Tournaments | Story | 7/17/2019

15U WWBA: Day 5 Scout Notes

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15u WWBA Scout Notes:
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In a game between a pair of undefeated teams that was essentially already a playoff game, Ty Federici (2022, Dallas, Pa.) was sent to the mound for the MVP Blue Jackets. A physically advanced and strong-framed lefthanded pitcher, Federici brings a fastball that ranged from 86-89 mph mostly in this game while touching 90 mph a handful of times as well. The fastball was certainly his pitch of choice as he would throw it primarily and simply try and overpower the opposing hitters. He did so pretty effectively as he would go on to tally up eight punchouts in his five innings of work. His arm really works and the ball comes out clean with a downhill plane to the plate when down in the zone. The off-speed pitches he did offer up at times were a sweeping slider and a sinking changeup at 77 mph and 80-81 mph respectively. An uncommitted pitcher from Pennsylvania, Federici, throws with relatively low effort and the ball jumps out of his hand making him an interesting pitching prospect already at his young age.

Blake Bevis (2022, Brentwood, Tenn.) put on an interesting display of talent at the plate and intriguing upside on the mound as well as he has been up to 85 mph as a pitcher in the tournament as well. Bevis knocked a home run on Tuesday that had a positive launch angle to left field that ultimately was his second of the event. Bevis is a physical advanced primary pitcher who starts at second base for his Knights Baseball 15u Premier team. The arm strength certainly plays as shown on the mound and will likely carry him to the hot corner long term if he continues as a position player as well. The bat and present strength at impact is obvious and when on time the ball jumps as it did on this day. Bevis is an uncommitted 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect from south of Nashville and has plenty of positive tools to follow throughout the rest of his high school years.

Hunter Russell (2022, Jacksonville, Fla.) had a nice day at the plate for 5 Star National 15u Dobbs and displayed a really projectable swing in doing so. The Miami commit, who hails from Jacksonville, has plenty of power potential and outstanding barrel control. His triple in this game came on an elevated fastball that he was able to get on top of and drive to the pull side gap. Russell looks every bit the part of a power hitting lefthanded hitter with a frame that has limitless projectability. Russell starts at first base for his team and has really hit well throughout the week at the 15u WWBA. Russell and has maintained a batting average over .500 through six games.

From the state of Maryland, a primary shortstop and a name like Ripken Reese (2022, Ellicott City, Md.) can almost guarantee that he was named after legend Cal Ripken Jr. Reese has a really interesting skill-set that he brings to the game with really athletic actions in the middle infield and a projectable swing at the plate. The rising sophomore connected on a double in this game that was sent to right field for his team to help secure a run-rule victory. Reese also showed footwork that plays very well in the infield and a glove that is clean. His arm is going to allow him to stay on the left side of the infield long term and the athleticism is likely going to keep him at shortstop. The uncommitted infielder from the Mid-Atlantic has lots of upside and projectability that includes his 6-foot, 185-pound frame.

Paxton Kling (2022, Roaring Spring, Pa.) has had a really impressive tournament so far with the bat knocking three home runs and receiving several big-time Division I offers along the way in doing so. Tuesday night was no different, and while he did not get to showcase his juice at the plate he did get to display his speed in a variety of ways. An 6.70-second 60-yard dash runner, Kling put the foot speed he has into game action as he starts center field for his team, a premium position for quickness. Kling beat out an infield single in his second at-bat of the day burning down the line with a jailbreak home to first time of 4.06 seconds. Earlier in the game, in his first at-bat, he posted a true 4.22-second home-to-first time. Paxton has huge bat speed at the plate and an aggressive approach looking to impact the baseball with a high exit velocity and lots of acceleration to the point of contact.

– Greg Gerard

5 Star National 14u is a highly-talented club, and they moved to 5-1 in pool play on Tuesday morning, taking an 11-1 decision in a game in which they never trailed. James Hays (2023, Hawkinsville, Ga.) got the start and the win, throwing 5 1/3 shutout innings scattering just two hits and one walk while striking out four and throwing 72 percent strikes. Hays is a good-sized young player with quality projection as well as present strength, and his two-way upside is very high at the next level. He ran his fastball up to 84 mph and pounded the zone throughout the game in the low-80s, working the pitch down in the strike zone consistently and getting a good amount of weak contact. The operation works well on the mound and given his projection as well as present ability to throw strikes, there’s a lot to like about his upside on the mound. He’s also a talented lefthanded hitter who projects well at third base defensively, showing a loose, whippy swing with plenty of bat speed and some present strength. Hays should be high on the radar in the class of 2023 moving forward, especially once the recruiting really picks up for that age group over the course of the next year.

