Summer Preseason I.D.- Catching Analysis
June 4, 2015
By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Iowa
The IA Summer Preseason I.D. was an opportunity for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 prospects from all reaches of Iowa to showcase themselves and see where they were at before the Iowa high school summer season. There were many breakout performances, opportunities to see new players, and create an extensive follow list of prospects to see over the course of the Summer. Many individuals placed themselves into the fray for our 2016 and 2017 state-wide player rankings which will be released soon.
The Prep Baseball Report Iowa's Preseason All-State event took place on Sunday May 3rd at WDM Valley HS in W. Des Moines, IA. The showcase featured over 30 prospects who showcased their talents in front of our scouting staff, college coaches, and professional scouts.
Today we will be taking a look at the catchers who attended the event.
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Tony Barreca, C, North Scott, 2018
Barreca is a freshman from North Scott HS. 5-foot-10, 155-pounds. Average build that will continue to improve and add strength. Ran a 7.35 60 at this event. Slightly closed stance. Short inverted C load. Slight uphill path to contact. Shows balance in swing and solid hand-eye coordination. Used middle of field with overall solid contact. 82 mph exit velocity off tee. Has made significant improvements defensively since December. Catch and throw mechanics are short, crisp, and clean. Very good accuracy to bag with pop times in 2.1-2.12 range. Arm strength was 72 mph. Throws show carry and are on-line and straight.
Lyle Fini, C, Dowling Catholic, 2017
Fini is a physical 6-foot, 190-pound sophomore. Ran a 7.53 60 at the event. Open stance to start and strides slightly closed at contact. Shows pull approach during B.P. Swing is level and has balance throughout swing. Solid contact to pull side of field. Tends to pull off at contact. 81 mph exit velocity off tee. Soft hands and shows ability to receive. Exchanges are clean. Short exchange and gets rid of baseball quickly. Has momentum to bag with solid direction. Varying accuracy on throws with 74 mph arm strength and pop times in 2.13-2.19 range.
Ross Hingst, LHP/C/OF, Waukee, 2017
Hingst is a 2017 utility player from Waukee. Solid build at 5-foot-8, 165-pounds. Ran a 7.62 60. Right-handed hitter with strength and pop to pull side of field. Open stance and strides in-line to pitcher. Balance is above average in swing. Shows some looseness and rhythm with hands. Head stays on through contact. Moves aggressively in outfield. Fields with confidence. Shows accuracy to bag with 77 mph arm strength from ¾ slot. Shows ability behind the plate for left-hander. Is flexible and moves around well behind the dish. Has receiving ability. Side saddle on catch and throw. Exchanges are clean and arm works well. Flashed events best pop time at 1.95. Fast tempo on mound. Has control in mechanics. Works very fast. Short turn and closed in balance point. Hides ball from hitter. Lands closed at times with varying degree of finish. Arm is clean from short arm action and high ¾ slot. Fastball shows slight sink at 75-78 mph. Curveball has average break and is thrown for strikes at 66-67 mph. Changeup has fade and is around zone. Also uses a knuckleball.
Will Hochberger, C/RHP, Dowling Catholic, 2017
6-foot, 180-pound left-handed hitting catcher/RHP. Ran a 8.13 60 at event. Open stance. Strides in-line and front foot is open at contact. Shows balance in swing. Pre-set hand slot with no load. Uphill swing plane with minimal weight shift through at contact. Pull approach at plate. 73 mph exit velocity off tee. Exchange is clean and short to throwing hand. Creates good direction to target with lower half. Releases from low ¾ slot creating tail on throws. 2.22-2.35 pop times with 72 mph arm strength. Quick tempo on mound. Travels across rubber in delivery. Lands in-line and open to plate. Short ¾ arm action is clean. Upright finish upon release. Fastball shows varying cut and run at 73-75 mph topping out at 77 mph on a flat plane. Breaking ball shows 11/5 shape with average break at 65-66 mph.
Bailey McBride, C, Sioux City Heelan, 2016
McBride is a 5-foot-11, 180 right-handed hitting catcher. Ran a 7.66 60. Lean build with room for strength. Tall athletic set-up. Hands drift down into swing. In-line stride with length to contact. Level swing plane through contact with average power. Falls back and away from contact at times. Loses power in swing. 77 mph exit velocity off tee. Shows sure hands behind the plate. Will receive at times with thumb underneath. Arm action is short and clean. Some hitch on release. Tall finish upon release creating uphill plane on throws. 2.37-2.41 pop times with 71 mph arm strength.
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