Tue July 31, 2012
This past Sunday saw one of the best collections of talent in the state on the same field. Every year Billy Peterson, owner the Grand Rapids Diamonds and Rockies Associate Scout, hosts a workout that attracts some of the best talent in the state. This year was no exception as he combined with Ed Santa, Rockies Scout to host 40+ players at Hudsonville HS.
Some of the best performances on the day were turned in on the mound. Some guys made some big velocity jumps and made a name for themselves.
Sterling Sharp, RHP/SS, North Farmington, 2013
One of the most notable performances was turned in by Sterling Sharp a 6-foot-4, 160-pound righty. Sharp was free and easy and perhaps the most intriguing arm at the workout. He sat comfortably at 88-89 mph with good poise and some feel. In addition to throwing well Sharp was smooth at short. He ran well turning in a 6.9 60 time.
Nick Deeg, LHP, Lake Orion, 2013
Deeg has tremendous upside and there is a reason he is ranked No. 2 in his class. Deeg pounded the strike zone with three pitches and was 86-88 mph. He certainly did not hurt his stock on this particular day. As he matures he will be a player to watch.
Austin Shepherd, RHP, Vicksburg, 2013
Shepherd was fun to watch. He threw the ball extremely well sitting 89-90 mph. He also threw three pitches for strikes and helped his stock.
Grant Reuss, LHP, Cranbrook, 2014
Reuss is one of the best lefties in his class and currently checks in at No. 4 in the class of 2014. He has been up to 89 mph in the past and he was 86-88 mph on this day. Reuss continues to raise his stock. Standing at 6-foot-6 Reuss is long and loose. He also has the makings of a good breaking ball. Consistency in his delivery will be the key to Reuss' development.
Oliver Jaskie, LHP, Forrest Hills Central, 2014
Jaskie continues to improve this summer. A Midwest Futures Games invitee, Jaskie is an intriguing lefty that is only going to get better. His velo might not jump off the page right now but he knows how to pitch. His changeup is his best pitch and he uses his height, 6-foot-4, to create good tilt. Jaskie is currently ranked No. 12 in his class.
Keegan Baar, LHP, Hudsonville HS, 2014
Baar also made another big jump this summer in velocity. He sat 86-88 mph and had good action to his pitches. Baar reminds us of a younger Andrew Miller with his arm action and delivery. His secondary pitches need to improve as well as his command but it appears that he is coming into his own.
Dazon Cole, SS/OF/RHP, Pontiac HS, 2014
Cole turned in one of the best performances of the day. From the mound he was 84-86 mph but demonstrated an above average slider that clocked in at 83 mph. It showed hard biting action and the makings of a plus pitch. Cole stands at 5-foot-10, 160-pounds currently. He also worked out at shortstop on this day but he may be better suited as an outfielder. He ran a 7.1 60 and has plus arm strength. At the plate his hands worked well and he demonstrated a good stroke with some good pop at times. Previously little known, Cole rocketed up the rankings and now clocks in at No. 3.
Walter Borkovich, RHP, Traverse City West HS, 2013
Borkovich was solid on this day. He touched 87 mph and has a loose arm. His splitter flashed some exciting potential as a potential out pitch.
Colton Bradley, SS, Gull Lake HS, 2013
Colton performed well on in everything he did. He ran a 7.1 60 and threw 87 mph across the diamond. Bradley is one of the best position players left on the board in the 2013 class. At the plate his righthanded swing produced good pop to all fields. He is ranked No. 24 in his class.
Logan Magsig, SS, Hudsonville HS, 2014
Magsig was once again a solid performer. No. 6 in his class he did well all around. He ran a 7.19 on a slow track and displayed good arm strength across the diamond. Also a Midwest Futures Team Michigan representative, Magsig had a solid round of BP as he finished the day.
Jordan Kesson, OF/1B/RHP, Hartland HS, 2013
Kesson is already committed to Toledo as a position player and for good reason. The 6-foot-4 Kesson has good pop from the right side. But the surprise of the day came when Kesson jumped on the mound and was 90-91 mph with raw ability. A good athlete, Kesson certainly helped himself on this day.
Tyler Bradner SS/RHP, Howell HS, 2013
Bradner definitely helped himself as well. On the mound Bradner used his quick arm to produce a 90-91 mph fastball. He also had a good secondary pitches. At short he was really solid and the same goes for at the plate. He also ran a sub-7 60 yard dash.
Some top underclassmen performances were turned in by:
Mitch Horgan, RHP, Caledonia HS, 2015- 85-87 mph
Jake Wahmhoff, RHP, Holland HS, 2014- 83-85 mph
Alex Zelinski, LHP, Brighton HS, 2015- 80-83 mph
Joby Kawaski, LHP, Decatur HS, 2015- 80-82 mph
Devin Rose OF, Orchard Lake St. Mary's, 2014- Ran a 6.97 60 and had an impressive BP.
An unsigned surprise was Kiefer Quick who ran a 6.97 60 and stands at 6-foot-4 and 248-pounds. He had an impressive power display during BP and ran much better than expected.