By: Michael McDonald – October 12, 2022
-Thumpers Blank Lions in Hump Day Night Showdown-
On a cool Wednesday night about 15 miles inland from the beach, DP pulled up to Loris High School to watch the Lions host the Thumpers. Loris fields a pretty young team and it was hard to keep up with some of the older more developed talent across the diamond. The young Lions showed some promise and will need to grow physically over there next few years if they are going to become prospects and not just ballplayers. Final score Thumpers 9-0.
-Prospect Info: Lions-
Thomas Cox - Loris HS, RHP, 2023, Uncommitted: Watts doesn’t overpower with the fastball topping out at 80 MPH but he did show some feel for his secondary pitches. Curveball had good shape at 66-68 MPH and his changeup looked like a fastball then held up and showed late fade at 71-72 MPH. He faced some pretty good bats tonight and will need to add some velocity if he is going to get swing-and-miss in the spring.
Top Velocities: Thomas Cox - 80 MPH; Ethan Hardee - 79 MPH; Kayden Alford - 71 MPH
-Prospect Info: Thumpers-
Zachary Hunt - Lake View HS, RHP, 2023, Uncommitted: Hunt came out and pitched with confidence in his ability and stayed in control in his one inning of work. Fastball sat 83-85 MPH that he used up in the zone. The hitters couldn’t catch up and to make it worse, he broke off a breaking ball that will give high school hitters fits this coming season. Curveball showed tight spin with big 11-to-5 break and the hitters had no chance. True put away pitch that will be a separator for him. He also flashed a change up a 75 MPH that looked like a fastball but never picked up the speed. It’s a good pitch but he didn’t use it, but because he didn’t have to. Horse on the mound, has the build to go deep into games and the stuff to get in and out of innings quick. There will be more in there. Has raw power at the plate too! Could be a perfect fit at a JUCO for two years then make the jump to the Division One level.
Collin Minshew - Latta HS, RHP, 2023, Uncommitted: When I saw Minshew take the mound and warm up I immediately thought “I’ve seen this before.” Very similar mechanics to Chris Bassitt of the New York Mets. Came out and pitched with good stuff. Another 83-85 MPH arm that mixed the fastball around the zone. Curveball was 67-69 MPH that has great shape and breaks off quick. One, you could tell it was a curve out of the hand but then got real tight and broke downwards really fast. It was different because it looked like he was about to hang it and then it took a sharp downward spin away from a right-handed hitter. Looks to play both ways in college but the on the mound might be where his ceiling is the highest.
Jake McCracken - Conway HS, LHP, 2025, Uncommitted: Max effort guy and I love it. He goes out there and it’s pretty much “here it is, good luck.” Fastball was 80-81 but it looks harder. Very good life and spin, the ball gets on you quick. He showed a slider that tunneled well with the fastball then broke in on right-handers, very sharply in the low-70’s. His stuff plays up, he could be very effective out of the Conway bullpen this year mixed in with a few starts. His stuff is better than the radar gun suggests and if he continues to develop at this pace, he will be fielding Division One offers. Command could be an issue, was wild in his warm ups but settled down and walked one in his one inning of work.
Notables: Ethan Lee (C, Latta, 2023) Ian Capps (INF, Lake View, 2026)
Top Velocities: Zachary Hunt - 85 MPH; Collin Minshew - 85 MPH; Jake McCracken - 81 MPH; Dillon Pruett - 80 MPH; Gatlin Johnson - 78 MPH; Ethan Lee - 76 MPH; Seth Minshew - 75 MPH