High School Crosscheck: Week 2

Nathan Rode and PBR Staff

The PBR Florida Preseason Classic was the center of attention last week with about 100 scouts dropping by over the course of the three-day event. Like 2018, the event was loaded with talent, but Thursday was the main attraction with IMG Academy and TNXL Academy throwing their big arms.

RHP Brennan Malone (IMG Academy, FL) was the first to step in front of the huge crowd and he didn’t disappoint. He sat 92-95 mph with his fastball, retiring the first seven batters he faced, three on strikeouts. He hit the second batter of the third inning and allowed a single before recording his fourth strikeout. He would have escaped the inning unscathed, but a catcher’s interference call was made and a run scored on a passed ball during the next at-bat. Malone mixed in two breaking balls, both of which were above average at times. His curveball was 75-78 with occasional sharp break and depth. His slider was 84-85 with late, darting action and accounted for two of his strikeouts.

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