NorCal ProCase Preview: Corner INFs

Blaine Clemmens
Northern CA Director of Scouting

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LATHROP, CA. - The inaugural Northern California ProCase Preview had 35 players taking part in the showcase where players were put through traditional showcase workout that included the 60-yard sprint, two rounds of batting practice (some used wood only, some used wood in one round and BBCOR in the other), defensive workouts at respective positions (multiple spots for a few players), and concluded with main diamond mound bullpen sessions where the pitchers' stats were compiled.

Note: All showcase videos have been added to player profiles. We will post reports by position this week (Catchers, outfielders, MIFs, RHPs). The players listed here are ordered by their max exit velocity.


Colin Spear, Sacred Heart Cathedral (CA), 2022, Nevada commit
Positional Profile: 1B
Body: 6-2, 200-pounds. Thick and stout.
Hit: RHH. Balanced, square feet, slight crouch, starts with low hands, creates elastic tension in hand load, minimal tap prior to slightly closed stride. Fires hands from lower slot, explosive through contact, violent swing w/ability to consistently barrel the ball, LOUD contact w/above avg present raw power; 20.7 max rotational acceleration (16.37 avg), 73.3% hard hit, 40% LDs, 60% fly balls.
Power: 98 mph exit velocity in live BP via TrackMan. 26 max hand speed (24.29 avg), 77.1 max bat speed (73.05 avg).
Arm: RH. 1B - 74 mph. Fair raw arm strength, adequate for the position, occasionally a bit long in the release.
Defense: Showed ability to make the routine plays with footwork setting up throw release, worked bag with footwork feel.
Run: 7.89 runner in the 60.

Luke Rossi, Palma (CA), 2022 - Presently ranked #88 in CA
Positional Profile: 3B
Body: 6-2, 200-pounds. Long and strong, built like 3-sport athlete (baseball football basketball).
Hit: RHH. Wide feet, slight pinch of knees in slight crouch, hands held high, high flared RT elbow, barrel set early behind head, minimal stride, quiet hands fire from pre-pitch position. Powerful and fluid stroke, hands work freely to the ball, creates separation through contact, maintains balance while driving the ball with present power, outstanding barrel control; 22.2 max rotational acceleration (17.81 avg), 88% on plane efficiency, 81.3% LDs/fly balls.
Power: 97 mph exit velocity in live BP via TrackMan. 23.1 max hand speed (20.76 avg), 71.5 max bat speed (68.32 avg).
Arm: RH. 3B - 79 mph. Loose quick arm, some wiggle on backside, flicks it with ease.
Defense: Handsy glove work, creates good throwing angles in set-up to ball, gets rid of it quickly, athletic feet, confident actions.
Run: 7.09 runner in the 60.

Sam Purgason, Truckee (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-6, 215-pounds. Long and lanky and lean, graceful body type, highly projectable.
Hit: RHH. Medium feet width, balanced, toward front of box, hands deep with barrel just beyond shoulder in pre-pitch, slight lift into backside load prior to short stride. Easily accelerates the barrel, some arm barring in the load, maintains balance, projectable raw power, high two hand finish; 14.5 max rotational acceleration, 67% on plane efficiency, 68.8% fly balls.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity in live BP via TrackMan. 24.4 max hand speed (22.73 avg), 73.3 max bat speed (69.15 avg).
Arm: RH. 3B - 86 mph. Loose easy arm, controls arm stroke well, accurate with ample carry across the diamond.
Defense: Funnels to mid-section, light feet, some pat of glove in getting to release, above average range capability.
Run: 7.15 runner in the 60.

Danny Peters, Palo Alto (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-5, 235-pounds. Long and strong, very favorably a strong 'farm boy' type of body.
Hit: RHH. Tall set-up, slightly open with medium width feet, high back elbow to start, smooth small knee lift out to stride while creating separation in the load  Smooth stroke, peppered hard line drives in middle of the field, outstanding barrel control, can access power while maintaining bat control; 19 max rotational acceleration, 50% on plane efficiency, 81.3% LDs/fly balls.
Power: 95 mph exit velocity in live BP via TrackMan. 20.7 max hand speed, 73.2 max bat speed (67.19 avg).
Arm: RH. 3B - 87 mph. Smooth compact arm stroke, throws carried across diamond with accuracy.
Defense: Light feet, trusts his glove work, plays a bit high with hips necessitating bending at the waist while fielding.
Run: 7.19 runner in the 60.

