Prep Baseball Report

Top Viewed Profiles of 2014: No. 1- Sean Hjelle

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By Rob Allison
Minnesota State Director

Over the next week we are going to countdown the 2014 calendar year with a look at the top ten most viewed player profiles of 2014. After drilling down into our Google Analytics we have compiled a list of the ten most visited profiles by you the reader in 2014.

Coming in at No. 1 on our list of most viewed profiles is Mahtomedi's Sean Hjelle. Hjelle is a 6-foot-11, 190-pound, right-handed pitcher who is committed to the University of Kentucky. He is currently ranked 2nd in Minnesota Class of 2015 and 46th overall in the PBR coverage area. Hjelle burst onto the recruiting scene this summer with a stand-out performance at Prep Baseball Report's Top Prospect Showcase in June.

sean hjelle Scouting Report  Sean Hjelle

6/19/14 - 6-foot-11, 190-pound right-handed pitcher was the surprise of this year’s Top Prospect Showcase.  Hjelle was a late addition to the event and did not disappoint, showing surprising feel for three pitches despite his extra-long and lean frame with an extreme downhill angle.  You won’t find longer limbs on any prospect in the country, and prospects with his build notoriously struggle to get their delivery in sync, but Hjelle is a consistent strike thrower both at this event and on the summer circuit.  His fastball sat 86-89 in the windup, from a long, high ¾ to over the top arm action, getting a good load over the rubber, and throwing slightly across his body.  His fastball dropped to 84-86 out of the stretch, as he cuts down leg kick, but his arm still catches up with lower half and he commands the baseball.  His 78-79 mph breaking ball has slurvy shape, but has tight rotation and he commands this as well.  Slurve dropped to 75-77 from stretch.  He also showed plus feel for a 78-81 mph changeup thrown near fastball arm speed with arm side run.  Hjelle’s current package is so intriguing, because even if he does not throw harder in the future, upper 80’s velocity from that extreme angle is something hitters never see, as Chris Young has had MLB success for several years from a similar angle and mid to upper 80’s velocity.


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