball to all fields. Fairey has been on the radar a long time and has been committed to the Tigers for a year. Look for him to possibly move to a corner infield or corner outfield position for the Tigers. The bat plays past HS. 

Jake Swartz – West Florence HS, OF, Duke: Swartz caught my attention in BP and did not disappoint once the game began. The 6.81 runner consistently demonstrated the ability to drive the baseball to the opposite field. He plays the game with an edge that reminds me of Lenny Dykstra. He collected back-to-back doubles on Sunday, both of which were middle to away fastballs that were driven into the left-centerfield gap. Swartz will be an impact player for the Blue Devils sooner than later. 

PetitRJ-sign17RJ Petit – Rock Hill HS, RHP, Charleston Southern: Petit is an intruiging prospect because of his towering frame (6’7” 235). Petit’s fastball ran up to 88 MPH and sat in the 85-87 MPH range. At times, Petit struggles with getting extension with going down the mound and this leads to him leaving some balls up in the zone. When synced up, the delivery is effortless and he fires bolts out of his hands with ease. He showcases a serviceable slider that is high-70’s and a late break. Petit is one those guys that with continued work with his delivery and focus in the weight room he will be a tall task for any lineup when he toes the rubber. Would not be surprised if Petit draws serious pro attention if he makes another jump. 

Ty Watts – Lexington HS, RHP, Uncommitted: Watts is a RHP that stands at 6’4” with long limbs and a frame that could fill into a promising arm. On Sunday, he ran his fastball up to 87 MPH and sat mid-80’s. He showed both a curveball and slider but the slider seems to be the pitch he should stick with moving forward. It would be better for a young man to master the feel for one off-speed pitch rather than showing two. With work, Watts has the chance to be a quality arm at the next level and the slider will draw the attention of college coaches. Watts will provide the needed depth for Lexington HS to make a deep playoff run next spring.  

Nolan Bolt – Indian Land HS, RHP, College of Charleston: Bolt had a strong showing in his two innings of work as he fanned four and showed the ability to throw three pitches in the zone. He ran his fastball up to 88 MPH and does a great job of locating this pitch on both sides of the pitch. Pitching inside is a lost art at the high school level and Bolt is one of the few that feels comfortable doing that. He also possesses a mid-70’s breaking ball that when he catches out in front can fall off the table. Along with his curveball, he has a change-up that drops out of the zone. It will be interesting to see if Bolt puts in the work this offseason to make another jump in his velocity. This makeup is present for him to become a quality arm at the next level! 

Davis Wilber – Wando HS, C, USC-Upstate: Based on previous viewings, Wilber has really changed his physique. He looks much thicker and stronger and it translates with increased bat speed. He consistently drove the ball into the gaps during BP and it was nice to see him carry it over into the games. He showed the ability to drive the ball to the opposite field with a deep sac fly to right on Saturday and hit a deep drive to left field on Sunday. At the same time, Wilber ran a 6.81. He is a good receiver of the ball and showed arm strength with consistent transfers. Impressed with the improvements he’s made in his game. Will be a good player for the Spartans. 

Jacob Fuller – Greenwood HS, RHP, Uncommitted: Fuller is a big physical kid (6-2/215) with power stuff but has yet to reel it in to being able to command it when on the bump. He ran his fastball up to 91 MPH and sat in the 88-90 MPH range. In his inning of work, he recorded 3 strikeouts but got in trouble with walks and leaving the ball up due to inconsistencies in his delivery. Fuller was telegraphing his breaking ball and it was evident hitters could lay off this pitch because of that. As far as pure arm strength goes, he is at the top of his class in that category. Fuller has made a jump in velocity since his last viewing and has the stuff to become a frontline guy on the mound. Will be interesting to see if Fuller makes the necessary adjustments to become this type of guy. Arm strength is through the roof!

FlandersJordan-sign17Jordan Flanders – North Augusta HS, RHP, Uncommitted: Numbers-wise, this was not the outing that Flanders had in mind when entering the weekend. However, this 6’2” RHP showed a promising fastball that ran up to 88 MPH. Flanders relies a great deal on his sinking fastball and today he left a couple pitches up and hitters took advantage of that. When Flanders has a good feel for fastball, it comes out of his hand heavy and with sink. He still needs to shore up the breaking ball as it comes in at 69-71 MPH. When Flanders develops a feel for off-speed and locates the fastball at the knees, he is going to be a force on the bump. Like stated earlier, not the outing he wanted but a promising future ahead for this young man! 

