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JrDP Alums at 2012 Palmetto Games

dp_palmetto_games.jpgGraduates of Junior Diamond Prospects, established in 2007, are continuing to make 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 quite a contingent of players that have been named to the six rosters of Diamond Prospects premier event, the "Palmetto Games", which will be held this weekend (Aug. 10-12) in Columbia at the home of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

We at Junior Diamond Prospects expected the number to increase from last year's event, when we had over 55 players listed, as we have seen even more of the young men we have evaluated in person find their places on varsity rosters of South Carolina prep schools and actually contribute at that level. But, I think even the final results were way above our expectations. We have uncovered quite a large group so far, a list this year that includes several commitments to colleges already, many at the D1 level. We knew who they were before they became names in newspapers and other publications that cover high school and college baseball. We'll miss on our share too but how's this for an eye for talent?  

Name  School  What JrDP said?  Picture 
Glenn Batson
Greenville

Glenn Batson, RHP - Batson (pictured right) was the face of intimidation for many 13U teams this past weekend. He topped out on the gun at 77 MPH, and had an effective breaking ball to go with it. He needs to work on his stamina a little, as he lost 10 MPH on his fastball relatively early in the championship game. However, his impressive build is a huge positive for any 13 year old...for more, click here.

Batson has committed to play college baseball at Clemson University.

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Andrew Beckwith
Blythewood

Andrew Beckwith singled for the Gnats and Avery Bone walked in the bottom of the second. Bessinger plated them...for more, click here.

Beckwith has committed to play college baseball for Coastal Carolina University.

 
Thomas Bessinger
Blythewood

Thomas Bessinger, RHP/SS - 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 field well. Bessinger ran the bases very well today and flashed a little leather at short also. Long term, he looks like...for more, click here.

Bessinger has committed to play college baseball at The College of Charleston.

 
Dallas Betsill
Chapman

Betsill was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as a 6th grader and attended the 2007 JrDP Evaluation Clinic.

Dallas Betsill, 2B/SS - Betsill plays the game with as much energy as you will see from anyone. Goes out on pop flies at short and second with no fear. Great bat control and solid baserunner. Gutsy kid who competes with...for more, click here.

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Avery Bone
Blythewood
While neither team was able to scratch in the first inning, the Longhorns jumped on top 1-0 when pitcher Hunter Wooten reached on a fielder's choice and scored on an Avery Bone RBI single...for more, click here.  
Akeem Bostick
West Florence

Akeem Bostick, SS/P/CF - Top tier pitcher, good under pressure. Excellent fielding skills at any position and a...for more, click here.

 
 
Ben Boulware
Hanna

Ben Boulware, C, - Boulware did a great job behind the dish for the Heat today. He dropped down and blocked several balls which is uncommon at this age. Many times you see young guys stabbing at the ball and trying to catch it. Boulware used his body and kept the ball in front of him. He also has soft hands when receiving the baseball which is always important for catchers. At the plate he...for more, click here.

Boulware has committed to play college baseball and football at Clemson University.

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Colin Brady
Pendleton

Brady was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as a member of the 13U South Carolina Heat. 

Colin Brady, 3B/RHP - Brady turned in a nice relief performance in the Heat's first game to earn a save. Allowed only a meaningless single with two outs...for more, click here.

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KJ Bryant
Wade Hampton

Bryant was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as a middle schooler and attended the 2007 JrDP Evaluation Clinic.

KJ Bryant: KJ made quite a showing in this game. After striking out his first at bat on a breaking pitch, KJ made all the proper adjustments and ripped a double in his second AB. In the field he carried himself very well in the outfield. Always was in the right spot to back up his teammates. Showed that he...for more, click here.

Bryant has committed to play college baseball at the University of South Carolina.

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Tucker Burgess
Easley

Burgess was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as a middle schooler. 

Once again impressive in his outing against the Stars, Burgess showed superior skills in many aspects of the game throughout the afternoon. Burgess, a member of the Easley High varsity squad as...for more, click here.

Burgess has committed to play college baseball for Clemson University.

