Prep Baseball Report

Top Prospect ID Scouting Reports: Pitchers

PBR Scouting Staff

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ORANGE, CALIF. - The annual Top Prospect ID showcase came through SoCal with a stop at spacious and scenic Hart Park in Orange, home of the 2019 DIII National Champion Chapman Panthers and Orange Lutheran baseball teams. For many players it was a return to update their profile metrics while vying for invitations to fall games events, while for others it was an introduction to what PBR California is all about, which of course is baseball. 

With so many talented players on hand it was a great day of showcase baseball. With TrackMan and Blast Motion data having been released, it's time to take a look at traditional scouting reports for Top Prospect Pitchers.



Mason Seay, El Toro (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 5-6, 135-pounds. Baseball athleticism in a smaller and proportional frame.
Delivery: Overall ease to his delivery. Quick up and down with repeatability throughout. Two-way feel on the mound.
Arm Action: RH. Arm circle in the backs mirrors his longer outfield arm swing. Accelerates at best in the front of his throwing motion. Arm speed stayed consistent pitch to pitch.
FB: T81, 78-80 mph. Fastball showed sinking action with high probability for groundballs.
SL: 70-71 mph. True slider TrackMan showing with good horizontal breaking movement.
CH: 73-74 mph. Good armside run, playing off the fastball well, potential to be his best out pitch.  



Gilbert Vargas, Canyon  (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 5-7, 160-pounds. Young frame with room and need for growth.
Delivery: Showed some pitchability but still has a ways to go. Consistent delivery and feel on the mound his best pitching tools.
Arm Action: RH. Arm works with his build and body. Overall growth and development keys to arm action enhancement.
FB: T65, 62-65 mph. Commanded the fastball in the zone. Consistent release point and finish in the front. Reliable pitch in any count.
SL: 57-59 mph. Slow breaking slurvey slider that will cause trouble with hitters timing. Commanded the pitch as well and shows potential to continue upwards projection of the pitch.
CH: 60-63 mph. Changeup featured velocity almost identical to the fastball with less spin. Spin differential will help but the speed differential will be needed.



Benjamin Vargas, Canyon (CA), 2025
Positional Profile: SS/RHP
Body: 5-8, 160-pounds. Smaller athletic build with more to come. Good athletic and baseball feel.
Delivery: Understands how to pitch; repeatable leg kick and arm action highlighting his ability. Keep his delivery simple with intent to fill up the zone.
Arm Action: RH. Arm action showing a tick in speed and consistency. Velocity up and staying up with more to come.
FB: T80, 78-80 mph. Fastball showed some sink and dive that will be most effective on the corners.
CB: 62-65 mph. Showed good feel for the curveball. Flipped the pitch over with ease and the low velocity will make this a tough pitch to time when located properly.
CH: 66-68 mph. The changeup is key to pitching success. Low spin and desirable velocity differential project this pitch to garner the most outs and create the most swings and misses. Continued development needed.



Michael Macias, Yucaipa (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: 2B/RHP
Body: 5-9, 144-pounds. Lean throughout, high waist, limbs have plenty of room for growth and maturity.
Delivery: Athletic position-player feel on the mound. Repeatable delivery; balanced, head inline, glove tap, consistent backside follow through.
Arm Action: RH. Arm works from a high release point, showing arm speed in the front and follow through. Consistent arm speed with off-speed pitches.
FB: T78, 77-78 mph. Had some trouble locating. Over the top slot that produced consistent 22.9 inch average induced vertical break. Around 2100 rpm average is above average for his velo.
SL: 58-60 mph. Slider showed good spin rate (2274) at low velocity. Struggled to consistently snap off in front and locate down and away but flashed the potential. Pitch has a chance to develop swing and miss.
CH: 62-65 mph. Changeup plays well off the fastball, lacking swing and miss movement but has ideal spin and velocity differential.



