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Scoutz USA Class 2018 Season Preview

04/24/2017, 7:45pm EDT
By Wilkinson

Very Talent laden club heading into June

Scoutz USA Class 2018 17U Season Preview

Scoutz USA 17u will be a super athletic group heading into the summer season. It will feature 9 sub 7.0 runners on this team. Two of Georgia's Top power bats and a very solid pitching staff. We expect once again to be among the best in the Nation. Our overall Record of 746-221 since 1998 says that we will be right in the thick of things come July.

Pitching Staff:

Starting Rotation heading into the summer is very sound. Being that we usually play4- 5 games per tournament we will use a five man starting rotation.

Kole Newman 6-3 190 RHP Islands High School Savannah, GA

Newman has a plus breaking ball and can dot it in any count. He also has great arm strength and will sit 87-89 and flash some 91's during the game. We expect Kole to make another jump this summer and be a Major College recruit. Great athletic frame

Daniel Espina 6-2 175 RHP Faith Baptist Ludiwici, GA

Daniel is a 2019 grad but has an exceptional arm. 88-91 fastball with much more to come. Fast arm with athletic frame Espina is fun to watch. Live arm great prospect

Ford Townsend 6-1 225 RHP Wayne County Jesup, GA

Townsend is a two-way player for us. He has a big arm 87-90 high 3/4 slot with good change. Keeps ball low in zone very effective. Even though we project Townsend as a hitter at the next level he can do both at college level

Chaz Bridges 6-3 185 RHP Stephens County Toccoa, GA

Bridges throws strikes 82-86 fastball with three quality pitches. Athletic frame plays HS Basketball and moves well. We think Bridges makes a jump soon. Knows how to pitch.

Trey Thompson 5-10 160 LHP Frederica Academy, St. Simons Island,GA

Trey is your typical soft tossing LHP, 79-81 MPH fastball, mixes in cutter, curveball, change. Commands four pitches dot thrower really mixes full arsenal in well.

Relievers:

Lucas Dixon 5-10 175 RHP Greenbrier, Evans,GA

Dixon is a strike throwing machine. Great inning eater 80-83fastball, really good change that pounds zone. He can come in with no wiggle room and get ground balls.

Bill Knight 6ft 185 RHP Burke County, Millen, GA

Bill will also play ss/3B. Knight is a power arm for us at 88 MPH on the fastball with quick slider. Two pitch guy great late inning set up guy for us.

Hunter Harvin 6ft 2in 185 LHP West Florence, Florence, SC

Harvin has a very good mid 80's cutter and throws that as a bread and butter pitch. He can move the ball around and get a lot of misses with that cutter.

Jackson Hodnick 6ft 5in 205 RHP Greenbrier HS, Evans,GA Hodnick may also get some starts. Big long frame that is still figuring out the body. 83-85 fastball with much more in tank.

JT Crosby 6ft 180 RHP Wayne County Jesup, GA

Crosby is a two way guy and can eat up some innings with mid 80s stuff. Moves ball around and mixes in good curveball.

Chaney Knight 5-10in RHP Jenkins County, Millen,GA

Chaney another two-way guy has good curveball and 85-86 fastball solid reliever.

David Hollie 6-4 210 RHP Cross Creek, Augusta,GA

Hollie will be the closer. 87-90 fastball power arm also a two-way player.

 

Outfielders:

David Hollie LF/RF 6-4 210 Cross Creek Augusta,GA

Hollie hit 10 homers during the HS regular season. He carried a batting average over .500 and was one of the most feared bats in Georgia. We look for David to hit in the middle of our order every night. 90 MPH OF arm and 6.8 runner. Pro Prospect

Fred West RF 6-3 195 Monroe Albany, Albany,GA

A younger 2017 Grad

West moves like a little guy with exceptional quickness. Great arm 90 mph, 6.7 runner, and very good power. If Fred lived in Atlanta he would have been drafted this June. Has all of the tools.West is a very good athlete. All Area Basketball player at Monroe. Guy gonna play pro ball soon.

Joe Smith 6-1 165 R/R Brunswick High, Brunswick,GA

Smith is a burner 6.5 sixty guy. Smith is as good a defensive CF as you will find at this level. 90 MPH arm very accurate, reads ball well and can go get it. Solid offensive players with better than average power. Also a future Pro Prospect.

Hunter Foster 6-2 185 R/R Jeff Davis Hazelhurst,GA

Sleeper of the bunch. This guy can play. 6.6 runner, 88 MPH arm from OF, good barrel control, gets a lot of hard contact. Really grows on you. Very solid outfielder can play all 3 positions with no problem

Justin Mosley 5-9 175 R/R Kirkwood, St. Louis MO

Mosley runs 6.8, throws 86 mph and swings a big stick. Has very good power for compact guy. Hits some homers ball comes off his bat hot.

Trevohn Henry 5-10 185 R/R Hardaway High Columbus,GA

Henry swings the bat well. Can play LF or RF more of an offensive type player. Trevohn really played well this fall.

MIDDLE INFIELD

Daniel Cerda 6-1 155 R/R Faith Baptist Ludiwici,GA

Daniel is as good a SS prospect as there is in Georgia. Has all the tools. Hit 3 homers in one game this season. Runs 6.5 sixty threw 88 MPH across the diamond. Pro Prospect

Bill Knight 6ft 1in 185 R/R Burke County, Millen,GA

Bill hit at a high .500 pace all season for Burke County. Can play all infield positions. Great arm strength 90 across diamond. Good hitter can play at highest college levels. Pro Prospect

Rick Mitchell 5ft 8in 175 R/R Richmond Hill Ellabell,GA

Rick is a high energy player can play SS or 2B at next level. Good offensive player runs 6.9 sixty, good arm 87 MPH. Solid college player

Cameron Moore 6ft 1in 175 R/R Brantley Co. Nahunta,GA

Good athlete, solid 2B at next level. Basketball guy can move on the diamond.

Corner Guys:

1B Ford Townsend 6ft 1in 225 R/R Wayne Co Jesup GA

Townsend is one of the top power bats in Georgia. Has 60-70 MLB power. Great arm for 1B 90 mph. Very good DI prospect possible Pro Guy

1B/C Bailey Vickers 6ft 1in 215 R/R Washington Co, Sandersville,GA

Bailey has a big power bat, offensive catcher that will probably settle at 1B in college.

JT Crosby 6ft 180 R/R Wayne Co Jesup,GA

Crosby swings it well, good defensive 3B, also pitches, mid 80's arm across diamond

Chaney Knight 3B 5-10 175 R/L Jenkins County, Millen,GA

Knight is a lefty hitting infielder. Can play 3b or 2B and some outfield. Good arm mid 80's has good power at plate

Catchers

Brooks Bryan 6-1 180 R/R Camden County/ St. Mary's GA

Bryan runs 6.80 throws 1.90 86 MPH and is just a very good athlete behind the dish. Has a bunch of tools for the next level.

Parker Sewell 5-10 180 R/R Greenbrier, Evans,GA

Sewell is a solid receiver, very smart player, very good hard contact guy produces some doubles in the lineup.

We fully expect this group to compete at the highest levels this summer. A very athletic group that will be exciting to watch. A great combination of power arms, speed and offensive fire power. Very entertaining group to follow and some names that will play on TV one day.

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