03/20/2021 - Official College Recruiting Membership - East Hampton (Hartford), CT
Derek is a class of 2022 catcher prospect. He has a physical frame and good build that fits the position. Shows great foot speed for a catcher running a 7.13 60 yard sprint. Behind the plate, he shows tons of athleticism. Has a very strong arm that was up to 88mph. Quick exchange and good footwork led to 2.00 pop times. Did a good job receiving all pitches. Got his thumb underneath the low pitch. Did a good job blocking balls on both sides of his body. At the plate, he has a good setup and load. Quiet head that tracks the ball into the barrel. Does a good job keeping his weight in the center of his body. Direct swing plane. Works gap-to-gap for power. Exit velo up to 91mph. Derek is a very talented prospect that will have the opportunity to play at the next level.
09/13/2020 - National Evaluation and Tryout - Troy (Albany), NY
Derek is a pure catch and throw backstop who has a promising future on the diamond. Behind the dish, he presents a soft/sure mitt showing great pocket awareness sticking pitches. Quick lateral movements allow him to center/deaden pitches in the dirt off of a soft chest. Runners will not want to test his cannon for an arm (86 mph velocity) with impressive pop times of 2.00. At the plate, he shows an open setup with rhythm. Hands are quick and work through an aggressive swing path. He makes consistent contact through a line drive approach with power showing best to the pull side. Power will increase as he utilizes his lower half more efficiently.
01/17/2020 - 2020 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament
Derek is an athletic C/3B prospect who showed well at the Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament. Behind the plate, Derek sits in an athletic stance and tracks the ball into his glove well. He replaces his feet to throw and keeps his throws on the proper side of the 2B bag. He is efficient moving to block and centers the ball in the middle of his body. At the plate, this RHH sets up in a crouched stance and takes a soft stride. He gets into a simple load and takes a compact swing, leading to solid line drives. Overall, Derek is a talented prospect who should find success going into his sophomore season.
10/13/2019 - National Tryout Plus - Springfield, MA
Derek is a talented and athletic C/3B that will graduate in 2022. Behind the plate Derek shows active footwork with agile range blocking the ball at an advanced level. He presents a solid target getting quick exchanges and getting rid of the ball with a short and quick arm action. His release is quick and online to the bag. At the plate, Derek shows a square stance as he loads back and gets his foot down with smooth rhythm. He keeps his balance centered as he rotates against a firm front side creating fast bat speed. His barrel gets to the ball directly making hard contact, especially to the pull side. At 3B, Derek shows fluid and agile footwork getting to the ball on the glove or back hand side. He presents a good glove making quick and clean exchanges and makes accurate throws around the diamond with carry. Overall, Derek is very talented for his age and will continue to progress into a high level player.
01/18/2019 - 2019 Baseball Factory All-America Pre-Season Rookie Tournament
Derek continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date, now an above average runner at 7.28. Behind the plate, he displays a clean transfer/exchange as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. Pop times have improved as he threw his lowest time to date at 2.30 with accuracy on his throws. Times will continue to drop as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. He shows a solid setup and presents a low target. He utilizes his body well through the blocking process, centering balls well out front. At the plate, hitting abilities have improved through an athletic setup. He has fluid rhythm while getting good hand separation. Hands are quick and work through a level swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields and shows a feel for the barrel through a line drive approach.
12/27/2017 - Baseball Factory Winter Classic - Session 2 (Ages 12-14)
Derek is a coachable C/SS prospect who continued to progress during his time at the Baseball Factory Winter Classic. Behind the plate, Derek sets up in a good base and centers the ball in the middle of his chest when blocking. Derek can improve defensively by moving directly towards 2B on his throws. At the plate, this RHH sets up in an open stance and is smooth getting into his load. He comes through with his lower half and produces consistent line drives to all fields. Derek can improve as a hitter by taking a shorter swing to the ball. With four more years to develop, Derek has the time and potential to further progress his skills on the field.
09/04/2017 - Interactive Video Program - Troy (Albany), NY
Derek is a strong, athletic C/SS. Defensively behind the plate, he shows a low/square setup with fluid footwork. He gets rid of the ball with a quick/clean exchange and gains ground on his throws towards his target at 2B with pop times at 2.33. At SS, he takes active cuts/angles as he works into an athletic fielding position on GB's. He funnels the ball with soft hands and makes accurate throws across the infield. With the stick, Derek displays a solid, strong base. He keeps his hands back, lower 1/2 is engaged and consistently drives pitches from gap to gap. Overall abilities in his game will improve with work on the following.
1. Quicker footwork
2. Work around the GB more
3. Arm strength (long toss)
1. Present low target
2. Blocking technique
1. Smoother load
2. Develop rhythm
3. Contact points