Two Touch 85 mph, Two Run Sub-Seven in Chattanooga, TN
On Sunday, April 12 the Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout Tour rolled through southeastern Tennessee, with a stop at the McCallie School in Chattanooga. The Blue Tornados were TSSAA Division II-AA State Champions in 2014, and boast an AstroTurf infield along with a 6,600 square foot covered hitting pavilion.
Normally runners are on display at a synthetic surface ballpark, but on this day velocity was a bigger part of the story — as a pair of 2015 right-handers topped at 85 mph with their fastballs.
Zack Wilcox (Walker Valley HS – Cleveland, TN) is listed at 6-foot and 160 pounds, and used a quick arm to generate an 83-85 mph fastball. He spun an upper 60s breaking ball with some depth, and showed some feel for a low-to-mid 70s change.
Phil Spargo (Copper Basin HS – Copperhill, TN) worked between 82 and 85 mph with his fastball and featured a sharp low 70s breaking ball with tight 11-to-5 action. He also showed a slightly flatter breaking ball, along with a 69-71 mph change.
2017 OF/RHP Walker Sasser (Harrison HS – Kennesaw, GA) posted 6.81 in the 60 yard dash, easily the best of the day. He has a chance to hit too, mainly thanks to quick hands and a good feel for the barrel. The ball got off his bat at 82 mph, and he showed athletic actions in the outfield to round out a solid overall set of tools.
The only other sub-seven run time was turned in by 2016 SS Jordan Artime (Morristown West – Chattanooga, TN) at 6.96. In September 2014 he posted 6.89, and then in December 2014 he ran 6.90 — giving him a solid history of sub-seven run times in the recent past.
Though he was the youngest catcher in attendance, 2018 C Nathaniel Tate (Coffee County Central HS – Manchester, TN) posted the only sub-two second pop time at 1.98. He also turned in the highest raw velocity, with a mark of 86 mph. He has some ability to work with at the plate, but his arm strength and catch-throw skills are clearly his strength now.
2017 C Jason Avers (Walton HS – Marietta, GA) showed advanced receiving and blocking skills, but was unable to throw due to a tender arm. He sat well and moved with subtle and quiet actions to receive, and showed the body control and athleticism required to range laterally for balls in the dirt. A right-handed hitter, he hit from a balance approach and made a coordinated move with quick hands to the zone and some bat speed through contact.
Other top pop times were turned in by 2015 C Yokito Pinder (Riverside Military Academy – Gainesville, GA) at 2.04, 2016 C Dylan Childress (Flowery Branch HS – Braselton, GA) at 2.06, and 2015 C Brian Oliver Jr. (Walker Valley HS – Cleveland, TN) at 2.12. Oliver showed right-handed raw power, along with above-average receiving and blocking skills.
2017 RHP/3B Chandler Ross (Guntersville HS – Guntersville, AL) posted the highest bat exit velocity at 84 mph. He showed soft, sure hands defensively along with an accurate arm — giving him skills to build on both offensively and defensively.
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