MN Underclass Prospect Games: Outfield Analysis



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By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Minnesota

The Prep Baseball Report Minnesota's Underclass Prospect Games took place on July 1st, 2015 at Seibert Field on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The showcase featured prospects from the 2017 and 2018 class who showcased their talents in front of our scouting staff, college coaches, and professional scouts.

Today we unveil our position by position analysis with outfielders. When we create this list we evaluate the overall package of abilities along with future projection at the college level.

The top outfield prospect at this year's MN Underclass Prospect Games is Prior Delano's Jordan Schramel. Schramel shows a above average arm in the outfield, has good instincts and routes, and separates himself with a projectable bat with flashes of power to the gaps.

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Top outfield Prospects

1. Jordan Schramel, OF/RHP, Delano, 2017
6-foot, 178-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. High hands. Works down and through baseball at contact. Some collapse on back-side losing power. Flashes power to gaps with pop in bat. 83 mph exit velocity. Good actions in outfield. Arm is fast with above average carry and accuracy to target. 85 mph arm strength. Collapse at balance point. Works uphill to start. Arm is fast enough to get out front. Fastball has solid life with plus command to glove side of plate at 80-84 mph. Breaking ball has 12/6 shape with avg. break at 69-70 mph. Solid arm action on changeup with minimal action at 72-74 mph.

2. Sam Thoresen, OF/RHP, Minnetonka, 2017
6-foot-2, 170-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Small leg kick. Shows strength in swing. Strides across; cutting off lower half. Has pop to middle of field. 78 mph exit velocity off tee. Shows good feet and actions in outfield. Arm action is long and clean with plus accuracy and carry to target. 86 mph arm strength. Projectable body and arm action on mound. Has added strength to lower half. Fastball has 2-seam life for strikes at 82-85 mph. Solid breaking ball at 70-73 mph. Changeup was 75-76 mph for strikes. Continues to make strides in game. Strong Follow as he enters junior season.

3. Nick Kamnikar, OF, Park, 2017
5-foot-11, 145-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. Tight loop bat path. Down to up plane. Works to use lower half. Average pop and uses whole field. 75 mph exit velocity. Good feet and solid actions in outfield. Short clean arm action with solid accuracy and throws are online. 86 mph arm strength.

4. Nate Shoemaker, OF/RHP, Minnetonka, 2017
6-foot-2, 185-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Leans back at contact. Stiff lower half. Has strength. Rolls hands over early. Pull approach. 80 mph exit velocity. Aggressive routes with athletic actions. 2-piece arm action with average accuracy and solid arm strength. 84 mph arm strength. Controlled turn to balance point. Strides slightly across body. ¾ arm slot with solid sink and occasional cut to fastball at 77-81 mph. Throws breaking ball for strikes with above average rotation and 11/5 shape. Changeup has cut action with tumbling movement to plate at 73-74 mph.

BEST OF THE REST (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

Samuel Carman, OF, Burnsville, 2017
6-foot, 155-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. Tall set-up. Closed stance and strides across. Cuts off lower half. Collapse at contact. Solid contact middle/away. 79 mph exit velocity. Aggressive routes in outfield. Plays with energy. Ability to field. Needs to improve arm slot. L3/4 with limited carry and accuracy. 81 mph arm strength from outfield.

Michael Dooney, OF, Lakeville North, 2017
6-foot, 160-pound right-handed hitting outfielder. High hands. Direct path to contact. Lifts through ball at contact. Stiffer lower half. Solid contact to pull side of field with flashes of pop in bat. 78 mph exit velocity. Below average arm action in outfield. Stiff lower half with limited momentum. Throws are accurate to plate with 75 mph arm strength.

Mason Schwerzler, RHP/OF, Stillwater, 2018
6-foot-1, 180-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Small tuck and turn delivery. One-piece arm action. Fastball shows varying cut and run at 75-78 mph; topping out at 80 mph. Breaking ball 65-69 mph. Changeup had split action and tumbled to plate at 66-70 mph. Short stride. Rotational lower half. Gap to gap approach with solid contact and average pop in bat. 73 mph exit velocity off tee. Solid actions in outfield. Good glove and feet. Long 1-piece arm action. Throws are online with above average carry and accuracy.

Nick Sturnieks, RHP/OF, Robbinsdale Armstrong, 2017
6-foot-5, 180-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. High leg kick. Solid direction to plate. Minimal use of lower half. Good run on fastball with downhill plane from OT slot at 73-79 mph. Showed above average of breaking ball with 12/6 shape and occasional depth. Wide set-up. Negative weight at contact. Loses power from lower half. Average pop in bat with middle/pull approach. 81 mph exit velocity. Shows average actions with ability to field cleanly with good mechanics. OT slot with 82 mph arm strength. Throws have carry and accuracy to target.

Luke Swenson, OF, Woodbury, 2018
5-foot-9, 160-pound left-handed hitting outfielder. Rocks back into load. Stiff lower half. Reaches out to contact. Average pop in bat with gap to gap approach. 71 mph exit velocity off tee. Aggressive routes. Solid glove. Short arm action. Average carry and accuracy. Limited momentum and use of front side on throws. Throws uphill at times. 70 mph arm strength.

William Tzavaras, LHP/OF, St. Paul Harding, 2017
5-foot-10, 150-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Quicker arm action. Deceptive front side. Hides ball from hitter. Doesn’t have pinpoint command but stays around zone with 2 pitches. Fastball jumps on hitter with varying cut and sink action at 74-78 mph. 1/7 breaking ball with flashes of sharp break at 68-71 mph. Competitive on mound. Closed set-up. Leg kick into hard stride. Limited use of lower half. Average pop in bat with avg. solid contact. 78 mph exit velocity. Average actions in outfield. Fields ball on side of body. Clean arm action. Average accuracy on throws with tailing flight to target. 73 mph arm strength.

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