The Scouting Trail: Week TwoProspects
David Seifert spent the last decade working as an area scout and a crosschecker with the Philadelphia Phillies. Now he’s beating the bushes on the scouting trail for D1Baseball and Prep Baseball Report. Here’s his breakdown of the top talent on display in Louisiana this past weekend, along with some other first-hand accounts provided by the D1Baseball/PBR prospects team.
It was a big weekend in the Bayou state, with Connecticut and lefty Tim Cate visiting Southeastern Louisiana, Iowa with slugging outfielder Robert Neustrom at the ALLSTATE Sugar Bowl Baseball Classic and No. 22 LSU hosting No. 23 Texas. It was a great opportunity to potentially see 10 of our Top 100 Prospects, as well as many other top draft prospects for future drafts. It was also a chance to watch a game at Alex Box Stadium for the first time in all my years of playing, coaching and scouting college baseball. Yes, Tiger fans, it’s true. I had never been to your amazing stadium. It’s now my second favorite college ballpark.
Iowa vs. Virginia Tech
Game One of my travels this week took me to the University of New Orleans to watch Iowa battle Virginia Tech. It was a well played game with the winning run scoring on a tricky hop grounder off the Hokie third baseman’s glove in the bottom of the 10th, resulting in a 2-1 Hawkeye win. Here’s what I saw in my one game look.
Top 100 Prospects
#74 Robert Neustrom, 6’3/210, L/L, Junior, OF, Iowa – Strong bodied right fielder with a well rounded toolset. Showed an average arm with good accuracy and average defensive abilities; dependable, caught what he got to and threw to the right base. Average runner underway, below average down the line. Showed an open, slightly squatty stance with a rotational swing. His timing looked off at the plate, letting the ball travel too deep and spinning to hit…too much “squish the bug” with the back foot instead of a more forward weight shift. Also casted his hands a bit, could better connect them to his shoulder to start his swing. Did not see batting practice on this day, but have seen plus raw power to his pull side in the past. Good bat strength with average bat speed. Overall, a college bat who has hit his entire college career, including summer baseball and the Cape Cod League.