Phoenix Summer Review: Quick Hits

Paul Panaccione
Arizona Scouting Director

On, Aug. 22 Prep Baseball Report Arizona held the Phoenix Summer Review at Grand Canyon University. The Phoenix Summer Review is an annual open showcase accessible to the high school players in the Phoenix area, granting players the opportunity to be evaluated by the PBR Arizona staff while their tools were analyzed by state-of-the-art technologies on-site. 

Today, we’ll begin to publish our findings from this event in the form of this Quick Hits post. In no order, we will state some of our initial takeaways and highlights from last Sunday’s showcase. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more post-event coverage. To view the event's complete list of statistics, click here.

Quick Hits

+ RHP/1B Collin Riff (Saguaro, 2022): Long, lanky frame listed at 6-foot-6, 185 pounds; long limbs has room for physical development. Riff was a stand-out at Sunday's showcase, where he reached an event-high 89 mph from the mound, sitting 87-88 from a high 3/4 slot. His breaking ball, 70-73 mph, featured 12/6 action and showed as his best secondary offering on this day, though he also has a changeup in his arsenal, 75-78. His fastball stays true and it allows his curveball to play off its plane, flashing sharp, downward break. Riff works fluidly down the mound, equipped with quick arm speed. His athleticism plays off the rubber, in addition to his upside as a position player. He ran a 7.26 in the 60-yard dash with long, efficient strides. From the right-handed batter's box, Riff utilizes his long levers well, and generated above-average hand speed, according to the Blast. His average hand speed mark of 25.1 mph was the second highest at the event. Riff's overall game makes him a follow to note moving forward, especially from the mound.

+ 1B/3B Seth Moore (Chandler, 2022): Stocky build at 6-foot-1, 215 pounds. Proportionate strength in lower and upper body. Moore had an eye opening workout on Sunday. Aggressive swing that plays out front. Upright and slightly open setup in stance and creates some separation with load. Moore posted the highest exit velocity, max distance, hand speed, and bat speed of the day, leaving the yard 4-5 times in two rounds of batting practice. Moore also posted the best 60 time of the workout at 6.73, moves very well for his size. Moore's bat showed to be his best tool. Defensively, Moore showed good footwork at first base. Putting himself in a good position to field clean hops. Infield velocity was recorded at 79 mph.



+ OF/RHP Jake Romaine (Desert Vista, 2022): 6-foot, 200 pounds, athletic strong build with long legs and high waist. Romaine turned in two impressive rounds of batting practice. Left handed bat with explosive flat swing that has good extension through the zone. Recorded a bat speed of 100.22 and a max distance of 377 feet. Leaving the yard once to right center field and put multiple balls off the wall. Recorded the highest hard hit percentage of the day at 87.5%. Tends to gain too much ground on stride on occasion. Smooth actions in the outfield and recorded an outfield velocity of 82 mph. Romaine showed smooth clean mechanics on the mound. Fastball ranged from 78-81 with some arm side run and a max spin of 2147. Slider sat 67-69, uses a spike grip. Changeup sat 72-74, kept it down in the zone.



3B/1B Landon Zaborowski (Basha, 2024): 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, physical build good base still with room to add strength. Younger brother of prospect Ryand Zaborowski, has similar features at this age with much upside. Efficient bat path with the ability to hit the ball to all fields with authority. Sets up with a wider base, strong in his legs with a small simple load and stays grounded. Turned in two solid rounds of batting practice, leaving the yard to dead left field and hit some balls deep to the middle. Defensively, Zaborowski has calm feet and hands. Approaches and fields the ball with quiet hands and feet. Threw an easy 83 mph across the diamond, ball has great 4 seam carry across the field. Zaborowski has room to improve athletically, running a 7.79 60 yard sprint. But the actions are smooth and hands and feet work gracefully.

+ 3B/RHP Michael Caruso (Desert Vista, 2023): 6-foot-1, 165 pounds wirey strength with room for continued physical development. Raw athleticism in all aspects of the game. Average width with setup at the plate, hands are pushed back initially but get back in tighter when he starts his swing. Swing is short and lets the ball get deep, path is a little cutty at times but sprays the field with line drives. Max exit velocity was 96.33 mph, max bat speed was recorded at 74.8 on Blast. Caruso profiles to be a line drive/gap to gap hitter.  Good athlete on the mound, throws from a high ¾ slot. Fastball sat from 83-85 with a max velo of 86 mph, slight arm side run. Curveball sat 68-70 mph with a max spin of 2178, average depth. Changeup sat 73-76 with good command down in the zone. Good rhythm and timing with footwork in the infield. Clocked at 88 mph across the diamond. Good footwork and body positioning help out his hands in the infield.  

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