02/23/2014 - National Tryout - Dayton, OH
Derek continues to work hard and progress in his game. This switch-hitting SS shows a little better from the right side of the plate. He shows a well balanced approach with good rhythm. He delivers the barrel on a short/direct path and drives the ball on a line. Letting the ball travel will help him to use more of the opposite field. At SS, he shows good prep with active footwork. He hustles into a square fielding position, fields the ball cleanly and delivers accurate throws toward his target. Playing through the ball more will help to keeps shoulders in-line and take pressure off of his throwing arm. Only a 2018 grad - Derek has a bright future ahead of him.
02/24/2013 - Interactive Video Program - Dayton, OH
Derek is an average sized, 2-way player who can switch hit. Defensively, Derek has soft hands, his feet are active, and he presents his glove well. He squares up well to the ball, his exchange is clean, and he throws with a short arm action with accuracy to his target. On the mound, Derek has a sound arm action, he works to his balance point well, and he keeps his shoulders level. Offensively, Derek is equally as good from both sides of the plate. He has a tall set-up, good balance, and he makes square contact. He swings a level stick and uses some lower 1/2. Overall abilities can improve with work on the following.
1. Play more through
2. Attack more aggressively
3. Long toss
1. More front side
2. Finish off pitches
1. More lower 1/2
2. Extension through ball