Scout Day 2008: Hillcrest Rams


By: Nick Nickles-February 16, 2008

BrooksS-stance07.jpgDP was in Simpsonville Saturday to run a scout day with the Riverside, Laurens and host Hillcrest before they would match up in a three-way scrimmage.

One thing for fact is the Riverside Warriors put on an absolute display of dominance in the showcase part of the day and then where it matters most, on the baseball field against their oppenents.

Laurens and Hillcrest had their bright spots as well, and Hillcrest (left, Steven Brooks) particularly showed that its program still has plenty of pride and talent remaining.

The crew from Laurens came into town with the flu and injury bug nagging at their talented club, but Coach Dale Nelson isn’t going to make any excuses for his club’s lackluster performance on the day. Laurens will get back to work on Monday and get their attitudes refocused on defending their Region Championship.

DP will give you all the data as this fun day unfolded at Hillcrest High School.

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60 Times

 Name  Class  60 Time
 Brandon Reid  Jr  7.78
 Trey Tuten  Jr  7.52
 Zach Morgan  So  7.80
 Shane Thurston  So  7.91
 Keith Orr  Jr  7.48
 Bobby Roper  Sr  7.56
 Dominque Anderson  Jr  7.38
 Perry Case  So  7.92
 James Abercrombie  Jr  7.75
 Brandon Pounds  Jr  7.49
 Zach McAllister  So  7.55
 Kirk Shelley  So  7.72
 Cameron Yost  Jr  7.62
 John Ware  Sr  7.25
 Ben Pinckney  Sr  7.06
 Steven Brooks  Sr  7.78
 Trayce Rogers  So   7.94

Catchers-Pop Times

 Name  Class  Pop Time
 Steven Brooks  Sr  1.91-1.97 
 Kirk Shelley  So  2.12-2.31
 Jame Abercrombie  So  2.13-2.22

Top Outfield Arms

Rank  Name  Class
 1  Brandon Reid  Jr
 2  Dominique Anderson  Jr 
 3  Zach McAllister  Jr
 4  Trey Tuten  Jr
 5  Zach Morgan  So

Top Infield Arms

Rank  Name  Class
 1  Bobby Roper  Sr
 2  Brandon Pounds  Jr
 3  Cameron Yost  Jr
 4  Shane Thurston  Jr
 5  Keith Orr  Jr

Top Infield Actions

Rank  Name  Class
 1  Cameron Yost  Jr 
 2  Bobby Roper  Sr 
 3  James Abercrombie  Jr
 4  Shane Thurston  Jr
 5  Trayce Rogers  So


 Name  Class  R/L  FB  BB  CH
 John Ware Sr  77-80 late sink  64-68 big break, very effective today 64 
 Brandon Ried Sr  78-81  66-67  70 
 Trey Tuten Jr  75-77  62  64-65 compliments fastball effectively
 Dominique Anderson Jr  81-83  65-68  None
 Zach McAllister So  80-81  68  70 

Top Prospects

 Rank  Name  Class  Scout Notes
 1  Steven Brooks  Sr  Shuts down the run game, forces teams to be creative in taking an extra base. Puts up sub 2.0 Pop times consistently  
 2  Zach McAllister  So  A good looking young outfielder, nice build, left-handed hitter with a nice looking swing 
 3  Brandon Pounds  Jr   Has some pure power, plays a solid 3rd base. A run producing threat.  
 4  Dominique Anderson  Jr   Most Athletic player on his team. Has a strong arm, but throws from an unorthodox position. Short, but detailed physique.
 5  Ben Pickney  Sr   Lead-off hitter, plays a solid centerfield. He can hit a ball solid. A sparkplug player for his team. A good player who can play a role at the next level.  
 6  Cameron Yost  Jr   Solid player, left-handed hitter. Makes routine plays at short.
 7  Trey Tuten  Jr  Crafty lefty; when he’s mixing it up and ahead, he’s at his best.
 8  Keith Orr  Jr   Contact/ line drive hitter.


Prospect Info: Hillcrest Rams

Ben Pinckney-Unsigned senior, OF: Led off both games reaching base via a double and walk. He is a tough out at the plate and gives the Rams a quality lead-off man. He was slowed by an injury in his throwing arm and we didn’t get to view his arm strength from the OF. A low 7.0’s runner and a solid stick should garner him some interest among some schools.

John Ware-Unsigned senior, P/OF: He is an upper-70’s right-handed pitcher that topped out at 80, but he kept getting outs and kept hitters in check at the plate. Ware pitched it a little bit on Saturday. He has some late glove-side sinking action on his fastball that resembles a power pitchers slide piece. He slices the zone with a good spinner in the mid to upper-60’s that kept the Laurens hitters off balance all day. He’s not going to dominate a team, but he can definitely keep his team in the ballgame as he did on this day.

Steven Brooks-Unsigned senior, C: When playing Hillcrest, teams should pick their spots when to run, or Brooks will shoot you down. Coaches that emphasize pitching and defense at the next level should jump all over this unsigned senior. He is not anemic with a stick, but he his major strength is in his catching and throwing abilities. He will throw you some 1.9’s down to second.

Dominique Anderson-Junior, OF: He couldn’t swing the bat today because of hand injury, but he could run and throw. Anderson’s arm from the outfield has improved and he was up to 83 on the bump. Anderson has good athleticism and has been working at switch-hitting with a little success from a previous viewing. Anderson is a guy to watch through the summer.

Zach McAllister-Sophomore, OF/P: A nice looking young player and the coaches at Hillcrest are excited about his future for the Rams. A left-handed hitting outfielder that needs to get better quickly in a stout conference to help his team compete. He got on the bump and was 80-81, and is projectable with a long, lean frame and plenty of room to add weight. McAllister deserves a ‘follow’ status.