Scouting Notes: UA All-American

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The 2018 MLB Draft class is shaping up to be one that could potentially be remembered for its tremendous depth of high school talent. We’ve marveled throughout the summer at the seemingly non-stop barrage of 2018 grads showing off mid-90s fastballs and light tower power, and that display of talent continued on Saturday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The annual Under Armour All-American game once again gathered elite players from around the country and put on an outstanding display of talent for scouts and fans to enjoy.

In a contest that went 11 innings, we saw six different pitchers hit 95 mph or better, including three that topped at 97 mph. It was a day that illustrated again how defined this crop looks to be by its power arms. Not to be outdone, the All-American position players also showcased themselves well, showing off a strong mix of power bats and athleticism.

The Pitchers

Ethan Hankins (2018, rhp, Cumming, Ga. | Committed: Vanderbilt)

Hankins came out firing in the first inning at Wrigley on Saturday, setting the tone for what would be a day loaded with elite velocity. The long, athletic 6-foot-6 righthander has explosive arm speed and worked at 94-97 mph in his one inning of work. He flashed a changeup at 86 and showed improvement on his 77-78 mph slurve-shaped breaking ball.


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