Drew Burress (2023, Perry, Ga.) is proving to be one of the better ‘23s in the class at this early juncture, with high end hitting tools and projectable athleticism. There’s a fair bit of bat speed and strength to his swing already, and he’s still just 14 years old, giving him tremendous upside as an offensive force. He tripled in this game, continuing to show more and more power as he continues physically maturing, though more impressive than that continues to be the high-level barrel control he shows, with the ability to cover the plate well and get barrel on baseball authoritatively to all fields.

615 Baseball Club ended up taking the loss in this one, though starting pitcher Joseph King (2022, Antioch, Tenn.) showed a lot to like on the mound. A lean, projectable lefthander with some athleticism to his movement patterns on the mound, King ran his fastball up to 87 mph, generating excellent plane to the plate down in the zone, and otherwise projecting extremely well. The fastball sat in the low- to mid-80s with the aforementioned plane as well as some arm-side life at times, and he showed some feel for a curveball as well. There’s rawness to the profile, as one would expect with literally any sophomore in high school, though the raw ingredients of the profile give him pretty substantial upside on the mound.

DBacks Elite continues to punish teams offensively, running their record to 5-1 in pool play on Tuesday afternoon, scoring 16 runs in the process. Brennyn Abendroth (2021, Terre Haute, Ind.) got the start and the win in the run-rule shortened contest, striking out four over two innings with no hits and a single walk. Abendroth is a big, physical righthander with an intimidating presence on the mound given his physicality, and the stuff backs up that presence in a big way. He ran his fastball up to 89 mph, showing the ability to work north-south in the strike zone and miss bats with ease at the letters, sitting in the mid-80s with good arm-side life. The curveball was inconsistent but flashed quality action, thrown in the low-70s right now with 11-to-5 shape and good depth when released properly out front.

Carlos Pena (2021, Bayside, N.Y.) has been on our radar all summer following an excellent Jr. National performance, and he continues to prove himself as one of the better uncommitted players in the class, both as a position player as well as two-way threat on the mound. Pena started in center field in this one, bunting for a hit in the first inning and going 3.76 seconds down the line (usual caveats apply here regarding home-to-first times on bunts), then smoking a pair of opposite field liners for two more hits in his three ABs. Pena is a physical, athletic outfielder who moves well and has legitimate arm strength, though it’s to be determined if he’s a true center fielder long term. Regardless, he has undeniable offensive impact, with a quick, direct stroke at the plate that he uses the whole field with, as well as pretty substantial raw power to the pull side. The arm strength plays from the outfield as well as on the mound, where he’s been into the low-90s and could be a two-way option at the college level.

Cade Vota (2021, Niles, Mich.) is playing in his first Perfect Game event and is making a very good first impression, with an OPS of 1.463 through six games so far this week. A lefthanded hitter with good present strength, Vota picked up three more hits on Tuesday, including a double and triple, showing consistently ability to leverage the ball into the air and use his strength, really impacting the baseball and driving it pull side with authority. He plays catcher, and though we didn’t get a good enough look to make any determinations about his defensive ability, a lefthanded hitting catcher with that kind of offensive impact should definitely be squarely on the radar moving forward.

Perhaps the youngest player in the 2020 class, Jeffery Waters (2020, Mableton, Ga.) is due to graduate from high school next May, though he won’t even turn 16 years old until December. He’s playing with that loaded DBacks Elite club as well, and, as we’ve come to expect from him, is swinging the bat really well this week. An athletic outfielder with lots of projection and tools, Waters is starting to come into some serious strength and is impacting baseballs more and more, drilling three firm liners yesterday for base hits. A Maryland commit, Waters has the arm strength for any of the three outfield positions as well as the athleticism to potentially play center field, and the strength at the plate is coming along, as he’s starting to tap into some pretty significant raw power that is nowhere near close to a finished product. He’ll be fascinating to follow heading into his draft spring, as his age will likely make him a high-priority follow for some model-heavy teams.

