Scout Day 2008: T.L. Hanna Yellow Jackets


By: Nick Nickles-February 11, 2008

First year T.L. Hanna Head Coach Mark Crook brought in DP to run the Yellow Jackets through a DP scout day before a home contest with the Pickens Blue Flame. Pickens head coach Stan Butler’s Blue Flame joined the scout day upon arrival and with the help of the coaches we completed the workout in less than 30 minutes!!! Then, both teams jumped right into the scrimmage, and with both teams being known for stout high school offenses, they didn’t disappoint. Nearly 20 runs were scored in this 8-inning affair and DP stuck around to bring you detailed prospect information on two quality baseball teams.

Prospect Info: T.L. Hanna

HallB-stance.jpgBrooks Hall-Junior, INF/RHP: Hall (left) is a quality player in the making. He’s still filling out his tall frame, but the ability is starting to shine through on the diamond. Hall had three hits on the night including a deep bomb to left. He’s a bonafide Division I prospect with projectable size, can swing it and has a plus arm. Hall is a definite guy to watch over the next year, a two-way guy where size and an upper-80’s fastball could eventually take the bat out of his hands, but at this point Hall’s bat is ahead of his arm.

John Long-Senior, Liberty signee, 3B/RHP: Long is a toolsy player. Long has a stout frame with some punch in his bat, a plus arm across the diamond and is a solid runner for a corner infield spot. If Long can find balls on the sweet spot of his bat consistently, he could be some kind of force at the next level. Jim Toman and the Liberty staff definitely have something to work with in Long’s abilities. Long will have some gaudy junior numbers to replicate this season for the Yellow Jackets.

Grayson Brewster-Unsigned senior, P: A taller kid in the 6’2" range with long arms and a fastball in the low-80’s. He could be coached up a little and has some things to work with. He could pay dividends as a project. He was 80-81 and 69-70 with his curveball that had some loop. An interesting guy for Division II schools looking to acquire some depth on the mound.

Jaren Sustar-Junior, 3B: A solid high school infielder with a nose for a line drive a game. He produces a lot of hard groundballs and line drives in a contact-type approach at the plate. He should have plenty of chances to drive in runs batting behind Hall and Long in the order this season for Hanna.

Jake Long-Sophomore, RHP/INF: Long has some arm strength and the ball comes out of his hand nicely on the bump. He needs to challenge hitters more frequently and get his breaking pitch over for a strike. He caused some of his own problems on this night by not throwing enough strikes, and he really didn’t get hit. He has good stuff and his breaking pitch is legit for a sophomore. He has to grow up in a hurry because he has an opportunity to help this staff if he finds the zone on a consistent basis.

Ross Jackson-Senior, Presbyterian signee, OF: He is a solid role player who doesn’t do anything great, but doesn’t do anything to hurt the team. Every baseball team that is going to be successful needs a player like Jackson. He will do what it takes to win, and gives you a shot in all aspects of the game.   

60 Times

 Name  Class  60
 Grayson Brewster  Sr  7.61
 Trevor Burrell  Sr  7.81
 Garrett Burton  Sr  7.35
 Griff Caroseillo  Jr  8.06
 Russell Davis  Sr  7.53
 Michael Grande  Jr  8.46
 Brooks Hall  Jr  7.25
 Erich Hellstrom  Jr  7.73
 Jeremey Hunter  Sr  Did not run
 Ross Jackson  Sr  7.32
 Jacob Long  So  8.03
 John Long  Sr  7.13
 Mcclain Murphy  Jr  7.28
 Chase Page  Sr  7.56
 Brad Parkins  Sr  7.75
 Chase Richey  Jr  Did not run
 Dillon Sloan  Jr  7.66
 Jaren Sustar  Jr  7.43
 Clay Tucker  Jr  7.09

Best OF Arms

 Rank  Name  Class
 1  Ross Jackson  Sr
 2  Russell Davis  Sr
 3  Clay Tucker  Jr
 4  Dillon Sloan  Jr
 5  McClain Murphy  Jr 

Best infield Actions

 Rank  Name  Class
 T1  John Long  Sr
 T1  Jaren Sustar  Jr
 T3  Jake Long   So
 T3  Jeremy Hunter  Sr
 5  Garret Burton  Sr

Best Infield Arms

 Rank  Name  Class
   John Long   Sr
 2  Jaren Sustar  Jr
 3  Jake Long  So
 4  Jeremey Hunter   Sr
 5  Garret Burton  Sr

Catcher Pop Time

 Name  POP Time  Class
 Brad Parkins  2.22-2.25  Sr








 Michael Grande  Jr  78-79 induced groundballs  66-68 slighty above average high school breaking pitch  –
 Jake Long  So  80-81 slides away to righties 68-70 Plus curveball at times   –
 Griff Caroseillo  Jr  71-75  58  –
 Grayson Brewster  Sr  80-81  69-70  –
 John Long  Sr  82-84  72-73 Plus curveball throughout his outing, served as an out pitch.  –

Top Propsects

 Rank  Name  Class  Notes
 T1  John Long  Sr  Good arm, ball jumps off bat. Capable of putting up nice numbers at Liberty.
 T1  Brooks Hall  Jr  Projects well. Plus arm. Best strength now is his bat, down the road it may be his arm. A year from now he could be something unique. 
 3   Ross Jackson  Sr  Solid player that keeps improving. Arm strength in the OF has gotten much better since previous viewings.
 4 Jake Long   So  Young pitcher with solid arm, velocity will increase. A good hammer. Future is on the mound.
 5  Jaren Sustar  Jr  A line drive hitter. Plays hard and holds down a corner inf spot with a decent arm.
 6  Grayson Brewster  Sr  He has some projectability. Tall with long arms. An increase in velocity likely in the future with a college weight program. A good looking project kid.
 7  Michael Grande  Jr  Throws strikes and competes.
 8  Clay Tucker  Jr  Improved every year he’s been on Varsity