Braden Wilson, West Hills (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 5-9, 170-pounds. Athletic, even build with a sturdy base. Some physicality with room for further development.
Delivery: Simple, up-tempo delivery with a controlled leg kick. Sits into the rear glute well and rides down the mound. Blocks well on the front side with some visible effort.
Arm Action: LH. Semi short arm stroke that is quick and gets up on time. Hides the ball well.
FB: T83, 80-82 mph. Fastball averaged 12.9 inches of Induced Vertical break and 13.8 inches of horizontal movement. Showed potential for above average ride with a peak of 17.1 IVB. T,  average rpm.
CB: 70-72 mph. Slurvy breaking ball that he showed the ability to get over for strikes. Almost equal drop and sweep with 4.5 inches and 3.9 inches, respectively.  T,  average rpm.
CH: 72-74 mph. Does a quality job of killing vertical break and separating movement from the FB. Average of 8.4 IVB to go along with 15.3 inches of horizontal movement. 



Shea Blanchard, Laguna Beach (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/OF
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. Proportional build with some present strength, athleticism and speed development needed.
Delivery: Balanced overall, does a good job staying inline with target, finishes in a good fielding position.
Arm Action: RH. Arm worked consistently but did not standout velocity wise as it did in the outfield. Consistent arm speed with offspeed pitches.
FB: T82, 81-83 mph. Fastball quality spin rate 2286 shows well down the line. Located well side-to-side.
SL: 70-76 mph. Slider gets over well for strikes. Flashed a high spin at 2300+ showing down the line ability.
CH: 75-78 mph. Changeup lacks ideal velocity differential but spin rate average is much lower than fastball helping greatly differentiate from fastball. This combination could create present and future swing and miss. 



Shane Olvera Harle, St Margarets Episcopal (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/LHP
Body: 5-11, 170-pounds. Two-way left-handed feel, room for added growth and strength, sneak speed.
Delivery: High leg lift, high 3/4 arm slot, point and shoot glove to target. Arm side key to command, moderate follow through.
Arm Action: LH. Average arm action, consistent speed, consistent pitch to pitch.
FB: T83, 80-82 mph. Good arm side run, lived on the arm side of the plate, command of the glove side will be key to pitches success.
CB: 66-68 mph. Classic slow breaking left-handed curveball that will offset hitters timing and create outs.
CH: 76-77 mph. Changeup speed and spin a little high for ideal range. Loosening of grip will give more sink and help create weak contact and potential swing and miss. 



Sawyer Voortman, Orange Lutheran  (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/C
Body: 5-11, 175-pounds. Athletic frame. Thicker lower half. Medium build that is maturing. Developing strength.
Delivery: Higher effort delivery. Side steps into a medium knee tuck. Really sits into his back leg as he gets down the mound. Angles his shoulders to a more uphill position as he gets into landing. Firm lead leg block at landing and is in a good fielding position.
Arm Action: RH. Full and loose arm swing in the back that gets to a higher 3/4 slot. Arm drops down all the way to the back knee. Gets good scapular load. Present arm speed with decent extension out front for his size.
FB: T81, 79-80 mph. More vertical moving fastball as it average around 0.3 inches of horizontal break. Slight above average spin for the velo at around 2050 spin average.
SL: 71-72 mph. Sweeping break due to minimal horizontal movement (avg. 0.6 VB).
CH: 71-73 mph.  Nice diving/fading action. Consistent arm speed as FB helps give it some added deception.



Andrew Campbell, Woodcrest Christian (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-1, 185-pounds. Strong frame that is proportional. Present strength in the lower half.
Delivery: Repeatable mechanics. Uses a higher knee tuck that gets him into a nice hip hinge. Rides that hip down the mound and gets good extension with the front leg (6.5 ft or above). Front leg and glove arm move the same direction into footstrike as it moves towards the 3B side and wraps back to be in line with home. Finishes with a slightly bent knee and falling off slightly towards home. At times got a little too rotational.
Arm Action: RH. Compact circle in the back. Gets a good scalp load without getting into too high a back elbow. Arm accelerates well into a 3/4 slot release.
FB: T87, 85-86 mph. Averaged around 2200 spin. Had some trouble locating  T,  average rpm.
SL: 67-73 mph. Minimal VB at around 0.6-inch average which makes it more sweeping.
CH: 80-82 mph. Showed late diving and fading movement. Noticeable slowing down in armspeed.



