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Spring Scout Blog: Liberty vs. Sunrise Mountain

Jordon Banfield
Arizona Scouting Director

The Arizona Spring Scout Blog will include notes and reports on select prospects we see throughout our spring high school coverage. If there is a game/player that needs to be covered do not hesitate to reach out and we will do our best to be there. As always, contact [email protected] or direct message @PBRArizona on Twitter with any questions about Prep Baseball Report and/or commitment information. 

Liberty @ Sunrise Mountain 3/1/18

Troy Balko, 2018, RHP, Sunrise Mountain HS
UNLV signee. The ultra-projectable righty has made another jump, sitting 86-89, touching 90 with his fastball with a relatively low effort delivery.  Balko held his velo for 6 shutout innings and completely dominated a solid Liberty lineup. His breaking ball had more curveball shape and velo that we've seen in the past at 75-76 with tight rotation and depth. Currently ranked as the #18 AZ prospect in his class, Balko set himself up to make yet another jump.

EJ Sua, 2018, OF/1B, Sunrise Mountain HS
Uncommitted. Sua continues to prove himself as a guy who just hits. The physical RHH is very strong and consistently found the barrel against multiple D1 arms. The defense is somewhat of a question mark, but there's no question he can be an impact bat the the D2/D3 level.

Ethan Snodgrass, 2019, C, Sunrise Mountain HS
Uncommitted. Has transformed his body, looking leaner and stronger which has made him a more intriguing prospect. Commands the field on defense and shows elite makeup. Consistent 2.0 pops between innings. Doesn't possess elite tools, but is a baseball player. Smoked a line drive with 95 mph exit veto in his last at-bat. Shows ability to be on time against high-end arms. Very little swing and miss in his game.Has made himself into a possible D1 prospect.

JD Wadleigh, 2018, OF/LHP, Liberty HS
South Mountain CC signee. Recently transferred in from Colorado and showed himself to be a difference making athlete with a 4.18 home-to-first time. The only Liberty hitter who wasn't overwhelmed by the upper-80's FB and tight CB. Showed a short swing with some bat speed. Also sat 82-84 with a quick arm and athletic delivery in a short stint on the mound.

Chandler Murphy, 2019, RHP, Liberty HS
Arizona commit. Pitched 85-87, T89 with a straight fastball. Showed both a late breaking 77 mph slider and a softer 70-72 mph curveball that was more of a get me over type pitch. Athletic, low effort delivery with plenty of room to add strength/bulk to his long-limbed frame. Very high ceiling.