Underclass Trials: Top Pitching Prospects



Trey Sofio
Louisiana Scouting Director

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Prep Baseball Report Louisiana’s first event, the Underclass Trials, for the 2017 and 2018 classes took place on Monday May 25th at St. Thomas Aquinas high school in Hammond, LA. 32 prospects strutted their stuff in front of the Prep Baseball Report’s executive director, the PBR Louisiana staff and several collegiate coaches. Over the next couple of days the PBR Scouting staff will roll out position player and pitcher rankings of the event, culminating with the Top Ten Overall Prospects from the showcase.

Click Here to view the article on top statistical performers from the event.

We also broke down the Top Tools of the event. Click Here to view the Top Tools based on various commonly used scouting criteria for analyzing prospects.

Yesterday we took a look at the Top Position Player Prospects, and today we will take a look at the Top Pitching Prospects from the Underclass Trials on May 25.

  1. Blayne Enlow, RHP, St. Amant HS(2017)
    A 6-foot-3, 160-pound rising junior with a projectable, lanky, athletic frame and broad shoulders. Clean, long, loose arm action with lightning arm speed into a high-3/4 release. Smooth rhythm throughout the delivery with little effort, in-line direction, lands square, and finishes athletic. Fastball sat 85-88 mph with slight sink action and was controlled in the strike zone with quality tilt and angle. Breaking ball had 11/5 shape with solid rotation, sharp, late break and deception at 74-76 mph. Showed an outstanding feel for change up with fastball arm speed, deception and late, hard fade action at 79-80 mph.
  2. Brock Batty, LHP, Denham Springs HS(2017)
    A 6-foot-1, 175-pound rising junior with a medium, athletic frame. Left-handed pitcher with a clean, repeatable delivery landing square, in-line with an athletic finish. Displays smooth rhythm throughout with long, loose arm action with quick arm speed into a ¾ release and easy effort. Fastball sat 83-85 mph with slight sink and arm side run. Showed an outstanding feel for curveball with 1/7 shape, tight spin and sharp, late break at 70-72 mph. Displayed a quality change up with fastball arm speed, deception and late, hard fade action. Also showed a slider that had sharp, late break with deception but lacked in depth making it closer to a cutter.
  3. Austin Perrin, LHP, Hahnville HS(2017)
    A 5-foot-10, 170-pound left-handed pitcher with a small, athletic frame. Simple, clean repeatable delivery with smooth rhythm, in-line direction, lands square and finishes athletic. Short, clean arm action with quick arm speed into a high-3/4 release and regular effort. Fastball sat 80-82 mph touching 83 with slight arm side run. Breaking ball had 1/7 shape with sharp, late break and solid depth at 69-71 mph. Changeup proved to be his best pitch with fastball arm speed, deception and late, hard sink action at 74-76 mph. Threw all three pitches for strikes and worked at an outstanding tempo.
  4. Kobe Cazes, RHP, Chalmette HS(2017)
    A 6-foot, 155-pound right-handed pitcher with an average, athletic frame that has projection. Clean, long, loose arm action into a high-3/4 release with smooth rhythm throughout the delivery. Fastball sat 80-83 with slight run that was commanded well. Showed advanced feel to spin a breaking ball with 11/5 shape, depth and tight spin at 70-72 mph. Also showcased a changeup with near fastball arm speed and fade action at 72-75 mph.
  5. Maxwell Wagner, RHP, Catholic(BR) HS(2017)
    A 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-handed pitcher with a large, strong, and athletic frame. Clean, long, loose arm action with regular effort, smooth rhythm throughout the delivery, and in-line direction. Fastball sat 84-86 mph touching 87 mph with a quick arm out of a high-3/4 release. Breaking ball has 10/4 shape with near fastball arm speed, and gradual break at 69-72 mph. Showed a changeup with near fastball arm speed and slight fade action at 77-78 mph.

Best of the rest {Listed Alphabetically}

+Jacob Hammond, RHP, Ouachita HS(2018)
A 6-foot-3, 230-pound first baseman and right-handed pitcher with a large, physical frame with a strong lower half. A long, stiff arm action with solid arm speed into a high-3/4 release, regular effort, smooth rhythm and in-line direction. Fastball sat 80-81 mph with slight run. Flashed a decent feel for a breaking ball with 11/5 shape and near fastball arm speed at 72-73 mph. Also showed a changeup with slight deception at 69-70 mph.

+Ian Landreneau, RHP, John Curtis HS(2018)
A 5-foot-11, 160-pound right-handed pitcher with an average, athletic frame. Long arm action with a slight stab on backend and quick arm speed into a high-3/4 release with some effort and rhythm throughout the delivery. He lands square, in-line, and finishes athletic. Fastball sat 80-82 mph with slight run and was thrown for strikes. Breaking ball had 10/4 shape with occasional depth at 67-68 mph. Showed a changeup with near fastball arm speed and fade action at 67-68 mph.

+Ty O’Neal, RHP, Ouachita Christian HS(2017)
A 5-foot-6, 155-pound right-handed pitcher with a small, athletic frame. An unorthodox delivery into a low-3/4 release with a fastball that sits 74-78 mph touching 79 with late sink action that is consistently thrown for strikes. Breaking ball has 11/5 shape with gradual sweeping action at 63-64 mph. Shows a solid changeup with near fastball arm speed and sink at 68-70 mph.

+Miguel Reyes, RHP, Lafayette HS(2017)
A 6-foot-2, 215-pound rising junior with a large, physical, strong, and athletic frame. Right-handed pitcher with a short, stiff arm action and a stab on the backend into a high-3/4 release. Showed quick arm speed and raw arm strength, but struggles to consistently find the proper release point consistently. Fastball sat 85-87 mph with slight sink, and was erratic in the strike zone. Displayed a solid feel for a breaking ball with 10/4 shape, tight spin, and sharp action at 73-77 mph. Changeup is a developing pitch with near fastball arm speed and occasional slight fade action at 79-80 mph.

+David Vial, RHP, Hahnville HS(2017)
A 6-foot, 230-pound right-handed pitcher with a large frame and strong lower half. Throws out of an over the top arm angle with solid arm speed and some rhythm throughout the delivery. Fastball sat 79-81 mph with slight run and was controlled in the strike zone. Breaking ball has 10/4 shape with occasional depth at 66-68 mph. Also showed a changeup with near fastball arm speed at 70-71 mph.

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