Prep Baseball Report

Top Uncommitted 2016 RHP

By John Cackowski
State Director

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

Austin Wood, Silver Creek, RHP, 2016
Currently ranked No. 15 in the 2016 class. 6-foot-5, 200-pound, right-handed pitcher, displays a 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 at the Preseason All-State event on 3-1-15. 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. Austin Wood made the Junior Sunbelt Classic team. During the tournament fastball was flashing at 84-85 mph in early June but is having some recent success with Chandler.  

Jake Greenwalt, Windsor, RHP/SS, 2016 
Currently ranked No. 17 in the 2016 class. 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. Very projectable. Player to follow. First alternate for Junior Sunbelt Classic Team.

Sam Schroeder, Fruita Monument, RHP, 2016
Currently ranked No. 18 in the 2016 Class. 6-foot 3, 210 pounds. Jumped from mid 80's last summer to touching 90 this spring. Had a stellar year for the Wildcats going 7-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 46 innings pitched. Struck out 67 while only walking 14. Also only gave up 27. Also is the starting quarterback for the Wildcats in the fall. Also hit .464 in the five hole with 25 RBI's and 4 homeruns.

Grant Schroeder, Grandview, RHP/SS, 2016
Currently ranked No. 20 in the 2016 class. 6-foot-2, 175-pound two-way player, long thin frame. Hits from an open tall stance, short stride that closes down, lower half, works, good balance throughout. Path is short and level, gap to gap approach. 86 MPH exit velocity from the tee. Defensively uses a short arm action, high ¾ slot, accurate arm, 84 MPH across the diamond. Ran a 4.2 home to first.  On the mound uses tall and fall delivery, works on line, easy effort, high ¾ arm slot. Fastball sat 84-86 MPH, flashed sink. Curve showed short action, 66 MPH. Changeup 71-73 MPH. Secondary pitches thrown with good arm speed.  Threw extremely well pitching a complete game in the the 5A State Final Four in late may with same numbers above but took the loss. Made the Junior Sunbelt Classic Team.

Dalton Lind, Eaton, RHP, 2016
Currently ranked No. 28 in the 2016 class. 6-foot-3, 180-pounds. Lind was nasty at the tryout. A right-handed pitcher, displayed a smooth delivery with level shoulders lands in line off two feet, then falls off to first  Arm was loose from a high ¾ slot with quick actions.  Fastball seemed to be on you in the zone consistently at 87 to 88 mph. Up from 83-85 from last time we saw him in early March. Could get event more extension. Has room to add more weight. Projects as a lower 90's kid.  Knuckle Curve was an eliminating pitch at 74-76 with 10/4 late break.  Lind’s third pitch was a slider at 76-77 MPH. Made the Junior Sunbelt Classic Team.

Taylor Dye, Columbine, RHP, 2016
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. In game action this spring thew a complete game against Lakewood and was consistently 83-85 with an 86 mph.

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