Prep Baseball Report

Classes of 2017 and 2018 Top Exit Velocities

By John Cackowski
State Director

Over the next couple of weeks we are going to recap some of the best statistics we have on record at our events since our launch in April of 2014. We have covered the top 60 times in the 2017 and 2018 classes, and the 2016 Class. We have covered top OF Velos for the 2017 and 2018 classes and the 2016 Class, top INF Velos for the2017 and 2018 classes and top INF Velos for the 2016 class. Top catchers pop-times for the 2016 class and 2017-2018 classes. Top exit velocities for the 2016 class. Top RHP fastball velocities for the 2016 class and the top RHP fastball velocities for the 2017 and 2018 classes.  Here are the top exit velocities for the 2017 and 2018 classes.

Tanner O'Tremba, OF/RHP, Cherry Creek, 2018 
Exit Velocity: 97
Commitment:  Uncommitted
Scouting Report: 6-foot, 210 pounds. Bats and throws right. O'tremba is a very explosive player. Looks like a full back and plays the game extremely hard. O'tremba uses a slightly open stance and has an explosive swing. He can keeps his hands back, and also turn on a fastball. Has a big load, and uses leg kick to start a swing that is explosive on contact that generated an impressive 97 mph exit velocity off a tee. Has gap to gap power. In the outfield has a lot of speed for his size, and proved it with a 6.87 60 time. Strong arm at 84 mph. On the mound was consistently 85-86 mph with a high of 88, and he just chose to blow his fastball by the hitters this weekend. In games in the spring we have seen curve ball with 11/5 shape at 67 mph. Hides the ball well, and is square to the plate then falls off towards first base side after landing with strong leg drive. Very high player to follow. 

Luke Kuberski, OF/RHP, Green Mountain, 2017 
Exit Velocity: 96
Commitment:  Uncommitted
Scouting Report: 6-foot-1, 185-pound outfielder. We have seen Kuberski a lot and love his raw power. He has advanced overall strength with power potential in bat. Offensively hits from a tall now open athletic stance, soft med stride, high hands and back elbow setup. Gets good separation back in load and has explosive bat speed. That was evident with a 96 mph exit velo off the tee. To and through the ball, and upper and lower half work well together. Defensively plays through the baseball, shows athleticism. Ran a 60 in 7.21 seconds.  Arm played well from the outfield with a short over the top slot, with accuracy, at 79 mph which was up 5 mph from last January. On the mound fastball still sits at 76-78 mph from a 3/4 arm slot, simple, effortless repeatable delivery. Gets good extension and is square to plate. 64-65 mph breaking ball showed gradual break, 66-67 mph changeup had a little sink.

Austin Chouinard, SS/RHP, Regis Jesuit, 2017 
Exit Velocity: 91
Commitment:  Uncommitted
Scouting Report: 6-foot-0, 185-pounds. Bats and throws right. Has grown since last time we saw him. We love his size and strength. Might project as a corner at next level.  Athletic in stance, short to the ball with hands, and smooth level swing that can be explosive. Very quiet and little movement, and long through extension. Just does the job at the plate. Gap to gap power with good carry on the ball. Impressive 91 mph exit velo off the tee. Was given nicest swing award at event. Throws well from position at 84 mph and accurate. Showed nice range back hand side. First time we got to see him pitch. Simple smooth delivery with minimum effort. Square to plate, high 3/4 arm slot with fastball at 79-80 mph touching 81. Curveball was 66-68 mph with nice 11/5 break. Ran a 7.63 60. One of the top 2017 prospects in the state.

Russell Cruz, 3B/C, Columbine, 2017 
Exit Velocity: 91
Commitment:  Uncommitted
Scouting Report: 6-foot-0, 180-pounds. Cruz was probably the most improved player we saw since we did Underclass Invitational last January. He's strong, athletically built right handed hitting C/3B hits from a opened stance now with a bigger stride. Lower half worked well with future power potential. The front foot gets down early line drive swing through the baseball. Posted an improved 91 mph exit velocity which was up from 81 last January. Very vocal defensively. Can play both 3rd and C.  Shows a strong arm at both positions (76 from 3rd and 73 behind the plate.  Did a good job framing and did a good job sticking the low fastball. Cruz had a 2.10 pop-time up from 2.21 in January. Cruz ran a 7.35 which was the fastest time for catchers. Cruz is an improving player with potentially high upside. 

Blake Donels, OF, Valor Christian, 2017 
Exit Velocity: 91
Commitment:  Uncommitted
Scouting Report: 5-foot-10, 185-pound prospect. Bats and throws right. Donels improved a 7.31 60 time in June to a 7.21 60.  Donels covers good ground in the outfield and charges ball well throwing 72 mph. At the plate he used an athletic slightly open stance. He has explosive bat speed through the zone with good extension through the ball. Gap to gap power generates a solid 91 mph exit velo off a tee. One of the top speeds in the event. If he can get arm velo up you have a very solid 2017 prospect to follow. 


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