College Crosscheck: Week 1

David Seifert
Director of College Scouting

Winter is my least favorite season, especially in the Midwest where it can get bitterly cold and the wind doesn’t relent. However, one day each December things warm up a bit. No, it’s not Christmas. For me, it’s the day when college baseball schedules are released. That day was Dec. 15. I received an email from Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball and attached was the master schedule for all Division I baseball teams. My travel plans could now begin. With just 16 weeks in the regular season to see as many of the Top 100 College Draft Prospects as possible, I had to analyze and re-analyze. By the fifth or sixth revision, I finally had my plan … I would start my scouting season in Myrtle Beach at the Brittain Resorts Baseball at the Beach Classic, where I could see two of the top college bats and two more top round arms, in addition to the many other potential mid-round prospects. After three days and eight games at the Beach, here is what I saw:

Top 100 Prospects

9. Travis Swaggerty, OF, South Alabama

5’11/190, L/L, Junior. The athletic center fielder showed why he is considered a top 20 overall pick. Despite hitting off balance, a result of a narrow base and a long stride, he keeps his hands back in slot and shows his explosive, strong hands at the plate. His swing is easy and he whistles the bat through the zone with the torque he produces with the separation of hands/hips. He also has very good hand/eye.

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