Wake Forest's Jared Shuster (Aaron Fitt)


The Scouting Trail: Week Four ACC Opening Weekend


This week The Scouting Trail took me to the Triad of North Carolina for ACC Opening Weekend action with Wake Forest hosting No. 2 Louisville in Winston-Salem and No. 15 Florida State traveling to Durham to take on No. 10 Duke.

Friday’s action was highlighted by a trio of Louisville lefties limiting the Demon Deacon bats to just five hits in the Cardinal’s 4-1 win. Saturday featured a career best effort by Wake Forest lefty Jared Shuster who struck out 13 in 7.1 IP and a walk-off homer from Will Simoneit to even the series at one apiece. And Sunday saw the Cardinals win the series behind a strong pitching performance by senior right-hander Luke Smith and a 14-run offensive attack, led by right fielder Levi Usher who had three hits and two RBI.

Overall, the bats and defense weren’t as sharp as expected, but many of the arms looked to be in mid-season form. As for the tools and talent, here’s what I saw…

Teams scouted:

  • Duke
  • Florida State
  • Louisville
  • Wake Forest
  • Washington

Please note that grades given, such as average, above average, plus, etc. are evaluated on a professional baseball level, not compared to college peers. Day One refers to overall picks 1 through 37. Day Two Rounds 2-10. Day Three Rounds 11-40.


No. 30 Bryce Jarvis, RHP– Featured in Week Three of the Scouting Trail, Jarvis delivered another remarkable outing against Florida State in the ACC series opener. For more, please see Aaron Fitt’s weekend coverage of the Dazzling Transformation of Bryce Jarvis.

Cooper Stinson, RHP (2021)– Ranked No. 147 in our 2021 draft-eligible class, Stinson is an…


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