Five Tool Podcast
Five Tool Baseball Senior Editor Dustin McComas and Scouting Director Drew Bishop cover the latest in amateur baseball in Texas and offer unique insight into the game they love with help from coaches, scouts and more. On average, two episodes are released each week in which Dustin and Drew discuss happenings around the game of baseball at the high school level all the way up to Major League Baseball. The pair also helped develop Five Tool’s first ever high school player rankings. Titled the Five Tool 55, podcast episodes frequently contain information and content related to the rankings. In addition, the Five Tool Podcast has welcomed several popular guests including college coaches and MLB players. The duo also shares a background from their time with Texas Longhorns baseball.
Episode 77: Back from Area Code… a full upperclass breakdown with SD food, recent commitment talk and more
Drew and Dustin are back from very sunny San Diego and are ready to talk about Area Code. Today’s episode features the two discussing the upperclass event and each player on the Texas Rangers list, highlighting top performers and prospects from the other teams, discussing their favorite food from San Diego and recap the latest flurry of big-time college commitments. Plus, why did they miss Juan Soto’s homer at Petco? Drew has to explain.
The gang is heading west. Drew and Dustin preview their upcoming trip to the Area Code Games in San Diego and Drew shares his story of pitching in the Area Code Games as a high school prospect. The two dissect the two Texas teams competing in the event, discuss some of the huge national names participating, explain is significance and cover the latest in recruiting around the state.
Drew and Dustin highlight some of the standout players and performances from both the Five Tool World Series and Texas Scouts Association Prospects All-Star Game. Did some 2023 pitchers show enough to crack the list during the next Five Tool 55 update? Plus, the duo discusses some of the latest commitments, recruiting stories and more.
Dustin and Drew covered some standouts from the recent Five Tool Academic Showcase in Austin and explained why they believe so strongly in the event and how it works. Plus, the two discussed at length the MLB Draft, players drafted from Texas and what the draft meant for college baseball. Also, the duo talked about some of the latest commitments around the state and some other recruiting news.
Drew and Dustin discuss the final 2022 Five Tool 55 rankings for the state of Texas and go into detail about each player. Plus, who were the toughest players to leave off the list? All that and more.
The AABC Don Mattingly World Series delivered some of the best moments and performances of the summer. It also delivered the summer’s best game, too. Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop recap that, standout moments, top performances and much more.
Dustin McComas is a new #girldad at home with a newborn and toddler, which means Drew Bishop had to carry the podcast this week. He delivered with a ton of observations from the recent Alex Bregman World Series. Plus, the two discussed the College World Series, the Five Tool 55 rankings updates that will soon be released and more
They’ve done it. Drew and Dustin set a record for the number of players mentioned – and still weren’t able to get to everyone without talking for four hours – in this most recent episode, which featured a ton of player discussion after a very successful, competitive, loaded Pudge Rodriguez World Classic (presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors). Plus, Dustin shared some thoughts from the THSBCA All-Star Game.
Dustin and Drew made up for missing last week’s recording with an overload of baseball talk, including: Connie Mack AABC World Series qualifier; Sinton vs. Celina in-person look; Five Tool Houston Regional and SHSU events; Five Tool DISD and Academic Showcases; state champs in Texas have been crowned; and a crazy college baseball postseason.
Eat, sleep and breathe baseball. That’s the Five Tool motto all the time but especially right now. Dustin and Drew recap the high school playoff games (Forney, Frisco Lone Star, The Woodlands, Rockwall, Calallen, Boerne) they saw and also list some standouts from this past weekend’s Five Toll Kickoff event in the DFW area. The guys also give their thoughts about the NCAA Tournament bracket and predict chaos throughout.
Drew and Dustin shared their observations from the playoff games they attended Friday/Saturday, which included Brenham, College Station, Lovejoy, Lone Star, Prosper and Coppell. Plus, the two look ahead to some of the upcoming playoff matchups and examine college baseball’s NCAA Tournament projections.
Drew and Dustin recap the games they saw Thursday (Rockwall vs. Waxahachie and Clark vs. Lake Travis) and look at results across the state. Plus, the two discuss what type of intentional walk is the greater sign of respect and you know they had to discuss the ongoing feud between college football coaches Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher.
