Fall Buzz: South Carolina’s Promise
There has been a great deal of attention focused on the South Carolina Gamecocks and perceived shortcomings they might have due to draft losses and injuries heading into 2016, but it seems that the more scouts take a closer look at this squad, the more they seem to see intriguing talent that catches their eye for next year’s June draft. Already piquing the interest of scouts in the coming draft years on the strength of their young bats, South Carolina suddenly is showing off eye opening arms that could help lead its staff and also catch attention as early draft choices in 2016 and 2017.
Leading the way is sophomore righthander Clarke Schmidt, who looks to be on the verge of blossoming into an elite Friday night starter in the conference, already has scouts furiously jotting down notes with their eye toward the 2017 draft. Schmidt worked at 91-94 mph with his fastball this fall, and the 6-foot-1 righty has grown leaps and bounds in terms of his command. He has outstanding sinking action and has proven to have highly advanced command of it to both his glove and arm side. He works from a complicated delivery, but has deception and has done a superb job of learning how to repeat over the last year.
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