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Standouts from Day 1 of Oxford ECP-PDP event

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OXFORD, Ala. - Choccolocco Park was the place to be for many of the top high school baseball players from across Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Georgia on Tuesday as they gathered to display their talents in front of college and Major League scouts at a joint event put on by East Coast Pro and Prospect Development Pipeline. 

Athletes from the classes of 2019-21 underwent an athletic assessment, took batting practice, did infield and outfield drills and, at the end of the day, played a live game to test their skills. The Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) is a collaborative effort between USA Baseball and Major League Baseball to create and identify a player development pathway for amateur baseball players in the United States.

OXFORD, Ala. - Choccolocco Park was the place to be for many of the top high school baseball players from across Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Georgia on Tuesday as they gathered to display their talents in front of college and Major League scouts at a joint event put on by East Coast Pro and Prospect Development Pipeline. :: Complete 2018 Prospect Development Pipeline coverage ::

Athletes from the classes of 2019-21 underwent an athletic assessment, took batting practice, did infield and outfield drills and, at the end of the day, played a live game to test their skills. The Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) is a collaborative effort between USA Baseball and Major League Baseball to create and identify a player development pathway for amateur baseball players in the United States.

Here are some of the players who stood out on the first day of the two-day event:

Kyle Booker, OF/RHP (2020) 

While Booker is officially listed as an outfielder and right-handed pitcher on the event's roster, scouts took more notice in the rising junior's ability as a hitter. With a strong yet compact build, Booker impressed scouts with his balance and strong power in the box, along with quick speed on the base paths. Booker, who attends Desoto Central High School in Southaven, Miss., has many tools scouts are looking for.

James Beard, OF (2019)

Beard left many scouts at the ECP-PDP event doing a double take when he ran his 60-yard dash to open up the afternoon session. Beard posted a 6.21 time, much faster than the next closest time, which was over 6.3. The upcoming senior at Loyd Star High School in Brookhaven, Miss., has an accurate arm in the outfield and can cover a lot of ground, thanks to that speed. But more than just speed, Beard also has power on his side.

Tweet from @MLBPDP: Players showing off their speed in LA at the Breakthrough Series🏃��������� pic.twitter.com/0MQOuMHBqV

Kellum Clark, 3B/1B (2020)

Clark is a dead-pull, corner-infield hitter with plenty of sheer power. Scouts felt that Clark's quick bat and steady eyes in the box could handle the velocity of some of the best pitchers around. If the rising junior can use his junior season to work on hitting balls on the outside corner of the plate, he will become a formidable weapon in the box. Clark's quickness carries over from his bat to his feet on defense. He showed a great deal of athleticism in the live-game portion of the event, diving to his right at first base to snag a hard hit ground ball and prevent it from going into right field.

Hayden Dunhurst, C (2019)

The Ole Miss commit from Pearl River Central High School in Carriere, Miss., gave scouts a show with his strong presence from the left side of the plate. Dunhurst has a smooth swing, but provides sharp power with his hips and legs, anchoring down for an added boost of authority over the ball. However, while scouts came for what they saw in the box, they stayed for his ability behind the plate. Dunhurst's comfort behind the plate is palpable. The rising senior can throw out the fastest of baserunners while also receiving and framing pitches with a steady hand.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: One of the top 2019 #MLBDraft catching prospects in the nation, @OleMissBSB commit Hayden Dunhurst swings away during BP at today's @EastCoastPro1/@MLBPDP event in Oxford, Alabama: https://t.co/hGAeC2wdly pic.twitter.com/GPkjLIzMEY

Brody Drost, OF (2020) 

Drost impressed scouts with his accuracy and velocity on throws from the outfield. The LSU commit also put together a number of strong swings during batting practice and showed his ability to rip through the ball, hitting a sharp line drive between the first and second basemen in the game. But scouts say he still has a lot of untapped potential, and that once he figures out how to get under the ball and lift, he will become an even more talented run producer.

Dylan Ray, 3B/RHP (2020)

Ray left little to be desired in the box during batting practice, hitting the ball with more force than most of the underclassmen. By hiking up his front leg as a trigger, Ray generates pronounced power. Scouts felt that once he gets that specific trigger motion more under control, he will be able to work with a pitcher's breaking ball, which gave him a little trouble in the game. And while the upcoming junior at Bob Jones High School (Madison, Ala.) produces major power in the box, he also brings that power to the mound, throwing his fastball in the low 90s, topping out around 93 mph. He could become a real force on the mound if he works on mastering his breaking ball, which he threw sparingly throughout his appearance Tuesday.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: 2020 #MLBDraft prospect Dylan Ray, an @AlabamaBSB commit, takes some hacks at today's @EastCoastPro1/@MLBPDP event in Oxford, Ala.: https://t.co/hGAeC2wdly pic.twitter.com/rj4yT2Ijkx

The Oxford EDP-PDP event will conclude Wednesday with the game portion's participation being limited to the class of 2019 players.

Tori McElhaney is a reporter for MLB.com.