PLUS: Game Report: Summertown @ Loretto


Tim Kay
Associate Scout

On Monday, we headed to Perry County for the continuation of the 12A district tournament.  We caught the very end of the Wayne County and Collinwood game, where a young Wayne County arm stood out, and then saw Loretto play Summertown in its entirety.  Read up on a standouts, such as 2020 RHP Blade Tidwell, who struck out 16 in a complete game shutout:

BLADE TIDWELL / RHP / SS / LORETTO, TN / 2020

FB (89-93), CB (72-76), SL (77-80), CH (74-78)

-          0-2, BB

-          7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 16 K

Tennessee commit was dynamic, adding a SL from when we saw him last year that flashed plus, recording 12 straight outs via the strikeout at one point.  Tall, athletic, long and lanky frame w/ some lean strength, projectable.  Has just scratched the surface of his frame potential.  Pitches from a full wind-up into H ¾ release from the first base side of the rubber.  Downhill w/ extension.  Super quick arm w/ loose arm action.  Flashes ability to get lower half involved, drive off the back leg.  Simple, repeatable delivery.  True FB shows occasional short cut.  Tight medium downer CB w/ proper shape, rotation.  Blended with his tight ¾ tilt SL at times.  CB flashed above average depth w/ late bite.  SL was true late breaker, taking a hard left turn from the pitchers perspective at times.  At it’s best when it was a true plane breaker and not a straight downer.  Both breaking balls were nearly unhittable on this day, as he generated 4 swing and misses on 5 swings against the CB and 15 of 19 on the SL.  CH w/ fade and sink, mixed in 4, all to LHH’s and generated 3 swing and misses on 3 swings against it.  Around the zone, consistently pitched ahead in the count (70 of 97 for strikes).  Projects to command w/ reps.  Generated 33 swing and misses on 57 swings overall. 


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