Prospect Info: Beach Baseball


By: Austin Alexander & Michael McDonald – April
4, 2012


With the Mingo Bay Tournament in full swing and many of
the Grand Strand teams in the midst of region play, DP bounced around on Wednesday
to cast our eyes on an array teams, of course we ran across some talent as
well.


Sites hit during the day include The Ripken Experience,
Carolina Forest HS and Conway HS, five in-state teams in all.


Versus recapping the intricate details, prospect info is
the order of the day here. In no particular order, the following are some of this
day’s headliners…


Zach
Boswell-Chesterfield HS, Junior, RHP:
The tall, slender RHP looked
very good playing catch with an effortless arm action that gave the result of a
ball jumping out of his hand. On the mound, his delivery was not quite as fluid
but improvements would be more with the lower half than upper, which is very
workable. Boswell has been up to 87 MPH this spring for DP, on this day he was
83-84, topping out at 85 in the first inning. He eventually settled in at
81-82. His breaking ball is Boswell’s calling card and it is a good one. He flashed
it at 75, but sat at 72-73. He threw it as well for strikes as you will see a
HS arm do it. He dumped one CB after another into the bottom of the strike zone
for seven innings. It kept good spin and depth the entire game. After a walk to
begin the game, the kid showed very good command of his CB/FB/CB mix. Boswell
is listed at 6-4”. His frame, arm swing, present arm strength and potentially
minor mechanical adjustments make him a very interesting prospect in a class
that is not stocked with top tier pitching.


Wales
Toney-TL Hanna HS, Senior, RHP, Clemson signee:
Toney
was very good on Wednesday afternoon in front of a dozen or so pro scouts. Not
as good as he has been this spring, but very good, especially in spurts. In the
first, Toney was yanking his FB to the glove side, command wavering some. After
that, he hammered the mitt with a FB that reached 92 once and sat 89-90.When he
really stayed on his slider, it darted late at 79-80 and pretty darn good. CH
was seldom needed, but showed plenty of promise at 80 MPH. When locating
arm-side, Toney does get some good running action and sink. Not so much
movement to the glove side but got in a groove where he painted the outer edge
from RHH. He K’d 10 (yes 10) through 3 and fielded his position well on an
array of plays. Toney’s delivery is very polished, so is the overall ‘stuff’ he
showed today. We he got into a run of momentum, it was fun to watch. He pitched
off the command of his FB and I really liked his sequences from hitter to
hitter. He is college-ready to compete for innings right now. However, the most
current question is what pro scouts do with Toney as his following continues to
swell!


Charlie
Barnes-Sumter HS, Sophomore, LHP:
While he may be the youngest
of the LHP Gamecock duo, Barnes is emerging as a bon-a-fide threat to toy with
hitters in his own right. Versus a solid group of threats in the Conway lineup,
Barnes had clean, uneventful innings. In all, he threw six scoreless fames. He
did so with a FB that sat at 80-81, tapping 82 MPH. Barnes’ CB had a tight spin
and showed some depth at 71-72 MPH. Also used a very good CH at 67-70 and did so
in various counts. Very well-done by the young man! Going forward, this kid has
pitch-ability and good poise now, and with physical maturity will make some
jumps. Mechanics and arm action are good, aggressive in the strike zone
regardless of hitter. Barnes will certainly be a name that pops upon this
website and in newspapers for awhile!


Phillip
Watcher-Sumter HS, Sophomore, INF:
The kid has no issue with
velocity, he can turn it around at will and/or drive the baseball if he gets the
right pitch. I have seen him now take quality swings again three different  90+ arms, and they are all legit names you know.
Tonight it was Homes when Watcher smoked a 91 MPH heater down the line, it was
flagged by the 1B but it was hit hard. He can hit. Actually he can really hit.
He has done it against premier guys in our state… Best thing is that he will be
an underclassman again next year. And by the way, his glove, arm, wheels and
baseball savvy match the barrel of his bat.


Ben
Boulware-Junior, Clemson (Football), C:
Boulware is a 6-2/225 pound
physical athlete. He has big time power and leads the state in home runs with
10 already. Boulware hit six home runs last week (March 23-27) and one this
afternoon to put him in double digits on the season, this one a grand slam that
landed far beyond the Carolina Forest fence in LF. There is a lot of pop in his
bat and is a legitimate power threat. He is ticketed to play football at
Clemson but could be a two-sport athlete there as he has a future on the
diamond as well. Good bloodlines, his brother also plays baseball at Clemson.


Justin Owens-Senior,
RHP:

It was a tough day for Owens who had to face a high powered line-up in TL
Hanna. Owens sat at 81-84 MPH with his fastball. While his command was spotty,
I have seen him get downhill with good life in the past. His curveball was
65-67 and showed good break away from right-handed hitters.


-Notables-


Grant Holmes – Conway HS, RHP, Sophomore: 87-91 MPH,
78-79 slurve… Taylor King – Chesterfield HS, OF, Junior: Physical kid with some
pop…