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California State Games: Grey Team Analysis Part 2


Joey Cohen

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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 oneday 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 2 of the Grey Team analysis.

Kyle Calzadiaz, Walnut  (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-3, 160-pounds. Lanky and athletic build, high waisted with some long arms
Hit: RHH. Simple upright upper body set up with a slight bend of the knees and low hands. Quick and short stroke, steep-flat path. Holds hands high at finish. Gap to gap approach.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee. Above-average bat speed (72 mph top) for his level with a swing that he extends through finish. Can fill the gaps with line drives that end up at the wall.
Arm: RH. OF - 93 mph. Longer arm action with a stab. Plus arm speed. Gets feet under him quickly. Made strong and accurate throws with present carry.
Defense: Gets low to the ball and has clean glove exchanges. Sets up feet well to get behind and through the ball.
Run: 6.87 runner in the 60. 

PITCHING
Delivery: Tall and fall type of delivery. High knee into the back hip. Lands balanced and squared with home. Finishes with a firm and straight front leg.
Arm Action: RH. Longer and loose arm action with a stab draw. Higher ¾ slot. Plus arm speed late in the delivery.
FB: T89, 85-87 mph. 12-1 tilt gives it good ride up in the zone.
CB: 70-72 mph. Had some side spin which makes it more like a slurve. 2300-2500 spin.
SL: 73-74 mph. 

Trevor Fox, St. Augustine (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 1B/LHP
Body: 6-7, 225-pounds. Long body with a large frame, body starting to fill out
Hit: LHH. Is bent at the knees with an upright upper body and loose hands. Rhythmic swing, uses a leg kick trigger and hands stay neutral throughout the load. Compact stroke that is extended through finish. Middle of the field approach. Uphill swing path.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity from the tee. Consistent high exit velos in BP sending multiple balls to the wall. With ability to find the barrel and plus bat speed (ranges 73-79 mph per Blast motion data) he has elite power potential
Arm: LH. INF - 86 mph Loose and quick arm action. All of his throws were accurate. Took some unnecessary steps before release.
Defense: Clean and quick footwork on GBs but slower first step. Good glove exchanges.
Run: 7.26 runner in the 60. 

PITCHING
Delivery: High leg lift and gets extended with the front leg. Gets down the mound fast. Finishes online with home with a bent front leg.
Arm Action: LH. High ¾ slot. Good arm speed with circular arm action. Hides the ball well behind his body and gets good extension.
FB: T88, 83-86 mph. Good late life in the zone. Some trouble working it in on hitters
CB: 72-73 mph. Throws it with the same armspeed as the FB. Trouble locating it for strikes, more of a chase pitch.
CH: 82-83 mph. Some present armside fade. It’s a pitch that needs development. 

Jake Fuentes, Orange Lutheran (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/P
Body: 6-2, 185-pounds. Tall and lean build with a medium frame
Hit: RHH. Sets up with an upright upper body with slight bend at knees. Slow gather with a simple stride. Quick compact stroke with a flat-uphill path. Middle of the field approach.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity from the tee. Will fill the gaps once in a while. Power is still developing
Arm: RH. INF - 74 mph. Short circular arm action. Took time out of the glove. Throws flashed some carry and were on target,
Defense: Fields everything out in front. Good lateral movement especially to the glove side. Overall clean footwork.
Run: 7.71 runner in the 60. 

PITCHING
Delivery: High knee lift. Syncs his drop in his back leg with his glove separation. Finishes falling off to the first base side of the mound.
Arm Action: RH. Circular and compact arm circle and comes out of the ¾ slot. Hides the ball well behind his body for deception. Repeatable and consistent arm slots. 
FB: T77 mph. 2200-2300 spin which is high for his velo. Worked the corners and didn’t leave much middle.
CB: 72-74 mph. Present side spin. Moves more like a slider. Good control of the pitch. Induced weak contact when thrown low in the zone. 

Luke Georgeff, Notre Dame (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-4, 190-pounds. Tall and lanky build. High waisted with long arms.
Delivery: Longer circular arm action out of the H ¾ slot. Gets into a slight scalp load. Leads with elbow. Nice arm speed especially late in the delivery.
Arm Action: RH. Higher knee lift. Drops into his back leg and falls down the mound efficiently riding his back hip. Gets extended with his legs. Straightens up the front leg at landing.
FB: T88, 83-84 mph. Located well to the glove side. Good late life. 2200-2400 spin.
CB: 68-70 mph. Slows down arm speed on the pitch. Has some side spin so works like a slurve. 2100-2200 spin.
CH: 73-74 mph. Straight change. Good low spin at 1300-1400. 