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Nick Ciuffo
Lexington

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 kept...for more, click here.

Ciuffo has committed to play college baseball at the University of South Carolina.

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Thatcher Coleman
Hartsville

Coleman was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as an 8th grader.

Thatcher Coleman - We saw five different players on the Extreme roster rattle the fence on one hop or less, and Coleman was one of them. He also has speed...for more, click here.

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Gene Cone
Spring Valley

In the bottom half of the inning the Canes would strike right back with a ten spot. This inning included six hits, highlighted by a two RBI double by Gene Cone...for more, click here.

Cone has committed to play college baseball for the University of South Carolina.

 
O'Kevius Conway
Clinton

Conway was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as a 6th grader and attended the first JrDP Evaluation Clinic. 

O'kevius Conway, SS - Conway continues to hone his impressive skills this fall. Starting to fill out and look the role. Has a long track record of success against quality competition. Actions at short are a little stiff at times. Offensively, when Conway squares one up, the ball...for more, click here.

Conway has committed to play college baseball at the University of South Carolina.

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Augustus Cothran
Travelers Rest

Cothran was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as an 8th grader.

Augustus Cothran, 1B - In just about every game he plays Cothran will give you at least a glimpse of the kind of power hitter he should be when he hits the high school ranks. Just missed leaving the yard at Heritage Park on Saturday. Settled for a double that drove in three runs, making it a one run game at the time. Crowds the plate from the left side and...for more, click here.

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Grant Cox
Greenville
Grant Cox-2B:  Grant (pictured right) is the other half of the double play combo and when the force is on and a hard hit ball comes up the middle, there is a pretty good chance for two - as we saw Saturday. Drew got in position quickly and opened up and fed Grant with a beautiful sidearm delivery that...for more, click here. grant_cox_2.jpg
Cory Cremonese
Boiling Springs

Cory Cremonese - Cremonese was the best hitter that we saw in this game. He is a physically big player, with a nice frame to continue growing. He displayed a strong arm and solid glove from third base, and he looks like he's athletic enough to play any...for more, click here.

Cremonese has committed to play college baseball at Winthrop University.

 
Derek Croxton
Blythewood

Croxton was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as an 8th grader and attended the 2008 JrDP Evaluation Clinic.

JrDP - What do you like most about playing travel ball?

DC - I like playing in all the cool baseball parks.

 

JrDP - What team are you currently playing with?

DC - Blythewood Buccaneers...for more, click here.
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Conner Davis
Dutch Fork
Conner Davis: Davis did his damage in this game in both the batter's box and on the mound. He blanked the Heat for two straight innings allowing his team to play catch up and eventually take...for more, click here.  
Anders Deshields
St, James

Deshields was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as a 7th grader and was recognized as one of the top prospects at the first JrDP Evaluation Clinic in December 2007.

JrDP - What do you like most about playing travel ball?

AD - You get to travel all over the United States. I've been to Saint Louis, Missouri to play in a USSSA World Series. I got to throw out the first pitch at the Saint Louis Cardinals game...for more. click here.

Deshields has committed to play college baseball at the College of Charleston.

 
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Bradley Dixon
Emerald
Bradley Dixon, 3B - We really liked the way Dixon (pictured right) carried himself on the field. Got himself in position with every pitch from the hot corner. Showed off a strong gun that could easily handle distances much greater than what you see in...for more, click here. bradley_dixon.jpg
Christian Dorothy
James Island
Christian Dorothy, SS/RHP - Dorothy forms a solid 1-2 mound punch with Moring, and he did an exceptional job coming on in relief for Moring against the Patriots on Saturday to put out a fire in the sixth inning and keep the game tied at 5 headed into the final inning. While he certainly doesn't possess...for more, click here.  
Drew Fisher
Chesnee

Drew Fisher, 3B/RHP - Fisher (pictured right) has a tall, athletic body. Shows some upside as a pitcher but must develop a better second pitch. Fastball velocity is okay at this stage of his development...for more, click here.

Fisher has committed to play college baseball at USC-Upstate.