Kekoa Van Scoyoc, Palos Verdes (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-1, 165-pounds. Lean athletic build. Plenty of room to add more athleticism and mass.
Delivery: Simple and repeatable delivery. Exclusive from the stretch. Medium knee lift that is straight up then down the mound. Keeps his torso angled down as he works into footsrike. Finishes in a good fielding position.
Arm Action: RH. Arm circle in the back that stays behind his body. Comes out of 3/4 slot. Average arm speed.
FB: T80, 79-80 mph. Average movement characteristics of 11.6 vertical break and 13.3 inches of horizontal break. Spin is decent for velo at around 2057 rpm.
SL: 68-70 mph. Slurvey break with present VB that gives it nice depth.
CH: 72-74 mph. Straight change. Consistent armspeed and slot as FB.
SPLT: 70 mph. Low spin split with nice tumbling action due to the 4:00 tilt. 



Darren Atkinson, Adelanto (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: 1B/RHP
Body: 6-2, 175-pounds. Larger athletic frame. High waisted. Lots of projection if he adds some strength and fills out a bit more.
Delivery: Side steps into a straight up and down knee lift. Stands on the 1B side of the rubber and lands toward the 3B side for some slight crossfire. Slower tempo delivery. Firm front leg at landing and is in a good fielding position.
Arm Action: RH. Tighter in the back as the ball doesn't get higher than the hip. Some deception as ball is kept behind his body till it comes out at a 3/4 slot. Average arm speed but consistent with the speed and slots on all pitches.
FB: T80, 79-80 mph. Pounded the zone with it for a 100% zone percentage. Decent VB average of 19 inches. Extension at 7.17 is well above average and helps give his FB some more perceived velo.
SL: 68-71 mph. Minimal VB so more sweeping movement. Consistent location in the zone at 80% zone percentage.
CH: 75-77 mph. Straight change. Nice diving movement. Consistent low in the zone.
CUT: 72-74 mph. Thrown at a slightly higher tilt which gives it that cutting action. Some present VB gives it some nice depth where hitters will swing over it or produce GBs. 100% zone percentage.



Nathan Huy, El Dorado (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: LHP/1B
Body: 6-2, 180-pounds. Athletic, high-waisted frame with a solid base. Room to fill out further.
Delivery: Clean and repeatable delivery with no wasted movement. Stays stacked over backside rotates over front side well.
Arm Action: LH. Quick arm out of handbreak that can get long on the back side at times.
FB: T82, 81-82 mph. FB showed above average vertical ride with an avg of 18.4 inches of IVB. Will create whiffs and fly balls when up in the zone. Average extension of 6.84 feet as well.
SL: 68-70 mph. Showed a feel for spin as he manipulated the velocity and shape of his breaking ball. Primarily dominated by sweep with an average of 16 inches of horizontal movement.
CH: 71-73 mph. Quality movement seperation from the FB with a difference of 7 inches of Induced Vertical Break. Killed spin on this pitch as well with an average of 1311 rpm.

Mikiah Negrete, Servite  (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: LHP/1B
Body: 6-2, 195-pounds. Sturdy, athletic frame with some present physicality. Room to add more mass.
Delivery: Controlled delivery with late effort as he unwinds down the mound. Rides the back hip well and has some visible effort.
Arm Action: LH. Quick, repeatable arm stroke that is fast out of the glove. Gets up and unwinds on time.
FB: T88, 86-88 mph. Fastball showed near equal ride and run with an average of 14.4 IVB and 13.8 horizontal movement. Located well to both sides.
SL: 78-80 mph. Tight slider that featured some horizontal sweep. Also featured some IVB which allowed for him to throw it firm.
CH: 81-82 mph. Above average offering both in terms of feel and metrics. Kills vertical break and has a quality velocity difference from FB. 


