Prep Baseball Report

Semler's Prospects to Follow: 4.29-5.4

Max Semler
North Texas Scouting Director

Over the course of the season, North Texas Scouting Director, Max Semler, will be out scouting some of the top draft prospects in the Lone Star State. Semler has served as an area scout for four major league teams spanning the last 30 years and now joins the Prep Baseball Texas Staff. Today, we look at some of Semler's reports on the prospects to follow that he has seen so far this season.

High Follow: scout this player. Present tools are there, he can enter pro ball and hold his own. 

Low Follow: some present tools with a lot of projection or with college players limited upside. This does not mean this player is not a prospect, not a priority look to start the year. 

Pocket Follow: no carrying tool presently to go out and play professionally or at a Major D1 program. But, does things on the baseball field that attract your attention. This type of player needs strength, needs to mature physically or with a pitcher…velocity needs to take a jump. 


Braxton Barber OF / Jesuit College Prep , TX / 2026

High Follow

Strengths: Good physical build/frame future strength. Simple approach to hit with barrel in good launch position. Bat speed present with line drive approach. Shows pitch/location recognition and willingness to use all fields. Patience present. Good reactions off bat. Steady defender in CF, range is fine presently.

Weaknesses: Don’t have feel for range/run grade. Can he stay in CF?

Summation: 2026 HS CF/OF with good physical build and frame for future strength. Solid approach to hit, showing patience and recognition. Willingness to use all fields, stays in himself. Nice to see young player not try to do too much at plate. Defensively has good reads off bat, questions that I have is can he stay in CF, what is run grade? Good looking young HS hitter, fun to watch his progress over the next 2 years.

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