California Insider: 2020 California Uncommitted Spotlight

Les Lukach
State Scouting Director

The Class of 2020 in California has many college coaches and scouts alike thinking it is right up there with recent classes that were loaded with MLB Draft prospects. With many of the top players committed to four-year schools already, many coaches are looking for those guys that aren’t yet committed to fill out their classes.

Below we’ll take a look at 10 uncommitted guys that are certain to get their chance at playing collegiately or beyond.

Dante Schmid RHP / OF / Eastlake, CA / 2020

Schmid stands at 6-foot-2 181 pounds with plenty of room for growth on his long limbed, athletic frame. Using a long, loose three-quarters delivery, Schmid is able to create some deception with his delivery with some across-the-body actions. Fastball shows solid downward angle through the zone while topping at 83. Schmid’s curveball may be his best present pitch. With 11/5 shape, it’s a tight pitch with good depth. Shows feel for a fading changeup that sits 74-75 miles per hour. 

Alonzo Richardson SS / RHP / Christian, CA / 2020

Standing 5-foot-10 and only 155 pounds, Richardson is very projectable physically. When you watch him play it’s even easier to project his ability. Using a toe-tap trigger, Richardson uses a slight coil to before using his hand quickness to get the barrel in the zone where he swings with intent. Defensively he shows athletic actions and very good footwork. Works aggressively to the ball where he shows soft, receptive hands and quick transfers. Throws across the diamond with some carry. Easy to project his defensive skill set because of his athleticism. 

Treven Crowley RHP / 3B / Hilmar, CA / 2020

Long, lean and athletically built at 6-foot-1 160 pounds, Crowley projects to add strength which shouldn’t impact his athleticism. Works tall on the mound with a low leg lift that keeps him on his backside throughout delivery. Gets over on his frontside well and extends through each pitch. Working primarily from a high three-quarters slot, Crowley shows good command of the fastball that touches 86 miles per hour with arm side run. His curveball has an 11/5 shape with tight spin and late depth while maintaining his arm speed. Showed good feel for the changeup that has some fade and sink working in the 73-75 mile per hour range. Commands the zone and shows knowledge of pitching in specific counts.

Nolan Inouye 3B / RHP / Clovis North, CA / 2020

Inouye has a medium frame with strength at 5-foot-8 and 200 pounds. Defensively he shows athleticism in his footwork and with the glove where he’s deliberate to the ball while receiving out front. Transfers are clean and loose with average present arm strength. His throws are regularly online and accurate. At the plate he shows an understanding of the strike zone while staying committed to his approach. Shows present bat speed and strength when he connects the barrel to the ball. Swings with intent and shows gap-to-gap abilities.

Nolin Shervais SS / RHP / Castro Valley, CA / 2020

With a medium frame and lean build, Shervais at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds projects to add additional strength without sacrificing athleticism. At shortstop he shows advanced footwork while rounding and funneling the baseball out in front. Shows good range to both sides and is attacks the ball aggressively. Offensively Shervais uses a spread, event stance while keeping his back elbow high. Primarily a gap-to-gap hitter he shows the ability to go the other way when necessary. Gets extended while keeping the barrel on a linear plane. Shows some present strength and bat speed. 

Nathan Chong C / 1B / Fullerton Union, CA / 2020

At 6-foot 195 pounds, Nathan Chong already has a large, solidly built frame with broad shoulders. Chong uses that frame well behind the plate where he uses his low, slightly turned stand when receiving. With soft hands, he gains ground when coming out of his crouch where he has clean, quick exchange before using a three-quarters release to produce online throws with carry. At the plate he looks to lift the ball and takes a very intentful, attacking approach to the ball. Get the barrel in the zone routinely producing loud contact.

Austin Schroder RHP / 3B / The Bishop's, CA / 2020

At 6-foot-1 175 pounds with wiry strength, it’s easy to project Schroder adding strength to his large, lean frame. Working from an upright stance, he drops and drive the lower half aggressively when working to the plate. Shows good feel for the fastball that works to both sides of the plate and maintains velocity in the low-to-mid 80’s. Also shows feel for the curveball which is a bit more slurvy at present. The pitch is flashes good spin and has the sweeping action characteristic of a slurve and sits in the 72-74 miles per hour range. 

Kaleb Hatch C / Mission Hills, CA / 2020

With present strength, Hatch projects to add to his medium build with more maturation. Stays low and compact behind the plate while showing athleticism and raw arm strength. His footwork confirms his athleticism and makes the arm play up resulting in accurate throws with carry. A left handed hitter, Hatch hits from an open stance and is short and direct to the ball getting the barrel out front resulting in consistent line drive contact.

Matthew Odom SS / 3B / St. Francis , CA / 2020

Odom shows athletic actions in the middle of the infield with quick feet and good hands. Flashes fast hands in the transition and throws quickly from multiple arm slots. Arm strength is currently best suited for the right side of the infield with more likely to come. A switch hitter that uses a high leg lift trigger to move into contact. With quick hands he gets the barrel out front with good timing. Presently a little more advanced from the right side.

Vincent Temesvary OF / 3B / Harvard-Westlake, CA / 2020

A physical, mature 2020 outfielder, Temesvary is an intriguing prospect for both his offense and his defense. Shows good raw arm strength in both the infield and outfield to go with proper footwork. Present arm strength results in lots of online, accurate throws with carry. Presently a better prospect as an outfielder than infielder but he shows the ability to do both with more action at third base. A right handed hitter he uses a short, deliberate swing with strong hands through the zone. Present bat speed and strength generate loud contact which drives balls to gaps.