10.18 Underclass Games: Pitchers Analysis



Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

On Saturday, October 18 Prep Baseball Report-Missouri held the Fall Underclass games at the University of Missouri in Columbia.  In the days to come, we break down the players position-by-position.  Today, we will start with the pitchers.

Twelve pitchers from across the state participated, 11 from the 2017 class and one from the class of 2018, making their statement for a spot on the 2015 Midwest Future Games. The talented group of pitchers highlighted the day, pounding the zone and challenging hitters. During game actions, hitters started with 1-1 count. Here is a look at the group of pitchers.

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Top Pitching Prospect

Jake Hausmann, RHP, CBC, 2017
Hausmann is a wide-shouldered 6-foot-5 190-pound right-handed pitcher. Hausmann recorded five strikeouts in game action using 25 pitches.  Fastball topped at 89 mph, working 85-87, high ¾ release with run, quick arm, throws with some effort, smooth rhythm, quick tempo between pitches, works both sides of plate, curveball at 69-71 mph, 11-to-5 shape, late break, fastball arm speed, developing feel for change-up at 79-81 mph, arm side release.

The Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Collin Breckner, LHP, Fair Grove, 2017
Breckner is a lean 6-foot-1 140-pound southpaw, works 70-75 with fastball,  low ¾ release, fastball has sink and run, 2-to-8 shape slider, 59-62 mph, late, “sweeping” break, change-up at near fastball arm speed, 65-70 mph, arm side release, command of three pitches and mixes pitches well, throws strikes, worked to 9 hitters in 25 pitches, drops into back leg at balance point, throws with regular effort, stays in line, athletic finish.

Ty Buckner, RHP, Ladue, 2017
Buckner is an athletic 6-foot 170-pound right-handed pitcher. Fastball at 80-83 mph, touching 83 mph three times during his outing, has run and command, 10 strikes in 14 pitches, over-the-top release, fastball with life, curveball at 66-67 mph, 12-to-6 shape, late/sharp break, 74-75 mph change-up, arm side release, works three pitches in the zone, keeps tempo between pitches, works both sides of plate, throws strikes, projectable velo increase with arm action. 

Jim Burns, RHP, Rockhurst, 2017
Burns is a lean 5-foot-10 150-pound right-handed pitcher.  Burns works 71-75 mph with his fastball; slight run and sink, high ¾ release, easy effort, loose/quick arm speed, throws slider at 69-71 mph, change-up at near fastball arm speed; 69-71 mph, arm side release, projectable velocity and movement as strength is added. 

Jack Burns, RHP, Rockhurst, 2017
Burns is a slim 5-foot-11 155-pound right-handed pitcher.  Fastball has life with run at 75-78 mph, 12-to-6 curveball at 57-62 mph, late break, 67-73 mph change-up with arm side release, keeps hitters off balance with fastball/change; ¾ release, loose arm action, throws with regular effort, athletic finish, arm action is projectable for velocity increase. 

Jake Evans, RHP, Park Hill South, 2017
Evans is an lean, athletic 6-foot-1 170-pound right-handed pitcher.  Evans works 77-82 mph with is fastball, showing increase in velo since last event, fastball has life with run, high ¾ release, easy effort, quick/loose arm action, long arm swing from glove to release, 11-to-5 curveball at 68-69 mph, good command of change-up at 65-69 mph, arm side release.  Works fastball and change-up in zone, smooth rhythm with good tempo between pitches, Evans is on upward trend showing increase in velocity and command since last event. 

Zach Gibbs, RHP, Wentzville-Holt, 2017
Gibbs is an athletic 6-foot 180-pound right-handed pitcher. Threw mainly fastball/curveball.  Fastball at 80-83 mph, runs inside to RHH, 12-to-6 curveball at 73-75 mph, late/sharp break, fastball arm speed, curveball is best pitch, change-up at 70 mph, throws with regular effort, drop and drive, quick arm speed, athletic finish, attacks hitters. 

Max Hewlett, RHP, Rockhurst, 2017
Hewlett is a stocky 6-foot 180-pound right-right handed pitcher.  Hewlett worked his fastball at 71-75 mph, over-the-top release, throws with regular effort, curveball at 59-63 mph, 12-to-6 shape, gradual break, 68-71 mph change-up, slight arm side release, splitter at 72 mph, throws with smooth rhythm, average arm speed.

Matt Russell, RHP, Staley, 2017
Russell is a strong 6-foot-2 180-pound right-handed pitcher. Russell worked at 80-83 mph with fastball, throws both 2-seam and 4-seam fastball, life on fastball with run, 11-to-5 curveball, sharp break 67-69 mph, throws for a strike, slider at 67-69 mph, change-up 70-71 mph, throws for a strike with arm side release, three pitches in the zone, uses slider as strikeout pitch, mixes pitches well to keep pitchers off balance, throws with regular effort, stays inline during delivery, attacks hitters, collecting 9 outs in 25 pitches during game action. 

Max Spitzmiller, RHP, Pattonville, 2017
Spitzmiller is a projectable 6-foot-4 195-pound right-handed pitcher.  Fastball at 78-82 mph, with run, high ¾ release, regular effort, smooth rhythm, 12-to-6 curveball at 65-69 mph, sharp break, near fastball arm speed, change-up at 73-75 mph, some sink, in the zone with three pitches, attacks hitters, works both sides of plate, hits spots with fastball, quick and loose arm action, stays in line during delivery, athletic finish. 

Nick Wohlbold, RHP, Rock Bridge, 2017
Wohlbold is a strong 6-foot 182-pound right-handed pitcher.  81-83 mph fastball, consistently down in zone, high ¾ arm slot, 11-to-5 shape curveball, 68-70 mph, fastball arm speed, late shape break, buckles hitters, 78-77 mph change-up, slight sink, throws with easy effort, loose arm action, tallied five strike-outs in 25 pitches, attacks hitters, mixed fastball and curveball, was in strike zone with three pitches. 

Jakob Woods, RHP, Maryville, 2018
Woods is a athletic, wide-shouldered 6-foot-1 165-pound right-handed pitcher, Woods is projectable at SS and RHP, working his fastball at 75-78 mph with slight sink, worked mainly outer third to RHH, high ¾ release, throws with regular effort with smooth rhythm and loose arm action, 11-to-5 curveball at 63-66 mph, near fastball arm speed, change-up at 68-69 mph, with sink, long-legged and projectable for the 2018 class, youngest pitcher in event.

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