KY College Prospect Showcase: Corner Infield Analysis



On Sunday, January 19, a total of 49 prospects showcased their abilities to the PBR Kentucky staff and several college coaches.  The group of corner infielders included some solid performers, both from players who were attending their first PBR event and players who we have seen at previous events that continue to improve their numbers.

A few quick notes on the corner infielders:

+ Unsigned Senior Justin Warren, 3B, Henry Clay HS, continues to show improved arm strength and foot speed with a solid approach at the plate.

+ Ryan Garner, 1B/OF/LHP, McCracken County HS, is an athletic first baseman but at 5-foot-10 likely projects as an OF where he showed an 80 mph arm.  Solid Class of 2015 prospect

+ JT Morsey, 1B, Bullitt East HS, shows quick hands from the left side of the plate and is a left-handed bat to keep an eye on in the 2016 class.

+ Ean Barker, 3B/RHP, Central Hardin HS, shows the potential to be a power bat in the 2016 class.

+ Jack Schneider, 3B/RHP, Daviess County HS, showed big arm strength across the field at 85 mph.  The freshman shows big power potential at the plate as well.

The following is an analysis of all the corner infielders in attendance at the event.
 

class of 2014

Justin Warren, R/R, 3B, Henry Clay HS, 2014
5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect with athletic build, and strong lower half, defensively shows soft hands and athletic corner actions, have seen at multiple events and each time arm strength has improved, 78 mph across the infield, accurate arm.  At the plate, hits from a balanced setup with a short stride, gap to gap approach with occasional power, good balance, ran 4.53 down the first base line, have seen exit velocity up to 87 mph.

class of 2015

Ryan Garner, R/L, 1B/OF/LHP, McCracken County HS, 2015
5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect with athletic build, defensively shows athletic actions and good feet around the bag, soft hands, infield arm strength at 74 mph, as an outfielder attacks the ball well playing through it, athletic actions, 80 mph arm strength, given size projects better as an outfielder at the next level.  At the plate, hits from an open setup squares front side with a short stride, very good use of lower half torque creates good bat speed, shows some hand quickness, good balance, registered 83 mph tee exit velocity (86 at previous event), ran 4.58 down the first base line, solid 2015 prospect.

Aaron Hedgecock, R/R, RHP/1B, Butler HS, 2015
6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect, showed improved feet around the first base bag, infield arm at 75 mph (77 at previous event).  At the plate, hits from a slightly open setup with a short stride, arm bar in load leads to longer swing path, generates some bat speed with strong frame, shows occasional pull-side power, registered 88 mph tee exit velocity (90 at previous event), ran 4.65 down the first base line.

Jacob Frazier, R/R, 3B, Madison Central HS, 2015
6-foot-, 185-pound prospect with physical build, displays soft hands with a quick exchange, uses short arm action and top velocity registered 70 mph across the infield, solid corner infield actions and feet.   At the plate, hits from a balanced setup with a short stride, displays good balance throughout, gets strong lower half involved, registered 80 mph exit velocity off the tee, ran 5.03 down the first base line.

Steven Standafer, R/L, 1B, Shelby County HS, 2015
6-foot-6, 210-pound prospect with lanky build, hands work, shows decent feet around the big, arm action was stiff at 58 mph on infield throws.  At the plate, hits from an balanced setup with a short stride, arm bar load leads to long swing path, generates some bat speed with big frame, registered 87 mph exit velocity off the tee, ran 5.09 down the first base line.

 

Tad Canada, R/R, RHP/3B, Mitchell HS (IN), 2015
6-foot-1, 160-pound prospect with lanky build, shows good corner actions with average hands, exchange is quick, plays through the ball, top velocity registered 74 mph across the infield with long arm action.  At the plate, hits from a slightly closed and tall setup, short stride, limited use of lower half, registered 77 mph tee exit velocity, ran 4.94 down the first base line.

