MASON, Ohio -- Prasco Park -- just outside of Cincinnati -- played host to Tuesday's Prospect Development Pipeline event, where some of the top Draft prospects in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana and Pennsylvania showcased their skills.The event is a collaborative effort between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball to
MASON, Ohio -- Prasco Park -- just outside of Cincinnati -- played host to Tuesday's Prospect Development Pipeline event, where some of the top Draft prospects in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana and Pennsylvania showcased their skills.
The event is a collaborative effort between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball to establish and identify a player development pathway for amateur ballplayers across the country. It is also put on by East Coast Pro and serves as a tryout for the East Coast Pro summer team. Players went through a multitude of drills at the plate, in the field and on the mound. The day culminated with a little under three hours of live action as the hitter faced live pitching and a full field of defense.
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A host of big league scouts were in attendance for this event. Here are few names that stuck out in their eyes:
Avery Short, LHP
Short is a 2019 prospect out of Indiana who was already on the radar of a lot of scouts. The strong, 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame and four-pitch mix that Short put on display makes him an attractive prospect. He struck out three hitters in live action and sat 87-90 with his fastball that leapt up to 91 mph, complemented by a curveball, slider and a changeup. Short is a University of Indiana commit.
Jack Frank, OF
Frank put on a strong hitting display and was one of the bats that stood out from the group. He is a left-handed hitter who showed good power and good bat speed through the strike zone with the ability to consistently put the bat on the ball. One scout said Frank is everything you'd want a hitter to be. Frank also flashed a solid arm in the outfield. He is a 2019 Michigan State commit.
Solomon Washington, RHP/SS
Washington is a two-way guy in the class of 2019 who impressed on both sides. The right-hander out of Tennessee sat 88-90 and got up to 92 mph with his fastball and showed three pitches on the day. A couple of scouts were also impressed with the batting-practice session he put on and believe he is an interesting two-way prospect who can make an impact on both sides moving forward.
Sam Fulton, RHP
Fulton's a long right-hander who stands at 6-foot-10, 235 pounds. His velocity sat in the mid-80s with the fastball and he flipped over a couple of good breaking balls that froze two hitters for strikeouts. He struck out three of the six hitters he faced in live action, with two ground balls and a hit batter mixed in as well. Fulton is a projection guy who one scout thinks has a chance to really be dominant at the college level when he figures out his body frame. Scouts think his velocity will come with time and that there is a lot to like about the frame of Fulton along with his stuff. He is a Tennessee commit.
Joey Velazquez, OF
Velazquez hammered a triple into the right-center gap during live action and is a bat that a number of scouts were impressed with, mainly due to his strength. He is a strong kid with a quick bat and showed the ability to drive the ball to all fields as well as make good, consistent contact. Velazquez is an exceptional athlete in the outfield and is an Ohio State commit who excelled in football in high school as well.
Luke Wagner, LHP
Wagner is a 2020 prospect who a couple of scouts think will develop into a dominant pitcher at the college level. Wagner threw a lot of strikes and mixed in a curveball and a changeup along with a fastball that sat at 86 mph, a mark that scouts think will increase over the next year. Wagner, who hails from Pennsylvania, is currently committed to Georgia.
Brian Scott Rippee is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.