Prep Baseball Report

Top Uncommitted 2016 Corners

By John Cackowski
State Director

This week we have looked at some of the top 2016 players, catchers, and outfielders who are still uncommitted. Today we look at the top uncommitted corners.

Dylan Nelson, D'Evelyn, 1B, 2016
Currently ranked No. 32 in the 2016 class. 6-foot-4, 230-pound, left-handed hitting 1B/RHP.  At the plate starts from a wide stance and utilizes a slow load back for timing. He barreled the baseball frequently with a bat exit velocity of 89 MPH. On the mound balanced and shoulder s and high leg kick and in-line delivery produced, and an 80-82 FB from a high 3/4 arm slot. FB showed some run away from right-handed hitter. He also flashed a 67-70 MPH changeup and a 62 MPH curveball with looping 10/4 rotation.  Gets good extension to the plate for his 6-4 frame.  Defensively, threw 72 MPH across the field with average footwork on balls right at him.  Ran a 4.52 home to first.  

Zane Phelps, Bayfield, 3B, 2016
Currently ranked No. 44 in the 2016 class. 6-foot-3, 195 pound right-handed hitting 3B. In the field Phelps shows above average footwork and hands with good actions and good fundamentals with good accuracy throwing 79 mph. At the plate he has a tall athletic stance with minimal load and short stride. Path is short and to the ball with a level swing and one-handed extension. Has good bat speed producing 89 mph exit velo off the tee with gap to gap power. If stance widens slightly could have even more power. Can't ignore athletic presence. Raw player to follow. Ran a 7.2 60 time. Made the Junior Sunbelt Team.  

Joseph Mondragon, Eaton,  1B/3B, 2016
Currently ranked No. 54 in the 2016 class. 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. Bats left and throws right. Solid, prospect that registered a 6.88 60 time which was 3rd fastest at the Junior Sunbelt Classic tryout. In the field, he shows above average hands and footwork was better in tryout then last event in March.  He reached a top velocity of 76 MPH across the infield, up from 71 in March. At the plate, the left-handed hitter he uses a slightly open stance with a short stride. He take a short path to the ball and shows some pop in his bat.  Slight uphill swing path creates a ball with good carry.  Registered a 84 mph exit velocity, but we had him at 87 MPH exit velocity in March off the tee.  Gap to gap power.

Parker Eischen, Ponderoda, 1B/OF, 2016
Currently ranked No. 56 in the 2016 class. 6-foot-1, 185-pound, left-handed hitting 1B/OF.  Ran a 4.23 home to first. In the field, he shows good hands and footwork along with a quick transfer. He reached a top velocity of 72 MPH across the infield. At the plate, he uses a high leg kick for timing stride and good bat speed 86 MPH exit velocity from the tee to create a line drive swing.  Lower body rotates through the swing with a high finish with his hands and weight on front side. 

A.J. Fell, Regis Jesuit, 1B/RHP, 2016 
Currently ranked No. 61 in the 2016 class. 6-foot-1, 210-pound, right-handed hitting 1B/RHP.  At the plate hits from a slightly open crouched stance.  Short stride for timing and good lower leg explosion through the ball.  Had a 84 MPH exit velocity, but at last event in March registered an 88.  Displayed decent feet and hands in the filed, throws from a high ¾ arm slot with an 80 MPH positional velocity across the field.  On the mound, slight sink and drive mechanics with an in-line delivery.  Same arm action as in the field delivers a 82-83 MPH fastball with little movement which was increased from 81 mph in March event.  67-68 MPH CB and 74-75 MPH CH round out his pitches.  Ran a 8.36 60 time.

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