Tournaments | Story | 7/18/2019

16u BCS: Day 4 Scout Notes

Jerry Miller         Parker Fronk        
Photo: David Jeon (Perfect Game)

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David Jeon (2021, Coppell, Texas) made quite the impression Wednesday morning as he lit up the radar gun with the loudest mound performance of the week so far in terms of pure velocity. The uncommitted righthander worked strictly at 90-94 mph with the fastball in his first inning of work, hitting 93 and 94 multiple times, before settling into the 88-91 mph range for the other 2 1/3 innings of work, picking up eight strikeouts in the outing. The frame is a bit lean for being listed at 6-foot, 200-pounds given most of the weight seems to be sitting in the lower half. Jeon worked solely out of the stretch in this look, allowing him to eliminate any unnecessary motions and drive down the mound well. The command was strong throughout the outing as he tossed just under 70 percent strikes across 59 pitches, showing the ability to work both halves well.

The delivery was highly controlled and low-effort, allowing him to repeat well and maintain easy velocity deep into the outing. The arm is very quick through a high three-quarters slot that creates running life to the fastball. He showed good feel for a breaking ball that flashed some power to it at 77-79 mph as he created a high percentage of swing-and-miss. There is a lot to like as the projection to more velocity is there given the ease that the ball comes out of the hand and the room in the frame to fill. He has had high success at the plate this week and in past events, sitting at 8-for-12 currently, showing a potential for becoming a two-way prospect at the next level, but the future seems very bright on the mound for the uncommitted Texas native.

Jaxon Weber (2021, Carrollton, Texas) closed out Jeon’s win for the talented Dulins Dodgers – Godwin team as they pushed toward a potential berth in the playoff rounds, picking up a pair of strikeouts in his lone inning of work. The lefthander, a TCU commit, worked consistently in the 87-90 mph range, bumping a 91 early on in the inning. Weber does a good job of holding his front half closed, creating an angle to his release that creates a level of deception to the hitter, making at-bats especially uncomfortable for lefthanded hitters. The arm is long and loose as it whips through the angled three-quarters slot from an athletic delivery that allows him to repeat and extend well to both halves. Although he didn’t flash his primary off-speed pitch in the slider, he did flash a changeup with similar action out of the hand to the fastball but with late fade that kept the hitters off time and off balance.

Brodie Chestnutt (2021, Fitzgerald, Ga.) made a brief start early Wednesday afternoon and showed a very good look at what he has to offer at the next level. The physicality and projection of the body very much stand out above most of the class, standing at a strong 6-foot-3, 210-pounds. The Florida State commit worked at 87-88, topping out at 90 mph with significant heaviness and life to the fastball in this look as he worked regularly to the outer half creating consistent swing-and-miss. The long arm shows some whippiness to it through a three-quarters slot that creates heavy arm-side run, but sometimes creates command issues due to a sometimes lack of consistency with the release point. When he is on time with the lower half and releases well out front, the heaviness and run to the fastball is tough to barrel up.

Chestnutt struggled a little to consistently land his good off-speed in this look, but showed the makings of what could be a pair of very good pitches in a late-biting slider and a hard thrown changeup. He has everything to offer in a projectable righthander and he should only continue to add velocity and sharpen up his three-pitch mix as the 36thoverall ranked prospect develops over his last two years of high school.

Jayden Voelker (2021, Coventry, R.I.) was absolutely outstanding as he took the mound for Merc Elite Wednesday morning. The uncommitted righthander tossed 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out 15. Standing at 6-foot-2, 235-pounds, he is a presence on the mound with a very thick lower half that he used throughout as he was able to hold velocity all the way into the seventh inning, throwing 90 mph on his 94th pitch of the game. He would bump 91 mph earlier in the game, sitting comfortably at 87-89 mph with command throughout the outing. The delivery is a bit uncontrolled and the mechanics are relatively raw as he uses more of pure strength to throw for a high velocity as opposed to pure arm talent and efficiency in the delivery. There is some extra weight in the build that could be trimmed down to add athleticism and flexibility in the delivery that would translate to an increase in velocity, but at just halfway through his 16-year old year, there is time to do so.

The fastball showed life to both halves, but as the body falls off to the glove side in extension, there is a bit of pulling off that causes lack of what could be. Voelker showed a good ability to land his three-pitch mix as he showed a power breaking ball with hard bite that he used often to create swing-and-miss, while also mixing in a changeup with similar action to the fastball showing late tumble. There is a lot to like in what this uncommitted northern arm could become as he cleans up the delivery and what return that could give in him in terms of the velocity increase and sharpness of the off-speed pitches.

– Tyler Russo

The East Cobb Astros ran their pool play record to 3-1 with a hard fought, come-from-behind, 3-2 victory over a very good Scorpions 2021 Select Kelly squad. The Astros rode strong pitching and sound defense to capture the late win. Lefty, Dylan Rhadans (2021, Acworth, Ga.) started on the bump for East Cobb and was sterling in his three innings of work. The long and lean southpaw pitched off his well-commanded fastball that showed arm-side run and heavy sink at the plate. His velocity was consistently in the 78-80 mph range. His heater appeared to jump on the hitters, as he pitched with highly deceptive mechanics that he routinely repeated. He complements his fastball with a sharp 12-to-6 breaking 66-mph curveball. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound rising junior at North Paulding HS allowed only one hit and walked only two in his very efficient three-inning stint.

Davis Williams (2021, Cartersville, Ga.) followed Rhadans to the hill and gave the Scorps’ hitters a completely different look. The junior-to-be at Cartersville High School throws with a low three-quarters slot and hides the ball behind his body until release. His fastball, which he throws in the 78-80 mph range, shows consistent arm-side run and sink. He works fast and pitches to contact, getting a lot of early, weak swings.

Closing the game out for the Astros was Carlson Reed (2020, Marietta, Ga.). The rising senior at Marietta HS is a power chucking righty with sound mechanics. He was all business for 1 1/3 innings, pitching off his high-octane fastball. He was consistently clocked in the 85-88 mph range and was always around the dish.

Highlighting the Astros on both offense and defense was left fielder Will Turner (2021, Auburn, Ala.). The Auburn HS junior-to-be and athletically gifted Turner made, quite possibly, the defensive play of the tournament when he laid out to catch a well-struck ball in left before getting to his feet and firing a strike to first base to double off the runner for a very un-routine 7-3 DP. Turner was also the catalyst on offense picking up two hits on the day, one of which was a bunt single that highlighted his advanced running ability.

Continuing their undefeated run through pool play the Florida Rebels overwhelmed Team Elite 16u, 11-1, to run their record to an impressive 5-0. The potent Rebels offense had a lineup full of contributors, however, two hitters stood out.

At 5-foot-11, 200-pounds, barrel-chested and broad-shouldered, Brady Jernigan (2021, Sarasota, Fla.) continued his onslaught on tournament pitching going 2-for-2 with two runs scored and another driven in. The powerfully built Rebels cleanup hitter uses a solid lower half and a path that has a slight lift at contact to consistently power the ball to the pull side. The rising junior at Braden River HS is also an exceptional baserunner who uses a great first step and advanced instincts to pressure the opponent defense.

One of the more gifted players and athletically talented individuals in Fort Myers this week is Brad Myers (2021, St. Petersburg, Fla.). The 5-foot-8, 165-pound junior-to-be at Northeast HS is a multi-tool prospect who blends advanced speed with a steady ability to get his barrel to the ball. He uses a flatter path to drive the ball to all parts of the field. His 2-for-3 day included a single to right-center field and a screaming double down the left field line. His two knocks plated three runs in the Rebels big win.

– Jerry Miller

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