DP’s Pre-Season Invite/Scout Day: Easley Site

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By: Nick Nickles – February 21, 2009

DP was in Easley on Saturday to host a 9-inning scrimmage and a three-way scrimmage. Blue Ridge took on Chesnee in the morning 9 inning exhibition and Spartanburg, BHP and Easley would battle it out in the afternoon. Cooler temperatures did slow velocities, but talent would show itself even through the conditions.

We had a great day of baseball and we will bring you all the action of how the day unfolded.

-Game Summary-

Game 1: Blue Ridge 4 Chesnee 1, 9 innings

robison.cole.jpgA close game that was dominated by pitching on both sides early finally gave way late to big hits by Blue Ridge’s Chase Corn and Mac Bragg. Cole Robison (right) started for Blue Ridge and was dominating striking out six in three innings. Chesnee’s Brandon Henderson would allow no earned runs in 4 innings of work, but the Eagles could never get the offense in the right gear.

Game 2: BHP 9 Spartanburg 2, 5 innings

Brody Greer would lead the offensive charge with a double and a homer in the rout of Spartanburg. Bear’s senior Matthew Moore contributed two RBI on two hits and freshman Andrew Cox chipped in two RBI on two hits in the win. Spartanburg got a great starting effort out of Ryan Traylor before the Bears would snack on the bullpen. Nicholas Myers had the lone offensive highlight for Spartanburg with a 2-rbi single.

Game 3: Easley 7 Spartanburg 0, 5 innings

Stuart King drove in two runs from the bottom of the order to propel Easley to an easy win over Spartanburg. Brandon Smith and Kilby Lesley combined for the shutout win on the mound for the Greenwave.

Game 4: Easley 0 BHP 0, 5 innings

Easley’s Sammy Nix was crafty through 4-innings and BHP used a committee of pitchers while each team’s staff blanked the offenses through 5 innings. Each team had chances to score but the pitchers proved to escape each time runners moved into scoring position. This was a well played baseball game by both teams.

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-Chesnee Eagles-

henderson1.jpgThis is a young team that is looking to contend in the 2A upper-state title hunt. The Eagles have only one senior on the ballclub. They will be led by junior LHP Brandon Henderson (left) who will be an extremely tough draw for opponents. Henderson will be complimented with a solid number two arm in junior RHP Dustin Sherbert. Offensively, the Eagles will be young but they have a couple of hitters in Colby Painter, Jordan Garrett, and Steven Cantrell that could provide enough offense at the front of the order to have Chesnee competing deep in the postseason. The Eagles have a head coach with a little bit of experience in Dean Jones. Coach Jones, age 70, is approaching 700 wins threw BP to every hitter on his club before their game with Blue Ridge!!!  

60 Times

 Name  Class  60 Time
 Darnell Spurry  Sr  7.53
 Cody Turner  So  7.23
 Brandon Henderson  Jr  8.12
 Steven Cantrell  Jr  7.22
 Ryan Mitchell  Jr  7.41
 Clint Cooper  So  8.15
 Dustin Sherbert  Jr  7.85
 Jordan Garrett  So  7.68
 Taylor Waldrop  Jr  7.47
 Walt Miller  So  7.28
 David Jones  Jr  7.75
 Colby Painter  So  7.47
 Charlie Towery  So  7.67
 Kyle Wilkinson  So  8.01
 Chandler Freeman  So  7.97

Pitchers 

 Name  YR  R/L  FB  BB  CH
 Brandon Henderson  Jr LHP  80-83  68-73 mixed in a few plus CB’s 71-74 
 Jordan Garrett  So RHP  76-78  67  71 
 Steven Cantrell  Jr RHP  73-74     

Top Prospects

 Rank  Name  Class  Scout Notes
 1  Brandon Henderson  Jr  LHP with some upside. Flashes 3 pitches for strikes. Gives hints of pitchability. Investment could pay off nicely for this pitcher’s suitors 
 T-2  Colby Painter  So  Swings it from the left side. Showed pop with decent backspin in BP. A hitter to watch
 T-2  Steven Cantrell  JR  Displayed smoothness in actions and made several nice plays at SS though 2B may be his future position. He added a solid single as well.
 4  Jordan Garrett  So  Led off the game with a hit and spanked the ball around a little during BP.
 5  Dustin Sherbert  Jr He didnt pitch today, but has flashed low to mid 80’s stuff with a decent spinner.   

