California State Games: Blue Team Analysis Part 1

Steve Doherty
Area Scout


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Lathrop, CA - On the banks of the San Joaquin river under the hot summer sun the annual Prep Baseball Report - California State Games took place at beautiful Islanders Field. Players from across the Golden State made the journey to showcase their skills and chase their dreams. Uncommits became commits and unknowns became known. 

Nationwide restrictions altered the State Games from allowing college coaches to attend but thanks to modern technology the Prep Baseball Report - California staff was able to stream nationwide. TrackMan and Blast Motion technology provided exceptional data to be collected and distributed. The scouting staff crushed the twitter game and provided ample highlights on day one, day two and day three.

With an abundance of talent on hand, the players were broken up into three groups, today we take a look at Part 1 of the Blue Team analysis.

2021 OF Josh Algarin - The Kings Academy PSP was a standout for the Blue Team

Joshua Algarin, The Kings Academy PSP (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-9, 150-pounds. Proportional, athletic frame with more room to fill out.
Defense: Looks the part, has bounce and rhythm, able to cover a lot of ground.
Arm: LH.  OF - 89 mph. Proper arm action, throws were consistently on-line.
Hit: LHH. Slightly open, balanced and looks hitterish Aggressive to ball, plus bat speed. 
PowerTrackman recorded 95.4 MPH (high) exit velocity
Run: 7.16 runner in the 60. 

Jacob Badawi, Ayala  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-9, 180-pounds. Small, muscular, compact, maxed out frame
Defense: 2.00-2.08 pop times. Athletic, agile movements at catcher and OF with ability to react laterally.
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph.  Average from catching & OF position. Proper mechanics, with on-line throws to bag
Hit: RHH. Open, balanced stance. Short, powerful stroke, contact is loud and consistent.
Power: 99 mph exit velocity
Run: 7.02 runner in the 60. 

Andrew Barger, Buchanan  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: LHP
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds.
Defense: Gets in proper fielding position after delivery
Delivery: Deliberate with over the top arm slot
Arm Action: R/L. Longer and loose. Had trouble getting into a repeatable arm slot.
FB: T81, 79-80 mph. Displayed some arm side run
CB: 66-67 mph. Shows good 12/6 shape at times
CH: 70-71 mph. Comes out of same arm slot as FB

Omari Barksdale, Serra (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/LHP If all potential tools come together, you will have a future pro
Body: 5-11, 185-pounds. Large, athletic, linebacker type frame, maxed out.
Defense: Athletic actions, proper footwork, technique and approach and can cover a ton of ground
Arm:  OF - 84 mph. Average. Proper, longer arm action, has some zip behind throws
Hit: RHH. Sturdy, balanced base, looks hitterish, Short, quick, powerful to ball. Can impact and its loud
Power: 88 mph exit velocity. Over the fence power potential
Run: 7.40 runner in the 60. 

Tobey Brown, Coronado  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 2B/3B Will be hanging hit hat on the bat
Body: 5-10, 185-pounds. Small/medium frame that requires more physicality.

Defense: Must work on lateral movement and approach to ball

Arm: RH.  INF - 70 mph.  Below average
Hit: RHH. Upright, open stance with a high leg kick trigger. Aggressive to ball, plus bat speed and hard consistent contact
Power: 88 mph exit velocity. Gap-to-gap currently. Doubles hitter
Run: 7.74 runner in the 60. 

Darren Cho, Westview (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C/1B Imposing bat that will give production day-in day-out
Body: 6-2, 215-pounds. Has noticeably tightened his XL, durable, catchers frame up since last viewing
Defense: Gets low enough to create strikes for pitcher, but needs to improve flexibility and lateral movement to stick at the catching position in at the next level
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph. INF - 76 mph.  Average, accurate arm with some carry. Pop times in the 2.04-2.18 range
Hit: RHH. Solid, wide base. Looks hitterish Modern day uppercut swing. Makes loud solid contact consistently
Power: Carry tool. Over the fence power potential. Trackman exit velocities in the 90-100 MPH range
Run: 7.81 runner in the 60. 

Max Coupe, Menlo-Atherton (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/2B All-in-all, a solid, athletic RHH outfielder you can insert in the 5-9 slots in the lineup
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds. Long, lean, athletic frame. This is how it's supposed to look physically.
Defense: Proper footwork and technique approaching the ball. Clean transfers from glove to hand
Arm: RH.  OF - 89 mph. Above average. Clean arm action, accurate and consistently one hopping the glove
Hit: RHH. Wide base, open stance with high hands and flat bat. Minimal load trigger, longer path to contact.
Power: 99 MPH exit velocities suggest there is power down the road. You will see high doubles totals until he packs on more strength.
Run: 7.05 runner in the 60. 

