By: Austin Alexander-January 28, 2007
With a stiff wind and sunny skies, 17 professional scouts and 50 of South Carolina’s top players gathered at Heathwood Hall on Sunday for our first scout day. Though the track was a little soft following an overnight shower, twelve players turned in sub-7.0 times to kick off the event with Fairfield-Central’s Larry Perry, White Knoll’s Adam Matthews and Spartanburg’s Jonathon Scott leading the charge.
Greer’s Austin Ashmore got BP started right off the bat choosing to steer away from 30 MPH gusts coming in from rightfield as he banged balls over the scoreboard in left-centerfield. Solid contact up and down the roster gave way to tape measure shots by Cheraw’s Rhett Stafford and Easley’s Arturo Mogrezutt.
In the defensive portion, Summerville’s Patrick Dolan came out of nowhere displaying legit arm strength from the outfield. Perry along with Mauldin’s Scott Wingo took the “best hands and feet” honors putting on an infield clinic with their five groundballs.
Pop times never climbed above 2.07 as the catchers were paced by Stafford’s top pop of 1.96.
The bullpens concluded the event as one quality arm after another was paraded to the mound with 30+ radar guns pointing in their direction. Blythewood’s Richard Mounce did not throw a fastball under 88 on the Stalker and a trio of southpaws in Hamilton Bennett (Fort Mill), Steven Neff (Lancaster) and Brandon Miller (Emerald) showed why they are the top three left-handers in the 2007 class (pictured L-R).
Perhaps the biggest surprise came as the last participant stripped off his catching gear and jumped on the bump with the best velocity of the day. At the request of one scout, Mauldin catcher Drew Wingo went straight to the mound and, without the benefit of one warm-up pitch, quickly pumped his first four fastballs in at 88, 90, 88, 88!
In all, DP’s first scout day was a huge success as one scout summed it up best, he said, “I wouldn’t mind coaching that group as freshmen and sophomores in college.” Well put.
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