 

-Blue Ridge Tigers-

The Tiger’s are a typical Steve Goodwin disciplined type of club. They make the routine plays, they know where they are supposed to be, and they always give themselves a chance to win the ballgame. Junior LHP Cole Robison can pitch and will lead the staff. He adds and subtracts very efficiently, and collects a surprising number of strikeouts. He’s going to win some games. Chase Corn and Brandon Wooten will have plenty of opportunities to contribute innings as well. Blue Ridge plays in a very tough conference in Region 3-3A where nothing will come easy, but this team will play a factor in how things will shape up in that conference.

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 Name  Class  60 Time
 Cody Vaughn  Jr  7.50
 Chas Goodwin  Jr  7.63
 Chas Williams  So  7.75
 Dillion Epps  Sr  7.31
 Luke Black  Jr  7.69
 Mac Bragg  Jr  7.62
 Brandon Wooten  So  7.97
 Ryan Reeves  Sr  8.31
 Chase Corn  Jr  7.47
 Rusty Rainey  So  8.16
 Tripp Owenby  So  7.63
 Dustin Snow  Jr  –
 Cole Robinson  Jr  8.00

Pitchers

 Name  Yr  R/L  FB  BB  CH
 Cole Robison  Jr  LHP  75-78  58-60  63-68
 Brandon Wooten  Jr  RHP  82-81  67-68  73
 Chase Corn  Jr  LHP  77-80  68-70  68-69

Top Prospects

 Rank  Name  Class  Scout Notes
 1  Cole Robison  Jr  Adds and subtracts with the best of them. Pitched in, pitched out, elevated, flipped changes, and punched out 6 in three innings. He can pitch!!!
 2  Chase Corn  Jr  LHP with a good delivery and smooth arm action.
 3  Brandon Wooten  So  81-82 from a solid frame with some depth on the breaking ball 
 4  Luke Black  Jr  Solid HS infield surprising pop from small frame. Should hit for a decent average.
 5  Chas Goodwin  Jr Swing has improved. Puts dent in opposition’s run game from catching position. 1200 SAT score.  

-BHP Bears-

greer.brody.jpgThis team has a chance to win every time they take the field. The Bears are athletic, they play defense, they have great team speed, and they have some guys that can hit. BHP does lack an upper-80’s power arm. The question is when they famoore.matthew.jpgce a top tier arm, how much pressure will it put on the offense? This question will be put to the test at the IP Classic, less than two weeks away. Matthew Moore (right), Brody Greer (left) and Austin Gambrell act as the top pitchers on the club, but all three project best as position players. Gambrell is a sophomore. He flashes the best velo, but he is a year away from overpowering hitters with the fastball. BHP is very talented and quite possibly the best compilation of players in 3A, but high school baseball is usually dominated by pitching. Nonetheless, the Bears are fun to watch and I want to label them as a premium contender, but those 3A teams with one stout arm make me cautious to slap the label… but don’t big arms scare everybody?

60 Times

 Name  Class  60 Time
 Jarad Jennings  So   7.40
 Parker Frost  Jr  7.39
 Jacob Chapman  Jr  7.63
 Lance Moore  Jr  7.20
 Tyler Lollis  Sr  7.15
 Matt Williams  8th  7.56
 Jacob Tavernier  Jr  6.97
 Matthew Moore  Sr  6.98
 Jon Terbeek  Sr  7.43
 Cody Spence  So  7.73
 Austin Gambrell  So  7.63
 Dylan Ashley  Jr  7.15
 Brody Greer  Sr  7.19
 Luke Jackson  Jr  7.26
 Mark Hill  So  8.33
 Jeremy Powell  Jr  8.34
 Andrew Cox  Fr  7.06

Pitchers

 Name  YR  R/L  FB  BB  CH
 Matthew Moore  Sr  RHP  79-81  67-68  –
 Austin Gambrell  So  RHP  82-84  67-68  –
 Brody Greer  Sr  RHP  80-82  70-71  –
 Parker Frost  Sr  RHP  77  64-66  –
 Andrew Cox  Fr  LHP  75-77  64-65  60
 Luke Jackson  JR  RHP  79-80  –  –

Top Prospects

 Rank  Name  Class  Scout Notes
 T1  Matthew Moore   Sr  Quick set of feet and hands allows him to be a solid defender at short. Has improved hitting. Solid in all phases of the game
 T1  Brody Greer  Sr  One of the most improved players in the state. Great approach with pop, plus defender at multiple positions.
 T1 Andrew Cox   Fr  Ran 7.0 on a terrible track, 5-11/178 lb freshman. Very athletic. Bats/Throws L/L Big ceiling!
 T4  Jacob Tavernier  Jr  A top OF in the 2010 class. Runs well and tracks balls in CF.
 T4  Austin Gambrell  So  Has a great INF arm and it translates to mid-80’s on the bump. Hasn’t shown the thunder early that he displayed last year as a freshman at the plate

