SoCal Birds Scout Day: Upperclass Orange AM - Pitchers

PBR California 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.


Mason Molina, Trabuco Hills (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: LHP Pro level pitcher with spin rates to back it up.
Body: 6-2, 205-pounds.
Delivery: Quick delivery, keeps body tight and leg kick close to body, repeatable throughout, average extension, good balance, glove side gets wild, overall good feel for pitching.
Arm Action: LH. Arm works quickly, ball explodes out of the hand, some deceleration on offspeed.
FB: T89, 86-88 mph. Plus-fastball spin rate at the MLB level 2574 (max) 2446 (avg).
CB: 70-74 mph. Plus-curveball spin rate at the MLB level 2714 (max) 2524 (avg).
CH: 74 mph. Changeup spin rate right at the MLB average 1762 (max/avg). Developmental pitch that will make the difference between whether he is a starter or reliever at the pro level. 

Aaron Ragat, South Torrance (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: LHP
Body: 5-10, 195-pounds.
Delivery: Funky delivery that creates deception, tough read from the hitters standpoint, difficult matchup for LHH.
Arm Action: LH. Consistent arm speed on fastball, some deceleration on curveball, same slot for both pitches, more velocity at the next level.
FB: T87, 84-87 mph. Firm fastball that is played up by above-average induced vertical break. Changeup addition would boost this pitch.
CB: 68-70 mph. Quality left-handed breaking ball with big break. Showed ability to locate for a strike and for a swing and miss back foot to RHH. Cutter or slider addition would boost this pitch. 

Brandon Delgado, Martin Luther King (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-1, 193-pounds.
Delivery: Repeatable mechanics, simple leg lift and drive, balanced throughout, average extension and release height.
Arm Action: RH. Average high school arm action, lacking whip, max effort needed.
FB: T85, 82-84 mph. 1:30 Tilt, fastball shows some run, might be better suited for two-seam as it could create more run.
SL: 74-78 mph. 10:45 Tilt, development pitch, somewhere in between a cutter and slider, potential out pitch.
CH: 75-77 mph. 1:30 Tilt, works off the same tilt as the fastball making it an effective pitch, speed could be slower at times, fade and sink. 

Ethan Collins, Orange Lutheran (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-2, 210-pounds.
Delivery: Arm dominated delivery, lower half shows drive but could be enhanced, short extension for size.
Arm Action: RH. Arm shows speed, lets it fly, high release point, curveball comes out really well.
FB: T88, 85-88 mph. Fastball shows college ability at 88 with more in the tank. 2169 spin rate (max) - 2053 spin rate (avg) shows a fastball with decent spin that should improve at the next level.
CB: 71-72 mph. Curveball comes out of the hand well, swing and miss potential, good speed differential. 2584 spin rate (max) - 2544 spin rate (avg) shows a curveball with a near MLB average spin rate helping project this pitch well at the next level. 

Ryan Lukes, San Clemente (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: LHP
Body: 6-5, 215-pounds.
Delivery: Elbows and knees coming at you, hides the ball well, high leg kick, some balance and landing inconsistencies.
Arm Action: LH. Short arm swing, deceptive, some speed, let if fly in follow through.
FB: T84, 80-83 mph. 2074 spin rate (max) - 1981 spin rate (avg). Good arm side run on the fastball with side-to-side potential.
CB: 62-64 mph. Curveball spin rate 1724 (max/avg). Slow breaking curve that lacks spin and speed but will create timing issues and get outs.
CH: 74 mph. Changeup spin rate 1560 (max/avg). Good speed and spin rate differential with similar run. Swing and miss pitch with potential for more. 

Gunnar Mansfield, Orange Lutheran (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: RHP/SS Rare to find a submarine pitcher with good spin rates at the high school level. Has a chance to be an effective reliever at the college level.
Body: 6-1, 165-pounds.
Delivery: Side arm/Submarine arm drives mechanics, short extension, head balance and landing are key to success.
Arm Action: RH. Low release with funk, arm worked consistently, tough matchup for RHH.
FB: T77, 74-76 mph. Fastball spin rate 2257 (max) and 2152 (avg) play up the low velocity. Fastball max spin is right at the MLB average showing this pitch has a chance at the next level.
SL: 68-70 mph. Frisbee slider, highly effective to RHH and LHH when located properly. Spin rate 2341 (max) - 2270 (avg), close to the MLB average as well. Effective breaking ball that is a different look and an out pitch.