Michigan Insider: Top Underclass Uncommitted Pitching Prospects

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By Aaron Wilson and PBR Staff
PBR Michigan Director of Scouting

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Michigan Insider: Top Underclass Uncommitted Pitching Prospects

With the Summer season coming to an end and the 2016-2017 high school sports season as well as fall ball getting underway, we would like to take a look at some of the top uncommitted prospects at each position. Over the past month we looked at the top 2017 prospects and as you can see by our 2017 Player Rankings there are numerous talented prospects available.

Today we are starting with the top uncommitted underclass pitching prospects in Michigan. We will look to create a few top uncommitted lists each week and as you can see by our 2018 and 2019 Player Rankings, there are numerous talented prospects available.

Brandon Smith, Saginaw Heritage
Ranked: 8th in Michigan’s 2018 class
Scouting Report: Smith has a projectable 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame with broad shoulders. He stands upright and has a shoulder turn with his load while tipping his bat. He shows raw power with a downhill swing. His exit velocity was 89 mph and he ran a 4.82 home-to-1st. On the mound, he throws from a high-3/4 arm slot with a long, quick arm action. His fastball sat 83-86 mph with late sinking action. His curveball had late, sharp 11/5 action and good depth at 69-71 mph while showing the ability to be a swing-and-miss pitch. His changeup sat 74-76 mph and was thrown with fastball arm speed, showing the potential to be an above-average pitch. He uses a high front-side and he drives towards home plate with his lower half and a quick tempo. As he fills out, he should see a jump in velocity.
College Outlook: Brandon is a big projectable RHP with a live arm. He has good athleticism on the mound allowing him to make plays an average pitcher can’t. Garnering attention from several D1 schools at the moment he has the makings of a college ace. His fastball and curve combination will play right now. He’s developing a solid changeup that could develop into a swing and miss pitch. Expect coaches to flock to the Saginaw area this year.

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