WWBA Scouting Notes: Top Hitters

WWBA Scouting Notes: Top Hitters

As always, the WWBA World Championship provided numerous highlights that will have the scouting community buzzing going into the spring. Many of those highlights were provided by some of the event's most dynamic hitting talents.

Wesley Jones, SS, East Cobb Baseball

When the MVP of the WWBA World Championship was announced there certainly wasn't much suspense. Jones was completely dominant in Jupiter on both sides of the ball, and even tossed in a solid pitching performance in the final game. Jones had some of the best infield actions of the week, showing off a smooth pivot at shortstop, soft hands, and a cannon of a throwing arm from deep in the hole. Given his size, third base is a likely destination for him as a professional, where he has the chance to be an elite defender. And, the gap power and plus bat speed he showcased this week should allow him to profile well there.

Travis Demeritte, 3B, East Cobb Baseball

Statistically, it was not the best tournament Demeritte has ever had by a long shot. On the other hand, he flashed most of the tools needed to be a very early pick come next June. His plus arm and defensive actions at third base were among the most impressive at the event, and his leadership role on the field couldn't be ignored. Demeritte did struggle with the pitch outside, but showed quick hands inside. He's not a finished product at the plate, but he has a legitimate corner infield profile.

Billy McKinney, OF, Texas Scout Team Yankees

Some players just play well beyond their years, and McKinney is one of those players. Many players at this age show tools, but few show the rounded skill set the way McKinney did in Jupiter. The lefty swinging outfielder showed outstanding athleticism, plus speed and an advanced hit tool.

Austin Meadows, OF, Team Elite

Much is expected of Meadows. Because of his perceived top high school player in the class status, all of his at-bats are scrutinized at these big scouting events. While he didn't dominate the event with his bat, he did show flashes of why scouts have fallen in love with his ability. His power is effortless to middle part of the field, and his plus speed and arm strength make him among the toolsiest players in the class.

Dominic Smith, OF/1B, Yak Baseball

Few players in Jupiter drove the ball to all fields the way the lefty swinging Smith did. He's as comfortable hitting to left as he is to right, and he's doing this with a great deal of authority.

Bryce Harman, 1B, Richmond Braves

The 6-foot-6 Harman continues to surprise scouts with his hit tool. You expect a lefty hitter with his size to have power, which he does, but his ability to shoot the ball to left field and consistently control his bat are even more impressive.

Jon Denney, C, Texas Scout Team Yankees

Entering the week, most of the scouting world knew that Denney was one of the elite power bats of the 2013 draft class. What we learned in Jupiter, however, was that he was going to stick at catcher. He showcased an above average arm, as well as solid receiving skills. Put that with his powerful right-handed bat and good plate discipline and you likely have potential mid-first round pick.

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