SoCal Upperclass ID Camp - Green II

PBR California Staff

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Irvine, CA - The Prep Baseball Report - California ID event provided a platform for SoCal players to showcase their skills after a summer of training. Despite the restrictions throughout the state the showing was a successful one. From batting practice home runs to curve balls for strikes, many of the players have not missed a beat. There is always work to do on the baseball field and the players showed that they are continuing to work hard. 

Baseball technology in the form of Trackman and Blast Motion continues to be a wonderful tool to evaluate players. Blast Motion provides three scores in the form of Plane, Connection and Rotation on a 20-80 scale. This helps paint a clear picture of what Blast Motion is tracking and what the player excels and does not excel at. With this score players are provided explanation and tips for improvement. As always, pen to paper scouting notes and eye tests from the scouting staff are hard at work. The combination of technology and in person scouting continue to strengthen reporting. 

scouting reports

Sebastian Ancheta, La Mirada (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 5-10, 175-pounds.
Defense: Approached the ball under control, smooth transfer, puts himself in a position to make a quality throw.
Arm: LH. OF - 80 mph. Clean left-handed throwing motion, consistent long hop throws putting the catcher in position to make a play at the plate.
Hit: LHH. Compact setup, low hands, simple step and load, sets up on the plate, looks to pull. Blast Motion scores of 47/54/29. Average plane and connection scores gives his swing a nice base for timing and contact ability.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity.
Run: 8.32 runner in the 60. 

Owen Fuller, JSerra (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 2B/SS
Body: 5-9, 175-pounds.
Defense: Fundamentals on display, glove out in front, quick transfer, picked it well.
Arm: RH.  INF - 74 mph.  Arm action projects well at second base and has passable shortstop projection.
Hit: RHH. Simple and relaxed setup, smooth bat through the zone, line drive showing.  Blast Motion scores of 66/40/44. Above-average plane score shows great swing plane projection and contact ability.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity .
Run: 6.93 runner in the 60. 

Michael McQueen, Cajon (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/1B
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds.
Defense: Slow to ball, jumbled transfer, inconsistent throws.
Arm: RH.  OF - 80 mph. Arm showed ability, average high school velocity, mechanical adjustments away from a jump.
Hit: RHH. Compact setup, coil in swing, line drives, all fields ability.  Blast Motion scores of 45/60/72. Above-average connection and rotation scores show a high ceiling and power efficiency.
Power: 88 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.34 runner in the 60. 

Jimmy Salas, St. Paul (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/OF
Body: 5-10, 175-pounds.
Defense: Showed feel, clean backhands, good footwork, instinctively charged the slow roller.
Arm: RH.  INF - 70 mph.  Short swing, quick release, below-average left side arm strength, accurate throws.
Hit: RHH. Athletic setup, short to the ball, contact oriented, pre-pitch bat waggle. Blast Motion scores of 52/56/45. Average scores across the board show that he currently possess hitting ability, some projection and no glaring weakness.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.52 runner in the 60. 

Dylan Blakey, Woodbridge (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: LHP/1B High spin rate with low velocity, locates and changes speeds, name to watch.
Body: 6-1, 180-pounds. 

Delivery: Funky left-handed feel on the mound, arms and legs coming at you, effective deception, repeats unique mechanics.
Arm Action: LH. Repeatable, arm swing is quick to ear, hides the ball behind his body, follow through is clean but could have more whip to finish.
FB: T83, 76-82 mph. Fastball max spin rate of 2367 RPM is notable at his velocity. Spotted the pitch up in his showing, especially on the corners.
CB: 66-67 mph. Curveball max spin rate of 2352 is notable. Good feel and release causing tight spin, able to locate, swing and miss potential.
CH: 65-67 mph. Changeup spin rate max of 2429 is notable. Good change of speeds, looks like his fastball, swing and miss.

Andrew Campbell, Woodcrest Christian (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/RHP Noticeable arm strength that can't be ignored. Scored well on blast. Two-way prospect.
Body: 6-1, 180-pounds.
Defense: Charged the ball with speed and purpose, rushed transfers, 4/5 on throws to home, could play anywhere in the outfield.
Arm: RH.   OF - 93 mph. Top outfield arm in his group, really gets his entire body into each throw, bal explodes out of hand.
Hit: RHH. Setup showed comfort and feel, coil load, clean one-hand finish. Blast Motion scores of 61/61/53. Above-average plane and connection scores along with an average rotation score shows Campbell has an elite swing, high ceiling, good chance to perform well at the next level.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity.
Run: 6.86 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Grab and go mechanics, leaves some power in the legs, smooth follow through finish.
Arm Action: RH. Max effort in the arm, could say he relies too much on the arm, projectable.
FB: T90, 86-88 mph. Fastball max spin rate of 2671 is notable. Couple that with his 90 mph max fastball and there is projection here.
CB: 68-72 mph. Quality curveball, located well in the zone, average ceiling. Cutter or slider would be a good breaking pitch addition and help play up the curveball.
CH: 74-77 mph. Changeup from his arm slot and arm speed enables the pitch to have a chance to become an out pitch at the next level. 

