2017 Prospect Review: #27 Houston King

Zac Bottoms
Arkansas Scouting Director

As the calendar turns to December, I want to review the top prospects from the 2017. These players have separated themselves as top prospect, with the potential at some point in their career to become professional prospects, if they are not already. 

#27 2020 OF, Houston King, Cabot HS

Houston King

Class of 2020 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: LHP
  • High School: Cabot
    State: AR
  • Summer Team: Arkansas Prospect
  • Height: 5-11
    Weight: 170lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L


Max FB
70 - 71
60 - 61
58 - 59
OF Velo
Exit Velo
OF Velo
Exit Velo

Scouting Report

King is a 5-foot-11 160-pound outfielder with an athletic frame and build. Offensively he starts with an athletic stance, he uses a simple load stride combination. He attacks the baseball with a line drive swing with fast bat speed. He maintains balance through contact. He has shown an advanced feel for the barrel with consistent load contact. Defensively he plays through the baseball with fluid footwork, a normal exchange and throws from a H ¾ arm slot with a loose arm. He throws the baseball 81 mph from the outfield. He runs a 6.91 in the 60. Overall King is an advanced athlete with a bevy of tools, he is intriguing to watch moving forward. 

King had a big spring for the Panthers last spring, he was a key contributor as Cabot won the 7A State Title. He contributed offensively using his athleticism and line drive swing to hit balls to all fields. He also used his bunt and run game as an asset.

In the summer he continued his solid year with a solid season with the Arkansas Prospects. King continued to impress college coaches with athleticism and defensive skill set. Offensively his summer was up and down, but he shows bat speed and should continue to become more consistent as he plays against good competition on a consistent basis. In the fall he committed to Kentucky.

Overall King has a professional run tool, running a 6.64 in the 60. As he continues to develop offensively he has the opportunity to turn himself into a professional prospect with his elite athleticism. 

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