Tournaments | Story | 7/23/2021

17u BCS Scout Notes: Day 2

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17u BCS Scout Notes: Day 1

Jorge L. Santana III (2022, Land O Lakes, Fla.) led the way both offensively and on the mound for 5 Star Florida 17u Jones in their 6-2 victory over the East Cobb Braves this morning.  The USF commit went a stellar 5 innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 walk and striking out 7 all told. In addition to that, he went 3-for-3 at the plate, bringing his tournament average to .571 through the first three games. Santana’s profile lists him as a primary position infielder, but it is clear he has a future on the mound as well.  His 6-foot-2 and 210-pound frame allows him to stay tall and very linear throughout his delivery, coming through release in a high three-quarters slot.  His arm path stays in line with his body, and this makes his fastball, that peaked at 86 today, jump on the hitters.  He complimented his fastball with a vertical breaking ball that seemed to create just as much difficulty for righties as it did for lefties, and he showed the ability to miss barrels in leverage counts.  With the bat, he starts with a slightly open stance and uses a slow, early load with his hands to attack the ball.  He shows a pull-oriented approach, as he clears his hips early to get to contact and it resulted in three well hit balls today, including a double and an RBI.

From time-to-time a player comes along and the more you see them play, the more you appreciate what they do to help their team win a game. Davis Hanson (2022, Winston Salem, N.C.) is that type of player for the South Charlotte Panthers 2022.  In yesterday's doubleheader, he went a combined 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and 2 runs scored.  He also jumped up on the mound for an inning and showcased a lively fastball sitting 86-87 and a promising slider at 77 that is a legitimate secondary offering.  Today, he went 1-for-2 once again, with long, towering home run over the left field wall for 2 more RBI.  At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, he is a sturdy, projectable athlete and handles himself very well around the bag at first base and has no problem going over to the hot corner if necessary.  His glove is quiet and consistent, his footwork is spot on, and the arm plays based on the velocity he showcased on the mound.  At the plate, he has minimal wasted movement for a big guy and knows how to find the barrel.  He creates tremendous leverage and has feel for using the other side of the field when necessary.  He recently committed to Yale, so he is obviously a well-rounded young man with a bright future.

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