PBR IA Fall Review- Infielder Evaluations


Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Iowa

The PBR IA Fall Review event took place on Sunday, October 27, 2019. The event was held at Sports Iowa in Ames, IA. The event featured prospects from the 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 grad classes; and included many breakout performances from this year's participants. Players showcased their talents in front of our scouting staff and numerous college coaches in attendance. 

There were a number of great individual performances this year at the PBR IA Fall Review.

 

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Below we have listed our evaluations for each player by position from the event.


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infieldER EVALUATIONS

Pierce Anderson, 3B/RHP, Johnston, 2023
6-foot, 190-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.75 runner. Square stance, heavy body load, rotates shoulders into arm bar launch position, spray contact, 85 mph exit velocity. Heavier feet, tends to field under body, long release on throws, shows above avg. raw arm strength for age, 82 mph arm strength across infield. On mound; leg swing into medium balance point, stronger lower half, lands slightly across body, slight pie arm action. Fastball was 79-82 mph with quality varying action for strikes. Shows feel for breaking ball with 11/5 shape and solid depth. Avg. fade and control of changeup for strikes.

Noah Cameron, RHP/3B, Southeast Polk, 2020
6-foot-2, 160-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; short rocker step into simple delivery, creates deception with side arm slot. Life on fastball at 77-78 mph with late run and sink action. Slider is solid out of low slot with short small break for strikes. Changeup is firm but flashes late run and sink action to arm side of plate. 7.44 runner. Open stance, knee to knee trigger, winding load, snap hook contact, pull approach, spray contact off bat, 80 mph exit velocity. Athletic in field, shows actions to field, works through ball, follows throws, low arm slot with tailing action on throws, 80 mph arm strength across infield.

Eli Eldred, 1B/LHP, Gilbert, 2023
5-foot-8, 160-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.9 runner. Square stance, body load, works up and through baseball, solid bat speed for age, best contact to mid/pull side of field, 81 mph exit velocity. Sure hands, solid actions, covers ground well, solid receiver around bag, 68 mph arm strength across infield. On mound; short rocker step into balanced position over rubber, short cock arm action on back side, some stiffness to landing point and release. Fastball was 69-71 mph with slight running action to plate. Avg. shape with early break on 1/7 curveball. Solid fade and sink on changeup; cuts through at times creating inconsistent action.

Mitch Fordyce, C/SS, Waterloo West, 2021
6-foot-1, 180-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 6.91 runner. Square stance with leg kick trigger, loads into lower slot, works through baseball with lift to finish, shows hard contact to middle of field, 91 mph exit velocity. Works around and through, sure hands, short arm action, avg. actions and is accurate to bag on throws, 81 mph across infield. Wide base with flexibility, long release on throws, accurate to bag with flashes of carry, strong hands, shows ability to receive, 76 mph arm strength with 2.10-2.22 pop times.

Dylan Fuqua, 2B/RHP, Waukee, 2020
6-foot-1, 175-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.12 runner. Square crouched stance, front heel turn trigger, arm bar in load, uphill path, flashes of bat speed, line drive and fly ball contact, 87 mph exit velocity. Moves with energy, low arm slot, decent athlete, tends to field deep into body, tailing action on throws, 79 mph arm strength across infield. On mound; short quick tempo, low ¾ slot, lands across body, cuts through baseball on release. Fastball was 74-75 mph with easy ability to command strike zone. 11/5 breaking ball with avg. depth. Good feel for changeup; thrown near fastball arm speed.

Landon Gilliland, 3B, Lamoni, 2021
6-foot-1, 178-pound right-handed hitting third baseman. #92 ranked player in IA 2021 class. 7.14 runner. Square stance, shoulder load, shows extension through contact, produces loud contact to mid/pull side of field, some choppy movements mechanically but squares baseball consistently and shows ability to hit, 83 mph exit velocity. Solid athletically with present strength, plays through ball, isn’t flashy but has consistent actions in field, throws have carry with accuracy to bag, 83 mph arm strength across infield.

