Super 60: Indiana Recap


Phil Wade
Indiana Executive Director

On Sunday, five of Indiana’s top prospects participated in the 19th annual PBR Super 60 pro showcase, in front of over 100 scouts, both from the Major League and collegiate scouting communities.

Below we provide some instant analysis of the state’s attendees: C Austin Bode (Columbus North; Louisville commit),  RHP Garrett Harker (Lebanon; Cincinnati commit), RHP Luke Hayden (Edgewood; Indiana commit), OF JD Rogers (Carmel; Vanderbilt commit) and RHP Khal Stephen (Seeger; Purdue commit).

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PITCHERS

+Hayden, the No. 2 prospect in Indiana, had an impressive showing sitting 93-95 with an average spin rate of 2360 rpm. According to TrackMan, Hayden threw the fourth hardest fastball at the event at 95.15 mph. His go-to secondary pitch, a slider, was 80-81 with sharp action that he can pitch for both a strike and swing-and-miss. The Indiana recruit also showed an improved changeup in the mid 80’s and mixed in a 71-73 mph curveball that he can land for a strike. Since the fall, Hayden has packed on 15+ pounds, appearing much stronger, especially in his lower half. Another improvement by Hayden was in the delivery, where he appeared much smoother and under-control with less effort than what we have seen in the past.


+Harker, currently ranked No. 7 in Indiana, was one of the biggest “surprises” for many of the spectators in attendance. At 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, the right-hander was an impressive 93-94, topping out at 95 in the zone with an average spin rate of 2315 rpm. With a max fastball of 95.42 on TrackMan, Harker had the third hardest fastball of the entire event.  The Cincinnati recruit showed feel for a mid-80s changeup and threw his multi-tier slider at 81 for a strike with an average spin rate of 2669 rpm.


+Stephen, a projectable 6-foot-4, 195 pound righty with tons of athleticism was up to 93 mph on the stalker, a new high for him, sitting 90-92 comfortably with late life. The Purdue recruit showed a sharp slider at 81-83 with an average spin of 2348, and also mixed in a firm changeup at 85-87. Stephen, who’s in the middle of basketball season, has ton’s of upside with plenty more velocity in the tank. 

 


POSITION PLAYERS

+Rogers, an athletic/muscular built 5-foot-10, 185 pound center-fielder was towards the top of all categories on Sunday. He was tied for the third best 60 of the day at 6.53, was 94 from the outfield (second best), recorded a high exit velocity of 105.26 on TrackMan (second highest) and had an average bat speed of 77.21 mph according to Blast (the third best of the event). Rogers swing looks to be improved since the fall, showing a controlled/aggressive approach with consistent hard contact. The Vanderbilt recruit is a high-end athlete with the speed and ball-skills necessary to stick in center-field long-term.


+Bode, appeared to be trimmed down and leaner since we saw him last back in the fall. Offensively, Bode has always been known for his physicality and knack for finding the barrel from the left-handed batters box and he showed that again registering a high exit velocity of 100 according to Trackman
and driving a ball at an estimated 363 feet. Of the 42 hitters in attendance, the Louisville recruit was 15th in “hard hit percentage” at 80%. Behind the dish his throws topped out at 78 mph and recorded a top pop time at 2.03.


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