SoCal Birds Scout Day: Upperclass White 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.


Noe Novella, Foothill (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 3B/SS
Body: 5-10, 171-pounds.
Defense:  Instincts and swag, prep step and reads, able to stay on the left-side at the next level but could play second or left field.
Arm: RH.  INF - 80 mph.  Quality arm, able to make throws from multiple angles, slow roller feel.
Hit: RHH. Wide stance, leg kick load, quick barrel, some lower half stiffness, two-hand finish. 93.72 exit speed (max) - 82.06 exit speed (avg) - 222 distance (avg) - 355 distance (max). Batting practice HomeRun highlighted his showing leaving the yard at 93.72 exit speed and traveling 355ft.
Power: 94 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.61 runner in the 60. 

Kai Marden, Ocean View (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-8, 150-pounds.
Defense: Quick actions, moved well laterally, fielded low and transferred quickly, showed ability to play all three outfield spots.
Arm: LH.   OF - 80 mph. Quality fielding mechanics enable quality throws (5/5 on throws to 3rd and home), used his lower body to generate drive, more velocity with strength gains.
Hit: LHH. Upright stance, leg kick load, quick hands, some inside-out, two-handed finish.  88.94 exit speed (max) - 79.54 exit speed (avg) - 176 distance (avg) - 279 distance (max). Quick bat and contact approach helps play up the slightly below-average exit speed.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.43 runner in the 60. 

Luke Honikel, Servite (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds.
Defense: First step back approach, smooth transfer, crow hop could help arm strength, corner outfield projection.
Arm: LH.   OF - 78 mph. Average arm strength, better approach and throws to home than third, slow arm swing, good acceleration.
Hit: RHH. Open stance, step load, aligned, showed two swing planes, longer through the zone for opposite-field approach, short hook barrel to pull, one-hand finish. 89.11 exit speed (max) - 83.83 exit speed (avg) - 201 distance (avg) - 323 distance (max). Showed power potential on an 89.11 mph exit speed line drive to right-center that traveled 323 feet.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.43 runner in the 60. 

Charles Chatman III, Tustin (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 5-7, 150-pounds.
Defense Good first step, lateral quickness, stayed low on backhand, quick transfers.
Arm: RH.  INF - 73 mph.  Quick release, showed multiple arm angels, 3/6 on throws.
Hit: RHH. Athletic stance, slightly open, leg kick, timing is key, short and compact approach, two-hand finish. 79.72 exit speed (max) - 68.75 exit speed (avg) - 179 distance (avg) - 275 distance (max). Short and compact approach showed a high contact rate.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.28 runner in the 60. 

Cade McClelland, Mission Viejo (CA), 2021 
Positional Profile: 1B/LHP 
Body: 6-5, 205-pounds. 
Defense:  Showed range, moved well laterally, tracked well, quick approach to field, potential in all three outfield spots. 
ArmLH.  INF - 78 mph.  Arm mechanics need to be cleaned up, let if fly in throwing portion, struggled with accuracy.
HitLHH. Shoulder width stance, bend at the knee, low hands held back, leg kick to coil, two-hand finish. 94.04 exit speed (max) - 81.95 exit speed (avg) - 185 distance (avg) - 323 distance (max). Consistent barrels in batting practice project well and trend more towards the max bat speed than average bat speed at the next level. 
Power94 mph exit velocity. 
Run7.71 runner in the 60. 

Luke De Vries, Woodbridge (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-8, 150-pounds.
Defense: Solid first step, read the ball well, keeps glove close to body and low, understands outfield positioning.
Arm: LH.   OF - 80 mph. Arm works well, understands the long-hop approach and excelled at it, 5/5 throws.
Hit: LHH. Relaxed stance, slightly open, bat-to-ball, able to hit to both fields, two-hand finish. 85.13 exit speed (max) - 80.84 exit speed (avg) - 240 distance (avg) - 298 distance (max). Line drive showing and ability to hit to both fields with consistent exit speeds.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.31 runner in the 60. 