Blake Grazier, RHP/2B, Cedar Falls, 2021
6-foot-1, 163-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; tuck and turn into higher balance point, solid tempo to delivery, aggressive down mound, lands across body. Fastball was 74-75 mph, turns ball over on release, creating sinking action. Avg. 11/5 shape on slider with solid depth. Cut action on changeup with avg. feel for zone. 7.4 runner. Square stance, body load, flat swing plane, some stiffness to swing, spray contact off bat, 76 mph exit velocity. Avg. range and actions, long windup and release on throws, tends to field deep under body, accurate arm to bag, 72 mph arm strength across infield.

Alex Heckroth, RHP/3B, Davenport Assumption, 2020
6-foot, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; short balance point, using lower half well in delivery, clean compact arm action, shows extension to plate. Fastball was 79-80 mph with varying action to plate. Showed one of best breaking balls at event; tight spinning 12/6 curveball with depth and sharp break. Hard run and sinking action on changeup to arm side of plate. 7.25 runner. Square stance with body load, slight shoulder rotation to trigger swing, works up and through baseball, solid present strength, underneath at contact, spray contact across field, 84 mph exit velocity. Solid footwork, works around and through baseball, some stiffness to hands, makes routine plays and is accurate to bag on throws, 81 mph arm strength across infield.

Bryce Higgins, SS/RHP, Urbandale, 2023
5-foot-8, 140-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.77 runner. Crouched stance, slashy bat path, snap hooks off barrel, mid/pull approach with raw offensive mechanics, 73 mph exit velocity. Solid actions, tends to stop on throws, decent athlete, young and will improve with continued development, 78 mph arm strength across infield. Smaller frame but athletic on mound, builds tempo throughout, some effort in release, clean compact arm action. Fastball was 77-79 mph with late cutting action to glove side of plate. Solid shape and spin on 11/5 breaking ball. Changeup is hard with varying action at plate.

Cael Kolacia, RHP/SS, Fort Dodge St. Edmond, 2021
6-foot-1, 170-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #53 ranked player in Iowa 2021 class. On mound; builds tempo in delivery, aggressive down mound, hitchy arm action with hard stab on backside, works downhill with good arm speed out front. Fastball was 85-86 mph with late running action. Above avg. depth on 12/6 breaking ball thrown with good arm speed. Changeup has running action with good finish in bottom of zone. 7.00 runner. Open stance, slight barrel tip to trigger swing, shows quality extension through contact, athletic in box and consistently squared baseball with hard contact, 85 mph exit velocity. Fields out front, moves well in field, throws have carry to bag, 85 mph arm strength across infield.

Zach Krantz, 2B/RHP, West Burlington, 2020
5-foot-10, 145-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.63 runner. Square stance, rolling hand load, eye level changes throughout swing, line drive approach, consistent solid contact, line drives and ground balls off bat, 78 mph exit velocity. Avg. athletic actions and footwork, sure hands, makes routine plays, avg. accuracy to bag, 75 mph arm strength across infield. On mound; slower tempo to balance point, short stride and lands across body, longer sideways draw with arm action. Fastball was 75-77 mph with occasional hand quickness out front. Lands breaking ball for strikes consistently with 12/6 shape and solid depth. Stiffer actions on changeup, tends to wrap hand early, with avg. feel for zone.

Collin Leavy, SS/RHP, Iowa City West, 2020
5-foot-10, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.06 runner. Square stance, rolling hand load, some stiffness in lower half, dead pull approach, flat swing plane, line drive contact, 88 mph exit velocity. Active feet, works through ball, inconsistent glove, shows ability to make routine plays, lower arm slot effecting carry and accuracy to bag, 75 mph arm strength across infield. On mound; segmented delivery, ¾ arm slot, hides ball well from hitter. Fastball was 75-78 mph with slight life to arm side of plate. Avg. depth on 11/5 breaking ball thrown consistently in bottom of zone for strikes. Varying action on changeup; occasionally released underneath creating flat action.