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Kyle Foster
Blue Ridge
Kyle Foster,OF - Foster is your prototypical lead-off hitter in this age group. He seems to always find a way to get the job done and get on base. Aggressive on the base paths, he's got very good foot speed and...for more, click here.  
Bryce Fowler
Greenwood

Bryce Fowler, C – Fowler (left) is a tall, athletic catcher. How athletic? Well, he bats in the leadoff spot. Takes an aggressive approach to each AB. Behind the dish, Fowler is...for more, click here.

Fowler has committed to play college baseball at Presbyterian College.

 
Donald Gillespie
A.C. Flora
Donald Gillespie, IF/OF - On a ballclub with several strong-looking kids over 6-feet tall, Gillespie packs a lot of punch from his 5-foot-3 frame out of the cleanup spot for the Smokers. Gillespie is an aggressive swinger and makes consistent contact despite...for more, click here.
 
Shannon Glover
Richland Northeast

Glover was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as an 8th grader.

Shannon Glover, C/RHP - Glover has a powerful swing. His hits were predominantly gappers in the outfield. However, Glover's best quality may be his arm. Struck out fourteen against the Oconee Hurricanes and was in...for more, click here.

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Jordan Gore
Conway

Gore was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as a middle schooler.

JrDP - What has been your biggest achievement in baseball?

JG -Team wise, finishing 3rd at the nationals with my travel team when I was 10.  Individually, hitting 5 homeruns during Dixie Youth tournament play last year.  Four of those were from the left side of the plate and the fifth one was during the state Tournament from the right side of the plate...for more, click here.

Gore has committed to play college baseball at the University of South Carolina.

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Mitchell Griffin
Spring Valley
Pappas followed with a walk and two hitters later the catcher, Mitchell Griffin, came up big with a two out RBI to put the Heat ahead 1-0...for more, click here.  
Dupree Hart
Northwestern

Hart was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as an 8th grader.

Dupree Hart, RHP/C/CF/SS- Hart (pictured right) can do it all and plays with strength and speed. His fastball was clocked at 75 MPH this weekend and his arm in center held several sure doubles into long singles. At the plate he can crush the baseball and once on base, stealing bases are...for more, click here.

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Hayden Heflin
Pinewood Prep

Heflin (pictured right) was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight and attended the 2008 JrDP Evaluation Clinic.

rDP - At this stage of your career, what would you consider to be the strongest part of your game?

HH - My arm strength, I guess, or just understanding the game well for my age...for more, click here.
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Blake Holliday
Belton-Honea Path

Holliday was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as a 5th grader. 

Blake Holliday, RHP - Holliday (pictured right) is one of the elite players in the upstate. He's not a Johnny-Come-Lately either. Holliday has been head and shoulders above most of his peers for several years. Today, the Alley Cats removed the possibility that they wouldn't be in the championship game by trotting him out on...for more, click here.

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Grant Holmes
Conway
Grant Holmes, RHP/OF - Grant received the loss in this one, but he was no less than dominant on the bump. His mechanics are very impressive for a kid of this age, and he is a...for more, click here. holmesgrant-sign11.jpg
Daniel Johnson
Mauldin
Daniel Johnson, LHP - Another player that we have seen several times. You can just about count on Johnson (pictured right) giving you a quality outing each and every time he takes the hill. Sunday was no expection. Works the corners with his low...for more, click here. daniel_johnson_2.jpg
Robert Jolly
Carolina Forest
Robert  Jolly, 1B - Jolly really showed us what he was made of today as he came through in clutch situations for his team. He was born to hit. He went 3-3 on this day with two home runs and...for more, click here.  
Bradley Jones
Travelers Rest

Bradley Jones, SS - Jones (pictured right) didn't have the best of games but showed just a glimpse of his upside. Stayed back on a breaking ball and singled to right to drive in a run in the second. Quality looking athlete with great mobility. Played SS on this day but...for more, click here.

Jones has committed to play college baseball at the College of Charleston.

