Norcal Academic Game: Infielder Reports

PBR CA Scouting Staff

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MENLO COLLEGE - ATHERTON, CALIF. - Our last event of 2021, the Northern CA Academic Game was tailored to student-athletes with strong academics and exposure to schools (big and small) that are also of a strong academic nature. These were the infielders in attendance.

In addition to the traditional showcase (60 yard run, BP round, defensive workouts), the pitchers competed in live game action where their data was gathered, and each position player had three at-bats during the game they played in.

(Note: All showcase videos have been edited and added to the players' profiles)



Shane Callison, Sobrato (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 2B/OF
Body: 5-8, 165-pounds. Compact body type with athletic proportions.
Hit: LHH. Wider feet, very slightly open, slightly crouched, hitter-ish presence, smooth drift into hand load, creates separation during modest stride. Easy swing, can work the ball around to all fields, flat stroke stays on plane with pitch, has feel for barrel with consistent contact point out front, occasional one hand release, swing is more rotational than linear (imagine Alex Gordon type swing).
Power: 89.9 max exit velocity, 85 EV avg, 63.2 sweep spot %, 57.9% line drives, 23.7 max hand speed, 69.9 max bat speed, 56.4% on-plane efficiency avg.
Arm: RH. SS workout - 72 mph. Easy thrower, gets ball underway quickly, can flick it while on the move, fair carry to the backhand, projects best at 2B.
Defense: Smooth fielder, quiet efficient footwork, balanced at reception with body control in both directions, fluid and athletic with soft hands.
Run: 6.96 runner in the 60.

Christian Hernandez, Sonoma Valley (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 2B/OF
Body: 5-7, 145-pounds. Lean strength on compact athletically proportioned body.
Hit: RHH. Slightly off the plate, weight shifted to backside early, taller set-up, hands start high near head, medium high knee lift out to slightly closed stride, deep load prior to release of the swing. Slashing type stroke, wristy swing with ability to spray around, strong top hand to the pull side, shoulders are active in the swing, has ability to work the opposite field.
Power: 88.1 max exit velocity, 62.5 sweet spot %, 62.5% line drives, 21.3 max hand speed, 64.4 max bat speed, 62.3% on-plane efficiency avg.
Arm: RH. SS workout - 64 mph. Short and compact arm action, 3/4 slot, accurate with raw arm strength fitting best at 2B, throws confidently while utilizing quick release to make up for lack of a big arm.
Defense: Sets feet well to get throws out quickly and accurately, hands are sure and showed ability to change arm angles on the move, played with some smoothness and feel.
Run: 7.49 runner in the 60.

Zachary Romero, St. Francis (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: 2B/OF
Body: 5-10, 160-pounds. Average athletic body type, proportioned throughout.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open, balanced weight to start, medium width feet, tall to flat to tall barrel prior to medium depth load, small knee lift out to stride that gets back to even. Strength is through middle and to the pull side where his top hand works best, sinks into legs prior to the swing, generally two hand finish with some upward attack angle, rolls front foot over as swing finishes.
Power: 83.1 max exit velocity, 62.5 sweet spot %, 62.5 line drive %, 18.9 max hand speed, 67.3 max bat speed.
Arm: RH. SS workout - 75 mph. Arm plays well across the diamond, overhand slot with slight drop to high-3/4 when throwing on the run, throws tracked to bag with some pace.
Defense: Patterns and sets up feet cleanly to consistently secure the ball, plays the ball with confidence, went to backhand well with strong legs and balance, hands are soft, range is fair but will make the plays in his range.
Run: 7.68 runner in the 60.


Mark-Anthony Valente, Escalon (CA), 2022 - Maine-Presque Isle commit
Positional Profile: 1B
Body: 6-1, 230-pounds. Large full frame with wide shoulders and arm muscularity.
Hit: RHH. Slightly off plate, slightly closed, medium width feet, balanced weight, tall stance, hands start high and launch from there with quiet/minimal hand load. Physical contact, throws barrel through contact, impactful damage oriented approach, able to drive ball in the air with carry, all field approach with power to all fields.
Power: 100.3 max exit velocity, 92.2 EV avg, 373’ estimated distance max, 66.7 hard hit %, 77.8 sweet spot %, 77.8 line drive %, 23 max hand speed, 79.9 max bat speed, 75.6 avg bat speed.
Arm: RH. 1B - 75 mph. Easy arm action, suitable for 1st base to get off feeds to 2nd base.
Defense: Plays the position with grittiness and urgency, aggressive fielder with understanding of footwork to make the various plays at 1st base.
Run: 8.13 runner in the 60.

Zachary Armenta, Rancho San Juan (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: 1B/OF
Body: 5-11, 185-pounds. Well-proportioned with strength spread throughout the fame.
Hit: LHH. Wide feet, open stance in a crouch, hitterish look, small stride after slight lift, loads with some depth creating separation. Game ABs - 1B, 4-3, L9; Consistent swing on-plane with the pitch, hands stroke with physicality, loose easy swing, lively through contact, has extra base hit power.
Power: 91.4 max exit velocity, 84.1 EV avg, 50 line drive %, 22.9 hand speed max, 69.3 bat speed max, 70.9% on-plane efficiency.
Arm: RH. 1B - 67 mph. Long circular arm stroke, clean arm action, gets ball underway in rhythm with feet.
Defense: Calm and steady, reads ball well, soft hands, plays with some smoothness, limited range though looks capable of working the position well.
Run: 8.24 runner in the 60.