Mason Schultz, Rancho Cucamonga  (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-1, 215-pounds. A mature and sturdy build that is filled out.
Delivery: Smooth and repeatable delivery. Uses a high leg lift and keeps his weight on that back leg. Cements that back foot in the rubber and drops down into it while driving forward. Everything is online with home plate and finishes with a firm front leg. Sound mechanics.
Arm Action: RH. Clean arm action out of the H ¾ slot. Compact arm circle with some scalp load. Arm speed and slots are consistent for all pitch types.
FB: T80, 78-80 mph. Located it well glove side and pounded it for strikes.
CB: 67-70 mph. Consistently located right off the plate low and away with 2000-2200 spin.
SPLT: 69-71 mph. Tumbling action with low 700-800 spin. 

Tino Valdez, Loyola (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 6-2, 168-pounds. Medium frame with a longer athletic build.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open and upright at stance. Uses a smaller leg raise and drops hands into a launch position. Longer swing with a flatter bat path. Middle of the field approach.
Power: 82 mph exit velocity from the tee. Line drive hitter who will fill the gaps.
Arm: RH. INF - 78 mph.  Longer arm action. Sets up feet well to make strong accurate throws. Throws flashed good life.
Defense: Quick first steps and good reads. Soft hands with smooth glove exchanges. Stays low to the ground.
Run: 7.69 runner in the 60. 

PITCHING
Delivery: Clean and repeatable mechanics. High leg lift that comes into the rear hip. Easy ride forward. Good hip/shoulder separation. Finishes soft at landing and online with home.
Arm Action: RH. Longer arm action out of the ¾ slot. Slight scalp load and hides ball well behind him. Slots his pitches well for deception.
FB: T83, 81-83 mph. 2300-2400 spin with equal horizontal and vertical break.
SL: 70-72 mph. Located well down in the zone with 2400-2500 spin.

Ian Halverson, Mission Vista (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-11, 160-pounds. Athletic body, medium frame with some length and room for strength gains
Hit: RHH. Sets up deep into his legs with hands high above his ear. Smaller leg kick trigger. Compact stroke. Stays connected with his backside and turns tight. Uphill bat plane and balanced throughout.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity from the tee. Consistent 95+ exit velos during BP. Sequences body well. Above-average bat speed for his level at 70 mph and rotational acceleration at 15.4 g's per Blast Motion data. Still some power left in the tank.
Arm: RH INF - 84 mph. Most throws were out of the low ¾ slot but showed the ability to throw from a variety of angles. Feet are consistently set up for him to make strong accurate throws. Flashed life and carry.
Defense: Fields everything out front and stays low to the ground. Takes good reads and first steps. Works well on the move with fluid footwork and smooth exchanges.
Run: 7.17 runner in the 60. 

Christian Miranda, Notre Dame  (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. An athletic well-proportioned frame that has some present strength.
Hit: LHH. Is upright with high hands set at the ear. Uses a short stride and gets food down early that gets him on time. Short and compact to the ball. Flat barrel bath that is in the zone a long time. Middle of the field approach.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity from the tee. Gap to gap power. Above-average bat speed at 68.2 mph and rotational acceleration at 16.6 g's for his level per Blast Motion data show more power potential.
Arm: RH. INF - 86 mph. Short quick arm action with good arm speed. Ability to throw on the run and from different angles when necessary. 
Defense: Clean and quick footwork. Is light on his feet and takes good angles. Soft hands and stays low to the ball. Quick to the backhand side. Athleticism showed through his movements.
Run: 7.06 runner in the 60. 

Cole Murth, Oak Park (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. A well proportioned athletic frame that is starting to fill out
Hit: RHH. Is upright, slightly open and even balanced at stance. Uses a higher leg kick trigger. Sets hands low into his load and lifts the barrel up for an uphill plane. Turns tight, finishes high and has a pull side approach.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity from the tee. Higher exit velos on inside pitches per Trackman Data. Present pull side power. Plus bat speed (73.7 mph) and rotational acceleration (21.6 g's) per blast motion data show a high ceiling for power potential.
Arm: RH. INF - 77 mph. Shorter loose arm action out of the ¾ slot. Sets up feet under him before he makes the throw. Mostly accurate and on target.
Defense: Athleticism shows with good range and footwork. Fields low to the ground and out in front with soft hands.
Run: 7.35 runner in the 60. 

Tyson Smith, St. Francis (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 2B/C
Body: 5-11, 165-pounds. Medium athletic build with a filled out upper body
Hit: LHH. Slightly open, tall and even at stance. Leg kick trigger with active rhythmic hands. Long but smooth swing. Feel for the barrel, slight upward path and works the middle of the field.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity from the tee. Gap to gap power. Higher exit velos on low pitches per Trackman data.
Arm: RH. INF - 74 mph. Shorter low elbow arm action out of the ¾ slot. Mostly accurate throws through the 1B. Flashed some carry.
Defense: Smooth and quiet feet. Soft hands and takes good first steps. Decent glove exchanges.
Run: 7.43 runner in the 60. 

