The Summer Scouting Trail: Grand Park Summer League, Week 1


The summer of 2020 has seen the creation of several new collegiate leagues across the country. One of those is the Grand Park Summer Collegiate League, located just north of Indianapolis. With team names such as the Turf Monsters, Snapping Turtles and Screwballs, the league has plenty of creativity to go along with impressive talent on the field.

With my head on a swivel attempting to watch four games simultaneously, there was plenty of action. One position player who stuck out was catcher Hayden Jones. He was ranked No. 55 overall in the 2018 prep class and is now at Illinois State after transferring from Mississippi State at semester break this past winter. Jones showed a plus arm from his knees, strong receiving skills and the ability to put the bat on the ball. He showed a balanced approach and level swing with above average raw power to all fields. He is sure to attract plenty of scouting attention this fall and next spring as he ascends to the top rounds for the 2021 draft.

Additionally, there were several pitchers who caught my eye on my initial look at the GPSCL, including a couple potential top round talents for 2021 and 2022.

The first Scouting Trail includes players from Louisville, Indiana, Ball State, Butler.

Zach Behrmann, LHP, Indiana (2022)– Long and athletic bodied at 6-foot-6, 200 pounds Behrmann has an easy, downhill delivery. His arm action is loose and clean. He has average arm speed and oozes projection. With that stated, he was challenged to sync up his longs limbs and turn it into a consistent release point. He struggled with the command of his 88-92 mph fastball which spun in the 2000-2200 rpm range. His breaking ball showed promise with solid shape, tight spin (2400+ rpm) and 73-76 mph velo. He also showed an 80 mph changeup which is a work-in-progress. Behrmann graduated early from high school this past December to join the Hoosiers, but did not see action during the shortened spring. He looks to have the potential to one day front the Hoosier rotation and develop into a top round prospect in 2022.


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