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Sandlapper Shootout Prospect Info

Sandlapper-Sandlapper Shootout: Prospect Info-

GravesDalton stance19Dalton Graves - 2021, Aiken HS, OF/1B, Uncommitted: Have seen Graves since he was a freshman early in the season and there is one thing this young man can do - hit! Graves possesses a smooth swing from the left side and the power is continuing to improve. Everyone in the ballpark thought he ran one out of Gilbert Saturday afternoon, but he was just short. Showed the ability to pick it at first base on a sharp grounder and a pick on a putout as well. He may be better served as the Hornets first baseman; his athleticism gives him an opportunity to play in the outfield. As Graves finds the weight room on a regular basis, a legit power hitter could emerge. Convinced the bat is high-level moving forward! {Video}

EvansWyatt pitch20Wyatt Evans - 2021, JL Mann HS, LHP, Uncommitted: Another weekend catching the Patriots gave DP the opportunity to check in on the uncommitted southpaw. Early on, Evans was sharp with the fastball and closed the first with one to the glove side up to 88 MPH. His line for the day was solid but he did seem a bit rusty compared to last weekend. He did flip a few breaking balls in with the depth at 69 MPH and the serviceable change topped at 76 MPH. Evans has added some deception in his delivery but at times it can cause him to be inconsistent with his release point, especially in the windup. In the stretch, he continues to lose leverage as he squats on the back leg. Minor adjustments like these can allow him to be more effective and efficient in contests. A lot to be excited about when looking at the Pats ace.

SlatonMatthew throw20Matthew Slaton - 2023, Pendleton HS, RHP, Uncommitted: Glad DP got the opportunity to check in on the young Bulldog in his first varsity start. Slaton checks a lot of boxes for a freshman. He stands at just over 6’0” and looks comfortable on the bump. Clean arm swing and gets his hip in a great position to work down the hill. The fastball sat 81-83 MPH and the breaking ball was 70-73 MPH as well. Obviously, the fastball velocity will climb but as he matures, the breaking ball has a chance to be a quality bender. Tempo in the delivery is fine right now but is close to being at the point of too slow. Really excited to follow the freshman’s progress moving forward. Lefty swing as well that has a clue with the barrel. I’m sure Slaton will be a huge factor in Pendleton’s success this coming spring.

Roach Kadan 2020setKadan Roach – 2023, Byrnes HS, RHP/1B/3B, Uncommitted: Roach caught our attention this past fall playing in the DP Fall League. Today was a good chance to check back in on him and he didn’t disappoint. The burly freshman did a little bit of everything in today’s viewing. First from the mound he pitched at 81-83 (topping 84 MPH), showed a solid CB at 69-71 MPH and a split that disappeared at times (76-77 MPH). His clean delivery and simple arm swing sets him up to deliver strike after strike with two pitches. Roach is poised and operates like an upperclassman when competing. We saw him last year put on a clinic during BP at the Underclassman Shootout. He picked right back up today blistering both balls in his first two AB’s. The double he hit one-hopped the fence in left-center, which is a poke at Gilbert. First impression says he develops into an arm but the bat plays and until one really takes off, continue working hard on both. Either way we have a solid prospect on our hands if he stays after it. Questions that are unknown are how much taller and bigger does his body get? Until we see his body develop, it is hard to put a finger on what and where he projects in college and position wise.

HollisterSean throw20Sean Hollister – 2021, Bishop England HS, RHP, Uncommitted: Super lean 6-4/160 junior that ran it up to 84 MPH and showed a slider (73-75) with late and hard bite to it. Hollister has a little crossfire to his delivery and works downhill pretty well. There is some stiffness in his delivery that needs to free up which will allow him to finish better. This will also increase his ASR. Projectable lean frame that makes one think there is more in the tank if he fills out in the right areas and gets physically stronger overall.

-Notables-

ElliottTravis pg19Travis Elliot - 2020, Gilbert HS, INF, Citadel signee: The most consistent hitter in the Indians lineup proved it yet again by squaring balls up all weekend. He played shortstop on Friday but the move to second base is a high possibility when he gets to the Citadel. His leadership on the field does not go unnoticed either, making his educational choice after high school an obvious one. Elliot also toed the rubber for the Indians Saturday and that led to a big win. If the Indians make the projected deep run, Elliot is one of the reasons why!