– Brian Sakowski

With the pool on the line, Canes National and the Louisiana Knights battled it out for a spot in bracket play. Hayden Nored (2021 Hattiesburg, Miss.) got the start on the bump for the Louisiana Knights. Nored flashed a bigger frame with long limbs, broad shoulders and an already filling out lower half. The projectable righthanded pitcher showcased a good two-pitch mix as he faced a stout Canes National lineup. He showed a full arm action while sitting on his back side before transferring that weight back on to his front side. With the opposing team somewhat getting the better of him early, he did not frustrate or panic easy as he stuck to his game plan of attacking the inner half of the plate and looking for swings and misses with his slider. His slider showed tight spin with advanced depth sitting in the low-70s and his fastball showed legit arm side run sitting 82-84 while he touched a few 85s. With his projectable build he will be a very interesting arm to follow down the road as he projects to be a big arm.

On the opposing side, Gage Ziehl (2021 Macedon, N.Y.) got the start for Canes National and he didn’t hesitate to get the day going early. He would go on to strike out four of the first six batters while striking out the side in the second inning. The University of Miami commit has a compact frame with mature attributes already visible. He showed a great mound presence as he went on to fill up the strike zone. The righty flashed a fast arm with a fluid motion as he delivered from a true three-quarters slot. Ziehl showed big swing-and-miss stuff as he went on to strike out nine batters in his four inning outing while picking up the win. His fastball showed late life with a heavy action to it sitting 83-86 while touching a handful of 87s and 88s. After the heater, he worked with a tight spinning slider that should depth when down in the mid-70s. The No. 7 overall prospect from New York projects very well as he looks to continue to prosper into a top arm in the country for his class.

As the day went on, another pool play game was held to decide the winner that would advance to bracket play. Midland Tribe and Rake City faced off for that spot. Midland Tribe ran out the No. 2 righthanded pitcher in the state of Ohio in Evan Whiteaker (2022 West Chester, Ohio) and he rose to the occasion. He utilized a good three-pitch mix that he showed great command of while going on to pick up the win for his squad. The projectable righthanded pitcher showed a lean frame with a young build and plenty of room to fill out. With a long, full arm action, he pounded the strike zone while mixing up pitches during his six innings. His fastball was used the least as it sat 80-81 and touched a handful of 83s. With how good his off-speed stuff was, the fastball looked even more impressive to hitters as it snuck up on hands. His off-speed arsenal was stout as he flashed a great changeup with an advanced feel for it sitting in the low-70s. The changeup looked like a fastball out of hand before dropping off the table late. His curveball also got plenty of swings and misses as it showed slurvy actions in the upper-60s. With his three-pitch mix and projectable frame, the young prospect from Ohio looks to become a big arm and make a name for himself as his high school years roll on.

With the Midland Tribe going on to win, one bright spot for Rake City was their shortstop, Estevan Moreno (2022 Hanover Park, Ill.). He flashed a large frame with a lean, athletic look and plenty of room to fill out down the road. The big shortstop flashed signs on brilliance on defense as he made all the plays and a few rangy plays that took an advanced skill-set to accomplish. His first-step quickness in the middle infield was great as he proved he could move both ways while showing off a strong, accurate arm. Early in the action, he scooped up a slow rolling groundball and threw a dart off balance across the diamond to get the runner just in time. He also got it done at the plate taking that great hand eye coordination into the box. The righthanded hitter flashed a big leg kick before landing in a balanced, aggressive stance. He did a good job of getting the bat head out front as he utilized a linear swing path. With his skill-set and mature build, he will be someone you want to keep a close eye on as he approaches his college years.

