Commitment Spotlight: '19 AJ Lattery, RHP, Prior Lake


Andy Judkins
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

 

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AJ Lattery

Class of 2019 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2019
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Prior Lake
    State: MN
  • Summer Team: Minnesota Mash
  • Height: 6-6
    Weight: 225lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
90
Max FB
87 - 89
FB
70 - 72
CB
79 - 81
CH
Pitching
Max FB
87
FB
84 - 87
CB
70 - 72
Pitching
Max FB
87
FB
86 - 87
CB
68 - 69
Position
7.83
60-yard
85
INF Velo
96
Exit Velo

Scouting Report

7/10/18 - 6-foot-6, 225-pound, extra-large, well-proportioned, imposing, right-handed pitcher. Compact delivery, repeats well for his size, works on-line, lands front toe closed with minimal effort at times. Slight plunging action on the backside, loose out front, out a high ¾ window. Fastball, occasional arm-side action, around the zone, sat 86-87 mph. Curveball 11/5 to 12/6 shape, depth at times, sat 68-69 mph. Saw a couple changeups in warmups, late fade action. One of the top uncommitted 2019 arms in Minnesota.

3/18/18- 6-foot-5, 235-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. #25 ranked player in MN 2019 class. Fastball touched 90 mph and worked 86-88. Comes out very easy and has a chance to make an even bigger jump heading into the summer. Ball jumps out of hand and he repeated delivery with ease. Changeup worked at 80 mph with above avg. feel for zone. Curveball had avg. depth with 11/5 shape at 70-71 mph. 7.83 runner. Tall stance, balanced stride, lift in swing plane with length to contact, shows pop in bat, gap to gap approach, 93 mph exit velocity. Good feet to field, works out front, sure hands, solid receiver around bag, above avg. arm for position, 84 mph arm across infield.

 

10/22/17- 6-foot-5, 240-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Large durable frame. #25 ranked prospect in MN 2019 class.  On mound; picks up tempo through delivery, hitchy rhythm, compact arm action, has extension and finish to plate. Fastball was consistently 85-86 mph, straight, delivered on slight downhill plane to hitter. Shows ability to land 11/5 breaking ball for strikes; has occasional flat break to plate. Shows feel and command of changeup with flashes of above avg. fade and sink. 7.88 runner. Tall stance, easy load and stride, clean bat path, consistent hard contact, uses both gaps well, line drive and fly ball contact, 96 mph exit velocity. Sure hands, confident fielder, moves well around bag, above avg. at position, 85 mph arm across infield.

7/5/17- 6-foot-4, 255-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Large durable build. Controlled tempo into repeatable balance point, slight wrap on backside of arm action, comes out clean in front, lands in-line with catcher, and has extension and finish to plate. Fastball was 81-83 mph, sneaks on hitter, with heavy feel. Shows ability to land slurvy 12/4 breaking ball for strikes. Slight cutting action on changeup; thrown at 75-76 mph. 8.16 runner. Square stance, body load, double tap trigger and stride, short to contact, average barrel skills, flashes occasional pop in bat, gap to gap approach, 88 mph exit velocity. Shows good hands at first, solid range and moves well at position, appropriate footwork and actions around bag, 80 mph arm strength across field.


Videos

(7/10/18)




 

 

PBR: Why did you choose the school you did?

Lattery: I chose the school I chose because of the winning culture and the coaching staff. Also, the guys on the team were just a good group of guys.

PBR: What other schools were you considering?

Lattery: I was considering NDSU and Mankato State. I had more offers and schools interested in the summer

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with him?

Lattery: The coaching staff never saw me pitch in person. At least that I know of. I got in contact with the pitching coach from Justin Musil at Elite Sport advising. Our relationship grew right from the first phone call. I really liked him over the phone and once I talked to him in person and talked to the other coaches, I knew it was the right place for me.

PBR: Do you feel relieved now that the process is over and you can just focus on baseball and not deal with everything that goes into picking a school?

Lattery: Yes 100%. It’s very relieving and I can just focus on school now and focus on getting ready for the high school season

PBR: Was there one deciding factor that put your choice over the top?

Lattery: Yes, the coaching staff and the history they’ve had with developing players. It just was too much to pass up

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today?

Lattery: I would have to say a lot of people helped me. The people who helped me the most for sure have been the guys at Mash. And Justin Musil

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult?

Lattery: I was expecting it to go a lot faster than it did. It was very difficult having schools call you all the time and having to adjust your schedule for visits and stuff like that

PBR: What plans does the coaching staff have in store for you in your freshman season?

Lattery: I’m not really sure. I hope to be able to go in there and compete for a chance to play right away. I will be happy with whatever the coaching staff has in place for me

PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date?

Lattery: Probably pitching a complete game against Lakeville North my junior year and getting the big win for my team

PBR: Who is the best player that you have competed against?

Lattery: I would say it’s Sam Carlson for sure.