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Bryton Ward

Bryton Ward

The Junior Diamond Spotlight returns this week to feature another of the bright (or "bryte") young prospects in the Upstate. Bryton Ward has gathered a ton of baseball experience playing within his age division and playing up on some occasions. He currently wears the uniform of the West End Riverdogs Blue team, one of ...

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Baseball Tip: How to Handle Nerves at the Plate

Baseball Tip: How to Handle Nerves at the Plate

Positive Coaching Alliance is proud to share information on handling nerves at the plate from Craig Sigl, a contributing writer for MLB.com Digital Academy and the #1 Mental Toughness Trainer for youth athletes. Age and height differences are bound to pop up in youth baseball. A 10-year-old player may find him or hers...

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Back to the Future: Blake Holliday

Back to the Future: Blake Holliday

Trapped in the past on Junior Diamond Prospects...Blake Holliday made a name for himself several times over the years as a member of the Alley Cats on our site.  Year What Junior Diamond Prospects had to say about Blake Holliday 2008 Holliday mans the hot corner for the Alley Cats. His st...

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Mom's Day Classic 2015-Upstate

Mom's Day Classic 2015-Upstate

One day tournaments are the event of choice for many teams on Mother's Day weekend and that is exactly what U.S.S.S.A. offered at many venues around the state. Not only do these one day affairs free up Sunday for spending time with the favorite lady of the family but they also present some unique challenges for coaches...

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Mayfest Mayhem Global Qualifier 2015-Easley

Mayfest Mayhem Global Qualifier 2015-Easley

Junior Diamond Prospects ushered in the month of May with some 13U action in the Mayfest Mayhem Global Qualifier at the JB Owens Complex in Easley this past weekend. A large field was whittled down to the top 4 for Sunday's play on the regulation field. We had the opportunity to check in on a southpaw who we haven't se...

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Matt Farrar

Matt Farrar

Junior Diamond Prospects has always prided itself on leaving no stone unturned in finding the best young baseball prospects in South Carolina. Some have played for the high profile teams in our state while others refine their trade with teams less known to even the most knowledgable fans. Matt Farrar plays for the 13U ...

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South Carolina Spring Super NIT

South Carolina Spring Super NIT

As the old idiom goes, April showers bring May flowers. Well, April showers also bring about cancellation of baseball games. Unfortunately, that is what the participants in the U.S.S.S.A. South Carolina Spring Super NIT had to endure this past weekend in the Columbia area on Saturday. Fortunately, the front moved throu...

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York County Middle/C team - Oakridge vs. Northwestern

York County Middle/C team - Oakridge vs. Northwestern

Number one seeded Oakridge Middle (Clover) faced the #4 seeded Northwestern in the 2015 York County Middle School tournament semi-final on a cold and rainy day at York Middle School. The winner would advance to the championship game against Rock Hill and the loser’s season would come to an end. See who was able to conq...

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2015 Pre-Season Player Rankings

2015 Pre-Season Player Rankings

Junior Diamond Prospects Scouting Director Richard Edwards has kept his finger on the pulse of youth baseball in South Carolina for a long time and his annual "Player Rankings" feature is always a huge hit with our subscribers. This is the fifth year he has rolled out his comprehensive rankings of players he has s...

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Area Scouts Wanted!

Area Scouts Wanted!

Would you like to have some extra cash in your back pocket? Do you consider your baseball background good enough to cover USSSA, AAU, Little League or Dixie Youth games? If so, we could use your help to write up contests and identify the top talent in the 9-14 age groups across South Carolina. The 2015 season is&n...

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Jr DP Spotlight

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Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith

Former South Carolina standout and recent inductee into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame and MLB'er, Landon Powell, ha...

Cameron Weston

Cameron Weston

The Palmetto Diamondbacks took home five U.S.S.S.A. titles during the fall season and currently are ranked #2 in th...

Cameron Williams

Cameron Williams

Our next guest in the Junior Diamond Spotlight is currently a “Wrenegade” but one day he hopes to be wearing the bl...

