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ProCase 2019 - A Look Back at SS Jack Grant


Blaine Clemmens
Northern CA Director of Scouting

    

PODCAST: Northern CA ProCase

The 2019 Northern CA ProCase was held last June 9th at Delta College in Stockton and it featured all but one of the local talents who are in the mix for the upper rounds of the 2020 draft. The MLB draft will be June 10th and include only five rounds.

We've been building the roster for the 2020 ProCase (presently scheduled for June 13th at Islanders Field in Lathrop, but clearly subject to change) where the players will again be put through a pro-style workout with various stats/data recorded during the workouts which can be found HERE from 2019, as well as competitive at-bats/sim-game-type action. We will be ready to roll out our new tech partners, TrackMan, Blast Motion, & Driveline.

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A LOOK BACK AT...

SS Jack Grant (San Ramon Valley HS) - report from 6/9/19

2020 SS Jack Grant (Arizona commit) listed at 6-foot-1, 165-pounds, with a lean body type and in the last year or so his frame is bigger, providing much more physical projectability that we may have otherwise previously envisioned. Regarded well by our scouts in previous looks, Grant was one of the players at the ProCase who significantly changed our opinions of the caliber of player he can develop into.

A very early verbal commitment to UCLA (which he pulled out from during his senior year before NLI time) was largely, if not entirely, based on his defensive abilities, and. Simply but, Grant was valued as a player who would catch the ball and throw it across on a consistent basis. At a program that is defense/pitching first like UCLA, the SS position is seen somewhat as the old school National League shortstop role, i.e. Grant can be still be valued as such because he continues to show clean defensive skills, with sure hands, calm feet and an arm that is going to play at average on the pro scale. Whether he stays at shortstop is still to be determined, as there are some footwork things to work out, particularly how many shuffles he takes to get rid of of the ball right at him. He gets rid of the ball well to the backhand side and moves gracefully through the ball to his left. With 81 mph velocity across the diamond, the release will need to quicken as the game gets faster at the college level and of course at the pro level.

It is the offensive side where Grant really started to open our eyes wider. His BP round was really strong, with good timing, a consistent swing plane and consistently hard barrel contact. The ball carried well and he showed some projectable power potential that while it likely won't be average, could certainly be near average. He showed balance throughout his swings and wasn't forcing the bat speed, which indicates that as he gains strength, the extra base pop will come. The run tool is fair (7.15 60-yard dash) and he will have to work to develop more burst and explosiveness to compensate for the raw footspeed.

If the offensive game continues to blossom, Grant will arrive at Arizona as a more complete player than maybe even the Wildcat's staff expected.

 

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