01/12/2018 - 2018 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament
Sam continues to show as a prospect on the diamond. At 1B, he displays proper footwork around the bag and is a quality receiver. Hands are soft / sure and he showed the ability to pick balls out of the dirt, saving throws. Feet / hands work well together as he gets rid of the baseball quickly with accuracy / carry on his throws. At the plate he shows a squared setup. Hands are quick, generating bat speed through an aggressive swing path. Barrel accuracy is a plus and he has strength in his swing with power showing best to the pull side. On the mound, arm strength has improved as he threw his top velocity to date at 85 mph. Breaking ball displays 10/4 shape with gradual break. Control is outstanding as he attacks hitters and throws strikes with all his pitches. Sam has a lot of potential and will get looks from the collegiate coaches with his baseball abilities, possibly as a two-way guy.
07/05/2017 - Under Armour Firecracker Classic 18U, powered by Baseball Factory's Team One
Sam is a tall, solid 3B/RHP who has a promising future on the diamond. At the plate is where he shows best, displaying tremendous power potential. Hands are quick (92 mph exit velocity) through an aggressive approach. He has strength in his swing and stays inside the ball with power to all fields. Barrel accuracy is a plus with the baseball exploding off the bat when centered. At the event, he was 5 for 8. At 3B, defensive abilities are well above average, displaying smooth / fluid actions. Feet are active as he works around and plays through balls with his body. He moves well laterally and presents soft /sure hands well out front. Hands / feet work well together and he gets rid of the baseball quickly with life, carry, and accuracy on his throws. On the mound, fastball showed a range of 80-82 mph with arm side run. He attacks hitters throwing a lot of strikes, working both sides of the plate. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as more arm strength is gained through a long toss program. Mental makeup is a plus as he has a great attitude, works hard, and he is a student of the game. Sam has the makings of a special type player and will get looks from the collegiate coaches with his baseball abilities.