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Tournaments | Story | 7/8/2018

14u BCS Scout Notes: Days 5-7

Taylor Weber         Perfect Game Tournament Staff        
Photo: Jared Jones (Perfect Game)

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As the playoffs got under way at the 14u BCS National Championship it turned into a win-or-go-home situation for the remaining teams. Colin Schulz (2022 Plant City, Fla.) did his job for 5 Star National 14u Gold in the first round as he tossed six innings of shutout ball. Schulz has a good frame with long limbs and uses it well. He’s able to generate good plane on his pitches from a high three-quarters arm slot and a quick arm action. His fastball will show some arm-side run with late life topping out at 83 mph. It will flatten out some but his command is there, and if he can figure out how to control the run it should develop into a strong pitch. The breaking ball has 11-to-4 shape with some tightness to its spin. When it’s on Schulz is able to keep the pitch under the knees or buried. If the release point develops as it should it’ll be a nice swing-and-miss pitch.

Though it didn’t turn out so well for 5 Stars’ opponents, there was still a lot to like about Team Elite 14u Prospects. After allowing three runs, the Prospects turned to righthanded pitcher Wes Simpson (2021 Montevallo, Ala.). Simpson did his job in shutting down 5 Star but the damage had been done and they couldn’t rally for some late runs. Simpson has a strong projectable pitcher’s frame standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing in at 180-pounds. He uses a high tempo on the mound and works quickly, pounding the zone with quality strikes. The fastball location is a big part of his game and he pitches off that well with a good slider with a lot of lateral movement. There is some swing-and-miss in his game and should increase as he improves, but a big part of his game is how much weak contact he can get as well. Simpson allowed just one hit in his three innings of work.

A key player for the East Cobb Astros was their leadoff hitter Lleyton Lackey (2022 Grovetown, Ga.). Lackey is the old-school style leadoff threat, a player that sees a lot of pitches and takes his walks as well as showing off plus speed so he can swipe bags at will. In 10 games Lackey gathered 33 plate appearances in the tournament and reached 19 times with an OBP of close to .600. That included a triple and two walks in the first game, a couple more walks in the second round and two more walks and a hit in the third round.

– Taylor Weber

The East Cobb Astros played a close game in round one of the playoffs. After scoring two runs in the fifth inning, the Astros moved to the seventh inning needing to keep the game tied. They turned to righthanded pitcher Dylan Lesko (2022, Buford, Ga.), who needed just 12 pitches to get his team back into the dugout, where they would walk-off the Midwest Legends.

Lesko is a tall, 6-foot-2, 170-pound athlete who has a projectable frame. He creates a good downward plane on a power fastball that touched 87 mph. He is free and easy with his delivery and is a cross-body thrower who hides the ball with deception. Lesko induced a groundball double play off an 86 mph fastball and also recorded a strikeout in the inning.

The Astros catcher, Jared Jones (2022, Marietta, Ga.), has a physical frame, standing 6-foot-3, 220-pounds. He handles the pitching staff well with strong, soft hands behind the plate and does a good job of setting up low in the zone, even though he is a taller catcher. At the plate, Jones impacts the baseball well, driving a double high off the fence in left field. His bat speed through the zone is impressive, as he pulls his hands in and has an explosive bat head.

Right fielder Kain Collins (2022, Kingston, Tenn.) showed the ability to impact a game both offensively and defensively. Collins, a lefthanded thrower and hitter, unleashed a strong throw to home plate that prevented Midwest Legends from adding another run. He was playing halfway in right field and threw a strike to the catcher on a line. He made a diving attempt on his backhand side toward the line later in the game but was unable to come away with a catch on the foul ball.

Collins flashed solid bat speed, whipping the bat through the zone on multiple occasions. He has an inside-out swing and hit solid line drives to the opposite field.

In a semifinal win over NBA Nationals, James Layman (2022, Bluffton, S.C.) had a productive day at the plate going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI. A speedy lefthanded hitter, Leyman sprayed hits all over the field and showed the ability to lay down a bunt. He has a plus speed tool, knows his style of game and looks to get on base.

– Jacob Frisaro

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