01/13/2017 - Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament
Drake continues to show steady progress in his baseball abilities. Behind the plate, feet are active as he gains ground and works through a clean / transfer exchange as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. Pop times showed in the 2.18 range. Throws display accuracy and on line carry through his target. Hands are soft as he lets the ball travel and tracks well, sticking in the zone. He shows off his athletic abilities through the blocking process with tool improving as he creates better angles to deaden ball. At the plate, he shows an athletic setup. Hands are quick and work through an aggressive swing path. He has strength in his swing and shows great barrel accuracy with power showing best to the pull side.
05/08/2016 - College PREP - Lakewood (Denver), CO
Drake continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities with a promising future on the diamond. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date. At the plate is where he has improved the most, displaying outstanding hitting abilities with tremendous power potential through an athletic setup. Hands are quick (90 mph exit velocity) and work through a level swing path. He uses his strong lower half well and has strength in his swing with baseball exploding off his bat when centered, displaying gap to gap power. Barrel accuracy is a plus as he creates backspin. Behind the plate, pop times showed in the 2.15 range with accuracy and carry to his throws. Receiving / blocking skills show as quality tools that will plays well at the next level. At 3B, he works to square balls up, displaying clean hands. Feet are aggressive as he attacks balls. Presenting hands more out front will aid in improving defensive abilities. Drake has a ton of potential and will catch the eyes of the collegiate coaches with his baseball abilities.
10/01/2014 - Arizona Freshman/Sophomore Fall Classic
Drake showed consistency in his game at the AZ Freshman / Sophomore Fall Classic with Baseball Factory. Defensively behind the dish, he sat low and anticipated down to block. His glove got deep at times to receive but velocity was not high enough to outmatch the inconsistency. In the infield, he made plays with with good ability and threw with accuracy. He will benefit from speed/agility drills and from promoting his hands further in front by bending further with his knees. Offensively, he was aggressive to attack the fastball and demonstrated some pull side pop. He struggled with finding the proper timing / rhythm and needs to continue to work to improve those aspects for harder contact. All in all - Drake is a very polite kid that works hard and has a bright future with more work.
05/04/2014 - National Tryout - Lakewood (Denver), CO
Drake showed as a SS/C at the event but currently projects slightly better behind the plate for the next level but has improved his baseball abilities at both positions. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date but will benefit by continuing to improve foot quickness. Pop times have really improved as he threw his lowest time to date at 2.10 with a means of 2.20. He gets rid of the baseball quickly through a clean transfer / exchange and has improved arm strength showing accuracy with carry into his target. Receiving / blocking skills have improved, now showing as outstanding tools for the next level. At SS, defensive grade have improved as he moves well laterally, flashing range in the MIF. Hands / feet work well together through an aggressive approach. He shows off his athletic abilities on the slow roller play. At the plate, hitting / power grades have improved as well now showing as solid tools through an athletic setup. Hands are quick, flashing bat speed through a level swing path. He shows a feel for the barrel with baseball jumping off the bat when centered. Power numbers will continue to increase as he learns to use his lower half more.
06/27/2013 - California Select Training & Competition (Ages 12-14)
Drake is a strong, athletically built SS/Catcher who has a tremendous upside. At short-stop Drake fields the ball consistently and throws accurately with carry on his ball. Drake will improve quickly with work on his footwork and using his legs more in his fielding position. Catching, Drake flashes a plus arm with good balance and centers the ball well both receiving and blocking. Drake can get better by keeping his head down when blocking and not reaching out as much when receiving. At the plate Drake shows a strong bat with good extension. He uses his lower half well and has gap to gap power potential. Drake can be more consistent by starting more on the balls of his feet and keeping his front-side in giving him better balance. Overall, Drake displays a lot of potential to be a difference maker at the next level. With continued work he could be one to watch.
05/05/2013 - Interactive Video Program - Lakewood (Denver), CO
Drake is a solid and athletic, 2-way player who plays SS and catcher. Behind the plate, Drake has soft hands, quick feet, and he smothers the ball well. He works around the ball, his exchange is quick, and he throws with a short / loose arm action with average strength to his target. In the INF, Drake has active feet, he plays through the ball, and he throws with accuracy and carry to his target. At the plate, Drake has a square set-up, good balance, and fast bat speed. He is short to the ball, he has a level swing, and he finishes his swing well. Overall abilities can improve with work on the following.
1. Widen base
2. Lower target
3. Long toss
1. Body control
2. Sure up hands
1. Loosen grip
2. Lower 1/2