Prep Baseball Report

Top 2020 Fastball Velocities

By 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 2020 Fastball Velocities:

Lucas Quezada, Denver School of the Arts
Max Fastball Velocity: 84
Quezada has the same leg drive and extension that has become the norm for the recent string of power arms coming out of Colorado.  He drives off his backside and gets down the mound where he almost appears to touch the catcher’s mitt from a 3/4 slot.  His fastball was recently up to 87, but sat more in the 82-84 range, and although he is still raw in some aspects (only a freshman), he shows big upside potential with a quick arm and short arm swing. The ball really seems to jump on hitters, and he is able to counter a firm fastball with a developing 64-66 curveball.  Interestingly enough, Quezada’s current high school does not have a baseball team, so college recruiters will have to wait until PBR Colorado’s Underclass Invitational or search him out on the summer circuit. 

Brady McLean, Columbine
Max Fastball Velocity: 75
A 5-foot-9, 145-pound right hand hitting LHP/OF.  Stands slightly open with a slight crouch at the plate with short stride. Looks like he settles for contact at times when he could extend through the ball more through hitting zone.  Weight transfers forward and he hits off his front side. Registered a 77 mph exit velocity. In the field he is smooth through the ball and delivers an accurate ball to the bag. On the mound has polished mechanics for his age. Comes from a high 3/4 arm slot, is square and in-line with the plate with good extension out front.  Fastball was 74-75 mph. Ran a 7.9 laser timed 60. 

Ryan Collins, Broomfield
Max Fastball Velocity: 72
Lanky pitcher who comes from a 3/4 arm slot. All legs. Steps off to side to start delivery, then lands in-line to plate. Young pitcher who can be more explosive to mound that would add velocity. Lives at 70-72 mph with fastball. Potential to add a lot more. Slows arm speed down to throw strikes on all pitches. Curveball was 63-65 with 3/8 tilt. Almost like a slurve. Has projectability.