The Scouting Trail: Week SixProspects
David Seifert spent the last decade working as an area scout and cross-checker with the Philadelphia Phillies. Previous to scouting, he spent nine years as a Junior College and Division I baseball coach. Now he’s beating the bushes on the scouting trail for D1Baseball and Prep Baseball Report. This weekend’s stop was Lexington, Kentucky for an SEC series between Kentucky and Auburn.
Among several outstanding pitching matchups on Friday night, Casey Mize versus Sean Hjelle stood out as the premier matchup in the country. It took less than 20 minutes to play the first two innings as both pitchers carved up the opposing lineup, mixing pitches with pinpoint control. Neither starter figured into the decision, as the game ended on a walk-off passed ball in the bottom of the ninth and Kentucky celebrated with a 5-4 victory. Saturday’s contest was postponed due to Winter Storm Uma dropping a non-stop rain and snow mix throughout the day. Sunday turned into a doubleheader, with a pair of seven-inning contests; Auburn won the first game 4-3 and Kentucky rolled in the nightcap 13-3.
Mother nature brought cold weather throughout the series, making it a little more difficult to properly evaluate the prospects, hitters especially. The quick-twitch abilities don’t always show to their fullest when it’s cool and windy. As for tools and talent, here’s what I saw: