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JrDP alums at 2015 Palmetto Games

dp palmetto gamesGraduates 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 for the fifth year in a row 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 for 2015, the "Palmetto Games", to be held this coming weekend, August 8-9, in Columbia at the home of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

We at Junior Diamond Prospects weren't sure how this year's list would compare to the numbers for the 2014 event, when we had over 80 players listed, or to those of two, three, four years ago. But, we think even this year's final results were certainly comparable. We have uncovered quite a large group so far during this site's existence, a list this year that includes numerous 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 list for an eye for talent? 

Name High School What JrDP said... Photo
Aaron Adams River Bluff Aaron Adams, 2B - If you looked at Adams physical size, you would question what he is doing hitting in the power spots in the order for one of the premier teams from South Carolina. Has surprising power for someone with such a wiry build. Was told he had five home runs in a...for more, click here.  
Douglas Angeli Dorman Doug Angeli, SS/RHP - Angeli hit homeruns from each side of the dish in the Phillies opening game of the tournament. He also racked up 7 hits on the weekend and...for more, click here. douglas angeli 2
Jack Bahen Summerville In the fifth, the Bulldogs finally got to Alex Guareschi, who had only allowed 3 hits through the first 4 innings. Will Gardinersingled and Bo Gobin was hit by a pitch. One out later, Tommy Wiand’s single drove in both runners. Jack Bahen would triple him in to cut the Spikes lead to...for more, click here.  
Brandon Banks Rock Hill Brandon Banks, C – A strong, quick bat, and unusual speed out of the catcher position all make Banks stand out as a leader on the diamond. Patience at the plate leads to success for “Binky” on most trips and he is a,,,for more, click here.  
Brandon Bass James Island The visiting Shockwave jumped out to a quick start as leadoff hitter Tyler Crouse walked as did Austin WyndhamParker Bass drove in the game's first run with a ground rule double that jumped the center field fence...for more, click here.  
Wilson Beattie Summerville Wilson Beattie, 1B - Beattie is a heads up player and knows how to manufacture runs when needed. Beattie made a nice line drive snag and tag double play at first along with a few picks in the dirt. He was also impressive at the plate as he reached base four times, three of which...for more, click here.  
Grant Bodison Mauldin Grant Bodison, SS - Bodison is another very raw player for the Cubs that has seemed to grasp the mental aspect of the game. He shows signs of quiet, lead-by-example leadership on the field, and his play backs it up. He is solid with the glove at...for more, click here. grant bodison 2 
Blake Brady JL Mann Blake Brady, C/RHP - Brady, who played up in age division this spring with the Greenville Giants, was behind the plate in game one against the Maniacs. Blocked his tail off in the first game and was given plenty of opportunities to...for more, click here. blake brady
Sawyer Bridges Summerville Sawyer Bridges, RHP - Bridges pitched a heck of a game for the Wave. It was one bad inning for the crafty righty that saddled him with the loss. Despite a bad fourth inning, Bridges showed he had some effective stuff. His fastball was not over powering but had good tail that cut back into righties. His fastball clocked in at...for more, click here.  
Colton Byars Gaffney Colt Byars, C - Byars (pictured right) at the very least was co-offensive player of the game (along with Merck). He and Merck combined to drive in four of the Devils eight runs. Swinging from the left side, he laced two ringing doubles, one to each gap. Ringing may not be the perfect descriptive, but our intention is to denote a distinctively different sound when he makes contact. And you don't lose much...for more, click here.
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Rashad Byrd North Augusta Rashad Byrdcontinued the hit parade with a line drive single to left to load the bases. But Hamilton performed some damage control at the point, getting a force at home after...for more, click here.  
Dallas Callahan Byrnes Dallas Callahan, OF - Callahan (pictured right) has teetered on greatness in JrDP's previous viewings of him. Our jury was still out on him as a really, consistent power hitter. But the more we see of him, the more we are convinced that this is one of the best hitters in his age group. He reached base and scored twice in this one. His first hit was a fortunate roller down the third base line that hit the bag. His second at bat was the highlight...for more. click here. dallas callahan 3
Tristen Campbell Cheraw The BP defense took care of the Shockers in the third, managing to get the first batter to ground out to the third baseman. The Shockers clean-up hitter, Tristen Campbell hit a double but then made the...for more, click here.  
Logan Chapman Easley Logan Chapman, RHP/OF – Chapman is filled with upside. Started the championship game on the bump for the Dawgs but was in trouble throughout his three innings of work. Touched 74-75 MPH early in this game and was consistently above 70. Command was...for more, click here. Logan Chapman 
Josh Church Ashley Ridge Josh Church, 3B - Church is an excellent hitter for his age. He can take the ball to any field from the right side of the plate. In his first AB, he roped a liner into left-center. In his next AB he took an 0-2 outside pitch and slammed it to right field. He ended the game going 2 for 3 with two RBI and a...for more, click here.  
