Oxford Open: Catcher Reports
July 6, 2023
Oxford, MS - The Oxford Open was held on Wednesday, May 31st at the The Farm (Athletic Performance Center) in Oxford, MS. This event was an open event that consisted of some of the top prospects from the 2024-2028 classes in the northern parts of Mississippi. These players went through extended pro-style workout that included batting practice using Trackman, ran the 60 yard dash using Swift Performance, and much more. Pitchers were able to throw in simulated bullpens during the workout and were able to get numbers and metrics. There were some players who showed up and continued to build off of prior performances, but there were also some new names who jumped onto our radar with a strong showing on Wednesday.
Continuing our post-event coverage for this event, we take a look at our scouting reports. Next up, we look at all catchers who attended the Oxford Open.
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Quincy Pratt, Magnolia Heights (MS), 2027 Mississippi
Positional Profile: C/SS
Body: 6-2, 165-pounds. Tall, lanky projectable frame
Hit: RHH. Conventional, balanced with hands set slightly outside back shoulder. Smooth, controlled load and stride. Slight knee lift. Attacks the baseball out front with aggression
Power: 86 max exit velocity, averaged 80.7 mph. 309' max distance.
Arm: RH. C-77 mph. INF-84 mph. Short and quick arm action
Defense: 1.99-2.06 pop times. C: Mature set up with quick footwork on throws to 2B. Good direction on throws with strong arm. Solid body positioning on blocks and bunts. INF: Very solid on the infield as well with good footwork. Good glove work and quick transfers with strong, accurate throws to 1st.
Myles Johnson, Poplar Bluff (MO), 2026
Positional Profile: C/INF
Body: 5-10, 150-pounds. Lean, athletic frame
Hit: Switch Hitter. Conventional stance with hand set inside back shoulder and tight. Easy load with longer stride. Level bat path with quick hands. Works well with the pitch with pull side line drive approach on both sides of the plate.
Power: 86.3 max exit velocity, averaged 75 mph. 231'6" max distance.
Arm: RH. C-74 mph. INF-80 mph. Short, quick arm action.
Defense: 2.04-2.16 pop times. Infield: Advanced look on infield with good footwork. Solid glove as well with a quick transfer for throws to 1st. Catcher: Good setup and footwork behind the plate. Quick transfer with developing arm and good direction on throws to 2nd. Next level body positioning on blocks and fundamental approach to bunts.
ATH: 7.43 runner in the 60. 1.96 and 4.21 in the 10 and 30 yard splits.
Vizual Edge: Edge Score
Dawson Ward, Tupelo Christian (MS), 2027
Body:6-0, 160-pounds. Tall, lanky projectable frame
Hit:RHH. Balanced stance with hands set inside back shoulder. Easy, controlled load. Level bat path with quick hands. Works with the pitch for a line drive approach. 63.4 mph bat speed with 11 G’s of rotational acceleration.
Power:85 max exit velocity, averaged 79.6 mph. 239' max distance.
Arm:RH. C-69 mph. INF-74 mph. Short, quick arm action
Defense:2.07-2.13 pop times. Good set up behind the plate. Solid, quick footwork on throws to 2nd. Good positioning on blocks and fundamental approach on bunt coverages. Good footwork on the infield as well. Good glovework with quick hands for throws to 1st.
ATH:7.75 runner in the 60. 1.84 and 4.28 in the 10 and 30 yard splits.
Vizual Edge:53.17 Edge Score
Jacob Williams, Calhoun City (MS), 2025
Body:6-2, 220-pounds. Tall, durable frame
Hit:RHH. Balanced, open stance with hands set slightly above back shoulder. Controlled load and stride. Gets separation in hands in stride. Some loft to swing but plenty of line drives as well. Looks to pull the ball aggressively. 67 mph bat speed with 13 G’s of rotational acceleration.
Power:91 max exit velocity, averaged 79.9 mph. 300' max distance.
Arm:RH. C-68 mph. INF-75 mph. Short, quick arm action
Defense:2.28-2.36 pop times. Good glove and footwork on the infield with developing range. Developing footwork behind the plate. Quick transfer on throws to 2nd and 3rd. Solid setup for blocks and fundamental approach to bunt coverages.
ATH:8.17 runner in the 60. 1.86 and 4.39 in the 10 and 30 yard splits.
Vizual Edge:68.02 Edge Score
Ethan Pardy, Desoto Central (MS), 2028
Body:5-8, 130-pounds. Lean, athletic frame
Hit:RHH. Conventional stance with hand set slightly higher than back shoulder Easy load and stride with slight knee lift. Level bat path with quick hands. Works well with the pitch with a line drive approach. 62.8 mph bat speed with 6 G’s of rotational acceleration.
Power:81 max exit velocity, averaged 66.2 mph. 264' max distance.
Arm:RH. C-63 mph. INF-71 mph. Short, quick arm action.
Defense:2.22-2.31 pop times. Advanced look on the with good footwork. Solid glove work as well with a quick transfer for throws to 1st. Good setup and footwork behind the plate. Quick transfer with developing arm on throws to 2nd. Good body positioning on blocks and fundamental approach to bunts.
ATH:7.58 runner in the 60. 1.81 and 4.17 in the 10 and 30 yard splits.
Vizual Edge:49.5 Edge Score
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