College Prospect Notebook: Week ThreePremium
Each week, our College Prospect Notebook will highlight and detail some of the most intriguing prospects performances from around the nation. Prospects will be cited based on their significance in the scouting world, as well as how their performance could impact their draft stock moving forward. Players from all draft classes will be discussed, from freshman 2018 draft prospects right on through to this year’s 2016 class.
After each weekend, we will gather insight from professional scouts from around the nation, as well as from coaches and staff first hand accounts. From this, we will bring you the latest on what college baseball has to offer to the future of the professional baseball and draft universe.
Here’s a look at some of the prospects that scouts are talking about after week three of the college baseball season.
• Clarke Schmidt (2017, South Carolina) has as much helium as any arm in the country after an outstanding weekend outing, and he’s not even a 2016 eligible prospect. It was a major matchup in a classic rivalry though, as Clemson took on South Carolina, and in turn, Schmidt got a heavy dose of early scouting attention. The 6-foot-1 righty was outstanding for the Gamecocks, and had the stuff to match his excellent efforts. He pounded the bottom of the zone with a hopping 91-94 mph fastball, which topped as high as 95 with regularity. He has a full fledged four pitch mix and locates like a far more experienced pitcher. His best offering was and has been his late biting 81-83 mph slider, a pitch that scouts are grading at above average. This is a swing and miss offering at the next level.
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