Andrew Coker Hartsville The Predators scored the first run of the game in the second inning after their clean-up hitter, Andrew Coker hit a triple to right field. The Predators' catcher, Nic Martin, followed with a...for more, click here.  
Jason Crumley Travelers Rest He walked Silvers to put runners on first and second. A wild pitch moved both runners up a base.Jason Crumley then beat out an infield grounder to second with Carson Barrett scoring to give the Sluggers a 3-2 lead...for more, click here.  
Frankie Edwards Conway Frankie Edwardspitched the final 3 innings for the Stix, closing out the game for a 5-1 victory. His fastball was still touching 54 MPH at the end of this one and it was...for more, click here.  
Evan Estridge Chapin Evan Estridgelined a two out single to left that got Shealy home. Estridge streaked home when White blasted his second consecutive extra base hit, this one a...for more, click here.  
Jared Firmstone Greenville Jared Firmstone, OF - Firmstone just knows how to play the game. He has a great arm from the outfield and a sweet swing. He was also clutch, hitting the home run that put the Elite ahead by 2 late. He was only 1 for 3 today, but he swung the stick well and...for more, click here.
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Nick Fowler Aynor The Crush cut into the lead in the third as Maggio scored his second run of the game, this time on a Cameron Bodge sacrifice fly. They then took the lead in the fourth, plating four runs. The big hit of the inning came on Nick Fowler’s 2 RBI double...for more, click here.  
Patrick Frick JL Mann The Giants got the first run of the game in the top of the first. Patrick Frick, batting in the leadoff spot, singled to short right. Cannon right fielder Mason Edwards came up firing but his throw sailed by first baseman Will Oldham and Frick scurried into...for more, click here.  
Jakob Frishmuth Carolina Forest Coastal Baseball Academy's leadoff batter, Jakob Frishmuth, got things started for his team with a single. It was followed by a bunt by...for more, click here.  
John Gilreath Northwestern The Diamond Devils turned in a solid performance in their final outing of the weekend as John Gilreath hurled three innings of no hit ball on his way to the complete game 7-1 victory...for more, click here.  
Shannon Glover Richland Northeast Shannon Glover - Glover has good raw skills. He displayed power and foot speed, threw 57 MPH from the mound, and seemed to be smiling every time we looked his way. By the end of this season, Glover could be a...for more, click here. shannon glover 2
Rusty Grayson Summerville The meat of the lineup did their job for the Buzzards with Rusty Graysonand Ben Anderson delivering back-to-back RBI-singles before Litchfield recorded an out...for more, click here.  
Josh Gregory Gaffney With the temperature quickly rising, Holliday took the mound in quest of his second pitching victory in this tournament. Devil leadoff hitter,Josh Gregory got around on a Holliday fastball and grounded a...for more, click here.  
Justin Greider Blythewood Justin Greider, SS – This Bucs shortstop, batting in the five hole, drove in runs in nearly every at bat while we were in attendance. Greider had good footwork and...for more, click here.  
Owen Griffith South Aiken Owen Griffith - Oh boy, this kid can play the game. I got really excited the first time that I saw this kid take a ball at shortstop. He did things with his feet naturally that it is hard or impossible to teach to kids as they get older. Griffith has great arm action and strength enough to get me out of my chair just to record a throw across the diamond to first base. His numbers showed what I suspected- he was throwing harder than the pitchers. It was evident by his body language that...for more, click here.  
Hunter Grover Ashley Ridge Hunter Grover, 2B - Grover is your dream second baseman. He's quick, fields the ball smoothly, has range, hits for contact, and is patient at the plate. Grover had an impressive game at the plate as he went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and a RBI. Grover is a tough out. He works the count very well and uses...for more, click here.  
Calev Grubbs White Knoll Calev Grubbs, RHP/CF - Grubbs (pictured right) had an outing on the hill that he probably wants to quickly forget about, going 2 1/3 innings and allowing seven of the eight Astro runs. He relied primarily on a 66-67 MPH fastball (topped out at 68 MPH). Threw an offspeed pitch in the mid-50's but often left it up in the zone and paid the price for those mistakes. But he impressed this evaluator in other areas. Leadoff hitter who crowds the plate from the left side, Grubbs is one...for more, click here. calev grubbs
Cameron Hall Dorman Cameron Hall, RHP – Hall caught our eye on the mound, mixing his pitches well and hitting his spots. Not overpowering, but excellent placement...for more, click here.  