MJ Sweeney, St. Augustine (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: 1B/RHP
Body: 6-6, 235-pounds. Large and lengthy body with a sturdy frame.
Hit: LHH. Stands tall and slightly bent at the knees. Hands are neutral behind the ear. Smaller leg lift trigger. Starts movements early. The swing plane is flat, barrel stays in the zone a long time and stays extended through finish. Good plate coverage.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity from the tee. Above average bat speed (69mph) and rotational acceleration (17 g's) for his level per Blast Motion data. Plus pull side power. Over the wall power is coming soon.
Arm: RH.  INF - 77 mph. Shorter and whippy arm action on DPs and longer arm action on throws to third. Slower out of the glove but sets up his feet well to make mostly accurate throws.
Defense: Takes good first steps and is instinctual. Heavier feet but good footwork. Fields everything centered.
Run: 8.10 runner in the 60. 

Bode Grieve, Bishops (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/OF
Body: 6-3, 175-pounds. Longer athletic build with a large frame
Hit: RHH. Tall upright set up with hands set at the ear. Uses a mild leg kick trigger. It’s a steeper bat path that is extended through at finish. Catches the ball deep in the zone. Middle of the field approach.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity from the tee. Higher exit velos on inside pitches per Trackman data. Significantly better when out in front.
Arm: RH. OF - 84 mph. Quick whippy arm action. Gets out of the glove quick. Throws flashed good carry.
Defense: Clean footwork. Stays low and through the ball. Clean glove exchanges. Plus athleticism shows through his movements.
Run: 7.31 runner in the 60. 

Jake Bold, La Jolla Country Day  (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 5-11, 190-pounds. Nice physical build with a present strength is his upper body and legs.
Hit: RHH. Stands with an upright upper body and slightly open in his stance. Pre engaged with his backside. Short stride with minimal hand movement. Is short and quick to the ball and extends through it at finish. Consistent barrel contact with a flat-upward path.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity from the tee. Consistent hard-hit balls in BP per Trackman data. Raw pull side power with above-average bat speed for his level of 68.7 mph per Blast Data.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. Short and quick arm action out of the high ¾ slot. Flashed some carry and life with no tail.
Defense: 1.98-2.04 pop times. Athletic footwork on throwdowns and blocking. Clean exchanges as well.
Run: 7.29 runner in the 60. 

Jack Vanoncini, Carlmont  (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/SS
Body: 6-2, 185-pounds. Long and lengthy build with present athleticism and strength.
Hit: RHH. Upright upper body and is slightly open with active hands. Simple and small leg raise with a rhythmic bat wiggle. Compact quick swing. Flatter bat path and consistently out in front showing a pullside approach.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity from the tee. Line drive hitter with some pull side spurts of power. Natural feel for the barrel when out in front.
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph. Short whippy arm action out of the ¾ slot. Arm strength and speed is there. Quick to release. Present armside tail.
Defense: 2.04-2.11 pop times. Sets up in a higher crouch. Smooth exchanges. Clean and quick footwork show athleticism.
Run: 7.25 runner in the 60. 

Andrew Violet, Fullerton (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-9, 167-pounds.Smaller frame but the athleticism is easy to see
Hit: RHH. Simple upright and open stance with hands close at the ear. Medium leg kick that moves towards back leg. Longer swing that works uphill in the zone and through finish. Gap to gap approach.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity from the tee. Power comes when he catches the ball out in front. Good feel for the barrel.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph. Short and quick arm action out of the 3/4 slot. Flashed life and carry when he released out in front and tail when not. Mostly accurate throwdowns.
Defense: 1.98-2.04 pop times. Sets up in low crouch which helped with pitch framing on low pitches. Quick exchanges and clean footwork on throwdowns.
Run: 7.18 runner in the 60. 

James Whitman, Helix (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 6-4, 204-pounds. A larger frame that is filling out with present strength.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open and upright but starts leaning in and coiling as he loads. Small leg raise trigger. Quick compact stroke. The bat is flat, in the zone for a long time (83% on plane efficiency) and is extended through finish. Pull side approach.
Power: 97 mph exit velocity from the tee. Present pull side power. High exit velos on inside pitches per Trackman data. Plus bat speed (73mph) and rotational acceleration (17 g's) per Blast Motion data. High power ceiling.
Arm: RH. C - 79 mph. Shorter arm action out of the H ¾ slot. Good arm speed. Comes out straight and online for mostly accurate throws to the bag.
Defense: 2.00-2.09 pop times. Sets up in a wide base and deep crouch. Clean footwork and exchanges on throwdowns. Sets up in different crouches to optimize framing ability especially low pitches.
Run: 7.38 runner in the 60. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
SoCal Uncommitted Senior Games CA 09/13 Amerige Park
Norcal Uncommitted Senior Games CA 09/26 Islanders Field
Norcal Underclass ID Showcase CA 10/10 Islanders Field - Lathrop
SoCal Underclass I.D. Camp CA 10/10 Great Park
SoCal Upperclass I.D. Camp CA 10/10 Great Park
SoCal Underclass I.D. Camp II CA 10/11 Great Park
SoCal Upperclass I.D. Camp II CA 10/11 Great Park


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