IA Top Prospect Games- Pitcher Evaluations



By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Iowa

Prep Baseball Report's IA Top Prospect Games event took place on Sunday, August 6, 2017. The event was held at Duane Banks Field on the campus of the University of Iowa. The event featured prospects from the 2018 grad class. 

There were a number of great individual performances this year at the IA Top Prospect Games

As we drill down into the statistics:

+  17 players ran sub 4.6 H-1B.
+  28 players recorded 85+ mph exit velocities
+  16 players recorded 80+ mph infield throws
+  12 players recorded 80+ mph outfield throws
+  9 catchers recorded 70+ mph throws to second base
+  6 catchers recorded sub-2.1 pop times
+  33 pitchers were 80+ mph on the mound

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Below we have listed the evaluations for the pitchers in attendance at the event. The 2017 IA Top Prospect Games event was loaded with an array of top-end arms in attendance. From committed pitchers, potential draft picks down the road, a large group of surprisingly uncommitted prospects, and intriguing potential front-line pitchers down the road; the event had a little bit of something for all levels of college baseball. Iowa commit, Clayton Nettleton, was the top pitching prospect at the event. Nettleton was up to 92 mph on the mound, has feel for 3 above avg. pitches, and has started to position himself for possible draft opportunities down the road. Too many to list; there are close to 14-16 pitching prospects who will vie for spots on the Top Prospect list for the event.  



Clayton Nettleton

Class of 2018 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
    Commitment: Iowa
  • Primary Position: RHP
  • High School: Davenport West
    State: IA
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 225lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
92
Max FB
90 - 92
FB
75 - 77
CB
83 - 84
CH
Position
7.66
60-yard
81
INF Velo
89
Exit Velo
4.83
H-1st

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Pitcher Evaluations (Alphabetical)

Jared Beck, LHP, Davenport North, 2018
6-foot-11, 190-pound left-handed pitcher. #23 ranked player in IA 2018 class. Has above avg. body control for size. Intriguing prospect as project type guy at college level. Short arm action with some extension out front. Fastball was 81-84 mph, consistently throws strikes, with tilt to plate and slight cut action. Solid 1/7 shape on breaking ball with ability to land for strikes. Solid fade on changeup for strikes as well.

Jackson Bennett, RHP/OF, Dyersville Beckman, 2018
6-foot-5, 195-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #28 ranked player in IA 2018 class. Will make jump up ladder once updated. Tall athletic build. Controlled tempo, athletic balance point, explodes towards plate, with extension and finish. Fastball was 85-88 mph with late arm-side life for strikes. Flashes above avg. slider with tight spin, above avg. depth, and 10/4 shape. 4.9 home-to-first time. Narrow open stance, leg kick trigger, shows above avg. pop in bat, lift in swing plane, hard mid/pull contact, 98 mph exit velocity. Moves with fluidity in outfield and shows athleticism, arm plays well with accuracy and carry to bag, 85 mph arm from outfield.

Cooper Beving, LHP/OF, Norwalk, 2018
6-foot-1, 200-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; medium balance point, hitchy front side creates deception, short arm action, slingy action from high ¾ slot. Fastball was 80-82 mph with varying action to plate. Solid shape on 1/7 curveball with early break to plate. 4.5 home-to-first time. Pre-set load, moves hands straight back to load, simple swing, solid line drive contact, to both gaps, 89 mph exit velocity. Solid/avg. actions, fields on side of ball effecting balance and direction, throws have accuracy to target, cut action on throws, 81 mph arm from outfield.

Jarrett Blunt, RHP, Ottumwa, 2018
6-foot-2, 175-pound right-handed pitcher. #29 ranked player in Iowa 2018 class. Lean athletic frame. Good tempo to delivery, clean compact arm action, has extension to plate and lands with front foot closed. Ball jumps out of hand producing 85-88 mph fastballs delivered on downhill plane. Shows avg. depth on 11/5 curveball, has tight spin and consistent shape, solid presently and should continue to improve. One of better uncommitted prospects in state, high academics, and should be highly sought after by numerous colleges.

Jacob Bockenstedt, RHP, Cedar Rapids Washington, 2018
6-foot-1, 180-pound right-handed pitcher. #35 ranked player in Iowa 2018 class. Southeastern CC commit. Athletic build with solid present strength. High leg kick delivery with athleticism and body control. Low stab on back side of arm action. Pitches up and over front side producing steep downhill plane on fastball. Fastball was 84-88, touching 89 mph, with predominantly run action in bottom of zone. Breaking ball has tight spin, thrown with conviction, with solid 11/5 shape. Changeup has above avg. sink and run for strikes.

