Prep Baseball Report

Top Overall Performances for Each Category for all Classes

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.  Top exit velocities for the 2017 and 2018 classes.  Top LHP fastball velocities for the 2016 class and here are the top LHP fastball velocities for the 2017 and 2018 classes.  We conclude our look at the top performers for each category including all classes.

Top 60 Times:

Braden Smith, OF, Lakewood, 2016 
60 Time: 6.60
Commitment: Uncommitted
5-foot-11, 175-pound right-handed hitting outfielder impressed with legitimate physical athletic ability.  Hits from a balanced athletic setup, hands load back smoothly, creating good separation. Has leg kick that he gets down early and shows explosion with his lower half. Bat speed is fast with a short path and good extension producing line drive gap-gap power producing 81 mph exit velocity off the tee.  Threw 75 mph from the outfield from long, loose, high ¾ arm slot with good hands, playing through the baseball aggressively when fielding. Showed exceptional range in center, while also throwing a runner out at home during the games. Impressed everyone with running a 6.60 and 6.72 60. Athletic outfielder had a good day 2 going 2-2 with a 4.21 home to first time. 

Frankie Shearn, OF, Columbine, 2018
60 Time: 6.67 
Committed: Uncommitted
Scouting Report: A 5-foot-11, 163-pound, right-hand hitting two-way player. Ran the fastest 60 time at the event at 6.67.  In the outfield, he is aggressive on all balls and gets into good position using his speed.  A long arm produced a 70 MPH velocity with accurate throws through the cut.  Behind the plate he blocks well and receives pitches with soft hands.  He had pop-times of 2.27 and 2.30.  At the plate he has a simple approach with a short stride and slight hand load.  He shows good weight transfer through the zone and hits off his front side.  He had a 71 MPH exit velocity at this event.  

Top Outfield Arm Velocities

Tanner Johnson, OF/RHP, Chatfield 2016
OF Velo: 90
Commitment: Garden City CC
Scouting Report: 5-foot-11, 155-pound, right-handed hitting outfielder.  Last time we saw Tanner he threw 85 mph at our Preseason All-State Event. Today he was 90 mph from right field. Throws were somewhat accurate but shows a very strong arm from right. At the plate he was consistent gap to gap with an 84 mph exit velocity off a pitcher. On the mound fastball was increased from 81 to 84 mph with long/loose arm action, high ¾ arm slot with good command of both sides of the plate.  Drops arm slot to more 3/4 on off speed pitches. Curveball was 72-73 mph with 10/6 gradual break. 

Eric Cox, OF, Cherokee Trail, 2017
OF Velo: 88
Comittment: Uncommitted
Scouting Report: 5-foot-11, 200 pounds. Bats and throws right. Cox is a strong muscular outfielder. At the plate he utilizes an open stance with a toe tap that generates a bat whip good for 88 mph exit velo off the tee. Could generate more bat speed if he used legs more. Ball jumps off bat. Had a strong arm from the outfield at 88 mph. Cox showed good base running instincts plus speed on the bases. Cox ran a 7.09 60 time. We like his potential and athletic ability. When he learns to use lower half more in his swing he could show some good power potential.

Top Infield Arm Velocity:

Jake Eisler, 3B/RHP, ThunderRidge 2016 
INF Velo: 93
Commitment: Texas Christian University
Scouting Report: 6-foot-2, 210-pound right-handed hitting RHP/3B. Eissler had to impressive outings in the Junior Sunbelt Classic. In his first start against Arizona Eissler went 4 innings only giving up 4 hits leaving the game tied 2-2. Fastball touched 88 mph. In his second start in the tournament on 3 days rest he only went two innings due to the coaches taking care of his arm against Mississippi. In this start Eissler gave up 1 unearned run, but fastball reached 90 on a few occassions. Eissler made the Junior Sunbelt All-Tournament Team. During the tryouts for the team, Eissler registered a 7.21 60 time. At the plate, the right-handed hitter produces solid contact. He uses a smooth load, short stride, and explosive lower half.  90 MPH exit velocity, top 3 at the tryout.  Shows good pull power and good control to the opposite field gap. Not much movement in swing. Lets hands do the work. Did not pitch at the tryout. From third moves towards ball well, fields out in front. Had highest position velocity at the tryout at 93 mph which could be one of the top corner velos in the country.

