Maryland Preseason ID: Pitcher Analysis



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By Jerry Shank
Maryland Scouting Director

The Maryland Preseason ID took place on Sunday, February 21. Over 80 players from across Maryland and Delaware were in attendance showcasing their talent in front of the PBR Maryland staff.

CLICK HERE to read the results article and statistics. 
CLICK HERE to read the Early Thoughts article.

Over the course of the next week we will be releasing the positional analysis articles with detailed scouting reports on each player in attendance. We shall also identify top performers in each positional category along with a younger talent (2018 and younger) as a Future Watch if applicable.

Today we take a look at the pitchers that participated in the event. There were plenty of performers this day that were capable of getting Top Performer recognition.

TOP PERFORMERS

Kieran Garner RHP River Hill 2017
Projectable pitchers frame at 6-foot-2, 205-pounds. Pitches from the stretch only. Controlled delivery. Has a long arm action with electric arm speed. Ball comes out well. Works downhill well. Throws from a high ¾ arm angle. Fastball has run and sink to the pitch up to 92 mph. Changeup has near fastball arm speed with late dive to the pitch at 80 mph. Breaking ball has tight rotation with 11/5 shape and sharp action. Potential to be a power pitch at 73 mph. Very interesting prospect in the 2017 class that could draw pro interest in senior year.

Sean Fisher LHP Parkside 2017
Strong athletic frame at 6-foot-1, 185-pounds. Controlled delivery. Has a free arm action with fast arm speed. Shows some lower half usage and looks like could get a bit more from backside. Lands square to the plate in athletic position. Works downhill well. Fastball has slight sink to the pitch at 85 mph. Breaking ball is a slider is 2/8 movement and short break at 70 mph. Shows near fastball arm speed on the pitch. Changeup has hard sink and dive to the pitch with fastball arm speed at 76 mph. Change up is a good pitch. Another projectable lefty to keep an eye on in the 2017 class. 

Isaac Schlotterbeck RHP Saint James 2017
Projectable frame at 6-foot-2, 200-pounds. Controlled delivery with nice tempo and rhythm. Lower half works well and gets good involvement. Longer clean arm action throwing from an almost over the top arm angle. Falls off slightly to first base side at finish. Pitches with some effort and repeats delivery well. Like intent on the mound. Fastball has late run and sink to the pitch at 83 mph. throws a heavy ball. Breaking ball has 12/6 action with tight rotation and late break with potential to be a power pitch at 69 mph. Changeup has hard dive to the pitch at 74 mph. Keeps near fastball arm speed on all off speed pitches. Interesting prospect to keep an eye on in the 2017 class.

Steven Cook RHP Winters Mill 2016 
Athletic projectable frame at 6-foot-2, 185-pounds. Sound arm action throwing from almost-over the top arm angle. Controlled quick delivery to lift. Quick arm speed working downhill. Low glove side, good lower half involvement. Fastball has some run and sink to the pitch up to 83 mph. Change up has fastball arm speed and is a harder pitch at 78 mph. Has run and sink to the pitch. Breaking ball has 12/6 action with tight rotation and hard break.


FUTURE WATCH 

Nicholas Collier LHP John Carroll 2018
Projectable frame at 6-foot-1, 175-pounds. Short arm actions throwing from a high ¾ arm slot. Creates quick arm speed and has deception in delivery. Controlled tempo and nice lower half involvement. Falls slightly towards glove side. Fastball has some sink to the pitch at 83 mph. Breaking ball has short and tight break on the pitch with 1/7 shape. Curveball has the bigger action 65-67. Slider has tighter rotation with shorter sharper late break at 68. Changeup has hard fade to the pitch at 71 mph. Interesting prospect in the 2018 class with room to grow.

Cole Dunn RHP Middletown (DE) 2018
Projectable pitchers frame at 6-foot-3, 185-pounds. Long and loose arm action throwing from an almost over the top arm angle. Has controlled delivery to balance. Works downhill well smooth lower half. Could keep better posture to release point. Pitches with easy to regular effort. Fastball has sink to the pitch up to 85 mph. Breaking ball has near fastball arm speed with 12/6 action on the pitch with tight rotation, late break, and potential to be a power pitch. Throws a slider with short break closer to 10/4. More like a cutter action on the pitch. Changeup has run to the pitch at 76 mph and near fastball arm speed. Interesting prospect for the 2018 class on the mound. 

