04/27/2014 - College PREP - Plymouth Meeting (Philadelphia), PA
Simone continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date, now a solid 7.28 runner. He utilizes his quick, athletic feet well in the OF where he has improved his defensive grade. Range is a plus as he moves well laterally and reads balls well off the bat, taking proper routes / angles. Throws are accurate as he gets rid of the balls quickly with carry on his throws. At the plate, he displays quick hands and shows a feel for the barrel with baseball jumping off the bat when centered.
12/08/2012 - Hitting Accelerated Training Weekend (Commuter) (Ages 14-18)
Joseph is a young athletic confident ball player, who displays the ability to hit the baseball hard to all fields. He shows quick hands path with a level swing plane, also he shows the ability to hit through the baseball with good extension through the swing. Joseph has a very smooth set up, and great fluid rhythm during the set up and stride and load, this allows him to get his front foot down on time and square the baseball consistently. One thing Joseph needs to focus on is keeping the hands and the barrel inside the baseball, delivering the barrel to the baseball and not before. He tends to get long and around the baseball, this will cause the barrel to be inaccurate at times.
07/17/2012 - College PREP - Trenton, NJ
Joseph is a young OF that will graduate in 2016. Feet are active as he takes proper routes / angles in tracking down balls in the OF. He needs to be more aggressive and work to get behind balls more to play through with momentum to his target, to continue to improve defensive grades. Throws are accurate but needs to build more arm strength / carry through a long toss program. At the plate, Simone shows a balanced setup with rhythm. Hands are quick, flashing bat speed through a level swing path. He works to stay inside the ball, utilizing all fields. For hitting / power grades to continue to improve, he needs to get stride foot down sooner to work on time and become more consistent. With 4 years to further develop, Joseph has a lot of potential and will catch the eyes of the collegiate coaches with his abilities as he continues to improve.