The Scouting Trail: Week Seven


David Seifert spent the last decade working as an area scout and crosschecker with the Philadelphia Phillies. Previous to scouting, he spent nine years as a Division I and Junior College baseball coach. Now he’s beating the bushes on the scouting trail for D1Baseball and Prep Baseball Report. This weekend’s stop was Florida to see Tulane at South Florida and Vanderbilt at Florida. After a cold past few weeks on the Scouting Trail, I welcomed the warm, sunny and perfect baseball weather Florida had to offer. My first stop was Tampa to see South Florida against Tulane for a Thursday night game. It was a series opening pitcher’s duel between the Bulls’ electric-armed lefty Shane McClanahan and the Green Wave’s competitive righty, Kaleb Roper. After 29 combined strikeouts between both pitching staffs, Roper and Tulane emerged the victors by a score of 3-2. On Day Two of my trip Mother Nature decided to give me some assistance. Sometimes she can make a scout’s life unpleasant, however on this particular day, she could not have been better. Originally, Stetson’s Logan Gilbert and Florida’s Brady Singer were both scheduled to start in 6:30 p.m. games, the Hatters hosting Bethune-Cookman and the Gators hosting Vanderbilt. However, with a storm moving west to east across north central Florida, the Stetson game was moved up to a 4:30 p.m. start to beat the rainstorm while the Florida game was delayed, eventually beginning at 8:15 p.m. With a two-hour drive between DeLand and Gainesville, this was a perfect opportunity to see both top draft talents. After watching four innings of Gilbert, I raced to Gainesville to lay my eyes on Singer, arriving just a few minutes before game time. Day Three brought beautiful weather, a Noon start to game two of the Florida-Vanderbilt series and a Jackson Kowar vs. Patrick Raby matchup. In less than a 70-hour period, I was able to see four of the top draft-eligible pitchers in the country, as well as several other top position players. Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. As for tools and talent, here’s what I saw:

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