SoCal Birds Scout Day: Upperclass Orange AM - Position Players

PBR CA Scouting Staff

ORANGE, CALIF. - The SoCal Birds Scout Days kicked off with the upperclassmen on the first day of action. Close to 40 players were split into two groups for a showcase and live at-bats. The showcase featured a standard pro-style workout that included the 60-yard sprint, batting practice and defensive workouts at ones respective position. The scout day ended with a highly competitive simulated game. 

Trackman, Blast Motion, radar guns, running sensors and a team of scouts were hard at work powering the event. You can find the SoCal Upperclass Birds Stats Leaders here.


Austin Haller, Sonora (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 2B/3B
Body: 6-0, 183-pounds.
Defense: Quality showing, stays low, displayed lateral quickness, smooth transfer, under control.
Arm: RH.  INF - 75 mph.  Consistent arm action, slight pause to throw, puts body in a good position to make a throw, 5/5 on throws to first.
Hit: LHH. Athletic base, shoulder height hands, step load, no wasted movement. 89.91 exit speed (max) - 82.95 exit speed (avg) - 151 distance (avg) - 240 distance (max). Average exit speed for age with the max exit speed showing some projectable gains.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.33 runner in the 60.  

Cristian Perez, Brea Olinda (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-8, 150-pounds.
Defense: Plus showing on the slow roller, comfortable forehand, sticky transfers.
Arm: RH.  INF - 70 mph.  Able to make throws from multiple angles, followed through on his throws with intent, 5/5 on throws to first.
Hit: RHH. Upright stance, low hands, bat waggle, toe tap load, opposite field power.  88.19 exit speed (max) - 79.33 exit speed (avg) - 151 distance (avg) - 272 distance (max). Slightly below-average exit speeds are bolstered by his ability to hit his max distance to the opposite field.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.22 runner in the 60. 

Ryan Kato, Woodbridge (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 5-7, 170-pounds.
Defense: Fielded everything but struggled to get himself in a smooth and consistent fielding position.
Arm: RH.  INF - 76 mph.  Capable arm, 5/5 on throws, needs to get rid of the ball quicker.
Hit: RHH. Shoulder width base, keeps hands back with some stiffness, leg lift stride load, two-hand finish.  91.40 exit speed (max) - 84.60 exit speed (avg) - 210 distance (avg) - 300 distance (max). Average exit speed for level with the 91.4 mph max exit speed resulting in a 300ft struck ball to left field showing some high school power.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.43 runner in the 60. 

Tyler Tran, Pacifica (CA), 2021 
Positional ProfileC/OF 
Body5-10, 185-pounds. 
Defense: 1.99-2.2 pop times. Catchery feel, at best when not cheating with alignment to make a throw, staying low is key. 
ArmRH. C - 76 mph. Slightly above-average arm for level, short arm swing, accurate throws 4/5 to second base. 
HitRHH. Shoulder width base, relaxed stance, bat rests on shoulder, body drive, two-hand finish.  85.91 exit speed (max) - 79.29 exit speed (avg) - 218 distance (avg) - 297 distance (max). Slightly-below average exit speed for the high school level helped with his line drive gap-to-gap ability. 
Power86 mph exit velocity. 
Run7.55 runner in the 60. 

Jimmy Legg, Ocean View (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/2B
Body: 5-10, 170-pounds.
Defense: Fundamentals on display, keeps his glove low and in front of his body triangle, balanced, college infielder.
Arm: S/R.  INF - 80 mph.  Consistent arm action, short arm swing helps him get rid of the ball quickly, arm action gives him utility infield ability at the college level.
Hit: SH. Switch hitter: LH - low hands, step load, shoulder alignment key to swing. RH - low hands, better alignment, single in live action. Two-hand finish from both sides.  83.50 exit speed (max) - 71.82 exit speed (avg) - 180 distance (avg) - 273 distance (max). Below-average exit speeds are bolstered by his ability to hit from both sides of the plate.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.11 runner in the 60. 

