Big League Qualifier: Easley

By: Chris Nall-January 9, 2008


Diamond Prospects was in Easley Wednesday night for qualifying action from District 1. Players from Easley, Pickens, Daniel, Westside, Liberty, Wren, Walhalla, Palmetto and Greenville have been divided up among three teams, two of which faced off on this night.

Prospect Info:

Kilby Lesley-Junior, Easley HS, RHP: Lesley was dominating on this night, striking out six while only allowing one hit. Command and movement is key for Lesley, who showed a low-80’s fastball and a plus breaking ball. Lesley will be a key factor in the Greenwave rotation this year and is a guy to keep your eyes on.

Britt Alexander–Limestone Commit, Daniel HS, INF: Alexander continues to improve every time I see him. He has put on some size in the weight room this fall, but it has not impacted his speed. After collecting two hits at the plate, including a double off the centerfield wall, Alexander then made a running catch in deep leftfield to save a double and a diving play at shortstop to save a single. Expect a good senior year from Alexander before he heads to Limestone.

Reed Kent–Unsigned Senior, Pickens HS, INF: Kent first caught my attention when he barreled up an outside fast ball for a double into right-center; he had made a quick adjustment after pulling out on the pitch before. He then moved to third where he showed his range on a play in the hole. Kent has a good frame with good actions at the plate, with a good year, could catch some college attention.

Carey Rowland–SMC Commit, Liberty HS, INF/RHP: With a 6-1/205-pound frame, it was easy to see why SMC jumped on this guy. Rowland showed good hands and a powerful swing at the plate. He didn’t pitch on this night but will see time on the mound for Liberty this season.

Jake Koenig–SMC Commit, Greenville HS, INF: Koenig is a baseball guy, makes the plays in the field, puts the ball in play at the plate and even pitches if you need him to. He committed to SMC early in the fall last season and has showed no signs of slacking off, a good sign for SMC…Greenville will look to Koenig to carry them this year.

Logan Thomas–Sophomore, Pickens HS, RHP/INF: Thomas (right) is one of the top guys in the 2010 class, and arguably the top right-handed pitcher. Logan pitched on Tuesday night, so we missed him, but word is that he was dominating. He looked solid at the plate, just missing a ball early in the game to pop out. Thomas is a must follow for all college coaches.

Josh Hutto–Unsigned Senior, Easley HS, OF: Hutto shows the actions of a college guy at times. Good frame and strong swing could produce power numbers for Easley this year provided the swing gets leveled out. He barreled one up to left for a double early in the game. Look for Hutto to be a sleeper this year.

Jordan Bridges–Junior, Wren HS, C/RHP: Bridges moved from his typical catcher position to pitch and was effective. A solid frame mixed with good arm strength will make for an impact player at Wren and a must follow for colleges.

Jonathan Small–Junior, West Oak HS, INF: Small burst onto the radar Wednesday night after barreling up two balls, one of which hit outfield fence. A tall, slender frame projects that with some work in the weight room, he could be a big power guy for West Oak. Solid actions in the field mixed with his ability to hit will mean a follow status.