11.3 Prospect ID: Class of 2014 Position Player Analysis

By Sean McCann
Prep Baseball Report - Kansas

On Sunday, November 3, 2013 Prep Baseball Report hosted an open Prospect Identification event at Bettis Family Sports Complex in Topeka, Kansas.  The camp was capped at 40 players, 30 of which participated in the position player workouts.  This is the first of three feature stories covering the position players at the event, starting with the Class of 2014 group below.

To see fielding and hitting videos of a player click on their headline to be directed to their player page.

Top Prospects 

1. Trent McMaster, 1B/OF, Washburn Rural HS, Class of 2014
McMaster has a strong, athletic 6-foot-1, 185-pound body.  He worked out in both the outfield and first base.  He hits left and throws right.  At the plate, he has a balanced set-up and short stride.  He has a short bat path and overall line drive, gap-to-gap approach with fluid rhythm.  He made consistent hard contact and his top exit velocity was clocked at 85 mph.  In the outfield he showed fluid footwork and clean exchanges.  He threw with short arm action with a top throwing velocity of 83 mph.  At 1B, McMaster showed above average footwork and fielded everything cleanly and made strong accurate throws.   His 60-yard dash time was 7.22.  Look for the strong, left-hand hitting McMaster to put up big numbers this spring.

2. Dylan Carrender, IF, Lee’s Summit North HS (MO), Class of 2014
Carrender is a 6-foot, 170-pound athletic infielder with solid across the board tools.  During batting practice he showed an open stance and then strides closed.  The right-hand hitter has good balance throughout his swing and a mostly gap-to-gap approach, occasionally pulling off some pitches.  His exit velocity was clocked at 85 mph.  At shortstop Carrender showed good actions and a strong arm registering the top infield throwing velocity in the camp at 85 mph.  He ran a 7.11 60-yard dash.  Athletic middle infielders with the arm to play shortstop at the next level are few and far between and Carrender fits that mold.

3. Caeden Harris, IF, Blue Valley HS, Class of 2014
During batting practice the physical 6-foot, 185-pound athletic infielder showed an open stance with a short stride.  His hands work with a simple, fluid load resulting in a repeatable swing with good extension.  Harris has a level swing path and gap-to-gap approach.  His exit velocity registered a 90 mph on the radar gun, the 2nd best time in camp.  In the infield portion of camp he fielded everything clean and threw from a ¾ slot with a throwing velocity best of 78 mph across the diamond.  He ran a 6.89 60-yard dash, the 2nd best time in camp.  Harris has the rare combination of speed and strength which moved him up the list.

4. Austyn Cochran, OF, Raymore Peculiar HS (MO), Class of 2014
The strong-framed 6-foot, 200-pound Cochran was the most physically impressive player in the camp.  In the outfield workouts he threw with a short arm action and ¾ slot with some accuracy when he didn’t rush his throws.  His throwing velocity was 81 mph.  At the plate, the right-handed hitter has a slightly closed set-up, simple load and short stride.  He has an explosive lower half and good balance overall.  His exit velocity was timed at 88 mph, one of the best marks in the camp.  Cochran showed a mostly gap-to-gap approach with the ability to flatten balls out into right-center at times.  He ran a 7.35 60-yard dash.

Best of the Rest (alphabetical order)

Skylar Dailey, OF, Seaman HS, Class of 2014
The 5-foot-10, 155-pound Dailey showed average feet, clean transfers and short arm action during the outfield defense portion of the camp.  His top outfield throwing velocity was 72 mph.  At the plate he has a tall set-up and closed stance.  Dailey has a short stride and good balance throughout his swing.  He has a level bat path and mostly oppo approach resulting in a top exit velocity of 75 mph.  Dailey registered one of the top 60-yard dash times in the camp with a 6.87. 

Chandler Goff, OF, Maize HS, Class of 2014
Goff is a 5-foot-10, 165-pound right-handed hitting outfielder.  During batting practice he showed a closed stance, short stride and a smooth load.  He has good balance throughout. His swing is upper body dominant which seems to work well for him because of his strong hands.  He employs mostly a pull approach with limited extension.  His bat speed was clocked at 80 mph.  In the outfield he showed average footwork and a long exchange but delivered throw after throw on the bag – one of the most accurate throwers from the outfield in camp.  His throwing velocity was clocked as high as 75 mph.  His 60-yard dash time was 7.31. 

Chase Goff, C, Maize HS, Class of 2014
The 5-foot-8, 170-pound catcher hits from a slight crouch with an open stance, striding inline with the pitcher.  Goff has no hand load that results in a compact swing with an oppo approach.  He showed average overall balance and good extension.  His exit velocity was clocked at 73 mph.  Behind the plate his throws to 2B were timed in the 2.21 to 2.26 range with a throwing velocity up to 73 mph.  His 60-yard dash time was 8.12. 

Vincent Ramos, IF, Shawnee Heights HS, Class of 2014
Ramos is a solidly built 5-foot-11, 180-pound infielder/outfielder.  At the plate, he has a tall set-up, open stance and strides with a leg kick.  His load is a little long but is able to produce a good amount of bat speed due to his strength.  He has a line-drive approach.  In the outfield, he threw with a long ¾ arm action and made one accurate throw after another with a top throwing velocity of 82 mph.  In the infield, he has fluid footwork but a somewhat long exchange, which makes him more ideal at one of the corner spots.  He ran a 7.82 60-yard dash.  Ramos also pitched at this event, to read his pitching scouting report click here.

Dillon Resier, OF, Great Bend HS, Class of 2014
Reiser is a 6-foot-1, 160-pound right-hand hitting outfielder.  He has an open set-up at the plate with short stride.  He has average balance and pull approach that makes it difficult to handle pitches on the outer half. Reiser’s exit velocity was clocked at 78 mph.  In the outfield he threw with a long arm action from a ¾ slot showing some accuracy.  His top outfield throwing velocity was clocked at 72 mph.  He ran a 7.19 60-yard dash.

Dylan Roller, C/3B, Lee’s Summit North HS, Class of 2014
Roller is a 5-foot-7, 159-pound catcher with a balanced set up at the plate.  He hits with no stride and his lower half works well.  He has a level bat path and line drive approach.  His bat speed was clocked at 78 mph.  Behind the plate he showed short arm action and some accuracy.  His pop times ranged from 2.16 to 2.29 with a throwing velocity of 71 mph.  Roller ran a 7.82 60-yard dash.

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