Preseason All-State Pitching Analysis
March 11, 2015
By Jeff Markle
Assistant State Director
The Preseason All-State Showcase took place Sunday March 1st at Slammers South. 90 players from the 2015 and 2016 classes were on display at this event. Prep Baseball Report Colorado will bring you analysis by position of the players who participated in the showcase. Completing our showcase analysis are the pitcher only, where we saw many + arms for this early in the season.
To see the overall stats of the event click here.
Top Pitching Prospects:
Paul Tillotson, Lewis Palmer, 2016, RHP
6-foot-2, 200-pound, right-handed pitcher had the top FB velocity of 91 MPH at the Preseason All-State event. Displays a smooth tall and fall motion with level shoulders and square athletic landing throwing off two feet and repeats delivery time after time. Arm is long and loose, lightning quick from an over the top slot. Easy effort produced fastball from 88-91 MPH with hard run late in the zone. Command was excellent in the bottom half of the zone. A 68-72 MPH curve showed 11/5 action and sharp late movement down in the zone. Split Change was 74-75 MPH with good sink down in the zone. Tillotson has a live arm and is a very projectable pitcher in the class of 2016.
Preston Snavely, Fort Collins, 2016, RHP
6-foot-5, 190-pound, right-handed pitcher. Very projectable right-handed pitcher for the class of 2016. Smooth easy effort delivery keeps him square to the plate with a long and loose arm. Delivered pitches from both an over the top slot as well as a high ¾ slot. Fastball was 87-88 with slight run and good down angle. A 70-72 MPH curve had 12/6 rotation with gradual break. Pitch was constantly down in the strike zone. Slows arm a bit on a 76-78 MPH change, but it was thrown for strikes with late sink. When you look at Snavely you can see there is easy another 15 pounds you can add on him which will add velocity down the road. Very projectable, and looks effortless when he throws.
Best of the Rest: (Listed Alphabetically)
Morgan Beauman, Brighton, 2015, RHP
6-foot-8, 220-pound, right-handed pitcher with projectable size and mechanics. A huge physical presence on the mound. For his size displays a very smooth motion with level shoulders and square landing and throws off two feet getting good extension to plate. Arm is long and loose and comes from a high ¾ arm slot. Fastball was 83-85 MPH with late run and good control in all parts of the zone. Good FB arm action on both a 68-70 MPH curve with 11/5 break as well as a 66-69 MPH change with some sink. All three pitches were moved around the strike zone at this event.
Jacob Brown, Northglenn, 2015, RHP
6-foot-5, 185-pound right-handed pitcher with room on his frame. A drop and drive delivery with good square direction to the plate. Shoulder sit slightly uphill through motion, long arm action with an over the top delivery. Excellent command of the strike zone with a fastball that was 79-80 MPH. Slows arm a bit on his change, which registered 69-70 and he also showcased a 64-66 curve with 12/6 rotation that lived down in the zone. With room for added growth fastball could project in upper 80's
Matt Burkart, Eaton, 2016, RHP
6-foot-1, 195-pound, right-handed pitcher displayed a long arm with a slight stab out of the glove. Arm speed was quick and over the top. Hides ball extremely well, hard to pick up. Good balance point all owed shoulders to stay level and landing to be square to the plate. Fastball was 83-84 with slight run and good command both in and out in the zone. Knuckle Curve was on display and registered 75-77 with sharp 12/6 break. Was thrown for strikes low and out in the zone. Burkart finished his day with a 77-78 MPH change with near FB arm action and slight cut. Just came out of basketball so expect velocity to increase in a month.
Jacob Clark, Rock Canyon, 2016, RHP
6-foot-2, 215-pound, right-handed pitcher with long over the top arm action. Arm speed was average and produced a 78-80 MPH fastball that pounded the zone. Shoulders stay level through delivery and landing was square and direct to the plate. Curveball was 65-67 MPH with gradual break and bounced back and forth between up and down in the zone. A 73-74 MPH change rounds out his pitches and is thrown at near FB arm speed with sink.
Joseph Cormier, Columbine, 2016, LHP
6-foot-1, 160-pound, left-handed pitcher with loose quick arm action who throws from a low ¾ slot. Arm action creates late run on a fastball lived 77-79 with some command of the zone. Curve was 63-66 with 1/7 late break and painted the outside corner of the plate. A 68-72 MPH change showed some sink with slight slower arm action than the FB. Motion was smooth and with slight fall to the 3B side.
Taylor Dye, Columbine, 2016, RHP
6-foot-5, 210-pound right-handed pitcher with projectable frame. Motion is smooth with level shoulders and square landing to the plate. Easy effort and a long quick arm produced fastballs from 83-85 MPH with late sink in the zone. Over the top arm slot allowed for a 67-70 MPH curve with 11/5 gradual break and lived down in the zone. Change was thrown at near FB arm speed, 69-73 MPH with good sink. All three pitches were thrown for strikes at this event. Threw faster then last time we saw him in August. Also looked more smooth to the plate.
Spencer Hammond, Eaglecrest, 2016, LHP
6-foot-1, 175-pound, left-handed pitcher with room to add to his frame. Throws from a ¾ arm slot and sat 80-82 with his fastball with arm side run. He also displayed command of a 72 MPH change and a 65 MPH curve with 1/7 rotation. Hammond showed good command of all three pitches and showcased repeatable mechanics.