Xavier Anderson

Xavier Anderson

The "X-Factor" has been called the "undefineable something that makes for star quality". It may not be a single thi...

Carson Rowland

Carson Rowland

The Carolina Reds organization has been around for more than a decade, developing some of the top baseball talent i...

Travis Elliott

Travis Elliott

So, what is this young man doing playing on a 13U team with one of the top travelball organizations in the state? B...

Charlton Commander

Charlton Commander

The Junior Diamond Spotlight returns today to feature one of the top young players from the Midlands area of South ...

Jordan Beatson

Jordan Beatson

Our next featured player in the Junior Diamond Spotlight comes from the Midlands of South Carolina. Although his fa...

Kyler Reagan

Kyler Reagan

The film The Natural, starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close and Robert Duvall, was nominated for four Academy Awards...

James Parker

James Parker

Blue Chip Professional Baseball in Anderson offers quality instruction to those in proximity of the Electric City. ...

Lawson Bagwell

Lawson Bagwell

The Hub City Heat have been nominated for the Junior Diamond Prospects Team of the Year in both 2012 and 2013. This...

Chase Hood

Chase Hood

Baseball players from small towns? Oh yeah, more common than you might think. The New York Yankees Travis Haffner f...

Zachary Cecil

Zachary Cecil

The Carolina A's enter the fall season as one of the top 13U teams in the state. Their success at the lower age div...

Aidan Massey

Aidan Massey

Today, Aidan Massey joins a rather long list of teammates with the SC Crush who have been featured in the Junior Di...

Rylan Brown

Rylan Brown

We haven't featured any young men who could drive a truck, a tractor and an ATV, at least at the time they were fea...

Peyton Nelson

Peyton Nelson

Some kids can't help but have baseball in their blood because they are around the game so much. Our next guest in t...

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usssaUSSSA rankings by age division are now updated!

On Deck: 2015 tournament coverage from around the state of South Carolina, Individual player spotlights including Bryton Ward (West End RiverDogs Blue), Zach Overholt (Next Level A's}, Tyler Overholt (Team Rawlings), Davis Wilson (Team Rawlings), updated pitcher peak velocities and flamethrower recognition, the JrDP Photo Gallery of the top prospects... and much more!

Upcoming tournaments:

Dates Tournament Name Location Organization Link
May 30-31 SC Intro to Summer Global Qualifier Upstate USSSA Click here
May 30-31 SC Intro to Summer Global Qualifier Lexington USSSA Click here
May 30-31 SC Intro to Summer Global Qualifier Walterboro/Summerville USSSA Click here
May 30-31 SC Intro to Summer Global Qualifier Aiken USSSA Click here
May 30-31  SC Intro to Summer Global Qualifier Myrtle Beach USSSA  Click here
June 6-7 Rawlings Home Run Classic Lexington USSSA Click here
June 6-7 Rawlings Home Run Classic Upstate USSSA Click here
June 6-7 Rawlings Home Run Classic North Myrtle Beach USSSA Click here
June 6-7 Rawlings Home Run Classic North Charleston USSSA Click here
June 6-7 Rawlings Home Run Classic Hartsville USSSA Click here
June 12-14 Rawlings East Coast Summer Championships North Myrtle Beach/Myrtle Beach USSSA Click here
June 13-14 Blazing Bats Classic North Spartanburg/Spartanburg USSSA Click here
June 13-14 South Carolina Spring State Championships Lexington USSSA Click here
June 13-14 Blazing Bats Classic Summerville/North Charleston USSSA Click here
June 20-21 Father's Day Fury 2.0 Lexington USSSA Click here
June 20-21 Father's Day Fury 2.0 Walterboro/Summerville USSSA Click here
June 20-21 Father's Day Fury 2.0 Aiken USSSA Click here
June 20-21 Father's Day Fury 2.0 Sumter USSSA Click here
June 20-21 Father's Day Fury 2.0 North Myrtle Beach USSSA Click here
June 20-21 Father's Day Fury 2.0 Upstate USSSA Click here
June 25-28 USSSA AA World Series (10U/12U) North Charleston USSSA Click here
June 26-28 USSSA AA World Series (9U/11U) Florence USSSA Click here
June 27-28 South Carolina Upperstate Championship Spartanburg USSSA Click here
June 27-28 South Carolina Super State Championship Lexington USSSA Click here
June 27-28 South Carolina Super State Championship Sumter USSSA Click here
June 27-28 South Carolina Super State Championship Florence USSSA Click here
July 4-5 Stars & Stripes Classic Lexington USSSA Click here
July 4-5 Stars & Stripes Classic North Charleston USSSA Click here
July 4-5 Stars & Stripes Classic Upstate USSSA Click here
July 10-14 USSSA Global World Series (Session I) Myrtle Beach USSSA Click here
July 11-12 Summer Slam 2.0 North Spartanburg USSSA Click here
July 11-12 Summer Slam 2.0 Florence USSSA Click here
July 11-12 South Carolina Open State Aiken USSSA Click here
July 15-19 USSSA Global World Series (Session II) Spartanburg USSSA Click here
July 18-19 Summer Sizzler Lexington USSSA Click here
July 18-19 Summer Sizzler Summerville USSSA Click here
July 18-19 Summer Sizzler Sumter USSSA Click here
July 24-26 South Carolina All-State Games Lexington USSSA Click here
July 25-26 Going Going Gone End of Summer Classic Walterboro USSSA Click here
July 25-26 Going Going Gone End of Summer Classic Upstate USSSA Click here
Aug 1-2 East Coast Summer Regionals Lexington USSSA Click here