The playoffs are in full swing and Dustin and Drew recapped the six games they saw this past week, featuring Smithson Valley, Westlake, Lake Travis, San Antonio Johnson, Georgetown, Floresville, JJ Pearce, Flower Mound Marcus, Rockwall-Heath, Mansfield Lake Ridge, Rockwall and Corsicana. Plus, the two discuss the strategy of going for the one-game playoff or a three- game series.
Dustin and Drew recap their playoff games from the last week, which includes thoughts on Tomball, Bridgeland, Cy Ranch, Klein Cain, Lake Travis, Vandegrift, Rockwall, Coppell, Rowlett, McKinney Boyd and Cleburne. Big-time players show up in big-time moments, and some of the state’s best players are doing exactly that.
At Five Tool, we’re passionate about trying to help players find opportunities to stay in the game. TCS Post Grad director Logan Harrington shares that passion and joined Drew and Dustin to explain their program, which is a great avenue for young players to develop on and off the field, keep playing and try to find that next opportunity.
Episode 62: Jace LaViolette goes off; Lovejoy poised for playoff run; playoffs preview, NFL Draft, more
Dustin has been waiting for a 2022 hitter to have a monster game while he’s in attendance. Jace LaViolette did that. He and Drew recap the games they saw on Friday, preview the upcoming high school playoffs and discuss college baseball, the NFL Draft and more.
The high school baseball regular season is winding down and Dustin and Drew recap the games they saw earlier this week, including Coppell, Flower Mound, Vista Ridge, Round Rock Stony Point, Brandeis and MacArthur. 2023 prospects TJ Pompey and Hank Howard stood out on the mound for Coppell and Jalin Flores looked like a senior who could hear his name called early in the MLB Draft. Speaking of drafts, the two discussed tonight’s NFL Draft, too.
Episode 60: Blanco, Prosper, Allen, Mansfield Legacy, Arlington Martin and some top performances of the season
After a long day of flight delays, Dustin is back from San Diego. He and Drew discussed the games they saw late last week, including Blanco, Mansfield Legacy, Arlington Martin, Allen and Prosper. Plus, the two discuss some of the top performances they’ve seen this season, look back at their college drafts and look ahead to MLB and NFL drafts.
Episode 59: Players moving up the Five Tool. 55 lists; Westlake/Lake Travis; Frisco Reedy/Frisco Liberty
Dustin and Drew recap their trips to see Frisco Liberty vs. Frisco Reedy and Westlake vs. Lake Travis. Also, the duo discusses four players from the 2022 and 2023 classes who need to move up in the Five Tool 55 rankings and four players from the 2024 class who need to be on the first edition of the 2024 Five Tool 55.
Finding really talented uncommitted senior pitchers this time of the year is nearly impossible, but Dustin put eyes on one from Alamo Heights last week. He and Drew Bishop discuss that, Dripping Springs, Brandon Arvidson, Dominick Reid, Frisco Lone Star, Frisco Heritage and more. Plus, Drew has a new favorite pitcher, who is a master of timing and unique looks.
Good enough to win it all? Drew and Dustin pick five teams they’ve seen that they think could win a state title. Plus, Dustin recaps his trip to see Cinco Ranch vs. Katy and the two discuss Clayton Kershaw’s perfect game bid ending after the seventh inning, Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. and more.
We’ve now confirmed that guests of the podcast go on to enjoy success. Bryce Elder is scheduled to make his debut with the Braves tonight, joining the list of former guests enjoying success this season. Drew and Dustin also discuss what they saw late last week, including Rockwall-Heath, Rockwall, Southlake Carroll, Concordia Lutheran, Prosper, St. Pius X and much more.
Drew recaps his trip to see Jack Livingstone throw a no-hitter vs. Rock Hill for Lovejoy, and Dustin shares thoughts from his trip to see Brayden Sharp and The Woodlands versus Conner Bennett and Oak Ridge. Plus, the two discuss the 2023 class as a whole, potential risers in the 2022 class, MLB Opening Day and more.
Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop recap their weekend at Franklin Ranch with Twelve Baseball and S2 Cognition. They again discuss the importance of S2 Cognition’s testing results and also recap trips to see Cedar Hill and OU signee Tavion Vaughns and 2024 Vanderbilt commitment Tristan Bristow (Harlan). Plus, the duo talks Wyatt Wiatrek’s commitment to McLennan, Summer Creek’s Erick Arcay, MLB Opening Day and more.
