Underclass Trials Analysis: Pitchers

Phil Kerber
PBR Georgia Scouting Director

On Nov. 9, the PBR Georgia scouting staff hosted its final underclass event of 2019, the Underclass Trials, featuring nearly 80 prospects from the 2022 and 2023 classes, as well as a handful of seventh- and eighth-graders sprinkled in, at LakePoint Sports.

Last month, we shared our rapid analysis for this event inside our Quick Hits post, and took a statistical look at the day's top performers inside our Stats Story. We began our position-by-position analysis, beginning with the day's primary catchers, followed by primary outfielders and infielders. Today, we breakdown the 9 pitcher only prospects that attended the event, listed alphabetically.

Porter Berryman LHP / 1B / Parkview , GA / 2025

5-foot-7, 140-pound left-handed pitcher, young prospect who has many years of physical growth and maturation ahead of him. Arm works long, reaching on the back-side, to a high ¾ slot. Drop and drive delivery, works on-line, lands square, finishes spinning off towards third base side. Fastball played mostly straight, flashed slight run, good angle on the pitch at-times, sat 70-71, touched 72. Curveball, 12/6 shape, gradual break, 64-65. Changeup, flashed sink and fade, 65-67.

Justin Hannan 1B / RHP / Mountain View, GA / 2022

5-foot-11, 165-pound right-handed pitcher, lanky frame, plenty of room for additional physicality, projectable build. Arm works long to a predominantly over-the-top slot, accelerates out front with some quickness, easy effort. Tall and fall delivery, strides towards the third base side of the rubber, landing closed, finishes upright. Fastball sat 80-82, works downhill with. Curveball, 11/5 shape, flashed bite when he stayed on top of, had a tendency to get around the pitch, 66-68. Changeup, fade action, has the potential to be a heavy fading pitch, 72-74.

Connor Harris RHP / 3B / North Oconee , GA / 2022

5-foot-11, 145-pound right-handed pitcher, lean frame. Worked at an extremely quick pace. Arm played short and quick to a ¾ slot, clean on the back-side, repeated. Tall and fall delivery, long stride down the mound, works on-line, lands closed, finishes crossing over. Fastball sat 75-76, touched 77 with slight run. Used two distinct breaking balls. Curveball, 12/6 shape, flashed bite when he finishes the pitch, 63-65. Slider, short lateral break, 66-69.

Tyler Hower 3B / RHP / North Gwinnett, GA / 2022

5-foot-9, 178-pound right-handed pitcher, broad shoulders, strength throughout frame. On the mound, arm action is long with a soft stab on the back-side, ¾ slot, quick hand speed, accelerates with some effort out front. Tall and fall delivery, works on-line, lands toe-closed, finishes upright with an occasional crossing over. Fastball sat 81-84, touched 85, with running action, comes out hot, giving the impression it is harder than the velocity says. Curveball, 11/5 shape, controlled around the zone, has the makings of a swing-and-miss, or weak contact inducing, pitch, 72-74.

Ricky Patrick LHP / Greenbrier, GA / 2022

5-foot-10, 130-pound left-handed pitcher, lean frame. Arm action is clean with a full arm swing, methodical on the back-side, comes out of a ¾ window. Drop and drive delivery, strides towards the first base side of the rubber, lands square, finishes in an athletic position. Used a four pitch mix. Fastball sat 68-70, maxed at 71, mostly straight. Curveball, 12/6 shape, gradual break, 55-56. Change, sinking action, 61-62, feel for pitch. Cutter, 57-59, short movement.

Jack Rogers LHP / Armuchee , GA / 2023

6-foot, 120-pound left-handed pitcher, lean, slender frame, still physically developing. Arm plays long with a full swing on the back-side, slings it from a ¾ slot. Tall and fall delivery, works on-line, lands square, finishes square most of the time, at-times does not finish back-side. Fastball sat 65-68, running action. Curveball, 1/7 shape, gradual break, 57-59. Changeup, fading action, 60-61.

Parker Spring LHP / OF / Blessed Trinity Catholic, GA / 2022

5-foot-10, 140-pound left-handed pitcher, frame projects to add strength and see continued vertical growth. Arm action is clean on the back-side to a high ¾ slot, loose wrist action. Sound tall and fall delivery, keeps direction towards home, lands square, finishes walking down the mound. Fastball sat 77-79, played mostly straight. Showed good feel for both off-speed pitches. Curveball, 1/7 shape, slurve-like, some bite to it, 66-67. Changeup, controlled zone with, maintains arm speed, fade action, 70-72.

Ryan Taylor RHP / 3B / River Ridge, GA / 2022

5-foot-11, 150-pound right-handed pitcher, broad shoulders on top of a long frame. Arm plays long on the back-side, accelerates with effort to a ¾ slot, slings it. Deep drop and drop delivery, high leg kick, strides open towards the first base side, lands square to home, walking down the mound. Fastball sat 77-78, touched 79. Curveball, shape varied between 12/6 and 11/5, gradual break, 63-66. Changeup, sinking action, 66-67.

Manning West RHP / 1B / Apalachee, GA / 2022

6-foot-6, 230-pound right-handed pitcher, has the physicality often unseen for a prospect his age, strong, tree stump like legs, large upper body, will only continue to add strength and firm entire frame up, one of the top prospects in Georgia’s Class of 2022. Arm action is long and loose, clean on the back-side, accelerates with little effort to ¾ slot. Drop and drive delivery, remains tall, utilizing his height well, works on-line towards home from the third base side of the rubber, finishes with a near cross over. Fastball sat 82-84 on the day, has been up to 89 earlier in the fall, so there is plenty more in the tank for him to tap into, slight run action. Curveball, 12/6 shape, sharp action at-times, 68-70. Changeup, maintains fastball arm speed, flashed sink and heavy fade, 71-74.

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