David Mashburn, Marina (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-11, 185-pounds.
Defense: 2.01-2.15 pop times. Received well, sticks the ball, steals strikes, blocking fundamentals, some catching athleticism.
Arm: RH. C - 76 mph. Average arm, uses lower half well to drive, quicker arm circle in the back could bump throwing velocity.
Hit: LHH. Slightly open stance, tap and go load, showed alignment, bat waggle, two-hand finish. 95.90 exit speed (max) - 89.69 exit speed (avg) - 246 distance (avg) - 355 distance (max). Hit the ball hard to the pull side consistently at an exit speed that will play well at the D1 level.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.62 runner in the 60. 

Alex Qu, University (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 6-1, 210-pounds.
Defense: 2.10-2.21 pop times. Soft hands, big body target, leans side-to-side, stay square and stay low.
Arm: RH. C - 77 mph.   Accurate throws, 5/5, average release and transfer, times play up thanks to accuracy.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open stance, long swing, barrel catches zone, shoulders open up in follow through, one-hand finish. 90.64 exit speed (max) - 80.55 exit speed (avg) - 245 distance (avg) - 334 distance (max). Launch angle swing with current 90.64 exit speed max give him some power potential at the next level.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity.
Run: 8.16 runner in the 60. 

Zach Peters, Los Alamitos (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-10, 160-pounds.
Defense Athletic catcher, strong presence, future behind the dish.
Arm: RH.  INF - 75 mph.  Quick release, short arm swing, E6 throwing error in live game simulation, 4/5 throws in defensive showing.
Hit: RHH. Relaxed stance, step load, gets in a good position to hit, smooth swing actions, improved rotation needed, one-hand finish. 88.89 exit speed (max) - 73.82 exit speed (avg) - 197 distance (avg) - 294 distance (max). Slightly below-average exit speed and distances despite a smooth projectable swing.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.40 runner in the 60. 

Justin Redfern, El Modena (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 6-2, 190-pounds.
Defense: 2.15-2.22 pop times. Displayed solid footwork from the catching position, sticks the ball well showing potential for high level pitch framing ability, stay low-don't jump to throw.
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph.   Short arm swing, stays close to body, quick release, average high school velocity.
Hit: RHH. Shoulder width stance, front foot forward (think Adrián Beltre or Alfonso Soriano), toe-tap stride to hitting position, long swing, timing crucial, two-hand finish.  83.64 exit speed (max) - 75.85 exit speed (avg) - 255 distance (avg) - 305 distance (max). Swing mechanics show well helping project increased exit speeds and distances down the line.
Power: 84 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.85 runner in the 60. 

Zachary Tittle, Crean Lutheran (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 5-10, 175-pounds.
Defense: 2.09-2.21 pop times. Footwork drives throwing alignment, catches and receives well, tries to be fancy at times, deep squat.
Arm: RH. C - 73 mph.  Accurate throws that put the MIF in a position to make a play at second, average high school velocity, short arm in the back.
Hit: RHH. Open stance, lean back load, low hands, swing plane struggles with outside pitches, two-hand finish.  85.69 exit speed (max) - 78.89 exit speed (avg) - 179 distance (avg) - 289 distance (max). Average exit speeds and distances will lead to high school success.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.43 runner in the 60. 

Joseph Alfelor, Tustin (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF
Body: 5-8, 152-pounds.
Defense: Quick to field, slow release, moved well laterally.
Arm: RH.   OF - 78 mph. Arm showed some projection with one highlight throw to home, some accuracy issues 3/5, corner projection.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open stance, quick to contact, two-hand pull side finish, one-hand opposite field finish.  86.88 exit speed (max) - 82.58 exit speed (avg) - 170 distance (avg) - 284 distance (max). Consistent exit speeds highlights swing maturity and contact ability.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.23 runner in the 60.