Gage Martin, RHP/SS, Cedar Rapids Prairie, 2022
5-foot-10, 142-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; short rocker step into higher paused balance point, pie arm action, lands open to plate, has body control and finish out front. Fastball was 6971 mph, turns over some at release, creating occasional run and sink. Avg. feel for inconsistent breaking ball with 11/5 shape. Cut action on changeup; thrown to glove side of plate. 7.27 runner. Square stance with body load, easy swing with athletic movements, consistently squares baseball with line drive approach, follow bat in class, 74 mph exit velocity. Active in field, works around and through, avg. hands, short arm action, 69 mph arm strength across infield.

Thomas Matthes, RHP/3B, Eagle Grove, 2022
6-foot, 150-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; controlled into higher athletic balance point, long stab down in arm circle, some hand quickness and extension out front. Fastball was 71-73 mph, touching 74 mph, with varying action for avg. strikes. Solid feel for 12/6 breaking ball consistently in bottom of zone. Solid changeup with flashes of run and sink. 7.46 runner. Slightly open stance, longer stride, collapse through contact, short to contact, tends to reach for outside pitches, slashy swing with spray contact, 79 mph exit velocity. Works through ball, late glove presentation, tends to field deep under body, long arm action, accurate throws to bag, 71 mph arm strength across infield.

Mario Napolitano, SS, Ames, 2022
5-foot-8, 150-ound right-handed hitting shortstop. 7.96 runner. Square stance, heavy knee to knee trigger, works to stay on and through contact, line drives and ground balls off bat, aggressive swinger with occasional bat speed through zone, 77 mph exit velocity. Avg. footwork and body positioning, makes routine plays, some stiffness to hands, avg. accuracy to bag, 74 mph arm strength across infield.

Max Packingham, 1B/OF, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 2020
6-foot-3, 190-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 6.94 runner. Square stance, solid bat speed, line drive swing with lift through contact, works mid/pull side of field, consistently squares baseball with flashes of pop in bat, 88 mph exit velocity. Capable defender at first base, easier movements, receives well around bag, keeps ball in front and makes routine plays, 65 mph arm strength across infield. Avg. defender in outfield, lacks arm strength, 68 mph arm from outfield.

Dylan Page, C/1B, Linn-Marr, 2021
6-foot-2, 210-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.82 runner. Larger frame with strength, short to contact, balanced in box, shows extension through contact, consistent hard contact, works mid/pull side of field, 84 mph exit velocity. Sure hands, receives well around bag, shows appropriate footwork. 76 mph arm strength across infield. Some length to exchange with slower feet, accurate to bag, avg. carry on throws, 73 mph arm with 2.25-2.31 pop times. Sits low with solid flexibility, holds pitches in zone, above avg. blocking actions keeping ball in front.

Jacob Papesh, 2B/RHP, Gilbert, 2021
6-foot-3, 155-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.65 runner. Wider stance with longer stride, line drive swing plane, ground ball and line drive contact, mid/pull approach, 78 mph exit velocity. Athletic in field, light on his feet, fields deep under body occasionally, fields with rhythm, soft hands, accurate to bag with solid actions, 76 mph arm strength across infield. On mound; solid athletic delivery, lands with front foot open to plate, has extension through release, longer arm action. Fastball was 74-75 mph with flat running action; mostly straight to plate. Easy ability to land curveball for strikes; 12/6 shape with solid depth. Changeup is above avg.- disappears out of bottom of zone with plus depth.

John Reding, RHP/1B, Dowling Catholic, 2022
6-foot-3, 170-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. On mound; rocker step into medium balance point, paused sideways swing to arm path, lands open to plate. Fastball was 72-74 mph with varying action to plate. Early break on 11/5 curveball with inconsistent shape. Cut action on changeup to arm side of plate. 7.50 runner. Square stance, slight shoulder load, stiffness in lower half, short path through zone, spray contact with mid/pull approach, 77 mph exit velocity. Decent athlete at position with raw fielding mechanics, makes routine plays, choppy arm action, 69 mph arm strength across infield.

