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Tournaments | Story | 9/21/2021

Southeast Qualifier #2 Scout Notes

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WWBA Southeast Qualifier #2 Most Valuable Player Garrett Dropp (2022, Woodstock, Ga.) walked away with the honors this weekend after hitting .471 with 11 total bases, four runs, four driven in and five stolen bases during East Cobb Astros 18u Navy’s championship run. Dropp has a lean, athletic build and stands at 6-foot, 176 pounds, with some room to fill to his young frame. At the plate, the senior from Blessed Trinity Catholic sets up with a square stance and deploys a small step for timing before turning it loose with a level bat path that produces hard hit contact with backspin for carry. Power is to the gaps right now, yet Dropp gets it done on the bases with underway speed, acumen, and aggression. Time and again this weekend, Dropp’s instincts helped him stay a step ahead on the bases and move into scoring position, helping his club. A highly-ranked shortstop in his home state, Garrett showcased his glove and arm at short this weekend while also displaying first-step quickness and range to either side in the six hole of the infield. Currently uncommitted, Dropp’s play looked polished this weekend, leading one to wonder how much more he can increase his level of play by next spring for his senior season.
 
Similar to the aforementioned Dropp, James Snipes (2022, Woodstock, Ga.) would walk away not only with an East Cobb Astros 18u Navy championship on Sunday night in Marietta, but with some hardware of his own, as he won the Most Valuable Pitcher award this weekend. Snipes, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound highly-ranked right-handed arm from Etowah High School in his hometown, took the mound for the Astros during Championship Sunday night and was excellent as he would pitch a complete game two-hit shutout with five punchouts and over 60% of his pitches landing for strikes. Even more impressive was that Snipes threw a first-pitch strike to over 70% of the batters he faced and worked ahead of an even more ridiculous 94%. On the mound, James deploys a slow, even tempo to his full windup he operates from the third base side of the rubber. He has a nice, projectable arm action that takes a long path in back, and then unrestrictedly releases out front from a deceptive low three-quarter slot, which adds to his effectiveness and helps add a lot of movement to his repertoire. To navigate his assignment, Snipes would mix a fastball in the low-80s, high of 81, with a curveball in the mid-60s with depth and bottom which helped generate both swing-and-miss and weak contact his defense would be able to handle. A good athlete, Snipes also recorded a multi-hit game during his club’s first pool play game Friday night, while his outing on the mound this weekend raised his season total to 25 punchouts over 24 innings of work.


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