Unsigned Senior Games: Team Royal Pitchers



By Chris Fuller
Kentucky Scouting Director

The PBR Kentucky Unsigned Senior Games event took place at Northern Kentucky University on August 8 and provided close to 50 unsigned seniors the opportunity to showcase their abilities to the PBR Kentucky staff and several college coaches in attendance.

Complete stats for all players were posted following the event. CLICK HERE to view that information.

The following is a look at the Team Royal pitchers who took the mound at the event. This is pitcher analysis only. Those players who also participated as a position player at the event had that performance featured in a previous article.

Michael Hicks, RHP, South Warren HS, 2016
6-foot-5, 200-pound RHP solidified himself as one of the top arms in the 2016 class and committed to Western Kentucky following the event. Works through a high-3/4 arm slot with long arm action and minimal effort, fastball sat 85-88 mph with some arm-side run and sink, 70-73 mph curveball is thrown for strikes with sharp 11/5 action and generated several swings and misses, good arm action on 77 mph changeup, allowed two hits and struck out four in his two innings of work. Hicks continues to show velocity gains and should have no problem continuing to do so.

Tyler Morris, RHP, Raceland HS, 2016
6-foot-3, 190-pound RHP with good pitcher’s frame, works through a ¾ arm slot with long arm action, regular effort in delivery, fastball sat 82-84 mph with some arm-side run and sink, showed a 67-68 mph curveball with erratic 11/5 action that tended to miss up, 74-75 mph changeup is thrown with good arm action with solid sink and fade, struggled some with overall command, allowed one hit, walked three, and struck out one in his two innings of work.

Nate Beavers, RHP, Woodford County HS, 2016
6-foot-2, 170-pound RHP with projectable frame, works through a ¾ slot with short and quick arm action, regular effort in delivery, fastball shows good arm-side run and sink at 79-81 mph topping at 82, had trouble occasionally harnessing movement of fastball in strike zone but sinking action produces ground ball outs, showed good feel for 67-69 mph curveball with 11/5 action, hit a batter and walked two while allowing two hits and striking out three (two on curveballs) in his two innings of work. Beavers has shown similar velocity at each event he has attended.

Chandler Harnage, RHP, South Warren HS, 2016
5-foot-11, 170 pound RHP works through an over the top arm slot, good tempo in delivery with regular effort, works quickly, fastball showed consistent late cutting action on this occasion at 80-82 mph, showed good feel for his 64-67 mph curveball that varied between 11/5 and 12/6 action with solid depth, didn’t show a changeup in game play, allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out three in his two innings of work. Harnage has shown a steady increase in velocity over the past year with more possible.

Drew Clark, LHP, Butler County HS, 2016
6-foot-2, 210-pound LHP works through an over the top arm slot with shorter arm action, has some quickness in arm, showed solid command of three pitches, fastball sat 78-81 mph with occasional arm-side run, shows a 66-68 mph curveball with short 12/6 action, good arm action on 71 mph changeup, pitched well allowing two hits, no walks, and struck out four (3 on FB, 1 CB) in his two innings of work. Clark has shown similar velocity at each event he has attended since last summer.

Evan Figert, OF/RHP, Franklin-Simpson HS, 2016
6-foot-3, 190 pound RHP works through a high-3/4 arm slot with short/quick arm action, up tempo delivery with some effort, fastball sat 79-81 mph with occasional slight arm-side run, 66-68 mph curveball varied between slurvy action and sharper 11/5 action, tended to miss down with the curveball, stuck with the fastball/curveball mix, threw a hitless inning with one strikeout.

Tyler Graham, SS/RHP, Hopkinsville HS, 2016
5-foot-10, 150-pound RHP works through a high-3/4 arm slot with quick arm action, regular effort in delivery, lands open at times, walked lead off batter then settled in to throw consistent strikes, fastball sat 78-80 mph with occasional arm-side run, throws 63-66 mph curveball with 11/5 action and will drop down the arm slot on it occasionally, flashed one 66 mph changeup with good fade, allowed three hits (two infield) , walked one, and struck out two in his two innings of work.

Drew Borman, OF/RHP, Conner HS, 2016
5-foot-11, 175-pound RHP works through a high-3/4 arm slot with short arm action and regular effort, separates hand straight back out of the glove, pounds the strike zone with two-pitch mix, fastball sat 77-79 mph and showed occasional slight arm-side run, curveball varied between 60-66 mph with 11/5 action and some depth, threw a hitless inning while striking out the side (two on CB) in his outing.

Zach Volz, 1B/RHP, Conner HS, 2016
6-foot-1, 305-pound RHP works through a high-3/4 arm slot with long arm action and some effort in delivery, fastball sat 79-81 mph topping at 82 with occasional slight sinking action, 70-72 mph curveball showed consistent 11/5 action, also showed a changeup that varied from 72-76 mph, showed some feel for secondary pitches, allowed no hits, walked two, and struck out two (one on FB, one on CH) in his one inning of work.

Tanner Walker, RHP, Franklin County HS, 2016
6-foot-6, 170-pound RHP works through a high-3/4 arm slot with long arm action, minimal effort in delivery, showed scattered command in his outing, fastball sat 72-74 mph topping at 75 with occasional cutting action, 67-68 mph curveball displayed 11/5 action, walked four batters in his two innings of work, also allowed three hits and struck out four in his outing.

James Morsey, 1B/LHP, Bullitt East HS, 2016
6-foot-3, 165-pound lanky LHP works through a high-3/4 slot with shorter arm action, minimal effort in delivery, fastball is mostly straight at 67-69 mph, 59-61 mph curveball showed gradual 1/7 action, did not throw a changeup in game play, allowed four hits to the five batters faced in game play.