DALLAS – Just days after hosting some of the top high school talent in the state, Dallas Baptist University hosted the Texas-New Mexico JCBCA 2021 All Star Weekend. The event, which spanned two days September 24-25, featured four teams and boasted, without question, some of the best junior college baseball talent in the region. Five Tool Baseball covered the event with live social media coverage (Twitter) and continues its coverage this week with multiple installments of our scout notes, highlighting some of the standouts among the nearly 100 players who participated.

 

TX-NM All Star Weekend: Region 14 North vs. Region 5 North

 

Bossier right-handed starting pitcher Zach Saint Pierre came out firing early with a fastball up to 93 MPH with a hint of arm-side life, 82 MPH changeup and an 82-84 MPH slider; both secondary offerings generated a swing and miss.

However, Temple outfielder Joseph Redfield was up to the challenge and smacked a hard triple into the right-center gap. Redfield, a left-handed hitting center fielder who was 4.4 on the turn and 4.23 down the line later, is an athletic, muscular 6-2, 190 pounds and that showed in his performance both offensively and defensively. 

Later, Redfield smacked a RBI single the other way, had a very loud out in another at-bat, and his short swing with an athletic finish geared for gap-to-gap liners showed some plate coverage ability. How much power is in the bat likely determines how major of a recruiting target Redfield, who hit .344/.412/.461 last season, becomes, but he looked like one of the best position players during the weekend. And his Temple teammate Travis Chestnut, a 5-7 second baseman, showed some bat speed and impressive speed that showed on both sides of the ball. 

During Saturday’s final game, the ball routinely jumped off the bat of Vernon College outfielder Cole Miears. The right-handed hitter drilled the wall in right field for a double, then lined a double down the right field line and later jumped all over a first pitch to smack a homer to left-center field. Interesting bat, certainly. Speaking of interesting bats, Casey Fowler, a Richland College infielder, just missed hitting a homer twice, which resulted in a couple of long, towering fly outs. The ball came off his bat well. 

Tyler Junior College infielder Dalton Davis hit .391/.492/.670 with 28 steals and just 20 strikeouts across 235 plate appearances, which earned All-American recognition. He showed that skill set during the All Star weekend. Davis did a good job of creating rhythm and weight transfer in his swing, a swing capable of driving the ball with some impact to both sides of the field. Davis runs well too and should be a major follow for D1 programs this season. 

The hitters weren’t the only ones who stood out, though. Listed at 6-3, 165 pounds, Hill College right-hander Kyle Mosley still has physical projection remaining and harnessed the length in his arm action. Mosley sat 90-93 MPH with his fastball, flashed a 74-76 MPH curve with some promising shape and spin and had feel for a 82 MPH changeup. He threw strikes, and the stuff could continue to trend positively. 

Some of the game’s loudest stuff on the mound came courtesy of Temple College right-hander Davis Pratt. Listed at 6-2, 190 pounds, Pratt touched 94 MPH with some arm-side fastball command and life in on the hands of righties, snapped off a couple 75-77 MPH curves with short break, and also threw an 82 MPH changeup for a strike. Pratt looked the part physically and his arsenal was definitely intriguing.

Paris left-handed pitcher Dalton LeBlanc tossed a scoreless frame with a strikeout thanks to his strong secondary stuff. Although his fastball played down a little, LeBlanc’s 71-72 MPH curve with depth and 80 MPH changeup with late fade both created swings and misses and played well in the hitting zone. With some deception in the arm action and a simple delivery, LeBlanc profiled as a strike-thrower who could keep hitters off-balanced. 

Another interesting lefty who threw a scoreless inning with a punchout was Grayson’s Clayton Broeder. Broeder repeated his delivery with timing well and his 82 MPH changeup registered two swings and misses in the same at-bat versus a right-hander; it profiled as a pitch that could keep those righties off the fastball and allow the heater (88-90 MPH) to play up. As for the curveball, it created an uncomfortable take with its spin and shape. 

That concludes our written coverage, spanning four installments, from the TX-NM JUCO All Star Weekend.

 

Dustin McComas
Senior Editor
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