Tournaments | Story | 7/16/2016

16u WWBA Day 8 Scout Notes

Matt Czechanski        
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With the final day and last three games of the 16u WWBA National Championship taking place on Friday, there were a trio of standouts between the two teams that ultimately fought it out for the Championship.

Taking the mound for the East Coast Sox Diamond was Mississippi State commit Chad Bryant (2017, Ala.). The strongly built righthander, listed at 6-foot, 200-pounds, showed athletic actions on the mound with long limbs and good present strength. He threw from a high three-quarters arm slot with a long arm action that showed some looseness on the mound. He used a drop-and-drive element in his delivery and looked his best when working downhill in the lower third of the zone. His fastball flashed heaviness, but worked flat up in the zone. Bryant showed impressive arm strength on the mound working his fastball between 88-91 mph and hitting 92 mph in the second inning. He showed intent on the mound with a short stride to the plate and landing online. His fastball got to both sides with decent glove-side mechanics on the mound. The future Bulldog showed feel for spin as well on the mound with a big 11-to-5 shaped curveball. With above average spin and good depth he kept hitters off balance with both pitches for strikes. Bryant was exactly what the Sox needed as he fired 6 1/3 scoreless innings on the mound allowing only four hits, while striking out eight batters.

Collecting another four hits on championship day for the Sox was fellow Mississippi State commit J.T. Ginn (2018, Miss.). The talented two-way product (shortstop and righthanded pitcher) has shown exceptional ability to get the bat to the ball during the tournament with a simple, line drive swing. His lower half is incorporated well and is exceptionally well balanced throughout. He covers the plate with his swing and sees his barrel stay in the zone a long time. In their semifinal game against the Knights, he delivered a 357-foot home run that left the bat at 95 mph. Ginn had a pair of singles to top off his tournament in the championship game to help lead the Sox to the title.

Making even a louder name for himself was FTB55 Elite shortstop Nander De Sedas (2018, Fla.). Having made several impressive plays in the field the last several days, De Sedas stood out at the plate through both the semifinal and championship round with consistent loud, barreled contact. In the semifinal game he torched a double as a lefthanded hitter that one-hopped the wall and left the bat at 97 mph. De Sedas showed impressive bat speed at the plate from both sides and the ability to drive the ball when timed appropriately. As he sees more pitching and advanced velocity, the consistency in his swing will improve. In the championship game he answered some questions about his righthanded swing with a very loud home run that left the bat at 98 mph and cleared the left-center field wall with ease. The power potential and physical frame, paired with the advanced glove up the middle, make him a very high ceiling overall talent.

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