Zachary Crandall, Santa Margarita  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C Solid defensive catch and throw catcher that will add depth offensively.
Body: 6-0, 190-pounds. Medium, muscular, durable catchers frame
Defense: 2.08-2.19 pop times. Has a desire to block balls in the dirt. Will have to work on flexibility and lateral movement
Arm: C - 74 mph. Average. Accurate and proper technique with some carry on throws to 2B. Pop times in the 2.01-2.13 range.
Hit: RHH. Wide, sturdy base, open stance, neutral hand placement Minimal hand load, aggressive, straight to ball when he fires hands. You will rarely see swing and miss because of excellent early connection metrics. Puts the ball in play at a high rate and takes what he is given.
Power: Exit velocities in the 93-98 MPH range suggesting there is more power to come. Hard hit ball % is impressive at 89%, even for a small sample size.
Run: 7.38 runner in the 60. 

Matthew Halbach, Archbishop Mitty (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-3, 190-pounds. Long, athletic frame that has more room for good weight and muscle.
Defense: Athletic, rangy and can cover a ton of ground. 
Arm: OF - 88 mph. Above average and accurate; plays on the mound as well.
Hit: RHH. Wide base, slightly open with neutral hand position. Aggressive approach to ball with excellent bat speed. Impacts the baseball and it's loud
Power: 101 mph exit velocity. Over the fence power potential as he begins to fill out.
Run: 7.24 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: High 3/4, falls to 1B side.
Arm Action: Clean
FB: T87, 83-86 mph.
CB: 75-76 mph.
SL: 74-75 mph.
CH: 78-79 mph. 

Nick Hawkins, Agoura  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 3B/2B
Body: 5-10, 168-pounds. Medium, strong, compact frame.
Defense:  Proper mechanics, and approach. Gets to left side of ball and plays through it
Arm: RH.  INF - 82 mph.  Average arm. Short arm stroke, balls to 1B are accurate but faded at times.
Hit: RHH. Spread out, open stance with high leg kick trigger Hitch in load, where his hands drop and get in good launch position. Loud, hard contact consistently
Power: 88 mph exit velocity from the tee. Blast confirms that there is present power. Predicting high doubles totals.
Run: 7.24 runner in the 60. 

Nick Hill, Cerritos (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 3B/SS
Body: 6-3, 190-pounds. Lean, athletic frame that has room to put on good weight and muscle.
Defense: Moves extremely well for his frame. Moves well laterally and can throw from all angles. pop times.
Arm: RH.  INF - 70 mph.  Tic above average, uses proper mechanics and throws to 1B had carry.
Hit: RHH. Rhythmic, tall, open stance with neutral hand set up Aggressive approach with plus bat speed. Loud, consistent contact.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity from the tee. You will see high doubles totals with his fair share of home runs. Possesses over the fence power potential
Run: 7.29 runner in the 60. 

Cole Howarth, Chino Hills (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 1B
Body: 6-5, 200-pounds. Tall, athletic body with ample room to fill out physically. You can dream on the frame
Defense: Really athletic for size. Big reach and wingspan. Moves extremely well around the bag and has a knack for picking balls in the dirt.
Arm: RH.  INF - 76 mph.  Average arm. Has proper technique and can make all the double play feed with ease.
Hit: RHH. Wider, athletic stance, slightly open with a mild leg kick trigger Swing geared to hit for average and can use all parts of the field. Contact is loud and consistent
Power: 94 mph exit velocity. Will be his carry tool. Projects to be a monster as he makes gains physically.
Run: 7.41 runner in the 60. 

Justin Johnson, Xavier College Prep (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/3B
Body: 6-1, 170-pounds. Medium build with high waist and long legs.
Defense: Confident and reads the ball well off the bat. Moves well laterally and can throw on the run.
Arm: RH.  INF - 76 mph.  Average arm with potential for more.
Hit: RHH. Tall, narrow, slightly open stance with high hands and high leg kick trigger Hitch in load, but get to good launch position and shows good bat speed
Power: Trackman exit velocities in the high 80's range.
Run: 7.28 runner in the 60. 

Christopher Landaas, San Juan Hills (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 1B/3B
Body: 6-4, 205-pounds. Proto-type first baseman, tall, proportional frame, with long arms and legs. Landaas has some physical projection remaining even at current size.
Defense: Good footwork with proper fielding technique. Works well around the bag and agile for his size.
Arm: RH.  INF - 78 mph.  Average. Proper mechanics. Makes all the double play feeds with ease.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, wider, athletic stance with minimal stride and hand trigger  Direct to ball with excellent bat speed
Power: 91 mph exit velocity. Could be his carry tool if all things come together. Has over the fence power potential
Run: 7.74 runner in the 60. 

