Top-10 Profiles of 2019: No. 7 Kendal Ewell


By Andy Sroka
Staff Writer, Associate Scout

For the second consecutive day, a former Marist outfielder is tabbed for a spot on the Top-10 profiles of the year. This time it’s Kendal Ewell, now of Eastern Kentucky, who comes in with the No. 7 most-viewed profile of 2019.

Also like his former teammate Jason Hodges, whom we covered yesterday, Ewell was selected in the MLB Draft. He heard his name called in the final round by the Rockies which made for an easy decision to opt for college ball in Richmond, Ky., instead. The fact that Ewell was drafted at all is an enormous credit to the diligent work the long-limbed, 6-foot-3 athlete put in. Ewell was consistently a name to know in the state for his high upside with tools that would pop in showcase settings. In 2019, he combined those off-the-charts tools with in-game performance and it landed him on must-see lists for the pro scouting community. He participated in February's Super 60 showcase where he put together arguably the most impressive set of tools at the event; he ran a 6.53 60, was 94 mph from the outfield, registered a 102 mph exit velocity and showed easy raw power in BP.

Ewell’s ceiling is sky high and he’ll spend the next few years sharpening his exciting toolset with the Colonels.

NO. 7: KENDAL EWELL

Kendal Ewell

Class of 2019 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2019
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Marist
    State: IL
  • Summer Team: ACE
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 195lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
81
Max FB
77 - 80
FB
65 - 67
CB
66 - 67
CH
Position
6.53
60-yard
(02/03/19)
88
INF Velo
94
OF Velo
(02/03/19)
102
Exit Velo
(02/03/19)
4.69
H-1st
Position
60-yard
6.53
OF Velo
94
Exit Velo
102
Position
60-yard
6.7
INF Velo
88
OF Velo
89
Exit Velo
94
Position
60-yard
6.88
OF Velo
90
Exit Velo
93

Scouting Report

4/26/19

Eastern Kentucky commit, currently ranked No. 4 in the state and No. 104 overall. Has drawn pro interest this spring. 6-foot-3, 195-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder; highly-advanced, athletic, well-proportioned frame with plenty of room for continued physical development. One of the toolsiest, high-ceiling prospects in the state. Had a huge day offensively for the Redhawks. Went 4-for-4 with a three-run home run, a triple, five RBI’s and a run scored. Relaxed in box, open setup, pre-pitch rhythm, short stride and quiet swing. Loose hands, creates effortless bat speed, bat stays through the zone and has power to all fields. His three-run home-run was driven over the right-center field fence. Will occasionally get long and around the baseball when he tries to pull. Defensively, played left field. Unrefined outfielder, long, easy strides, uncertain routes. Did not show off his plus arm (94 mph at a previous event). High-ceiling 2019 right-handed hitter.

3/27/19

Eastern Kentucky commit. 6-foot-3, 200-pound hybrid athlete, long-limbed and broad-shouldered, highley athletic, checks off multiple tool boxes, high-ceiling. Plays left field and hits fifth for Marist, went 1-for-2 with a triple, a walk and two runs scored. Wide setup at the plate, minimal waisted movement, handsy hitter with rhythm in his swing, short to the ball. Expanded the zone a handful of times swinging over average breaking balls, weight out front. Ball flies off the bat when contact made, flicked his hands on the triple that landed on the warning track, gilded around the base, 4.60 on the turn, run tool is advanced.

9.16.18 - Eastern Kentucky commit and currently ranked No. 27 in the Illinois’ 2019 class. 6-foot-3, 200-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder; extra-large, long-limbed, athletic, projectable build. Ewell, long known for his high-ceiling, has been taking huge strides in his game since the summer. At the plate, has some of the best raw power in the class. Made a lot of hard, loud contact over the weekend. Simple swing, minimal wasted movement, flashes electric hands and advanced bat speed. Launched a home run to dead-center field in the Championship game of the tournament. Doubled sharply to left in the morning game on Sunday and hit a double off the center field wall on Saturday. Should draw plenty of pro interest moving forward. 

7.10.18 - Eastern Kentucky commit. 6-foot-3, 200-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder/first baseman, lean projectable frame. Present, plus foot speed for size, 6.70 runner in the 60. Offensively hits out of a balanced stance, with short stride, good balance through contact. Loose easy bat speed, produced gap to gap contact. Exit velocity topped 94 mph from a tee. Ball jumped off the barrel in game. Defensively profiles at a corner, outfield action work through the baseball. Arm is long and loose, over the top with carry, 89 mph from the outfield. At first base hands proved playable, arm strength translated. Throws topped 88 mph across the diamond.

2.11.18 - 6-foot-3, 200-pound outfielder, long lean athletic frame. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, short stride, good balance. Showed easy bat speed, hands are loose, ball jumps off the bat. Path is short made gap to gap contact, hits in rhythm. 93 mph exit velocity from the tee. 6.88 runner in the 60. Defensively arm action is loose, and works over the top, carries, 90 mph and crowhops through the baseball, average actions.

11.15.17 - Verbally committed to Eastern Kentucky.

10.27.17 - 6-foot-3, 185-pound, muscular, athletic, projectable frame. Stands out in a uniform and continues to add quality strength to his frame. Offensively, relaxed setup, simple swing and creates advanced bat speed for his age. Hands work loose and quick, showed feel for the barrel and ball jumps off his bat. In the outfield, athletic fluid actions, plays through the baseball. Loose, quick arm action, throws are true and carry. High-ceiling 2019 outfielder.

1.15.17 - 6-foot-3, 185-pound right-handed hitting OF/1B with a lanky, athletic frame. At the plate hits from a balanced, slightly opens stance with a short leg lift stride. Good balance with fluid rhythm. Fast bat with an uphill swing path and loose hands. Showed strength thru contact with an event best 94 mph exit velocity from a tee. Will develop more power as he continues to fill out his lanky frame. Continues to improve 60 time running a personal best 7.13. Defensively in the outfield has a long, loose arm action from an over the top slot. Plays thru the ball with rangy actions. Threw 87 mph from the outfield. Also took drills at first base throwing 78 mph across the infield.

7.26.16 - 6-foot-2, 175-pound right-handed hitting outfielder with a projectable, athletic frame. Defensively has a loose arm action from an over the top slot. Accurate throws with carry throwing 83 mph from the outfield. Fluid, athletic defender with rangy actions. Plays thru the ball with a clean exchange and soft hands. At the plate hits from a balanced, slightly open stance with a short leg lift stride and good balance. Pull hitter with an uphill swing path and fluid rhythm. Showed strength thru contact with 92 mph exit velocity from a tee. 4.69 runner down the line.

6.8.16 - 6-foot-1, 175-pound two-way player, lean lanky frame with high upside. Right-handed hitter, balanced stance, smooth loading action, leg lift stride, solid easy balance. Above average bat speed, solid approach, efficient bat path, line drive gap to gap type, loose hands, projectable bat. 84 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively moved athletically with confidence in the outfield, plays through the baseball, light feet and soft hands. Easy form runner, 7.70 in the 60. Arm played at 82 mph from the outfield, loose over the top slot, showed carry. On the mound delivery is repeatable and easy, showed athleticism and balance. Arm action is clean, high ¾ slot. Fastball sat 77-80 mph, topped at 81 mph. Slider has loose action, ranged 65-72 mph. Changeup played at 66-67 mph.


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