Prep Baseball Report

Arkansas 2018 Rankings: Left-handed Pitchers

By: Zac Bottoms
Arkansas Scouting Director

The 2018 rankings were released on Monday, with a large shake up, including the No.1 spot. Evan Hiatt after a monster sophomore year takes over the top spot. We take a look at other left-handers from this class that landed in the top 20.

No. 1 2018 LHP Evan Hiatt, Catholic HS
Hiatt is a 6-foot-1 180-pound left-hander with a large frame and an average build. He works from an H ¾ arm slot with a loose quick arm action. His mechanics are repeated consistently with little effort. He command his fastball at 84-85 mph with late sink. He threw a power curveball with fastball arm speed at 73-77 mph with 1/7 shape. He did not throw his change up in game, but did not need to due to the effectiveness of his fastball curveball combo  Overall Hiatt is an advanced left-hander with tremendous upside, as he shows the arm speed to throw a power breaking ball with a clean arm action.

No. 4 2018 LHP Kaleb Hill, Watson Chapel HS
Hill is a 6-foot-4 170-pound left-hander with a large frame and a lanky build. He uses a quick loose arm from an H ¾ arm slot. He uses a simple tall/fall delivery that is repeated. He has inconsistent rhythm, breaking his hands inconsistently. When he is on time he projects to throw much harder. His fastball worked 83-85 mph with slight downward action. His secondary pitch is a 67-68 mph sweeping breaking ball thrown with slowed arm speed. Overall Hill’s loose arm and projectable frame, makes him an intriguing prospect for the next for years.  

No. 8 2018 LHP Jordan Wicks, Conway HS
Wicks is a 6-foot-1 180-pound left-hander, with a large frame and an average build. He located four pitches for a strike during his complete game. His fastball worked 81-84mph with slight run for strikes at the bottom of the strike zone. He also located a curveball 69-72 mph and a slider 72-74 mph. His changeup is his most polished pitch throwing it with fastball arm speed at 71-74 mph. He does a sound job repeating his simple delivery with smooth rhythm and little effort. He pitches from an H ¾ arm with a slight stab in the back, with average arm speed. Overall, Wicks is an advanced left-hander with average arm speed.

No. 18 2018 LHP Hank Hannah, Catholic HS
Hannah is a 6-foot 150-pound left-hander with an athletic frame and build. He pitches from a H ¾ arm slot with a quick arm. His fastball works 80-83 mph with late arm-side run. He compliments his fastball with 1/7 curveball thrown 70-72 mph with solid action and depth. He repeats his simple delivery with rushed command. Overall Hannah has solid stuff, but has not shown consistent pitchability. A player to watch as he matures

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