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Timothy Reeve, Truckee (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/RHP Intriguing 2-way prospect.
Body: 5-10, 180-pounds. Well proportioned, medium, athletic frame
Arm: RH.  OF - 91 mph.
Hit: RHH. Narrow, slightly open stance with mild leg kick and stride. Violent, aggressive, uppercut swing with excellent excellent bat speed
Power: Projectable power. Multiple 98 MPH exit velocities on Trackman and a 70% hard hit ball average.
Run: 6.88 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Works out of set position exclusively with a hike 3/4 slot.
Arm Action: RH. Clean
FB: T87, 86-87 mph. Shows life through the strike zone and a maximum spin rate of 2286 RPM's
CB: 68-70 mph. Displays late, downward biting action and a maximum induced vertical break of -15.3°
CH:  Plays well off his fastball with a 8-9 MPH separation.
SPLT: 76-78 mph. 

Edgar Rosales, Long Beach Poly (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 2B/3B
Body: 5-7, 160-pounds. Small, compact, muscular build.

Defense: Athletic movements with proper mechanics seen in high level middle infielders. Smooth glove to hand transfers and can throw on the run from different angles
Arm: RH.  INF - 88 mph.  Above average. Shows proper mechanics with zip and carry on throws to 1B. INF velocity at 88 MPH
Hit: RHH. Balanced, pigeon-toed setup in the box with high leg kick trigger Aggressive and direct to ball with some violence. Contact is loud
Power: 92 mph exit velocity. Gap-to-gap currently and will have high doubles totals
Run: 6.84 runner in the 60. 

Sebastian Schreiber, Alisal (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: LHP
Body: 6-2, 225-pounds. Large, sturdy frame, powerful and strong

Delivery: Works from the set position exclusively and high 3/4 slot
Arm Action: LH. Longer, traditional arm swing.
FB: T86, 84-85 mph. Average velocity, max spin rate of 2190 RPM. Has average release height of 5.58 feet.
CB: 66-68 mph. Lacks command. In the strike zone 25% of the time. Spin rate average of 1617.
CH: 79-80 mph. Seldom used. Comes out of a different slot than FB. Induced vertical break of 9.9° 

Jonah Storey, Mira Costa (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-0, 185-pounds. Proportional, athletic build
Defense: Proper mechanics, footwork and technique on approach to ball. Gets rid of it quickly. Profiles at the corner OF position
Arm: RH.  OF - 85 mph. Average arm with carry. One-hops mitt consistently
Hit: RHH. Wide, open stance with neutral hand position and toe-tap trigger Direct to contact with good bat speed. 76% on plane efficiency and will rarely strike out.
Power: 97 mph exit velocity. Gap-to-gap currently with high doubles totals
Run: 7.26 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Smooth and repeatable from a 3/4 slot
Arm Action: RH. Shows clean mechanics and all offerings come out of same slot
FB: T85, 82-84 mph. Max spin rate of 2415 RPM's
CB: 65-66 mph. Induced vertical break -9.7°
CH:  Plays off FB nicely with 9 MPH of separation

Christian Williams, Buchanan (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-3, 165-pounds. Tall, wiry frame with ample room to add weight and muscle
Delivery: Simple, compact delivery, long stride and works down the mound in a linear fashion
Arm Action: RH. Clean, repeatable, short arm swing
FB: T84, 81-83 mph. Located well in all quadrants of the strike zone
CB: 71-73 mph. Spins it well and has a sharp late break. Needs to use it more often
CH: 75-76 mph. Shows fading action to the arm side. Plays off fastball well with 8-9 MPH separation.

Sam Winkles, Acalanes  (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: LHP
Body: A lean 6-2, 165-pounds with ample room to add weight and muscle
Delivery: Traditional. Clean and repeatable mechanics. Head pulls down to the glove side at times.
Arm Action: LH. Over the top arm slot. Short arm swing, but you can project that there is more in the tank with his long levers.
FB: T84, 81-83 mph. Shows command. Topped out at 84. More in the tank
CB: 70-73 mph. Big CB with 1/7 shape
CH: 72-74 mph. Best pitch currently. Gets swing and misses with it. Will develop as he gains more strength in frame.

Cole Yoshida, El Diamante (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Athletic, strong muscular frame with room to add more strength
Defense:  Displays athleticism and plays through the ball. Can throw on the run well
Arm: RH.  INF - 80 mph.  Average arm with a high-3/4 slot. Can drop down when moving to left, gets rid of ball quickly
Hit: RHH. Slightly crouched, open stance with hands positioned by back shoulder.  Simple toe-tap trigger before firing Aggressive attack with excellent bat speed. Displays loud, consistent contact
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee. Frame suggests power will come in the future. Until then he will have high doubles totals
Run: 7.42 runner in the 60.



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