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5 Star National Mid-South Scout Day: Quick Hits

Hunter Martin
TN Scouting Director

NASHVILLE, TN - The 5 Star National Mid-South organization continued their fall season with a PBR Scout Day at Lipscomb Academy on Sunday, October 15th. Over 25 players went through the pro-style workout and there were several players that impressed at the different stations of the showcase. Below are some standout performers from the event.

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+ Cody Underwood: The 6 foot 2 and 175 pound ‘25 had a really strong showing on the bump and in the defensive fielding portion. One thing that stands out is his arm strength and the potential that is present there with him. Slim and flexible frame with some length should aid him as he continues to develop. Looked clean at SS making good actions with his glove to both his forehand and backhand. Smooth transitions with an easy arm action present a lot to like about his physical make-up. Had multiple 89 mph velos across the infield, while up to 89 on the mound. Really stood out pitching as he attacked the strike-zone competitively and consistently with all his pitches. Easy moving body down the slope that should translate to much more velocity down the road. His Curveball is a metric freak and an absolute wipeout pitch coming in at tops of 25 inches of downward horizontal break, while averaging in the 18-20 inch break chart. Something that you surely don’t see all the time. Pitches had their own unique coupling from FB to CH to CB. That is a reason to bank on the potential presented by Underwood and someone to watch as he goes into his junior season at Page HS. 

+ Owen White: Physical kid at 6 foot 1 and 195 pounds. The ‘25 plays on a really strong hs team in MTCS that has multiple division 1 players and he looks like someone that could be in line for that next. Strong arm presently clocking 80 mph from behind the dish on his throwdowns to a tune of 2.03 pop time. Shows good hips with a strong lower half. Showed well on the mound as well with all his offerings out of an easy delivery that matched arm. Sat mostly between 84-86 while topping 88 once with easy life accompanied with it. SL was a decent offering coming in at 75 mph with 2300+ of spin. Showed quality command with offering and has strikeout potential. Best overall pitch may have been his changeup as he killed spin at 1300 RPM’s to go along with 11 inches of horizontal break. He really needs to continue to use that pitch and progressing it as that could carry him far on the mound. 

+ CJ Potter: Another physical kid coming in at 5 foot 11 and 205 pounds that happens to be a ‘26 that has a lot of opportunity out in front of him. Strong frame that produced loud barrels and long line drives. The Watertown HS product should push heavily for starting time this season on a really good team as their primary catcher. Fits the build well, strong lower half with good movements while receiving and transitioning into throws. Arm is there currently but still in it’s progression as he clocked 81 mph across the infield, while topping 75 from behind the dish. Strong defensive catcher that popped 2.04 consistently down to second base with online target throws. Has a lot to offer at the plate with strong hands that correlates with quick bat speed. Flashed a few low 90 mph exit velocity while his most impressive swing of the day showed a 340 ft distance batted HR to left field with a 94 mph exit velocity. This is someone to follow as he progresses and will come down to the talent he faces on a consistent basis in terms of his development and what he is seeing. 

+ Brady Burns: The ‘25 class kid from back to back State Champions Eagleville HS had a strong day and shows a lot of promising attributes, especially in terms of physical intangibles. Listed at 6 foot and 180 pounds, he shows good size to accompany athleticism. Clocked a sub 7 in the sixty yard dash while showing room for quicker times in the future. Showcased the highest exit velocity on the day with a 96 mph batted baseball up the middle. Had a really clean round showing discipline and going with the pitch where it was thrown and really sprayed barrels to all parts of the field. Has more ability in the tank and will come down to the talent he faces in the summer and seeing the field consistently in the spring for a really strong varsity team. Primary middle infielder that processes good feet with the ability to bend well and fluidly. Should continue to develop nicely and someone worth following as he fills out his frame. 

+ Corbin Craver: The smaller stature southpaw may be just be 5 foot 9 and 145 pounds. However, the current Greenhill junior offers a lot to like on the mound where he showed confidence and a swagger about him that should allow him to play bigger than his frame suggests. Displayed really good pitch coupling in his breakdown shapes. FB stayed consistently 80-82 with decent spin in the 2100 RPM range (2300 TOP), while movinging plane well just at over 17 inches of horizontal. It is a true sinker that should give righties fits. Attacked the strike zone consistently and showed a lot of promise as a competitor. Best offering was his SL coming in right at 72-74 with nasty late biting action that offers true wipeout potential. Plus offering that averaged 2600 of RPM’s while topping 2766 RPM’s to go along with 19 inches of average horizontal break for a true Sweeper Slider. That is something that a lot of high school and even college pitchers for the matter aren't ever able to do. Showed a few sliders at 23/23 inches of horizontal break for a true plus plus offering that should allow him to rack up strikeouts at a high clip and be an offering that carries him far on the mound. CH came in with killed spin at 1600 RPM’s with tunneled velocity at 75-78 mph. Would like to see him continue to gain some distance from his fastball in terms of velocity but the pitch has a real chance showing 16 inches of horizontal movement on average. If he can continue to grow in size and strength, he should have a strong chance to pitch competitively for plenty of college schools as he is a metric freak and someone worth following as he pitches this spring.

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