Darian Choi, Sunny Hills (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds.
Defense: Feel for the position, flashed some fancy glovework, solid backhand.
Arm: RH.  INF - 80 mph.  Quality arm that displayed some strength. Consistent release point and showed if off on backhand throws.
Hit: SH. Athletic base, no wasted movement, short swing, contact oriented approach.  Blast Motion scores of 58/65/66. Showed that he can stay a switch hitter at the next level. Above-average connection score coupled with his above-average rotational acceleration score give him a high ceiling and projectable swing.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.24 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Standard delivery, over-the-top release point, lower half engaged.
Arm Action: RH. Consistent arm action, stamina in the arm, more to come.
FB: T81, 78-80 mph. Able to locate, some arm-side-run, adding a two-seam would benefit.
CB: 67-72 mph. Tight curveball, same release point as fastball, best offspeed offering.

CH: 71-74 mph. Developmental pitch, in need of greater speed differential than fastball, showed fade.

Mathew Fonseca, Bishop Amat (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/SS
Body: 6-2, 183-pounds.
Defense:Good size, some bend at the waist, smooth transition.
Arm: RH.  INF - 71 mph. Short arm swing, accurate throws, lacking arm strength needed at the next level on the left side.
Hit: RHH. Athletic base, bat captures the zone, good contact, all fields ability.  Blast Motion scores of 64/60/38. Above-average plane and connection scores show that the bat stays on the swing plane longer allowing for more contact. Connection score shows that he gets himself in a good position to hit. The low rotational acceleration score shows that it takes him longer than average to get to those points.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity .
Run: 7.35 runner in the 60. 

Corbin Ybarra, Buchanan (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/RHP Quality two-way player, toolsy, projectable, top uncommit.
Body: 6-4, 188-pounds.
Defense: Slow to field, out in front with smooth transition, long reach.
Arm: RH.  OF - 89 mph. Size and strength, natural out of the hand, long hop-no hop throws.
Hit: RHH. Confident approach, slightly open in the box, explodes at contact, good rotation.  Blast motion scores of 33/43/65. Low scores on plane and connection show there is work to do on the swing but the above-average rotational acceleration score gives him a high ceiling that will help at the next level.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.01 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Projectable mechanics, inconsistent command, lower half engagement.
Arm Action: RH. Best pitching tool, strong arm, harness the power.
FB: T87, 84-86 mph. Strikes showed higher velocity than balls, bullpen potential.

Vincent Grant IV, Palos Verdes Peninsula (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/1B
Body: 6-3, 190-pounds. 

Delivery: Good size, over-the-top, leg lift balance, lower half engagement, wild finish.
Arm Action: RH. Good arm action, repeatable, clean follow through, hides the ball in the back.
FB: T87, 83-86 mph. Firm fastball, located to both sides of the plate, solid 2193 spin rate average.
CB: 64-67 mph. Slow breaking curve, good change of pace pitch, ability to locate down in the zone key, 2214 spin rate good for speed.

CH: 77-78 mph. Developmental pitch, some run and fade, better speed differential needed.

Kade Johnstone, Vista Murrieta (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 6-2, 190-pounds.
Defense: Uses speed well to approach the ball, ranges better to his right than left, 4/5 accuracy on throws to home.
Arm: LH.   OF - 80 mph. Quick approach, smooth transition, accurate throws.
Hit: LHH. Athletic hitterish setup, contact approach, quick through the zone.  Blast Motion scores of 51/50/50. Solid line across the board, showing that he has no glaring weakness. Should hit now and has good projection.
Power: 87 mph exit velocity.
Run: 6.98 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Classic left-handed feel, good balance, some deception in windup, works fast.
Arm Action: LH. Maximizes current arm strength ability, smooth release, slows down arm on offspeed.
FB: T79, 74-78 mph. Consistent in the zone, good feel for arm side location.
CB: 61-64 mph. Slow breaking curve, tough on left-handed hitters, needs to keep arm speed consistent with fastball.
CH: 68-73 mph. Good speed differential from fastball, pitch fades away, tough on right-handed hitters, needs to keep arm speed same as fastball.

