Ohio Top Ten Breakdown: Top Viewed Prospect Profiles - #6 Luke Waddell



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By Dylan Hefflinger
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Ohio Top Ten Breakdown: Top Viewed Prospect Profiles - #6 Luke Waddell

Luke Waddell#6 Luke Waddell, SS, Loveland, 2017 (Georgia Tech commit)
Scouting Report from 2015: 5-foot-9, 160-pound athletic body frame. From the infield he has quick, athletic footwork while playing through the baseball nicely, and has the ability to cover some ground moving well laterally. He fields the ball out front, showing softer hands. He does a good job of getting rid of the ball quickly when he needs to with his quick catch to release transfer. He throws using a clean, short arm action coming from a ¾ slot reaching a top velocity of 79 mph on his throws across the infield. Left-handed hitter with quiet, easy swing mechanics starts from a tall, open stance getting back to being squared up to even before he swings. He uses a fluid hands back to shoulder load and swings with a flat bat path, with the barrel staying through the zone giving him a better chance to make contact. He finishes with a two-handed follow through, reaching a top exit velocity of 80 mph. During a plate appearance in a game at-bat, he showed quick hands barrelling up and turning on an 88 mph fastball. He also showed the ability to use the opposite side of the field during a separate game at-bat when he doubled to left-center field.  He ran a 6.85 60-yard dash.

Overview: In 2016, the smooth fielding and talented left-handed hitting middle infielder comes in at the 2nd spot in the state prospect rankings and 232nd overall for PBR. The Loveland product committed to Georgia Tech during 2016 and will look to make an impact for the Yellow Jackets in 2018. The future Yellow Jacket has done nothing but impress in 2016 and the future looks bright for the left-handed hitting MIF prospect. Look for Waddell to be one of the top infielders in the state this spring as he looks to help Loveland take the next step this spring.

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