08/03/2015 - Baseball Factory National World Series at Pirate City - Session 2
DJ showed plus mental makeup at the event as he is an absolute team guy with a positive attitude and is very coachable. Foot speed continues to improve as he ran his best 60 time to date, now an above average runner at 7.28. At SS, he utilizes his feet well as he moves well laterally, displaying range. Hands are clean and work on time as he presents well out front. He plays with a lot of energy and has a feel for the game. At the plate, he shows a closed setup with balance. Hands are quick and work inside the ball, utilizing all fields. He makes consistent contact with power numbers improving as he utilizes his lower half more aggressively. At the event, he had an outstanding tournament going 4 for 7 with a 2 2B and 2 BB as shows a great eye and is patient at the plate. A versatile player that can play many position with a bright future on the diamond.
05/03/2015 - National Tryout - Lakewood (Denver), CO
Dennis continues to work hard on his game. Defensively, he shows active footwork and moves athletically into a square fielding position. He has fluid range to his right and left and can pick it cleanly. Exchange is clean with accurate throws to 1B. With the bat, this right shows an open stance with stable/centered balance. He whips the barrel through the zone and has the ability to drive it the other way. More lower 1/2 drive will help to increase power at the plate. This 2017 grad has tools with still a couple of years to develop.
12/27/2014 - Under Armour Baseball Factory Recruiting Classic
DJ showed at SS at the event with a promising future on the diamond as he continues to improve his baseball tools. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date. At the plate, hitting grades have improved through an open / athletic setup. Hands are quick, flashing bat speed as he works to stay inside the ball, utilizing all fields as he shows an aggressive approach. He shows a feel for the barrel, displaying a solid line drive approach. Hitting grade will continue to improve as he works to get stride foot down sooner to work on time. At SS, he moves well laterally, flashing range as he takes proper first step and displays a solid backhand. He works around balls and plays through while presenting hands more out front. Defensive grade will continue to improve as he increases foot quickness. Throws are accurate but needs to build more arm strength through a long toss program and works to get rid of baseball quicker to improve arm grade. Mental makeup is a plus as he has a great attitude, is very coachable and works hard to be the best player he can be.
05/04/2014 - National Tryout - Lakewood (Denver), CO
Dennis continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date, now a 7.69 runner. Defensive grade are now solid as he displays clean / smooth actions. He moves well laterally, showing range in the MIF. Hands / feet works well through the catching / fielding process as he shows off his athletic abilities on his feeds / turns of the double play. Throws are accurate but will benefit by building more arm strength through a long toss program. At the plate, his hitting and power grades have improved as well through a balanced setup. Hands are loose and work through a level swing path, showing late explosion. Power numbers will continue to improve as he stays back and transfers his weight properly through his lower half.
01/17/2014 - Baseball Factory Spring Training in Arizona (Ages 14-18)
Dennis is a young, lean 2B that will graduate in 2017. At 2B, actions are smooth / clean as he plays under control. Feet are active as he works to square balls up, displays clean hands as he makes the routine plays. He shows off his athletic abilities on his feeds / turns of the double play. Defensive grade will continue to improve as he attacks balls more and presents hands more out front. Throws are accurate but needs to build more arm strength through a long toss program. At the plate, he shows a squared / balanced setup. Hands are loose and works through a level swing path. He makes consistent contact and is a good situational hitter. Hitting grades will continue to improve as he works to keep hands inside the ball to utilize all fields. Power numbers will continue to improve as he learns to load more and transfer weight properly through his lower half. At the plate, he was 3 for 8. Mental makeup is a plus as he has a great attitude, is a hard worker, and is very coachable. With 3 years to further develop, Dennis has abilities with time and room to improve.