William Christophersen, RHP/OF, Pleasant Valley, 2018
6-foot-4, 190-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #17 ranked player in IA 2018 class as primary pitcher. Lean wiry frame, long sideways draw, high ¾ arm slot, quick twitch actions. Fastball was 87-89 mph with late run and life to plate. Slider was 72-73 mph, 11/5 shape, and shows ability to land for strikes. 5.06 home-to-first time. Square stance, rolling hand load, line drive swing with lift through contact, mid/pull approach, consistent solid contact, 85 mph exit velocity. Above avg. arm strength, throws are online with accuracy and above avg. carry to target, 89 mph arm from outfield.

Patrick Connor, SS/RHP, Ft. Zumwalt West (MO), 2018
5-foot-10, 160-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 4.97 home-to-first time. Spread stance, shoulder load, inside/out swing plane, mid/away approach, inconsistent contact during bp, 89 mph exit velocity. Active in field, works through ball, follows throws, solid actions, accurate to bag, 81 mph arm across infield. On mound; shows athleticism, long arm action, lands across body creating slight cross-fire to plate. Flashes varying tilt and run action on fastball at 80-81 mph; touching 84 mph. 11/5 curveball has high spin rate with quality 11/5 shape for strikes. Cut action on changeup. Overall solid 3-pitch mix on mound.

Kanyon Cooksley, RHP, East Buchanan, 2018
6-foot-1, 170-pound right-handed pitcher. #98 ranked player in IA 2018 class. Lean wiry frame. Short rocker step into balance point, breaks hands early, lands across body with open front foot. Fastball was 73-76 mph with varying action to plate. Small break on curveball with inconsistent 10/4 shape and wobbly spin. 61-62 mph changeup had average fade and sink.

Wil Courtney, OF/LHP, Dubuque Hempstead, 2018
6-foot-3, 185-pound switch-hitting 2-way player. 4.57 home-to-first time. LHH- tall stance, good balalnce, leg kick trigger, mid/pull approach consistent solid contact. RHH- similar mechanics, falls over plate, slight lift in swing plane, fly ball approach, 89 mph exit velocity. Solid actions, creates direction with feet, long levers and has some fluidity in field, short arm action, avg. accuracy and carry to target, 80 mph arm from outfield. On mound; overhead delivery, lands across body, cleaner arm action, comes out well in front. Fastball was 75-78 mph, cross-fire to plate, with slight tilt and cut action. 1/7 breaking ball has solid shape and spin. Split lacks velo showing avg. cut action to plate.

Connor Crabill, RHP/3B, Dubuque Hempstead, 2018
5-foot-9, 190-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #69 ranked player in IA 2018 class. On mound; loads over rubber, clean compact arm action, solid extension and direction to plate. Fastball was 81-82 mph, straight, consistent for strikes. Breaking ball varies from 12/6-11/5 with flashes of depth on break. Small short break with spinning action on slider. 5.15 home-to-first time. Solid balance through swing, leg kick trigger, flashes hard contact, line drive approach, works gap to gap, 84 mph exit velocity. Sure hands, avg. actions, works to target on throws, 78 mph arm across infield.

Aiden Crowley, 3B/RHP, Iowa City West, 2018
5-foot-11, 157-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 4.77 home-to-first time. Square stance, leg kick trigger, deeper load, line drive swing plane, ground ball and line drive contact, 81 mph exit velocity. Avg. actions, shuffles to field, accurate arm with stiff throwing mechanics, 73 mph arm across infield. On mound; quicker leg kick into balance point, solid direction to plate, pause and stab on back-side of arm action. Fastball was 73-75 mph with slight arm-side movement. Curveball has solid spin with 12/6 shape and avg. depth to plate.

Duncan Davitt, RHP/3B, Indianola, 2018
6-foot-3, 190-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #33 ranked player in IA 2018 class. One of fastest risers in this year’s class. Controlled tempo, higher balance point, long clean arm action, ¾ slot. Consistently pounds zone with 3 pitches with above avg. command. Fastball is 88-90 mph with late running action into RHH. 10/4 slider has late break and shows good feel for zone. Spots changeup well to arm-side; showing in zone and taking away from LHH. 4.6 home-to-first time. Crouched stance, toe tap trigger, some length to contact, avg. pop in bat, line drive and fly ball contact, pull approach, 83 mph exit velocity. Has accuracy and carry to bag, works low to ground, sure hands, works through ball, average range, 83 mph arm across infield.