BEST OF THE REST (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

Scott Cameron LHP St. Mary’s Ryken 2018
Athletic frame at 6-foot-, 180-pounds. Sound arm action pitching from a high ¾ arm angle. Shows average arm speed and has some rhythm in delivery. Pitched in a controlled delivery to balance. Nice direction toward the plate. Could get more lower half to allow the hips to get over front side. Fastball has slight sink to the pitch topping out at 71 mph. Breaking ball has gradual break with 1/7 shape at 64 mph. Change up has dive to the pitch and cuts at times at 65 mph.

Cameron Clark RHP Severna Park 2018
Athletic frame with room to add on at 6-foot, 160-pounds. Loose arm action pitching from a high ¾ arm slot. Uptemp controlled delivery. Gets some hip load. Some rhythm throughout the delivery with some arm speed. Falls off slightly towards first base. Fastball has some sink to the pitch at 77 mph. Breaking ball has 12/6 action. Gets under the pitch at times. Nice rotation on the pitch so could get better with improved hand positioning. Changeup has sink to the pitch at 73 mph.

Richard Cosgrove RHP Southern 2018
Frame with room to grow at 5-foot-9, 140-pounds. Slow controlled delivery.  Throws from an over the top arm angle. Sound arm action. Gets some lower half and could get more involvement. Shorter stride out to get on top and work downhill with pitches. Could get more backside drive. Good job staying on top of pitches. Fastball has gradual run to the pitch at 71 mph. Change up has dive to the pitch with near fastball arm speed at 60 mph. Split-finger has late dive on the pitch at 60 mph.

Joe Curtin RHP Einstein 2018
Projectable frame with room to grow at 6-foot-3, 175-pounds. Long loose arm action with average arm speed. Controlled tempo and could more lower half usage with back side drive to plate to use height and long arms. Land square to the plate. Fast ball has slight run to the pitch at 75 mph. Breaking ball has short, 12/6 action with late break at 66 mph. Keeps near fastball arm speed on the breaking ball. Changeup has fade to the pitch at 69 mph with near fastball arm speed.

John Deems RHP Leonardtown 2018
Projectable frame at 6-foot-2, 175-pounds. Slower tempo in delivery to lift. Sound arm action with average arm speed. Gets good lower half usage in delivery. Glove side slightly pulls finish to first base side. Could get weight back more when pitching from the stretch while coming set. Fastball has slight run to the pitch at 75 mph. Breaking ball has 11/5 action with gradual break and potential at 66 mph. change up shows fade to the pitch with near fastball arm speed at 69 mph.

Ryan Downes 1B St. Maria Goretti 2017
Imposing frame at 6-foot-1, 230-pounds. Quick tempo in delivery. Big hip load to work downhill. Clean arm action with some arm speed. Throws from a high ¾ arm angle. Gets lower half to work at release. Fastball has slight run to the pitch at 80 mph.  Breaking ball has 11/5 action with tight rotation at 63 mph. Gradual break at this time with potential to be sharper pitch. Nice arm speed and sometimes gets under the pitch. Slows down slightly on change up with late fade on the pitch at 73 mph.

Tyler Dunn RHP James M. Bennett 2016
Lanky frame at 5-foot-11, 155-pounds. Nice tempo in delivery. Throws from a sidearm angle with quick arm speed. Lands square with some lower half involvement. Short arm action. Pitches with some effort. Fastball has sink to the pitch with slight run at 79 mph. Gets a bit under the breaking ball with a 10/4 action.  Stays close to the sidearm angle on the pitch at 68 mph. looks comfortable pitching from the sidearm angle and is an interesting prospect still uncommitted as a senior.

Joshua Hamer RHP John Carroll 2019
Projectable long-armed frame at 6-foot-1, 157-pounds. Has slower tempo in delivery. Sound arm action with average arm speed. Throws from an almost over the top arm angle. Gets lower half involved and could get more backside drive. Falls slightly to the first base side at finish. Continue to work on posture while working downhill. Fastball has slight run to the pitch up to 77 mph. Breaking ball has gradual break with nice rotation and 11/5 movement.  Potential for the pitch at 62 mph. Changeup has fade to the pitch with near fastball arm speed at 68 mph.

