HIGH SCHOOL: Ottumwa (#8)
CLUB TEAM: Gamers Academy (#8)
HOMETOWN: Ottumwa, IA
SKILLS: 2.0 pop, 80 mph C; Pitching — 80-82 mph fastball, 73-75 mph changeup, 68-70 mph curveball
SOPHOMORE (OTTUMWA H.S.)
2019 PERFECT GAME
Perfect Game Spring All-Tournament Team
Perfect Game Spring League Top Prospect Team
8th grade and freshman
5-foot-10, 200 pounds. Catcher/RHP. Bats R/L, Throws R. Athletic. Thick, physical build. Offensively from the right side, has a line-drive swing and makes hard contact with a mid/pull approach. From the left side, shows power and has lift in swing with a pull approach. Behind the plate, has a quick and clean exchange with a pop time of 2.0 and 80 mph arm strength. Above average accuracy and carry to the bag. Works well with his pitchers. Can also give some innings on the mound with some good velocity (82-84 mph). High character kid with a great work ethic and a hard-nose approach to the game. Takes the game serious and has fun while doing it. Takes pride in what he does in between the lines and also in the classroom (3.9 GPA). Starting quarterback for the varsity football team as well.
— Joe Casady, ScoutU Scout, 414-213-5229, Joe@ScoutU.com
Throwing: Breaks hands high on the chest keeping the elbow up. Keeps ball close to the ear and quickly releases (2.0 avg pop time).
Blocking: Above average blocking skills. Good instincts to the ball.
Receiving: Works from the ground up. Works to get around ball and frame. Soft hands. Controls the game well behind the plate. Good head on his shoulders. Pitchers enjoy throwing to him.
Swings the bat well. Mostly a pull hitter with good pop off the bat.
— John Jaeger, Ottumwa H.S. Coach
MESSAGE FROM ADAM
Hi, my name is Adam Denniston. I am a 2021 graduate at Ottumwa High School in Ottumwa, Iowa. I am 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, a switch hitter, and I throw right-handed. My main position is catcher, but I have played every position on the baseball diamond. My catching velocity is 80 mph, and I have a pop time of 2.00. I am an RHP as well with my fastball ranging from 80-82, changeup 73-75 and curveball 68-70.
I also play for Gamers Academy 2021 at Gamers Baseball/Softball Academy in Ottumwa, Iowa. Covid-19 has delayed my junior high school baseball season for about a month, so I am very thankful that I will be able to play my junior season. I am excited to show my teammates and coaches that I worked hard during the break and that I will continue to work hard to get ready for every game this season. I catch bullpens 1-2 times a week at Southern Iowa Baseball for my trainer Lester Washington. I attend every single practice and game. I am very hard working and focused when it comes to baseball, and I keep that same mentality in the classroom as a student-athlete (3.9 GPA). I always pick up my teammates after a tough play and am a leader by action but have been working very hard on being a leader by communication.
I want to personally thank you for your time and interest in me!
ACADEMICS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
Class rank: 13/276
Academic achievements: Honor Roll
Other sports: Football (starting QB on varsity)
2020 OTTUMWA H.S. VARSITY
June 15: at West Des Moines Valley, 5 p.m.
June 17: vs. Ankeny, 5 p.m.
June 22: vs. Ft. Dodge, 5 p.m.
June 23: at Ames, 5 p.m.
June 25: at Marshalltown, 5 p.m.
June 29: vs. Des Moines East, 5 p.m.
July 1: at Des Moines Roosevelt, 3:30 p.m.
July 2: vs. Des Moines Lincoln, 5 p.m.
July 6: at Des Moines North, 3:30 p.m.
July 8: vs. Des Moines Hoover, 5 p.m.
July 10: vs. Waukee, 5 p.m.
July 13: at Mason City, 5 p.m.