Hunter Jones, Windsor, 2015, RHP
5-foot-11, 240-pound, right-handed pitcher displayed good command of the strike zone on all three pitches. Shoulders are level through the motion and landing is square to the plate. Arm action is long from a high ¾ slot. Fastball was 72-74 down in the zone. Curve was 61-62 MPH with 12/6 gradual break to the hitter. A 65-66 MPH change with fade to the hitter and good control low in the zone rounds out his pitches.
Brice Johnson, Pine Creek, 2016, LHP
6-foot-6, 185-pound left-handed pitcher with room to grow. Projectable LHP with a smooth motion with level shoulder, square landing and athletic finish. Tends to open up front knee on landing, and if he closes down will add velocity. Gets great extension towards plate. Arm is long and quick and delivery comes from a high ¾ arm slot. Easy effort to the plate produced 83-85 MPH fastball with slight tail and good command of the zone. Curve ball sat 71-73 with sweeping 2/8 action down in the zone. Change was thrown with FB arm action with good sink down in the zone and was 72-74 MPH. Again another highly projectable pitcher, especially when looking at frame
Luke Klatke, Lakewood, 2016, LHP
6-foot-1, 168-pound, left-handed pitcher displayed a smooth delivery, inline with level shoulders in his bullpen session. Arm was over the top at delivery and featured a 75-78 MPH fastball with late run and sink. Klatke also flashed a 66 MPH curve with 12/6 rotation and finished his session with a 65 MPH change. Works at a good pace. If he stays back a little longer on back side could add some more velocity. Tends to want to rush out in front of front knee.
Dalton Lind, Eaton, 2016, RHP
6-foot-3, 180-pound, right-handed pitcher, displayed a smooth delivery with level shoulders and athletic finish off two feet. Arm was loose from a high ¾ slot with quick actions. Fastball lived up in the zone and was 83-85 MPH. Curve was 74-76 with 10/4 late break. Lind’s third pitch was a slider at 76-77 MPH. A little more flat than the curve but thrown in the same location. Could reach out a little more. Very effortless when he delivers but if he added a little more explosiveness towards plate there might be some more untapped velocity. Also a lot of room to add more weight.
Cody Lorenzini, Eaglecrest, 2016, RHP
6-foot-1, 145-pound, right-handed pitcher showed a smooth delivery landing inline with the plate throwing off two feet. Stays tall through motion and had good down angle; long arm action produced a 77-78 MPH fastball with some cut. 74 MPH change lived down in the zone and 64MPH curve showed 12/6 rotation and late break. Stride is a little short, if lengthened a little could tap into some more veolcity.
Conner Pepin, Brighton, 2016, LHP
6-foot-0, 170-pound, left-handed pitcher, stays square to the plate through delivery. Shoulders are level during motion and arm action is long and over the top. Average arm speed produced 79-80 MPH fastball that struggled to find the zone at times. Pepin featured two additional pitches, 71 MPH curve with 1/7 rotation and gradual break, along with a 69 MPH change that lived down in the zone.
Brian Perales, Eaglecrest, 2016, RHP
5-foot-11, 185-pound, strong athletic right-handed pitcher showed good drive to the plate, shoulders stayed level and landing was inline through the finish throwing off two feet. Very good mechanics. Long arm action from a high ¾ slot produced a fastball that lived 81-82 MPH with some command of the zone. Perales showcased two other pitches, 70-73 MPH curve with 11/5 rotation and with late break and a 73-75 MPH change with near FB arm action.
Buhm Jin Song, Doherty, 2016, RHP
6-foot-0 145-pound right-handed pitcher sat 74-76 from an over the top arm slot. Fluid delivery and displayed good tilt to the plate. Lands square to the plate and throws off two feet. Works at a good pace Song had good fastball command of the strike zone and throws down angle. Song also showcased a 61-64 MPH curve with gradual break and a 77-71 MPH change.
Nate Sweeney, Cherry Creek, 2016, RHP
6-foot-3, 180-pound, right-handed pitcher with a very live arm. Delivery is square and smooth with strong effort to the plate throwing off two feet. Did fall off to the 1B side a couple of times. Arm is long and loose and lightning quick. Throws from an over the top arm slot and produced an 87-90 MPH fastball with late run. Pitch could be located in/out and up/down. Curve ball was 68-71 MPH and showed tight rotation with late 11/5 break. Change needs better location was 78-79 MPH and left up in the zone. A 70-71 MPH slider with good late break to a right hand hitter rounds out his pitches. At his size shows a ton of projectability.
Adam Tabor, Brighton, 2016, RHP
6-foot-0, 178-pound, right-handed pitcher throws from a tall delivery but tends to rush motion to the plate. Shoulders stay level and landing is square to the plate throwing off two feet. Arm action is long and quick from a high ¾ slot. Fastball was 79-81 with slight cut. Curveball was 65-68 with late break and 10/4 rotation. Change was thrown at near FB arm speed, down in the zone at 69-70 MPH.
Austin Wood, Silver Creek, 2016, RHP
6-foot-5, 200-pound, right-handed pitcher, displayed smooth motion, shoulders are slightly uphill then comes through with good arm whip. Athletic landing throwing off two feet and good extension towards the plate. Arm action is long and loose with quick action through delivery. An over the top slot produced an 86-88 MPH fastball that struggled to find the zone at times. Wood’s two other pitches, a 67-70 MPH curve with 12/6 gradual break and a 75-78 MPH change thrown with near FB arm speed found the bottom half of the strike zone routinely. Wood has some rawness, and still is adjusting coming out of football. Will be throwing in low 90's by summer time. Highly projectable with size and athletic frame.
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