Carter Frey, SS/RHP, WDM Valley 2018
5-foot-11, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 4.97 home-to-first time. Open stance, body load, some stiffness to swing, spray contact with avg. pop, pull-side approach, 87 mph exit velocity. Solid actions in field, works around and through baseball, sure hands, accurate to bag with short clean arm action, 79 mph arm across infield. On mound; compact delivery, shorter stride, upright on release, quicker arm action. Fastball was 81-84 mph with slight running action to plate. Tight spin on 11/5 breaking ball; flashed above avg. sharpness and break with depth.

Lucas Gardner, RHP, Estherville Lincoln Central, 2018
6-foot-2, 178-pound right-handed pitcher. Short rocker step, tilted posture at balance point, slight pie arm action. Fastball was 81-84 mph, thrown occasionally downhill, with varying action to plate. Flashes above avg. 11/5 slider when released out front at 72-75 mph. Curveball has avg. shape and avg. velocity.

Luke Golla, LHP, Marion, 2018
5-foot-10, 170-pound left-handed pitcher. #100 ranked player in IA 2018 class. Solid body control and tempo, hitchy front side creates deception, hides ball from hitter. Short arm action producing 79-82 mph fastballs with varying late action. Curveball varies from 12/6-1/7 with early break and elevated to arm-side of plate. 70-71 mph changeup shows appropriate fade and sink.

William Hawks, 2B/RHP, Des Moines Roosevelt, 2018
5-foot-10, 175-pound switch hitting 2-way player. #88 ranked player in IA 2018 class. 4.59 home-to-first time. LHH- leg kick trigger, lift in swing plane, works mid/away, solid contact. RHH- more compact swing, better strength, fly ball and line drive contact, 89 mph exit velocity. Active feet, sure hands, avg. footwork, decent athlete, solid accuracy and carry to bag, 84 mph arm across infield. On mound; has rhythm and tempo, lands inline to catcher, with clean compact arm action. Fastball had cut action at 77-81 mph for strikes. Slider is above avg. with tight 10/4 spin and late break. Well above avg. changeup, thrown with fastball arm speed, showing late fade.

Joseph Healy, RHP/1B, Ankeny Centennial, 2018
6-foot-3, 215-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; has tempo to delivery, lands across body, cross-fire to home, low elbow arm slot with extension. Fastball was 74-76 mph with varying cut and run action to plate. Curveball tends to back up, side spin, with avg. spin and shape. 5.07 home-to-first time. Crouched open stance, works middle of field, stiffer finish through contact, line drive and fly ball contact, 82 mph exit velocity. Sure hands, comfortable around bag, solid receiver, accurate throws from low ¾ arm slot, 71 mph arm across field.

Brady Held, OF/RHP, Indianola, 2018
6-foot-3, 150-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 4.63 home-to-first time. Tall open stance, hitchy trigger, pushes barrel through zone, pull approach, line drive and fly ball contact, 86 mph exit velocity. Solid athlete, works through ball, average reads off bat, quick release, accurate to target, 84 mph arm from outfield. On mound; low hand break slot, slight extension to plate, OT arm slot, has finish and direction to plate. Fastball was 81-83, delivered on slight downhill plane, with straight action.  Flashes solid 11/5 breaking ball at 67-68 mph. Cut action on changeup; thrown with solid arm speed.

Dalton Hews, RHP/OF, ADM, 2018
5-foot-10, 145-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. #47 ranked player in IA 2018 class. Athletic compact delivery, lands slightly closed, works downhill with clean arm action. Fastball was 82-84 mph, for strikes, with occasional cutting action. Running action on flat changeup. Breaking ball has cut action with late small break. 4.38 home-to-first time. Tall stance, body load, clean path, uses hands to baseball, ground ball and line drive contact, 87 mph exit velocity. Easy actions, comfortable in field, throws shows carry and accuracy to target, 84 mph arm from outfield.

