D-I Commits Nick Allen, Zachary DeLoach Run 6.56, Throw 94
We don’t see very many 6.56 60 yard dashes, and we see even fewer 94 mph raw velocities. In fact, as of this writing, we have on record only 30 lower 60 yard dashes, and just four higher raw velocities. So, as you can see, each on it’s own is rare (not just for us, but in general).
On Sunday, April 10, we saw two players that ran 6.56 in the 60 yard dash AND touch 94 mph raw velocity.
At the Costa Mesa, CA Under Armour Baseball Factory National tryout, 2017 SS Nick Allen (a University of Southern California commit from San Diego) posted the rare combination of speed and arm strength. Remarkably, that isn’t even the most impressive thing he did. Allen is arguably the most talented infield defender in the entire 2017 high school class, offering remarkable catch & throw ability on a wide variety of plays.
Prior to this most recent UA Tryout, we saw him at the Under Armour Futures West Showcase in September 2015. The video clip below is from that event.
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About a year earlier, at the 2014 Under Armour Futures West Showcase, he posted 90 mph raw velocity and ran 6.91. Those were the first numbers we collected from him, and now stand in stark contrast to the current 6.56 60 yard dash and 94 mph raw velocity.
Not to be outdone, 2017 OF Zachary DeLoach (a Texas A&M commit from Lewisville, TX) posted the exact same combination of 6.56 and 94 at the Plano, Texas Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout.
Just as was the case with Nick Allen, we have some history with DeLoach, and it too reveals a strong upward trend.
We first saw him in July 2012, at the Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout in Carrollton, Texas where he was a rising 8th-grader (and the youngest player in that session). He was listed at 6-foot, 155 pounds then, ran 7.11 in the 60 yard dash and posted 76 mph raw velocity.
We wouldn’t see him again until the April 2015 Under Armour Baseball Factory National tryout in Plano, by which time he appeared on the roster at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. He ran 6.78 at that event, good for an improvement of more than three tenths since we last saw him. He did not test in raw velocity in Plano, but he did throw from the outfield during the workout, and carry was noted on his throws along with an above-average arm grade on the Baseball Factory 10-70 Scouting Scale.
Now, one year later and back for another UA Tryout in Plano, DeLoach is listed at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds. His move down to 6.56 marks an overall improvement of more than a half second, while his move up to 94 mph raw velocity represents a remarkable gain of 18 mph since we first saw him. We hadn’t started testing exit velocity in every session in every city by April 2015, but it’s safe to say the 93 mph he posted most recently would represent a solid gain as well.
The lowest 60 yard dash of the weekend came from 2016 OF Jake Sim (San Diego, CA) at 6.49. A left-handed hitter listed at 6-foot, 195 pounds, Sim posted 88 mph raw velocity as part of a well-rounded set of tools.
Among 2017 graduates, OF Joshua Simpson (Allen, TX) and OF Austin Beck (a UNC commit from Arcadia, NC) were right behind Allen and DeLoach at 6.61 and 6.62 respectively.
A 6.57 earned OF/2B Garrett Merryfield (Arlington, TX) a tie for third place among 2018 graduates, while left-handed hitting 2019 OF Luke Roden (Keller, TX) ran 6.75.
94 mph from Nick Allen and Zachary DeLoach earned them spots tied for 2nd among 2017 graduates, while C Joseph Currington (Terrell, TX) posted 84 mph to enter a tie for fourth place among 2019 graduates.
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