Prep Baseball Report

IA Top Prospect Games- Top Prospects- Pitchers

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


Today we take a look at the top pitchers from the event; followed by our group of strong follows that had strong performances as well.

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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.

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. 

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