Ryan Hosch, RHP/2B, Cedar Rapids Xavier, 2018
6-foot, 180-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; rolls hands into leg kick and balance point, long stride, above avg. extension to plate. Fastball was 75-78 mph, straight, and thrown for strikes. Solid breaking ball with heavy rolling action to plate and 11/5 shape. 5.3 home-to-first time. Open stance, hitchy load, lower hand slot, inconsistent timing, spray contact, 82 mph exit velocity. Heavier feet in field, makes routine plays, avg. range and actions, accurate to bag, 72 mph arm strength across infield.

Braden Houston, SS/RHP, Iowa City West, 2018
6-foot, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #54 ranked player in IA 2018 class. 4.7 home-to-first time. Tall stance, body load, stiffer swing plane, spray contact across field, 88 mph exit velocity. Solid athlete with decent actions in field, sure hands, long release on throws, has carry and accuracy to bag, 85 mph arm across infield. On mound; solid tempo to delivery, hides baseball from hitter, creates deception with up and over delivery to plate. Works both sides of plate well and has above avg. command. Fastball was downhill with occasional cut action at 83-85 mph. 12/6 breaking ball has tight spin and above avg. shape for strikes. Flashed good changeup with above avg. fade and sink.

Drew Irvine, RHP, Waukee, 2018
6-foot-3, 160-pound right-handed pitcher. Lean athletic frame. #39 ranked player in IA 2018 class. Athletic delivery with quick tempo and rhythm. Compact arm action, comes out clean in front, jumps on hitter, with arm quickness. Commands zone with 3 pitches and has above avg. control. Fastball was 85-86 mph, delivered on downhill plane, and works bottom of zone and both sides of plate well. Consistently throws breaking ball for strikes; has above avg. tight spin and 12/6 shape. Recently as high as 88 mph on mound; Irvine is picking up steam recruiting wise as we enter the Fall.

Skyler Juhl, RHP/3B, Pekin, 2018
6-foot-1, 190-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Short balance point, simple mchanics, relatively clean compact arm action. Fastball was 77-79 mph, touching 81 mph, with flat running action to arm-side of plate. Inconsistent shape on breaking ball with sideways spin at 63-64 mph. 5.08 home-to-first time. Short load, present strength, some stiffness to swing, flashes pop to pull side of field, 85 mph exit velocity. Raw actions in field, makes routine plays, ¾ arm slot, sinking action on throws to bag, 81 mph arm strength across infield.

Brady Leonard, LHP/OF, Waverly-Shell Rock, 2018
5-foot-10, 155-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; travels across rubber, avg. rhythm and tempo, delivers from OT slot with short arm action. Cut action on fastball at 76-78 mph. Has ability to throw solid back-foot breaking ball to RHH with 1/7 shape. 4.78 home-to-first time. Open stance, leg kick trigger, hitch in load and trigger, avg. contact, ground ball contact, pull approach, 83 mph exit velocity. Aggressive fielder, plays fast in outfield, quicker arm, average accuracy to target, 79 mph arm from outfield.

Tyler Lewis, RHP/OF, WDM Valley, 2018
6-foot-4, 230-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #36 ranked player in IA 2018 class. Large physical build with present strength. Controlled tempo, coils over rubber, high front shoulder, pitches up and over, slightly upright on release. Shows above avg. arm strength with heavy sinking life on fastball. Fastball was 88-91 mph, touching 92 mph, with avg. command of zone. Breaking ball is inconsistent; but flashes enough shape and feel that it could be usable with further development. Hard action on split; thrown with power down in zone. Profiles as hard throwing reliever down road. 5.26 home-to-first time. Body load, rolling hand trigger, above avg. strength, line drive and fly ball contact, 94 mph exit velocity. Above avg. arm, sure hands, avg. actions, makes routine plays, accurate to bag with carry on throws, 90 mph arm across infield.

Luke Llewellyn, RHP, Urbandale, 2018
6-foot-3, 205-pound right-handed pitcher. #56 ranked player in Iowa 2018 class. Strong durable build. Controlled tempo, lands across body, slight shoulder tip, works up and over front side. Fastball was 85-87 mph with late cutting action to glove side of plate. Rolling breaking ball with 12/6 shape for strikes. Flat cutting action on changeup at 71-72 mph.

