Recap: Diamond Prospects Showcase
By: Austin Alexander-July 20, 2006
Speed was all the talk on Thursday as 21 runners broke the 7.0 barrier in the 60-yard dash, not far behind were the couple dozen middle infielders who flashed quality actions during the defensive workout and had evaluator’s talking early on. Two players even made verbal commitments during the showcase! For the 30 coaches/pro scouts and 137 players in attendance, Thursday was a long, hot day between the lines but quality talent invaded USC’s Sarge Frye Field for a successful DP event!
Many names we knew were on hand for DP’s first-ever showcase; there were also a number of young players who burst onto the radar after a solid showing at USC.
During the twelve-hour showcase, coaches/scouts had the opportunity to evaluate every player running the 60, field and throw from their position, take batting practice and play in one game.
As mentioned, 21 players ran sub-7.0’s, ten guys under a 6.8, including Demetrius Washington’s (Silver Bluff, 2007) 6.53. During the defensive portion of the workout, one infielder after another stepped in and showed projectability past high school. Three catchers recorded POP times below 2.0, including a showcase-best 1.83 by Jeffrey Campbell (Boiling Springs, 2008). Not far behind was Hunter Timmons (Camden, 2007) who gunned down three base-stealers in the same inning! Jeff Caskey (Conway, 2008) unofficially claimed the Homerun Derby title and ten pitchers worked in the mid-80’s or better on the Stalker Sport. Web gems galore were turned in too!
In the coming days we will compile all the information we gathered, crunch the numbers and rank the top runners, arms, infield actions, best round of BP and peak velocities. We’ll also confer with other evaluators to determine the top prospects and who helped themselves the most on Thursday. We’ll also include a list of awards and superlatives.
For now, Diamond Prospects would like your feedback. If you attended the DP Showcase on Thursday, we’d like to get your thoughts. This was our first rodeo; we want to continue to improve our events to provide the players of South Carolina a quality product. Tell us what you liked, tell us what you’d like to see be done differently. Your opinion is appreciated! To submit, click here.