Prep Baseball Report

High School Crosscheck: Week 5

Nathan Rode and PBR Staff

The weather hasn’t been ideal this spring with rainouts wreaking havoc on schedules from coast to coast. But temperatures are warming up and seasons are opening in northern states. Prep Baseball Report recently launched coverage in Oregon and Washington and between Shooter Hunt and Dan Jurik, we had looks at several high-end prospects last week.

Sitting at No. 96 in the recently updated 2019 Overall Rankings, LHP Brock Jones (W.F. West HS, WA) made his first start at the beautiful new confines of the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex. The 6-foot, 170-pounder looked a bit stronger than when he was last seen on the diamond in October, and his athleticism stood out on the mound throughout. His fastball sat 87-89 early on as it jumped out of a high-3/4 slot and was delivered over a high front shoulder. The pitch featured some arm-side life and he showed control of it, especially later on in the outing as he drove it in on right-handed hitters. He needed just 54 pitches to get through five innings of work, striking out eight along the way to go along with zero walks or hits. Working quickly between pitches while remaining in control of a balanced, even-tempo delivery, Jones pounded the zone to the tune of 74 percent strikes that included impressive feel for a tightly spun breaking ball. Ripping it off at anywhere from 73-77, Jones demonstrated the ability to get sweeping, multi-tier, 2/8 break across the zone for strikes, and was also able to bury the pitch at the back leg of right-handed hitters for swings and misses. He confidently threw it, and it shows signs of continuing to develop into a weapon moving forward.

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