LAKELAND, Fla. — The last day at East Coast Pro saw a lot of scouts and college recruiters trickle out to catch their flights home or to the next event, but those that stuck around were awarded a glimpse of the future.
Clinton Hollon, a 2013 righthander from Woodford County High in Versailles, Ky., took the hill for the A's and showed why he's among the top prospects in his class. He sat 90-94 mph, touching 95, from a relatively easy delivery. He mixed in a curveball that was 77-78. Though inconsistent, it showed potential. He also worked in an 84 changeup and 84 slider.
The slider piqued the interest of scouts behind the plate as it was a sharp swing-and-miss pitch, but Hollon hasn't used it much recently.
"That's my out pitch," Hollon said. "I haven't thrown it in two weeks so I didn't have a real good feel for my offspeed stuff, plus at tournaments I've maybe thrown 20 offspeed pitches all summer. I've thrown the fastball a lot trying to work on command."
Hollon lives just minutes from the University of Kentucky, where is he verbally committed to play in college. He was nervous for his outing after seeing the big arms throw the night before.
"I had a lot of butterflies because I've seen everybody throw," he said. "Lance McCullers, one of the top guys in the nation, he comes outs and throws 100 and still got hit. I was just wanting to show what I've got and get my name out there a little bit."
No, McCullers didn't actually throw 100. He touched triple digits on the stadium gun, which has been wildly inaccurate all week. Hollon is still a year away from being under the scouts' microscope, but looks to be in the same class of the arms that were on display Wednesday.
On a side note, the event will actually be on the move in 2012. It will be hosted by the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium.