The Visit: Birmingham Scout Notes

Day 2 

Michael Walsh ‘22 
#Uncommitted 
St. Louis Easton Tigers 

Walsh is a well put together two way from St. Louis, MO.. Got a good look at him on the mound here at #TVB.. Up tempo arm that works with some pace, goes right after hitters, attacks the zone with a solid two pitch mix.. FB lives at the knees, velo checks in at  low to mid 8s, has been up to 86 from a M3/4 slot.. Has some sink/run action to it, can bust it in to RHH’s.. Walsh’s SL is a true outpitch for him, misses a ton of barrels with it, can located in the zone and also start in the zone with horizontal break away from RHH’s. Athletic kid with upside on the mound and in the field as a position guy, will be a solid find for the right program. 

 

Diego Guevara ‘22
#Miami Commit 
GBSA Rays 

Diego Guevara is a presence in the box, 6’4” 210lb frame with a ton of present strength.. Simple operation with a quiet trigger.. Strong core, tight turn to the ball, barrel gets on plane early, works through the ball with natural lift… Moves very well for a guy his size, mid 90s arm from the OF, 6.7 runner..#Canes are getting a very solid bat that will continue to make jumps.. Guy to keep an eye on.. - Not a comp, but the swing has some similarities to Aaron Judge, simple load, tight turn, with a ton of torque. 

 

Bodie Vail ‘22
#UAB Commit 
TPL National 

Vail is a two way out of Tuscaloosa, AL with a verbal to #UAB.. Got a good look at Vail on the mound here at #TVB.. Whippy arm action from a H3/4 slot, works with a ton of temp on the mound.. FB primarily 83-85 with ~2200 spin.. Works a very solid SL at 74 with ~2600 spin. Can mix and locate both well above average. 

 

Jarvis Evans ‘22 
#Uncommitted 
GBSA Rays 

Jarvis Evans has added some big time stock to his name so far on the 2021 summer circuit.. Big, durable frame at 6’5 210lbs.. Clean, repeatable delivery.. Very poised on the mound with + stuff.. FB checks in at 88-92 T93 with ~2300 spin, really explodes out of the hand.. Power CB he can throw for strikes at 74-77 with ~2600 spin. Mixes both pitches well. Goes over the head with the glove pre pitch, gets him synced up, gives him a ton of life on both pitches.. Should not be uncommitted much longer. 

Day 2 

J’Quann Smith ‘21
#PolkSt Commit 
GBSA Rays 

J’Quann Smith has really shown off the tools here at #TVB… Uber athletic actions with a ton of quick twitch to his game. Next level swing at the plate, athletic lower half with lightning fast hands through the zone, barrel gets a bit long at times but the athleticism makes up for it. On the bases, Smith has ++ speed, sub 6.5 60YD with long, clean strides.. Cuts corners on the base paths, great internal clock. Bat/speed combo has a chance to elite at the next level as he continues to fill out and develop. Name to keep on eye on in the ‘21 #MLBDraft

 

 

Day 1 

Jhoel Calderin ‘21 
#Uncommitted 
Triton Rays 

Jhoel Calderin is a very solid C/UTIL guy who is still on the board in the 2021 class… At the plate, Calderin has a very advanced operation.. Keeps it connected, front foot stays closed during his load, creates some really solid rhythm with the hands and barrel.. Toe tap load, with some barrel tilt up top.. Has shown productive AB’s so far here at the #TVB, sees a ton of pitches.. Barrel really stays through the zone, can adjust to BB’s when out in front.. Very solid RHH that will be a solid pickup at the next level. 

 

Marco Rojas ‘21
#Uncommitted 
Triton Rays 

Rojas is a smooth LHH with a 1P swing, smooth and easy load.. Keeps the hands active up top, leg kick load with the lower half keeps him on time.. Two hand finish with strength in the wrists at contact.. Can barrel the ball to all fields.. High probability swing with more power on the way. 

 

Jordan Evans ‘22
#Uncommitted 
Baseball Country 

Really like the energy Jordan Evans brings to the table.. A very solid overall player out of Northport, AL.. Has a very athletic build with present strength. Aggressive bat that looks to do damage at the plate, gets his pitch and jumps on it. Looks the part on both sides of the ball, can see the bat making jumps as he continues to develop and get a bit more selective on the offensive side.. ‘22 that competes “in game” to keep an eye on moving forward. 

 

Ashton Johnson ‘22
#Uncommitted 
The Prospect Lab 

Ashton Johnson is a plus runner out of Clinton, MS.. Showed some big time speed on the bases and in the outfield. Made some next level defensive plays look easy in the OF, covers a ton of ground and takes efficient routes to balls.. Johnson is an absolute menace on the base paths, constantly looking to take a bag as soon as he reaches first. Can handle the bat well, puts the ball in play and lets the speed create some action for himself.. Bursty guy that makes stuff happen on both sides of the ball. 

