Prep Baseball Report

Top 2018 LHP Arm Velocities

Jeff Markle
Assistant State Director

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We recently did a series on the top uncommitted pop-times, 60-times, arm velos, and exit velocities. Now we are doing a series on our Top 5 overall numbers for each class.

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Top 2018 LHP Arm Velocities:

Justin Olson, Pine Creek
Max Fastball Velocity: 83
6-foot-2, 200 pounds. Bats and throws left. At the plate has a balanced stance and loads straight back, with a leg-kick stride. Swing is slightly uphill through the zone which produces a ton of power to both gaps. Has very good plate coverage. Lower half and upper half all work in sync. Gets very good extension through hitting zone. Produced an 89 mph exit velo off the tee. At 1B has soft hands and good feet for his size. throws from a high 3/4 arm slot and has good awareness around the bag. Threw 81 mph across the diamond. On the mound pumps hands over head to start. Square to the plate. Flies open a little to 3rd base side. Throws from a high 3/4 arm slot off two feet. Looks like he gets more leg drive from the stretch then from wind-up. Fastball was 82-83. Curveball was extremely sharp and a strikeout pitch with good 1/7 break at 68-69 mph. Ran a 7.4 laser timed 60. 

Zac Heisler, Pine Creek
Max Fastball Velocity: 76
6-foot-3, 200 pounds. Bats right, throws left. Big, strong, raw athletic player who could move up in the 2018 rankings. Stands tall at the plate and has some good power potential. Toe-tap stride, hands load straight back, can wrap back back sometimes, but generates good power. Good extension through ball on firm front side. Could even get more of his lower back side rotated through swing. Generated a 91 mph exit velo off the tee. Needs to to work on footwork in the outfield. Throws uphill to from right to 3rd at 72 mph. Like his frame on the mound. Pretty smooth and effortless. Everything in-line towards the plate. Could generate more momentum towards plate. Looks like he stops arm a little before release which stalls arm action. Slows arm down a bit on curveball. Fastball was 74-76. Curve was 64-66. Ran a 7.07 60 time. Like his projectability.  

Harry Paul, Fairview
Max Fastball Velocity: 75
A 5-foot-8, 145-pound left handed pitcher. Definition of crafty lefty. Strike thrower and everything he throws seems to sink or fade. He has an easy motion that is fluid to the plate.  Stands tall then crouches in balance point. Lands inline. Falls off to 3B. Arm comes from a 3/4 arm slot.  Fastball improved to 73 mph touching 75.  He also showed a 60 MPH curve and his best pitch is a 61 MPH change with good downward action. Continues to improve every time we see him.

Calvin Schonebaum, Valor Christian
Max Fastball Velocity: 74
A 5-foot-11, 155-pounds. Bats and throws left. At the plate he hits from an slightly open stance with a short stride. Head is very quiet. Hands load straight back.  He hits against a firm front side with a slight uphill swing path but everything is a line drive.  He registered an 83 MPH exit velocity.  In the field he is smooth through the ball and throws from a high ¾ arm slot with a slight tail.  He has a 79 MPH arm velocity.  On the mound he has an effortless delivery, everything square and inline to the plate. He throws from a high ¾ arm slot and comes across his body.  He showcased a 73 MPH fastball touching 74 with good command of the outer 1/3rdof the plate.  He added a 62 MPH curve with late 1/7 break and a 70 MPH change. Both thrown from same arm speed as fastball. Ran a 7.8 laser timed 60. 

Dillon Schroeder, Grandview
Max Fastball Velocity: 74
6-foot-0, 170-pound switch hitter who ran a 4.41 home to first from the left side.  At the plate he hits from a balanced stance on the right side.  A slight tow tap gets his hands and hips moving through the zone.  He registered a 79 MPH exit velocity.  In the field he showed good mechanics squaring up on balls.  He delivered an accurate 76 MPH ball to second base on double plays.  On the mound he delivers to the plate in a straight line from an over the top arm angle.  He is consistent with arm speed on all three pitches and showcased a 74 MPH fastball, a 59 MPH curve with sweeping break and a 64 MPH change that lived outside.