Stock Watch: Five Prospects Whose Stocks Rose

Trey Sofio
Louisiana Scouting Director

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With the summer circuit complete, at least within the state of Louisiana, Prep Baseball Report takes a look at five players that remain uncommitted, yet saw their stock significantly rise from their performance during the all-important summer circuit.

Stock Risers

+ Hayden Cantrelle, SS, Teurlings Catholic HS(2017)
A 5-foot-10, 165-pound short-stop and right-handed pitcher with an average, athletic frame. Currently the No. 7 ranked player in Louisiana’s 2017 class, Cantrelle had an extremely successful summer playing with the Mizuno Rebels and he gained interest from many high-level division-1 programs. A switch hitter that hits from a balanced setup with a smooth load, short stride, explosive lower half, and excellent balance. Shows a compact, flat bat path with line-drive, gap to gap approach with fluid rhythm an bat speed that produced an exit velocity of 81 mph. Quality defender with soft hands, fluid footwork, quick, clean exchange and plays through balls well, showing solid arm strength out of a high-3/4 arm slot.

+ Brock Batty, LHP, Denham Springs HS(2017)
A 6-foot-1, 175-pound rising junior with a medium, athletic frame. Currently the No. 8 ranked player in Louisiana’s 2017 class, Batty had a widely successful summer pitching well at the important national events across the country with Marucci Elite, including the PBR Underclass Games. A left-handed pitcher with a clean, repeatable delivery landing square, in-line with an athletic finish. Displays smooth rhythm throughout with long, loose arm action with quick arm speed into a ¾ release and easy effort. Fastball sits 83-85 mph touching 86 mph with slight sink and arm side run. Shows an outstanding feel for curveball with 1/7 shape, tight spin and sharp, late break at 70-72 mph. Displays a quality change up with fastball arm speed, deception and late, hard fade action. Also will flash a slider that has sharp, late break with deception.

+ Austin Perrin, LHP, Hahnville HS(2017)
A 5-foot-10, 170-pound left-handed pitcher with a small, athletic frame. Currently the No. 12 ranked player in Louisiana’s 2017 class, Perrin carried his success from the Spring season into pitching with the national powerhouse Marucci Elite program. A simple, clean repeatable delivery with smooth rhythm, in-line direction, lands square and finishes athletic. Short, clean arm action with quick arm speed into a high-3/4 release and regular effort. Fastball sits 81-83 mph touching 84 with slight arm side run. Breaking ball has 1/7 shape with sharp, late break and solid depth at 69-71 mph. Changeup proved to be his best pitch with fastball arm speed, deception and late, hard sink action at 74-76 mph. Throws all three pitches for strikes and works with outstanding tempo and pace.

+ Austin Kirkpatrick, C, Teurlings Catholic HS(2016)
A 6-foot-1, 155-pound catcher and outfielder with a lean, athletic frame. Currently the No. 22 ranked player in Louisiana’s 2016 class, Kirkpatrick has been a staple behind the dish for the Mizuno Rebels, but made a statement at the PBR Underclass Games with an outstanding showing. An outstanding defensive catcher that shows the ability to receive, block and throw at a high level with a pop time of 1.86 seconds and a positional velocity of 75 mph. Shows outstanding athleticism behind the dish with loose hips and a high energy level. Right-handed hitter with a balanced setup, smooth load, short stride, efficient lower half and solid balance. Displays quality bat speed with a level path, line-drive approach and fluid rhythm that produced an 81 mph exit velocity.

+ Ma’Khail Hilliard, RHP, Central(BR) HS(2017)
A 6-foot, 145-pound right-handed pitcher and outfielder with a lean, athletic, and projectable frame. Currently the No. 10 ranked player in Louisiana’s 2017 class that made outstanding strides this summer pitching with Marucci Elite, as well as showing well at the PBR Underclass games. A long, loose clean arm action with quick arm speed out of a high-3/4 release with easy effort. Displays smooth rhythm with level shoulders with in-line direction finishing athletic. Fastball sits 84-86 mph touching 87 mph with late life and command. Flashes a solid slider with sharp, late action with some depth at 76-77 mph. Also shows outstanding feel for changeup with fastball arm speed and slight fade action at 75-76 mph.

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