Dane Grounds, SS/OF, Ponderosa 2016 
INF Velo: 85
Commitment: Uncommitted
Scouting Report: A 6-foot-0, 150-pound right hand hitting short stop, who displayed an 83 MPH arm across the field from short stop.  He showed good feet and hands and delivered an accurate ball.  At the plate, he hits from a slight crouch and bend at the waist.  He had strong leg drive and a swing that comes through the zone on an upward plane.  His exit velocity was 81 MPH off the pitch, but he displayed good bat control and power to the right center gap.  He ran a 7.35 60.

Top Catcher Pop Times:

Maverick Handley, C/2B, Mullen 2016
Pop-Time: 1.78 (Indoors)
Commitment: Stanford
Scouting Report: 5-foot-10, 190-pound right-handed hitting catcher and middle infielder. Handley was one of the most eye-catching prospects at the event. Hitting from the right side he showed easy explosive bat speed. Posted exit velocity of 90 MPH from the tee. Hit from a balanced stance, lower half worked well, good balance throughout. Advanced bat speed, impressive whip through the zone. Ran a 4.35 home to first.Defensively showed soft hands behind the plate, highly agile, high flexibility. Arm played at 77 MPH from the crouch, over the top slot, with accuracy and carry. Recorded event best 1.78 pop time. 

Riley Gregory, C/2B, Pine Creek 2016
Pop-Time: 1.88
Commitment: University of Northern Colorado
Scouting Report: 5-foot-10, 175-pound right-handed hitting catcher. Showed good quick actions behind plate. Framed well with little movement. Soft-hands. Had fastest pop-time at event at 1.82 with a position velocity of 75 mph. Gregory had a balanced stance with minimal load. Very level, slight-uphill line-drive swing that produced 90 mph exit velocity which was the highest among catcher at the tryout. Ran a 7.58 60 time. 

Top Exit Velocities:

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.

Top RHP Fastball Velocities:

Paul Tillotson, RHP/OF, Lewis Palmer 2016
FB Velocity: 91 MPH
Commitment: Nebraska
Scouting Report: 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.

Jake Greenwalt, RHP/SS, Windsor 2016
FB Velocity: 90 MPH
Commitment: Colorado Mesa
Scouting Report: 6-foot-1, 165 pounds. Bats and throws right. Lanky build and very projectable. One of the best arms at the tryout. Starts slightly closed in stance and throws from a 3/4 arm slot from an uphill delivery. Lands square to plate, throws off two-feet, and falls off towards first base. Hides ball well, tough to pick up. Fastball was 87-88 mph with one 90. Curveball has good tight spin with late 11/5 tilt at 67 mph. Change up has some sink at 74 mph. Both pitches same arm speed as fastball. At the plate loads back and is short to the ball with uphill swing through zone. Some pull tendencies. Uses leg kick and short stride. Exit velo was 84 mph off the tee. At SS throws from a 3/4 arm slot. Shows good action, closes down and gains ground on throws to first base. Threw 79 mph to first. Ran a 7.21 60 time.

Preston Snavley, RHP/1B, Fort Collins 2016
FB Velocity: 90 MPH
Commitment: Wichita State
Scouting Report: 6-foot-5, 190-pound, right-handed pitcher. Snavely is more impressive each time we see him. A 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 slot. Fastball was 87-88 with one at 90. Snavely's ball has run and good down angle. A 70-72 MPH curve had 12/6 rotation with gradual break. Curveball was thrown consistently for strikes. Changeup was thrown at 76-78 MPH change, and was thrown more at same arm speed as fastball since the last time we saw him. Snavely is very projectable, and looks effortless when he throws.

Nate Sweeney, RHP/SS, Cherry Creek 2016
FB Velocity: 90 MPH
Commitment: Arizona
Scouting Report: 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.