Jared Brussell, R/R, 3B, South Oldham HS, 2015
5-foot-8, 155-pound prospect with small and athletic build, shows solid corner actions with soft hands, decent body control and able to throw accurately on the run, accurate arm across the infield at 71 mph.  At the plate, hits from a balanced setup with a short stride, good balance throughout, level swing path, registered 74 mph tee exit velocity, ran 5.02 down the first base line.

Nic Caswell, R/R, 3B, Bullitt Central HS, 2015
5-foot-11, 205-pound prospect, shows average hands, long exchange, throws from a low ¾ arm slot across the field, top velocity was 73 mph.   At the plate, hits from a balanced setup with a toe tap trigger, slight uphill path to the ball, needs to incorporate more consistent use lower half, registered 77 mph tee exit velocity, ran 4.94 down the first base line.

class of 2016

JT Morsey, L/L, 1B, Bullitt East HS, 2016
6-foot-1, 155-pound prospect with lanky build, shows good movement and feet around the bag, hands work, 59 mph arm strength.  At the plate, the left-handed hitter hits from a balanced stance with a short stride, bars arm in load but gets through the zone with quick hands, good use of lower half torque in swing, line drive type hitter with the ability to make hard contact the other way, ran 4.82 down the first base line, registered 82 mph tee exit velocity, potential to be a solid left-handed bat in the 2016 class.

Ean Barker, R/R, 3B/RHP, Central Hardin HS, 2016
5-foot-10, 195-pound prospect with strong lower half, defensively shows average hands, increase in arm strength across the infield at 80 mph (76 previous event).  At the plate, hits from a balanced setup with minimal stride, takes an aggressive swing with good balance throughout, good use of lower half torque in swing, has the potential to hit for power, registered 88 mph tee exit velocity, ran 4.81 down the first base line, prospect to follow in the 2016 class.

Drew Mills, R/R, RHP/3B, Trinity HS (Whitesville), 2016
5-foot-11, 190 pound prospect with strong frame, defensively hands are average, fields ball deep, arm is accurate at 71 mph across the infield.  At the plate, hits from a balanced setup with a short stride, maintains good balance throughout, displays a short and quick path to the ball, line drive type hitter, registered 75 mph tee exit velocity, ran 5.00 down the first base line, currently his bat is his best tool.

class of 2017

Jack Schneider, R/R, 3B/OF/RHP, Daviess County HS, 2017
6-foot-2, 183-pound prospect with athletic build, defensively needs to continue working on hands, shows athletic feet, advanced arm strength at 85 mph across the infield and 88 mph from the outfield.  At the plate, hits from a balanced setup with a leg kick trigger, explodes with lower half, generates barrel whip through the zone, takes an aggressive swing but maintains balance, uphill path with good extension after contact, creates lift and backspin carry, shows pull-side power, potential high-level two-way prospect in 2017 class, registered 87 mph tee exit velocity, showed speed with 4.38 time down the first base line.

Nolan Johnson, L/L, LHP/1B, Daviess County HS, 2017
5-foot-10, 147-pound prospect with average build, defensively shows good actions and feet around the bag, showed an increase in arm strength from previous event at 72 mph across the infield.  At the plate, hits from an open setup, squares front side with a short stride, wraps bat in load, limited use of lower half, line drive type hitter, ran 4.96 down the first base line, showed a 4 mph increase in tee exit velocity of 75 mph.

Reece Ison, R/R, 3B, Prestonsburg HS, 2017
5-foot-11, 165-pound prospect with athletic build, shows average hands, tends to field the ball deep, accurate arm with long arm action, top velocity was 70 mph across the infield.  At the plate, hits from a slightly open setup, squares front side with a short stride, tendency to be late causing an opposite field approach, registered 75 mph tee exit velocity, ran 5.07 down the first base line.

Will Moriarty, R/R, RHP/3B, South Oldham HS, 2017
6-foot-3, 165-pound prospect with lanky build, shows average hands, fields ball deep and on heels, exchange is quick, uses short arm action across the infield, top velocity at 72 mph.  At the plate, hits from a balanced setup with a short stride, arm bar load, long swing path, registered 70 mph tee exit velocity, ran 4.95 down the first base line.

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