Reid Hardwick Conway Reid HardwickINF Hardwick played all over the infield today, playing on both sides of the diamond, but it was his stick that caught people's eyes today. He was instrumental in the Dawgs' attack all day, smacking a...for more, click here.  
Elijah Henderson Blue Ridge Elijah Henderson, 3B/RHP- Henderson impressed both at the plate and on the mound as the most consistent of the Mavericks. Once on base, he ran well. A multi-skilled player, Henderson is a name that you will read about for...for more, click here. elijah henderson 2
Josh Hernandez AC Flora The Mavericks elected to go with Josh Hernandez as their starting pitcher while the Bobcats countered with their big hard throwing right-hander...for more, click here.  
Jordan Holladay Sumter Jordan HolladayP/INF – Holladay shows some serious potential in all facets of his game. He is dominant on the bump, commanding both a solid fastball and a 12-6 curveball. He can handle the stick too and shows some promising gap to gap power. And he can flash the...for more, click here. jordan holladay
Blake Holliday Belton-Honea Path Blake Holliday, 3B/RHP - It isn't everyday that a pitcher throws a one-hitter and comes away with a loss. Holliday had the dubious honor of that happening to him in the Cats loss to the River Rats. His wildness and lack of offensive support were his ultimate undoing. Command tended to come and go today. But when he is on, he is...for more, click here. blake holliday 6
Tristen Hudson Seneca Tristen Hudson, SS - Even though he produced no eye popping moments, our eyes kept coming back to this young prospect. Hudson has an exceptionally long build for a shortstop. We'd like to see him come more 3/4 or over the top with his throws which are now sidearm at best. Don't know if he pitches...for more, click here.  
Griffin Jester Belton-Honea Path Griffin Jester, RHP/OF – Jester got the starting nod for the Crush in their quarterfinal on Sunday. Turned in three solid innings, never allowing more than one baserunner in any inning. Sat 67-68 MPH with his fastball. Walked only one and you can best describe his performance as...for more, click here. Griffin Jester 4
Blake Jeter JL Mann Blake Jeter, 1B - Jeter is big physically and he also carries a big bat. He routinely deposits balls over the fence and this weekend we saw 2 more, one was...for more, click here. blake jeter 5
Bryar Johnson Carolina Forest Bryar Johnson - Johnson is the power threat of the Cannons. Of the two big hits we witnessed, he blasted one out of the park and earned a ground double on the other. He also spent...for more, click here.  
Thomas Jones Laurens Thomas Jones, CF - Jones hits in the three hole and was one of the few Lightning hitters that looked comfortable against a solid arm. He took pitches in the right situations and really worked the count until he got his pitch to handle. He roams in centerfield, and looks to have...for more, click here. thomas jones 2
Josh Kiser South Aiken The Aiken A's sent Caleb Watkins to the mound and he was pitching effectively until the 3rd inning when ran into some trouble due to some wildness. In his two innings of work he had three strikeouts and gave up one hit. When he came out the A's brought in Josh Kiser and he went the rest of the way, only allowing two hits while recording three strikeouts and...for more, click here.  
Andrew LaFlam Southside Christian Andrew Laflam, RHP - Laflam was the victim of some less than average support from the players positioned behind him. Yielded only one earned run in turning in a complete game performance against the Scream. Repertoire includes a 50-51 MPH fastball and a bender at 43-45 MPH. Lanky right-hander showed his...for more, click here. andrew laflam 2
Bryce Leasure JL Mann Bryce Leasure, C - This was our first viewing of Leasure (pictured left) and he caught our eye with an impact performance in this game. Spanked the ball in all three trips to the plate from the left side, coming away with a couple of hits that easily...for more, click here. bryce leasure 3
Drake McConnell Pendleton Drake McConnell, LHP/OF - McConnell is big and tall with plenty of room to fill out. He had a good game at the plate, barrelling up several balls and would have been mentioned here for that performance alone. He locked up the mention when he took the mound for an inning in relief. Ran the gun up to 73 MPH from a Randy Johnson-esque arm delivery. All of his heaters in this one inning of relief were...for more, click here.  
Chase McCroskey Wren Chase McCroskey, 3B - McCroskey is big, strong and durable. Physically blessed right now at over 6 feet tall as a 13 year old, he definitely looked right at home at the hot corner of this regulation field. Tends to drop down to the side to make his throws across which gives some...for more, click here. chase mccroskey 7
Walker McDowell River Bluff Walker McDowellSS – McDowell was by far the best shortstop in the tournament. He made a play on every ball hit near him. In the one game against the Vipers, McDowell had a sweet backhand, a well turned double play, and a tremendous throw on the run. His plus arm allows him to make every...for more, click here.  