Patrick-Luke Bartido, Fremont (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: 1B/3B
Body: 6-2, 180-pounds. Long legs, lean strength throughout, wide shoulders, frame built to hold man strength.
Hit: RHH. Wide feet, even balanced stance, takes up space in the box, hands shoulder height, small reverse move before modest stride, small controlled load while creating separation. Stays in legs, swings with force and keeps balanced, drives baseball, strong top hand stays above the ball, short stroke with power and contact potential.
Power: 89.7 max exit velocity, 340’ max estimated distance, 62.5 sweet spot %, 62.55 fly balls, 20.7 max hand speed, 67.6 max bat speed, 66.3% on-plane efficiency.
Arm: RH. 1B - 75 mph. Fairly compact arm stroke, can change arm actions as needed, loose arm stroke.
Defense: Works below ball extremely well, soft hands, outstanding footwork, plays with pace and rhythm, tools to be well-above average defender at 1st base.
Run: 7.69 runner in the 60.

AJ Orozco, Livingston (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/OF
Body: 5-8, 170-pounds. Broad frame, burly body type with strength through legs, wide shoulders.
Hit: RHH. Tall set-up, medium width feet, even stance, elbows pinched with hands mid-body, deeper load creating separation out to medium length stride. Handsy/wristy swing, loose stroke, consistently connects out front, top hand release more often than not, swing stays on plane with pitch angle.
Power: 86.9 max exit velocity, 75% sweet spot %, 50% line drives, 21 max hand speed, 63.8 max bat speed, 64.6% on-plane efficiency.
Arm: RH. 3B - 78 mph. Compact arm stroke, generally over the top though changed arm angles moving to his left, accurate with modest carry.
Defense: Calm feet, strides in-line to get off throws, solid range and quick release to get ball underway, threw on move well, played athletically in the workout, good hands and angles.
Run: 7.69 runner in the 60.

Ben Soiland, Rancho Cotate (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: 1B
Body: 5-11, 160-pounds. Long limbs, average size body, plenty of room for strength gains.
Hit: LHH. Tall set-up, deep in box and open with front foot considerably off the plate, fairly narrow feet, medium knee lift out to in-line stride, deep hands load, balanced head, has rhythm in the box, flat swing, all fields, can manipulate ball to where pitched, sees ball well, smooth through contact to occasional one hand finish.
Power: 86.2 max exit velocity, 75% sweet spot %, 75% line drives, 18.3 max hand speed, 62.3 max bat speed, 66% on-plane efficiency.
Arm: LH. 1B - 64 mph. Compact arm stroke, accurate thrower with quick release.
Defense: Soft hands, smooth fielder with feel for the glove, light feet, clean footwork, plays with timing and urgency, works bag well, presents as a dependable defender.
Run: 7.96 runner in the 60.

Carlos Solla, Hercules (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/OF
Body: 6-0, 150-pounds. Lean body, lithe and wiry, room in upper body frame for size gains.
Hit: RHH. Somewhat off the plate, starts slightly open in modest crouch, rhythmic movements in box, smooth stride out to modest stride length, deep load. Maintains head calm, sees ball well, top hand dominant swing through finish, flat to ball, slightly upward through contact, abbreviated finish.
Power: 82.3 max exit velocity, 62.5% sweet spot %, 37.5% line drives & 50% fly balls, 18.6 max hand speed, 61.9 max bat speed, 64.4% on-plane efficiency.
Arm: RH. 3B - 65 mph. Extra short/compact arm action with some push, gets ball underway quickly, can develop better carry.
Defense: Soft hands, confident fielder, feet work well to get throws off with urgency, fields below ball with athletic posture, can throw on the move.
Run: 7.49 runner in the 60.

Lucca Sanguinetti, Archbishop Mitty (CA), 2024
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 5-10, 135-pounds. Young body in regard to strength though has angular and sizeable frame and body type for future size and strength.
Hit: RHH. Tall set-up in very slight crouch, starts open, high back elbow, barrel over shoulder, medium stride, medium depth load. Lower body works with full rotation, upper body/head tips a bit as barrel moves through zone, consistent on-plane attack angle, abbreviated finish, fairly compact to ball.
Power: 74.6 max exit velocity, 75% sweet spot %, 62.5% line drives, 17.9 max hand speed, 56.8 max bat speed, 90.1% on-plane efficiency.
Arm: RH. 3B - 68 mph. Loose arm, multiple arm angles as needed, throws carried to bag with accuracy despite modest present arm strength, threw on move well.
Defense: Soft hands, sound technique, plays smooth with appropriate angles, gets ball out early, presented as a clean and consistent fielder.
Run: 7.97 runner in the 60.


Central Valley Preseason ID CA 01/08 Fresno Pacific University
East Bay Preseason ID CA 01/16 Ohlone College
Central Coast Preseason ID CA 01/22 Hartnell College
Sacramento/Delta Preseason ID CA 01/23 McBean Stadium - Lincoln
Peninsula/South Bay Preseason ID CA 01/30 Canada College