Tools On Display From Division I Commits at Futures Texas
A talented group of thirty players descended on John Paul II High School in Dallas on November 4th for the Baseball Factory Under Armour Futures Texas event. It did not take long to see that this group possessed some loud tools.
The 60-yard dash was the first thing players did, and immediately the group’s athleticism was on full display. More than half of the position players ran a sub-7 time, and five middle infielders finished under 6.7. South Carolina commit and Oklahoma native, Braylen Wimmer posted the fastest time of the day with a blazing 6.58.
Fellow shortstops Braley Hollins (Oklahoma State commit) and Darell Hernaiz (Texas Tech) weren’t far behind at 6.61, with Jaden Woodson (University of Texas) and Armani Sanchez (Oklahoma) both posting a 6.69 time.
Another player who ran a 6.61 in the 60 was Logan Britt (Texas A&M). Britt is a talented young prospect who gets better each time we see him. He has an athletic 6’4”, 205-pound frame, and he uses that leverage to impact the baseball at the plate. Logan’s batting practice was filled with hard line drives that carried deep into the outfield despite not getting very high off the ground. The ball makes a different sound off his bat than most.
Jacob Guerrero (Kansas State) joined Britt as an outfielder who has the ball jump off his bat. Jacob repeats a clean right-handed stroke well with very good barrel accuracy and power to the pull side. After a 6.87 time in the 60 and a quality BP, he had two hits in the game, reacting very well to quality pitching.
Moving back to the infielders, they did more than just run fast. Hollins showed quick-twitch actions throughout the day and played with great energy. His feet and hands worked very well at shortstop, and he has the game instincts to allow them all to play at a high level. His line drive stroke and competitiveness round out a solid total package.
One of the top overall offensive performances of the day was turned in by Texas recruit Brett Baty. He has a smooth, effortless left-handed swing using the entire field well and going 2-3 in game play including a hard-hit double to left-center field.
Woodson played well all over the field, using his athleticism to make plays at SS, second base and center field. His right-handed stroke is loose and natural, and he is a prospect with an extremely high ceiling.
Other middle infielders with quality performances were Hernaiz who laced a double down the left-field line in his first at bat and was sound in all facets of the game including an impressive raw arm velocity of 92 mph. That arm strength was matched by two-way player Chandler Freeman (Dallas Baptist) who did it all at the event. He swung the bat very well in BP, looked good defensively at 3B in the workout and game and was excellent on the mound.
Rounding out the infield group was the smooth-fielding Kameron Guidry (South Carolina commit), and the instinctual Armani Sanchez. Sanchez showed off 94 mph arm strength, and stole home on a pick-off attempt at first base showing outstanding feel for the game to match his high-level tools.
There was a lot to like about these infielders and outfielders from the Futures Texas event, but it doesn’t end there. We’ll take a look at the pitchers and catchers that stood out in our next piece.