Jake Eissler, RHP/3B, ThunderRidge 2016
FB Velocity: 90 MPH
Commitment: Texas Christian
Scouting Report: 6-foot-2, 210-pound right-handed hitting RHP/3B. Strong, solid prospect that registered a 7.21 60 time. At the plate, the right-handed hitter produces solid contact. He uses a smooth load, short stride, and explosive lower half. 90 MPH exit velocity, top 3 at the tryout. Shows good pull power and good control to the opposite field gap. Not much movement in swing. Lets hands do the work. Did not pitch at the tryout. From third moves towards ball well, fields out in front. Had highest position velocity at the tryout at 93 mph which could be one of the top corner velos in the country.

Caleb Sloan, RHP/1B, Regis Jesuit 2017 
FB Velocity: 90
Commitment: Uncommitted
Scouting Report: Athletic frame, strong limbs, 6-foot-3, 185-pound right-handed pitcher, has a highly projectable frame. Square delivery, athletic rhythm and balance, easy effort, closed landing, repeats well. Arm action is clean, long arm action, high ¾ slot. Can get even more out of lower half which could add a few more mph. Fastball has slight run, controlled the zone well, 88-89 mph, Showed improved velocity from the winter camps we saw him at (86-87 mph). Curveball has 11/5 plane, slurve action, landed for strikes, good control, 73-74 mph. Changeup has sink, good control and feel for the pitch, 75-76 mph. Weiss showed excellent three pitch feel, high ceiling projects well at the next level, can pound the zone with multiple pitches and change speeds. As a hitter Sloan has legitmate raw gap to gap power backed up with an 88 mph exit velo off the tee. Sloan is a little tight in his load, but swing is level through the zone with good extension through ball. A little bit off balance at times in lower half, and like pitching has more untapped potential with legs. Projects as a solid clean-up or 3-hole hitter as he continues to polish himself up. Also was the fastest runner at the event with a 4.19 home to first time from the right side.

Top LHP Fastball Velocities:

Austin Alarid, LHP/1B Rocky Mountain 2016 
FB Velocity: 86
Commitment: Eastern Arizona
Scouting Report: 6-foot-0, 200 pound left-handed hitting 1B/ LHP.  In the field, he uses short arm action to reach a top velocity of 80 MPH. Decent feet and hands allow him to get into his throwing position quickly and he delivers an accurate ball. Moves well for size.  At the plate, uses a balanced set up with slight inward knee turn for load and timing.  Short hands to the ball with good extension out front at contact.  92 MPH exit velocity off the tee which was top time at the tryout.  High one handed finish. Really attacks the ball.  On the mound, compact in line delivery with over the top arm action.  Fastball increased to 84-85 since we saw him in March, and touched 86 twice.  Good command of the outside part of the plate with a 70-73 CB and 72-73 CH.  Ran a 8.06 60 time. 

Austin Gussman, LHP/OF, Horizon 2016  
FB Velocity: 86
Commitment: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Scouting Report: 6-foot-0, 165-pound, left-handed hitting outfielder/LHP.  OF positional velocity of 84 MPH, high ¾ release, moves to ball with purpose, quick exchange, loose arm action. At the plate, 83 MPH exit velocity, athletic set up, smooth/simple load, line drive approach, quick bat speed, 4.0 home to first.  On the mound, gets the most out of his frame, FB maxed out at 86 with good run.  Strong command of the outside part of the zone, CB was 66-68 MPH and CH was 74-75 MPH.  Good looking two position player.

Brice Johnson, LHP, Pine Creek 2016 
FB Velocity: 86
Commitment: Creighton
Scouting Report: 6-foot-6, 185-pound left-handed pitcher with room to grow. Every time we see Johnson we like him more. Still a little raw, but projectable LHP with a smooth motion with level shoulder, square landing and athletic finish. Was more in line, and not opening up front knee on landing as much. 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 and increased fastball of 85-86 MPH fastball with slight tail and good command of the zone.  Threw a slider this time that sat 75 mph with late tilt.  Change was thrown with FB arm action with good sink down in the zone also at 75 MPH. Again another highly projectable pitcher, especially when looking at frame.


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