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Tournaments | Story | 6/18/2017

18u WWBA Day 1 Scout Notes

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Bo Majkowski (2017 Johns Creek, Ga.), David Dunn (2017, Milton, Ga.) and David Thigpen (2017, Roswell, Ga.) all had strong performances in their first game against the Upstate Mavericks to lead them to a 10-0 victory.

A Walters State commit, David Thigpen pitched brilliantly, throwing for 3 2/3 scoreless innings, walking one and giving up just two hits while striking out eight. Thigpen has good command of all three of his pitches, but throws an excellent fastball that ran from 87-91 with great life. He throws each pitch with a solid and consistent hard arm action and was able to consistently located his fastball on both sides of the plate and keep his breaking stuff low. His curveball has medium depth, with good late break as it arrives to the plate and sat in the mid-70s, while his changeup  had decent fade that ran from 79-81 mph. Thigpen was also able to get it done with the bat and went 3-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI.

Bo Majkowski is a tough out, as he was able to get both of his singles with two strikes on him. He also has great speed, as he clocked a 4.15 home to first time in his second at bat with his infield single to second base. Majkowski is headed to Clemson this year.

Dunn is an athletic outfielder with a medium frame, but long arms and legs and puts his whole frame in to his swing as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored, one RBI and legged out two triples. Dunn displayed great pop, hitting two triples in the right field gap. He hits with a slightly open stance and leg kick trigger, and swings the bat with a long, hard uppercut swing that can produce plenty of extra-base hits.

Marc Theberge (2017, Destrehan, La.) displayed, solid bat speed and pop today for the Louisiana Knights going 1-for-3 in his first game with a double off the wall and a run scored. Theberge has a medium, athletic build with room to grow and still become stronger. He swings with an open stance and huge, large swing with a golf life and two hand finish. Theberge is headed to Tulane University in the fall.

Bryce Hodge (2017, Knoxville, Tenn.) went 2-for-2 with a double and solo shot in the Exposure 18U Prime win against the Youth Service League team. His homerun traveled 331 feet with an exit velocity of 99.3 mph. Hodge swings with a closed stance and hands close to chest over the plate. He steps towards the pitcher and loads his hands back towards the plate and does an excellent job of taking his hands straight to the baseball with a quick and direct route and possesses strong wrists to generate great bat speed and hit the ball with consistent hard contact. Princeton commit, Keith Gabrielson (2017, Knoxville, Tenn.) threw two scoreless innings for Exposure, striking out one and allowing just one hit. He’s tall, with an athletic build and throws a solid fastball with good life from 87-90, touching up to 91 and a changeup with decent fade. 

– Brandon Lowe

Jackson Campbell (2017, Russellville, Ky.) is a medium, stalky built catcher with impressive catching tools. His 1.83 in-game pop time was the first asset to his game on display. Although he did not nab the runner, he did show plus catch and throw ability. The Belmont commit's transfer and release are smooth and very quick. Campbell receives and blocks well too. He receives with a strong left wrist to both sides of the plate and helps buy strikes for his pitchers with his good framing ability. Campbell also has a projectable 5-foot-10 175-pound with more room to fill and a high ceiling.

Louis Davenport III (2017, Lithonia, Ga.) has a slow tempo on the mound, but that does not affect his velocity. The tall, skinny righthander sits 86-88 touching 90 that is mostly straight. He throws his fastball for strikes, but does catch too much of the plate at times. Davenport III throws from a high three-quarters arm slot and wide AA. His delivery is full of balance and his off speed is good. The changeup is in the low-80s with run and the slider is in the mid-70s with tight spin. The Pensacola State signee has solid arm action with possibly more in the tank.

Jared Wetherbee (2017, Fiskdale, Mass.) is a lefthanded pitcher committed to Elon University. His fastball is interesting because it runs to his arm side frequently or it will cut to glove side on occasion. It is rarely straight with a range of 88-91 which he maintained well for four innings. Wetherbee gets excellent extension out in front and stands tall on his back leg. The Elon signee also mixed in a plus changeup and an average 12-to-6 curveball. The changeup showed good deception with fade in the low-80s. The curveball had good depth, but lacked arm speed. Wetherbee has a quick arm from a high three-quarters arm angle with a balanced delivery.

Nick Swanson (2018, Kennesaw, Ga.) throws with intent and heavy sinking life from a three-quarters arm slot. The University of North Carolina commit sits 87-90 with a quick, violent delivery. Swanson liked to elevate his fastball and pitch inside. He gets good back leg drive then violently jolts his back leg forward after his front leg lands. The best weapon in Swanson's arsenal was an 11-5 curveball that he liked to throw in any count. The pitch showed excellent biting action. Swanson came in for one inning of relief striking out two and allowing one hit against a very good Game On West Braves team.

Logan Miracle (2017, Southside, Ala.) has a tall build with a skinny lower half and broad shoulders. The righthander threw for the East Cobb Dodgers sitting 87-89 touching 91 twice. His fastball has riding life from a high three-quarters arm slot. His delivery is balanced and easy with good arm speed, but the arm speed did slow up as the game progressed. The curveball was the out pitch that he threw well when he had good extension. The more he extended on the breaking ball, the more down in the zone and effective the pitch was. The Pensacola State signee has a projectable build and lots of room to fill especially in the lower half.

Gregory Gerard

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