Prep Baseball Report

College Crosscheck: Week Nine Pitchers

David Seifert
Director of College Scouting

After prospecting the Midwest during Week Eight of the D1 baseball season, the Scouting Trail again took me through the central states. Starting with a mid-week junior college game with No.1 ranked Wabash Valley (check-out our most recent JC Rankings), then onto Indianapolis for a top round arm and bat, and finishing with a Missouri Valley Conference double-header between the top two hitting prospects in the conference, there was an abundance of tools and talent. Here’s what I saw…

No. 86 Ryan Pepiot, RHP, Butler- Durable bodied at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Pepiot has a mechanically sound delivery with good arm action. Lands 6” cross-body, creating some angle to the plate, but this does not inhibit the extension on an above average spin rate fastball (2200-2400 rpm). Worked at 90-93 mph with below average life on this look. Touched 94 one time, his 102nd pitch in the 7th inning. Best pitch was a plus to plus-plus, at times, circle change at 81-84 mph. Threw it in any count with fastball arm speed. He manipulated the movement and located the pitch very well to his gloveside, showing three-quarter slider-like action. When thrown to his arm side the pitch was straight and had the look of a back-up slider. His curveball is a major weapon as well, showing very high spin rates (2700-2900 rpm) with good depth and late action at 75-77 mph. Likely a future plus pitch at the pro level. Also mixed in an occasional slider at 80-81 mph, which could be mistaken for his armside CH at times. Overall, Pepiot showed high pitchability working in/out, up/down and back/forth with...

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