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Preseason All-State Middle Infield Analysis

PBR Colorado Staff

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The Preseason All-State Invitational took place at Grandview High School over two weekends due to tough weather of both snow and 50+ mile an hour winds to welcome in the spring season here in Colorado.  Over the next several days we will break down individual performances at this event.  We began our look with the outfield position, followed by the catching position, corner infielders and now the middle infielder.

Best of the Best


Justin Boyd SS / OF / Legend , CO / 2019

6-foot-1, 185-pound right hand hitting SS/OF. Powerful hitter at the plate, stands wide and balanced.  Strong lower half with good weight transfer.  Swing is uphill and ball jumps off his bat.  Hit 3 balls out during the live round.  Hands whip through the zone with good extension out front.  Exit velocity was 92 mph. 





Cayden Zimmerman SS / 3B / Rock Canyon, CO / 2018

6-foot-0, 168-pound right hand hitting SS/RHP. Offensively he is quiet at the plate with a balanced stance and early load.  Hands and lower half then explode through the zone.  Solid contact on every swing and swing is repeatable.  Exit velocity was 88 mph.  In the field he is athletic and shows good actions through the ball.  Arm is high ¾ and accurate.  Good glove to hand transfer and arm played at 82 mph. On the mound he stays square through his delivery.  Lands in-line with good extension. Arm action is loose, high ¾ slot. Fastball is mostly straight, slightly runs to arm side, heavy fell, stays around the zone, sat 85-86 mph. Curveball has 11/5 shape, 73-75 mph. Changeup sinks with feel, showed as best secondary pitch, 77-79 mph.






Murphy Gienger SS / RHP / Douglas County HS, CO / 2019

6-foot-3, 185-pound right hand hitting SS/RHP. Right-handed hitter, Open stance, big leg kick trigger, solid balance. Short loose path, hands create bat speed, projectable traits at the plate. Good bat control and hit several balls hard into the gaps. 89 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively he is long and athletic and covers ground quickly.  Smooth actions and fields out front.  Quick hands on the transfer allows him to get rid of the ball quickly.  Arm played at 78 mph. On the mound his motion is smooth to the plate.  Closes off at balance and the drives hard to the plate.  Arm is loose and he delivers from both a high ¾ slot and can drop down to the side on any pitch.  Fastball has life and run and sat 87-85 mph.  Curve was 71-72 mph with sweeping break across the zone especially when he drops down.  Change sat 75-76 with late sink in the zone.






Jake Haze SS / 3B / ThunderRidge, CO / 2018

5-foot-9, 180-pound switch hitting SS/3B. The switch hitting middle infielder had a swing that mirrors itself from each side.  Stance is open and feet start close together.  A long stride gets his weight moving forward and he has a strong lower leg drive.  Swing path is uphill with good gap to gap power.  Hits to all fields.  Exit velocity was 93 mph from the left side and 90 mph from the right side.  Defensively he us solid and dependable.  Has fluid mechanics and lightning quick hands.  Arm is accurate and strong at 83 mph.







Best of the Rest: Listed Alphabetically

Connor Bateman 2B / OF / Pomona, CO / 2019

5-foot-9, 155-pound right hand hitting 2B/OF. At the plate he has a wide stance that is back leg heavy.  Uses a high leg kick on the stride.  Hands start high in the zone and sweep through in an uphill motion.  Showed good pull side power.  Exit velocity was 79 mph.  In the field he showed good hands and fielded the ball out front.  Arm slot is high ¾ and accurate.  Arm was 73 mph.






Zack Medina 3B / RHP / Highlands Ranch, CO / 2019

6-foot-0, 182-pound right hand hitting SS/RHP. At the plate he hits from a balanced stance with a slow load on the pitch.  Good lower leg drive on the swing.  Hands come through the zone and create good whip.  Exit velocity was 91 MPH.  Strong pull side power during the live round.  In the field he showed good athletic actions and instincts.  He has soft hands and a good glove to hand transfer.  Plays well in the middle and can move to third with ease. Arm was 82 mph across the field. On the mound and throws from an over-the-top arm angle, average arm speed. Toe lift to balance point with average effort leads to some rhythm and helps land in line. Straight fastball averages between 81-83 mph. Curve was 71-73 with tight spin and sharp break out of the zone. Occasionally slows arm action down during changeup, averages 68 mph.






Kyle Moran 2B / RHP / Pine Creek, CO / 2019

5-foot-9, 165-pound right hand hitting 2B/RHP. At the plate he stands balanced with a wide stance.  Uses a lift and place stride and a slow load onto his back side.  Hands are quick through the zone with good whip.  Swing path is short and uphill.  Exit velocity was 88 mph.  In the field he shows good athletic actions.  Feet stay square and glove and hands are soft and quick.  Arm is high ¾ and played at 82 mph across the diamond. On the mound he uses a high leg kick and strong leg drive to the plate.  Arm speed stay consistent on all three pitches. He delivers from an over the top slot with good extension out front.  Fastball was 78-80 mph pretty straight through the zone.  Curve sat 63-65 with tight spin and late 12/6 break.  He finished with a 72-73 mph change with late sink.






Zach Paschke 2B / SS / Mountain Vista, CO / 2018

5-foot-8, 145-pound switch hitting MIF.  At the plate he hits from a tall slim stance.  Uses a long stride to trigger the swing.  Bat comes through the zone uphill with good extension out front.  Hands whip the barrel through the zone.  Exit velocity was 87 mph.  In the field he is athletic and glides to the ball.  Everything is square when fielding with a quick glove to hand transfer.  Throws well on the run.  Arm played at 78 mph.






Brady Renck 2B / SS / Longmont, CO / 2019

5-foot-11, 150-pound left hand hitting MIF.  Lean middle infielder. Offensively, left-handed hitter, balanced setup, wrap load, leg kick on the stride stride, maintains balance through contact. Opposite field approach, long, uphill barrel path, 77 mph exit velocity off a tee. Defensively, long arm action, ¾ arm slot, showed good rhythm with quick hands.  Throws well on the run and is accurate at 74 mph.






Amari Smith SS / 2B / Grandview, CO / 2019

5-foot-10, 160-pound right hand hitting MIF. Offensively he has a balanced simple set up.  Stand slightly open with a long stride to come square.  Swing is flat with the barrel in the zone for an extended amount of time.  Good lower leg drive creates an 82 mph exit velocity.  Defensively he is smooth and polished.  Fields through the ball with a quick transfer.  Arm played at 73 mph with a quick release and accuracy.






Jonny Suchor SS / RHP / Boulder High School, CO / 2019

6-foot-0, 170-pound left hand hitting SS/RHP. Left-handed hitter, starts in an open stance, big stride during load, mostly balanced. Attacks the ball from a short path with above-average bat speed. Recorded 88 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively, fluid footwork, clean exchange. Long arm action from high ¾ slot, 74 mph across the field.  Feet are quiet and he shows good hands on balls left and right.