Uncommitted Class of 2019 Spotlight - Eli Saul


Chris Kemlo
PBR Ontario Director of Scouting

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British Columbia Insider: Uncommitted Class of 2019 Spotlight - Eli Saul

 

Eli Saul

Class of 2019 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2019
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Prince of Wales
    State: BC
  • Summer Team: UBC Thunder
  • Height: 6-5
    Weight: 205lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/R

Statistics

Pitching
94
Max FB
88 - 90
FB
77 - 78
CH
75 - 77
SL
Position
8.00
60-yard
83
INF Velo
89
Exit Velo

Scouting Report

Background: Relatively unknown heading into 2018, Saul recently caught PBR BC director Jamie Bodaly’s eye in early February at an indoor workout. He attended the first ever BC Open ID in April where he was a top performer and carried that into the BC ProCase this past week. Pitching for the UBC Thunder this year, Saul is averaging over a strikeout an inning and has only walked eight hitters in 27.2 innings pitched so far this year.

Report: At 6-foot-5, 205-pounds, Saul easily meets the eye test when you see him walk into the park, and still has room to add strength and get stronger as he is only in his junior high school season. Impressive with the ease in which he worked with at the ProCase, the fastball sat 87-89 and was up to 90 mph while he mixed in both a slider and changeup that had feel and action as he lived predominantly down in the zone during his two innings of work. The arm is loose and clean in the back with whippy action out front, slider should add velocity and it had late action with more 10/4 shape and chance to be swing and miss down the road. Saul showed confidence in game with his changeup, throwing multiple times in is two innings. It worked out of same slot as fastball and his best changeups had late action down in the zone at 76-78 mph. Chance to be a three-pitch guy at the collegiate level and potential front-end starter at the Division 1 level, the stuff plays and the feel in which he showed for the strike zone is a very encouraging sign in a high school junior. Saul is an arm that coaches will want to see sooner than later.