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18u WWBA Day 3 Scout Notes

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Mizzou commit Konnor Ash (2017, Plainfield, Ill.) looked amazing in his Monday outing and threw a no hitter against the Knight Baseball Platinum 18U team, giving up zero runs, two walks and struck out ten. Ash arms works very well, as he throws with an over the top arm angle that produces great life on his fastball. You could hear the ball spin as it zipped out of his hand. He showed great command of both his fastball and breaking pitches, as he switched between throwing a sharp, late breaking curve at 78-80 mph with excellent depth and hard 11-to-5 break and was able to command and throw a slider with the same velocity as his curveball that he would use to back hitters off the plate and work the inside part of the strike zone as well generate swings and misses. Ash does a great job of mixing up pitches and maintaining the same arm action and angle, making it extremely difficult for hitters to pick up which pitch is being thrown. His fastball sat from 87-90 mph and he was able to maintain his velocity consistently throughout his entire outing. He has a medium, athletic frame and still has room to grow and become stronger. There’s a very high ceiling for this righty pitcher and I look forward to following his college career once he joins the Tigers this fall.

Will Warren (2017, Brandon, Miss.) received the win for the East Coast Sox as he threw a complete game, allowing two earned runs on seven hits, while striking out eight. Warren showed impressive command, as he walked no batters in his outing, but did hit one batter. Warren stands at 6-foot-2 and 178-pounds, with a longer lower half and projectable frame. He gets good extension off the mound and did a great job of maintain his fastball velocity, which ran from 86-89 mph, reaching 90 a few times in the first inning and touching up to 91 in the fifth. Warren throws with a high three-quarter arm angle and finishes his pitches well. His curve flashes some potential, with solid depth and 11-to-5 break and sits in the mid-70s. he does a great job of keeping it low and rarely hanging it. He flashed change up that possesses decent fade and ran from 73-75 mph, Warren is headed to Southeastern Louisiana University in the fall.

Spartanburg Methodist commit, Daniel Blair (2017, Peachtree City, Ga.) was effectively wild today for the Fungo Sox and received the win throwing six innings and allowing one earned run on two hits, five walks, while striking out six. Blair has a nice, balanced windup, with a hitch right before planting that front leg and throwing to home which can cause his arm and body not to be in sync at times creating command issues, but also creating a timing mishap for batters. His fastball sat from 85-88 mph, reaching up to 89 and 90 mph a few times and he throws a good curve ball with medium depth and good 11-to-5 break.

The Chi-Town Cream continue to dominate pool play as they won their contest against the Mizuno Aces Nationals thanks to Max Rimac's (2017, Chicago, Ill.) solid three innings of work on the mound and University of Nebraska commit Mike Addante's (2017, Algonquin, Ill.) big day at the plate.

Rimac has a medium, mature and filled out frame with a strong lower half. Rimac was 87-90 mph, until the fourth
 inning where he begin to sit in the mid-80s. His fastball has some cut and sink to it and he pairs it with a solid curveball, with excellent depth and hard 1-to-7 break that breaks hard as it arrives near the plate and a good change up with decent sink.

Addante showcased good pop and solid contact at the lead off spot as he started the game off with a double to center field and went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. Addante has a small, athletic frame with great speed. He has a long swing, but does a good job of keeping the bat in the zone and squaring up the baseball and using his top hand to create consistent hard contact.

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Andrew Jenkins (2019, Atlanta, Ga.) is a projectable third baseman both in the field and at the plate. The 6-foot 195-pound righthanded hitter bats with a narrow base and exaggerated open stance. He loads with a leg kick trigger and low hand set that stay in a good hitting position. His swing produces a line drive swing plane and good bat speed. Late in his first game Monday, Jenkins grinded out a seven pitch at-bat that resulted in an RBI double to left-center field with an exit velocity of 95 mph. He followed up his double in the first game with a no-doubt-about-it 362 foot home run to left field with an exit velocity of 96 mph. Jenkins also has a good glove at third with quick reactions and a good first step.

Nolan Crisp (2019, McDonough, Ga.) has a small build with lots of room to fill. The fastball is explosive in the low-90s topping at 92 with life. Crisp gets very good extension of up to eight feet and 95 mph effective velocity. The University of Florida commit pitches with intent, very good tempo and likes to work fast. The arm works well and the legs are still developing, but will improve with added strength. His off-speed pitches are impressive as well especially the changeup. He showed good feel for the fading changeup in the low-80s. The 11-to-5 curveball has good bite and made several hitters freeze when thrown inside. Overall, Crisp is a high follow pitcher with a live arm.

Stephen Sepcich (2017, Mandeville, La.) has a standout bat for the Louisiana Knights. He showed power to pull side on a fastball he turned on that went just foul down the left field line with no-doubt home run distance. He later squared up a rocketed single to left field. Sepcich stands with a wide base, leg lift trigger and a hand set right by his ear with the bat laid back behind him. The swing is short and compact with his hands going straight to the ball very quickly. The Tulane University signee makes very hard contact with a line drive swing plane and good bat speed.

Gavin Harmon (2017, Douglasville, Ga.) hit one of the most impressive home runs I have ever seen at LakePoint on Monday that went off the scoreboard. The ball had an exit velocity of 93 mph and traveled 367 feet before being stopped by the scoreboard and would have easily gone 380 feet. Harmon stands with a wide base, leg lift trigger, and the bat rested on his right shoulder. The swing is long with a lift and the barrel drives through the zone well and stays in the lone for an extended amount of time. Harmon will continue his baseball career at Chattanooga State this fall.

Drew Yniesta (2017, Summerville, S.C.) shows good balance at the plate and the ability to drive the ball with regular solid contact. He has a 5-foot-8 163-pound frame with athleticism. He stands at the plate with a shoulder width base, big leg kick trigger with good balance, and a low hand set. His approach is very patient and confident as he did not get many pitches to hit in his contest Monday. The night before, however, the Erskine College did hit a home run down the left field line that went 401 feet with an exit velocity of 98 mph. He also showed good tools at second base with soft, sure hands and good range.

– Gregory Gerard

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