PBR IA Top Prospect Games: Outfielder Evaluations


Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Iowa

The Prep Baseball Report IA Top Prospect Games event took place on Sunday, August 11, 2019. The event was held at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA. The event featured prospects from the 2020 grad class; 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 Top Prospect Games.

As we drill down into the statistics: 

+  23 players ran sub 7.2 60-Yard Dash Times.
+  29 players recorded 85+ mph Exit Velocities
+  13 players recorded 80+ mph Infield Throws
+  11 players recorded 80+ mph Outfield Throws
+  7 catchers recorded 70+ mph throws to second base
+  5 catchers recorded sub-2.1 Pop Times
+  23 pitchers were 80+ mph on the mound


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


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outfieldER EVALUATIONS

Jake Benson, RHP/OF, Southeast Polk, 2020
6-foot, 170-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #69 ranked player in IA 2020 class. 7.38 runner. Square stance, heavy body load, flat swing plane, occasional hard contact off bat, pull approach with spray contact off bat, 83 mph exit velocity. Quicker tempo, works through ball, sure hands, online throws with accuracy and carry to target, 85 mph arm strength from outfield.

Bennett Cutsforth, OF, Dubuque Wahlert, 2020
6-foot, 185-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. #31 ranked player in IA 2020 class. 7.09 runner. Open stance, easy load into back leg, lower hand slot, looks to elevate baseball, flashes of hard pull side contact off bat, 90 mph exit velocity. Solid/avg. actions in field, works through ball, elevated throws to target, 73 mph arm strength from outfield.

Nolan Frey, LHP/OF, Iowa City Liberty, 2020
6-foot-1, 185-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. #77 ranked player in IA 2020 class. 7.51 runner. Square stance with body load, line drive swing, occasional whippy bat speed, mid/pull approach, quiet actions and makes consistent hard contact, 95 mph exit velocity. Solid arm strength, avg. fielding mechanics, tends to field underneath, shows accuracy to target, 87 mph arm strength from outfield.

Hank Himrich, OF, Dowling Catholic, 2020
5-foot-11, 185-pound left-handed hitting outfielder. #46 ranked player in IA 2020 class. 6.77 runner. Square stance, slight shoulder turn to load, shows above avg. bat speed, lower half can be stiff at times and need better extension through contact; but shows ability to drive baseball with authority and has projectable pop in bat to pull side of field, 92 mph exit velocity. Solid/avg. fielding mechanics, works through ball, elevated throws, flashes arm strength, 89 mph arm strength from outfield.

Jose Lara, OF, Pleasant Valley, 2020
6-foot-1, 180-pound switch hitting outfielder. #11 ranked player in IA 2020 class. 6.80 runner. Lean athletic frame,  shows hard line drive contact from left side, consistently squared baseball. Upright on stiff legs from right; tends to roll-over at contact, pull approach, 91 mph exit velocity. Easy actions in field, works through ball, covers ground well with good first step and reads off bat, inconsistent accuracy and carry with cutting action on throws, 85 mph arm strength from outfield.

Jalen Martinez, OF/LHP, Waukee, 2020
6-foot-1, 170-pound Right-handed hitting 2-way player. #9 ranked player in IA 2020 class. 7.08 runner. Open stance, back elbow load, some larger loading movement effect timing, solid hand/eye coordination, mostly pull with ability to drive baseball, 87 mph exit velocity. Light on his feet with quick twitch actions, well above avg. defender in outfield, fields with quick release, throws are online with true accuracy and carry to target, 90 mph arm strength from outfield.

Leo Mauro, OF, Dowling Catholic, 2020
6-foot-1, 185-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. 7.37 runner. Square stance, knee to knee trigger, flat swing plane, lower hand slot, works up and through baseball, spray mid/pull contact, 84 mph exit velocity. Active in field, works through ball, plays with tempo, avg. arm with accuracy to target, 78 mph arm strength from outfield.

Benny Mauro, OF, Dowling Catholic, 2020
6-foot, 185-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. 7.50 runner. Square stance, slight hitch to load, line drive approach, stiffer swing path, mid/pull approach with avg. pop, 78 mph exit velocity. Choppy steps to fields, avg./sure hands, tends to stop to throw, should improve with continued development, 81 mph arm strength from outfield.

Sam Nicolino, OF, Des Moines Roosevelt, 2020
5-foot-11, 183-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. #59 ranked player in IA 2020 class. 7.01 runner. Square stance, body load, lacked timing during BP, spray contact off bat, 93 mph exit velocity. Solid athlete in field, covers ground, plays up tempo, long windmill throwing action, elevated throws to target, 72 mph arm strength from outfield.

Jacob Norris, OF/RHP, Iowa City Liberty, 2020
6-foot-2, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #45 ranked player in IA 2020 class. 7.25 runner. Lean athletic frame, body load, some length to contact, looks to elevate baseball, flashes of hard pull side contact, 89 mph exit velocity. Long strides and moves well in field, works through ball, above avg. arm with carry and accuracy to target, 89 mph arm strength from outfield.

Brennan Sefrit, LHP/OF, Bedford, 2020
5-foot-10, 165-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. #65 ranked player in IA 2020 class. 7.68 runner. Pre-set load, uses lower half in swing, mid/pull approach, consistent solid contact, line drive approach with lift through contact, 86 mph exit velocity. Confident glove, works through ball, solid actions, shows carry and accuracy when online and out front with release, 81 mph arm strength from outfield.

Caden Steck, OF, Johnston, 2020
6-foot, 190-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. #87 ranked player in IA 2020 class. 7.56 runner. Square stance, pre-set hand load, tends to cast barrel out and around at times, uses legs in swing to generate solid bat speed, flashes of hard contact to pull side of field, 87 mph exit velocity. Works through ball, hands are sure, long release on throws, online with accuracy to target, 80 mph arm strength from outfield.

Brad Tornow, LHP/OF, Mid Prairie, 2020
5-foot-6, 155-pound left-handed hitting 2-way player. #86 ranked player in IA 2020 class. 7.20 runner. Square stance, long load, large movements effect timing, pull approach, line drive swing plane with lift through contact, 87 mph exit velocity. Solid actions in field, works through ball, confident fielder, solid accuracy and carry on throws, 81 mph arm strength from outfield.

Ryan Ungs, OF/RHP, Boone, 2020
5-foot-9, 165-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. 7.28 runner. Square stance, choppy leg kick, low hand slot, requires improvement in rhythm, spray contact, uses both sides of field, 82 mph exit velocity. Avg. actions, works through ball, elevated throws to plate, solid accuracy, 77 mph arm strength from outfield.

Zeb Wede, OF/RHP, Harrisburg (SD), 2020
6-foot, 185-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #26 ranked player in IA 2020 class. 7.30 runner. Square stance, tips barrel to load, flat swing plane, occasional hard contact to pull side of field, 82 mph exit velocity. Shows versatility in infield, hands are sure, arm plays across, shows adequate range covering ground to both directions, 81 mph arm strength across infield. Shows actions, confident fielder, quick arm, online throws with above avg. carry and accuracy, 85 mph arm strength from outfield.

Lucas Willman, OF, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 2020
5-foot-9, 170-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. 6.85 runner. Wide squared stance, heavy body load, larger movements effect timing, when squared shows hard line drive contact to pull side of field, 83 mph exit velocity. Long arm action, solid actions, works through ball, elevated throws to target, shows ability to cover ground with running ability, 76 mph arm strength from outfield.