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 toMajor 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 withTexas Longhorns baseball.
Dustin and Drew highlight some trends happening in college baseball recruiting right now and where the talent in the region is going and what it means. Plus, the two discuss the surprising amount of college baseball coaching turnover and what it means for recruits. The 2025 Five Tool Texas 55 is complete and the gang previews the debut of the list along with some football discussion and more.
We're a week away from the first day 2024 prospects can begin signing NLIs and Drew and Dustin begin signing class discussions with reports on six programs - Texas, TCU, Houston, Baylor, DBU and Texas State. Also, the two highlight 10 of their favorite individual JUCO commitments who are set to sign next week.
This is a must-listen for any youth/high school player. Former AA Strength Coach of the Year and current HITFORTH Director of Performance Andrew Chappell joins Drew and Dustin and discusses HITFORTH's personalized approach to developing pound-for-pound the strongest hitters. He explains the importance of movement/form, why strength development isn't just about weight, how HITFORTH is accountable and measures development, what a workout is like, how they're using data, age-appropriate, personalized plans, how it correlates to hitting and much, much more.
Drew and Dustin continue highlighting uncommitted players in the 2024/2025 and JUCO classes with 36 more names colleges should be tracking. Plus, the duo discusses a bit of general recruiting topics, dishes on the MLB playoffs and asks the most important question of the day - did Drew make the right fantasy football trade? We're presented by HITFORTH and we explain why HITFORTH's Instagram page recently published a reel that perfectly describes why it's the best development center in Central Texas.
Now that recruiting has entered a "quiet" period for D1 coaches and the fall season is winding down, what should uncommitted players be doing to help themselves? Drew and Dustin discuss that and also list some of their favorite uncommitted 2025 and 2024 players. Plus, the two discuss the MLB playoffs, the crazy end to the Phillies/Braves game and recap a lackluster football weekend.
It's been a while since the last episode and the guys have been busy traveling, coaching/watching baseball and much more. So, there is a ton to talk about. Most importantly, the Five Tool Podcast is now presented by HITFORTH - the high-tech development center located in Austin, TX that produces pound-for-pound the most powerful and complete hitters in the state. Dustin discusses his recent visit to HITFORTH and the guys explain why they believe so deeply in development center. Plus, they recap the Arizona Fall Classic, Five Tool Academic teams, JUCO standouts from Arizona, the MLB playoffs, and DFW Twins Scout Day. And, of course, they end with Texas/OU predictions.
Drew and Dustin recap the loaded Texas Scouts Association Games, which were presented and powered by Five Tool. The list of underclass and upperclass standouts is an extensive one. Plus, the two discuss the upcoming Arizona Fall Classic and Five Tool Academic teams.
Half of the podcast duo celebrated a birthday today. Drew didn't have any deep life lessons to deliver on his special day, but he did have plenty of baseball to talk about. He and Dustin gave thoughts on the North Texas Scout Team vs. Panola and Grayson and also the Dodgers Scout Team vs. San Jacinto. Plus, the two previewed this weekend's Texas Scouts Association / Deron Rombach Memorial Tournament and discussed Texas football, the Cowboys and why the Steelers suck.
Drew and Dustin were joined by two fantastic guests who share a deep passion for simply throwing the baseball. Baseball guru Alan Jaeger of Jaeger Sports and Texas head coach David Pierce joined to discuss an array of very important topics like arm care, benefits of long toss, the importance of feel and athleticism, the year-round throwing calendar and much more. But most importantly, the two shared a passion for and explained the importance of simply throwing and getting back to the basics of throwing.
After reviewing each Area Code Underclass team, Dustin and Drew return to go through each team during the Upperclass competition. Which players boosted their stock in Texas the most? Who was the best hitter? Which uncommitted pitcher impressed the most? All that and more.
Back from San Diego sporting much better tans, Dustin and Drew recap a loaded Area Code Underclass Games. The two go through eight of the eight teams and highlight standouts, share their notes and much more.
Five Tool is heading back to Area Code in sunny San Diego for the second-straight year. Dustin and Drew preview both the Underclass and Upperclass event with players from each team they're excited to see. Plus, the two discuss recruiting now that 2025 members can officially be contacted.
Drew and Dustin are back and discuss a couple of topics they've been meaning to get to: the final 2023 Five Tool Texas 55 and the MLB Draft. Plus, they share some thoughts from yesterday's Texas Scouts Association All-Star Game at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
The 2023 AABC Don Mattingly World Series, Five Tool's premier 17U event, was a smashing success. The 64-team field was loaded with players. Stars performed like stars and new names to know emerged in front of 122 college coaches or pro scouts. Dustin and Drew recap teams, standouts and much more.
