Prep Baseball Report

NorCal ProCase Preview: OF

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, corner INFs, MIFs, RHPs). The players listed here are ordered by their max exit velocity, followed by running times if their EV was the same.


Jaron Nevarez, San Ramon Valley (CA), 2022, San Diego State commit
Positional Profile: OF/LHP - #239 National Rank; #28 in CA
Body: 5-9, 165-pounds. Compact athletic build, visible strength in lower half.
Hit: LHH. Tall, slightly open, quiet hands, knee lift tuck to get over backside, smooth and balanced throughout swing. Pure hitter, swing is adjustable to to all zones, mature swing and approach, whistles barrel with life through zone, has ability to drive the ball from line to line; 26.1 max rotational acceleration (22.34 avg), 68% on plane efficiency, 52.9% LDs, 58.8% hard hit.
Power: 97 mph exit velocity in live BP via TrackMan. 24.4 max hand speed (22.65 avg), 74.9 max bat speed (71.57 avg).
Arm: LH. OF - 89 mph. Loose fast arm, ball jumps out of hand, some tailing action takes away some carry on throws.
Defense: Aggressively charges, confident in glove skills, sets up body to get off powerful throws, tools to play abv avg defense at all three OF positions.
Run: 7.13 runner in the 60.

Max Ross, St. Francis (Mountain View, CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF - #148 CA Ranking.
Body: 6-1, 180-pounds. Strong and athletic build, well-proportioned.
Hit: LHH. Wide feet, slight crouch & slight open, hands held high to start, balanced, quiet small stretch load creates separation, minimal stride. Athletic loose swing, direct to the pitch, all fields hitting talent, abv avg projectable power, reminiscent of Josh Reddick; 17.5 max rotational acceleration (14.88 avg), 77% on plane efficiency, 68.8% hard hit, 37.5% LDs.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity in live BP via TrackMan. 22.8 max hand speed (21.2 avg), 76.4 max bat speed (70.2 avg).
Arm: RH. OF - 82 mph. Accurate, fair carry, fairly compact, low trajectory throws, high-3/4 release.
Defense: Good angles, chops feet in approach to ball on ground, there is an extra step in the throwing release.
Run: 6.83 runner in the 60.

Luca Bove, Redwood (Larkspur, CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-0, 181-pounds. Strong and athletic with lean musculature, streamlined build.
Hit: RHH. Wide feet, starts with hands deep behind backside, weight shifts back early while getting strong over his back leg, small quiet stride, creates leverage against front side. Explosive hands, loose lively swing, multiple barrel waggles prior to triggering the swing, plenty of talent to be impactful middle of line-up type hitter;  17.8 max rotational acceleration, 67% on plane efficiency, 76.5% LDs/fly balls.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity in live BP via TrackMan. 23.6 max hand speed, 80.8 max bat speed (70 avg).
Arm: RH. OF - 82 mph. High-3/4 release, accurate w/lower trajectory throws, flashed carry and ability to deliver easy to handle one hop throws.
Defense: Fairly cautious approach to ball with modest ground gained, powerful into crow hop, creates in-line angles, fair release time.
Run: 7.15 runner in the 60.

Derek Bartram, Novato (CA), 2022, Fresno State commit
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-2, 205-pounds. Athletic and well-proportioned with lean developed strength.
Hit: RHH. Balanced wide feet, square set up, athletic in his legs, relaxed arms, high knee lift to get over backside, hand load separates from lower half, lands into stride with balance. Strong and powerful stroke, ability to adjust to multiple zones and maintain ability to drive ball, to all fields, well above average future power projection; 25 max rotational acceleration (19.06 avg), 75% on plane efficiency, 47.1% LDs, 35.3% fly balls.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity in live BP via TrackMan. 23.9 max hand speed (21.33 avg), 75.9 max bat speed (68.64 avg).
Arm: RH. OF - 82 mph. Deep longer arm action, full backside extension, accurate with fair carry.
Defense: Reads ball early while creating in-line angles, closes on ball well, sets up to get throw underway fairly quickly.
Run: 7.16 runner in the 60.

Logan Gibson, Modesto Christian (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/RHP - #139 CA Ranking.
Body: 5-10, 160-pounds. Lean and wiry strong, sinewy composition.
Hit: RHH. Medium width feet, very slight crouch, high back elbow to start, deeper hands load, smooth knee lift out to stride. Modest stride with some hip drift to contact, power approach with the swing type and attack angle, torquey hips, inconsistent barrel delivery; 25% LDs, 56.3% fly balls.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity in live BP via TrackMan. 20.1 max hand speed, 77.1 max bat speed (69.52 avg).
Arm: RH. OF - 92 mph. Long loose arm, powerful and fast, explodes out of his hand, plus carry with accuracy.
Defense: Aggressively charges and closes ground, impact type of defensive ability, speed to close ground and arm to threaten runners.
Run: 6.79 runner in the 60.

Will Bowen, Serra (San Mateo, CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-0, 175-pounds. Lean athletic body, streamlined, showing strength development in lower body.
Hit: LHH. Deep in box, medium width feet, tall barrel w/slight tilt to start, high knee lift out to smooth sizeable stride, lands with balance and strength in lower half, quiet hands with very slight load. Aggressive swing, attacks baseball, ability to drive ball to all fields, line drive gap type power with some pull side power in the air, repeatable swing, consistently on time with barrel; 24.8 max rotational acceleration (21.11 avg), 57% on plane efficiency, 52.9% hard hit.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity in live BP via TrackMan. 23 max hand speed (21.12 avg), 71.8 max bat speed (66.49 avg).
Arm: LH. OF - 85 mph. Short quick arm action with overhand release, exits hand well though lacked carry, release not consistently in sync w/feet.
Defense: Reads ball early, creates good angles, footwork was inconsistent in getting set up to throw.
Run: 7.39 runner in the 60.

Cole McGowan, Redwood (Larkspur, CA), 2022, UC Irvine commit
Positional Profile: OF/SS
Body: 5-10, 160-pounds. Sinewy and athletic with lean strength, high waist.
Hit: LHH. Medium width feet, squared, slight knee pinch in crouch, hands start high and fairly deep, circular barrel waggle rhythm, slightly closes off during stride. Flat swing, ability to spray and shoot line drives with impact, torquey stroke, flashed some pull side fly ball power; 25.4 max rotational acceleration (21.51 avg), 69% on plane efficiency, 56.3% hard hit.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity in live BP via TrackMan. 24.8 max hand speed (21.78 avg), 71.4 max bat speed (65.44 avg).
Arm: RH. OF - 85 mph. Quick arm, low trajectory throws, accurate one hops.
Defense: Fast feet, creates in-line angles though somewhat delayed in his approach, raw footspeed suggests potential plus range, confident glove work.
Run: 6.74 runner in the 60.