IA Prospect ID- Monticello: Outfielder Evaluations

Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Iowa

Prep Baseball Report's IA's Prospect I.D.- Monticello event took place on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The event was held at the Eastern IA Sports Facility in Monticello, IA. The event featured prospects from the 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 classes. 

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Below we have listed the evaluations for the outfielders who were in attendance at the event. (Alphabetical)



Zach Barden, OF/RHP, Cedar Rapids Prairie, 2020
6-foot-2, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 4.41 home-to-first time. Narrow open stance, strides into contact, flat bat path, flashes of solid line drive pop, mid/pull approach, 86 mph exit velocity. Avg. actions in field, tends to sit back on ground balls, pie arm action, elevated throws to target, 78 mph arm from outfield.

Michael Biertzer, RHP/OF, Linn-Marr, 2020
6-foot-2, 175-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 5.12 home-to-first time. Closed stance, slices through contact, short finish and lacks extension through contact, 84 mph exit velocity. Raw actions in field, loses momentum when fielding, avg. arm action on throws, 73 mph arm from outfield.

Zach Burtch, OF/RHP, Ottumwa, 2019
6-foot, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 4.77 home-to-first time. Line drive swing plane, choppy leg kick trigger, inconsistent timing, spray contact, pull approach, 77 mph exit velocity. Long arm action, raw fielding mechanics, lacks direction on throws, 73 mph arm from outfield. Decent athlete that should improve with development.

Chase Calderwood, OF/LHP, North Liberty, 2019
5-foot-9, 170-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 4.69 home-to-first time. Shows balance in box with rhythm, simple swing, repeats well, consistent hard contact, gap to gap approach producing solid ground balls and line drives, 84 mph exit velocity. Active feet with sure hands in field, works around and through, profiles as left-fielder or center-fielder if run times improve, 75 mph arm strength from outfield.

Ben DeTaeye, LHP/OF, WDM Valley, 2019
5-foot-11, 150-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. #62 ranked player in Iowa 2019 class. 4.51 home-to-first time. Body load, hands are stagnant at times, clean path through contact, middle/away approach, consistent solid contact producing line drives and ground balls, 83 mph exit velocity. Solid athlete in field, works around and through baseball, fields cleanly, has long action showing accuracy and carry to target, 86 mph arm from outfield.

Cole Kraber, OF/RHP, Oskaloosa, 2019
6-foot-1, 178-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 4.7 home-to-first time. Square stance, front heel turn trigger, shows loose hands with extension through contact, solid line drives and works middle of field, 80 mph exit velocity. Aggressive fielder, plays with energy, raw arm action but shows carry and accuracy to bag, 84 mph arm strength from outfield.

Sam Nicolino, C, Des Moines Roosevelt, 2020
5-foot-11, 171-pound right-handed hitting catcher. 4.53 home-to-first time. Wider open stance, out front at contact, pull approach, flashes solid pop in bat, 83 mph exit velocity. Strong base, tends to stab at pitches, throws uphill, needs development behind plate, 62 mph arm strength with 2.53-2.64 pop times. Aggressive fielder, stiff arm action, quick release on throws, 64 mph arm strength from outfield.

Alec Nigut, OF/1B/LHP, Des Moines Roosevelt, 2020
6-foot, 175-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 4.68 home-to-first time. Double tap trigger, creates linear direction, clean bat path, barrels ball consistently to both gaps, shows ability at the plate, 88 mph exit velocity. Works through ball in outfield, has body control, solid carry and accuracy on throws, 81 mph arm from outfield. Sure hands at first base, moves around bag well, confident fielder, 78 mph arm across infield.

Jacob Norris, OF, Liberty, 2020
6-foot, 155-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. 5.02 home-to-first time. Pre-set weight on back leg, slight shoulder load, uphill path, some stiffness to swing, mid/pull approach, flashes solid contact, 83 mph exit velocity. Decent athlete, fields out front, short arm action, loses momentum after release, avg. accuracy to target, 72 mph arm strength from outfield.

Colten Parkins, OF, North Polk, 2019
6-foot-1, 170-pound left-handed hitting outfielder. #27 ranked player in Iowa 2019 class. 4.52 home-to-first time. Shows balance in box, stays on and through contact well, flashes bat speed with hard line drive contact to gaps, 86 mph exit velocity. Has athleticism in field, works through ball well, sure hands, has carry and accuracy to target, quick arm action, 83 mph arm from outfield.

Lucas Walker, LHP/OF, Solon, 2020
5-foot-11, 160-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 4.66 home-to-first time. Slight body load, tends to spin off at contact, produces spray contact- flashes of hard line drives to pull side, 83 mph exit velocity. Average actions in field, tends to sit back and field underneath, short arm action, 77 mph arm strength from outfield. 

Aeden Ward, OF, Waukee, 2019
6-foot-2, 175-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. 4.92 home-to-first time. Wide stance, choppy leg lift and hand load, pull approach spray contact, 81 mph exit velocity. Solid athlete in field, avg. mechanics, long arm action shortens on release, accurate to targets, 72 mph arm from outfield and 70 mph arm across infield.


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