08/07/2016 - College PREP - Dublin (Columbus), OH
Dalton is a 2 way player who will graduate in 2019. In the outfield, Dalton takes efficient angles to the ball, making a good first step to work around and through the ball. Long tossing to help with arm strength will be beneficial for him. On the mound, he showed a strong front side and a quick pace, delivering a fastball, changeup and a curveball from a 3/4 arm angle. Offensively, Dalton's middle approach is a product of his still head and abilty to track pitches all the way in. Adding rhythm to his setup/swing will help comfortability at the dish. Dalton is a solid player who has a bright future on the mound and in the outfield.
04/03/2016 - National Tryout Plus - Pittsburgh, PA
Dalton is a R/R MIF who also pitched at his most recent outing. With the bat, this righty has a balanced setup with a strong base. He takes a hack at pitches he likes, connects and hits the ball where it's pitched with the ability to use the entire field. Added power will come as he works to create more extension through contact. Defensively, he has active footwork and moves well around the GB into a square fielding position. He gathers well and has a clean exchange to throw. Working more on the balls of his feet (will help to increase lateral range) along with presenting his glove and fielding the GB more out in front will help to improve his defensive skill-set. On the mound, Dalton works to a controlled balance point and has smooth separation. He stays directional and repeats his delivery well. FB tops out at 70 mph as he throws it for strikes consistently. Breaking ball has 10/4 shape as he works it in and out. Driving off of the rubber more with his lower 1/2 will help to get more into his FB. Only a 2019 grad - Queen has tools with still a lot of time to develop.
09/19/2015 - Hitting Accelerated Training Weekend (Ages 14-18)
Dalton utilizes a square set up at the plate and will benefit from softening his stride as he currently lands heavy and hard on the front foot which throws off balance. Dalton will benefit from activating hands and creating separation in his launch position as opposed to dropping the hands on his pre-pitch actions. Improving the launch position and balance will allow for a shorter and more compact path to the baseball and also allow for more consistent barrel accuracy. Utilizing the lower half in his swing more will improve bat speed resulting in more power as well.
09/12/2015 - Pitching & Catching Accelerated Training Weekend (Ages 14-18)
Dalton worked as a RHP at the Accelerated Training Weekend and showed a quality work ethic and desire to improve. Dalton featured a FB that ranged from 60-68 MPH from a low 3/4 arm slot with some slight, gradual tail. Dalton will benefit from gathering himself more at his balance position in his delivery which will allow him to drive his hips downhill more creating greater power and explosiveness on the mound. Dalton also showed a slider that he threw between 58-60 MPH that had 10-4 shape with medium, gradual break that he was able to throw for strikes. Loosening the arm action and relaxing the arm throughout the delivery will help Dalton have a cleaner release and get more velocity and overall action on both his fastball and slider. Keeping the fingers on top of the baseball and working to drive the ball downhill will also be beneficial to Dalton. A 2019 graduate, Dalton has the hard-working mentality and time to make a number of adjustments that will benefit him on the mound.