JC Agard, Sacred Heart Cathedral (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds. Long body, broad hips, frame for a physical body.
Hit: RHH. Narrow feet, tall set-up, hands start low just above waist, glides into sizable stride, hands rise to shoulder height in the load, creates leverage against front side. Loose powerful stroke, hits with rhythm, easy acceleration of the barrel, able to elevate at contact, projectable well above avg raw power; 21.5 max rotational acceleration (19.49 avg), 58% on plane efficiency, 33.3% LD, 53.3% fly balls.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity in live BP via TrackMan. 23.3 max hand speed (22.13 avg), 76.7 max bat speed (71.75 avg).
Arm: RH. 3B - 87 mph. Quick snap throws, loose strong arm, compact quick release.
Defense: Outstanding footwork both in setting up and playing through the ball, plays ball on high side, creates angles to get off quick throws, looked to be highly confident defender with soft sure hands.
Run: 7.39 runner in the 60.

Drew Anderson, Vista del Lago (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/OF
Body: 6-0, 173-pounds. Average build on broad frame, athletic proportions.
Hit: LHH. Tall set-up, narrow feet, back foot slightly open, hands high just off the head, modest reverse knee lift prior to gliding into stride, creates separation in hands/feet.  Flat loose stroke, generates easy bat speed, closes stride creating some rotational mechanics, tips head a bit during swing, line drive power to split gaps; 63% on plane efficiency, 56.3% LD/fly balls.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity in live BP via TrackMan. 22.7 max hand speed (20.72 avg), 73.7 max bat speed (68.02 avg).
Arm: RH. 3B - 80 mph. Longer arm action w/some depth on backside, overhand release.
Defense: Traps ball in glove, plays ball well while keeping hands separated from body, sure hands, takes direct angles.
Run: 7.38 runner in the 60.

Jake Cross, Alameda (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/1B
Body: 6-4, 210-pounds. Powerful broad body type, ample room in sizeable frame for big strength.
Hit: RHH. Fairly wide feet, very slightly open, early barrel set up behind head, slight toe tap to minimal stride, deep hand load. Hits off back side, handsy/wristy swing, flicks barrel, aggressive top hand getting to high two hand finish, occasionally in and out of zone a bit early; has pull side power; 58% on plane efficiency, 50% LDs, 31.3% fly balls.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity in live BP via TrackMan. 22.5 max hand speed (20.89 avg), 69.3 max bat speed (65.46 avg).
Arm: RH. 1B - 84 mph. Loose easy arm, confident thrower, accurate feeds, carry on throws.
Defense: Plays low, into legs early in pre-pitch, sound footwork, keeps feet moving, athletic pivots into throwing position, works below ball at the bag.
Run: 7.99 runner in the 60.

Deven Carter, Alpha Charter (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 1B/OF
Body: 6-2, 175-pounds. Long and lanky, ample frame for future development.
Hit: LHH. Medium width, slightly open in small crouch, hands set low in pre-pitch w/vertical barrel, knee lift then glide to stride that is slightly closed.  Contact oriented stroke, handsy swing, 75% LDs/fly balls, catches ball out front, showed ability to spray to opposite field, will grow into some power potential with strength and physical maturity.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity in live BP via TrackMan. 19 max hand speed, 61.5 max bat speed.
Arm: LH. 1B - 71 mph. OF - 75 mph. Longer deepish arm action in OF, controls arm stroke, elbow gets deep out of glove, accurate though lacked carry from OF, shortens up arm stroke at 1B, overhand release.
Defense: Sure hands, good angles both in OF and at 1B, smooth footwork, confident working the bag, plays below throws.
Run: 7.75 runner in the 60.