SandersElliott stance20Elliott Sanders - 2022, Bishop England HS, UTL, Uncommitted: Sanders has the potential to a good sparkplug for the Battling Bishops this spring. Turned in a 5.16 on a single to leftfield. Sanders can also be the wildcard defensively. He can fill any void on the bump based on which BE player in the on bump. Good start to the season for the unproven sophomore. Excited to see how his season unfolds.

SykesWells bases20Wells Sykes - 2021, Gilbert HS, OF, Citadel commit: The speedy leadoff hitter showcased the wheels right away on Friday as he turned in a 4.06 on a jailbreak. Sykes has always been known for the speed and pure arm strength. Sykes could potentially swipe 40 bags this year. Short viewing but based on what we saw, Sykes is a free swinger that looks to put the ball on the ground and use his speed to his advantage. If Sykes can get to first base, the Indians will put up some runs this spring. {Video} 

Darin Horn – 2021, May River HS, RHP, Uncommitted: Intriguing junior with a loose arm. Sat 81-83 MPH and showed a hard bender (74-75 MPH) from a high-¾-slot. He lost it in the third inning, but the stuff is there to become a college arm moving forward. Definite follow guy this year.

Selepes Grayson 2020plateGrayson Selepes – 2022, Byrnes HS, OF/LHP, Uncommitted: A lot to like about the two-way player. Selepes locks down CF and the leadoff spot for the Rebels but can toe the rubber and show promise in that department as well. Lefty/lefty player, has wheels and is an athlete. This is usually a good recipe for a solid prospect to emerge. A lot of eyes will be following him as he progresses. *We heard Selepes was involved in a very scary collision on Sunday with teammate Easton Cullison. Our thoughts and prayers go out to these two young men and hope for a speedy recovery.

Ashby Vining – 2021, Gilbert HS, C, Uncommitted: Vining continues to show promise behind the dish. The stock is rising for the junior backstop. Arm strength has improved, so has mechanics and footwork. Vining has a direct flight on his throws and isn’t afraid to show it off (1.97-2.08 pop times). He is very active behind the plate and shows leadership. Not real sure where he fits at the next level right now. He comes across as a player you need to see play a couple of times to realize the consistency he brings which makes him more attractive.Big year for the junior coming up.

ThompsonJack stance19Jack Thompson – 2020, Byrnes HS, 3B, Uncommitted: Uncommitted Senior that could help a college out at the corners and in the middle of their order. Thompson has been on the radar for some time now. We have been waiting for him to turn that corner and today was a solid showing of good things to come. Footwork and overall play at 3B has improved and he seems to be playing with a different level of confidence. Big body kid that could turn into a monster once he kills it in the weight room. He screams JUCO due to the fact he might be a year or two away from busting out of the seams.

James Layman – 2022, May River HS, MIF, Wofford commit: Only saw a couple of innings out of Layman but he passed the eye test. The couple of plays he made showcased above average actions, footwork and arm strength. Would like to dial in on him more here soon.

CullisonEastson stance19Eastson Cullison – 2020, Byrnes HS, MIF, USC Upstate signee: Cullison continues to show the ‘hit tool’. We have locked in on this kid for a long time now and one thing we all agree on is his ability to hit. His swing will have an easy transition to college arms which will earn early playing time. Don’t sleep on this one. He might turn out to be an everyday starter at the next level. *We heard Cullison was involved in a very scary collision on Sunday with CF teammate Grayson Selepes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to these two young men and hope for a speedy recovery.

Joseph Parker, 2021, Gilbert HS, RHP/1B, Uncommitted: Parker had a quality start to start off the season versus the defending state champions. Fastball topped out at 82 MPH but obviously as the weather warms up, the velocity will increase. He will probably touch mid-80’s in late April to May. Along with his efforts on the bump, he collected two base hits that piled the runs up for the Indians offense. Parker is a pitching prospect that has a feel for the off-speed pitches as well.   

Other Notables: Doom Dennis (2022, Bishop England HS, INF), Alex McGinty (2020, Gilbert HS, RHP), Cooper Branham (2020, Gilbert HS, 1B), Conner Simpson (2022, Pendleton HS, C/INF), John Wimmer (2023, Rock Hill HS, MIF), Cole Bitting (2020, Rock Hill HS, RHP), Brady Wharton (2022, JL Mann HS, MIF), Charles Herring (2020, Aiken HS, RHP, USC Lancaster), Owen Malloy (2021, JL Mann HS, RHP)