Drew Bishop discusses getting a look at recent 2023 Texas A&M commitment and Farmersville RHP Cooper Strawn and Dustin recaps his trip to see Summer Creek versus Atascocita, which featured a strong pitching performance and Jayden Duplantier’s plus-plus speed. The duo also discusses the news of Boerne RHP and Arkansas signee Cole Phillips needing Tommy John surgery, college coaches following what parents do on social media, positional flexibility appearing more at the MLB level and more.
Drew recaps a couple of big-time matchups he watched in the DFW area and Dustin shares some thoughts from his Las Vegas trip to participate in the NFBC Main Event. Plus, the duo discusses why district play in high school and conference play in D1 baseball increases the importance of being able to play catch, get outs on time and throw quality strikes.
Drew Bishop and Dustin McComas share their thoughts after watching Hallsville vs. Texas High and Cy Woods vs. Bridgeland. Plus, the two explain the importance for players properly setting up and using their Twitter account and remind players/parents college coaches are barely able to see in-person games this time of the year. Dustin also previews his upcoming Las Vegas trip to participate in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship’s Main Event.
Drew made the long trek to go see top 2022 pitcher Chase Shores and came back with a full report. Plus, he saw Rockwall vs. Rockwall-Heath and more. Dustin wonders if he saw the best 2024 pitcher in Texas this past week and recaps Tomball vs. Tomball Memorial and thanks Jace LaViolette for reassuring him that he’s not a curse. Plus, MLB/NFL free agency, March Madness and more. Oh, food reviews, too!
After a brief hiatus, Drew Bishop and Dustin McComas are back and are ready to talk about baseball after another week of action and another weekend of tournaments. They saw Lake Travis, Round Rock, Sinton, Smithson Valley, Rockwall, Rockwall-Heath, Keller and many more. How good was Blake Mitchell? Tune in.
San Antonio Johnson 2023 right-hander Mason Bixby tossed a one-hitter last night and Dustin was there to see the TCU commit’s performance. Dustin and Drew discuss that, McKinney Body’s talented senior arms showing their stuff, the upcoming schedule of games and more. Plus, Drew is off to Disney World soon and Dustin did some #FiveToolFoodies scouting.
A 2022 right-handed pitcher continues to throw extremely well to begin the season and Drew and Dustin survived the cold to deliver some early-season tournament observations from the past week. The two discuss programs like Prosper, Rock Hill, Lovejoy, San Antonio Johnson, Keller, Brandeis, Copperas Cove, Vista Ridge and more. Plus, they take a look at notable college baseball performances.
Drew and Dustin share scrimmage thoughts on Prosper, Hebron, Lake Travis, Georgetown, Tompkins, Grand Oaks and more. Plus, the two discuss the importance of throwing quality strikes on the mound, what separates good teams at the HS and college level and also give their thoughts on college baseball’s opening weekend.
The Five Tool Podcast duo was again on the road to see scrimmages around Texas. Dustin put eyes on another pitcher who threw 99 MPH and some of the state’s best 2022/2023 players and Drew saw some East Texas talent that might be under the radar. The two saw Smithson Valley, Brandeis, Boerne, Nacogdoches, Whitehouse, Henderson and more. Plus, the two ask an important question: hot or cold sandwiches?
Drew and Dustin share some thoughts about Plano, Rockwall-Heath, Round Rock, Austin Westlake, Clark, Waxahachie, Arlington Martin and more after seeing a lot of scrimmages this past week. Plus, the two discuss the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day and the upcoming week of scrimmages.
The Texas high school baseball season is officially here? Well, kind of. Scrimmages are happening. Drew and Dustin share some thoughts after seeing Prosper, Coppell, Cypress Ranch, Cy-Fair, Tomball Memorial and College Station. Plus, they ask an important question about ballpark concession food.
