07/21/2019 - Baseball Factory National World Series at Pirate City - Session 2 (Ages 12-14)
James continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities and has a promising future on the diamond. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date. Behind the plate, feet are active as he works in line through a clean transfer / exchange as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. Pop times have improved as he threw his lowest at 2.30 with accuracy on his throws. Times will continue to drop as he continues to build more arm strength through a long toss program. He shows a squared setup and receives the ball well. He utilizes his body well through the blocking process but needs to get down sooner to improve grade. At the plate, power potential has improved through an open setup with balance. Hands are quick and work through level swing path. He makes consistent hard contact, showing a feel for the barrel with power showing best to the pull side. Mental makeup is a plus as he has a positive attitude and good instincts with plays with a lot of energy.
03/02/2019 - Mid Atlantic Regional Hitting, Pitching & Catching Combined Weekend (Ages 12-14)
James is a coachable C prospect who worked hard on his skills during the Accelerated Training Weekend. Behind the plate, James sits in an athletic primary stance and receives with soft hands. He gets into an athletic secondary stance and gains ground well on his throws. He throws with a quick arm and keeps his throws strong through the 2B bag. James shows efficient footwork and centers the ball when blocking. Making a cleaner exchange can help James improve defensively. At the plate, this RHH sets up in an athletic stance and takes a short stride. He is fluid getting into his load and hits against a strong front side. He takes a level swing with fast bat speed, leading to loud contact and line drives into the gaps. James can improve as a hitter by consistently letting the ball travel deeper into the zone. With four more years to develop, James has the time and potential to further progress his skills on the field.
12/27/2018 - Baseball Factory Winter Classic - Session 2 (Ages 12-14)
James is a coachable C/OF prospect who worked hard on his skills during his time at the Winter Classic. Behind the plate, James sits in a low primary stance and tracks the ball well. He gains ground and makes a two-handed exchange, working to keep his throws accurate to 2B. Increasing his range when blocking can help James improve defensively. At the plate, this RHH sets up in an athletic stance and takes a centered stride. He is fluid getting into a small load and hits from a strong front side. He gets good extension through the ball and rotates his core well, showing pop to his pull side. James can improve as a hitter by consistently keeping his head on the ball. With four more years to develop, James has the time and potential to further progress his skills on the field.
07/17/2018 - Interactive Video Program - Trenton, NJ
James is a thin, 2-way player who catches and plays OF. Behind the plate, James has active feet, he presents his glove well, and he tracks well to the glove. He moves well laterally, keeps it in front when blocking, and throws with consistency and momentum from a short arm action to his target. In the OF, James has active feet, he reads the ball off the bat well, and he plays through properly. He presents his glove well and throws with carry to his target. At the plate, James has a square/athletic set-up, good balance, and a direct path to the ball. He flashes some bat speed and uses his lower body. James can improve overall skills with work on the following.
1. Use body to block
1. Catch at highest point
2. Quicken feet
3. Barrel accuracy