2018 Scout Notes from PG Park at LakePoint

3/2 High School Scout Notes
3/3/2018 3:05:52 AM

Jacob Gilliland (2018, Ocean Springs, Miss.) helped Next Level Academy earn an 8-1 victory Friday night in what turned out to be an excellent starting pitching matchup. Similar to the summer circuit at Lakepoint, Gilliland lived in the upper-80s reaching 90 mph multiple times as well. It is still early in the season, but Gilliland has even reached the 93 mph mark with his fastball in the past. The verbal commitment to Junior College powerhouse Chattahoochee Valley Community College was very impressive. Overpowering hitters with fastballs and missing barrels with his curveball, Gilliland was practically unhittable on this night. His arm whips through the circle with a full arm action as he stays tall on his backside. He throws with some effort, but the velocity is maintained in that 88-90 mph range.

 

The opposing pitcher to Gilliland was young righthanded pitcher Treyton Rank (2021, Acworth, Ga.) of Dominion Christian. An advanced pitching prospect, still just a freshman, held his own on the mound against a talented lineup from Next Level Academy. Rank has a really projectable frame and delivery that is fluid and repeatable. What is most impressive about Rank’s pitching is how well his arm works and the little effort in which he throws with which makes it likely that there is more velocity still to come. He has a full arm action and the arm is quick. He made hitters repeatedly swing and miss especially with the curveball. His fastball sat 83-86 with some cutting action at times. The command was not always there for the uncommitted freshman righthander, but that will likely improve as he matures and continues to get more repetitions on the mound. 

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