Lucas Marlowe, California (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/3B
Body: 5-9, 190-pounds.
Defense: 2.0-2.13 pop times. Still behind the plate, good receiving skills, worked hard, pop times reflective of that despite low catchers velo.
Arm: RH. C - 63 mph.   Quick release, short catchers arm path, more arm strength needed at the next level.
Hit: RHH. Quiet and stagnant setup, long swing plane, dives over plate. Blast Motion scores of 55/39/50. Average plane and rotation scores show that he is able to get his bat through the zone at an average level. Allowing for next level projection and ability to adjust to higher velocity.
Power: 85 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.82 runner in the 60.

Eddie Mgdesyan, Sierra Canyon (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP Strong two-way player with good baseball instincts.
Body: 6-2, 190-pounds.
Defense: Third base projection, limited range, good first step.
Arm: RH.  INF - 80 mph.  Short arm path, some hitch, accurate throws to first.
Hit: RHH. Looks good in the box, athletic base, coil, late load, ball sounds good off the bat. Blast Motion scores of 53/66/62. Above-average connection and rotation scores project well for power efficiency and show that he is a strong hitter.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.52 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Quality mechanics, uses his lower half well, good balance, consistent overall.
Arm Action: RH. Arm looks better on the mound than in the field, tall and fall, quick finish.
FB: T87, 83-86 mph. Commanded the pitch, can work throughout the zone, fastball first.
CB: 69-72 mph. Slow breaker, good command, tough to time.
SL: 71-73 mph. Solid complementary pitch to the curveball, tighter spin, higher velocity.
CH: 72-74 mph. Show me change, some fade, enables him to start games. 

Keone Takahashi, Northgate (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-0, 190-pounds.
Defense: Good first step, slowed down to field, good bend at the waist.
Arm: RH.   OF - 77 mph. Average high school arm, decelerates in the front, accurate throws.
Hit: RHH. Athletic base, timing load, high finish.  Blast Motion scores of 69/59/57. Solid across the board with above-average ability to keep his bat through the zone for a long time allowing for more contact and all fields ability.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.43 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Good balance, repeatable, stable head, follows through well.
Arm Action: RH. Arm looks better on the mound than in the field, tall and fall, quick finish.
FB: T80, 79-80 mph. Consistent velocity, side-to-side ability, arm-side-run.
CB: 67-69 mph. Show-me curve, good command, swing and miss potential.
SL: 71 mph. Developmental pitch, good compliment to curve, spin wins.
CH: 70-73 mph. Commanded the change, same action as fastball, good early in the count pitch. 

Julian Eskridge, Arcadia (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-0, 195-pounds.
Defense: Good first step, fielded out in front, profiles in a corner outfield spot.
Arm: RH.   OF - 85 mph. Strong arm, accurate throws, uses size to propel throws.
Hit: RHH. Strong base, physical bat, crowds the plate. Blast Motion scores of 40/51/45. Ability to get in a position to hit is his best tool.
Power: 91 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.21 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Strong build, sharp stuff, good action.
Arm Action: RH. Arm speed works, uses his lower half to help his arm action, consistent release, feel for pitches.
FB: T88, 85-88 mph. Commanded the pitch, can work throughout the zone, fastball first.
CB: 75-76 mph. Sharp curve, located well, slurvey action at time, showed the ability to throw for a strike.
SL: 77-79 mph. Hard slider, good spin, swing and miss pitch.

Kenneth Wang, Claremont (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 5-10, 195-pounds.
Defense: 2.01-2.11 pop times. Received well, footwork needs work, change sights.
Arm: RH. C - 75 mph.   Average high school arm, bounced throws, weak transfer.
Hit: RHH. Wide base, lean back load, high finish. Blast Motion scores of 44/56/51. Average scores across the board, swing has a chance to develop, no glaring weakness.
Power: 89 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.47 runner in the 60. 

Andrew ( AJ) Hurtado, San Juan Hills (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP Quality high school arm with three good pitches and good spin rates.
Body: 6-2, 200-pounds. 

Delivery: Simple delivery, no wasted movement, coached well, good balance and follow through.
Arm Action: Average action, chance for more, consistent slot.
FB: T87, 85-86 mph. Solid high school fastball, good fastball spin, good extension out in front.
CB: 68-69 mph. Spin wins, very good speed differential, swing and miss.
CH: 76-78 mph. Third pitch, commanded with parachute fade, change of speed pitch.

Paul Murrow, Beckman (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 3B/OF
Body: 6-5, 200-pounds.
Defense: Attacked the ball, high energy feel, not afraid.
Arm: RH.  INF - 82 mph. OF - 85 mph. Wild throws but effective, arm suited better for outfield, more to come.
Hit: RHH. Open power stance, violent actions in the box, takes a hack. Blast motion scores of 41/43/65. Above-average rotation score shows projectability, power efficiency and scales at the next level.
Power: 99 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.20 runner in the 60. 

