11/18/2022 - 2022 Baseball Factory Fall Prospects Tournament (HS)
James is a shortstop in the graduating class of 2023. He shows off an athletic frame that still has room to fill out with continued development. At SS, he starts with an active prep step and continues his active feet throughout the fielding process. Does a good job fielding the ball out front and shows very soft hands. This right-handed hitter starts in a comfortable and athletic stance. Shows a good load and stride that allows him to hit from a constant launch position. Showed aggressive actions at the plate and the intent to do damage. James is a good kid with a bright future on the diamond.
07/10/2022 - Cape Cod Select Training & Competition (HS)
James is a 2023 SS who showed well during the Cape Cod Training and Competition. At SS, defensive abilities are solid as he displays athletic actions with ability to finish plays. Fields from a square fielding position, with hands out front, and has a clean transfer. Throws are accurate with backspin across the diamond and an arm velocity of 76mph. Showed good footwork on his DP pivots. At the plate, he hits from an athletic and even stance. He showed ability to get on-plane and keep barrel in the zone for a extended time. He hit balls to the pull side with a bat exit velocity up to 82mph. With 2 years of continued growth and development, we see this 2-way prospect making huge strides on the baseball field.
03/20/2022 - National Evaluation and Tryout - Greensboro, NC
James posted his fastest 60 to date at 7.33 and showed defensive upgrades during his workout in Greensboro. At SS, James covers ground well through efficient footwork. He has a good backhand, a quick/clean exchange, and throws with accuracy and direction across the diamond. At the plate, this RHH has an open stance, good balance, and a direct barrel. He has a level swing path and taps into some lower 1/2.
01/23/2022 - All-In Membership - Myrtle Beach, SC
James continues to shine on the diamond with improvements in his baseball abilities. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date, now a 7.37 runner. At SS, he displays smooth / fluid actions. Feet are aggressive as he works around but needs to play through balls more with his body. Glove action is clean but needs to present earlier and more out front. He moves well laterally with range improving as he increases foot quickness. Throws are accurate and gets rid of the baseball but will benefit by building more arm strength through a long toss program. At the plate, hitting / power potential have improved through a squared setup. Hands are quick and work through an aggressive swing path. He makes consistent contact through a line drive approach with power showing best to the pull side. Power will increase as he utilizes his lower half more efficiently.
10/17/2020 - Fall Pro Training Experience - NC (HS)
James is a MIF prospect who worked hard on his skills during the Fall Pro Training Experience. In the field, James shows active footwork and is agile moving to the ball. He gets into an athletic position and fields with sure hands. He has a clean exchange and gets rid of the ball quickly, working to keep his throws accurate to his target. Loosening his arm action can help James make more accurate throws. At the plate, this RHH sets up in a crouched stance and takes a controlled stride. He works through a short swing and drives the ball into the gaps. James can improve his timing at the plate by being more controlled getting into his load. Overall, James is a developing prospect who has the potential to further progress his skills on the field.