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Gulf Coast Closes Out Top 100 Showcase

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Twins scout Jack Powell Twins scout Jack Powell
For nearly a decade, Gulf Coast State College has hosted the top 100 Showcase, an invite only event that features 100 of the best rising Senior baseball players in the Southeast.

This year's event kicked off on Friday, and continued Saturday with different offensive and defensive drills to highlight the talent in front of over three dozen college coaches and Major League scouts.

Sunday was the final day to catch the eyes of the scouts for the guys, but what is it they look for? Jack Powell scouts for the Minnesota Twins, and says there's a few key factors he hones in on when recruiting potential players.

"The first thing we look for is are they physical enough?" he said as the major factor in an athlete. "Are they going to be able to go and survive in the Gulf Coast League, which is where we send all of our players, so they're going to have to be physically strong enough. Then we're looking for the looseness, the quickness, the athleticism, the agility in the game. It's basically taking a puzzle starting at the ground with their feet, and putting the pieces of the puzzle together all the way to the top, whether they be a hitter or a pitcher."

Powell added he walks away from the event every year with several guys to follow up on.