Drew and Dustin get Pittsburgh Pirates Regional Supervisor Trevor Haley to break the news of who the Pirates are taking No. 1 overall in the upcoming MLB Draft!!!!
Both Dustin and Drew have known Haley for over a decade and he offers his unique perspective on what it's like to be a professional scout, what they look for, what the scouting calendar is like, how much the type of person the player is matters, what it's like to be in a MLB Draft room and much, much more.
Another week, another awesome Five Tool event to talk about. Drew and Dustin are back and discuss standouts from each Alex Bregman WS pool. Over 100 players are mentioned from the loaded event. Plus, they reflect on last night's College World Series final and discuss NIL, recruiting and more.
Dustin and Drew take a break from the ballpark to recap a loaded Pudge Rodriguez World Classic. The two go through each pool group and deliver thoughts, notes and more from their time bouncing around from field to field to catch parts of the non-stop action.
It's June, which means the Five Tool season is off and running and the Texas high school playoffs is on the verge of crowning state champions. Dustin and Drew discuss the playoffs, make their final predictions and look back at their original playoffs predictions. Plus, the two share thoughts from live looks at some recent playoff games, the Twelve Baseball Scout League, the Five Tool Collegiate League and more. Teams mentioned: Rockwall, Rockwall-Heath, The Woodlands, Cypress Woods, Westlake, Pearland, Sinton, Corpus Christi Ray, Boerne Champion, China Spring, Davenport, Flower Mound, Frisco Reedy, Argyle, Shiner, London, Magnolia West, Canyon Randall, Texarkana Liberty-Eylau, Boyd and more.
Dustin and Drew are back to deliver more coverage from recent games they attended. Teams discussed: Guyer, Jesuit, Waco Midway, Rockwall-Heath, Round Rock, Westlake, Tomball and The Woodlands.
Are you a player heading into the portal, transferring from a JUCO or still an unsigned senior? We have the prefect podcast for you. Dustin and Drew are joined by former Marshall head coach Jeff Waggoner and former FIU head coach and longtime assistant coach (LSU, ASU, Georgia Tech, Clemson ad Miami) Turtle Thomas to discuss the Transfer Portal Combine and the NextBase Showcases powered by Five Tool.
Dustin and Drew are back to recap two weeks worth of in-game playoffs looks. Featured teams: Rockwall, Rockwall-Heath, Longview, Hallsville, Galena Park, Round Rock, Lake Travis, Reagan, Klein Oak, Cypress Woods, Tomball Memorial, Galena Park, Foster, Magnolia West, Corsicana, Mansfield Legacy, Mansfield, Grapevine, Midlothian Heritage, Prosper, Flower Mound, Highland Park, and Arlington Martin.
Drew and Dustin are back to share their winners for each region in 6A, 5A, 4A and title winners for 3A and 2A. The two also give a team to watch for each winner and classification. Plus, Drew shares his thoughts from last week's loaded Hebron versus Flower Mound game.
The new recruiting rules are now in place. Dustin and Drew discuss that, the sudden flurry of high school freshmen or younger making commitments before the new rules went into place, observations from recent games and the guys end with NFL Draft talk. Schools included: Round Rock, Vista Ridge, Lake Travis, Alamo Heights, Anderson, Pearce, Farmersville, Highland Park.
The NCAA announced big changes to the baseball recruiting calendar by limiting contact between colleges and players until August 1st of the player's junior year. Dustin and Drew talked through the big change, what you need to know in the meantime, what they think happens in the future and what college coaches have been saying behind the scenes.
Dustin and Drew discuss notes, observations and more from their in-game looks this past week in Texas and highlight coverage from Colorado, California, Oklahoma and more. Plus, the two discuss MLB's new rule changes and the impact they're having on professional baseball. Teams mentioned: Hebron, Flower Mound Marcus, Rockwall, JJ Pearce, Reedy, Frisco, Johnson, Brandeis and more.
Each year in Texas, there is usually one senior pitcher who makes a big jump. Dustin went to see if the hype about James Ellwanger was real. It's real. Very real. Drew and Dustin discuss his electric performance, and cover the following teams: Magnolia West, Lake Creek, Porter, Huntsville, Celina, Rockwall, Rockwall-Heath, Coppell, The Colony, Frisco. Plus, the two also discuss top prospects at Hamilton High in Arizona and a trio of uncommitted players from Arizona who caught their attention.
