2018 Rankings: Profile Review No.1 -No.5


Zac Bottoms
Arkansas Scouting Director

After a busy fall we wanted to work through and update the 2018 rankings as we finalize this very talented class. We expanded the rankings to encompass 125 players. 46 players have made their college commitments and will be signing their National letters of intent over the next week.

The top 5 of this class is a group of talented pitchers. This group has 4 pitchers committed to pitching in the SEC and 1 committed to pitching at Wichita State. Today we will review each profile along with look at their video. 



Jaden Hill

Class of 2018 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: SS
  • High School: Ashdown
    State: AR
  • Summer Team: Sticks Baseball Elite
  • Height: 6-4
    Weight: 215lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
92
Max FB
87 - 90
FB
72 - 75
SL
Position
87
INF Velo
88
Exit Velo
4.34
H-1st

Scouting Report

5.23.17 All State Game

Hill is a 6-foot-5 210-pound right-hander with a large frame and a physical build. He pitched 88-90 mph from a H ¾ arm slot with a short arm action. He threw a change up and slider. His slider was thrown 78-79 mph with 10/4 shape and early break. The change up was thrown 75-76 mph with near fastball arm speed and slight arm side run. He uses a measured delivery that is repeated consistently. He has a distinct balance point and finish square to the plate upright. Overall Hill is very physical with a quick arm, his upside is tremendous as he continues to learn how to pitch. 


Videos

5/23/17 Pitching





Connor Noland

Class of 2018 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 3B
  • High School: Greenwood
    State: AR
  • Summer Team: Sticks
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 210lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
92
Max FB
90 - 91
FB
79 - 82
CB
83 - 85
CH

Scouting Report

5.23.17 All-State Game

Noland is a 6-foot-2 180-pound right-hander with an athletic frame and build. He showed an advanced feel for the strike zone locating 4 pitches for strike. His fastball worked 86-89 mph with late life through the strike zone. He located a slider with 10/4 shape and a late break thrown 78-81 mph. His curveball was thrown 71-73 mph with 11.5 shape and early break. He flashed a changeup thrown 74-75 mph with arm side run, the two times he threw it. Noland pitches from an H ¾ arm slot, with quick arm speed, a short arm action, good balance and regular effort, with a simple tilt and topple delivery. He repeats his smooth rhyme, his shoulders stay level as he stays in line with home plate. He finishes upright and square to home plate. Overall Noland has a quick arm and an advanced feel to pitch with 4 pitches.  


Videos

5/23/17 Pitching





Kaleb Hill

Class of 2018 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
  • Primary Position: LHP
  • High School: Watson Chapel
    State: AR
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 220lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/L

Statistics

Pitching
91
Max FB
89 - 91
FB
72 - 75
CB
69 - 71
CH
74 - 76
SPL
Position
79
INF Velo
85
Exit Velo

Scouting Report

5.23.17 All-State Game
Hill is a 6-foot-4 195-pound left-hander with a large frame and an athletic build. He is an advanced athlete with a quick arm. He pitches from an H ¾ arm slot with a short arm action with quick arm speed. He repeats his tall and fall delivery with little effort. He uses consistent rhythm, however it is a choppy with a slight pause with his arm action on the backside. He works with his shoulders uphill and finishes upright. His fastball was located down in the strike zone at 89-91 mph, his curveball showed depth and 1/7 action thrown 72-75 mph with late break. He threw his changeup 69-70 mph with erratic command. Overall Hill is an advanced athlete with a quick arm and an advanced breaking ball. 


Videos

5/23/17 Pitching





Connor McCullough

Class of 2018 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
    Commitment: Oklahoma
  • Primary Position: RHP
  • High School: Maumelle
    State: AR
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
90
Max FB
87 - 90
FB
78 - 79
CB
77 - 78
CH
Position
7.41
60-yard
76
INF Velo
84
Exit Velo

Scouting Report

5.23.17 All State Game

McCullough is a 6-foot-1 170-pound right-hander with an athletic frame and a thin build. He uses a short quick arm action from a H ¾ slot. His drop and drive delivery is repeated consistently with regular effort. He commanded the strike zone with a fastball which worked 87-90 with slight sink. He complimented his fastball with a curveball thrown 78-79 with late break and 11/5 action. Overall McCullough is a solid athlete with a quick arm and a feel for two advanced pitches. 


Videos

5/23/17 Pitching





Miller Pleimann

Class of 2018 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
  • Primary Position: RHP
  • High School: Fayetteville
    State: AR
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
89
Max FB
86 - 89
FB
78 - 79
CB
72 - 75
CH
Position
79
INF Velo
85
Exit Velo
4.38
H-1st

Scouting Report

5.23.17 All-State Game
Pleimann is a 6-foot-3 180-pound right-hander with a large frame and an athletic build. He pitches off his fastball thrown 88-89 mph located in the bottom half of the strike zone on a consistent basis. He also showed the ability to located a curveball with 11/5 shape and late break at 78-79 mph. He pitches from a High ¾ arm slot with a loose arm. He uses a simple tall and fall delivery with little effort. He maintains he finish square to the plate with limited extension. Overall Pleimann is an intriguing pitcher with his frame and clean arm action. 



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