Prep Baseball Report

2.17 Pre-Season All State - Missouri High School Pitchers Analysis

Shon Plack and Jeff Viles
Prep Baseball Missouri

On President’s Day, Monday, February 17, 2014 Prep Baseball Report Kansas and Missouri hosted the first ever Pre-Season All-State Showcase, an invite-only event for area class of 2015 prospects and some 2016's that weren't able to make the Underclass Invitational in January. The overall talent level was very good with a high number of the top juniors from Kansas and Missouri participating. 

Below are the scouting reports on the 8 pitchers from Missouri high schools that took part in the bullpen workouts.  We had several two-way players (pitcher + position player) at this event, but keep in mind that the evaluations below are based solely on pitching performance. 

Next week we will post the scouting reports on all of the position players, a group that will also include the 2-way players.  When we do our state player rankings we take the overall player into account.

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Top Pitching Prospect

Eli Patterson (Park Hill South, 2015, 6-foot-3, 190-pounds)
2/17 – Patterson is an athletic 6-foot-3 190-pound right handed pitcher.  He has shown improvement in velo and mechanics. His velo has increased to 87 MPH, which was one of the top for the event.  He showed good command of his fastball and has an 11/5 curveball thrown at near fastball arm speed at 77-78 MPH.  His change was at 75 MPH.  Patterson has a ¾ release with a quick arm speed with smooth rhythm.  He is a still developing and will be a guy to follow.  


The Best of the Rest (Listed Alphabetically)

Wade Brewer (Kearney, 2015, 5-foot-11, 155-pounds)
2/17 – Brewer is a 5-foot-11 155-pound right handed pitcher.  Brewer showed good command of his fastball at 78-82 MPH with late cut.  He throws a 12/6 curveball at near fastball arm speed at 67-69 MPH.  Brewers change-up is 73-75 MPH with good sink.  He slow showed a slider at 67 MPH.  He has a high 3/4 arm slot and all of his pitches had good movement that will make batters swing and miss.  He has good balance and throws with regular effort.  Brewer’s mechanics will allow him to add velocity to fastball. 

Ethan Frazier (Blue Springs South, 2015, 6-foot-3, 170-pounds)
2/17 – Frazier is a 6-foot-3 170-pound right handed pitcher.  His fastball was a consistent 85-86 MPH for a strike down in the zone, and one of the top velos of the event. He showed a 12/6 curveball with sharp break at 71-74 MPH.  His change-up was 80-81 MPH and thrown at near fastball arm speed.  Frazier throws from an over-the-top arm action with regular effort.  He stays in-line as he gets down the mound and has an athletic finish.   Frazier sports a 32 ACT and 4.05 GPA.

Jared Gillen (Barstow, 2016, 6-foot-1, 185-pounds)
2/17 – Gillen is a strong 6-foot-1 185-pound right handed pitcher.  He showed a fastball that sat at 77-79 MPH with an over-the-top arm action. His fastball showed slight run and was consistently down.  He has a 12/6 curveball that is thrown at near fastball arm speed at 65-68 MPH.  His change-up is a 70-72 MPH.  Gillen starts with good balance and an over-the-top arm action.  He has smooth rhythm throughout his deliverty and finishes in a balanced position. 

Ryan Laddish (Lee's Summit, 2015, 6-foot-2, 210-pounds)
2/17 – Laddish is  6-foot-2 210-pound right hand pitcher.  He throws with a high ¾ arm slot that produces a fastball at 80-82 MPH.  He throws his curveball at a slightly lower arm slot at 71 MPH.  His change-up is thrown with near fastball arm speed at 67-68 MPH.  Laddish throws with regular effort and stays square as he gets down the mound. 

Colton Larkins (Blue Springs South, 2015, 6-foot-1, 155-pounds)
2/17 – Larkins is a left-handed pitcher and a consistent strike-thrower.  The lanky 6-foot-1 155 pounder has a 75-78 MPH fastball that comes from a ¾ arm slot.  He showed a 2/8 curveball with late break at 62-63 MPH.  He throws his change-up with near fastball arm speed at 68-69 MPH with sink.  Larkins starts from a good balance point and throws with easy effort.  He has smooth rhythm and stays in-line throughout his delivery.  Larkins has command of three pitches, which will produce outs and ultimately wins for his program.  

David Leatherwood (Rockhurst, 2015, 5-foot-9, 155-pound)
2/17 – Leatherwood is a 5-foot-9 155-pound right-handed pitcher.  His fastball sits at 80-82 with some late cut.  He did register a pitch at 85 MPH.  He showed a 11/5 curveball at 68-67 MPM and a change-up at 75-76 MPH.  His change-up is consistently down in the zone with some sink.   He has a high ¾ delivery and loose, quick arm.  He stays in-line throughout his delivery and has an athletic finish.  Look for Leatherwood to be consistently in the mid-80’s as he keeps developing.

Josh Scribner (Raymore-Peculiar, 2015, 6-foot, 195-pounds)
2/17 – Scribner is a solid 6-foot 195-pound right handed pitcher.  He has a ¾ arm slot with a fastball at 81-84 MPH.  He has an 11/5 curveball with gradual break at 68-71 MPH and a change-up at 76 MPH.  Scribner has a a loose, quick arm and good rhythm in his deliverty.  He throws with easy effort and has good command for this fastball and curveball.

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