Southern Maryland Open: Early Thoughts
October 9, 2017
By Jerry Shank
MD/VA Scouting Director
The Southern Maryland Open was held on Saturday October 7th at Patuxent High school. Players from around the area performed in front of the PBR Maryland Scoutng staff. Today we give you some of our initial thoughts from the event.
Very interesting instate 2018 still on the board in LHP/OF/1B Scott Cameron out of Chopticon HS. A smooth athlete around the diamond, Cameron ran a 6.89 60-yard dash and showed pull side pop at the plate. Cameron has versatility as an outfield/first base combo and depending on the program, could also provide an option on the mound as well. Cameron was 78 on the day, but was up to 81 on the mound at the PBR Maryland Travel Championship this summer.
Whitman 2019 OF Justin Carboni is transforming himself into a top tier prospect since we saw him last summer. Carboni ran a 6.65 60-yard dash and has increased his strength at the plate, now with an exit velocity up to 89 mph. He showed an accurate arm from the outfield with some carry on his throws that should continue to improve, given his quick arm speed. At the plate Carboni shows gap to gap type ability with potential pull side pop. He got around the ball at times during BP, but should develop into a great top of the order type hitter.
Another young interesting pitching prospect has popped onto the scene again out of Smithsburg HS in 2020 LHP Daniel Walter. A shorter arm action from a high three quarter slot Walter was able to create quick arm speed while pitching with regular effort. Walter was up to 83 in his bullpen session and still has more in the tank. Walter also showed a slider up to 70 mph that has swing and miss potential.
Chopticon 2018 OF/3B Zach Roberts (Brunswick CC) has really transformed himself into a nice prospect. Roberts has cut 10-pounds into a strong and athletic 5-foot-11, 185-pound frame and shown the most improvement in his foot speed, now running a 6.79 60-yard dash that should get better as he improves his first step. Roberts shows fast bat speed at the plate with power potential and took little effort in BP launching multiple balls over the 20-foot fence at Patuxent 300-feet away.
Another interesting 2018 arm came in the form of Annapolis HS RHP Shelby Wheeler. Wheeler has an athletic and projectable 6-foot-3 frame and was up to 81 in his bullpen session. There is still some rawness in the delivery, but Wheeler looks to have his best years in front of him.
Keep an eye on Patuxent 2020 RHP Dillion Whitney. Whitney has a clean and easy delivery pitching with little effort that sat at 76 during his bullpen session. Whitney then pitched with a bit more intent at the end of his bullpen, topping out at 81 while maintaining his command. One to keep an eye on with his lanky frame.
Another young prospect to keep an eye on is young CH Flowers 2021 grad Brandon Bradshaw. The young two way prospect was very impressive at the plate showing maturity in his swing and bat speed. He will be one to follow down the road---James Madison (VA) 2020 IF/P Fitz Halloran put together a solid overall workout on the day and should be another to follow as he continues to develop out of a top Northern Virginia High school program.
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