By: Austin Alexander - November 8-9, 2014
On Saturday and Sunday, picture perfect weather covered River Bluff High School, their insanely lush facilities and Diamond Prospects' Ninth Annual Fall Showcase. A full house of participants in the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 classes were on hand to work out in front of 25+ pro scouts and college coaches on a field that was in perfect condition. A solid mix of tunes rang out of the PA system as two sessions of players were paraded through 60's, a defensive workout, batting practice and closing with bullpens before the games opened on Saturday afternoon.
The theme of this weekend, after being awe-struck at the River Bluff campus, was of all of the names unknown to us and most scouts when we all arrived on Day 1. A heavy dose of sophomores and juniors forced themselves into claiming "follow" status, some with upside that had us very excited... there were some seniors that enhanced their stock too! (L, Dillon 2015 Patrick Herring; R, North Augusta 2016 Rashad Byrd)
What does a fox say, Part II? Well, it is safe to assume that if you came to River Bluff High School this weekend having not heard this song for awhile, you were treated (or lambasted) once again as you entered or exited the ballpark! Our DP staff in the booth found it humorous to play the hit tune endlessly, especially when I was trying to address the players. Trust me when I tell you that it is very difficult to hold a teenagers attention with that chaos playing in the background!
DP High Five: River Bluff was a gracious host providing their immaculate facility that has set the bar for other prep digs while creating envy from many of the college coaches that attended. The place could not have been a more accommodating site, Coach Mark Bonnette and his support staff were always first-class before, during and after the event; we sincerely thank them for opening their gates to DP for, hopefully, the first of many more events to come!
Minature Note of the Day: Following Session II, a pair of pitching coaches decided to go head-to-head in the 60... Allegedly, SMC's Marc Rape defeated PC's Jamie Serber by a full second, 7.5 vs 8.5... Both were reportedly sore on Sunday...