Edge Sports Showcases played host at Jackson, Mississippi's Smith-Wills Stadium to over 40 high school baseball players from Mississippi and Tennessee. Check out this article for comments about some of the top players who attended the showcase.
Several junior college coaches as well as a few Major League Baseball scouts were in attendance, evaluating the 41 high school players who participated in the showcase.
One of the most impressive players at the showcase was Loretto (TN) High School Colton Simbeck, a class of 2011 third baseman/righthand pitcher. Colton, who is 6-3, 215-pounder, showed a 85 miles per hour fastball when pitching in the bullpen (he told me after the showcase that he has topped out at 87), 6.87 second 60-yard dash (He ran a 6.68 at the Edge Sports Florence, AL, showcase), and a very good hitting stroke with solid power. The scouts, who seemed to be really interested in him, talked to he and his dad at the conclusion of the showcase. As of now, Memphis, Southern Miss and LSU are his leaders, recruiting-wise.
Another excellent prospect who attended the showcase was Tupelo High School class of 2012 Brayden Owen, a 5-11, 160-pound righthanded pitcher/outfielder who already shows a mid-80s fastball at times. Brayden, if he continues to improve, could end up being one of the top seniors in the state of Mississippi.
Owen is not the only other class of 2012 prospect that impressed at the showcase. Curt Chism, a very projectable 6-3, 150-pound righthanded pitcher from Madison Central High School, showed an 85 miles per hour fastball on the mound.
Clinton High School shortstop/righthand pitcher Patrick Barnes (5-8, 180) attended the showcase. At least one Major League Baseball scout believes he could end up being one of the best prospects in the class of 2011.
The hardest thrower on the mound was class of 2011 righthand pitcher Josh Laxer (6-0, 180) of Madison Central High School. Josh topped out at 90 miles per hour. He is receiving interest from Meridian Community College and Holmes Community College right now, but with his showing at the showcase that could change during the upcoming season.
Ridgeland High School class of 2011 member Nick Johnson showed a good arm from the mound, topping out at 84 miles per hour. The 6-1.5, 190-pound righthand pitcher is one of the top players in his class and is already receiving interest from all three of the D-IA in-state schools - Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
A very intriguing prospect is Murrah High School class of 2012 member Zachary Bird, a lean (6-3, 175) righthand pitcher/infielder. Bird, who is very raw on the mound, topped out at 81 miles per hour during the showcase, but his wide shoulders, long arms and long fingers causes him to be a very projectable talent. While he can play multiple positions, his projectability leads you to believe his future is on the mound.
Of all of the catchers in attendance, Madison Central High School class of 2011 member Connor Goodspeed (R/R, 5-10, 190) showed the best arm with a pop time of 1.98. Connor is a prospect who bears watching the next two seasons.
Ridgeland High School class of 2010 member Stephen Joe (5-10, 175) was just a tick below Connor with a pop time of 1.99. Joe, who throws and hits from the right side, can also play in the outfield and pitch.
Another catcher who had an impressive pop time was Hoover (AL) High School class of 2010 Landen Moore (5-10, 195) who threw down to second in 2.03 seconds. Landen, who is being looked at by Mississippi College, Limpscomb and Birmingham Southern, throws right and hits from both sides of the plate.
A fourth catcher in attendance, Taylor Brocato, a 5-11, 150-pound Vicksburg High School class of 2011 member, had a 1.95 pop time at an earlier Edge Sports Showcase.
Oak Grove High School class of 2010 member Casey Comfort (R/R, 6-0, 180) showed the best outfield arm of the group, clocking 88 miles per hour on the Stalker Gun. He also hit 85 from the mound. Southern Miss, Southeastern Louisiana are showing him the most interest. Another Oak Grove class of 2010 prospect is Scott Weathersby, a 6-1, 170-pounder who throws from the right side. Scott hit 87 miles per hour on the Stalker Gun from the mound and from the outfield. He is receiving the most interest from Southern Miss and Ole Miss.
Class of 2011 member Colby Maner (R/R, 5-11, 185) of Morton High School is a player who bears watching. Colby, who plays third base and pitches, hit 87 miles per hour on the mound on the Stalker Gun.
The best 60 yard dash time was by class of 2010 member Jarrett Jenkins, a 5-7, 170-pound center fielder who plays for Ridgeland High School. He throws right and switch hits.
Evan Pittenger, a class of 2011 member who plays his ball at Lincoln County (TN) High School, showed a good outfield arm, clocking 86 miles per hour on the Stalker Gun. He is 6-0, 165 pounds.
Booneville High School righthander Adam Nichols (5-10, 175), a member of the class of 2012, showed a good arm, hitting 85 miles per hour on the mound.
A player who bears watching is Brandon High School's Casey Echols, a member of the class of 2012, who is the son of former Mississippi State Diamond Dog Tracy Echols. Casey, who hits and throws from the right side, is already 6-2, 175 pounds.
Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing email@example.com.