Prep Baseball Report

Nine to Know: Newcomers to the 2020 Rankings

Brandon Hall
Executive Director, PBR NC

Last week the North Carolina Class of 2020 Rankings were updated and released.  The expanded list grew to the top 275 players in the state of North Carolina.  With PBR's continued coverage of events, games, practices, and workouts our scouting team is always adding to the player database with information on players already inside the rankings and players that should be considered for upcoming releases.

Inside the rankings release, three newcomers were profiled with video.  Jack Shaw (OF, Myers Park HS), Adrian Sandovoal (C/INF, Myers Park HS), and Connor Flanagan (OF, Home Schooled) each shined at the Uncommitted Upperclass Games in early November.  Below we take an in-depth look at nine more players that jumped into the North Carolina rankings and how they got there.


Nine to Know: Newcomers to the 2020 Rankings




Jake Contino RHP / OF / Lake Norman, NC / 2020

Limestone College commit.  Impressed at the PBR Top Prospect Games both on the mound and in the box.  Physical 6-foot-3, 195 pounder with some quickness in the arm. 

Full report from The Top Prospect Games:
Strong build at 6 foot 3, 195-pounds.  Athletic presence.  Quick tempo delivery with a lot of body movement.  Hands work from the chin to the belt and back up to the chin through the low leg kick, to the belt.  Front side coils, closing at balance.  Shoulders are level.  Lands on-line and square with the front foot.  Long, levered arm swing to an over-the-top slot.  Fights through some effort for the release.  Fastball worked 79-84, throwing more strikes as the outing progressed.  Breaking ball works with similar hand speed and window as the fastball.  Limited action at 64-67.  Delivery creates some deception.  As the body calms over the rubber the arm speed could lead to ticks up in stuff.
Offensively, tall setup from the right side with a narrow base.  Leg kick during his load with his hands working down and back with his upper body leaning into the plate.  Gap to gap approach with some feel for the barrel.  More strength that bat speed.  Barreled a ball to left field during game action.  Exit velocity recorded at 87 mph.  Average hands in the outfield playing through the ball.  Clean exchanges with a long arm swing, throwing from a high ¾ slot.  Some accuracy to his throws that topped at 81 mph.  Recorded a 7.57 in the 60.



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