Bi-State Winter Open ID: Pitcher's Analysis



Shon Plack
Missouri/Kansas Scouting Director

Prep Baseball Report-Missouri/Kansas held the Bi-State Winter Open ID Showcase on Saturday, February 20 at Prodigy Baseball Academy in Parkville, Missouri.  The event featured over 50 players from the Missouri and Kansas area in the 2016 to 2019 classes.

Player's profiles have been updated with times, velos, videos and profile pictures. We will finish up the break down of the players position-by-position with a look at the Pitchers today.  The pitchers were a talented group with many throwing a high number of strikes. Players are listed in alphabetical order below.

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PITCHERS

Clayton Adams, RHP, Liberty (MO), 2017
Adams is a 6-foot-5 200-pound right-handed pitcher in Missouri’s 2017 class from Liberty HS.  On the mound, over the top release, controlled leg lift, tuck at balance point, inline stride, fastball at 77-80 mph, some with late sink, curveball at 62-63 mph, throws change up down in zone at 70-72 mph, slight arm side sink, throws with regular effort, high percentage of strikes with three pitches.

Jack Albright, RHP, Blue Valley North (KS), 2018
Albright is a 5-foot-11 174-pound right-handed pitcher in Kansas’ 2018 class from Blue Valley North HS.  On the mound, delivery has quick temp, tuck at balance point, throws with some effort, hides ball well, over the top release, arm works, creates inline direction towards the plate, fastball at 78-83 mph, curveball has 11-to-5 shape, 69-72 mph, late break, change up at 71-72 mph, fastball arm speed, arm side release.

Zane Barr, RHP, Fort Osage (MO), 2018
Barr is a 6-foot-2 187-pound right-handed pitcher in Missouri’s 2018 class from Fort Osage HS.  On the mound, controlled leg lift, aggressive down the mound, throws with some effort, over the top release, downhill tilt with quick arm speed and loose arm action, fastball at 83-85 mph, cutting action, change up at 74-79 mph, throws for a strike, fastball arm speed, showed a splitter at 74-76 mph, late 11-to-5 action.

Owen Chaffin, RHP, Blue Valley Southwest (KS), 2019
Chaffin is a 5-foot-11 135-pound right-handed pitcher in Kansas’ 2019 class from Blue Valley Southwest HS.  On the mound, slender from capable adding strength, showed command of three pitches, repeats release point, body stays under control during delivery, hides the ball well, fastball at 70-76 mph, works both sides of plate, curveball at 56-58 mph, 12-to-6 action, change up at 66-68 mph, fastball arm speed, down in zone.

Rod Criss, RHP, Staley (MO), 2018
Criss is a 6-foot-2 172-pound right-handed pitcher in Missouri’s 2018 class from Staley HS.  On the mound, throws with regular effort and smooth rhythm, controlled leg lift, inline stride, three quarters release, strike thrower with three pitches, fastball at 80-82 mph, curveball at 73-73 mph, late 11-to-5 action, tight spin, starts on same plane as fastball, change up at 74-77 mph, near fastball arm speed, late sink.

Kyle Heckenbach, RHP, Smithville (MO), 2017
Heckenbach is a 6-foot 170-pound right-handed pitcher in Missouri’s 2017 class from Smithville HS.  On the mound, hands create rhythm and tempo raising with leg lift, coils at balance point, throws slightly across body, high three quarters release, high percentage of strikes with three pitches, fastball at 77-79 mph, some with late run, curveball at 63-66 mph, 11-to-5 action, lowers release point, down in zone, change up at 71-74 mph, cutting action.

Ryan Houseman, RHP, Hickman (MO), 2018
Houseman is a 5-foot-10 155-pound right-handed pitcher in Missouri’s 2018 class from Hickman HS.  On the mound, Houseman has a high three quarters release, controlled and repeatable delivery, loose arm action, throws fastball for a strike at 80-82 mph, some sinking action, curveball has 12-to-6 shape, 67-68 mph, good pitch with command, down in zone, change up at 74-75 mph, arm side sink, projectable frame and arm action suggests velo increase as he matures.

Josh Kavanagh, LHP, Salina (KS), 2016
Kavanagh is a 6-foot-1 16-pound left-handed pitcher in Kansas’ 2016 class from Salina Central HS.  On the mound, high three quarters, smooth rhythm and body control in delivery, in-line direction towards plate, Fastball at 70-74, late running action, breaking ball is slurve-type pitch, 1-to-7 action, 65-67 mph, controllable, change up at 64-68 mph, slight arm side sink, near fastball arm speed.

Alec Koehn, RHP, Dodge City (KS), 2016
Koehn is a 6-foot-2 195-pound right-handed pitcher in Kansas’ 2016 class from Dodge City HS.  On the mound, Koehn has a high three quarters release, body stays controlled throughout delivery, hands raise with leg lift, in line stride, throws downhill with regular effort, hides the ball well with some deception, fastball at 78-79 mph, slider at 71-74 mph, some depth with 10-to-4 action.

