Here are some batting practice highlights from teams 1-5 today.
OF Dayton Dugas (2015, Sam Houston HS, Lake Charles, LA/Team 1-Black): Dugas is a big athletic 6-3/200 right handed hitter with good strength throughout. He has a complicated approach but big bat speed and power potential. It's worth mentioning he ran 4.2 to first base on his 10th swing and also ran 6.65 in the 60. That's a great power/speed combo for a 2015!
3B Scott Stephens (2014, The Woodlands HS, TX/1-Black): Stephens is a strong looking 6-0/195 right handed hitter with a simple and sound hitting approach. His deep load creates some length but he has the bat speed to overcome it and has nice lift to both the pull side and right center field.
3B Erik Patterson (2014, Columbia HS, Brazoria, TX/1-Black): Patterson is 6-4/212 and has a long, loose right handed swing with bat speed. He didn't show the loft power that he undoubtedly has during this BP session but the ball come off his barrel very hard and we know it's there.
C Nico Cuccia (2014, Northshore HS, Siddel, LA)/2-Columbia Blue): Cuccia is tall and thin for a catch at 6-3/180 but has some present strength. His right handed swing is loose and extended with some present bat speed and more to come. He made solid pull contact and should continue to improve as he gets stronger.
SS Mason Kukowski (2014, Seven Lakes HS, Katy, TX, 2-Columbia Blue): Kukowski has a very solid 6-1/187 build and present strength. He doesn't have much present flow to his swing and generates bat speed from some effort and his natural strength but it is real bat speed and the ball jumps. When he learns to use his body better, especially his lower half, he could really improve.
C Blaze Beason (2016, Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, TX, 3-Dark Green): Beason is only coming off his freshman season but has nice hitting tools. He takes an aggressive swing from a rock back load and makes very solid line drive contact.
OF Jacob Finke (2014, Pearland HS, TX, 3-Dark Green): The 6-1/170 Finke hits from a very spread stance and I'd like to see him hit taller. But he does create bat speed and showed power to both gaps and looks to get his arm extended aggressively. He's young in the face and body and projects very well.
3B Ke'Bryan Hayes (2015, Concordia Lutheran HS, Tomball, TX, 4-Gold): Hayes is the son of former 15-year big leaguer Charlie Hayes and is a spitting image of him physically. He has a very calm and strong right handed swing with big bat speed and has a chance to be a high ceiling hitting prospect. Hayes gets the ball in the air easily and will be able to drive it a long way. Sidenote: Charlie Hayes threw 2 groups of BP, although not his son's group, and was outstanding. He's still very athletic even at 50 years old.
1B Cody Michalec (2015, Cinco Ranch HS, Katy, TX, 4-Gold): Michalec has lots of strength in his 6-0/197 build that creates bat speed and occasional hard pull contact. He's raw mechanically but has lots of simple things he can do to unleash his power. Strength and bat speed play.
C Trent Bohny (2015, Fort Bend Christian Academy, Sugar Land, TX, 5-Kelly Green): Bohny had a strong right handed swing, especially for a young bodied 5-11/175 athlete, and was notably loose and easy out front through contact. The ball jumped hard off his bat, mostly solid line drives to the middle of the field.
SS Braden Comeaux (2015, Barbe HS, Lake Charles, LA, 5-Kelly Green): Barbe is one of the top high school programs in the country and the players they have here stand out for their very strong fundamentals. Comeaux might be their next star as he certainly has the tools across the board. He has a nice, short swing that creates very consistent hard line drive contact. He's listed at 5-11/160 but looks bigger now and I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't end up 6-1/185 and be really crushing the ball.
SS Ryan Erickson (2014, Lumberton HS, TX, 5-Kelly Green): Erickson has lots of present tools with his running speed (6.7) arm strength and bat speed. His swing is short and crisp and he showed good opposite field power along with solid line drive pull contact.
OF Shane Selman (2015, Barbe HS, Lake Charles, LA, 5-Kelly Green): Selman ran a 6.59 and also hit the first home run of BP at a time when the wind was blowing in hard straight from left field. He's a backwards Throws Left/Hits Right player with very good strength in his 5-10/185 build and an obvious speed/power combination.
RHP Chase Shugart (2015, Bridge City HS, TX, 5-Kelly Green): Shugart is one of those players who is going to have to throw very well off the mound to convince us that he is a better pitching prospect than hitting prospect. He followed up Selman's bomb with one of his own and pretty much crushed the ball his entire round in one of the day's best performances in BP.
C Ryan Greenlee (2014, Mt. Pleasant HS, Dangerfield, TX, 5-Kelly Green): The 6-1/210 is strong enough to overpower the ball despite very limited weight shift in his swing approach and the ball carries very well. Get him some shift and better lower half use and you could have some big power.