Javier Barragan Ethan Hankins, RHP, Forsyth Central HS, Cumming, GA Arguably the best arm at East Coast Pro, Hankins had a performance that you simply do not forget. The kind of performance that is seared into memory for life, or as one scout put, the kind of a performance of a “Top-10 pick shit.” He was so overpowering, his three innings were quick, striking out his first six batters with a mix of a 70 fastball (97-94), a breaking ball with above-average movement at 78-79, and a promising changeup at 86-88, all from a three-quarters slot. Hankins showed command, a feel for pitching and athleticism in a six-foot-six, 210 frame.
One scout likened his style to the originator of disruption, Luis Tiant. Although he did not show his numbers, like Tiant, Hankins’s style was more 2017 Marcus Stroman, varying his delivery and rhythm with his lead leg. From a modified ready-set delivery, Hankins would either go into his delivery like normal, quick pitch, step back and pause, not bother lifting his front leg opting for all arm, lift and pause…so many different variations. The confidence, dominance, the athleticism…was bad ass. The only drawback from what he showed is the potential for a serious arm injury. Hankins was, at multiple points throughout his outing, all arm.
Even with risk for injury, Hankins is a top arm, a top high school pitcher, and a top talent for the 2018 draft due to his stuff, size, strike-throwing ability and mound presence. Should he continue to perform, hard to say he will be going to his committed school, Vanderbilt.
Kumar Rocker, RHP, North Oconee HS, Watkinsville, GA
Kumar. Rocker. Kumar. Rocker. Kumar. Rocker.
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