Ryan Manternach, 3B/RHP, Monticello, 2018
6-foot-1, 210-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 5.51 home-to-first time. Tall stance, hitch in load, fly ball contact, works gap to gap, 88 mph exit velocity. Avg. feet and hands, makes routine, low ¾ arm slot, sinking action to bag on throws, 75 mph arm strength. On mound; quicker tempo, rolls into balance point, low elbow release point with arm extension to plate. Fastball was 75-77 mph, touching 79 mph, with slight cutting action to plate. Tends to change arm action on breaking ball, loses velo, at 63-67 mph.

Nic McCay, RHP/C, Carlisle, 2018
6-foot-1, 190-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. #8 ranked player in state; South Dakota State commit. Bulldog mentality on mound. Slight tuck and turn, stronger lower half, up and over delivery, with quick clean arm action. Fastball was 86-89 mph, touching 90 mph, with flashes of late life. Throws power 12/6 curveball with tight rotation and above avg. depth. Changeup is thrown with good arm speed creating late down action for strikes. Shows 2-way ability on field. 4.45 home-to-first time. Open stance, body load, clean swing plane, uses whole field, solid contact, flashes of pop in bat, 91 mph exit velocity. Quick twitch actions, above avg. blocker, plays with energy, soft hands with ability to hold pitches in zone,  works slightly around plate with feet, clean exchanges, slight hitch in release, solid carry and accuracy to bag, 76 mph arm strength with 1.99-2.08 pop times.

Zachary Miller, RHP, Denver, 2018
6-foot-5, 195-pound right-handed pitcher. Currently #55 ranked player in class and will sky rocket up rankings once updated. Highly projectable frame with lean present strength, long arms, and solid velo that should continue to keep climbing. Multi-sport athlete that is just beginning to scrape the surface of his potential. Simple controlled mechanics, pie arm action from high ¾ slot, drives ball downhill. Fastball was 86-88 mph with late run and sink for strikes. Curveball has above avg. velocity, up to 81 mph, with tight spin and 11/5 shape. Cutter has tight spin with short late break.

Clayton Nettleton, RHP, Davenport West, 2018
6-foot-2, 205-pound right-handed pitcher. #6 ranked player in Iowa 2018 class; #327 in 2018 PBR Overall Rankings. Controlled delivery, lands across body creating cross-fire delivery, has flexibility and arm is quick enough to get out and over front leg with plus extension to plate. Fastball was 90-92 mph with late run and sink action. Shows ability to work both sides of plate with command. 11/5 curveball has tight spin and consistent shape for strikes. Heavy fading action on changeup thrown with fastball arm speed. Strong durable build, keeps making strides in development, could be a draft prospect this coming year.

Kyle Oberbroeckling, RHP/3B, Davenport West, 2018
6-foot, 215-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; uptempo delivery, loads over rubber, long draw on backside, lands inline with catcher. Fastball was 79-80 mph with slight cutting action to plate. Solid shape and spin on curveball, 11/5 break, thrown at 67-70 mph. Appropriate fade and sink on changeup at 70-71 mph. 5.25 home-to-first time. Balanced stance, body load, short to contact, spray contact, uses whole field, 90 mph exit velocity. Sure hands, works through ball, follows throws, avg./solid actions, accurate to bag on throws, 81 mph arm strength across infield.

Ryan Obrecht, RHP/1B, Millard North (NE), 2018
6-foot-3, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #45 ranked player in NE 2018 class. On mound; controlled tempo, pie arm slot, high ¾ release, longer stride down mound with extension to plate. Fastball was 78-81 mph with running action to plate. Solid shape and spin on curveball with 11/5 break. 4.99 home-to-first time. Tall stance, some length to contact, avg. pop, uses whole field, line drive contact, 81 mph exit velocity. Sure hands, avg. range, comfortable around bag, solid receiver at first base, 76 mph arm strength.

Luke Patzner, RHP, Urbandale, 2018
6-foot-3, 205-pound right-handed pitcher. #5 ranked player in Iowa 2018 class; #382 in PBR Overall. Thicker durable build. Controlled tempo into tuck and turn delivery. Has direction to plate. Flashes above avg. arm strength. Some stiffness to front side but arm is quick enough to get out front. Fastball was 88-91 mph with slight run and sink into RHH. 11/5 curveball has solid/avg. shape with small break at plate. Showed solid changeup; appropriate fade and sink for strikes.