Ryan Brewer joined Drew and Dustin to share some excellent notes from his recent trip to Oklahoma. He shared notes on Owasso, Deer Creek, Westmoore, Edmond North, Moore, and Jenks. From Texas, we covered the SW Homeschool Classic, Vista Ridge, Westwood, Allen, Rock Hill, Liberty Hill, Rouse, Frisco Memorial and Frisco Independence.
Drew and Dustin share game notes and observations on Flower Mound, Flower Mound Marcus, Rockwall, Rockwall-Heath, Leander Rouse, Royse City, North Forney and also name 20 uncommitted players colleges should know. Plus, the duo discusses the World Baseball Classic and the importance of fit and opportunity at the collegiate level.
Dustin and Drew take a break from the ballpark to share notes, observations and more from what they've seen from tournaments and early-season district rivalry matchups. Some teams included: Rockwall, Rockwall-Heath, Keller, Austin Westlake, Lake Travis, Sinton, Dripping Springs, Smithson Valley, New Braunfels Canyon, Round Rock, Vista Ridge, Allen, Highland Park and Wakeland. Plus, the duo discusses the exciting World Baseball Classic and more.
The inaugural Five Tool Festival was a huge success thanks to the teams, players, host sites, Five Tool staff and a trusted meteorologist. Dustin and Drew deliver notes, observations and more on the 14 teams and the All-Festival team.
It's a special week for the Five Tool gang because the inaugural Five Tool Festival is scheduled to begin Thursday in the DFW area. Drew and Dustin discuss the event and preview each of the 14 teams: Rockwall, Rockwall-Heath, Prosper, Rock Hill, Marcus, Southlake Carroll, Frenship, Americas, Bixby (OK), Deer Creek (OK), Magnolia Heights (MS), Conway (AR), Edmond Santa Fe (OK) and Mater Dei (CA).
Drew and Dustin discuss standouts from the Texas Private School Classic and last night's Clark vs. Reagan matchup in San Antonio, which featured a junior pitcher who touched 95 MPH. Plus, the two have noticed a growing trend in professional baseball : organizations placing more value in defensive versatility and multi-sport athletes.
Dustin and Drew return and have actual baseball performances to discuss. Teams included: Allen, Rockwall-Heath, Hebron, John Paul II, The Brook Hill School, Liberty Christian, Prestonwood Christian Academy, Keller, San Marcos, Smithson Valley, Alamo Heights, Austin Westlake, Round Rock, Georgetown, Vista Ridge, Waco Midway, Anderson, Concordia Lutheran and Second Baptist.
The podcast turned 100 episodes old today and Drew and Dustin made a call to the bullpen to bring in the big gun. Five Tool owner Lynn Vanlandingham joined the show to discuss Five Tool's start, past, present and exciting future. The guys shared their passion for baseball, keeping kids in the game, doing things the right way and looked ahead to what's next with the exciting new website.
Drew and Dustin follow last week's Texas player draft with the Five Tool National High School Player Draft. Each team is made up of eight players from the 2023, 2024 and 2025 classes. Obviously, the teams are LOADED. Tune in to hear their favorites from events like Area Code and more.
The Five Tool Texas High School Player Draft returns and has a couple of new wrinkles: Drew and Dustin were able to keep two players from last year's draft and were allowed to steal one player from each other's roster. How did the rosters turn out? Who has the better team? Tune in.
Ever wondered what baseball is like in the Ivy League and how realistic it is you could be recruited? Drew and Dustin are joined by Yale pitching coach and recruiting coordinator Chris Wojick. Fresh off a national championship at Eastern Connecticut State, Wojick, who is making recruiting states like Texas and California a focus, shares what life is like at Yale, what Yale looks for in college players, the requirements to get on Yale's radar and the truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that await Yale players.
After dedicating an episode to Nos. 1-28, we're back to discuss Nos. 29-55 from the debut list of the 2024 Texas Five Tool 55. Dustin and Drew deliver quick scouting reports, thoughts, notes and more about each player.
The brand spanking new Five Tool website is LIVE at FiveTool.org. And we're really freaking fired up about it. Dustin and Drew take listeners through the new website and help explain its new features, how "The Line" can be customized, the different ways to follow our coverage at the website and why they're so excited and believe so strongly this is a gamechanger. Plus, the duo discusses 10 standouts from the Hawaii Sandlot Classic.
