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Tournaments | Story | 7/20/2019

16u BCS: Day 7 Scout Notes

Tyler Russo        
Photo: Lane Forsythe (Perfect Game)

16u BCS Scout Notes: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6

With only the semifinals and championship game on the slate for Saturday morning, four teams looked to put their name atop the 64 team list as BCS National Champions. With 46 runs scored across the three games, many hitters got into their stride and put forth what they have to offer programs at the next level.



Brad Myers (2021, St. Petersburg, Fla.) picked up a pair of hits, including a double, in this look to improve to a strong 9-for-19 on the week. There is some physicality in the smaller frame with present athleticism that plays well to all parts of his game. The bat speed in the swing is outstanding as he uses strong wrists to adjust his hands and get on plane to pitches all over the zone. Using a mature approach at the plate, Myers profiles well as a top-of-the-order hitter as he has consistently proven to be a tough out with his bat-to-ball skills. He has quickness both out of the box and on the bases that enhances his game on both sides. To put it in simple terms, he plays the game hard and although not the flashiest of players with standout tools, he is a prospect to watch with the toolsy skill-set that has proven to be successful at the next level.

Brady Jernigan (2021, Sarasota, Fla.) continued his streak of making loud contact as he went 1-for-2 with a very hard hit ball to the pull side. The uncommitted catcher stands at a strong and rather athletic 5-foot-11, 200-pounds with a strong lower half. He consistently shows good coverage of the plate, rarely swinging and missing at pitches in the zone. There is big strength in the swing when he can get extended and drive the ball to the pull-side and the hands work well enough to turn the swing inside out and push line drives through the backside. Jernigan played first base in this look, but is known for his athletic actions behind the plate with a strong arm clocked up to 86 mph on the mound.

David Wiley (2021, Statham, Ga.) wrapped up a terrific week at the plate as he picked up three more hits in the semifinal game. The uncommitted 5-foot-10, 160-pound outfielder is a tough out hitting out of the leadoff spot. The body is athletic with room to add strength throughout. The swing is a bit raw in that it gets a little out of control and off-plane, but the bat speed is there and he controls the zone very well.

Evan Appelwick (2021, Madison, S.D.) also picked up three hits in the semifinal game hitting directly behind Wiley out of the two-hole. Uncommitted and listed as the No. 2 overall prospect in the state of South Dakota, Appelwick is an athletic middle infielder with tools that project well to the next level with some added strength and athleticism. The swing is very simple as he stays short to the ball, but lacks the use of the lower half at times. There is upside in the thin 6-foot frame and he has time to fill into it.

Ryan Waldschmidt (2021, Bradenton, Fla.) showcased outstanding bat-to-ball skills, becoming one of the toughest outs of the hitters to step in the box Saturday morning. The uncommitted shortstop stands at an athletic and projectable 6-foot, 165-pounds with a ton of room to fill in both the upper and lower half. There is present bat speed in the swing that creates pop to the pull side as he uses strong wrists to stay on plane and meet the ball out front. The athleticism in the lower half allows him to stay quiet and balanced with the body into and through contact.

Lane Forsythe (2021, Humboldt, Tenn.) has been outstanding all week for the champion Dulins Dodgers and Saturday was no different. Finishing the week 13-for-28 with nine walks hitting out of the leadoff spot, the Mississippi State commit showed that he can flat out hit while playing an outstanding shortstop. Offensively he profiles just as he is now: a leadoff hitter. The bat-to-ball skills are up there with some of the best in the class as he stays on a line drive plane. The potential to grow into some pop is there given four of his hits came in the form of extra-base hits, but the speed and athleticism creates some of that more than pure strength. Defensively, the actions are silky smooth as the position seems to come easy to him in terms of ranging around the diamond and throwing on-line with strength. He works through the ball well with great feel for receiving on the right hop and gaining ground to the bag in his throws.

Forsythe even took the mound in the semifinal game, tossing seven innings without allowing an earned run, while not walking any and striking out four. He worked predominantly in the 84-86 mph range all the way throughout the outing while landing a very good changeup and an average breaking ball. The future is not on the mound for the righthander given the high upside and tools offensively and defensively, but this effort truly shows that he is currently an impact player and should continue to be at the next level.

Aaron Saltsman (2021, Rockledge, Fla.) continued his onslaught of hitting going 3-for-3 in this look, including a very loud triple crushed to the pull-side gap. The strength in the frame continues to play now and the lower half athleticism allows him to continue to repeat a sound swing. The barrel stayed on plane as all three of hits came in the form of solid line drives showing just how well he continues to see the ball over the course of the summer. The uncommitted outfielder has a lot of now talent and a whole lot of upside to offer to a program at the next level.

Billy Graham Jr. (2021, Thonotosassa, Fla.) showed the strength that currently sits in his frame as he drove a very loud triple to deep center field for his lone hit of the game. At a physical 5-foot-11, 205-pounds, Graham holds some extra weight in the frame that could be converted to muscle and allow him to make that minor jump from a gap-to-gap hitter to a potential home run hitter. The swing is smooth when he can get separation and meet the baseball out front, but there are some inconsistencies in the control of the swing and his ability to stay on plane. There is still a lot to like from the uncommitted outfielder who looks to stick more at first base just based on the present athleticism level.

Dylan Leach (2021, Carthage, Texas) continued his stellar week on his way to an MVP selection by picking up three hits across the two games played Saturday, one of which came in the form of a triple that landed just a few feet short of the 405-foot sign in dead-center field. The switch-hitting catcher got the chance to hit from both sides in this look and showed that the higher potential seems to come from the left side, but is able to hold his own from the righthanded batter’s box. He has great vision at the plate as he hunts pitches on the inner half so he can meet the ball out front and drive it through either pull-side. The Arkansas commit has shown over and over why he is an elite level catcher with a hit tool that plays well above the profile.



Braden Montgomery (2021, Madison, Miss.) continued to show as an elite level talent as he went 3-for-4 with a triple in the semifinal game while hitting from both sides of the plate. The uncommitted two-way prospect was excellent on the mound Friday as he worked up to 90 mph, but only showed at the plate in this look. The swing shows a high level of intent from both sides of the plate as he looks to impact the ball with some violence through contact. The athleticism in the body allows him to hold his weight back and explode through contact from both sides. There seems to be a bit more pop in the swing from the left side and more of a contact-hitting profile from the right side, but both sides look to play at a high level now and down the road.

David Jeon (2021, Coppell, Texas), just a few days after hitting the national spotlight as he worked up to 94 mph, tossed 4 1/3 innings of four-hit, two-run baseball while picking up six strikeouts. The fastball wasn’t quite as electric in this start as he worked at 86-88, topping out at 91 mph, but he showed a greater command of the breaking ball in this look. Once again, Jeon worked solely from the stretch and showed easy life on the fastball from a simple and balanced delivery. The curveball showed the same hard-bite as the first look, but the break came a bit later in this outing on his way to multiple looking strikeouts and consistent swing-and-miss. Although not finding the same success as his previous start, Jeon was still very good and shows a high level of upside for a program looking for a potential power arm.

Patrick Turner (2021, Dallas, Texas) showed present strength in the swing as he picked up a pair of hits in the championship, including a loud double. He does a great job of adjusting his hands to pull them inside as he creates natural leverage on a line drive swing path. The ball continues to come off really well as he swings with the intent of driving the ball through both gaps. He possesses a strong body with some extra weight to firm up in the upper half and a strong lower half that shows a surprising level of athleticism at 6-foot-2, 225-pounds.

– Tyler Russo



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