01/13/2017 - Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament
John Michael continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities and has a promising future on the diamond. At the plate, hitting abilities are now outstanding through an athletic setup. He is aggressive with quick hands working through a level swing path. He works to stay inside the ball, utilizing all fields and has strength in his swing with gap to gap pop. In the MIF, he utilizes his quick / athletic feet well in his lateral movements, displaying range. He is aggressive and presents soft / sure hands well out front. Hands / feet work well together as he gets rid of the baseball quickly but will benefit by building more arm strength through a long toss program.
10/23/2016 - College PREP - Peachtree City (Atlanta), GA
John Michael is a talented SS prospect who has a solid build and graduates in 2018. As a right-handed hitter John Michael has square, athletic stance and maintains direction with his stride and a firm front side. He takes a good load with fluid rhythm. John Michael does a nice job staying inside the baseball and getting extension at contact. He squares up the barrel regularly producing hard contact to all field. At SS, John Michael plays with fluid and active footwork. He presents his glove and fields it in an athletic position with a soft glove. John Michael has a quick, clean exchange leading into a short arm action throwing from a high 3/4 slot. He plays with momentum towards his target and has online throws. John Michael has good upside to become an impactful player at the next level.
12/27/2015 - Baseball Factory Christmas Camp & Tournament at Pirate City - Session 2
John Michael is a hardworking, coachable player that loves to compete on the diamond and continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. Defensive abilities at SS are now well above average, showing smooth / fluid actions. He moves well laterally, displaying range and works through a low to high approach. Hands / feet work well together as he gets rid of the baseball quickly with life, accuracy, and on line carry across the diamond. At the plate, he continues to shine through an athletic setup. Hands are quick, generating bat speed as he works to stay inside the ball, utilizing all fields. He has strength in his swing with the baseball coming off his bat differently as he drives the ball to all fields. With 3 years to further develop, John Michael has an upside and projects well as a player for the next level.
10/25/2015 - College PREP - Peachtree City (Atlanta), GA
John Michael is a lean SS that will graduate in 2018 with a promising future on the diamond. At the plate is where he shows best through a squared / athletic setup. Hands are quick, generating bat speed through a level swing path. He has strength in his swing and works to stay inside the ball, utilizing all fields and gap to gap pop. The baseball comes off his bat well when centered. In the MIF, feet are active / aggressive as he attacks balls and plays through well with his body. He moves well laterally and presents sure hands well out front. Defensive grade will continue to improve as he increases foot quickness. Throws are accurate with carry as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. With 3 years to further develop, McRae has the makings of a special type player that will get looks from the top collegiate coaches with his baseball abilities.