Five Tool SoCal Director and Hawaii native Tim Arakawa joins to preview the upcoming Hawaii Sandlot event, which will include over 150 talented prospects from Hawaii. Tim, a former Oklahoma State standout who reached AAA in the Angels organization, also shares his unique baseball journey that began in Hawaii, discusses Five Tool's coverage in Southern California and more.
Dustin and Drew share what goes into the Five Tool 55 rankings process and offer an extensive breakdown of players ranked No. 1 - No. 28 on the debut 2024 list for Texas.
Covid finally made its way into Dustin's house and got him for the first time in three years, but that didn't stop The Five Tool Podcast from producing some Friday magic. Drew and Dustin shared numerous tips and advice for players/players about recruiting and helping the recruiting and development process during this time of the year. Plus, the two previewed the debut of the 2024 Five Tool 55 in Texas by sharing 10 players who made the list, highlighted some fall standouts from Arizona and California, discussed MLB free agency and more.
Dustin and Drew are finally back after an extended break. The two discuss the recently released Five Tool All-Summer Team and highlight numerous honorable mention players as well. Plus, the duo discusses what recruiting looks like during the fall and how players can help themselves and also put the spotlight on 10 uncommitted California, New Mexico, Arizona or Utah players that stood out during fall events.
Drew recently added his second child to the family and joins Dustin to break down signing classes in the state of Texas. The two go in-depth about both Texas and out-of-state prospects and discuss what it means and also what it means if you're a 2023 player who hasn't signed yet. Plus, they highlight 10 players from California, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona who stood out this fall, including seven uncommitted prospects colleges should keep an eye on.
Drew and Dustin discuss 30+ players who have a very good case to be included on the Five Tool 55 list. Plus, they highlight recent commitments, talk some football, share their Halloween stories as parents and explain why candy corn is terrible.
Drew and Dustin continue their discussion of the updated 2023 Five Tool 55 with thoughts on players ranked No. 34-55. Plus, the duo explains the importance of finding the right fit in college, upcoming changes to recruiting the portal, recent commitments and a lot of sad football discussion. And should we question Drew's sanity after a recent fantasy football trade?
The 2023 Five Tool 55 received an update and Drew and Dustin break down the players ranked No. 1-33. Plus, the two discuss which colleges have stood out in recruiting, UIL's vote to make three-game playoff series mandatory for 5A/6A and the very long list of recent college commitments.
Drew and Dustin are joined by one of the rising stars in college baseball, LSU recruiting coordinator Josh Jordan. Jordan discusses his move to LSU, looking for the "sixth tool" in recruiting, player development at LSU, what the Tigers value in recruiting and much, much more. Plus, Drew and Dustin recap Texas-OU, discuss bike rides, look ahead to a great weekend of football and postseason baseball and more.
Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop are joined by Five Tool's Ryan Brewer who coached the senior Five Tool Academic Team at the Arizona Fall Classic. The trio break down the roster, discuss what colleges look for and more. Drew and Dustin wrap things up with MLB postseason discussion and, of course, Texas vs. Oklahoma picks.
Dustin and Drew are back from Arizona after a successful Arizona Fall Classic with the underclass Five Tool Academic Teams. The two give a full breakdown of both rosters, highlight standout performances, and, of course, talk about Arizona food and a football weekend that was very much a mixed bag.
The Five Tool scouting/podcast team had to fight through some adversity this weekend, but still has plenty of notes, observations and more to share from this past weekend's Five Tool and Texas Scouts Association event in DFW. Plus, Dustin and Drew preview the upcoming Arizona Fall Classic, discuss the recent college commitments and mix in a little football, too.
Drew and Dustin share their thoughts and observations from watching the Blue Jays and Dodgers scout teams recently with some tidbits on San Jacinto College and Weatherford College, too. Plus, the two look ahead to this weekend's event with the Texas Scouts Association and, as always, give their fearless football predictions.
Dustin and Drew are joined by new UTA head coach Clay Van Hook, who makes his return to the show after last year's appearance as recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma. The trio discusses UTA's potential, what it was like for Van Hook taking the job and transitioning, his coaching staff, recruiting, the program's vision and much more. Plus, Drew and Dustin ride the wave of football emotions after an eventful weekend and cover the latest high school player commitments.
Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop are joined by Zach Dillon, the new Baylor hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. Zach discusses his connection to Baylor, Mitch Thompson and why he couldn't pass up the opportunity; what Baylor looks for in recruiting; the dedication Baylor has to player development; life at Baylor; and how his unique, extensive baseball background helped prepare him for the challenges of being a recruiting coordinator. Dustin and Drew also highlight recent commitments and select their high school football players of the week.
What's next or Drew and Dustin during the fall? The two discuss the upcoming 2023 and 2024 class rankings updates, recap what they learned this summer while attending so many events, offer an outline of recruiting timelines for players in 2023/2024/2025 classes and share the latest college commitments.
Drew and Dustin conclude their Area Code discussion with a full breakdown of the underclass event. The duo discussed in detail each member of the Texas Rangers roster and highlighted national standouts from other teams. Plus, it was another busy week in the world of recruiting.
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.
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.
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.
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 Disneyworld 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.
Drew and Dustin recap the College Player Draft, highlight some of the early HS scrimmage standouts in the DFW area and preview their upcoming HS game schedules. Plus, they ask an important question: where should they eat when they're on the road?
Kendall Rogers, D1Baseball.com's Managing Editor, do-it-all columnist and Hater of All Teams, joins Dustin and Drew to participate in the Five Tool College Baseball Player Draft. The guys draft players from Texas and the bordering states. Who makes the list? Tune in.
Drew and Dustin recap the Five Tool Texas High School Player Draft, pick their 4x100 relay and home run derby teams and more. Plus, the two discuss the recent news about the Baseball Hall of Fame.
With the first pick, Drew Bishop selects... you'll have to tune in and see. It's #TeamDustin vs. #TeamBish in the first-ever Five Tool Texas HS Player Draft. Who do you think has the better team? Vote on Twitter @FiveTool.
The updated 2022 Five Tool 55 was released and the guys discuss the movement on the list. Plus, they get way too excited when previewing the upcoming Five Tool High School Player Draft, which will be LIVE during Tuesday's episode.
Drew and Dustin conclude their 2023 Five Tool 55 discussion with the second half of the follow list. They also discuss recent S2 Cognition testing, the THSBCA convention, preview upcoming HS coverage along with the updated 2022 Five Tool 55 and try to deal with their NFL teams exiting the playoffs in embarrassing fashion.
Why are Five Tool Baseball and S2 Cognition working together? Five Tool founder and owner Lynn Vanlandingham explains being introduced to S2 Cognition, what hooked him and way he's so passionate about it. Also, Dr. Scott Wylie of S2 Cognition returns and speaks about working with Five Tool, testing more players to better develop the game and what's next on the horizon.
Paul Phillips spent 15 years in professional baseball as a player, played in the bigs with multiple teams. Then, he became a D1 college coach, AAA hitting coach and catching coordinator. Now, he's with S2 Cognition. Why'd he leave pro ball for S2? He explains that, taking the assessment data and applying it to development, the developmental gains he's seen using S2 and much more.
Forever, baseball people have asked an important question: why? Why does that player chase sliders? Why does he have great instincts? Finally, we have a product that can test the brain and, for the first time, truly answer that question. Dr. Scott Wylie, Co-founder of S2 Cognition, joined Dustin and Drew to explain this game-changing product. It could change development as we know it.
Another big-time big leaguer joined the show. Drew Bishop and Dustin McComas are joined by Dodgers slugger, 2020 World Series champ and two-time All-Star Max Muncy. Muncy is the sponsor of Five Tool's biggest 14U event. He discussed being involved at the amateur level, the importance of having fun with the game, what led to his transformation offensively, being a new dad and much more.
The 2023 Five Tool 55 Follow List includes 188 players. Drew Bishop and Dustin McComas highlight names from the first half of the list and discuss the upcoming Five Tool Academic Showcase, which again reiterates how much elite work in the classroom can help recruiting.
Drew Bishop and Dustin McComas dive into the 2023 Five Tool 55 "Just Missed" list and give player breakdowns for many of the talented players who just missed the Five Tool 55 cut. They discuss why many of these players have very bright futures, the link to being a multi-sport athlete, and give their picks for who is most likely to end up on the Five Tool 55 when it's next updated.
The man behind the Alex Bregman World Series and Bregman Cares Classic joined the show today. Houston Astros All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman joined Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop to discuss his passion for his charity and helping the community, the latest on his rehab after offseason surgery, the importance of being even-keeled in baseball, his recruiting process and amateur career, his salsa and much, much more.
The list is published. Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop continue their 2023 Five Tool 55 discussion with today's featured podcast about the top 22 players on the list. No. 1 on the list isn't a surprise, but was it an easy call to make?