Episode 24: Texas A&M Recruiting Coordinator Nolan Cain Discusses Recruiting, ‘22 Class, A&M‘s Fall and More
Episode 23: What CFB‘s coaching moves reminds us about baseball recruiting, upcoming 2023 Five Tool 55, more
Episode 21: Signing Class Discussion (ACU, DBU, Houston, Rice, UTSA, Texas State, Sam Houston State, more)
Episode 19: D1Baseball.com‘s Kendall Rogers discusses what he‘s seen this fall, college baseball in the region, more
Episode 17: Mississippi State assistant coach Kyle Cheesebrough discusses national title, recruiting, development and more
Episode 16: Player-led development; finding the right fit; standout 2022/2023s; Texas vs. McLennan and more
Episode 15: Atlanta Braves Minor League Pitcher of the Year, former Texas ace Bryce Elder joins the show
Episode 14: Texas State Recruiting Coordinator Josh Blakley goes in-depth on recruiting, building a team and more
Episode 12: Texas pitching coach/recruiting coordinator Sean Allen discusses recruiting, Longhorns, what he looks for and more
Drew Bishop and Dustin McComas welcomed their first guest to the show. University of Texas pitching coach and recruiting coordinator Sean Allen joined and discussed the recruiting process, what he looks for in players when evaluating, questions he likes to hear from players and parents, the correlation between makeup and winning at the college level and what’s going on with the Longhorns this fall.
Episode 11: Unofficial/official visits; scholarship offer is more than just an offer; critical questions to ask during visits
Fortunate enough to take unofficial or official visits for college baseball? Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop discuss important questions you should ask/consider during your visits, explain the difference between unofficial and official visits and explain why a scholarship offer is so much more than just an offer to play baseball. This is a must-listen episode for players/parents going through the recruiting process.
Ever wondered what the D1 baseball recruiting calendar looks like and how it impacts when a player can be seen and contacted? There is no one better than Drew Bishop to explain and he joins Dustin McComas to explore the calendar, 11.7 scholarships and roster limits, and questions parents and players should be considering or asking during the recruiting process.
Episode 9: #FiveTool55 Follow List Breakdown; MLB postseason showing little things matter; TX/OU predictions
Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop wrap up their #FiveTool55 coverage by highlighting players from the “follow list.” They also discuss the MLB postseason reinforcing the value of the little things like baserunning and defense and give their predictions for this weekend’s Texas-OU football game.
Episode 8: #FiveTool55 Just Missed List; Five Tool Academic at AZFC; recruiting advice for uncommitted 2022s
The duo of Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop is back to highlight the Senior Five Tool Academic Team at the Arizona Fall Classic, recruiting advice for uncommitted 2022s, and a detailed breakdown of the members of the #FiveTool55 “just missed” list.
Episode 7: #FiveTool55 countdown (the TOP 10!); Five Tool Academic team at AZFC; Dustin‘s bad sports weekend
The duo of Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop discuss Drew’s victorious managerial debut as Five Tool Academic’s coach at the Arizona Fall Classic; the college coach presence at the AZFC watching the Academic team; the final 10 players in the #FiveTool55 player countdown; and a bad sports weekend for Dustin.
The #FiveTool55 player countdown continues with Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop. Also, the two discuss notes from the Dodgers Scout Team game at Texas A&M vs. Galveston College and how critical developmental situations are for players. Plus, some brief opinions from the duo on flying and airports.
Senior Editor Dustin McComas and Scouting Director Drew Bishop continue their #FiveTool55 player countdown and breakdowns with Nos. 33-23 on the list. Plus, the duo describes the importance of strong academics in recruiting, on campus in college programs and the Five Tool Academic Team.
The #FiveTool55 countdown continued with players ranked 44-34 on the list, which included some high-upside arms, an intriguing two-way player and some of the state’s best catchers. Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop also discussed the demands and value of two-way players in college, H-E-B developments near Rockwall, grocery shopping and pumpkin muffins. Yes, pumpkin muffins.
Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop begin their countdown of the #FiveTool55 with thoughts on players ranked No. 55-45. They also discuss multi-sport athletes, college strength programs, their own NIL deals, being Uber drivers, college football and more.
Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop were both at Dallas Baptist Wednesday night to watch the Blue Jays Scout Team defeat Panola in a fall exhibition. They discuss who and what stood out from that game; explore where members from the #FiveTool55 are from and where they’re going to play; give thoughts on the baseball recruiting process & even talk some Longhorn football.
Five Tool Baseball is happy to present the first-ever Five Tool Baseball Podcast with co-hosts Dustin McComas (Senior Editor) and Drew Bishop (Scouting Director). New to Five Tool, the duo shares their burnt orange background in baseball, why they moved to Five Tool and what they’ll be doing, and explains in detail the process behind the inaugural Five Tool 55 rankings.