11/05/2017 - Interactive Video Program - Vinton (Roanoke), VA Thaxton is a C/RHP who will graduate in 2023. Defensively behind the plate, he shows efficient footwork and tracks pitches well into his mitt. He has a clean exchange and gets rid of the ball with a quick release. On the hill, this righty is a reliever type as he pounds the zone with strikes. He delivers a FB with running action and a CB with an 11-5 break. As a hitter, Thaxton shows a square setup with fluid rhythm to load. He swings on a level path through the zone and consistently drives pitches from gap to gap. Overall abilities in his game will improve with work on the following.
Defense 1. Quick footwork 2. Develop soft hands/stick pitches 3. Arm strength (long toss) Pitching 1. Use more lower 1/2 2. Strong frontside 3. Finish with balance Offense 1. Get more extension 2. Improve bat speed 3. Lower 1/2 drive