note: Perfect Game recognizes that there are dozens of standout
performers at this year's 16u WWBA National Championship. The
thoughts provided below are first-hand observations from Scouting
Coordinator Jheremy Brown during the event's first day.
is with the start of any tournament, the first day is when teams try
to make an impression and jump to the top of their pools, which means
they usually throw their ace on the mound.
a double header yesterday, the Midland Tomahawks sent out two
projectable lefthanded pitchers in 6-foot-4, 190-pound Dion
Henderson (2016, Dearborn, Mich.) and 6-foot-4, 200-pound Nick
Bennett (2016, Cincinnati, Ohio).
started game one for the Tomahawks and threw a complete game,
five-inning shutout in a run rule shortened game. Committed to the
University of Kentucky, Henderson shows a long arm action in the back
but does a nice job of getting on top of the ball from his high
three-quarters arm slot and locating knee high to both sides.
Although his fastball can be pretty true at times, he creates a
difficult angle for opposing hitters from the first base side and
mixes in a cutter in the mid- to upper-80s to give batters a
arm action is loose and he throws with minimal effort, working
primarily in the 86-89 mph range, touching 90 throughout his outing.
Even with all the moving parts in his delivery, Henderson was able to
create some deception and repeat his delivery well. Henderson was
able to also throw his curveball for strikes consistently, showing
1-to-7 shape and depth to it in the 63-67 mph range.
is an uncommitted rising junior from Ohio and like Henderson has some
funk in his delivery but repeats it well and it doesn’t impede his
ability to throw strikes. With a short arm action in the back,
Bennett releases the ball cleanly at a nice angle, working in the
84-87 mph range, topping at 88. With his height, ability to hide the
ball throughout his delivery and feel for the strike zone, facing
Bennett makes for an uncomfortable at bat.
go with his fastball, Bennett showed an excellent feel for his
curveball which features depth and the ability to throw it for
strikes to both sides of the plate. Working it in the 70-72 mph
range, Bennett wasn’t afraid to double up on the pitch, or even
triple up in any given at-bat.
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