Summer Preseason I.D.- Outfield Analysis

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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 outfielders who attended the event.

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outfield Prospects

Callen Bertrand, OF, Dallas Center- Grimes, 2016
Bertrand is a 5-foot-9, 150-pound lean athletic player that hits right-handed. Ran a 7.06 60 at event. Smooth mechanics offensively. Strides slightly closed into contact. Shows above average hand-eye coordination. Lower hand slot. Short to contact with lift in swing. Will lean out over plate at times and lower half can be stiff but uses hands well in swing and makes solid contact across the field. 77 mph exit velocity off tee. Athletic in outfield with aggressive routes and ability to field. Clean ¾ arm slot with accuracy to bag and solid arm strength at 82 mph.

Ethan Hayes, OF/IF, Cedar Falls, 2017
Projectable 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame. Ran a 7.31 60. Shows balance and rhythm in swing. Lower hand set. Short to contact with lift. Shows above average pop to pull side of field. Will stand up and pull off at contact sporadically. Shows solid actions in outfield with ability to field ball. Limited use of front side on throws effects carry and accuracy. Short arm stroke from ¾ slot with 84 mph arm strength. Third base actions in infield. Solid glove and ability to make routine plays. Showed accuracy across diamond. Tends to wind-up to throw. Feet are average. 84 mph across infield.

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.

Jack Koerner, OF, Dowling Catholic, 2017
6-foot-1, 175-pound right-handed hitting outfielder with present strength.  Ran a 7.09 60. Crouched stance and strides slightly closed into contact. Shoulder load creating slight length to swing and rotational tendencies. Pull side approach with solid pop to that side of field. 87 mph exit velocity off tee. Average actions in outfield. Shows ability to field routine. Hurries release to target. Short arm action with hitch. Lacks direction to target and use of lower half on throws.  79 mph arm strength from outfield. Has athletic ability and strength. Should continue to develop and improve over summer.

Robbie McCargar, OF, Dowling Catholic, 2017
McCargar is 6-foot, 185-pound left-handed hitting outfielder from Dowling Catholic HS in Des Moines. Physical build with present strength. Had the events best round of B.P. Hit numerous balls out to pull side. Has pre-set hand position and shows rhythm and balance throughout swing. Swing is loose and clean; ball jumps off bat at contact. Linear actions and drives through at contact very well for player his age. Solid actions in outfield. Works behind fly-balls and creates direction to target. Lacks arm strength limiting himself to left field presently. 69 mph arm strength from outfield. Solid runner and one of better bats in 2017 class. Strong Follow as he progresses through high school.

Sam Powell, 3B/RHP/OF, Waukee, 2016
One of the surprise players of the event. Powell is 6-foot-1, 177-pound player who projects very well physically. Ran a 6.94 60 at the event. Had solid numbers across the board working out at multiple positions. Tall stance with balance. Short to contact and has flashes of above average power. Has loose hands and uses them well in swing. Would benefit from staying in zone longer with swing and improving extension through and after contact. 85 mph exit velocity off tee. Aggressive routes and shows athletic actions in outfield. Arm is long and loose with good accuracy to target. 85 mph arm strength from outfield. Shows soft hands and ability in infield. Third base actions. Ok range laterally. Throws flat-footed at times across diamond affecting carry and accuracy. 81 mph infield velocity. Projectable body on mound. Throws downhill and fastball shows life. Has hand speed and arm is quick. Fastball was 81-83 mph and projects to increase. Curveball had 12/6 shape with tight spin and late break. Split is heavy and shows late running action in bottom of zone. High Follow through summer.

Connor Schatzberg, RHP/OF, WDM Valley, 2017
Lean athletic 2-way player at 5-foot-9, 145-pounds. Ran a 7.78 60. Simple quiet swing with line drive swing plane. Stays on top of ball creating solid ground balls and line-drives. Uses middle of field and has solid approach. 85 mph exit velocity off tee. Quick feet and works hard in outfield. Solid athletic actions and throws are accurate on bag. Average arm action from ¾ slot producing 81 mph arm strength from outfield.

Josh Strauss, OF, Linn-Mar, 2017
Strauss is a 6-foot, 175-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. Ran a 7.47 60. Shows rhythm in swing. Slight leg kick trigger. Strides in-line to pitcher. Clears hips well through contact. Has some present strength in forearms. Uses whole field. Leaks out over front side at times. 84 mph exit velocity off tee. Solid actions and athleticism in outfield. Creates direction to target on throws. Arm stroke is clean and simple. Very accurate to bag. 81 mph arm strength from outfield. Has solid ability. Interesting follow over summer into fall to track development and improvements.

Dylan Voves, OF/RHP, Mason City, 2017
Voves is a 5-foot-9, 145-pound 2-way player who hits right-handed. Ran a 7.31 60. Shows quality rhythm and balance in box. Transfers weight well through contact with good extension. Linear actions in box with flat line-drive swing plane. Consistent solid contact to middle-pull side of field. 80 mph exit velocity off tee. Active in outfield and plays with energy. Shows ability to get behind fly balls and works aggressively through ground balls. Short clean arm action in outfield. Arm is accurate and has on-line carry with 80 mph arm strength. Solid follow as he continues to mature physically.

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