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Maryland Scout Blog: Atholton & Mount Hebron - Centennial & Reservoir

Kyle Campbell
Maryland Scouting Director


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Zachary Geesaman C/3B Atholton 2020

Strong, athletic body type and projectable 6'0'', 195 pound frame. Hits from a balanced, slightly open stance at the plate with rhythm. Small leg kick load and short stride. Creates some hand separation and showed a short, slightly uphill swing path. Quick bat speed, strong lower half involvement, and good extension through contact. Gap to gap type hitter with pop. Uncommitted 2020 that continues to grow into his body and develop both at the plate and behind the dish. Really interesting prospect to take a look at.

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Benji Thalheimer RHP/SS Atholton 2020
Strong, athletic body type and projectable 6'1'', 185 pound frame with room to grow. Throws downhill with quick arm speed through release. Struck out ten without giving up a run in five innings of work against Mount Hebron in the first round of the MPSSAA playoffs. Battled and competed on the mound throughout coming up with big outs to get out of a couple jams against a good offensive ball club. Fastball sat 82-84 mph and breaking ball was 69-70 mph with 11/5 shape. Mixed in a change-up at 72-74 mph. 

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Mount Hebron

Magnus Dunn LHP/OF Mount Hebron 2020

Athletic, uncommitted 2020 that got the start for the Vikings against Atholton on the road in the MPSSAA playoffs. Struck out ten batters in four innings of work allowing two runs on just one hit and walked four. Controlled side-step wind-up and delivery. Clean hand separation and drop and drive lower half. Long arm action and throws from a high three-quarter arm slot with easy effort. Fastball sat 80-84 mph and touched 85 mph from the left side. Breaking ball showed tight spin and hard 10/4 sweeping action across the plate at 70-72 mph. Potential two-way player at the next level. Howard County player of the year, hit .433 at the plate with a 1.29 ERA and 62 stirkeouts in 27 innings pitched on the mound. 

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Zach Steen RHP Centennial 2020

Big, strong righty out of Centennial High School in Howard County. Tossed a one-hitter in the first round of the MPSSAA playoffs to upset Reservoir. Struck out nine Gator hitters. Deliberate wind-up and leg kick into a compact balance point. Strong lower half drive, and gets over front side well throwing downhill. Lands square to the plate falling slightly off the first base side. Long arm action and quick arm speed through release. Throws from a tough low-mid three-quarters slot with regular effort. Fastball 80-83 mph and breaking ball showed tight 11/5 break at 67-72 mph. Finished the season with a  3.71 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 22.2 innings pitched. Interesting uncommitted 2020 to take a look at.

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Daniel Elliott SS/RHP Reservoir 2020

Strong, athletic, two-way prospect in the 2020 class. Hits from a balanced, slightly open stance at the plate. Small leg kick load onto back side. Short, more level swing path at times. Showed quick hands and fast bat speed. Hit a ringing double showing present pop. Gets uphill through contact with a strong lower half. Came in relief on the mound and was 82-84 mph with a 72-74 mph breaking ball. Controlled wind-up and quick to the plate throwing with max effort. Lands slightly open and gets over front side well, pitching downhill. Throws from a high three-quarter slot with a recoil in finish.

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Nick Helmick OF Reservoir 2020
Lanky, athletic, speedy left-handed hitting outfielder. Hits from an open stance with hands held high above back shoulder. Quick stride with some hand separation. Direct to the ball with a level swing path. Showed some bat speed and gap pop. Showed patience at the plate and covers ground well in the outfield. Interesting player to follow. 

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