There was so much talent at the World Wood Bat Association World Championships that BP needed four scouts to take it all in.
This past weekend marked the annual occurrence of the largest, and most widely attended, event on the amateur scouting circuit: the World Wood Bat Association World Championship, hosted by Perfect Game USA. While Baseball Prospectus evaluators have attended the event in other capacities through their ties to the game, this was the first (but certainly not the last) year the publication sent an official group of representatives. A four-man team comprised of Dan Evans, Nick Faleris, Joe Hamrahi and Jason Parks took to the fields at the Roger Dean Complex in Jupiter, Florida and returned with some interesting on-field observations which the BP team would like to pass on to you.
Our 2013 draft preview continues with a look at some eligible high school lefties.
Part four of our first draft series takes a look at five left-handed high school arms who made a name for themselves this past summer. The goal of the series is not to cover every name worth knowing for next June, but rather to serve as an introduction to the draft class for those who have not yet begun following the action, and to pool in one place a rundown of some of the top performances over the past three to four months once we start parsing the class in more detail.
Trey Ball | OF/LHP | New Castle HS (New Castle, IN)
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Don't write-off cold weather programs too soon: Pro Scout Day in Milwaukee has turned up some intriguing names for next year's draft.
Pro Scout Day at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been on the calendar of Midwest area scouts for two years now, and it did not disappoint. October 13, 2010, just under two dozen pro scouts attending a joint workout for UW-Milwaukee and UW-Parkside were treated to a pleasant surprise in the form of freshman Josh Uhen (RHP), while simultaneously being reminded just how difficult their job can be at times.
Uhen, an Oshkosh, Wisconsin native, went undrafted in 2010 and reported to UW-Milwaukee to begin his college career. It started with a bang, as Coach Scott Doffek and his staff witnessed a near 5 mph bump in Uhen’s velocity between June and October. At 6-foot-4, 185-pounds, Uhen was always considered a projectable arm with the potential to add velocity as he matured. Few, if any, expected that jump to come so quickly.