 

-Spartanburg Vikings-

myersnic-head08.jpgThe Vikings are a competitive group when Ryan Traylor and Brandon Landrie are on the mound. When those two guys are not pitching, they are very vulnerable. Traylor and Landrie allowed no earned runs today and the rest of the staff accounted for 10+ runs. gullickson.justin.jpgThey swing it okay. Spartanburg will have some games where they score a few runs with Luke Weber, Justin Gullickson (right), Brian Poteat and Landrie providing some RBI potential in the lineup. Nicholas Myers (left) will give them a solid lead-off hitter. Spartanburg and Byrnes will battle it out to stay in the hunt for the last playoff spot, but it will be a stiff challenge to push out a presumable Mauldin or Hillcrest at the end of the day for the final playoff spot. It’s going to be another war in Region 2-4A.

60 Times

 Name  Class  60 Time
 Dee Curry  Jr  7.29
 Justin Gullickson  Sr  7.03
 Caleb Jennings  Sr  –
 Jordan Kollock  Sr  7.12
 Ben Kyle  So  7.24
 Brandon Landrie  So  7.75
 Andrew Memmott  Jr  7.96
 Nicholas Myers  Jr  7.52
 Brian Poteat  Sr  7.31
 John Mark Renfrow  Jr  –
 Ryan Traylor  Sr  –
 Luke Weber  Jr  7.93
 Clark Wise  Sr  –
 Grayson Austin  So  8.60
 Heatly Hamilton  Fr  8.37

Pitchers

 Name  YR  R/L  FB  BB  CH
 Ryan Traylor  Sr  RHP  76-77 "subby"  –  67-72 
 Jordan Kollock  Sr  RHP  71-74  64  –
 Hamilton Heatly  Fr  LHP  76-78  69  68
 Brandon Landrie  So  RHP  85-88  69-71  –
 Ben Kyle  So  RHP  80-81  68  –
 Andrew Memmott  Jr  LHP  70-73  63  –

Top Prospects

 Rank  Name  Class  Scout Notes
 1  Brandon Landrie  So  Strong bodied kid with an upper 80’s FB. Legit D-1 caliber arm if he was a senior now! Punched out 5 in two innings
 2  Luke Weber  Jr  6-2/190 catcher with some skills. He has some pop in the bat, and is a definite sleeper/follow for colleges at this point
 3  Justin Gullickson  Sr  Improved in every facet of the game since he was a sophomore. Now runs a sub 7.00 60-time.
 4  Ryan Traylor  Sr  He throws submarine! He throws strikes… He gets outs
 5  Nicholas Myers  Jr  Myers made some plays today and posted solid AB’s. He’s not too bad out there in the INF!

 

-Easley Greenwave-

pankake.joey.jpgThe Greenwave will run two crafty lefties to the hill in Sammy Nix and Brandon Smith. They handled the bulk of the work and posted 10 scoreless frames on Saturday. Easley is solid on defense and will not rate above average in any category offensively, but they do a great job at limiting weaknesses. Roger Finley’s Greenwave made one of the best runs in recent memory last year playing for the upper-state championship, and this group of kids does know how to win. They don’t project to be at the top of the conference, but they should provide headaches on their way to making the playoffs. Sophomore Joey Pankake (right) will be expected to step up this season as he was very average this weekend.

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Pitchers

 Name  YR  R/L  FB  BB  CH
 Brandon Smith  Jr  LHP  73-74  67-68  63
 Sammy Nix  Jr  LHP  74-75  62  66-71
 Kilby Lesley  Sr  RHP  81  67-68  

Top Prospects

 Rank  Name  Class  Scout Notes
 1  Joey Pankake  So  He has the most talent but it has to translate to being the best ballplayer day in and day out. If he figures this out, he could be great.
 2  Sammy Nix  Jr  This kid competes and he wins. Eliminated Boiling Springs as a freshman and Dorman last year. Shutout B-HP for 4 on Saturday. Kenny Rogers of high school baseball 
 3  Harrison Wilkins  Jr  Plays 100% all the time. The kind of kid that you find yourself pulling for to succeed and beat the odds. Helps ballclubs win games. 
 4  Brandon Smith  Jr  Typical baseball rat. He’s always trying to get better and he’s always clawing to get on base. Also, the teams best OF and will be the #2 pitcher on the staff
 5  Kilby Lesley  Sr  He will pitch some important innings this year and has the stuff to get hitters out. He was effective tonight in relief in both games.

DP Note: All MPH’s were recorded with a Stalker radar gun.