Prep Baseball Report

FL Preseason All-State: Pitcher Analysis

PBR Florida Staff

The weekend of January 26th and 27th, PBR Florida held its 3rd annual Preseason All-State event at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to evaluate close to 100 of the state’s top prospects. This invite only event was comprised of prospects from all classes. To view the whole roster, CLICK HERE.

We began our event coverage  with a Statistical Analysis, highlighting the top statistical performers on leaderboards. We then provided our first impressions from the event, broken down by team: Team White, Team Blue, Team Black, Team Red, Team Yellow, Team Gray

We started our position breakdown with the position players: Catchers, Corner Infielders, Middle Infielders, Outfielders.

Today, we will look at the pitchers before concluding with the two-way prospects tomorrow. The prospects from the 2022 class were especially impressive at this event. LHP Brandon Barriera (Westminster Academy) ran his fastball up to 88 mph and showed feel for a curveball and changeup combination. Right-handers Evan Dobias (Westminster Academy) and Ryan Fry (Wharton) are no strangers to us and continued to show that they are top end talent in their class.

Florida Atlantic recruit RHP Dante Visconti (Bartram Trail, 2019) put in such a performance that he earned himself an invite to the prestigious PBR Super 60 showcase, held every February 4th in the Chicago, Ill. area.

Below, you can find the top 5 pitching prospects, followed by the remaining pitchers in alphabetical order.

Top Prospects

Brandon Barriera LHP / 1B / Westminster Academy, FL / 2022

Uncommitted, currently one of the top prospects in the state country, ranked No. 2 in Florida and No. 14 Overall. 6-foot, 155-pounds, highly athletic, strength throughout frame, muscular build, moves loosely, projectable. Arm action is short, circular on the back-side, arm speed is quick to a ¾ slot. Tall and fall delivery, sit on back-side, leads with hip, works online, lands square, finishes athletically. Fastball worked 86-88 with some run. Curveball, 68-69, 1/7 shape, depth, late bite. Changeup, fade and sink action, 73-74. High follow 2022 MLB Draft prospect.

Dante Visconti RHP / Bartram Trail, FL / 2019

Florida Atlantic recruit. 6-foot-5, 205-pound right-handed pitcher, extra-large frame, broad shoulders, athletic build. Long arm action, shows on the back-side, turns over quickly into a low ¾ slot, creates deception. Drop and drive delivery, works on-line, lands slightly closed, shoulders square, finishes upright, square to the plate. Fastball sat 89-90 mph with heavy run. Curveball, sweeping action, 76-78. Changeup, sinking action, 78-81.Unorthodox delivery with movement of arsenal will cause hitters fits.

Evan Dobias RHP / OF / Westminster Academy, FL / 2022

Virginia commit. 6-foot, 160-pound, athletic frame, projectable build. Arm works short and clean on the back-side, turns over quickly to a ¾ slot. Hybrid delivery, repeats with easy effort, tall and fall, works on-line, lands closed, finishes walking off. Fastball sat 82-84 with easy life. Curveball, 11/5 shape, depth, 71-74. Changeup, fade action, 76-79. High follow 2022 prospect.

Luke Baker LHP / Buchholz, FL / 2020

Mississippi commit. Extra-large frame, long appendages, 6-foot-6, 215-pounds, left-handed pitcher, projectable build. Works with a short, quick arm action out of a ¾ slot. Tall and fall delivery, leads with hip out of balance point, works on-line, lands square, finishes crossing over. Fastball sat 80-82, touched 84, running action. Curveball, near fastball arm speed, 11/5 shape, depth, 63-64. Changeup, fade action, 68-70.

Ryan Fry RHP / 3B / Wharton , FL / 2022

Miami commit. 6-foot-2, 160-pound right-handed pitcher, athletic frame, strong lower half, broad shoulders, projectable, room for continued physical development. Arm works loose and athletically from a ¾ slot. Tall and fall delivery, momentum works towards home, finishes athletically. Fastball sat 80-83 with run. Curveball, depth, 11/5 shape, 66-68. Changeup, fade action, 69-71. High follow 2022 arm.


Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Ethan Adkison, LHP, Next Level Baseball Academy, 2021
6-foot-1, 170-pound left-handed pitcher, athletically-built, strong frame. On the mound, arm works short, showing on the back-side, ¾ slot, low effort. Tall and fall delivery, leads with hip, works on-line, lands square, finishes athletically, repeats. Fastball sat 77-79 with run and sink. Curveball, 71-72, 1/7 shape, depth. Changeup, fade action, 71-73.

Patrick Bott. RHP, Lake Highland Prep, 2020
Unsigned junior. 6-foot-4, 190-pound right-handed pitcher, long, lany frame, broad shoulders. Worked from the stretch only. Long arm action, soft stab shows on the back-side, high ¾ slot. Works on-line, lands square, finishes athletically. Fastball sat 79-80, touched 81. Changeup, fade action, 75-76. Curveball, 12/6 shape, 71 mph.

Jack Cebert, RHP, Tampa Prep, 2021
Stetson commit. 6-foot-1, 165-pounds, right-handed pitcher, athletic frame, strong lower half. Long arm action, stab on back-side, high ¾ slot, quick arm speed. Drop and drive delivery, high leg kick, works on-line, lands toe-closed, finishes crossing over. Fastball sat 83-85, mostly straight, located low in zone. Curveball, 11/5 shape, late break, 67-71. Changeup, fade action, 77-78.

Trevor Hanselman, RHP, North Florida Christian, 2021
One of the more impressive uncommitted, underclass arms. An athletic 5-foot-11, 165 pounds, is slightly undersized currently, but has plenty of time to grow and mature. There is a lot of quick twitch in his body. The mechanics are simple and repeatable with a very quick arm. Was up to 85 mph and both curveball and change up show above average potential. The arm action and athleticism bodes well for some big jumps in the future. High ceiling, high follow uncommitted underclassmen. 

Garrett Mackowiak, LHP, Wiregrass Ranch 2022
5-foot-10, 160-pound left-handed pitcher, athletically-built. On the mound, arm works short, over-the-top slot, does an excellent job hiding on the back-side. Tall and fall delivery, works on-line, lands square, finishes crossing over. Fastball sat 80-81, flashed run. Curveball, 1/7 shape, played at 71-73. Changeup, fade action, 72-74.

Mason Miller, LHP, JW Mitchell, 2020
Florida Gulf Coast commit. 6-foot-2, 196-pound left-handed pitcher, durable frame, strength throughout. Arm works long and slow on back-side, accelerates quickly over the top, high ¾ slot. Repeatable side-step delivery, tall and fall, works on-line, lands square, finishes crossing over. Fastball sat 82-84, armside life. Curveball, 1/7 shape, late bite, 78-82. Changeup, fade action, 75-79.

Colten Patterson, RHP, Seabreeze, 2019
Bethune-Cookman recruit. 5-foot-11, 175-pound right-handed pitcher, lean, athletic frame.  Works with a long arm action, shows on the back-side, high ¾ slot. Simple two-step delivery, tall and fall, works on-line, lands toe-closed, pivots square, finishes crossing over. Fastball sat 80-82 with run. Changeup plated at 71-72, featured sink and fade. Slider, 71-73, 10/4 shape, downward action.

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