Kentucky Baseball has picked up a commitment from a class of 2019 player.  Hank Bard, from Parker, CO has picked the Wildcats and the SEC.  Bard is a catcher by trade but can also play middle infield.

Bard plays for Legend High School in Colorado and tweeted out his commitment last night on Twitter.

Bard attended a showcase just a few months ago and the following was how he graded out at the event.

2017 Rocky Mountain Showcase May 27, 2017

PG Grade: 8 (scale of 10)

Hank Bard is a 2019 C/2B with a 6-2 170 lb. frame from Parker, CO who attends Legend. Large frame with a lean, athletic build. Projects for additional strength while maintaining athleticism. Ran a 7.35 sixty-yard dash.

A primary catcher with a balanced stance while setting up to receive. Gains some ground while working out of crouched with high, smooth paced exchanges. Tends to release from a taller position from a three-quarters slot. Throws produced on line carry to the bag topping at 78 miles per hour, best workout pop time of 2.04. Left handed hitter with an upright, open stance and large leg lift trigger.

Aggressively shifts into contact with linear lower half actions. Swung with intent showing present bat speed and strength on an uphill plane through extension. Turns the barrel to contact well producing hard jump with good carry to the pull side gap. Tools will continue to develop with maturity and repetition. Good student as well.

Check out Bard’s most recent videos below from the Rocky Mountain Showcase.

HITTING

B3 Assessment:

Bard has a compact stroke and gets his hands through the zone well.  He has a solid hip twist to add some pop.  Keeps his head down through contact well.  I would say a future improvement would be shortening his stride to keep more balance and ability to adjust to a hard slider or unexpected breaking ball.  He also falls back a bit on contact and it could take some pop away.  Overall he has a very good base and once he adjusts to the better competition he has a long runway.

CATCHER

B3 Assessment – Video linked here.

Bard has a quick snap from set to throw, appears to have a strong arm and transfers from glove to throwing well.  A future improvement would be stepping into the throw and driving the ball through the pitcher to 2nd.  In the video, he tends to throw from a nearly full standing position.  These are minor adjustments that come with experience and Bard has a headstart already.

Image courtesy of Timothy Easley - Courier Journal