– Drew Wesolowski

Will Cannon (2021, Phenix City, Ala.) is a 6-foot, 175-pound righthanded pitcher from Phenix City Central High School. A junior in the fall, Cannon got the call to start this morning for his club, Dulin’s Dodgers 15u Wright at Brook Run, working the complete game and earning the win in a five-inning run-ruled shortened affair. Cannon is strong and athletic in his current frame and displays keen, upbeat mechanics and good rhythm and timing through release with extension out front. Cannon used his two-pitch mix all morning to keep hitters off balance. His fastball sits in the low 80s and has some tail with sinking action arm side, especially when he gets it down in the zone. He showed the ability to fill up the strike zone and got ahead of hitters consistently with his fastball leading the way, inducing swings and misses and weak contact. What made his fastball even more effective is as Cannon settled in, he began using his curveball (67-69 mph), in all counts to both dexterities which caused a lot of discomfort for his opposition. His curveball showed some promise with 11-to-5 break, and some depth to those where he got on top. His control is better than the command to this point, yet Cannon stayed in the strike zone all game long, as he established his fastball early and followed it up with keen control of his curve as well. All signs point to command developing in time, as it is evident Cannon has advanced pitchability for his age. He showed good athleticism as he was able to field all weak contact hit his way showing good actions off the mound and crisp throws to bases. Just 16, Will has been impressive at the 15u WWBA this week as he notched his second win Tuesday and has a 10:2 strikeout to walk rate.

Blake Cyr (2022, Orlando, Fla.) is a 5-foot-11, 172-pound shortstop from Dr. Phillips High School. Already a member of the University of Miami’s recruiting class for 2022, Cyr showed why his tools will translate to the ACC Tuesday morning at Brook Run as he went 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored and two doubles. Hitting a cool .385 through pool play, Cyr has an obvious feel for hitting as he displays a balanced approach in the box with good vision, hand-eye coordination and feel for the barrel. Cyr stays very short through the hitting zone with a swing path that produces plenty of leverage and hard-hit contact. His power is to the gaps, yet current ability suggests more power potential is not far off. Cyr, who is very strong and athletic, projects well for the middle infield as he is an alert fielder who stays on the balls of his feet and displays sound defensive actions. A sure-handed fielder, Cyr appears to work through all balls hit his way with sound actions while making strong, online throws to bases with carry. His knowledge for the game and natural instincts are very noticeable as he makes the game look easy more often than not. Cyr plays the game the right way with obvious aggression and a strong desire to succeed. There’s not much missing from his game currently.

Cyr’s teammate on Elite Squad 15u National, Hunter Pankey (2022, St. John’s, Fla.) was impressive in his own right Tuesday morning at Brook Run as he came in to pitch in a relief appearance in the second inning and was lights out the rest of the way as the game ended after five full. Pankey who is already listed at 6-foot-2, 178-pounds, has an athletic frame with plenty of room to fill before reaching physical maturity. On the mound, Pankey deploys a slow tempo to his windup, which starts from the first base side of the rubber. He has sound rhythm and timing with his arm as it travels through a smooth, long-circled arm action in back and releases out front from a low three-quarters slot. Panky used a two-pitch mix to attack hitters throughout his appearance, filling up the zone and getting ahead of his opponents rather regularly leading to a five strikeout day. Pankey’s mix includes a 80-83 mph fastball and a 67-69 mph curveball. The fastball has some angle and occasionally cut down in the zone as his curveball had slurve-type 10-to-4 action with some ending bite when he got it right. Hunter is a solid competitor and exuded confidence all game long.

– Matt Arietta

Connor Fosnow  (2022, Longwood, Fla.) showcased a projectable 6-foot-1, 185-pound frame with current strength throughout the build while playing for Power Baseball 2022. The primary middle infielder played third base during the fifth day of the tournament. At the hot corner, he showed good reactions, a clean glove, solid transfers and a decent arm that continues to develop with age. The righthanded hitter displayed a quality and projectable bat. Starting in a slightly open stance and utilizing a toe-tap trigger, he incorporates a lot of force from his lower half. Strong hands work towards the baseball as he generates good bat speed and loud contact on a consistent basis. He hit the ball on a line during game action with clear ability to create lift and elevate the ball due to natural leverage in his swing plane. Fosnow already hits the ball with force and should gain additional strength once he fills out further.

Andrew Dutkanych (2022, Indianapolis, Ind.) showcased an electric arm with a large frame and repeatable mechanics while pitching for the Indiana Bulls 15u Black. Raising his arms above and behind his head in the windup, the righthanded pitcher used his lower half effectively working downhill. He opened up a little bit before landing his leg lift, striding slightly towards the lefthanded batter’s box. A smooth and live arm action combined with a strong lower half resulted in a fastball that averaged 89 mph across 59 pitches while touching 91 mph several times in the first inning. Dutkanych featured three additional pitches, an impressive 11-to-5 curveball around 70 mph, an occasional slider around 79 mph and an even more occasional straight changeup around 78 mph. He mixed his pitches well throughout the start, mixing primarily between the live fastball and the spin-happy curveball, averaging around 2500 rpm. He struggled with command a little bit, primarily throwing strikes but losing a couple of batters to walks. The uncommitted pitcher threw three innings of one-run baseball with four strikeouts, two walks allowed and only one hit.

