USSSA kicked off one of their marquee events, the USSSA
World Championships, with an ABR Scout Day.
Over 150 prospects came out in order to give the college programs and
professional scouts a preview of what they would see at the tournament.
“The USSSA World Championships Scout Day serves as a great
opportunity for young players to showcase their ability before the tournament
begins. The problem with scouted
tournaments is that there are so many teams it becomes impossible for the
scouts to see all of the players. The
scout day guarantees the exposure to the schools while allowing the colleges to
identify players they would like to actively recruit during the event.” – ABR
Scout DJ Wabick
The World Championships Scout Day saw an abundance of talent
with four players running a sub 6.5 second sixty yard dash which included
Alexander Caldron (6.4), Adam Babcock (6.41), Court Satterfield (6.43) and
Steve Whitaker (6.45).
Position players continued to shine with four different
players throwing 85 mph or above from their respective positions. Infielders Jacob Waters (91mph) and Matthew
Broadheart (85 mph) each showed exceptional arm strength from short, while
outfielders Jose Galindo (89 mph) and Anthony Rios (85 mph) showed plus arm
strength as well.
The camp continued with the catchers which had three
prospects displaying sub 2 second pop times.
The leader of the pack was Brandon Rhea who threw down to second in an
exceptional time of 1.88 seconds. Justin
Garcia (1.97 sec) and Adam Diehl (1.98 sec) also showed collegiate level pop
The day ended with all eyes turned to the pitcher’s
mound. Both Chad Donato (91 mph) and
Ryan Hendrix (90 mph) cracked the all-important 90 mph barrier, while many
other pitchers shined with a mix of command and movement.
“Overall the talent level at the July 22nd Scout
Day was extremely high. Multiple college
coaches have informed me that they are in the process of offering scholarships
to players that they saw at the event –This is a testament to both the coaches
and players that were in attendance.” – ABR representative, DJ Wabick