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Pro Day: Overview ++

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

By: Austin Alexander - January 25, 2015

dp-prodaylogo.jpgSunday was another banner day for high school baseball, prep players, pro scouts and Diamond Prospects! ProDay14-1AC Flora High School played host to our most anticipated event of the year, the 9th Annual DP Pro Day! After 24 hours of rainfall across the state, every single component of a successful showcase collided just in time... Sunny skies, 27 (out of 30) 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 2 hours and 45 minutes.

DP's Pro Day has a very decorated list of players over its eight year history, 100+ performers from this event have been drafted, many of which are presently playing professional baseball.

FaulkShane-pg14With over 100 scouts and coaches huddled around a lane, we fired off the 60's at 10:00 AM and a dozen players shot through the finish line under 7.0 seconds, several under 6.9, led by Myrtle Beach's Shane Faulk (right) at 6.63.

HernandezJosh-pd15The catchers were a group that did not disappoint with eight of them registering a time under 2.00 seconds. AC Flora junior Josh Hernandez (left) won their popping contest shooting a 1.86, followed by 2017 grad Josh Church (Ashley Ridge) at 1.88.

BrownKep-pd15Then time for BP! High school hitters wielding wood is not always the most endearing of acts to witness, not so on Sunday. As he has done at this event in the past, Wando’s Kep Brown (right) led the charge of quite a few hitters that challenged the towering wall that closes in the Falcon outfield. However, Ben Peden (Greenville) lost the most baseball's and several others also flexed their bat speed, defeating the blue monster. Perhaps the wisest investment AC Flora has made was by draping a net over their state-of-the-art scoreboard as it was in danger multiple times!

The bullpens are what pulls in quite a few cross-checkers, and even a couple of scouting directors in some years. Wth a shortened list of invited arms in 2015, we went one at a time on the game mound. BridgesSawyer-pd15After former College of Charleston RHP and Twins farmhand Christian Powell got us off to a great start, a steady stream of upper-80's fastball's bit through cool temps. Summerville junior Sawyer Bridges (left) chimed in with 92 MPH bolts and Hilton Head sophomore Carmen Mlodzinski capped off the day sitting at 88... mph-board88.pngIn all, 18 different guys eclipsed the 87 MPH barrier, not too shabby for January!

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

{ In-Depth Info:  60's / MPH / POP }

{ Pro Day in Baseball America }

{ Detailed Prospect Info:  Seniors / Underclassmen }

DP Note: A special thanks is in order to Andy Hallett, Charlie Wentzky and AC Flora High School. Even in January and after 24 hours of rain passed through the state, their 'always under construction' facility, field and accommodation to us was beyond first class, which is greatly appreciated by those in attendance!