Merle Norquist, Jr, Lakewood (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/1B
Body: 5-10, 200-pounds.
Defense: Good first step, needs more laterally, set his feet in a position to make a good throw.
Arm: RH.  INF - 60 mph.  Below average arm, quick release and short swing plays up lack of velocity on throws.
Hit: RHH. Standard setup, hands shoulder height, one-handed finish.  Showed well to all fields, bat stays through the zone well, some gap pop.
Power: 80 mph exit velocity.
Run: 8.19 runner in the 60. 

Sam Purgason, Truckee (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-6, 205-pounds.
Defense: Slow laterally, fielded well, good throws across the diamond, potential at third.
Arm: RH.  INF - 85.00 mph.  Strong arm across the diamond, letting it rip on the back hand, showed the ability to make throws from multiple arm angles.
Hit: RHH. Slightly open stance, long swing, some pop. Blast motion scores of 41/43/65. Above-average rotation score shows projectability, power efficiency and scales at the next level.
Power: 97 mph exit velocity.
Run: 6.95 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Pitchers build, long extension, downward plane, good presence.
Arm Action: RH. Downward plane, projectable arm, desire to command makes his velocity suffer at times.
FB: T86, 85-86 mph. Fastball showed some firmness, when located very effectively, let it go.
CB: 66-68 mph. Telegraphed the curveball, slow breaker, good follow through.
SL: 69-70 mph. Slider arm action better than curveball, swing and miss potential.
CH: 75-77 mph. Developmental pitch, showed good feel and release, ability to extend out in front key to this pitch. 

Jordan Sheridan, Bonita (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: 1B/LHP Solid left-handed bat with good size and projectability.
Body: 6-3, 210-pounds.
Defense: Understands defensive alignment, high IQ showing, good outfielder.
Arm: LH.  INF - 74 mph. OF - 74 mph. Average arm, very accurate throws, good display.
Hit: LHH. Low hands, power coil, clean one-hand finish, batting practice home run. Blast Motion scores of 48/49/61. Above-average rotation score illuminates his power potential and projects well at the next level.
Power: 86 mph exit velocity.
Run: 7.61 runner in the 60. 

Morgan Strong, Ramona (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: C/1B
Body: 6-0, 210-pounds.
Defense: 1.98-2.07 pop times. Blocked well, worked hard during bullpens, footwork needs work.
Arm: RH. C - 77 mph.   Arm showed well, some strength, accurate throws helped pop times.
Hit: RHH. Strong base, low hands, bat to ball, quick hands. Blast Motion scores of 31/41/41. Lacking contact ability, average ability to get in a position to hit, average rotation gives him power ability at this level and next.
Power: 93 mph exit velocity .
Run: 7.05 runner in the 60. 

Matthew Farren, Murrieta Valley (CA), 2021
Positional Profile: C/OF
Body: 6-3, 215-pounds.
Defense: 1.96-2.01 pop times. Good footwork, some lateral quickness, solid pop times.
Arm: RH. C - 74 mph.   Quick release, smooth transition, slightly-below average current arm strength.
Hit: RHH. Open stance, leg kick load, lean back pull approach. Blast Motion scores of 40/54/40. Average across the board with his best hitting tool being his ability to get in a good position to hit.
Power: 90 mph exit velocity .
Run: 7.44 runner in the 60. 

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Defense: 1.94-2.07 pop times. Quick behind the dish, positions himself well, active blocker.
Arm: C - 74 mph.   Short arm swing, quick release, needs more arm strength for next level.
Hit: LHH. Athletic base, light leg kick, some shoulder dip, one-hand finish. Ball sounds good off the bat, displayed power ability, very good batting practice showing.
Power: 96 mph exit velocity .
Run: 7.42 runner in the 60. 

Barron Zamora, Grossmont (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-4, 225-pounds.
Defense: Limited to the gaps, good bend at waist for size, comfortable.
Arm: RH.   OF - 85 mph. Arm has some strength, a chance to stay in right, and uses lower half well.
Hit: RHH. Tall setup, steps into pitch, shows hitting potential.  Blast Motion scores of 49/45/39. Average plane and connection scores show that he gets himself in a position to hit and make contact with the below average rotation score showing that he is slow to get to that point.
Power: 97 mph exit velocity .
Run: 7.51 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Inconsistent delivery, tall and fall, trust your stuff.
Arm Action: RH. Live arm, inconsistent in bullpen, some projection.
FB: T86, 82-85 mph. Lacked feel, at times looked electric, balance is key.
CB: 76-78 mph. Best offspeed offering, hard curve, high school swing and miss.
CH: 74-81 mph. Developmental pitch, wide velocity readings, hard run.