Ethan Garcia (2022, New Braunfels, Texas) struck out seven hitters across three innings while picking up the win for the Lonestar Baseball Club 2022 National. The righthanded pitcher has a medium 5-foot-10, 150-pound frame with clear room to fill out. Making good use of his lower half and live arm, he touched 87 mph multiple times while averaging 84 mph throughout the start. He threw from a three-quarters arm slot with effective arm whip that generated velocity. Garcia worked online towards the plate. The arsenal included a fastball with some arm-side run and a sharp slider that was thrown for a strike and as a swing-and-miss pitch around 72 mph. His command was pristine as he efficiently pitched his three innings across 36 pitches with 75 percent strikes. He walked the first batter of the third inning on four straight pitches, seemingly an outlier compared to the rest of his performance.

At the plate, the righthanded hitter swung the bat on a level plane through the zone before starting in a moderately closed stance. His hands were quick through the zone and he hit every ball to the pull side. Garcia showcased a contact-oriented approach with good bat-to-ball skills and line drive tendencies. During the fifth day of the tournament, he went 2-for-3 with a run scored and could be a really interesting uncommitted two-way player moving forwards.

University of Miami commit Lorenzo Carrier (2021, Bear, Del.) is one of the best prospects in the nation as he can simply do everything on a baseball diamond. Sporting a large and athletic 6-foot-4, 188-pound frame, he has a lot of current strength with additional room to fill out somehow. Starting at third base for the Keystone War Eagles, he showcased a lot of athleticism defensively with a smooth glove, good range, quick feet and a rocket for an arm. Moving to shortstop later in the game, it was clear his athleticism and ability give him the option to play any position on the field with ease. The righthanded hitter is a presence at the plate, displaying a lot of bat speed with quick and fluid hands through the zone. He consistently hit the ball hard with the ability to elevate it. He controlled the barrel well as he made contact in nearly every at-bat, going 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored during the fifth day of the tournament. Carrier is a legitimate five-tool prospect.

West Virginia commit Josh Heath (2021, Lewisburg, Pa.) is a primary corner infielder with a large 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame and current strength in the build. The lefthanded hitter has quick hands that work fluidly through the zone and stay inside the ball. He has a smooth swing with some upward extension that elevates the ball frequently, and the present strength in his swing creates good bat speed, hitting the ball with loud contact. During the fifth day of the tournament, he went 1-for-2 with a walk, one run and two RBI. His one out was on a ball hit really well but was caught on the warning track in left field. He also hit a sacrifice fly to deep left-center field.

Rolando Lujo (2021, Coconut Creek, Fla.) is a primary shortstop with a 6-foot, 180-pound frame and athleticism in the build. Defensively, he showed a smooth glove, good range, excellent hands and transfers and an above average arm across the infield; he’s a very good overall defender. The righthanded hitter showed some quick hands through the zone on a level plane with a contact-oriented approach that resulted in line drives and ground balls. Quick hands and current strength create some bat speed as Lujo can put some thump into the ball and he hits the ball frequently to the pull side. During the fifth day of the tournament he registered half of the hits for Cannons Baseball Academy 2022 National, going 2-for-2 with a double down the left field line.

– Jake Martin

Cade McGarrh (2022, Frisco, Texas) was solid as the shortstop for Dulins Dodgers – McGarrh on Tuesday. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and played well defensively. The lefthanded batter has quick hands and shows projection for some good power within his 6-foot-3 165-pound frame. A nationally-ranked shortstop, McGarrh’s quick hands and strong arm play on the field. He also showed some savvy defensively throughout the game. McGarrh projects well all around and is an exciting young player.

Brooks Bryan (2022, Opelika, Ala.) showed his upside in a 3-3 tie between the Triton Rays and Dulins Dodgers – McGarrh. The nationally-ranked catcher went 1-for-2 with a hit by pitch. Offensively, Bryan showed some pop in a hard pull-side base hit through the three-hole. Behind the plate, Bryan was very impressive. He’s a good receiver with sure hands and an ability to frame well while keeping the ball in front while creating a good target. Physically, a filled out 6-foot, 212-pound frame projects well and shows present strength.

