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Pro Day: Overview Plus

Scouts flock to view Palmetto State’s top talent...again!

dp-prodaylogo.jpgProDay14-1Sunday was another banner day for high school baseball, prep players, pro scouts and Diamond Prospects! Gilbert High School played host to our most anticipated event of the year and every single component of a successful showcase collided... Sunny skies, 27 Major League clubs were represented, the playing surface was in immaculate condition and the talent on the field commanded attention too... plus we serviced each player in a tidy three hours.

DP's Pro Day has a very decorated list of players over its seven year history, 76 performers from this event have been drafted, many of which are presently playing professional baseball.

ScolamieroClark-stance13With over 100 scouts and coaches huddled around a lane, we fired off the 60's at 10:00 AM and 20 players shot through the finish line under 7.0 seconds, several under 6.8, led by Greenville's Clark Scolamiero (right) at 6.68.

glovershannon-stance12The catchers were a group that did not disappoint with eight of them registering a time under 2.00 seconds. Richland Northeast sophomore Shannon Glover (left) won their popping contest shooting a 1.86, followed by another 2016 grad Chase McCroskey (Wren) at 1.94.

Then time for BP! High school hitters wielding wood is not always the most endearing of acts to witness, not so on Sunday. HolmesGrant-pd14For the second straight year, Conway’s Grant Holmes (right) led the charge of quite a few hitters that challenged the dimensions, on this day the wind presented a legit variable toward losing baseball's. However, KJ Bryant (Wade Hampton), Ryan Lark (North Augusta) and Drew Ellis (Blythewood) still flexed their bat speed, defeating the gusts.

The bullpens are what pulls in quite a few cross-checkers, and even a couple of scouting directors. Wth a shortened list of invited arms in 2014, we went one at a time on the game mound. After former Tiger and White Sox farmhand David Haselden got us off to a great start, a steady stream of upper-80's fastball's bit through cool temps. Summerville sophomore Sawyer Bridges chimed in with 91 MPH bolts and Wren junior LT Tolbert capped off the day sitting at 90... mph-board88.pngIn all, fifteen different guys eclipsed the 87 MPH barrier, not too shabby for January!

LoveJK-balance 13While quite a few participants saw their stock rise, perhaps none more than underclassmen Tolbert and Bridges... But guys like JK Love (Latta, left), Justin Hawkins (Mid-Carolina) and Ellis thrust themselves into the crosshairs of future success among evaluators.

The usual prospects showed up and served as the cornerstone to a successful day, but the new names to pro scouts pushed the event into what we'd consider as very productive day for baseball in South Carolina.

{ In-Depth Info: 60's / MPH / POP }

{ Detailed Prospect Info: SeniorsUnderclassmen }

DP Note: A special thanks is in order to Ashley BurnettWill Cheatham and Gilbert High School. Even in January, their facility, field and accommodation to us was beyond first class, which is greatly appreciated by those in attendance!