JrDP alums at 2010 Palmetto Games

dp_palmetto_games.jpgGraduates of Junior Diamond Prospects, established in 2007, are now making their mark in the SC high school ranks. How do we know? Well, we went back and did the research and found history on our site of over 25 players that have been named to the rosters of Diamond Prospects premier event, the "Palmetto Games", which will be held this weekend (Aug. 13-15) at the home of the reigning NCAA champions, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

We at Junior Diamond Prospects expect this number to increase significantly, perhaps double, by this time next year as more and more of the players we have seen play in person find their places on varsity rosters of South Carolina high schools. But for now, we'll have to be satisfied with what we have uncovered so far, a list this year that includes three commitments to the University of South Carolina and one to Clemson University. 

Name  School  What JrDP said?  Picture 
Glenn Batson Greenville  Batson was the face of intimidation for many 13U teams this past weekend. He topped out on the gun at...for more, click here.   glen_batson.jpg 
Thomas Bessinger  Bythewood  Bessinger is a good all around ball player, the catalyst of his team. Does everything on the field to contribute to his team's success. Can run, hit, throw, and...for more, click here.    
Corey Brown  Laurence-Manning  Brown is as good a catcher as I have seen at this age. He displayed outstanding blocking and receiving skills in the first game. He has a strong throwing arm,...for more, click here.   
Jamie Callahan  Dillon  JrDP Team Spotlight: Florence Insanity. Big, strong player. Smooth fielding shortstop and a very sound pitcher with a live arm.  Makes very few mistakes. Leads by example and is a player...for more, click here.   
Matt Chapman  Summerville  Talk about gas! This young freshman is already throwing 80 MPH and projects to pick up velocity as he develops. Today his fastball was consistently ranging from 78-79 MPH and topped out at 80 MPH. His fastball has some serious movement...for more, click here.   
Nick Ciuffo  Wando  Ciuffo looked a natural behind the dish for his team. Calls his own game and sets up like a jockey on a thoroughbred. Impressive throw downs between innings...for more, click here Nicholas Ciuffo.jpg 
Andrew Cox  Belton-Honea Path 

JrDP - Do you hope to play college baseball one day and if so, for whom?




AC - Yes. I’ve grown up a die hard Clemson fan, but there are a lot of great college programs in our area that it would be great to play for...for more, click here.




Cox was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight in 2007. 

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Alex Cunningham Byrnes  Playing at his home field, Cunningham had an excellent game. Cunningham is a soft-handed shortstop with a lot of potential. He has an above average...for more, click here  
Steven Duggar  Byrnes  Duggar was honored at the 2007 Junior DP Evaluation/Clinic. For more, click here  
Kyle Edwards  Seneca  Edwards showcased his multiple skills this weekend for his team. On the mound, he turned in a solid performance on Sunday in the Canes’ semi-final win, yielding only one earned run in four innings of work. Sat in the...for more, click here.   Kyle EdwardsEasley.jpg 
Austin Gambrell  Belton-Honea Path  Gambrell, like his counterpart at shortstop in the opposing dugout, had a couple of errors but showed flashes of being a quality player at that position. Good baseball frame, runs well. Athletic ability to play numerous positions...for more, click here  
Trey Hayes  Palmetto  Hayes is an all-business type player. Once he steps on the diamond, it's "game on". Carries himself well and understands the game...for more, click here trey_hayes_2.jpg 
Bret Hines  Hanahan  Although also hit hard, Hines showed good velocity today. His fastball sat at 74-76 MPH with many 76's. He topped out at...for more, click here  
David Houser  A.C. Flora  Houser was the top 14U prospect that I saw at this tournament. He has a great build, and strokes the ball with authority all over the diamond. He deposited a fastball...for more, click here  
Bradley Jones  Travelers Rest  Jones has leaped onto the JrDP radar screen lately with some fine performances. Defensively, he has good arm strength which should...for more, click here. bradley_jones.jpg 
Erich Knab  Carolina Forest  A solid performance from Knab on the mound today. He pitched five strong innings getting out of tough jams on several occasions. His fastball sat between...for more, click here  
Kyle Martin  Wade Hampton  Martin is another big, strong kid who throws from the left side. He was called upon to pitch the Astros’ first game of the tournament and displayed a...for more, click here  
Austin Mason  Eastside  Mason has a long body suitable for success on the hill. Pitched six solid innings in the championship game. Pitches to contact. Unphased pitching in jams, Mason scattered nine hits in earning the win. Displays...for more, click here austin_mason.jpg 
Robbie Morris  Irmo 

JrDP - Give a younger baseball player who is reading this article one piece of advice.



RM - Baseball is a sport you have to work at almost everyday.  Even in the off season you must keep your skills up...for more, click here.


Morris was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight in 2008. 

L.J. Newman  Wren  Newman is a right-handed swinging catcher. He spent this past season playing for the Wren junior varsity team as an eighth grader. Newman blocks balls in the dirt well and...for more, click here   
Colby Painter  Chesnee  Was solid all weekend as well, working three strong innings from the mound, playing great...for more, click here.   
Jared Parnell  Mid-Carolina  Parnell threw a solid game for the Mustangs on Saturday morning. After three innings he had faced only one batter over the minimum. He worked...for more, click here  
Weber Pike  Beaufort  Pike was outstanding all day. He went 5-6 with five RBI in two games for the Angels. He has a lightning quick swing from the right side of the plate with...for more, click here.   
Jonathan Pulley  Boiling Springs  Pulley sports a premier frame to play first in high school.  Along with that great frame, he finds the barrel...for more, click here  
Reed Rohlman  Byrnes 

JrDP - Give a younger baseball player who is reading this article one piece of advice.

RR - No matter how hard the challenge is, if you want to get to the next level, don't give up or you will go nowhere...for more, click here.

Rohlman was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight in 2009 and was honored at the 2008 JrDP Evaluation/Clinic. 

Josh Simpson  Union  Simpson is a man-child. He came to the mound from his first base position in the Crushers’ first game of the tournament and was sitting at 72-73 MPH. On the hill the imposing left-hander will remind you...for more, click here.  josh_simpson_2.jpg 
Chase Tidwell  Stratford 

When you hear that Chase Tidwell is a 6-3/190 pound left handed pitcher from Mount Pleasant, you will probably ask where he goes to high school or college. The answer is neither...for more, click here.

Tidwell was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight.

Devin Walker  Lugoff-Elgin 


JrDP - What do you think is the most exciting thing about playing baseball?

DW - Just the fact that I just love to be out on the field and there is nothing better than throwing someone out trying to steal second base...for more, click here.

Walker was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight in 2008. 

Matt Williams  Belton-Honea Path  Williams is going to be another one of those great young talents at Belton-Honea Path in the not too distant future. The son of B-HP head coach Steve Williams, he has been taught...for more, click here matt_williams_2.jpg