01/18/2019 - Baseball Factory Spring Training in Arizona (Ages 14-18) Sam 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, pop times have improved as he threw his lowest time to date at 2.13 with accuracy on his throws. Hands / feet work well together as he gets rid of the baseball quickly with zip on his throws. Times will continue to drop as he builds more arm strength through a long toss. He shows a solid setup and presents a low target. He utilizes his body well through the blocking process, centering balls out front. At the plate, hitting abilities have improved through an open setup. He has fluid rhythm while getting good hand separation. Hands are quick (80 mph exit velocity) and work through a level swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields and shows a feel for the barrel through a line drive approach. Power will continue to increase as he utilizes his lower half more efficiently. At the event, he was 2 for 4. Mental makeup is a plus as he is very coachable and works hard to be the best player he can be.