SoCal Upperclass ID (Sat.): Five To Know


PBR California Staff

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IRVINE, CALIF. - The SoCal Underclass ID events took place at Great Park in Irvine on 10/10 and 10/11. Close to 100 players attended during the two-day camps composed of mostly uncommitted 2023-2024 players. Today we will look at early standouts from the Saturday sessions of the camp. This is not a top prospects list, simply some early standouts after my preliminary review of notes. 

Players were put through a traditional pro-style workout utilizing TrackMan in the live BP session for exit velocity metrics, as well as estimated distance and launch angle. Blast Motion was also used during BP, measuring bat speed, rotational acceleration, attack angle, and on-plane efficiency. TrackMan was also used for pitchers during their main mound 'pen session, tracking velocity, spin rate, as well as all the other more advanced data points.

We took a quick look at early standouts in our Quick Hits piece. We also recently rolled out the Stats Leaders for this event along with a breakdown of the Green Team in Part I and Part II

In this piece we'll take a look at five players to know from the event.  These are five uncommitted players that stood out in one or more element of the event. 

(Click through to individual players profiles for full stats and data collected)

THE PLAYERS

Eddie Mgdesyan

Class of 2022 / 3B

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: 3B
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: Sierra Canyon
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: PFA
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 210lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Scouting Report

Body: Strong, durable build at 6-foot-2, 190-pounds with room for more mass.

Defense: Third base projection, limited range, good first step. 

Arm: RH.  INF - 80 mph.  Short arm path, some hitch, accurate throws to first.
HitRHH. 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. 
CH72-74 mph. Show me change, some fade, enables him to start games. 


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Johnathan Shell

Class of 2021 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Summit
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: Reggie Smith Academy
  • Height: 5-10
    Weight: 160lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Scouting Report

Body: 5-10, 160-pounds. Baseball build, projectable, fast.

Defense: Showed outfield fielding ability but whiffed on one. Stays low and attacks the ball quickly. 
ArmOF - 82 mph. Solid arm along with his speed suit him well in centerfield.
Hit: RHH. Slappy and quick, some inside out to the swing, throws hands, limited pop. Blast Motion scores of 43/60/72. Rotation score of 72 is above-average and shows that he is able to go 0-60 with the bat at an elite level. 
Power: 87 mph exit velocity. 
Run: 6.61 runner in the 60. 


Videos

(10/10/20)

Paul Murrow

Class of 2021 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: Beckman
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: Braves Scout Team
  • Height: 6-5
    Weight: 200lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Scouting Report

DefenseAttacked the ball, high energy feel, not afraid. 

ArmRH.  INF - 82 mph. OF - 85 mph. Wild throws but effective, arm suited better for outfield, more to come.
HitRHH. 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. 
Run7.20 runner in the 60. 


Videos

(10/10/20)

Jackson Frankovich

Class of 2022 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Notre Dame
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: PFA Matadors /So CAL Athletics
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 190lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/R

Scouting Report

Defense1.94-2.07 pop times. Quick behind the dish, positions himself well, active blocker.

ArmC - 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. 
Power96 mph exit velocity . 
Run: 7.42 runner in the 60. 


Videos

(10/10/20)

Matthew Farren

Class of 2021 / C

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: C
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Murrieta Valley
    State: CA
  • Summer Team: San Diego Show
  • Height: 6-3
    Weight: 215lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Scouting Report

Defense: 1.96-2.01 pop times. Good footwork, some lateral quickness, solid pop times. 

ArmRH. 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. 
Power90 mph exit velocity . 
Run7.44 runner in the 60. 


Videos

(10/10/20)



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