Matthew Harsh LHP Williamsport 2017
Solid frame at 5-foot-11, 245-pounds. Loose whippy arm action with quick arm speed. Controlled delivery and could get more backside to get better lower half involvement to release point. Throws from a high ¾ arm angle. Fastball has slight run and sink to the pitch at 82 mph. Breaking ball has hard 1/7 action on the pitch at 62 mph. Throws it with near fastball arm speed. Changeup has fade to the pitch with near fastball arm speed at 68 mph. Nice foundation and pitch ability on the mound.

Riley Horner RHP Washington 2019
Solid frame with room to add on at 5-foot-7, 135-pounds. Loose arm action throwing from a ¾ arm angle. Controlled delivery. Lands square to the plate in athletic position. Fastball has run to the pitch up to 77 mph. Breaking ball has 11/5 action of the pitch with proper shape and potential at 67 mph. Changeup has some fade to the pitch at 73 mph. Shows arm strength at an early age and could be one to keep an eye on as he matures.

Brendan Johnson RHP Brunswick 2018
Solid frame with room to add on at 5-foot-9, 150-pounds. Sound arm action throwing from a high ¾ arm angle and average arm speed. Gets some lower half usage and pitches with regular effort. Lands square to the plate and could get some more backside drive. Fastball has slight run to the pitch at 73 mph. Changeup has dive to the pitch with near fastball arm speed at 69 mph. Slows slightly on the breaking ball. Has 11/5 shape and gradual break on the pitch with potential at 64 mph.

Ryan Jordan RHP Chapelgate Christian 2018
Solid frame at 5-foot-9, 140-pounds. Controlled delivery. Loose arm action pitching from a high ¾ arm angle and some arm speed. Fastball has slight sink to the pitch at 76 mph. Changeup has some fade to the pitch at 71 mph. Throws the pitch with near fastball arm speed. Breaking ball has 12/6 shape and nice rotation. Gradual break now with potential to be a power type pitch. Throws slightly slower arm speed at 65 mph. 

Nathan Kendall RHP Bohemia Manor 2017
Athletic projectable frame at 5-foot-10, 150-pounds. Quick tempo in delivery. Has a short arm action with average arm speed. Could get some more backside in delivery. Throws from a high ¾ arm angle. Hides ball well and jumps on the hitter. Fastball has some sink to the pitch at 73 mph. Breaking ball has 12/6 shape and gradual break at 63 mph. Pitches with easy effort.

Alex Lilja RHP Northern York (PA) 2018
Projectable frame at 5-foot-10, 170-pounds. Controlled delivery. Free arm action throwing from a high ¾ arm slot. Quick arm speed. Gets lower half through well. Lands square to the plate on finish. Pitches with regular effort. Fastball has slight run to the pitch up to 80 mph. Breaking ball has 11/5 shape with proper shape at 68 mph.  Changeup has fade to the pitch at 64 mph. Has less intent in delivery on off speed pitches at finish.

James Moses LHP Loyola Blakefield 2017
Solid frame at 5-foot-8, 165-pounds. Controlled, smooth delivery. Has a sound arm action throwing from a high ¾ arm angle with some arm speed. Athletic finish and gets some lower half usage. Pitches with easy effort. Fastball has some run to the pitch at 80 mph. Changeup has fade to the pitch at 69 mph. Pitches with near fastball arm speed. Breaking ball has 1/7 shape on the pitch with nice rotation and gradual break. Has potential for a power type pitch.  

Abraham Mow RHP Milford (DE) 2017
Athletic frame at 5-foot-11, 173-pounds. Controlled delivery. Long arm action with slight pause after break. Throws from a high ¾ arm angle with some arm speed. Smooth finish and lands square to the plate. Gets some lower half usage. Fastball has slight run and sink to the pitch up to 80 mph. Changeup has dive to the pitch with near fastball arm speed at 71 mph. Breaking ball has close to 12/6 action on the pitch with nice shape and tight rotation. Gradual break with potential for later breaking, put away type pitch at 66 mph.