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Brandon Justice
Mauldin

Brandon Justice, RHP/OF - Justice (pictured right) is a big tall right-hander with a prototypical body type (broad shoulders and long limbs) for a pitcher. Fastball hovered in the...for more, click here.

Justice was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as a 9th grader.

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Jamal Keels
Manning
Jamal Keels, INF - Keels' home is on the right side of the infield and his 6-0 frame is quite imposing over there. He looks to be as close to a five-tool player as I have seen. The only thing Keels may be lacking at this stage of his development is...for more, click here.  
Seth Lancaster
Hanahan
Other notables were Bradley McLaughlin of the Shockwave and Seth Lancaster of the Mavericks. McLaughlin did a remarkable job displaying his power with a 2 round total of 23. Lancaster hit the biggest home run of the event traveling an estimated 360 feet. Lucas Carr of the Hawks...for more, click here.
 
Tyler Lancaster
Dutch Fork
Tyler Lancaster: Lancaster came into the game in the middle of the first to catch when the pitching change was made and was impressive from the start. Tyler receives the ball very well behind the plate, blocks well and...for more, click here.  
Tanner Lollis
Palmetto
Tanner Lollis laid down a perfectly placed safety squeeze bunt that enabled Crouch to score, cutting the lead to 4-2...for more, click here.  
Caleb Lupton
Chapman

However, back came the Strikers in the last inning. Phillip Craig, Ben Ziegler, and Caleb Lupton scored three consecutive runs in the inning...for more, click here.

Lupton has committed to play college baseball for the College of Charleston.

 
KiJana Madden
Hillcrest
Quante Madden, SS - Madden (pictured right) just goes about getting the job done. Young player with tremendous upside. Forces defenses to play him straight up because he can hit to all fields. No weakness in any part of his...for more, click here. quante_madden.jpg
Zach Madden
Bishop England

Zach Madden doubled to put the first Brave on the base paths, and soon it would look like a warpath. Both Chris Bocklet and Cameron Garrett walked to load the bases. John Gibbons was...for more, click here.

Madden has committed to play college baseball at the College of Charleston.

 
Ryan Mason
Eastside

Mason (pictured right) was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as a 9th grader.

Ryan Mason, IF/OF - Ryan is well over six feet tall already, and has a big athletic frame. He barreled the ball up in every at bat, and showcased a lot of pop. His ball carries well and that should bode well for developing power in the future. Another indicator of his raw power is on his line drives in the gap, the ball scooted through all the way to...for more, click here.

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Hayden McCutcheon
Greenwood

Hayden McCutcheon, RHP/1B – McCutcheon is a right-handed pitcher and first baseman. He sat in the...for more, click here.

McCutcheon has committed to play college baseball for the College of Charleston.

 
Cole McMillan
Lexington

Cole McMillan, OF/LHP – McMillan roamed centerfield for his team this weekend. Right handed hitter who hits the ball hard up the middle and...for more, click here.

McMillan has committed to play college baseball at the University of South Carolina.

 
Jason Miller
Ashley Ridge
Jason Miller, 2B - Miller has the appearance of a ballplayer. He carries himself well, hustling on and off the field and really has a lot of baseball savvy. Miller makes plays in a composed, confident fashion. At the plate he was "on" his share of pitches, never looking over matched or fooled. He is...for more, click here.  
Tucker Moring
First Baptist

In this game that would decide third place, the Braves would start Tucker Moring on the bump and the Rebels would place the ball in the hands of Dylan Woodward. Both teams would go quietly in the first inning with the Braves getting,,,for more, click here.

Moring has committed to play college baseball for the College of Charleston.

 
Drew Moyer
Gilbert

Drew Moyer started the game for the Legends and showed why he remains one of the top prospects in the Midlands. Moyer sports an arm that tops out in the low...for more, click here.

Moyer has committted to play college baseball at Clemson University.

 
Jake Mueller
Richland Northeast

Mueller was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as a 6th grader.

Jake Mueller, 2B/OF - Mueller (pictured right) is a high energy player. Plays the game with some emotion and mental alertness that you'd like to see in everyone. Had a double and a walk in three plate appearances. Mueller is...for more, click here.

