USA Baseball 17U Championships
Hayden continues to show as a prospect on the diamond. He continues to show as an IF and RHP but projects best on the mound at the next level. On the bump, he had a tremendous showing at the event. He attacks hitters, throwing a lot of strikes as he works to get ahead of hitters through a quick tempo. Arm strength has improved as he threw his top velocity to date at 84 mph. Fastball shows good late life. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with late break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup, showing a feel for with sinking action. Off speed stuff show as outstanding pitches that will get outs at the next level. Control is outstanding as he throws strikes with all his pitches, locating to both sides of the plate. At the event, he threw 6 innings, giving up 1 run with 6 K's. He saved a game and started a game, picking up the win. Defensively in the IF, he shows active prep with fluid actions. He works around the GB and through it as he gains ground toward his target. He shows off his athletic abilities on his feeds / turns of the double play and is versatile to play all IF positions. Backhand is smooth with a quick release. At the plate, he continues to shine through a squared setup. He has fluid rhythm while getting good hand separation. Barrel is whipped through the zone (84 mph exit velocity) as he connects with strength. The ball jumps off of his barrel when centered. Mental makeup is a plus as he is a solid team player and works hard to be the best player he can be.
05/12/2019 - National Tryout Plus - Lakewood (Denver), CO
Hayden is an athletic 2B/RHP prospect who continues to showcase his skills on the field. At 2B, Hayden shows fluid footwork and is agile moving to the ball. He gets into an athletic position and fields the ball out in front with soft hands. He makes a clean exchange and gets rid of the ball quickly, keeping his throws accurate and on-line to his target. At the plate, this RHH sets up in a tall stance and takes a short stride. He is smooth getting back into his load and hits against a strong front side. He gets good extension through the ball with fast bat speed, leading to loud contact and gap to gap pop. On the mound, Hayden gathers over the rubber and separates his hands on time. He works with a clean arm and extends through his release, staying inline towards the plate. Hayden shows a three pitch mix with his fastball topping out at 81mph with cutting action. Breaking ball sits from 66-69mph with 11-5 break. Splitter sits from 65-69mph with good downward action. Overall, Hayden is a talented prospect who will be one to follow going into his senior season.
01/18/2019 - 2019 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament
Hayden is an athletic and talented 2019 2-way prospect with tools. At 2B, Hayden is in time with his pre-step, he presents a low/early glove, and fields the ball in front of his body. He creates angles to the ball and throws from multiple arm angles. At the plate, Hayden starts in a crouched stance, he has a middle approach, and identifies the breaking ball early. He gets the barrel flat through the zone, stays balanced through contact, and gets extension through the ball. On the bump, Hayden shows good presence and is aggressive in the zone. He gets balanced over the back leg, separates on time, and rides his back leg toward the plate. His fastball tails down to right handed hitters, his curveball is his out pitch, and he has gets run on the change up. Hayden is a hard worker and we hope to see his progress in the future.
06/15/2018 - USA Baseball 17U Championships
Hayden continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities and has the makings of a special type player at the next level. He did show on the mound for the first time at the event. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date, now an outstanding runner at 6.80. Defensively at 2B, he shows active prep with fluid actions. He works around the GB and through it as he gains ground toward his target. He shows off his athletic abilities on his feeds / turns of the double play. Exchange is clean with strong throws. Backhand is smooth with a quick release. At the plate, hitting abilities are now outstanding through a squared setup. He has fluid rhythm while getting good hand separation. Barrel is whipped through the zone (89 mph exit velocity) as he connects with strength. The ball jumps off of his barrel when centered. On the mound, fastball showed a range of 78-82 mph. Breaking ball displays 10/4 shape with gradual break. Control is solid as he attacks hitters and throws strikes with all his pitches. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. Mental makeup is a plus as he is a solid team player, is very coachable, and works hard to be the best player he can be. With 2 years to further develop, Hayden has the makings to be a solid player and will get looks from the top collegiate coaches as he continues to progress his game.
05/06/2018 - College PREP - Colorado Springs, CO
Hayden is a tall, athletic 2B graduating in 2020. In the field, Hayden uses his active footwork to create angles and make hard to reach plays in the holes. He shows an athletic fielding position, presenting his hands out front and making clean exchanges into his throws. He shows a short arm action (high 3/4 arm slot) to make accurate throws to his targets, using his body's momentum to throw the ball on a line. At the plate, Hayden shows a lot of pull side pop. He displays a tall set up with a square stride and a good load. He shows smooth rhythm, doing a great job of shifting his weight into contact. Hayden has a strong center balance leading with his lower half making consistent contact through a direct swing path. A player with a lot of tools, Hayden could make an impact at the next level with more development to his game.