Alexander De Mint, Corona (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C/2B
Body: 5-8, 185-pounds.
Defense: 2.13-2.26 pop times. Blocked well in the live simulation portion where he showed well with breaking balls in the dirt. Footwork and receiving needs work.
Arm: RH. C - 72 mph.   Short arm swing, quick release, accurate throws 4/5 to second base.
Hit: RHH. Wide base, low hands, rock back load to hitting position, one-hand finish. 89.88 exit speed (max) - 80.41 exit speed (avg) - 183 distance (avg) - 249 distance (max). Line drives at 80-89 mph exit velo will play well at the high school level.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.92 runner in the 60. 

Ethan Felix, Redondo Union (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 6-2, 195-pounds.
Defense: 2.08-2.19 pop times. Catches the ball deep, tries to steal strikes with framing technique, catchers athleticism.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph.   Average throws, 4/5 accuracy on throws, key is to keep arm side closed and head inline on throws.
Hit: RHH. Even with an athletic stance, the ball sounds good off the bat, mild leg kick trigger to hitting position. 95.10 exit speed (max) - 89.99 exit speed (avg) - 268 distance (avg) - 348 distance (max). Above-average exit speed and distance illuminate current and projectable power.
Power: 95 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.16 runner in the 60. 

Blake Dimos, Beckman (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 1B
Body: 6-2, 190-pounds.
DefenseQuick actions around the bag, footwork needs work, stays low for size.
Arm: RH.  INF - 70 mph.  Funky arm swing and slot, inconsistent release, puts body in good alignment to make a throw.
Hit: RHH. Open stance, leg lift load, two-hand finish. 90.34 exit speed (max) - 82.86 exit speed (avg) - 230 distance (avg) - 339 distance (max). Average exit speed and distance for the high school level. Batting practice HomeRun at 339 ft highlighted his showing.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.20 runner in the 60. 

Dean Toigo, Yorba Linda (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-4, 180-pounds.
Defense: Athletic prep step, awkward approach to ball, quick feet, mechanical clean up will benefit.
Arm: RH.  OF - 82 mph. Low arm slot from the outfield, slow action throughout, 2/5 accuracy on throws.
Hit: LHH. Tall and open stance, smooth left-handed actions, some inside-out to the swing, one-hand finish.  92.25 exit speed (max) - 82.36 exit speed (avg) - 277 distance (avg) - 352 distance (max). Average exit speed for current level but with projectable power as seen with 352 ft batting practice HomeRun that left the yard at 92 mph.
Power: 92 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.04 runner in the 60. 

Connor Tallakson, Woodbridge (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C/RHP
Body: 5-10, 175-pounds.
Defense: 2.03-2.09 pop times. Stays low playing up his blocking and receiving skills, looks comfortable behind the dish, pitchers like throwing to him.
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph.   Quick release, uses lower half well, accurate throws 5/5.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open stance, coil to load with high leg kick trigger, two-hand finish. 84.48 exit speed (max) - 76.60 exit speed (avg) - 159 distance (avg) - 257 distance (max). Slightly below-average for level helped with his highest exit speeds registered on line drives to both left and right field.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.92 runner in the 60. 

Kevin Vuozzo, Trabuco Hills (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-9, 150-pounds.
Defense Improved transfer will increase velocity, quick to the ball, able to play all three outfield spots.
Arm: RH.   OF - 79 mph. Arm works well, accelerates in the front, 4/5 on throws, long hop worked well.
Hit: RHH. Shoulder width stance with athletic knee bend, pigeon toed in the box, some coil, one-hand finish. 83.78 exit speed (max) - 75.17 exit speed (avg) - 116 distance (avg) - 209 distance (max). Slightly below-average exit speed and distance helped by his high contact rate and speed around the bases.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.05 runner in the 60. 

Scott Mitchell, Brea Olinda (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-8, 170-pounds.
DefenseKeeps front side closed helping accuracy, struggled blocking and receiving, every pitch matters.
Arm: RH.   OF - 70 mph. Gets the arm in a position to make a good throw, 4/5 accuracy on throws to bag, velocity needed.
Hit: RHH. Open stance, hands stay back, backside turn creates pull side ability, two-hand finish. 85.21 exit speed (max) - 78.33 exit speed (avg) - 210 distance (avg) - 282 distance (max). Consistent exit speed and distance readings show a consistent bat and some projection with increased velocity.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.48 runner in the 60.