 

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Ramon Osuna Mauldin  

Osuna was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as a 9th grader.

Ramon Osuna, 1B/RHP - Osuna (pictured right) contributes to his team's success primarily as a big, powerful left handed stick. Doubled in the first on a ball that clanged the fence in left center, then lined out deep to right in the fourth. Hits the ball hard and when you get him out, they are...for more, click here.

 
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Dillon Palencia
Broome

Dillon Palencia, Cowpens Middle, Broome, OF – Palencia is your prototypical leadoff hitter.  Batting from the left side, he likes to work the pitchers deep into the count with great plate coverage. Right now, he...for more, click here.

Palencia has committed to play college baseball at Winthrop University.

 
Nick Pappas Dutch Fork

Nick Pappas: Nick is a well built first baseman who takes a good approach at the plate. His first at bat resulted in a chopped ground ball, but Pappas made the proper adjustments to come back his second at bat and creamed a double to lead off the third. He takes a good approach...for more, click here.

Pappas has made a commitment to play college baseball at The College of Charleston.

 
Zach Paquette
Lexington

Great defensive plays were made throughout the tournament by 3B/SS Cody Smith, 2B Ben Whitmire, RF Zach Paquette, and C Ryan McCrary...for more, click here.

Paquette has made a commitment to play college baseball at The Citadel.

 
Casey Parker
Airport
Casey Parker, 3B - Parker shines the leather and has an above average arm across the diamond. He has a busy feet and quiet infield actions that make him a solid third basemen. I was very impressed with his defensive skills, though his...for more, click here.  
Blake Peterson
Spartanburg

Blake Peterson, 3B - Peterson (pictured right) has a nice overall game. Solid arm at the hot corner (today's position) and on the hill (from previous viewings). In addition, he has come around to be a...for more, click here.

Peterson was also featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as an 8th grader.

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Shy Phillips
Hartsville

Shy Phillips, RF/P - Great ball tracking skills, very strong arm. Consistent on the mound and at the plate. Power hitter...for more, click here.

Phillips has committed to play college baseball at the Citadel.

 
 
Linc Powell
Laurence-Manning

Powell (pictured right) has been well schooled on the fundamentals of pitching and displays great composure on the hill. Solid frame and...for more, click here.

Powell has committed to play college baseball for the College of Charleston.

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Matthew Quarles  Emerald 

Matthew Quarles, 3B – Quarles is a tall, solidly built third baseman. Showed some power from the right hand side. With improved footwork in the field, he can be a solid performer at...for more, click here.

Quarles has committed to play college baseball at Furman University.

 
Josh Reagan
Lexington

Reagan attended the first JrDP Evaluation Clinic in December 2007...for more, click here.

Reagan has committed to play college baseball at the College of Charleson.

 
Adam Renwick Dorman

Adam Renwick, SS - Renwick (pictured right) provides the pop in this order, and his reputation is growing fast. An imposing 6'+ shortstop, Renwick is sure to intimidate many with his unusual size, yet impressive skills for a middle infielder. Renwick turns on pitches with ease with his hips and quick hands, reminding us...for more, click here.

Renwick has committed to play college baseball at Clemson University.

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Tyler Rio
Goose Creek

Rio was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as an 8th grader.

Tyler Rio, P/MIF - Good speed & quick reactions, decent glove with a strong arm. Tough out at the plate. Consistent pitcher with...for more, click here.

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Jae Roberts
Hammond

Jae Roberts, 3B - Roberts (pictured left) is a tall, athletic player. At the plate, he has a long powerful swing with great extension that would remind some of former MLB'er Juan Gonzalez. Capable of driving the ball a long way into either gap. Gets down the line and makes aggressive turns, looking to take an extra base. Long strides get him...for more, click here.

Roberts has committed to play college baseball at the University of South Carolina.

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Michael Rochester
Belton-Honea Path

Rochester was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as a middle schooler.