Mitchell Mikes JL Mann Longhorn coach Travis Lanier had seen enough of his starting pitcher at that point and handed the ball to left-handerMitchell Mikes. Mikes would get out of the inning when Scott Hutto lined into a...for more, click here. Mitchell Mikes
Eric Miles Buford Eric Miles (P) -  Miles also took the mound for the Heat and didn't disappoint. His fastball came in consistently at 55 MPH but recorded several pitches at 57 MPH. With that speed/velocity at this level he is projectable if he can...for more, click here.  
Parker Neff Travelers Rest Parker Neff, SS - Neff swings a big stick as the lead-off hitter for the Hurricanes. He has some nice power to drive in runs. Bats from the left side and sees a lot of pitches...for more, click here. Parker Neff
Patrick Orlando Carolina Forest Patrick Orlando, 2B - Had a nice day at the plate, going 1-2 with a double and two RBI, but it was his aggressiveness on the base paths that stood out to us. After hitting his double and stealing third, Orlando took matters into his own hands and...for more, click here.
 
Rasesh Pandya Mauldin Rasesh PandyaP/OF – Pandya did it all for West End this weekend. He pitched a complete game against the solid hitting Mustangs, only giving up two runs. He does a great job releasing the ball out in front of his body. He was able to command multiple pitches. This allowed him to keep batters off...for more, click here.   
James Parker TL Hanna James Parker, SS – If I were a betting man, I would give you pretty good odds that James Parker (pictured right) will be a D1 player someday. Shows a skill set right now that projects to that kind of level. Lean, athletic body type. Fielding actions are very advanced and his throws are money in the...for more, click here. james parker 3
Stone Pellegrino Dorman Stone Pellegrino, SS - Pellegrino also turned in a solid game for the Storm. He went 1-3 and scored a run. Pellegrino has good size and build for the game. He is a solid right-handed hitter with good power. He showed a strong...for more, click here.  
Trey Polewski South Aiken Trey Polewski, SS - Polewski is a sparkplug for the Panthers out of the lead-off spot and an impressive, smooth-fielding shortstop. Despite a smallish build, Polewski handles the bat well and showed surprising pop with his short, quick, compact stroke when he lined a double over the head of the center fielder in the fourth inning of Saturday's win over the Belvedere Red Sox. Defensively, Polewski showed...for more, click here.  
Bobo Roberts Greer Bobo Roberts, C/2B - Roberts (pictured left) is a solid all-around player with some polished tools. Any coach would feel comfortable playing him at catcher (solid receiving skills), second base, or most any other position on the field. Pitched an inning when the game was...for more, click here.
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Dax Roper Belton-Honea Path Dax Roper, Extra-Hitter/1B - You know this kid can play the game before you even watch him. Why? His Dad, Chad Roper, was a second round draft pick in the MLB Draft back in 1992. With that being said, his appearance was bittersweet today. Roper hit an opposite field rocket off...for more, click here.  
Colin Santiago Chapin Team Impact took the field as the home team in this contest, sending right-hander Mason Streater to the mound to face the powerful A's lineup. Colin Santiago led off the game with a bad-hop single to short. He stole second and moved to third on a groundout to second by...for more, click here.  
Joe Satterfield JL Mann Joe Satterfield, SS - Satterfield isn't going to "Wow!" you but he has some solid tools. Nifty little middle infielder who sucks up ground balls with the best of them and makes it look effortless. Satterfield just impresses you with how he...for more, click here.  
McClendon Sears Wilson Hall McLendon Sears got the call for Sumter National and he did not leave the mound until the game had ended and he had pitched a no-hitter. Not only did Sumter enjoy an 8-0 victory, but Sears got a...for more, click here.  
TJ Shook Dutch Fork TJ Shook P– Shook has a tall and lanky frame that helps him tremendously when he pitches. He quickly got in a rhythm in this game and went to work on the Canes batters. Shook has an effortless delivery and the ball just seems to jump out of his hand. His fastball had great velocity and tons of run. Shook complements his fastball with...for more, click here.  
Carson Spiers Greenville Carson Spiers, SS - Son of former Clemson standout Michael Spiers, Carson is another good player in the Spiers' family tree. Spiers (pictured right) seems to have a good head on the field, always making good decisions, both offensively and defensively. He takes control of the infield, as a good...for more, click here. carson spiers
Luke Stageberg Riverside LukeStageberg then walked, which forced Skinner (22 BF, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 HP) out of the game. After Jensen scored on a passed ball, Taylor Patterson would squeeze in Stageberg to provide that extra...for more, click here.  
