Road to Wrigley – Conner Uselton
After starting at quarterback as a freshman at Southmoore High School in Oklahoma City, it seemed Conner Uselton (pronounced Us-el-tun) was on the fast track to big time Division I college football. Already 6-foot-3 with a big arm and the presence to run a no huddle shotgun based offense, it was only a matter of time before we’d be watching him on Saturday afternoons.
However, just as we recently saw with 2015 Under Armour All-American Hunter Bishop, Uselton chose the diamond over the gridiron. Football’s loss is most certainly baseball’s gain — we need athletes like this to play our game, and perhaps we will see more making the same choice with the recent long-term health fears surrounding football.
When we saw Conner most recently at the Under Armour Futures Texas Showcase in November 2015, he stood at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds with athletic cuts and more room to fill out. He came to our event immediately following another workout earlier in the same day, this after traveling from Oklahoma City to the Dallas area.
As a hitter, he showed a balanced, simple approach with rhythm to hit. He has the bat speed and strength to impact the ball with authority, along with instinctual bat to ball skills to move his power from raw to usable. His move is loose through the zone with excellent coordination, such that it appears to come together naturally and with very little effort.
Defensively, he reacted well to the ball off the bat and has the speed and arm strength to play anywhere in the outfield. He likely profiles best in right field, but the max value option of center field will stay on table as long as possible given his five-tool potential.
HOMETOWN: Oklahoma City, OK
ROAD TO WRIGLEY:
1) 2015 Under Armour Baseball Factory Futures Texas Showcase (Plano, TX)
2015 Under Armour Baseball Factory Futures Texas Showcase
— BF Scouting (@BFScout) January 30, 2016