Super 60 Spotlight: Nathan Lavender

Nathan Rode
National Supervisor

Nathan Lavender

Class of 2018 / LHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
  • Primary Position: LHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: El Paso
    State: IL
  • Summer Team: Central IL Outlaws
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 195lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L


Max FB
89 - 91
70 - 73
79 - 82
INF Velo
Exit Velo

Scouting Report

5.9.17 - Illinois commit. Currently ranked No. 10 in the Illinois’ 2018 class and No. 184 overall. 6-foot-2, 185-pound, left-handed pitcher. Strong, sturdy, athletic frame with wide shoulders and a strong lower half.  Balanced, on-line delivery from the third base side of the rubber with a fast arm and good tempo. Throws from a ¾ slot with a long arm action, stab and effort to his delivery. Tends to pull himself off to the third base side at times with his finish.  Very mature and confident presence on the mound.  Aggressive, attacks hitters and is in control out on the mound.  Fastball was 86-88 mph touching 89mph at times in the early innings and was 83-86mph from the 5th inning on.  Has more in the tank with the fastball in the future.  Is able to throw the fastball to both sides of the plate and will elevate it when ahead in the count.  Gets heavy, downward tilt to it at times and able to create a tough angle against left-handed hitters. Curveball, late break, 1/7 shape with depth and can back foot it to right-handed hitters. Used a two pitch mix throughout and threw both pitches for strikes.  Has deception to him and hides the ball well in his delivery, ball gets on the hitter quickly. Threw  a complete game shutout allowing two hits, struck out 16 and walked two.

2.19.17 - Illinois commit. 6-foot-2, 185-pound left-handed pitcher with a strong frame. Works from a high ¾ arm angle with a loose, quick arm action. Tall and fall slow paced delivery. Works in line with home plate with an open toed landing. Fastball has late action in the zone at 87-89 topping out at 90 mph thrown with conviction. Curveball has 1-7 shape with depth at 69-70 mph for strikes. Changeup is mostly straight with occasional fading action at 77-78 mph, thrown with fastball arm speed. One of the top left-handers in the state.

11.1.16 - Verbally committed to Illinois.

1.17.16 - 6-foot-1, 175-pound, left-handed hitting LHP/1B. Emerged as one of the premier arms in the 2018 class at the event. On the mound works from a high ¾ to over the top arm angle with a long arm action. Lightning quick arm. Tall and fall, online delivery with a square landing. Up-tempo delivery with some effort. Fastball flashed some running action at 85-86 mph. Curveball showed sharp action with 1-7 shape and tight rotation for strikes at 69-70 mph. Maintained armspeed on changeup at 74-78 mph. Projects for more velocity with present armspeed. Defensively has a long, loose arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Some accuracy with carry on throws. Fluid footwork with athletic actions and soft hands. Showed good feel around the bag. Threw 78 mph across the infield. Offensively hits from a tall balanced setup with a short heel lift stride. Gap to gap hitter with a long, uphill swing path. Showed big time strength thru contact with 93 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.71. Lavender is one of the top players to follow in the 2018 class.

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