Congratulations to Garrett Wade of the 17u Astros for being named ECB Player of the Month!
Wade is the No. 2 ranked AL State player in the class of 2018 per Perfect Game. Wade earned many performance highlights at Perfect Game events throughout the 2017 summer.
East Coast Pro Top Prospects: Wade is a very projectable lefty who is just going to keep getting better. He worked in the 89-91 mph range with a very quick and loose arm but his best pitch was an 82 mph slider that was late and nasty. If he’s able to get significantly stronger over the next year, such as MacKenzie Gore was able to, Wade could be a big mover coming into the 2018 draft.
Perfect Game 17u WWBA: The East Cobb Astros ran their record to 3-0 on Monday afternoon on the strength of an 11-1 victory. The tone was set early and often on the mound by Garrett Wade (2018, Hartselle, Ala.) who threw 3 1/3 perfect innings with eight strikeouts before coming out. He’s a highly athletic, still-projectable Auburn commit with a very fast arm. Wade does a good job creating angle to the plate from an extended three-quarters arm slot, aided in deception by throwing from a crossfire delivery that makes it extremely tough on lefthanded hitters to get a good look at his stuff.
He worked 87-90 mph in this start, doing a good job pounding the strike zone consistently at the knees and working the fastball to both sides of the plate. There’s good life to the pitch as well with arm side run that further aids in keeping the pitch off of barrels. His slider was dynamic on this day, thrown right around 80 mph with sharp, late break that elicited quite a few empty swings over the top of it. He was able to both throw the slider for strikes as well as to bury it down and out of the zone, and he tunnels the pitch extremely well.
Perfect Game National Showcase: Up to 91 mph early on and threw from a lower three-quarter slot and created good angle on the fastball. Wade had a short slider that he used to bury low in the zone to induce swings and misses.
Perfect Game National Qualifier: Threw well for the East Cobb Astros in their Tuesday game, throwing five scoreless innings, giving up two hits and three walks while striking out eight. Wade has a lot of upside with a good, solid fastball that ran from 86-90 and possesses two good breaking pitches in his curve and change up. He does am excellent job of maintaining consistent velo when throwing from the stretch. His curve has good 1-7 shape and he has good control of the pitch and can throw it in any count. It lacks big depth, but breaks late as it nears the plate causing many swings and misses and his change up with hard sink that runs from 79-81. Wade has a slow build up in his wind up then snaps his wrist with an overtop arm angle that allows him to produce good run on his fastball. Wade sometimes will slow down his arm motion on his curve and needs to work on keeping that arm action consistent, he is a Auburn University commit.