 

Tre Phelps ‘23
#Uncommitted 
GBSA Rays 

Phelps is a physically advanced ‘23 out of Norcross, GA.. Above average runner with present strength in the box. Has put together selective AB’s here at the #TVB.. When he gets his pitch and the barrel is on time he does damage.. Has pop to the middle/pull-side with natural lift to the swing. Has fun playing the game, very solid ‘23 that will be a solid recruit for a program in the future. 

 

Jordan Thomas ‘23
#Uncommitted 
GBSA Rays 

Like the offensive approach from Jordan Thomas (Loganville, GA).. LHH with present strength in the box.. Low hand set, early trigger with a knee to knee load. Really showed the ability to let the ball travel and barrel it hard to the backside. Advanced LHH that will continue to make jumps on the offensive side of the ball. Athleticism is there, above average runner in the OF and on the bases, strong lower half with more to come. 

 

Diego Melendez ‘23
#Uncommitted 
Triton Rays 

Solid top of the order bat with a simple, repeatable swing.. Minimal movement with the hands up top, gets into the lower half well which produces natural lift to the swing. Showed the ability to barrel the ball to the pull-side in game action.. Quick load at this time, can see more power on the way with added strength and an earlier load at the plate. 

 

Jay Knowles ‘22 
Indian State Commit 
GBSA Rays 

Highly touted ‘22 heading to Indian State University.. Knowles has electric actions on both sides of the ball.. At the plate, Knowles has a relaxed operation with an open setup, knee to knob load with twitchy hands through the zone. Defensively Knowles has a plus arm, has the athletic ability to profile in the INF or OF moving forward. Very toolsy guy to watch as he makes his way to #IndianaState. 

 

James Walker Morgan ‘22 
#Uncommitted
Triton Rays 

Morgan is as big and strong as they come in the ‘22 class. Standing at 6’7 240, clear present strength at the dish.. When he gets the hands extended, it is loud and the ball jumps off the bat. Bat first guy with some feel defensively.. Power tool is there and will continue to develop as he gets synced up a bit more at the plate. 

 

The Visit: Birmingham Scout Notes

Posted by Brando Centrone on Jun 25, 2021

The Visit: Birmingham Scout Notes

Posted by Brando Centrone on Jun 25, 2021

The Visit: Birmingham Scout Notes

Day 2 

Michael Walsh ‘22 
#Uncommitted 
St. Louis Easton Tigers 

Walsh is a well put together two way from St. Louis, MO.. Got a good look at him on the mound here at #TVB.. Up tempo arm that works with some pace, goes right after hitters, attacks the zone with a solid two pitch mix.. FB lives at the knees, velo checks in at  low to mid 8s, has been up to 86 from a M3/4 slot.. Has some sink/run action to it, can bust it in to RHH’s.. Walsh’s SL is a true outpitch for him, misses a ton of barrels with it, can located in the zone and also start in the zone with horizontal break away from RHH’s. Athletic kid with upside on the mound and in the field as a position guy, will be a solid find for the right program. 

 

Diego Guevara ‘22
#Miami Commit 
GBSA Rays 

Diego Guevara is a presence in the box, 6’4” 210lb frame with a ton of present strength.. Simple operation with a quiet trigger.. Strong core, tight turn to the ball, barrel gets on plane early, works through the ball with natural lift… Moves very well for a guy his size, mid 90s arm from the OF, 6.7 runner..#Canes are getting a very solid bat that will continue to make jumps.. Guy to keep an eye on.. - Not a comp, but the swing has some similarities to Aaron Judge, simple load, tight turn, with a ton of torque. 

 

Bodie Vail ‘22
#UAB Commit 
TPL National 

Vail is a two way out of Tuscaloosa, AL with a verbal to #UAB.. Got a good look at Vail on the mound here at #TVB.. Whippy arm action from a H3/4 slot, works with a ton of temp on the mound.. FB primarily 83-85 with ~2200 spin.. Works a very solid SL at 74 with ~2600 spin. Can mix and locate both well above average. 

 

Jarvis Evans ‘22 
#Uncommitted 
GBSA Rays 

Jarvis Evans has added some big time stock to his name so far on the 2021 summer circuit.. Big, durable frame at 6’5 210lbs.. Clean, repeatable delivery.. Very poised on the mound with + stuff.. FB checks in at 88-92 T93 with ~2300 spin, really explodes out of the hand.. Power CB he can throw for strikes at 74-77 with ~2600 spin. Mixes both pitches well. Goes over the head with the glove pre pitch, gets him synced up, gives him a ton of life on both pitches.. Should not be uncommitted much longer. 

