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Pro Day 2017: Overview

Scouts attend en masse again to view Palmetto State’s top tier!

By: Austin Alexander - January 22, 2017

dp-prodaylogo.jpgSunday was another banner day for high school baseball, prep players, pro scouts and Diamond Prospects! ProDay14-1River Bluff High School played host to our most enjoyable event of the year, the 11th Annual DP Pro Day! After 36 hours of heavy rainfall across the state, every single component of a successful showcase collided just in time... Heaven shined on us just long enough to execute an adjusted gameplan, 22 (out of 30) Major League clubs were represented, a top-flight facility and talent on the roster commanded attention too... plus we serviced each player in a tidy 2 hours and 32 minutes. It was a great day in that respect!

MazzoneLeo-5armsAn added bonus this year was including longtime Atlanta Braves coach and pitching guru Leo Mazzone as our keynote speaker (video below), imparting knowledge to a wall-to-wall audience, he later worked with some of the pitchers! EdwardsCJ-head16Recent World Champion and DP alum Carl Edwards Jr. spoke to the players, then stuck around to mingle with parents and fans, even playing catch with a few young kids. Former DP alumni Brooks Hall (D-backs) and Emilio Pagan (Mariners) also addressed the players before the event began. Another notable and longtime DP supporter Nick Ciuffo (Rays) was also floating around. It was so appreciated to have each one present and giving back to their roots!

DP's Pro Day has a very decorated list of players over its ten year history, 137 performers from this event have been drafted, many of which are still presently playing professional baseball. There is a good chance that Sunday's field will add to that total.SwartzJake-pd17

TaylorBo-pd17With just under 100 scouts and coaches huddled around a lane, we fired off the 60's at 11:27 AM and ten players shot through the finish line under 7.0 seconds, several under 6.9, led by South Pointe senior Bo Taylor (left) and West Florence junior Jake Swartz (right), both blitzing through the 180th foot at 6.79!

The catchers were a group that did not disappoint with all eight of them registering a time under 2.00 seconds. MaggioChristian-pd17Junior Luis Campusano (Cross Creek/GA) won their popping contest shooting a 1.79, followed by senior Christian Maggio (right, Carolina Forest) at 1.86.

WrightHoustonpd17Then time for BP! High school hitters wielding wood is not always the most endearing of acts to witness, not so at Pro Day! Unfortunately, hitting on the baseball field was not an option due to saturation, fortunately we had River Bluff's huge cage area as our Plan B. A large number of guys stepped in and squared up balls at a high rate. If we had to list a handful of bats that showed the best, Campusano, Swartz and Houston Wright (left, Gaffney) showed well, Bryce Teodosio (Mauldin) and James Parker (TL Hanna) did their part too. DP Disclaimer: The names in this category could be far longer. See Prospect info and video when available.

ChapmanLogan-pd17The bullpens are what pull in quite a few cross-checkers, and even a couple of scouting directors in some years. With a shortened list of invited arms in 2017, we went one at a time on the live mound and a steady stream of upper-80's fastball's bit through the redivision of the covered cages. Easley senior Logan Chapman (left) chimed in with a 91 MPH bolt, winning the velocity award, but, most importantly, showing the best overall 'stuff'... mph-board88.pngIn all, 10 different guys eclipsed the 88 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 high school baseball in South Carolina!

{ Tangible Info: 60's / MPH / POP }

-Pro Day Memories: Taylor Black -

{ Detailed Prospect Info: Seniors / Underclassmen}

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dp logo1 AA's Fist Bump: At so many of our showcases, I am often told by coaches/scouts and some parents how well-run, well-organized, etc our events are, and typically they praise me personally - and that is much-appreciated. BUT, what you see at any DP event are the fruits of labor from so many awesome people that have their fingerprints on anything we do. As with any business, quality humans are imperative to any successful operation, we are no different. Selfishly I do believe our execution of a gameplan is a well-oiled machine, but only because of the folks there and behind the scenes too! So, I want to publicly acknowledge my sincere appreciation of the legit guys and gals that I have been blessed enough to insulate myself with. Well-done DP family, together we are leaving our fingerprints on the futures of young men and a great sport!

RiverBluff-RFpole14 DP Fist Bump: A special thanks is in order to Mark Bonnette and River Bluff High School. Even in January and after rain galore passed through the state, their 'Division I' facility and accommodation to us was beyond first class, which is greatly appreciated by all in attendance! Coach Bonnette, you REALLY earned your fist bump this time!