Prep Baseball Report

Fall Prospect Showcase: Top Overall Prospects (Upperclass)

Jordon Banfield
Arizona Scouting Director

PBR’s inaugural event in Arizona took place on October 29 at the Kansas City Royals Complex in Surprise. We wrap up our analysis from the event with our Top Overall Prospect List, which is broken down into upperclass and underclass prospects.

2019 RHP Jacob Henderson takes home the top spot on the upperclass list after a terrific performance where his electric arm from a near sidearm slot was on display. The underclass list will follow in the coming days to conclude our coverage from the event.

Here’s a look at our top prospects: 




Jacob Henderson RHP / OF / Mesquite, AZ / 2019

6-foot 175-pound quick twitch frame with proportional strength and broad shoulders. Very good athlete whose high tempo delivery and lightning quick arm stand out immediately. Threw heavy 85-87 mph sinkers from a low angle that easily register as the best pitch of the event. Fastball appeared to get a foot of late movement at times. Also mixed in 70-73 mph slurve with consistent rotation that should continue to develop into an average secondary offering as his timing gets more consistent. One of the top uncommitted 2019 prospects in Arizona; Henderson is capable of getting outs at any level. 



Tyler Magin RHP / OF / Desert Vista, AZ / 2019

Wiry strong 6-foot 170-pound frame with broad shoulders and a trim waist. One of the top unsigned prospects in Arizona’s 2019 class, Magin flashed the event’s firmest fastball and an ability to consistently throw all three pitches for strikes. Works from a modified set position with a small side step and up-tempo athletic delivery. Slight hook in back of arm action did not create any command issues for him. 87-89 mph fastball had late life and good plane for a 6-foot pitcher. His curveball has tight rotation and consistent downward break at 69-73 mph. 77-79 mph change flashed fading action and was thrown aggressively with good arm speed. Magin’s combination of arm speed and feel for pitching make him a very strong prospect on the mound and will give him a chance to pitch at a high level.




Cal Lambert LHP / 1B / Sandra Day O'Connor, AZ / 2019

6-foot-2 185-pound frame. Strong lower half is much more developed than relatively narrow upper body. Possesses a very high ceiling and is one of the top uncommitted pitchers in Arizona’s 2019 class. Simple, compact delivery and clean arm action should be easy to repeat as he gains experience. High front side and shoulder tilt creates some plane and deception. Does exhibit some looseness in hips and at times lands slightly open which can create some timing and command inconsistencies. If this improves, Lambert has a chance to be an elite level prospect. 83-86 T87 fastball tended to cut when working to glove side and run when working to arm side. Curveball was 68-70 mph with 1-7 shape and flashed depth. Also showed a developing changeup at 80-81.




Jack Silverman C / 1B / Desert Mountain, AZ / 2018

6-foot-2, 215-pound frame with sloping shoulders and proportional strength. Body composition continues to improve. Hits from relaxed setup with good balance, glides forward into contact creating good separation. Generates impressive bat speed for bigger bodied prospect; 88 mph exit velocity. Continues to improve defensively and was the top performing catcher at this event. Turned in a best pop time of 1.94 with a short, quick arm action that generates solid carry. Quiet receiver has a chance to stay behind the plate at the next level.





Adam Parra RHP / 3B / Perry, AZ / 2019

6-foot-2, 210-pound frame with wide hips and a thick lower half. Interesting two-way prospect showed best on the mound where he worked 83-85, T86 with his heavy fastball, utilizing a full windup and short, clean arm action. Generates good downhill plane with strong front side and high ¾ slot. Showed consistent rotation on 69-71 mph curveball with 11/5 shape and advanced feel for 72-75 mph changeup with good arm speed and sinking action. Big frame and feel for three pitches make him an intriguing prospect on the mound. Offensively, his best tool is his bat, turning in an 87 mph exit velocity with a simple, balanced swing. Generates impressive raw power and was consistently on the barrel. Shows strong arm at 3B with 81 mph infield velocity with longer arm action and could also profile to 1B at the next level.




Dylan Skov C / RHP / Cactus Shadows, AZ / 2019

5-foot-11, 175-pound frame with some strength in upper body and an athletic lower half; 7.20 60-yard dash. Hits from wide, balanced setup and shows solid bat speed and a path that keeps the barrel in the zone. Front side tends to get soft at times. Made solid contact in BP and will be able to drive the ball more consistently as he learns to firm up his front side through his swing. Athletic receives and blocker showed solid carry on throws turning in a best pop of 1.99 with 78 mph velocity from the crouch. 



Hayden Nierman RHP / 3B / Desert Mountain, AZ / 2018

6-foot-1, 145-pound frame. Extremely physically immature with long limbs and plenty of projection remaining. Nierman’s bullpen and future potential stood out at the event and with continued physical development has the necessary skillset to make an impact at the next level. Fastball topped out at 84 mph as he effortlessly delivered the ball with downhill plane and running life to the bottom of the zone from a near ¾ slot. His excellent posture and clean delivery combined with the looseness of his arm indicate there is a strong chance of a velocity increase in is future. 75-76 mph changeup filled up the zone with some fading action and also showed a developing curveball at 68-70. 




Noah Burgarello SS / 2B / Sandra Day O'Connor, AZ / 2019

5-foot-10 140-pound frame. Proportional strength. Loose, fluid setup and swing with strong wrists. Glides into contact creating good separation and consistent hard contact to middle of field. Feel to hit. Defensively does a good job of attacking the baseball from shortstop. Good feel, moves feet well to both sides, takes pressure off arm. Solid carry on throws from higher slot, much better than infield velo would indicate. 7.25 in the 60.  



Nicholas Barendrick SS / 2B / Saguaro, AZ / 2018

6-foot 160-pounds frame, high-waist. Used balanced setup and loose wrists to make hard contact in BP; 86 mph exit velocity.  Showed off advanced, simple rhythm in swing, turning in one of the most consistent rounds of the day. Solid athlete posting 7.0 60-yard dash. Defensively showed off soft hands, easily adjusting to some difficult hops and comfortably moving his feet. Future arm strength will dictate his defensive home at the next level, plenty athletic to handle multiple positions. 



Bryce Ulm 3B / 1B / Gilbert, AZ / 2018

Boxy 6-foot-2, 238-pound frame. Showed very well at the event with some of the best raw power and surprising athleticism on defense for his size. Hits from tall, open setup, getting very good extension to a high one-hand finish. Looking to lift and pull. Impressive combination of bat speed and raw power; 89 mph exit velocity. Nimble mover at 3B shows soft hands show good carry on throws from ¾ slot with clean, whippy action. 7.51 60-yard dash.