Daniel Powers, RHP, Davenport Assumption, 2018
6-foot-3, 175-pound right-handed pitcher. #7 ranked in Iowa 2018 class and #380 in PBR Overall Rankings. Kansas State U. commit. Lean athletic frame. Starting to gradually fill out frame. Body control with quickness out of balance point. Clean arm action and has hand quickness. High ¾ arm slot producing late run and sink. Occasionally turns fastball over; throwing 84-86 mph for strikes. Tight spin with quality 11/5 shape on breaking ball; thrown with above avg. hand speed and velocity. Slows arm slightly on changeup causing avg. action.

Garret Reisz, SS/RHP, Council Bluffs St. Albert, 2018
6-foot-1, 180-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. #24 ranked player in IA 2018 class. 4.34 home-to-first time. Tall stance, body load, shows above avg. pop in bat, drives balls to pull side with lift in swing plane, stiffer lower half, finds barrel consistently, 96 mph exit velocity. Works through ball, has solid actions, quick to field with strong release on throws, hands and feet are playable, accurate to bag with carry on throws, 87 mph arm across infield. On mound; short rocker step, uptempo into balance point, short clean arm action, tends to throw with upper body. Fastball was 86-88 mph with above avg. run and sink for strikes. Breaking ball is above avg. with tight spin, 11/5 shape, and late break to plate.

Brenden Roder, RHP/1B, Sioux City Heelan, 2018
6-foot-6, 185-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #82 ranked player in IA 2018 class. On mound; tall lean athletic frame, has tempo to delivery, short stride, upright at release, lands open to plate, ball runs back into RHH. Fastball was 81-83 mph with flat running action to arm-side of plate. Breaking ball is thrown with good hand speed, 74-75 mph, with solid/avg. 11/5 shape. Balanced stance, arm bar in load, simple swing, spray contact, gap to gap approach, 4.4 home-to-first time. 89 mph exit velocity. Sure hands, solid athlete at position, comfortable around bag, receives throws well at bag, 75 mph arm across field.

Ryne Schooley, LHP, Iowa City Regina, 2018
6-foot-2, 190-pound left-handed pitcher. #19 ranked player in Iowa 2018 class. Compact athletic build with present strength in lower half. Shows rhythm and tempo to delivery, moderate effort, stays online with extension to plate. Slight shoulder tip creates deception and hides ball from hitter. Fastball was 82-85 mph, thrown consistently for strikes, on steeper downhill plane. 1/7 breaking ball has solid depth with ability to show in zone and take away from hitter. Has above avg. arm speed on changeup creating fade and sink away from RHH.

Andrew Sear, RHP/OF, Dubuque Hempstead, 2018
5-foot-11, 190-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; short balance point, collapses down mound, short arm action to plate. Fastball was 79-81 mph, flashed downhill plane, left short of plate. Inconsistent shape and spin on breaking ball. Shows arm-side sink on changeup for strikes. 4.88 home-to-first time. Crouched stance, lift through swing plane, some extension through contact, top spin ground balls and line drives off bat, 80 mph exit velocity. Avg. reads off bat, works through ball occasionally, quicker release on throws, short arm action producing avg. carry and accuracy to target, 82 mph arm from outfield.

Jared Simpson, LHP, Clinton, 2018
6-foot-3, 185-pound left-handed pitcher. #20 ranked player in IA 2018 class. Lean wiry frame. Controlled tempo, avg. sync with upper and lower half, short compact arm action on backside, hides baseball from hitter, long out front and deceptively jumps on hitter. Fastball was 82-85 mph with late life to both sides of plate. Solid depth on sweeping 2/8 breaking ball at 71-73 mph. Projectable frame and arm action. One of better uncommitted arms in state with continued development.

Tyler Smith, LHP, Dowling Catholic, 2018
5-foot-10, 160-pound left-handed pitcher. Smaller compact frame. Higher leg kick, shows body control at balance point, OT arm slot with slight wrap on backside of arm action. Fastball was 75-79 mph, delivered on tilted plane, with occasional cut action. Avg. shape and spin on breaking ball with 1/7 break and avg. depth at 62-65 mph. Solid fade and sink on changeup at 64-68 mph.

Kyle Sorensen, RHP, Waukee, 2018
6-foot-6, 245-pound right-handed pitcher. Extra large durable frame. Rolls into balance point, uncontrolled front leg, drops down into lower slot, throws glove out and around hiding ball and creating deception. Fastball was 78-81 mph with heavy sink from ¾ slot. 69-71mph slider with avg. shape and spin. Tends to slow arm on split; creating wobbly action to plate.

