The following scouting reports come from the Wilson Premier East Classic, which took place in Sarasota, Fla. from June 22-June 26. All players are 2018 MLB Draft prospects.
Ethan Hankins | RHP | Team Elite Prime | Forsyth Central High (Cumming, Ga.)
Hankins could be a top 10 pick in next year’s draft. He has prototypical size at 6-foot-6, 200 pounds to go along with advanced command and lethal stuff. Hankins threw a five-inning no-hitter for Team Elite Prime, with his fastball sitting at 92-95 mph throughout the game. He struck out 12 of the 16 batters he faced and showed the ability to locate a sharp mid-70s curveball with three-quarter break.
Will Banfield | C | Team Elite Prime | Brookwood High (Snellville, Ga.)
Banfield is one of the best defensive catchers in the nation. He’s an athletic defender behind the plate with extensive experience catching power arms while coming up through the Team Elite program. Banfield has plus arm strength and consistently throws strikes to second base, even when throwing from his knees. Offensively, he went 5-for-13 at the Wilson Premier East Classic, showing the ability to turn on the ball when hitters attacked him inside, or line the ball to the opposite field gap.
Blake Dockery | RHP | Dirtbags Platinum | Hickory Ridge High (Harrisburg, N.C.)
Dockery showed a quick arm and a lively upper 80s fastball. His fastball showed late life through the zone, with its late sink or arm-side run often inducing poor contact. Dockery also threw a tight-spinning curveball at 72-75. The pitch showed deep 12-to-6 break and was an out pitch for Dockery when he was on top of it.
Parker Meadows | OF | Team Elite Prime | Grayson High (Loganville, Ga.)
All the body clichés apply to Meadows; he’s high-waisted with coathanger-like shoulders and plenty of room to fill out and add strength. Meadows has been working on his swing with Team Elite head coach Brad Bouras, and his adjustments played well in Sarasota; Meadows went 7-for-14 with a home run, a triple and two doubles. He’s a plus runner underway and has a strong arm in the outfield. Meadows is the younger brother of Pirates No. 1 prospect Austin Meadows.
Tim Borden | MIF | Team Elite Prime | Our Lady of Providence High (Clarksville, Ind.)
A middle infielder for Team Elite Prime, Borden showed a compact swing at the plate. He has loose wrists and was able to barrel pitches from gap-to-gap throughout the tournament, going 4-for-12. Borden, a Louisville recruit, has a projectable body with room to fill out and add more strength and power as he develops. He reached first base in 4.3 seconds on a groundout, an average run time from the right side of the plate.
Anthony Seigler | C | Evoshield Canes | Cartersville (Ga.) High
Seigler is an ambidextrous pitcher, but his professional future is behind the plate. He’s an above-average receiver behind the plate, showing the ability to set a low target, block pitches in the dirt and natural instincts gloving pitches in either direction. Seigler has a strong, accurate throwing arm that grades as above-average or better. He’s also a switch-hitter and shows the ability to stay inside the ball and drive it to the opposite field from either side of the plate. Seigler is committed to Auburn.
Isaiah Byars | MIF | Team Elite Prime | Parkview High (Lilburn, Ga.)
Byars can do a little bit of everything. He’s a steady-handed defender in the infield, and he has quick hands in the batter’s box, showing sneaky pull-side power. Byars also runs well, and reached first base in less than 4.3 seconds from the right side on one ground ball at the event. Byars went 4-for-14 with a triple and a double in Sarasota.
Connor Scott | OF/LHP | Orlando Scorpions Prime | Plant High (Tampa)
Scott is a dynamic talent, with a number of ways to impact the game. He has a fluid lefthanded swing, with loose wrists and wiry strength in his 6-foot-4 frame. The Florida recruit is also a significant prospect on the mound. The southpaw threw his fastball at 89-92 at the Wilson Premier event, mixing in a sharp low 80s slider and showing feel for a changeup. He has plenty of room to fill out and add strength as he matures.
Miko Rodriguez | OF | Evoshield Canes | Forest Hills Central High (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
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Rodriguez’s best tools are in the batter’s box. He’s a righthanded hitter with above-average bat speed and natural timing at the plate. Rodriguez covers the plate well, and he’s able to let the ball travel deep into the hitting zone and shoot line drives to the opposite field, or loft the ball to his pull side. Rodriguez hit a clutch home run in the championship game, tying the game in the bottom of the 10th. The Evoshield Canes took advantage of the home run, and went on to win the tournament.