Preseason Classic: IMG v American Heritage - MVP James Wood


Rocco Iervasi
Florida Director of Operations/Area Scout

Day 3 of the 2020 Preseason Classic featured a matchup between American Heritage Plantation and IMG Academy. Two talented pitchers got the starts as 2022 Vandy commit Brandon Barriera faced off against 2020 Coastal Carolina commit Aaron Combs. Barriera came out pounding the zone but his defense failed to back him up as they made several errors early leading to a few runs. Combs was up to 92 and was effective early for IMG. 

IMG took the lead early and never looked back as they took a 15-3 victory over American Heritage. 2021 Mississippi State commit James Wood collected two hits for IMG including a double and tallied 4 RBI for the game. He is our Preseason Classic Game 5 MVP.

Game 5 MVP - James Wood


James Wood

Class of 2021 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: IMG Academy
    State: FL
  • Summer Team: Dirtbags
  • Height: 6-6
    Weight: 230lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/R

Statistics

Pitching
90
Max FB
(07/31/19)
85 - 88
FB
(07/31/19)
70 - 74
CB
(07/31/19)
72 - 73
CH
(11/03/18)
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
82 - 83
CB
66 - 69
CH
72 - 73
Position
6.81
60-yard
(07/31/19)
88
OF Velo
(07/31/19)
90
Exit Velo
(07/31/19)
Position
60-yard
6.81
OF Velo
88
Exit Velo
90
Position
60-yard
6.97
OF Velo
81
Exit Velo
89
Trackman - Hitting
105.3
Exit Velocity (max)
(02/08/21)
94.6
Exit Velocity (avg)
(02/08/21)
286
Distance (avg)
(02/08/21)
402
Distance (max)
(02/08/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
105.3
Exit Velocity (avg)
94.6
Distance (avg)
286
Distance (max)
402
Hard Hit %
Barrel %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %

Scouting Report

Diamondskills All American Camp - 1/19/2019

Big athletic projectable frame at 6-foot-5, 201-pounds. Ran a 6.97 60. Stance is athletic and starts square. Small pick-up to stride landing slightly closed, hands load back and move down getting into an uphill swing path. Barrel stays through extension creating a long path through the hitting zone and lower half finishes completely. Swing shows big time power with easy effort getting the bat through. Exit velo was 89 mph. Feet are active and under control on approach and solid glove presentation to catch. Easy long strides covering lots of ground getting to flyballs in the outfield. Clean exchange away from the body moving into a long arm circle and throws from a three-quarter slot. Positional velocity was 81 mph.

 

MD Fall Invitational 11.3.18

Long, physical, athletic body type and very projectable 6-foot-5, 200 pound frame. Hits from a balanced, athletic, square stance at the plate. Rhythmic load, short stride and nice separation. Stays behind the ball well with strong lower half involvement. Short, slightly uphill swing path. Stays on the ball with good extension through contact. Easy swing with and exit velo up to 85 mph. Gap type hitter with major pull side power. Took one out over the right-center field fence and drive several other ball through the gaps during BP. Controlled approach to the ball in the outfield. Plays through it with short, quick footwork and clean exchanges. Throws with long, whippy arm action from a high three-quarters arm slot at 77 mph. Controlled side-step wind-up, leg kick, and balance point. Clean hand separation with some down to out lower half drive. Throws downhill from a thigh three-quarters slot with easy effort. Creates quick arm speed through release. Lands square to the plate with an upright finish. Showed command of three pitches. Fastball sat 82-83 mph and change-up was 72-73 with plus fade. Breaking ball showed big gradual 11/5 shape at 66-69 mph. Threw a few with sharper break as well.


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