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Tournaments | Story | 6/24/2019

17U South: Day 3 Scout Notes

Nate Schweers         Andrew Jenkins        
Photo: Colby Cooke (Perfect Game)
17U WWBA South National Championship: Day 1 Scout Notes | Day 2 Scout Notes

Jack Quinn (2020, Midlothian, Texas) had a strong Sunday on the mound for Stix 2020 Davenport. Quinn tossed five strong innings in the victory, striking out four and allowing just one walk. Quinn used a heavy dose of fastball at 84-87 mph on Sunday, running it up to 88 and 90 on one occasion each. Quinn has a medium, athletic frame that works quick down the mound. The righty has drop and drive actions, creating good linear direction at foot strike. Quinn, who is currently an uncommitted member of the 2020 class, has developing feel for a tight slider, and that pitch sits in the upper-70s. Quinn has a high effort delivery that is explosive toward the plate, and the next piece for the rising senior is to polish the mechanics and become more repeatable with the front shoulder.

Cade Merka (2020, Argyle, Texas) was as impressive as anyone on the field during Sunday’s opening game. Merka was 2-for-3 with a run-scoring double and hard-hit single. With an athletic 6-foot, 170-pound frame, the Texas A&M commit has quick hands and a line drive barrel plane at the plate, leading to consistently hard contact. Merka has an aggressive approach at the plate, driving the first pitch of the at-bat both times he reached base. In the infield, Merka has smooth hands and showed some impressive range to the glove side. A high-level athlete, it will be exciting to see how the future Aggie develops and improves on his game in College Station.

Kal Edmundson (2020, Austin, Texas) was dominant in his start for GPS 17U – Puffer on Sunday. The tall lefty tossed five shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out six batters. Edmundson has a lean and projectable 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame, and the southpaw has plenty of room to fill out and add strength. Edmundson’s arm works well from a high three-quarters slot, throwing a fastball at 81-84 with good tilt and some natural arm side run. Showing the ability to work both the corners with the fastball, Edmundson kept hitters off balance with an 11/5 curveball with good depth. Attacking hitters and forcing a lot of soft contact, the uncommitted member of the 2020 class will be an intriguing arm to watch develop.

Dylan Bright (2020, San Antonio, Texas) had a strong outing for South Texas Slider 17U Mayer on Sunday. Bright tossed three shutout innings, striking out four and allowing just one hit. With a projectable 6-foot, 150-pound frame, Bright has room to grow and add strength as he develops. Bright came at hitters with a heavy dose of fastballs at 86-89 mph, showing good feel for both a slider and curveball as well at 76 mph and 71 mph respectively. Bright’s curveball has tight 12/6 action, and he was able to use it as a strikeout pitch throughout his outing.

Ty Fontenot (2020, San Antonio, Texas) is an intriguing arm to keep an eye on in the 2020 class. The 6-foot-4, 203-pound southpaw ran a fastball with good downward action up to 90 mph on Sunday, blowing it by hitters a number of times. Fontenot has a high effort delivery and a fast arm from a high three-quarters slot. The big lefty is still developing feel for spin, slowing his arm down some when flashing his upper-60s curveball. Fontenot has a projectable frame, and there are lot of things to like as he continues to learn how to pitch at a high-level.

Colby Cooke (2020, Spring, Texas) was lights out for Adidas Baseball National Team 2020-Ina on Sunday afternoon, striking out four and allowing just one hit in his five innings of work. Cooke, who has an athletic 5-foot-10, 185-pound frame, attacked batters with a fastball at 83-87 mph he was able to work to both edges of the plate. On top of the fastball, Cooke showed excellent feel for spin with a tight curveball in the low-70s. Most impressive during the southpaws outing was his ability to work quickly and efficiently in the zone. Cooke got a lot of early contact, keeping his pitch count low and his defense on their toes. Cooke is committed to the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

Grant Zwald (2020, North Richland Hills, Texas) was another projectable arm to keep an eye on as he develops. Zwald has a tall and athletic frame, standing at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds. Zwald has a repeatable delivery, and though his flies open some at release, he does a great job of creating a downhill plane to his fastball. Zwald’s fastball sat in the mid-80s up to 87 mph on Sunday, and he was also able to keep hitters off balance with a mid-70s curveball. Zwald is an arm that can continue to add velocity as he matures and fills out the sizeable frame.

Cameron Coffee (2020, North Richland Hills, Texas) showed off his live arm out of the bullpen on Sunday. He threw a good fastball up to 89 mph for a lot of strikes, and was able to keep hitters guessing with a good curveball in the low-70s. Coffee has good feel for spin, and he was able to throw the breaking ball for both strikes and as a put away pitch. Coffee works from an over the top slot, falling to the glove side some at release. Coffee’s natural run to the arm side allows him to jam hitters and force weak contact on a consistent basis.

In the late game on Sunday, Ty Maida (2020, Sugar Land, Texas) had one of the more impressive swings of the day, driving a ball deep off the wall in left field. The run-scoring double helped bring some life to Adidas Baseball National Team 2020-Sanchez. Maida has an athletic, 6-foot-2, 188-pound frame, and his quick hands and slightly lifted barrel plane allows him to really drive the baseball when he gets his hands extended.

Cole Miears (2020, Center Point, Texas) was 2-for-3 with two triples and five RBI on Sunday. The third baseman was able to flash his good wheels on a pair of well-struck balls. Miears, who has a strong build at 5-foot-11, 185-pounds, has a line drive barrel plane, and really has the ability to drive the baseball when getting his hands extended. Miears has an even stance in the box, and can add more power as he continues to develop and add strength.

-Nate Schweers

Grant Golomb (2020, Southlake, Texas) is a first baseman for Dallas Patriots 17U Stout. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Baylor commit had a strong, athletic frame that is very projectable. He is a righthanded hitter that had a slightly open stance, good weight transfer, quick hands with a linear bat path. He went 1-for-2 with a single, a walk, one RBI and a stolen base. Golomb is a very athletic first baseman, had good flexibility, made multiple stretch plays and showed the ability to scoop it.

Also for Dallas Patriots 17U Stout, Cortlan Castle (2021, Woodway, Texas) went 1-for-1 with a home run and two RBI. He had a large, athletic frame with additional room to fill. He is a righthanded hitter, started with a slightly open stance, had a leg lift trigger, gained ground and created leverage in his swing. Listed a primary catcher, Castle showed a quick transfer and release, good footwork and logged 1.99-2.02 pop times.

Kyle Eslick (2020, Pinehurst, Texas) and Wichita State commit Jorge Figueroa (2020, Southlake, Texas) both hit home runs and performed well at the plate for Banditos 17U-Texas. Eslick went 2-for-3 at the dish, had a slightly open stance, a high hand set with a high back elbow and a toe-tap trigger. Eslick made hard contact in all three of his at-bats and showcased some pull side pop. Hitting in the three-hole, Figueroa had an open stance, advanced bat speed and had lift in his swing. In his first at-bat, Figueroa displayed his power by hitting a towering home run to left field. He projects well at the next level and should be a good fit at Wichita State.

Uncommitted outfielder CJ Lyall (2020, Sugar Land, Texas) attends William B Travis, he is a 5-foot-11, thin framed lefthanded hitter with room to fill out and displayed tools on both sides of the ball. Lyall went 3-for-4 at the plate. He started with an open stance, a high hand set with a small leg kick, good rotation in his hips and an easy swing. Defensively, he showed good range in the outfield, a playable arm with online throws and good carry. His tools project well at the next level, and he is a prospect that will open some eyes over the next year.

-Andrew Jenkins

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