Collin Krewson, RHP, Parkway West, 2019
Krewson is a 5-foot-11 150-pound right-handed pitcher in Missouri’s 2019 class from Parkway West HS.  On the mound, throws strikes with three pitches, high three quarters release, throws with regular effort, loose arm action, slender frame with projection, works bottom of zone, repeats delivery, fastball at 72-75 mph, curveball at 61-64 mph, gradual 11-to-5 shape, controllable change up at 66-67 mph, fastball arm speed late sink.

Dalton Mall, RHP, Shawnee Mission East (KS), 2018
Mall is a 6-foot-1 164-pound right-handed pitcher in Kansas’ 2018 class from Shawnee Mission East HS.  On the mound, over the top release, smooth tempo, controlled leg lift, inline stride, arm accelerates as he gets down the mound, athletic finish, thows with regurlar effort, fastball at 75-80 mph, curveball has 11-to-5 shape 63-68 mph, change up down in zone at 69-72 mph.

Kyle McHale, RHP, Olathe East (KS), 2018

McHale is a 6-foot-4 165-pound right-handed pitcher in Kansas’ 2018 class from Olathe East HS.  On the mound, fastball at 80-82 mph, lost of strikes, works both sides of plate, curveball at 69-70 mph, sharp 11-to-5 action, change up at 66-67 mph, throws for a strike, arm side sink, delivery has rhythm and control, over the top release, stride creates direction towards plate, repeats release point and mechanics, projectable frame and arm action.

Cal Melcher, RHP, St. Pius X (MO), 2017
Melcher is a 5-foot-11 191-pound right-handed pitcher in Missouri’s 201 class from St. Pius HS in the Kansas City area.  On the mound, fastball at 74-76 mph, some with late sink, curveball at 63-66 mph, 11-to-5 shape, change up at 64-68 mph.  Melcher comes from an over the top release point, tuck at balance point, throws slightly across body with regular effort.

Grant Mertz, RHP, Park Hill (MO), 2018
Mertz is a 6-foot-2 195-pound right-handed pitcher in Missouri’s 2018 class from Park Hill HS.  On the mound, worked mainly out of the stretch, smooth tempo, over the top release, in-line stride, throws with easy effort, fastball at 73-74 mph, curveball at 65-67 mph, 11-to-5 shape, change up at 66-68 mph, some with arm side sink.

Justin Nace, LHP, Northland Christian (MO), 2019
Nace is a 6-foot-1 195-pound left-handed pitcher in Missouri’s 2019 class from Northland Christian HS.  On the mound, high three quarters release, high and controlled leg lift, throws down hill, repeats delivery, fastball at 77-79 mph, some with slight run, works both sides of plate, curveball at 62-64 mph, 1-to-7 shape, showed signs of being a good pitch as he develops with late action, change up at 67-69 mph, throws for a strike, player to follow in the 2019 class.

Brett Palmer, RHP, Park Hill South (MO), 2017
Palmer is a 6-foot 180-pound right-handed pitcher in Missouri’s 2017 class from Park Hill South HS.  On the mound, throws high percentage of strikes with three pitches, over the top release, slight pause at balance point, in line stride, body stays under  control, fastball has life with running action at 79-83 mph, throws for a strike, curveball at 71-72 mph, 11-to-5 shape, change up with fastball arm speed, 73-76 mph, showed a splitter with 10-to-4 action at 73 mph.

Garrett Presko, RHP, Pembroke Hill (MO), 2018
Presko is a 6-foot-2 185-pound right-handed pitcher in Missouri’s 2018 class from Pembroke Hill HS.  On the mound, has feel for three pitches, high number of strikes with all pitches during bullpen session, lean and projectable frame, arm works , smooth tempo, in line stride, shoulders stay level, fastball at 79-81 mph, late run,  curveball at 72-76 mph, has depth with 10-to-4 action, change up at 72-76 mph, fastball arm speed, slight late sink.

Chase Putnam, RHP, Park Hill South (MO), 2017
Putnam is a 6-foot-2 155-pound right-handed pitcher in Missouri’s 2017 class from Park Hill South HS.  On the mound, controlled leg lift, hands stay high during wind-up, inline stride with shoulder level, over the top release, clean arm action, fastball at 78-81 mph, some with run, curveball at 67-71 mph, 11-to-5 shape, lean frame with good projection.

Sol Rainey, RHP, Kickapoo (MO), 2019
Rainey is a 6-foot-3 167-pound right-handed pitcher in Missouri’s 2019 class from Kickapoo HS.  On the mound, throws down hill, tall and lanky frame capable of adding strength as he develops, controlled leg lift, deliberate tempo, over the top release, fastball at 71-73 mph, change up at 64-67 mph, arm side release, throws both pitches for a strike. Rainey is a player to follow in the 2019 class.

Ryan Suholaski, RHP, Rockhurst (MO), 2017
Suholaski is a 6-foot-1 190-pound right-handed pitcher in Missouri’s 2017 class from Rockhurst HS.  On the mound, high three quarters release, controlled delivery, throws with regular effort, stays in line, wide shoulders with strong frame, fastball at 78-80 mph, 12-to-6 breaking ball at 63-64 mph, shape action, change-up at 69-72 mph, late sink.

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