PBR Michigan's Top Stories for the Year 2015: Malcom Explodes onto the Scene in 2015



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By Aaron Wilson and PBR Staff
PBR Michigan Assistant Scouting Director

PBR Michigan started up on April 10th, 2012 as seen here. Brent Alwine then took the reigns in Michigan to start 2014, later handing off the reigns to Jake Sabol with assistance from Aaron Wilson.

Now that Michigan is fully entrenched as a top PBR state, we look to continue our climb while continuing to provide top notch baseball coverage in Michigan. 

Aaron, PBR Michigan Assistant Director of Scouting, along with Dylan Hefflinger, Michigan Editor in Chief/Regional Scout take a look back at the year in review and put together a list of the top stories for the year 2015.

Today we take a look at the John Malcom.

Each day we will reveal the next story on the list. A hint for the next story are the words "Hidden Gem".

Top Stories of 2015 Rundown:
+ Nick Plummer's Burst onto National Stage
+ Sam Weatherly's Trail to Top Prospect
+ Steve Mann is the Man
+ Criswell the Buzz Around Town
+ Jones Brothers Bond Unbroken

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PBR Michigan's Top Stories for the Year 2015: Malcom Explodes onto the Scene in 2015

John MalcomJohn Malcom is a 6-foot-3, 215 pound LHP/1B who throws in the mid-80s off the mound, and displays light tower power with his stick.

After a strong performance at the Michigan Top Prospect Games this summer he was an immediate selection for Team Michigan at the PBR Future Games.

Entering Future Games the question still remained ...

"Is John a pitcher or hitter"?

During the workouts prior to game play John ran a 7.13 60-yard dash, proving he could potentially play a corner outfield position and then posted an impressive 94 mph exit velocity. His exit velocity was the highest of any freshman in attendance.

PBR Scouting Director Steve Nielsen stated "Left-handed hitting John Malcom (Brother Rice, MI, 2018) was one of the highlight 2018 prospects. At 6-foot-3, 200-pounds Malcom swings a vicious stick. He uses a leg kick trigger with a pull side approach that violently attacks the baseball. The left-handed thrower showed playable actions around the bag at first base, but Ramsey ran a 7.13 in the 60 and looked athletic enough to possibly play a corner outfield spot, which could make him even more attractive." after John's performance on workout day.

In his first at bat during game play, John crushed a line drive double, turning the centerfielder that barely missed clearing the gate.

John went on to rack up a few more hits on the weekend, resulting in several power conference schools recruiting him.

Malcom, the number one ranked player in Michigan's 2018 class and top overall 1st basemen in the 2018 class as a whole eventually decided to commit to the 2014 College World Series Champions Vanderbilt University.

Malcom is the 2nd player from Michigan to commit to Vandy in the past 3 years joining former Brother Rice star Matt Ruppenthal.

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