Zaren Nila, Etiwanda (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/2B
Body: 6-2, 170-pounds. Lanky frame with long limbs and plenty of room for added mass.
Delivery: Slow, under control delivery with a gradual buildup in tempo. Repeats delivery well, can get deeper into lower half.
Arm Action: RH. Fluid arm action that gets up and spirals out on time. Some legnth near the back end of the arm swing.
FB: T75, 73-75 mph. Average of 18.6 inches of Induced Vertical Break, potential to miss bats and get pop ups/fly balls.
CB: 64-66 mph. Slow breaking ball with both some depth (5.7 inches) and sweep (8.4 inches) and showed some feel for it around the zone. 
CH: 70 mph. Difference of 4 inches of IVB to go along with a 6 mph velocity difference. Maintained arm speed well with an average extension of 6.94 feet.



Braden Wauschek, Great Oak  (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-2, 210-pounds. Athletic sturdy build with a solid base. Room to add lean mass to his frame.
Delivery: Simple, under control delivery with a medium high leg lift. Rides down the mound well with potential for deeper sit.
Arm Action: RH. Short and whippy arm that gets up on time with a clean deceleration pattern.
FB: T84, 79-80 mph. Above average Induced Vertical Break with an average of 20.3 inches. Low release height will add to the deception and will help miss bats up in the zone.
SL: 63-66 mph. Slow, sweepy breaking ball dominated by horizontal movement. Averaged 13.1 inches with an average spin rate right around 2000 RPM.
CH: 69-71 mph. Quality velocity difference from FB, movement is similar and will benefit from killing vertical break. Showed feel for this pitch.



Nathan Lee, Vista Murrieta  (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-3, 205-pounds. Sturdy frame with a pitchers lower half, room to add lean mass which should uptick velocity.
Delivery: Athletic delivery with some tempo and rhythm. Rotates quickly around a firm front side with some visible effort.
Arm Action: RH. Compact arm stroke that is quick and has some length at the back end. Puts himself in a good position to spin the ball.
FB: T86, 84-86 mph. Above average Induced Vertical Break with an average of 21.1 inches. Ball plays up in the zone and gets on hitters.
CB: 68-71 mph. Sweepy breaking ball that had an average of 10.3 inches of horizontal movement. Showed the ability to manipulate shape and speed. 
CH: 76-78 mph. Kills spin well on this pitch although IVB separation from FB is minimal. Avg extension of 7.29 feet.



Brodie Purcell, Jserra (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/1B
Body: 6-3, 190-pounds. Long sturdy build with room to pack on more strength. Power while pitching and hitting comes from strong lower half.
Delivery: Sets up and throws from left side of the rubber, stands tall and is slow and controlled during his windup. Brings knee to chest on leg lift and then drops and drives with his backside very well
Arm Action: RH. Much longer arm action compared to infield throws. Straight over the top arm action. Lots of downhill action.
FB: T88, 87-88 mph. Above average Induced Vertical Break with an average of 21.1 inches. Has tendency to run in on hitter's hands and gets lots of swings and misses up in the zone T,  average rpm.
CB: 71-73 mph. Sharp, sweepy breaking ball with good depth that got up to 10.7 inch of vertical movement and 10.2 inches of horizontal movement.
CH: 79-81 mph. Some armside run and sink with quality velocity difference. Arm action mirrors the fastball. 

Nick Dunlop, Torrey Pines (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP
Body: 6-4, 205-pounds. Imposing figure with a starters build, room to add lean mass which should increase velocity.
Delivery: Fluid and under control delivery, hands and leg lift work in unison and separate as he begins to move down the mound. Gets into the rear glute and rotates very well.
Arm Action: RH. Clean arm stroke with medium length, captures the energy of the arm swing well and gets up on time. 
FB: T89, 87-89 mph. Fastball featured above average Induced vertical Break with an average of 17.1 IVB and 15.5 inches of horizontal movement. Spins it well and gets on hitters in a hurry.
SL: 71-73 mph. Breaking ball featured some sweep with an average spin rate of 2016 rpm. Showed good feel for this pitch with a 100% zone percentage.
CH: 76-78 mph. Changeup features distinct seperation in both movement and velocity. Difference of 5 inches of IVB on average with the potential for plus horizontal movement. Kills spin well.