Benjamin Schwartz, 3B/RHP, Ames, 2020
6-foot-3, 190-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #82 ranked player in IA 2020 class. 7.40 runner. Open stance, body load and strides to square, works to stay on and through, mid/pull approach with flashes of pop in bat, 87 mph exit velocity. Lighter on his feet, sure hands, works through ball, solid fielding action, has carry and accuracy on throws, 85 mph arm strength across infield.

Jake Shedarowich, C/2B, Gilbert, 2022
5-foot-9, 156-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.90 runner. Square stance with short stride, arm bar in load, some bat speed, grooved path, solid spray contact off barrel, gap to gap approach, 71 mph exit velocity. Works through ball, fields out front, sure hands, accurate to bag, second base actions, 70 mph arm across infield. Soft hands behind plate, explosive to block, quicker feet, extra step in catch and throw, winding arm action, solid/avg. accuracy, 71 mph arm strength with 2.28-2.39 pop times.

Sam Skarich, SS/RHP, North Scott, 2022
6-foot, 145-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.78 runner. Square stance, easier body load, line drive swing plane, tends to yank barrel through zone, mid/pull approach, consistent solid contact, 82 mph exit velocity. Long athletic frame, avg. hands when stopping to field, higher stance, arm-side throws to bag, 77 mph arm strength across infield. On mound; short medium balance point, low ¾ slot, creates deception to hitter. Fastball was 75-78 mph with life to arm side of plate with late explosive run and sink. Sweeping breaking ball is consistently thrown for strikes. Firm changeup with late run and sink.

Nicholas Skerik, RHP/SS, Burlington Notre Dame, 2020
5-foot-9, 145-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Smaller frame but athletic on mound, shows good arm quickness, higher leg kick delivery. Fastball was 83-85 mph with running action for strikes. Breaking ball is thrown with above avg. arm speed creating tight spin with small short break in bottom of zone. Tends to open early on changeup; elevated with flat running action. 6.89 runner. Square stance with choppy knee to knee trigger, larger triggers and movements, squared baseball consistently, mid/pull approach, 84 mph exit velocity. Solid athletic actions, works through ball, avg. accuracy with carry, projects as college second baseman with solid arm strength, 81 mph arm strength across infield.

Brayden Smith, RHP/3B, Cedar Falls, 2021
5-foot-9, 230-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.64 runner. Square stance, rolling hand load, above avg. present strength, raw swing losing balance through contact, flashes hard contact to pull side of field, 84 mph exit velocity. Stiffer movements in field, one piece arm action, fields routine with avg. accuracy to bag, 70 mph arm across infield. On mound, fastball at 72-74 mph has varying action and movement. Breaking ball has loose 11/5 shape with early break. Avg. action on changeup thrown at 65-68 mph.

Tyler Tscherter, SS/RHP, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, 2020
6-foot-1, 155-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #3 ranked player in Iowa 2020 class and Kirkwood CC commit. 7.14 runner. Narrow stance, relaxed in box, good extension through contact, loose swing producing hard line drive contact to both gaps, 89 mph exit velocity. Athletic in field, tends to field deep under body, moves well with actions, above avg. arm strength with accuracy to bag, 88 mph arm strength across infield.

Jaylen Ziegler, OF/SS, Urbandale, 2022
5-foot-7, 125-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 8.13 runner. Strides open, works up through contact, tends to pull off baseball, inside out barrel path, spray contact off bat, 75 mph exit velocity. Heavier feet to field, long winding arm action, avg. accuracy to target, 64 mph arm across infield. Tends to sit back, avg. momentum through, accurate to target, 70 mph arm from outfield.