Colby Guy (2021, Charlotte, N.C.) showed a pretty live arm on Tuesday for Warriors Baseball 15u Blakeney. He threw four innings while allowing one run on two hits with seven strikeouts and four walks. His fastball was up to 88 mph several times but sat mostly in the low- to mid-80s. Guy also flashed a sweeping low-70s curveball. The arm works on the higher effort side but is extremely quick and shows upside. Guy is listed as a primary middle infielder but shows potential on the mound with a few minor adjustments. A lanky 5-foot-10, 145-pound frame has plenty of room to fill out and shows promise.

Jake Smith (2022, Dothan, Ala.) did not have his greatest day offensively for the Excel Blue Wave 15u on Tuesday, but he showed upside and it is easy to see why he is having a monster summer at Perfect Game events – after going 0-for-3 on the day, Smith is slashing .538/.625/.808. on the summer. He barreled the ball up well in all three at-bats Tuesday but couldn’t find any space. Although he didn’t show overwhelming power, an ability to drive the ball was impressive. Defensively, Smith held his own at third and showed an impressive glove.

– Jacob Jordan

Kyle Larsen (2022 Sanford, Fla.) looked all of his 6-foot-3, 225-pounds frame as he got to the plate for FTB Tucci - Cleveland 2022. Going 1-for 2 in the game, Larsen showed his ability to be able to make contact and his upper body strength. The uncommitted righthander keeps his hands close to his chest while he loads up on his swing. With a wide stance, he takes only a small step back towards to the pitcher. With extension on his swings, he is able to get to the ball out in front of the plate and pull it with some power even if he isn’t able to get his legs into the swing.

Offensively, FTB Tucci - Cleveland 2022 had no problem putting runs on the board in the win. Defensively, they ran out Vincent Valente (2022 Kissimmee, Fla.) who immediately started racking up  punchouts. Standing at 5-foot-9 and only weighing 170-pounds, Valente was able to bring his heater in at 87 mph, though he consistently sat in the 82-84 range. To complement his fastball was a sharp-breaking 12-to-6 curveball. Using his breaker in strikeout situations, the uncommitted righthander was able to gather swings-and-misses in two-strike counts. Valente ended the game with eight strikeouts in four innings of work as his team walked away with a victory.

Griffin Stieg (2022 McLean, Va.) started in center field for the Stars Baseball 15u Colangelo and did his part to help his team come away with the victory. In the fifth inning, Stieg was able to get a ball in his wheelhouse and the righthander sent the ball the opposite way deep into right field. The Virginia Tech commit was able to show off his wheels as he was able to move quickly around the bases, only until he was thrown out barely by a perfect throw from the second baseman. With quick hands that are able to generate some solid power in his 6-foot-2 frame, Stieg elevates his body on the level of the pitch with a fairly level swing.

Royer Stanley Moreno-Cedeno (2022 Englewood, N.J.) is listed as a lefthanded pitcher but played first base for the Bronx Bombers 15u. Though he didn’t pitch, Cedeno was still able to show off his arm in a defensive setting. With a ball hit towards the first baseman, the lefthander was able to recover the ball and throw a strike to third base to get a runner who was trying to move up on the play. The throw was perfect as he was able to have a strong accurate throw. At the plate, the 5-foot-11 batter went 1-for-3 with a couple hard hit balls, though none of his hardest hits landed for base knocks.

TayShaun Walton (2023 Emporia, Va.) is ranked in the top 1000 for his grad class and he showed why he is ranked that high. Standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing 192-pounds, Walton showed good power and exceptional speed. In his first at-bat, the uncommitted righthander drilled a shot into center field and ended up on third with a standup triple. With his tall frame, the Virginia native is able to move quickly around the bases with his long strides. In another at-bat for him, Walton hit a ground ball to shortstop and beat out the throw to first base. Standing at the plate, the righthander keeps his hands high through his load and even wraps his bat a little behind his head as he steps forward to swing. However, Walton has quick hands as he is able to bring the barrel of the bat through and make solid contact with the baseball. Walton drove in one run and scored twice in his three plate appearances in the blowout win.

– Brian Treadway

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