The release of the 2023 Five Tool 55 for Texas continues. Drew Bishop and Dustin McComas deliver scouting reports about 22 of the best juniors in Texas.
It's rankings day! The 2023 Five Tool 55 for the state of Texas is ready to debut. Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop discuss the process behind the list, general thoughts and challenges that came with the process. They also give thoughts on the first 11 players on the list, from No. 55 to No. 45.
Drew Bishop and Dustin McComas are joined by Oklahoma assistant coach Clay Van Hook. Van Hook discusses what the Sooners look for in recruiting and team building. And he also explains the possible impact of NIL. Plus, Drew puts the member of the UT 2005 national championship team on the spot and the two hosts end the podcast with an appreciation of bullpen catchers.
Ever wondered what a daily and yearly schedule is like for a college baseball player at the highest level? Drew Bishop and Dustin McComas explain the fall offseason, holidays, preseason, season and more in this week's episode. Plus, the two also briefly preview the upcoming 2023 Five Tool 55.
Texas A&M Recruiting Coordinator Nolan Cain joined Drew Bishop and Dustin McComas to discuss recruiting, his transition to Texas A&M, building a team, what he looks for, A&M's '22 class and fall offseason and much more.
Big-time college football head coaches are on the move. Again. Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop explain why those moves reinforce some key recruiting checkpoints for players and families. Plus, they discuss what Marcus Semien's contract should tell young players and preview the upcoming 2023 Five Tool 55.
Former University of Texas Assistant Sports Dietician and current UT lecturer Dr. Katie McInnis joins Drew Bishop and Dustin McComas to share her expertise and experiences working with a college baseball program. In addition to the importance of diet and nutrition, she explains some common misconceptions, advice for players and, of course, some stories about Drew.
The breakdowns of regional signing classes continued with non-power five Texas schools. Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop discuss programs like ACU, DBU, Rice, UTSA, Texas State, Sam Houston State and more. A lot of great baseball is played in Texas and these classes reinforce that.
Last week marked the beginning of the early signing period for baseball. Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop take a look at and discuss signing classes for Baylor, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
D1Baseball.com's Kendall Rogers has seen a lot of college programs in Texas and the region. He discusses the likes of Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Rice, Houston, DBU, Baylor and more during this episode and also previews what's ahead for the many new coaching faces leading some of those programs. Plus, we discuss college programs using more resources on development, queso, NIL deals and more.
The championship theme continued thanks to McLennan head coach and 2021 JUCO national champion Mitch Thompson. The longtime, very successful coach shared thoughts on building a program, what he looks for in recruiting, some differences between D1 and JUCO, why he wants McLennan to be a springboard for his players and much more.
The week of championship coaching guests kicks off with Mississippi State assistant coach Kyle Cheesebrough, who has a long and successful track record working with catchers and also works with hitters in Starkville. Cheesebrough discusses what went into winning the national title, finding "winners" who fit their program, importance of the offseason weight program, figuring out a recruit's makeup, why managing 11.7 scholarships is so tough and more.
Still recovering from Halloween candy consumption, but definitely not candy corn, Drew Bishop and Dustin McComas cover an array of topics, including: player-led development; how the fall impacts college rosters and recruiting; recapping our recent interviews with Sean Allen (Texas), Josh Blakely (Texas State) and Bryce Elder (Braves); some standout 2022s and 2023s we saw recently; Texas vs. McLennan scrimmage; Halloween candy, World Series and more.
Bryce Elder is a great example for young players. The former Texas Longhorns ace right-hander and this past season's Atlanta Braves Minor League Pitcher of the Year joined Drew Bishop and Dustin McComas to discuss his very unique path to UT, which included signing after his senior season and a multi-sport background that he credits for really helping his baseball career. What's it like to bet on yourself in high school and experience the ups-and-downs of major D1 and professional baseball? Elder explains.
Drew Bishop and Dustin McComas are joined by Texas State assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Josh Blakley. The Bobcats coach shares what he looks for in recruiting, who he calls to get background on players, explaining scholarship offers to families, their approach to development and building a team, the latest with the Texas State program and more.
Dustin McComas and Drew Bishop recapped their recent interview with Texas pitching coach and recruiting coordinator Sean Allen. They highlighted the importance of makeup in recruiting and winning at the collegiate level, players standing out by playing hard, and the MLB playoffs. Plus, the two highlighted some standout players they saw from Five Tool events in Dallas and Tomball this past weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and 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.