Michael Rochester, RHP/3B/1B - Except for an early blip on the radar screen, Rochester (pictured right) pretty much matched Thornton's performance on Saturday. Unfortunately, he got no offensive support. Retired eleven of the last twelve hitters he faced. Located his fastball which topped out...for more, click here.

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Tripp Rollings
Andrew Jackson
The top of the fifth would see Lancaster extend their lead again. Richard Gardner and Corley Faulkenberry, who had reached on a walk and a single, were driven in by a two RBI double off the bat of Tripp Rollings. Rollings would score...for more, click here.   
Tyler Romanik
Blythewood

Romanik attended the 2008 JrDP Evaluation Clinic.

Tyler Romanik, 1B/3B - Romanik (pictured right) has already found his way onto the high school field at Ridge View High School. Powerful arms and legs. He packs as much pop with the stick as this evaluator has seen at...for more, click here.

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Erven Roper
Wren

Tanner Easterday (2-2, 2B, RBI) and Erv Roper (2-2, 2 RBI’s) had RBI singles in that inning. The Longhorns would reclaim the lead in the top of the second on a bases loaded...for more, click here.

Roper has committed to play college baseball at the College of Charleston.

 
Clark Scolamiero
Greenville

Scolamiero was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight and attended the 2008 JrDP Evaluation Clinic.

Clark Scolamiero, OF - Scolamiero (pictured right) came to the plate three times and reached on all three appearances. A bunt single was sandwiched between a walk and getting hit by a pitch. Left-handed hitter who knows the zone and rarely swings at something outside it, making him the ideal lead-off hitter. Good baserunner with an excellent first step and quick acceleration. Father of the head coach at...for more, click here.

Scolamiero has committed to play college baseball at the University of South Carolina.

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Cody Smiley
Laurens

Smiley was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as a middle schooler. 

Cody Smiley, Laurens Middle, Laurens, 3B – Smiley is a stocky third baseman who reminded me a lot of former Laurens standout Max Greer. He fielded the ball out away from his body with great confidence and showed the calmness and accuracy of a...for more, click here.

 
Cody Smith
Goose Creek

Smith (pictured right) was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as an 8th grader.

JrDP - Do you have a nickname or name your teammates call you?

CS - My teammates call me "Clutch"...for more, click here.

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Kyle Smith
Socastee
Kyle Smith, RHP - Smith throws from a 3/4 arm slot which gave his fastball good downward movement. Sat between 66-68 MPH and topped out at...for more, click here.  
Brandon Stallings
Fox Creek
Brandon Stallings, RHP/3B - Stallings, a North Augusta native, has an excellent arm. While on the mound, he brings his fastball with authority and keeps hitters off balance with...for more, click here.   
Chris Stewart
Boiling Springs
Chris Stewart, C - We have seen Stewart (pictured right) on several occasions over the last 2-3 years and his game continues to progress. Tall, athletic catcher, he showed solid blocking skills in this game. Though transfer and...for more, click here. chris_stewart_2.jpg
Beau Strickland
Pickens

Strickland (pictured right) was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as a 7th grader and attended the 2007 JrDP Evaluation Clinic.

Beau Strickland -Outstanding work ethic. Above average catcher skills, very solid and dependable all around player who hits for average and has good infield skills. Good all around athlete who also...for more, click here.

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Babe Thomas
Wando

Dirk “Babe” Thomas, 2B – Thomas played a solid second base this weekend, turning in a couple of “blue star” plays with the leather.  Puts the ball in play with regularity and...for more, click here.

Thomas has committed to play college baseball at Winthrop University.

 
Cory Thompson
Mauldin

There are many adjectives to describe Cory Thompson as a baseball player. Perhaps the best one, however, is "stud". This player is...for more, click here.

Thompson has committed to play college baseball at the University of South Carolina. 

 
Tyler Thornton
Wade Hampton

Thornton (pictured right) was stellar in going the distance against the Chaos on Saturday. Barely broke a sweat in recording a...for more, click here.

Thornton has committed to play college baseball at the College of Charleston.

