Longhorns hook another stud for 2014

Trey Ball- is easily one of the most talented high school baseball players in the United States. He is from New Castle Indiana where he has signed to play baseball this coming fall at the University of Texas. Ball is a two way player that has the talent to take either avenue of hitting or pitching and be very good at it.

Ball tore up his high school baseball league last year as a Junior at the plate hitting .434. The most astonishing of numbers was Ball’s triples and homeruns in the limited at bats he had as a high school Junior. Ball last season had 5 triples and 5 bombs in 116 plate appearances. That was good enough for an average of 1 homer per 25 at bats.

Ball runs a 6.8 sixty time on the base path, that helped him swipe 20 bags on the last season. Ball also walked 29 times last season to keep his OBP up and his strikeout rate way down as it neared under 12% of at bats would result in a strikeout.

Taking his numbers throughout his Junior and Sophomore year so far Ball with 500 at bats would project as an easy 20/20 guy and on a good year a 30/30 Outfielder.

Ball hits from the left side with much power and elusive hands. In the outfield he doesn’t drop off in ability at all. He throws 93 mph from the outfield to whatever position on the infield. He brings great approach to each ball hit to him on the grass or in the air. His mechanics as an outfielder are far ahead what a normal OF would have at the age of 18.

After talking about hitting one can’t forget Ball’s ability on the bump as a South Paw. Ball topped out at 93 mph as a sophomore in high school. He will sit consistently at 89 to 92 mph, but command has been an issue in the past. If Ball can control this command he has potential to force his way into being a two way player at the college level.

Ball will throw a slider and a change up at times as well to keep hitters off balance and show his ability to keep arm speed with all of his pitches. Ball just as easy as hitting could become a high level prospect if he chose to only pitch for his career.

At 6’5 180 lbs Ball has plenty of room to put on some weight and get stronger than he already is now. I grade out Ball OFP as a 58 as he could easily be one of the first 5 names to be called in this summer’s draft.

Trey Ball brings 5 tools to the table and should be very hard to pass up in the draft for any MLB team.


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