Day 2 

J’Quann Smith ‘21
#PolkSt Commit 
GBSA Rays 

J’Quann Smith has really shown off the tools here at #TVB… Uber athletic actions with a ton of quick twitch to his game. Next level swing at the plate, athletic lower half with lightning fast hands through the zone, barrel gets a bit long at times but the athleticism makes up for it. On the bases, Smith has ++ speed, sub 6.5 60YD with long, clean strides.. Cuts corners on the base paths, great internal clock. Bat/speed combo has a chance to elite at the next level as he continues to fill out and develop. Name to keep on eye on in the ‘21 #MLBDraft

 

 

Day 1 

Jhoel Calderin ‘21 
#Uncommitted 
Triton Rays 

Jhoel Calderin is a very solid C/UTIL guy who is still on the board in the 2021 class… At the plate, Calderin has a very advanced operation.. Keeps it connected, front foot stays closed during his load, creates some really solid rhythm with the hands and barrel.. Toe tap load, with some barrel tilt up top.. Has shown productive AB’s so far here at the #TVB, sees a ton of pitches.. Barrel really stays through the zone, can adjust to BB’s when out in front.. Very solid RHH that will be a solid pickup at the next level. 

 

Marco Rojas ‘21
#Uncommitted 
Triton Rays 

Rojas is a smooth LHH with a 1P swing, smooth and easy load.. Keeps the hands active up top, leg kick load with the lower half keeps him on time.. Two hand finish with strength in the wrists at contact.. Can barrel the ball to all fields.. High probability swing with more power on the way. 

 

Jordan Evans ‘22
#Uncommitted 
Baseball Country 

Really like the energy Jordan Evans brings to the table.. A very solid overall player out of Northport, AL.. Has a very athletic build with present strength. Aggressive bat that looks to do damage at the plate, gets his pitch and jumps on it. Looks the part on both sides of the ball, can see the bat making jumps as he continues to develop and get a bit more selective on the offensive side.. ‘22 that competes “in game” to keep an eye on moving forward. 

 

Ashton Johnson ‘22
#Uncommitted 
The Prospect Lab 

Ashton Johnson is a plus runner out of Clinton, MS.. Showed some big time speed on the bases and in the outfield. Made some next level defensive plays look easy in the OF, covers a ton of ground and takes efficient routes to balls.. Johnson is an absolute menace on the base paths, constantly looking to take a bag as soon as he reaches first. Can handle the bat well, puts the ball in play and lets the speed create some action for himself.. Bursty guy that makes stuff happen on both sides of the ball. 

 

Tre Phelps ‘23
#Uncommitted 
GBSA Rays 

Phelps is a physically advanced ‘23 out of Norcross, GA.. Above average runner with present strength in the box. Has put together selective AB’s here at the #TVB.. When he gets his pitch and the barrel is on time he does damage.. Has pop to the middle/pull-side with natural lift to the swing. Has fun playing the game, very solid ‘23 that will be a solid recruit for a program in the future. 

 

Jordan Thomas ‘23
#Uncommitted 
GBSA Rays 

Like the offensive approach from Jordan Thomas (Loganville, GA).. LHH with present strength in the box.. Low hand set, early trigger with a knee to knee load. Really showed the ability to let the ball travel and barrel it hard to the backside. Advanced LHH that will continue to make jumps on the offensive side of the ball. Athleticism is there, above average runner in the OF and on the bases, strong lower half with more to come. 

 

Diego Melendez ‘23
#Uncommitted 
Triton Rays 

Solid top of the order bat with a simple, repeatable swing.. Minimal movement with the hands up top, gets into the lower half well which produces natural lift to the swing. Showed the ability to barrel the ball to the pull-side in game action.. Quick load at this time, can see more power on the way with added strength and an earlier load at the plate. 

 

Jay Knowles ‘22 
Indian State Commit 
GBSA Rays 

Highly touted ‘22 heading to Indian State University.. Knowles has electric actions on both sides of the ball.. At the plate, Knowles has a relaxed operation with an open setup, knee to knob load with twitchy hands through the zone. Defensively Knowles has a plus arm, has the athletic ability to profile in the INF or OF moving forward. Very toolsy guy to watch as he makes his way to #IndianaState. 

 

James Walker Morgan ‘22 
#Uncommitted
Triton Rays 

Morgan is as big and strong as they come in the ‘22 class. Standing at 6’7 240, clear present strength at the dish.. When he gets the hands extended, it is loud and the ball jumps off the bat. Bat first guy with some feel defensively.. Power tool is there and will continue to develop as he gets synced up a bit more at the plate. 

 

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