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Connor Droze

Connor Droze

There are not a lot of players in the 11U division that you can call true "power" hitters. Our next guest in the Junior Diamond Spotlight is a  rare breed. Connor Droze has helped lead the Upstate Bulls to a top 5 ranking in U.S.S.S.A.'s 2014-15 11U AAA division. He has a 2014 World Series Home Run Derby title on ...

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Playing by the (Unwritten) rules

Playing by the (Unwritten) rules

What could be better for a baseball coach than to see his team hold a big lead late in a game? Not much — unless he ignores baseball’s unwritten code of etiquette. Stealing with a big lead, swinging on a 3-0 pitch, manufacturing runs — these are breaches of the code, which is designed to prevent a team from embarrassi...

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Summer Sizzler-Lexington

Summer Sizzler-Lexington

Junior Diamond Prospects was on hand at Howard Park in West Columbia to watch several 14U/15U South Carolina teams this past weekend. The Columbia Force, Chapin Baseball, SC Sidewinders, Stars & Stripes, Bad Boyz, Top Notch Baseball, and Scorpion Baseball teams played in the hot weather in a tournament quite approp...

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Global World Series 2015 II-Spartanburg

Global World Series 2015 II-Spartanburg

Quite a few teams put the finishing touches on their 2014-15 resume by participating in the U.S.S.S.A. Global World Series at multiple venues in the Spartanburg area. A solid field of 19 teams in the 11U Open division drew our attention in this tournament. Pool games started on Thursday with teams in search of one of t...

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Zach Overholt

Zach Overholt

Baseball talent seems to run in the Overholt family tree. Earlier this year, we spotlighted Tyler Overholt, a LHP/CF for 11U Team Rawlings. We now turn our attention to Tyler's cousin, Zach. Zach Overholt is a multi-position player who has already put making the Abbeville High School varsity baseball team as a 9th grad...

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Rawlings Stars

Rawlings Stars

It is not general practice that we at Junior Diamond Prospects cover 8U teams. In fact, we set out to cover 9U through 14U youth baseball in South Carolina from the day of our inception. However, the Rawlings Stars Prospects 8U team is not your run of the mill team. They've only been together for a short period of time...

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Myrtle Beach Little League District

Myrtle Beach Little League District

It was a perfect day for baseball in Myrtle Beach with the sun shining and the temperature in the low 90’s, teams from across the district all gathered at Carolina Forest Community Center to showcase their talents with the hope of reaching the final destination in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Junior Diamond Prospects se...

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SC Upperstate Championship-2015

SC Upperstate Championship-2015

Temperatures dropped into the 80's this past weekend and created what seemed like ideal baseball conditions when compared to the scorching heat that has baked the Upstate over the last several weeks. U.S.S.S.A. held the SC Upperstate Championships in 12 divisions at several venues, stretching from Union to Easley. Juni...

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Davis Wilson

Davis Wilson

His last name is Wilson but he plays for Rawlings and boy, does he play. Our next prospect in the Junior Diamond Spotlight is Davis Wilson. He and his teammates have combined to lead the 11U Major Team Rawlings to the #6 ranking by U.S.S.S.A. in the nation (as of this week). He will attend a high school in South Caroli...

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Father's Day Fury 2.0-Midlands

Father's Day Fury 2.0-Midlands

Hot summer weather in the Midlands of South Carolina dominated the week leading up to the Father’s Day Fury 2.0, and the first day of the tournament was no different. Junior Diamond Prospects was on hand at Dutch Fork High School watching four 14U South Carolina teams (Lower Lexington Legends, Lake Murray Titans, River...

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SC Hooks

SC Hooks

The 11U SC Hooks, currently registered as a 12U team, have been around since 2011. The Midlands (Irmo/Chapin) ...

Tyler Overholt

Tyler Overholt

11U Team Rawlings, based out of Greenwood, is one of if not the top team regardless of age division, in South Carol...

Bryton Ward

Bryton Ward

The Junior Diamond Spotlight returns this week to feature another of the bright (or "bryte") young prospects in the...

Matt Farrar

Matt Farrar

Junior Diamond Prospects has always prided itself on leaving no stone unturned in finding the best young baseball p...

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...

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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 Connor Droze (Upstate Bulls), Charlie Bussey (SC Hooks/Augusta Riverbandits), 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
Aug 1-2 East Coast Summer Regionals Lexington USSSA Click here
Aug 1-2 Triple Play Classic Florence USSSA Click here
Aug 8-9 Summer Slam 2.0 Hartsville USSSA Click here
Aug 8-9 Summer Slam 2.0 Lexington USSSA Click here
Aug 22-23 Back to School Madness Lexington USSSA Click here
Aug 29-30 Swing into Fall Classic North Spartanburg USSSA Click here
Aug 29-30 Swing into Fall Classic Aiken USSSA Click here
Sept 12-13 King of Swing Myrtle Beach USSSA Click here
Sept 12-13 King of Swing Summerville/Walterboro USSSA Click here
Sept 12-13 King of Swing Lexington USSSA Click here
Sept 19-20 Carolina Classic Global Qualifier Spartanburg USSSA Click here
Sept 19-20 Carolina Classic Global Qualifier Aiken USSSA Click here
Sept 19-20 Carolina Classic Global Qualifier North Myrtle Beach USSSA Click here
Sept 19-20 Carolina Classic Global Qualifier North Charleston USSSA Click here
Sept 19-20 Carolina Classic Global Qualifier Lexington USSSA Click here


Travis IshikawaJrDP Quote of the Week: "In baseball, it’s easy to find value in performance. I was so used to being a perfectionist, crushed by all my failures. (And that isn’t healthy in a sport like baseball!) My faith in God has given me freedom from that. Trusting His plan—not hard work or love of the game—has helped me persevere through all the ups and downs of my career. I know who I am in Christ, and that means so much more than whatever my stat line says about me." Travis Ishikawa

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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.

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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