TUCSON—Junior infielder/righthander Parker Kelly shows intriguing two-way potential just like his older brother, the Cardinals Carson Kelly, who was drafted in the second round in 2012 and an Under Armour All-American in 2011. Although the young Kelly was not at his sharpest on the mound Sunday, his talent was evident.
At 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, Kelly has a large, durable frame, solid build and athleticism. The uncommitted Kelly has broad, square shoulders and strength throughout his frame. His fastball sat 83-86 mph and touched 87 after topping out at 90 last fall. From a full windeup, the Westside High (Portland, Ore.) product creates some behind-head deception and his fastball features arm-side run, sink and groundball potential.
Kelly struggled to throw strikes consistently during his outing, but his athleticism should enable strike-throwing ability with a few mechanical alterations. The 16-year-old threw across his body from an arm slot a tick below three-quarters and worked uphill in his delivery, missing high and arm-side.
He showed feel for a changeup with considerable tumble. Kelly’s breaking ball with three-quarters tilt showed shape but lacked power, as he occasionally struggled to get on top of the pitch. But his breaking ball will likely tighten up significantly considering that his high school team will not begin their season for roughly two more months in Oregon. Both offerings show potential.
A righthanded-hitter, Kelly showed power potential in game action, creating some of the loudest contact of the event on a long flyball to deep left field close to the base of the wall. A well below-average runner, his arm and actions will likely fit at third base, the position Carson has played as a professional although he will move behind the plate.
• Catch-and-throw backstops are always in demand, and Scott Kapers excelled in this facet throughout the event. Kapers posted pop times below 1.90 during evaluations on Saturday, according to scouts. During game action on Sunday, Kapers posted a 1.99 pop time to nail a baserunner at second base. He exhibited quick feet and a quick transfer and his throws showed carry through the second base bag. The athletic 5-foot-10, 170-pound Kapers blocked well during games, deadening six balls in the dirt without allowing a passed ball in the first game on Sunday. The Valparaiso commit hails from Mount Carmel (Ind.) High.
• Junior outfielder Keegan Meyn displayed a well-rounded skillset. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Meyn looks the part in a uniform and has more room to add strength to his solid build. Meyn, who is currently uncommitted, ran the 60-yard-dash in 6.96 seconds, is a good runner underway and has arm strength. The righthanded hitter from Yukon High in Oklahoma City, Okla., had a pair of doubles and added a few steals. His frame and bat speed give him power potential, and he had the fifth-highest exit velocity (98.0 mph) tracked at the Easton hit lab.
• Righthander Austin Havekost had a sub-par outing but showed the talent to be a priority follow for Midwest scouts for the 2015 draft. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Havekost has a large frame and durable build with strength throughout. His velocity sat in the mid-80s throughout his four innings but touched 90 mph early in his outing after bumping 91 last fall. The uncommitted Havekost throws a heavy fastball with sink down in the zone that has groundball potential. A product of Medina (Ohio) High, Havekost had a low-to-mid-70s breaking ball that will need tighter shape. The 17-year-old Havekost has length to his arm action and struggled to repeat his delivery, stay on line to the plate and drive the ball on a downhill plane.
• Kelly’s teammate Nick Blomgren, who is also a junior, had arguably the hardest hit ball of the day on a triple to left-center field. The uncommitted righthanded hitter attends Craig High in Janesville, Wisc., and posted average pop times, according to scouts.
Players ran the 60-yard-dash on Saturday. All the times of or less than 6.80 seconds are listed below. All times are unofficial and were tracked by stopwatches.
Time—Name, Class, Position, High School
6.60- Alex Shaver, 2015, of, George Ranch HS, Sugarland, Texas
6.64- Caleb Kyle, 2015, of, Prestonwood Christian Academy, Plano, Texas
6.66- Chase Knodle, 2014, 2b, Poland (Ohio) Seminary
6.69- Armand Ewusie, 2014, of, Total Education HS, Vancouver, BC
6.69- Jordan Scott, 2015, 2b, Salem HS, Conyers, Ga.
6.70- Daniel Keating, 2014, inf, Gulfport (Miss.) HS
6.71- Tyler Williams, 2015, of, Kellis HS, Glendale, Ariz.
6.71- Christian Thomas, 2015, rhp, Lutheran South Academy, Houston, Texas
6.74- Layton Wolver, 2016, ss, Corsicana (Texas) HS
6.76- Morgan Munguia, 2014, ss, Midland Christian (Texas) HS
6.77- Devin Stueck, 2014, of, Westside, Omaha, Neb.
6.78- Morgan Munguia, 2014, of, Joplin (Mo.) HS
6.78- Hunter Stovall, 2015, 3b, Pelham (Ala.) HS
6.80- Dashawn Keirsey Jr., 2015, of, Helix Charter HS, La Mesa, Calif.
6.80- Dylan Simcik, 2014, of, Holy Ghost Prep, Nexton, Pa.
A group of Easton representatives set up their hit lab for all players. The hit lab uses TrackMan’s military grade 3D Doppler radar system to quantify exit velocity off the bat and launch angle. The eight best exits velocities are listed below.
Exit velocity (mph)—Name, Class, Position, High School
102.0- Deano Looney, 2016, 1b, Butler HS, Matthews, N.C.
100.7- Sid Kumar, 2015, 1b, West Windsor-Plainsboro (N.J.) HS
100.3- Austin Treadwell, 2015, 3b, El Dorado HS, Albuquerque, N.M.
100.0- Lou Costinett, 2014, ss, West Feliciana HS, St. Francisville, La.
98.0- Keegen Meyn, 2015, of, Yukon HS, Oklahoma City, Okla.
98.0- Parker Nielson, 2014, 1b, Wilsonville (Ore.) HS
97.9- Ke’Bryan Hayes- Concordia Lutheran, Tomball, Texas
97.7- Wesley Carson- 2014, c, Marriotts Ridge HS, Marriottsville, Md.