Recapping the 2D/Five Tool Winter Showcase (January 27)

The 2D / Five Tool Winter Showcase wrapped up on Sunday afternoon with 95 participants.

The players went through a pro-style workout which consisted of throwing from their positions, 60-yard dash and athletic performance testing. The results leaders from the event can be found by clicking here on this link.

To get things going, two catchers stood out from the jump. First, a switch-hitting 2023 from Deer Park (TX), Dillon Lester, posted a 2.03s POP time. The dude definitely looked the part with the rest and was still the youngest. Lester had quick feet and an even quicker release. At 5-8, 145 pounds, he will have more room to grow and is certainly projectable. He’s going to be someone to keep an eye on as a freshman next year in high school.

The other catcher who impressed all around the most was DJ Garcia — W.B. Ray (TX) 2019. He posted a 1.96s POP time with a strong arm. Aside from having the best POP time in the showcase, Garcia posted the fourth overall exit velocity of 92 MPH. He’s got a serious swing and is able to generate a ton of power through his hips. At 5-10, 196 pounds, Garcia looks like he’ll be a durable backstop for years to come.

Moving to the infielders, Jaden Adams — George Ranch (TX) 2020 — had a strong showing at shortstop. He showed that he could cover a bunch of ground and boasted a best 87 MPH arm across the diamond. Adams was also a standout in the 60s. As a shortstop, he ran a best 6.78s for his position. Check him out in the video below.

Another infield standout was Austin Weaver — Flour Bluff (TX) 2020. Weaver is a dude we’ve seen before hitting 90 MPH at Texas A&M last summer. Weaver really showed his strength at the plate where he knocked a few balls out of the park in his batting practice session and had a 95 MPH exit velocity.

A really strong overall prospect was outfielder Chase Polk — Alpha Omega Academy (TX) 2019. The uncommitted prospect ran a 6.58s 60-yard dash which was second best. The speedster was 81 MPH from the outfield and showed a compact swing during his BP session. Polk could be a leadoff/two-hole hitter with his speed and what should be a great ability to get on base. He possesses some important tools and is someone who can make an immediate impact defensively in the outfield at the next level.

One outfielder who stood out above the rest in terms of arm strength was Jalen Davenport — Klein Collins (TX) 2020. At 5-10, 180 pounds, Davenport unloaded for a 92 MPH throw from the outfield. It wasn’t a fluke as he hit 91 twice as well. Davenport also ran a 6.96s 60 which placed him 10th overall in that category.

For the leaders per category, check out our Instagram video below.

RESULTS BY LEADERS, HERE

RESULTS BY NAME, HERE

Some other guys to note, who are not in the video above, include:

Fox Locke (5-11, 175 lbs. · Bats: S, Throws: R · SS/2B) — Calvary Baptist Academy (LA) 2020: 92 EV, 83 MPH IF Velo

Sammy Kindred (6-1, 206 lbs. · Bats: R, Throws: R · OF) — Aledo (TX) 2019: 91 EV, 80 MPH OF Velo

Braden Hay (6-1, 175 lbs. · Bats: R, Throws: R · OF) — Katy Taylor (TX) 2020: 6.84s 60, 90 EV

Christopher Rodriguez (5-10, 162 lbs. Bats: R, Throws: R · OF) — William H. Taft (TX) 2020: 6.78s, 81 MPH OF Velo

To check out all the highlights from the 2D / Five Tool Winter Showcase, be sure to check us out on Twitter at @VToolShow. You can also catch us on Instagram @vtoolshow and on Facebook @vtoolshow. 2d Sports can be found on Twitter at @2d_sports, Instagram at @2d_sports, and Facebook at @2dsports.

– Jeffrey Kahn, Five Tool

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