Todd Jones

JrDP Quote of the Week: “I think humans are underneath a crotchet piece of cloth. We're underneath and we see all the knots and the strings hanging loose, but God is looking from the top of it and sees the picture being knitted around you. We can't see it because we're underneath. God is making this big masterpiece in your life." Todd Jones

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boy_flipping_ball.gifWatch baseball, earn ca$h! JrDP Scouts needed: Do you consider your baseball background good enough to cover USSSA, Nations Baseball, Little League or Dixie Youth games tournament? If so, we could use your help to write up contests in the 9-14 age groups across South Carolina, especially in the Florence, Myrtle Beach, and Charleston areas. The 2014-15 season is upon us with tournaments in every part of the state. What better way to earn some extra spending money than watching Americas pasttime played by the stars of tomorrow. Anyone interested in being an area scout for Junior Diamond Prospects - and being compensated - should contact Richard Edwards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

heritage_park_scoreboard.jpgJrDP Scoreboard: In our continual efforts to improve the visibility of youth baseball in South Carolina, Junior Diamond Prospects is very excited to introduce the website's newest feature! Subscribers now have the ability to post game information on JrDP's Scoreboard for everyone to view...Go to the scoreboard.

Polls: Tournament brackets are now up. Chime in on who you think will take home the top honors each weekend in our JrDP Polls. These can be found under the advertisement on the right side of each page.

jrdp_logo.pngAdvertise on JrDP: Looking for widespread visibility? Want to sponsor an upcoming Junior Diamond Prospects event? Your business could possibly prosper from our rapidly growing exposure. For more information, click here.

 

Does your team/organization have a web site? Email your link to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will put it on our team page. To view "Team Links", look under Teams on the front page or click here.

 

Baseball paraphanalia.jpgLooking for players or a team in 2014-15? Are you looking for a player for the 2014-15 season? Are you looking for a team to play with? Maybe Junior DP can help. Send us what you are looking for and we will publish it. Please include city team is based out of or area that you live in, age group of the team or player for the 2014-15 fall season, and contact information (email address and/or phone number). Also, if your local league is having registrations, send us that information and we will publish it as well. Email Richard Edwards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


JrDP Spotlights:
We've featured many talented players over the past several months, and we plan to bring you more and more spotlights as we move through the 2014-15 season. In this Junior Diamond Prospects feature, our subscribers will learn more about who the better players are, what they like about the game, what they like to do off the playing field, and more. Stay tuned