Jack Stamler JL Mann Jack Stamler, LHP/1B - Stamler was solid off the mound today. With good size and a well built frame, he looks to be a power arm in his career. He pounded the zone in this whole appearance. His fastball had some tail to it and...for more, click here.  
Alex Stennett Nation Ford Alex Stennett, SS/RHP- Stennett led the Reds in hits with 6 and also scored 5 runs on the weekend. He is a fast runner who bats from the left side and that makes him a tough out when he...for more, click here.  
Ryan Stoudemire Mid-Carolina Ryan Stoudemire, RHP - It's hard to say whether Stoudemire is better at the plate or on the hill...because he is outstanding at both. At 65 MPH, his fastball is an intimidating pitch for 11 year old hitters to see from 50 feet. His variety of off speed pitches also provide him with some effective out pitches. He supplies himself a...for more, click here. ryan stoudemire
Mason Streater Byrnes Mason Streater - Streater is a very good two-way player. He looked very good in the field for the Stars at shortstop, making a few very difficult plays look easy during the two games. He is a big, tall shortstop; kind of a Troy Tulowitzki type. He has the best and most productive swing on the team as well, with good...for more, click here. mason streater 2
Brandon Tillmon River Bluff That began what turned into a huge scoring inning for the Elite. A walk and a single would load the bases for Brandon Tillman and he delivered with a bases-clearing double to the right center gap. But they weren't...for more, click here. brandon tillmon
Brock Tobin Summerville Brock Tobin, 3B/RHP - Like Chesser, Tobin did a masterful job on the mound for the Bulldogs, picking up a win while shutting down the opposition. His bat was also pivotal to his team's success in this tournament. He was...for more, click here.  
Sterling Turmon Eastside Sterling Turmon, 2B/SS - Turmon had a part in both Crush runs, scoring one in the first and driving the other home in the third. Swings from the left side and has a frame that should fill out well in time. Defensive and offensive skills are a...for more, click here.  
Malcolm Van Buren Hanahan Malcolm Van Buren, P – Big, tall kid who throws hard off the mound and has a really effective slider. He needs to have more confidence and trust in the slider – it’s a good pitch! Van Buren runs well and has a quick bat. You should hear...for more, click here.  
Bryson Ward Gaffney Bryson Ward, seventh grade, P - Ward (pictured right) is an outstanding talent who you can tell is well coached. He does the little things most 12-year olds just do not do. He stretched thoroughly before the game, did not show his "stuff" until late in the game, and actually pitched rather than...for more, click here. bryson ward
Caleb Watkins Gilbert Caleb Watkins, P/IF - Watkins was locating well early in this game, hitting the corners over and over again. In the 3rd he was just barely missing his spots. He was also 3 for 3 today with...for more, click here.  
Tyler White Chapin The A's, looking sharp in their powder blue, sent Tyler White to the mound, while the Scream looked to get a win out of Justin Brooks. The winner of this game would meet the winner of the SC Wolves vs. Simpsonville Longhorns semi-final game in the championship...for more, click here.  
Davis Wilber Wando Davis Wilber, P/IF - At 10 years old you wouldn't think any pitcher would have a good curve ball, but this kid has a really good one. He probably should wait a couple more years to start throwing it and stick to...for more, click here.  
Nicholas Williams North Augusta Trailing 1-0, the Stingers got on track in the fourth. With two outs, Nicholas Wilsondrew a walk and Nicholas Williams smacked a 2-run homerun that hit the top of the fence on its way out of the park...for more, click here. nicholas williams 
Chase Williamson Lexington Chase Williamson, LHP/1B - This was our first viewing of Chase Williamson (pictured left). He quickly showed us an electric arm, already sitting in the mid-70's with his leather popping heater as a 13 year old. Similar build to Reynolds, though he is several inches taller. The one negative we have to say about this lefty from the Midlands is that he didn't show the Cubs Select team anything but...for more, click here. chase williamson 5
Jake Wright Chester Dupree Hart followed with a single and Weston King got one in on an error. Jake Wright then clubbed a 2 RBI double to give the Reds a 5-2 lead...for more, click here.  
Drew Yniesta Fort Dorchester Drew Yniesta, C - Yniesta is a smaller version of Case, at least offensively. Quick hands with some pop from a compact swing. We have seen him play third and in the outfield and it's not because the coaches are trying to hide him defensively. Today was the first time we have seen him behind the dish but didn't appear to be a...for more, click here. Drew Yniesta 4