Noah Stober, RHP/3B, Ankeny Centennial, 2018
6-foot-3, 210-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Pitched well at event. Strong durable build. Will move into IA 2018 Rankings once updated. High leg kick delivery, longer arm action, pie arm slot out front, has extension to plate, solid arm quickness. Fastball was 83-86 mph with heavy late run and sink. 10/4 breaking ball has inconsistent shape with loose spin. Shows solid fade and decent feel for changeup. 4.85 home-to-first time. Tall stance, loads into back leg, solid bat speed, flashes occasional pop, pull approach, 80 mph exit velocity. Avg. feet and hands, makes routine plays, strong throwing arm with accuracy, 84 mph arm across infield.

Stefan Stockwell, LHP/1B, Ankeny Centennial, 2018
6-foot-3, 185-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; travels across rubber, low arm slot, upright on release, slings ball towards plate. Fastball was 72-74 mph, touching 76 mph, with varying action to plate. Big sweeping early break on curveball at 53-56 mph. Late fading action on changeup at 60-61 mph. 5.22 home-to-first time. Tall to fall approach, line drive swing plane, pull approach, spray contact with avg. pop in bat, 74 mph exit velocity. Sure hands, solid around bag, quick release on throws, 67 mph arm across infield.

Kyle Stoddard, RHP, Pleasant Valley, 2018
6-foot-3, 190-pound right-handed hitting pitcher. Solid durable frame. Rocker step into tuck and turn balance point, unraveling arm action, swings front leg down mound, solid extension. Fastball was 81-83 mph, straight, delivered on downhill plane for strikes. 12/6 curveball has solid shape and spin; avg. ability to land consistently for strikes.

Cole Theisen, 1B/LHP, Woodward, 2018
6-foot-3, 160-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 4.87 home-to-first time. Tall stance, rolling hand load, strides across body, top spin line drive contact, mid/pull approach, 77 mph exit velocity. Sure hands, short arm action, solid/avg. around bag, decent athlete at position, 70 mph arm across field. On mound; hitch at balance point, short arm action, upright on release, walks down mound to finish. Varying action on 67-70 mph fastball. Flat break with inconsistent shape on curveball. Wobbly action on changeup with avg. fade.

Landon Vander Leest, RHP/OF, Pella, 2018
6-foot-2, 196-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #30 ranked player in IA 2018 class. Physical build with present strength and athleticism. Controlled tempo on mound, some arm quickness, front foot outside knee in balance point. High ¾ arm action producing 82-84 mph fastballs with varying run and cut action. Solid 12/6 shape and spin on curveball at 67-71 mph. Throws changeup from OT slot creating down action and fade. 4.2 home-to-first time. Tall balanced stance, short to contact, solid extension through baseball, works middle of field, hard line drive contact, 91 mph exit velocity. Fields out front, solid reads off bat, avg. momentum after catch, cut action on throws, solid accuracy to target, 85 mph arm from outfield.

Cayle Webster, SS/RHP, North Scott, 2018
5-foot-11, 150-pound switch-hitting 2-way player. Currently un-ranked; will make jump into rankings once updated. 4.72 home-to-first time. LHH- athletic stance, slight arm bar, consistent hard contact, uses both gaps, clean swing plane. RHH- similar mechanics, has better balance on left-side, hard mid/pull contact, bat projects, 81 mph exit velocity. Sure hands, solid actions, moves flat-footed at times, clean arm action, accurate to bag, 81 mph arm across infield. On mound; slight tuck and turn at high balance point, upright on release, high front side creates deception, short arm action. Fastball was 77-79 mph, slight downhill plane, mostly straight for strikes. Avg. fade and sink on 71-73 mph changeup. 67-68 mph breaking ball has small break with side spin.

Zakary Zahner, OF/RHP, Cedar Rapids Prairie, 2018
6-foot-2, 160-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 4.65 home-to-first time. Tall stance, body load, leg kick trigger, hitchy swing, flat line drive path, solid contact, spray across field, 81 mph exit velocity. Shows solid athleticism in outfield, works through ball, long wrap in arm action, throws have carry and accuracy to target, 83 mph arm from outfield. On mound; short rocker step into balance point, heavy wrap and stab on backside of arm action, longer stride with extension to plate. Slight riding life to fastball at 74-78 mph. Breaking ball is above avg. with 12/6 shape and solid depth.