Nick Norris LHP Leonardtown 2017
Frame with room to add to at 5-foot-10, 145-pounds. Slwer temp delivery with tall balance. Long arm action throwing from a high ¾ arm angle. Has average arm speed. Lands square to the plate. Fastball has slight sink to the pitch at 72 mph. Breaking ball has 1/7 movement on the pitch with early break at 58 mph. Changeup has fade to the pitch at 60 mph.

Jake Paulishak RHP Middletown (MD) 2017
Athletic projectable frame at 6-foot-3, 195-pounds. Has a controlled delivery up to balance. Free arm action with quick arm speed throwing from a high ¾ arm angle. Starting to work lower half through and getting more involvement. Works downhill pretty well. Fastball has slight run to the pitch up to 84 mph. Changeup has dive to the pitch with near fastball arm speed at 76 mph. Breaking ball has tight rotation and 11/5 shape and late breaking sharp action at 71 mph. Projectable frame that has more in the tank.

Cole Shipley RHP Oakdale 2017
Athletic frame at 5-foot-10, 160-pounds. Free arm action throwing from a high ¾ arm angle with some arm speed. Gets some lower half usage.  Pitches with regular effort. Lands square to the plate. Could get more consistent backside drive. Fastball has slight run to the pitch up to 79 mph. Changeup has fade to the pitch at 68 mph. Slows down on off speed. Breaking ball has 12/6 shape on the pitch with proper shape and potential at 66 mph.

Tyler Shockley RHP James M. Bennett 2018
Solid frame at 5-foot-8, 145-pounds. Quicker tempo delivery. Shorter arm action with some arm speed. Throws from a high ¾ arm angle, almost over the top. Nice rhythm and gets some lower half involvement. Pitches with regular effort. Land square to the play in athletic finish. Fastball has slight sink to the pitch at 82 mph. Changeup has fade to the pitch with near fastball arm speed at 68 mph. Breaking ball has near fastball arm speed with 11/5 shape and tight rotation at 66 mph.

Roland Siwinski RHP Chesapeake 2017
Big frame with projection at 6-foot-4, 240-pounds. Controlled delivery. Long arm action with quick arm speed. Pitches with easy effort. Gets lower half to work. Ball comes out quick. Lands square to the plate. Could continue to reach  Fastball has run to the arm side up to 85 mph. Changeup has fade to the pitch at 67 mph. Slows arm down a bit on the pitch. Breaking ball has sharp 12/6 action on the pitch with near fastball arm speed. Breaking ball got up to 72 mph.

Jack Sullivan RHP Middletown (MD) 2017
Athletic, projectable frame at 5-foot-11, 172-pounds. Controlled delivery. Loose arm action with some arm speed. Gets some lower half usage. Pitches with regular effort. Could get some more backside drive. Falls slightly to the first base side at finish. Fastball has slight run to the pitch up to 77 mph. Changeup has run to the pitch and occasional dive at 71 mph. Breaking ball has 12.6 shape and gradual break at 63 mph. More in the tank will be one to monitor as he develops.

Matthew Szedlock RHP Gerstell Academy 2018
Athletic frame at 5-foot-10, 165-pounds. Pitches from stretch only. Longer arm action. Average arm speed throwing from a high ¾ arm angle. Could get some more lower half usage to get better velo. Lands quiet and square to the plate. Fastball has slight run to the pitch at 71 mph. Slows arm slightly on the breaking ball has early break with 11/5 action on the pitch at 57 mph. Changeup has fade to the pitch at 59 mph with near fastball arm speed.

Dylan Young RHP Chesapeake 2019
Solid frame with room to grow at 5-foot-8 130-pounds. Slower build up delivery. Free arm action with quick arm speed throwing from a high ¾ arm angle. Lands square to the plate. Could get more lower half usage in finish. Fastball has slight sink to the pitch at 74 mph. Changeup has dive action on the pitch with near fastball arm speed at 71 mph. Breaking ball has 11/5 action with gradual break and near fastball arm speed at 64 mph. Interesting prospect in the 2019 class and one to keep an eye on.  


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