Willis Lacy, Vista Murrieta (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-0, 220-pounds. Thick, sturdy frame with a solid base. Room for physical development.
Delivery: Simple side step delivery, linear down the mound with rotation around a firm front side.
Arm Action: RH. Tight arm action that gets up to the ear quickly. Repeatable and efficient.
FB: T79, 77-79 mph. Gets above average induced vertical break on the FB with an average of 18.4 inches. Average spin of 1906 RPM.
SL: 60-62 mph. Slow sweeping breaking ball with an average 10.8 inches of horizontal movement. Will need to throw it firmer at the next level. Showed feel for this pitch.
CH: 71-73 mph. Quality velocity difference from FB with nearly identical movement characteristics.


Andrew Mike, Servite (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: LHP/OF
Body: 6-0, 205-pounds. Sturdy base with a thick pitchers lower half. Room to add healthy mass.
Delivery: Slow buildup in delivery, breaks hands quick and hides the ball well as he moves down the mound.
Arm Action: LH. Short, quick arm stroke that captures momentum well. Quick out of the glove.
FB: T82, 81-82 mph. FB showed some run to it with an average of 15.9 inches of horizontal movement. Best utilized down and on the corners.
CB: 74-77 mph. Tight, firmer breaking ball dominated by horizontal sweep. Plays well of the fastball.
CH: 74-75 mph. Quality velocity difference with similar movement characteristics to the fastball.


Sean Olvera Harle, St Margarets Episcopal (CA), 2022
Positional Profile: RHP/3B
Body: 6-0, 180-pounds. Athletic build. Compact upper half. Some present strength in the frame.
Delivery: Simple and calm delivery. Side steps into a lower knee tuck. Linear with home throughout. Shorter stride length. Finishes with body still falling towards homeplate and a bent landing leg.
Arm Action: RH. Compact arm circle in the back that comes out of a H 3/4 slot. Average arm speed. Earlier release seen with lower extension metrics. Lowers arm slots on offspeed pitches.
FB: T86, 84-85 mph. Real high spin for its velo at around 2500 rpm. Shown with Bauer units of 30. Pounded the zone with it (83.3% zone percentage). Great movement characteristics with 20 inch average VB and 13.4 average HB).
SL: 74-76 mph. Not a ton of movement as only 2.4 inches of horizontal break. Minimal depth with average of 0.7 inches of vertical break. Sin is above average through at 2540 rpm average.
CH: 73-78 mph. Straight change with some late diving movement. Good feel for it as all CH's were thrown for strikes (100% zone percentage. 


Max Sagan, San Marcos (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: 3B/RHP
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds. Long and lanky with some strength. Projectable growth and gains.
Delivery: Showed feel on the mound, command and control on display. Keeps glove and ball close to body before pointing and shooting parallel to the ground and firing towards home.
Arm Action: RH. Arm worked similar to his infield display. Consistent medium arm swing with some lower half engagement to generate power. Overall projects stamina and lack of overuse.
FB: T81, 78-80 mph. Commanded the pitch to both sides of the plate and up and down. T,  average rpm.
CB: 70-71  mph. Classic high school 12/6 curveball thrown for strikes. Decent spin with potential for more down the line.
CH: 72-76 mph. Straight change with some late arm side fade. Speed a bit fast but contains quality spin rate differential from fastball.


Kaden Taque, Birmingham Community Charter (CA), 2023
Positional Profile: OF/RHP
Body: 6-0, 170-pounds. Athletic, lean frame with some room to add mass.
Delivery: Sets up on the left side of the rubber and has a quick, rhythmic windup. Hands stay at waste high, until separating and dropping into his backside.
Arm Action: RH. Arm action is long and cross body. Throws from way outside his body at a 3/4 arm slot, and torques his entire body towards the plate creating a high amount of movement on all of his pitches.
FB: T87, 85-87 mph. Fastball had some natural run with a well above average Induced Vertical Break of 20.5 inches. Showed ability to sneak up and get in on RHH.
CB: 73-75 mph. Big sweeping curveball that was a bit inconsistent in terms of depth. The breaking ball had 9 inches of horizontal movement, and with some more feel for that pitch looks to be a big swing and miss pitch.
CH: Change had a lot of depth with an Induced Vertical Break of 16 inches on the offspeed pitch. Throws from same arm slot and arm speed as FB, pitches pair well together. 



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