Scout Blog - Steilacoom at Bellarmine Prep
March 19, 2019
Tacoma, WA - Earlier this week we were able to expand our coverage of local HS baseball with the addition of Greg McCall to our staff.
A native of Frisco, Texas, McCall attended Wakeland High and was an All-State performer in 2010. He went on to play collegiate baseball at the University of Texas-Arlington and was an all-conference performer. In 2014, McCall was named to the Johnny Bench Award watch list, which is given to the nation’s best catcher. That same year, he was eventually drafted in the 9th Round by the Milwaukee Brewers. McCall played 3 years in the minors and reached Advanced A-ball before knee surgeries ended his playing career.
McCall currently resides in Tacoma and is a catching instructor at NPA.
Last Friday, he had the chance to check out Bellarmine Prep as they hosted Steilacoom. This gave us our first look at Purdue commit Tommy Takayoshi, who looks poised to have a strong senior season. Check out what Greg had to say about Tommy as well as a few other uncommitted players who caught his attention.
’19 Tommy Takayoshi, C, S/R, Purdue University
The Purdue commit undoubtedly stands out on the field both behind the plate and in the box. Takayoshi, a switch-hitting catcher, was 2.00-2.06 in between innings down to second. Maintains a low body position behind the plate with his 6’1” frame. Showed the ability to work underneath the ball on borderline pitches down in the zone. Worked the middle of the field in his at bats, flying out to center in the first inning and lining a 2 RBI single up the middle in his second at bat. Slightly open stance with rhythm in his hands pre-pitch. Short load and attacks the ball from the left side. Takayoshi will definitely be an exciting player to watch this season.
’20 Danny Anderson, RHP, Uncommitted
Anderson started on the mound for Bellarmine. Pounded the strike zone early and often. With plenty of run support on the night, the right hander let his defense work and wasn’t afraid to use his fastball against the Steilacoom hitters. Not overpowering, but Anderson did a great job working down in the zone and forcing hitters to be ready right when they got in the box. With a big lead early, Anderson didn’t pitch deep into the game, but demonstrated the ability to be an effective out getter for Bellarmine Prep.
’19 Jared Jacobs, C, L/R, Uncommitted
Jacobs caught my eye behind the plate. He is a ’19 uncommitted catcher who hits from the left side. Jacobs has a compact, low setup with a consistent target at the knees. Extremely quiet behind the plate with no unnecessary moving parts. Did a great job keeping the ball in front of him on a difficult night for his pitching staff against Bellarmine. Not big in size but makes up for it with his athleticism behind the plate.
’20 Nolan Sandvik, INF, L/R, Uncommitted
Sandvik is a ’20 uncommitted utility player. Played 2nd base against Bellarmine but can play shortstop and any outfield position. Hits from the left side, smooth swing that is short to the ball with a level barrel. Sandvik showed the ability to stay inside the ball and use the middle of the field. Hit two balls hard, one for a single into center in the first inning. Showed off his speed getting down the line.
Smooth lefty swing from ‘20 Steilacoom 2nd basemen Nolan Sandvik. Versatile player, can play middle infield and anywhere in the outfield. pic.twitter.com/rKKrEvIhKL— PBR Washington (@PBR_Washington) March 15, 2019