Preseason Trials: Statistical Analysis


Jordon Banfield
Arizona Scouting Director

The Preseason Trials took place on Wednesday, December 27th at Corona del Sol HS in Tempe. The event featured prospects from the 2019-2021 classes and served as an identifier for future invite-only events such as the upcoming Preseason All-State Games and next summer’s Top Prospect Games and Future Games. This week we continue our coverage of the event with our statistical analysis. Complete data, pictures and video are already posted with scouting reports soon to follow. As always contact [email protected] or direct message @PBRArizona on Twitter with any questions and/or information.

This event gives a solid glimpse into what a top prospect looks like as Gerardo Hernandez and Colten Keith dominated nearly every category. Both players will be among the top five prospects in their respective class when Arizona rankings are updated after the Preseason All-State Games.

TOP 60 YARD DASH TIMES

PBR's #3-rated 2019 prospect in Arizona, Hernandez takes home the top spot with a 6.81 on a slow track. Keith, Thome Nickelson, Easton Erwin and Cade Verdusco also turn in solid times around 7.0 seconds.

Gerardo Hernandez AZ San Luis 2019 OF 6.81
Colten Keith AZ
Verrado 2020 3B/RHP 6.99
Thome Nickelson AZ
Mountain View 2019
SS/3B 7.01
Easton Erwin AZ
Hamilton 2019
OF/2B 7.04
Cade Verdusco AZ
Corona del Sol 2020
OF/SS 7.09

 

TOP FASTBALL VELOCITY

Keith with the firmest fastball on the day at 88 mph, followed by 2019's Jeremy Davidson, Ismael Garcia and Matthew Bohnert in the low-80's.

Name State School Class Pos Fastball Velocity
Colten Keith
AZ
Verrado 2020
3B/RHP 88
Jeremey Davidson AZ
Liberty 2019
C/RHP 82
Ismael Garcia AZ Corona del Sol 2019 RHP 82
Matthew Bohnert AZ Cactus Shadows 2019 LHP/OF 82

 

TOP EXIT VELOCITY

Hernandez and Keith again battle for the top spot, followed by 2020 Oregon State commit Hunter Haas.
Name State School Class Pos Exit Velocity
Gerardo Hernandez AZ
San Luis 2019
OF 96
Colten Keith AZ
Verrado 2020
3B/RHP 94
Hunter Haas AZ
Corona del Sol 2020
SS/2B 89
Dylan Fesperman AZ
Pinnacle 2019 1B/3B 85
Thome Nickelson AZ Mountain View 2019 SS/3B 84

TOP INFIELD VELOCITY

 

Keith also with the top infield velocity on the day, followed by Nickelson who showed interesting tools across the board.

Name State School Class Pos Infield Velocity
Colten Keith AZ
Verrado 2020
3B/RHP 87
Thome Nickelson AZ
Mountain View 2019
SS/3B 82
Hunter Haas AZ
Corona del Sol 2020
SS/2B 78
Bryan Webb AZ
Corona del Sol 2020 LHP/1B 75
Jaxon Rose AZ Sunrise Mountain 2020 RHP/SS 75

 

TOP OUTFIELD VELOCITY

Hernandez with far and away the strongest outfield arm at the event, followed by Verdusco, Bohnert and Erwin in the mid-80's.

Name State School Class Pos Outfield Velocity
Gerardo Hernandez
AZ
San Luis 2019
OF 91
Cade Verdusco AZ
Ironwood Ridge 2019
OF 85
Matthew Bohnert AZ
Cactus Shadows 2019
LHP/OF 84
Easton Erwin AZ Hamilton 2019 OF/2B 84

 

TOP CATCHER POP TIMES

Jeremey Davidson showed well with a very solid best pop time of 2.01 and good receiving ability. 2020 prospect Ben Click is also a strong follow after turning in a 2.08.

Name State School Class Pos Pop Times
Jeremey Davidson AZ
Liberty 2019
C/RHP 2.01 - 2.09
Ben Click AZ
Corona del Sol 2020
C/3B 2.08 - 2.12
Cole Sheehan AZ Mountain Pointe 2021 C/3B 2.16 - 2.31
Jacob Peterman AZ Desert Mountain 2020 C/OF 2.19 - 2.28

 

TOP CATCHER VELOCITY

As we often see the catcher velocity list mirrors the best pop time list.

Name State School Class Pos Catcher Velocity
Jeremey Davidson AZ
Liberty 2019
C/RHP 74
Ben Click AZ
Corona del Sol 2020
C/3B 72
Cole Sheehan AZ Mountain Pointe 2021 C/3B 71
Jacob Peterman AZ Desert Mountain 2020 C/OF 68