Chris Maldonado

INF Blake Wright of Clearwater, FL and 2022 SS Chris Maldonado of Short Hills, NJ committed to Clemson. Wright originally was committed to South Florida. Here’s a Perfect Game scouting report on him: “The athletic 6-foot, 175-pound shortstop puts forth an above average hit tool out of the position’s profile as he stays short to the ball and creates strong contact even when he gets off balanced or off-time. The hands play well into the swing as they create good control of the barrel and bat speed that allows him to hit against some of the better arms in the class. With a strong body and firm lower half, Wright should continue to move toward becoming a middle-infielder that can hit for a high average and extra bases consistently.”

Here is a Perfect Game scouting report on Maldonado: “Is a primary middle infielder with a projectable 6-foot, 180-pound frame and some present strength in the build. Playing shortstop for the Diamond Jacks Super 15, he showcased excellent range, a smooth glove, good transfers, and a really strong and accurate arm across the infield. After ranging far in the six-hole and making an impressive stop, he made a throw off of his back foot in the outfield grass that made it to the first baseman in the air. The righthanded hitter starts with a wide base and uses a toe-tap trigger for timing. Taking an aggressive approach at the plate, he swings often and with intent. Incorporates his lower half well and swings on a level plane with some upward extension in the backswing. Hands are quick through the zone and he hits the ball out front. Typically creates elevation with loud contact. He crushed a home run over the left field fence during the third day of the tournament. Really projectable all-around player moving forward

Clemson target, OL Ryan Linthicum of Damascus, MD, plans to name a top four soon according to a recent tweet. Linthicum is one of the top centers in the 20201 class and is a teammate of Clemson 20202 commitment DE Bryan Bresee. Linthicum has visited Clemson twice, including a camp stop in June. Some of his other offers are Michigan, Ohio State, Maryland, LSU, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Clemson basketball target 6-8 Keon Ambrose-Hylton of Toronto was offered by Arkansas.