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L.T. Tolbert Mauldin
L.T. Tolbert, SS - Tolbert (pictured right) is the most talented player on this team. Seems to have grown a few more inches in the vertical direction over the winter. Just needs to fill out that frame now but that will come with time and when it does, he will look quite the athlete. Still tends to...for more, click here. l.t._tolbert_3.jpg
J.D. Waite
Pinewood Prep

Waite (pictured right) was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight and was recognized as one of the top performers at the 2008 JrDP Evaluation Clinic.

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

JW - Love of the game and the feeling when I make solid contact at the plate. 

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Seth Wall
Georgetown
Seth Wall, C - With a tall, athletic build, Wall was a "wall" behind the plate. Showed good arm strength as he threw a runner out attempting to steal early in the game, and...for more, click here.  
Phillip Watcher
Sumter

Watcher was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as a middle schooler.

Phillip Watcher-RHP/LHH: This Watcher relieved the other one and there was no drop off as he pitched at 57-58. He also has a sweet swing from the left-side and may find his ticket in the future to be his...for more, click here.

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Tyler Weekley
James Island

The Fury showed why they are one of the better AAA teams in the state with a very strong defense throughout and a parade of big, athletic hitters that would make most JV high school coaches in the state do a double take. There is not a lot of relief in the Fury lineup, as pure hitters Michael Perez and Tyler Weekley set the table for...for more, click here.

Weekley has committed to play college baseball at Charleston Southern University. 

 
Brandon White Chapin

Titans pitcher Brandon White threw a lot of strikes and showed great command. White kept the hitters guessing, with good velocity and mixed in a well tuned breaking ball also at times...for more, click here.

 
Eli White
Wren

Eli White, Powdersville Middle, Wren, SS – Slender lead off hitter who makes pitchers throw strikes,White displayed the ability to handle the bat and move runners. Good base runner with...for more, click here.

White has made a commitment to play college baseball at Clemson University.

 
Taylor Widener South Aiken

Widener had the first big hit of the day with a three run blast to dead centerfield. He was 2-2 with a walk in the only game I saw...for more, click here.

Widener has committed to play college baseball at the University of South Carolina. 
 
Alex Williams Blue Ridge
Alex Williams, (SS/2B/C/OF) - Solid utility player with developing skills on defense. Works pitchers very well and will not give in during any at bat. Good potential for...for more, click here.  
Jared Williams
Gilbert

Jared Williams, 2B - "J-Rod" first caught our eye as a nine year old second baseman on the Midland Dixie Youth AAA World Series team four years ago. His coach introduced him to the crowd as "the kid we call ‘money in the bank'." His defense speaks for itself. Jared is quick and...for more, click here.

Williams has committed to play college baseball for the University of South Carolina.

 
Matt Williams
Belton-Honea Path
Matt Williams, SS/RHP - Williams (pictured right) is the son of Steve Williams, varsity head coach at Belton-Honea Path High. His father has taught him the game well. One of the marquee players on this team. Tall, athletic body with fluid actions from the shortstop position. Throws strikes to first base. We clocked his fastball at...for more, click here. matt_williams.jpg
Trace Witt
Boiling Springs
Trace Witt, SS - Witt is a strong player at shortstop for the Bandits. He bats third in their lineup, and he provides a lot of pop and run support from that position. Witt seemed to hit the ball hard every time he stepped to the plate, and he's not one...for more, click here.  
Jonathan Wright
Greenwood

Wright was featured in the Junior Diamond Spotlight as an 8th grader.

Jonathan Wright, SS - Wright (pictured right) emerged as one of the top power bats we have seen in this age division. Both doubles he had were rocketed off his bat. Stocky build. Relaxed and upright in his stance as pitch is delivered. Probably not a shortstop long-term but his bat will get him in...for more, click here.

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G.K. Young
Conway

G.K. Young, 1B/C - This kid is a big strong left handed hitter. In this game he hit two absolute missiles down the right field line. His swing is a little long which causes him to swing and miss a good bit, but when he connects he...for more, click here.

Young has committed to play baseball at Coastal Carolina University.