Jacob Fisher – Wando HS, RHP, Winthrop: Like a handful of others in this year’s event, Fisher was a beneficiary of the Summer Showcase. Fisher showed a power curveball that registered a number of swing and misses in his start on Sunday. To compliment the off-speed, he ran his fastball up to 88 and sat 85-87 MPH. Fisher has a quick arm and also displayed a solid delivery to the plate. At times, he left the ball up due to the fact he did not finish his pitches. Fisher has placed himself in the conversation as one of the state’s best arms. Fisher will be a great addition for the Eagles and will no doubt will be the anchor of the pitching staff this spring at Wando HS.

HughesRob-sign17Rob Hughes – Northwestern HS, RHP, Furman: Got a quick viewing of Hughes as he made quick work of hitters in his inning of work while recording a punch out. Hughes ran his fastball up to 88 MPH with a quality breaking ball. Very impressed with Hughes demeanor when on the mound. He works at a quick pace and shows a great deal of confidence when attacking hitters. He has three quality pitches and has shown the ability to throw them all for strikes. Hughes relies heavily on his location and movement which is fun to watch from this scout’s perspective. Look for Hughes to have another strong season for the Trojans and make an immediate impact for the Paladins when he gets on campus.  

Dylan Harley – Cane Bay HS, LHP, Winthrop: Harley is an intriguing southpaw prospect that ran his fastball up to 89. For the most part, he was 86-88 MPH with a curveball that ranged from 71-73 MPH. Today he showed command issues due to all the moving parts in his delivery. Once he simplifies his delivery and uses his 6’3” from to create leverage to the plate Harley will be a LHP that will be tough on hitters from both sides of the plate. The potential is there for Harley to be a legit guy much sooner than later. Not the outing Harley had hoped for this weekend but this scout walked away interested to see him throw again.  

Matthew Lumsden – JL Mann HS, OF/1B, Clemson: Lumsden is a big, physical left-handed hitter who has been a mainstay in the JL Mann line-up. He runs well for a big guy (6.94) and has the ability to stay in right field if he can improve his throwing mechanics. If not, he could easily transition to 1B for the Tigers. He has shown the ability to drive the ball to all fields with power being to the opposite field gap. A more disciplined approach at the plate allowed him to work deep into counts and lay off balls out of the zone. He was noticeably more aggressive on fastballs early in the count. Would like to see a little less tension in his load which would lead to more consistent timing against plus velocity. Could be a real power threat for the Tigers in the ACC. 

Jon-Mitchell Carter – Dillon HS, OF, Coastal Carolina: Very athletic outfielder that runs extremely well (best 60 at the event, 6.52). Roams the outfield well and was awarded the gold glove. Appears a little raw at the plate but shows some bat speed and power to all fields bouncing a ball over the LF wall.  

Will Hardee - South Florence HS, LHP/1B, Coastal Carolina: Primary LHP that had a great weekend at the plate going 3-for-3 with a single, double, and triple. Nice flat LH swing that stays in the zone a long time and consistently barreled the baseball. Average foot speed but plays the game with a lot of energy.  

Jacob English - St. James HS, MIF, USC: Solid infielder with good feet, hands and actions. Plus runner that ranges well from side to side. Very comfortable at SS but arm strength may be an issue to stay there. Made every routine play look routine, which is valuable. Did not stand out offensively but has made significant improvements as he’s matured. Good setup and swing and made consistent solid contact in BP.  

Trey Thacker - Cane Bay HS, MIF, Florence-Darlington Tech: Solid infielder with good actions and enough arm to stay on the left side. Good runner but may need to move over to 3rd if he continues to mature physically. Offensively, he barreled balls all weekend and showed good bat speed in BP and games, winning the Silver Slugger award for the Southwest. 

KirvenJared-C15Jared Kirven – Lexington HS, C, College of Charleston: Highly-regarded as one of the better receivers in SC, Kirven also possesses a very quick, controlled exchange to 2nd that is typically 1.95- 2.05. Very good flexibility and agility and should compete for innings behind the plate at Charleston right away.