IL: Progress Report - 2020 RHP Holden Phelps


By Drew Locascio
Illinois Scouting Director

As we dig through the numbers from this past year, we are continuing a "Progress Report" feature that highlights players that have shown significant improvement in their game; whether it's on the mechanical end, performance wise, physicality or in the measurable statistic department. The "Progress Report" can be a minor improvement in recent months or a substantial transformation over time. Today we take a look at:

Holden Phelps

Class of 2020 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2020
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Prairie Ridge
    State: IL
  • Summer Team: Pro Player Canes
  • Height: 6-5
    Weight: 195lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
92
Max FB
(07/25/19)
87 - 91
FB
(03/20/19)
72 - 73
CB
80 - 82
CH
(02/10/19)
77 - 80
SL
(03/20/19)
Pitching
Max FB
91
FB
87 - 91
SL
77 - 80
Pitching
Max FB
88
FB
87 - 88
CH
80 - 82
SL
75 - 78
Pitching
Max FB
90
FB
85 - 89
CB
72 - 72
CH
76 - 76
SL
74 - 77
Pitching
Max FB
88
FB
87 - 88
CB
71 - 73
CH
77 - 79
Pitching
Max FB
83
FB
80 - 82
CB
64 - 68
CH
70 - 73

Scouting Report

Most Recent Event:
All-State Games (8.9.18) 

Previous Event: 
Preseason I.D. - Lockport (2.19.18)

Crunching The Numbers
FB Velocity (Peak): 90 mph (Previous 83 mph)
FB Velocity (Range): 85-88 mph (Previous 80-83 mph)

Scouting Report (8.9.18)
8/9/18 - 6-foot-4, 185-pound right-handed pitcher, long frame, projects. Delivery stays upright and slightly across his body, creates some deception, little effort. Arm strength present, loose arm action, high ¾ slot. Fastball showed late action, gets swing and miss, touched 90 mph, sitting 85-88 mph. Slider works 74-77 mph, 10/4 shape. Flashed changeup at 76 mph.

What Did We See?
In the matter of six months, Phelps saw his top fastball velocity climb from 83 mph to 90 mph. This past August, at the PBR All-State Games, the long and lean right-hander sat 85-88 mph and touched 90. Phelps arm works long and loose with seemingly much more in the tank as he fills out his projectable frame. Phelps, who now sits No. 36 in the class, also went from throwing a soft curveball back in February to a slider at 74-77 mph in August. Phelps' stock will only continue to rise as he refines his off-speed offerings.


Stay tuned over the next couple of months as we will continue to check-in on prospects throughout the state of Illinois who have made noticeable improvements to their games. 

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