By: Austin Alexander - June 10-11, 2015
On Wednesday & Thursday, picture perfect weather covered River Bluff High School, their insanely lush athletic facilities and Diamond Prospects' 10th Annual Summer Showcase. This event typically launches the summer scouting season for college coaches, and this year it did in record fashion (for an open event) as over 50 college coaches and a handful of pro scouts were in attendance. Per usual, new names emerged as we set the stage for them, that's the beauty of the 'open' showcases!
A solid mix of tunes continued to ring 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 Hump Day afternoon.
The theme of this showcase, 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 rising sophomores and rising juniors (left, JL Mann LHP Jack Stamler) forced themselves into claiming "legit follow" status, some with upside (right, Northwestern freshman LHP John Gilreath) that had us very excited... there were some accomplished rising seniors (top, Latta C Jackson Williams) that enhanced their stock too!
Stay tuned to DP in the coming days as we chronicle what occurred between the lines over the heat-driven 36 hours on the luxurious campus of River Bluff...
DP Fist Bump: 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!
Minature Note of the Day: MLB Bureau guru Gary Randall fought through serious car trouble to arrive on Day 2 of the showcase, keeping his DP streak alive in attending all of our 40+ events over the past 10 years...And upon arriving on Thursday morning, USC Sumter skipper Tim Medlin (formerly the 'most mature' among evaluators and fresh off his appearance in the JUCO World Series) willingly gave up his seat at the head table to a man that may be as well-respected as any other in the profession!