Brendan McKay, Louisville

Brendan McKay, Louisville (Louisville photo)


College Prospect Insider: Week 4


Each week throughout the college baseball season, the College Prospect Report will provide updated scouting reports and scouting news on key prospects from around the nation. We’ll cast a wide net, as we examine prospect performances for every type of player, from the 2017 draft eligible star to the intriguing fresh faced freshman on the verge of playing a more pivotal role with a key performance.

Using scouting and coaching resources from around the nation, each week’s report will bring the latest on prospects’ velocity, improvements at the plate, home to first times and all the key aspects of the game on which these players are evaluated throughout the season and the entirely of their college careers. We’ll also weigh in on how their most recent performances could impact their future draft stock as well as their place on their current rosters. This notebook will not touch on every prominent prospect performance each week, but will highlight many of the most notable ones.

Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the latest prospect nuggets from around the world of college baseball during week four.

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– There’s not much that Brendan McKay (Louisville) can do at this point that will shock us. He’s got a firm grasp on the title of best player in college baseball or at least most valuable player in college baseball. He has dominated on the offensive side of the ball and has been equally or more dominant on the mound with his left arm as well. The big lefthander was electric once again on Friday, striking out 15 batters over seven two-hit shutout frames. And he did all that on just 97 pitches. He attacked hitters with a 90-93 mph fastball that topped at 94 and he continues to tighten up his already superb breaking ball. He threw some as hard as 84 mph on Friday and it was consistently a swing and miss offering. The most important part of McKay’s development on the mound is his changeup and he showed further improvement in that department as well, throwing some high quality, well-spotted ones throughout the outing. There is not a more polished commodity in this draft class than McKay.

Lincoln Henzman (Louisville) has the idea mentality for closing out games, and his stuff plays up in the role as well. He worked in relief of McKay, and again in relief of Nick Bennett on Sunday, showing crisp, swing and miss stuff and extra sharp command. He located his 90-92 mph fastball effectively, topping at 93 with late life. He also located a late-diving two-seam changeup down in the zone.

Will Gaddis (Furman) has been battled tested against elite competition, putting together an outstanding summer in the Cape Cod League, but getting to see the Furman ace against a talented Ole Miss lineup was an outstanding setting for professional scouts to see him in. And, he passed the test with flying colors. He was very strong over seven innings of two run baseball, showing an ultra-polished approach. Gaddis had outstanding command of his fastball against the Rebels, working at 90-93 mph in cold conditions. Gaddis is shown for a sharp, big breaking ball but his best pitch in this particular outing was sharp, tight cutter at 84-88 mph. His best weapon, however, was his ability to move his fastball in and out, and up and down at will.

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