Fall Underclass: Infield Analysis


Brett Harrison
Nevada Scouting Director

The PBR Nevada Fall Underclass Showcase was an event featuring 2023-2024 players with aspirations of playing at the next level. The event consisted of a Pro-Style Workout that included a Laser Timed 60 Yard Dash, Batting Practice tracked by Blast Motion and Trackman, Catcher Evaluations, Outfield Evaluations, Infield Evaluations and concluded with TrackMan analyzed Pitcher Bullpens. The event was designed highlighted each players abilities using the most advanced technology in the game in Blast Motion and Trackman. Following a Prep Baseball Report event, players received unrivaled access to their advanced ball-tracking and swing metrics through the TrackMan and Blast Connect apps as well as the players metrics snapshot uploaded directly to their PBR Player Profiles.

Next up in the Fall Underclass Analysis, we dive into the Infielder Analysis that features a small school standout in Pahrump Valley's Kyle McDaniels and a potential immediate impact 2024 Bishop Gorman product, Maddox Riske.

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SAM KANESS / RHP / BISHOP MANOGUE, NV / 2023

Body: 5-foot-11, 160 pounds. Lean, athletic build with present wiry strength. Some present twitch. Has room to add size and strength which should amplify each part of his game.
Defense: 1B/SS. Athleticism off the bag. Feet work well through the ball. Fluid fielding actions. Feel for the bag with some flexibility in his stretch. Some range to both sides. OF. Aggressive through the ball. Feet work well to get around the ball/on line to his target. Efficient chest high exchange. Corner OF with type. 
Arm: RH. Short, quick arm action. High ¾. IF – 84 mph. OF – 79 mph.
Hit: RHH. Wide, squared set up. Swaying rhythm in his pre pitch. Efficient into the zone with lift through extension. Stays balanced throughout. Present power to the mid-pull side. Produced one of the top rounds of the day.
Power: 96 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan
Run: 7.29 Laser Timed 60

TAKEO CERVANTEZSS / RHP / BISHOP MANOGUE CATHOLIC , NV / 2024

Body: 5-foot-8, 126 pounds. Lean build with a youthful appearance. Projectable frame that allows for plenty of room to add size and strength. Some present twitch. 
Defense: IF. Middle infielder type with projectable actions. Tends to field the ball deep. Extended transfer from glove to hand. Showed comfort ranging to both sides with feel for the backhand. 
Arm: RH. 80 mph. Quick, accurate arm. Some carry. 
Hit: RHH. Tall, slightly open set up. Bat toggle timing mechanism. Knee to knee load with some weight shift forward at foot strike. Level bat path through the zone with some rotational tendencies. Produced line drives during his round with some power potential to the pull side projected down the road.
Power: 85 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan
Run: 7.51 Laser Timed 60

KYLE MCDANIELSS / 2B / PAHRUMP VALLEY, NV / 2023

Body: 5-foot-8, 126 pounds. Lean build with a youthful appearance. Projectable frame that allows for plenty of room to add size and strength. Some present twitch. 
Defense: IF. Middle infielder type with projectable actions. Tends to field the ball deep. Extended transfer from glove to hand. Showed comfort ranging to both sides with feel for the backhand. 
Arm: RH. 80 mph. Quick, accurate arm. Some carry. 
Hit: RHH. Tall, slightly open set up. Bat toggle timing mechanism. Knee to knee load with some weight shift forward at foot strike. Level bat path through the zone with some rotational tendencies. Produced line drives during his round with some power potential to the pull side projected down the road.
Power: 85 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan
Run: 7.51 Laser Timed 60

MADDOX RISKE2B / RHP / BISHOP GORMAN , NV / 2024

Body: 5-foot-10, 150 pounds. Lean, developing build some present strength in the lower half. Some twitch. Added strength and size should amplify each part of his game. 
Defense: IF. Middle infield type. Smooth, advanced actions for his age. Feet work well to get him into position. Some range to both the forehand and backhand sides. Improved foot speed should allow for more range. One of the top defenders in the 2024 class.
Arm: RH. 76 mph. Quick, short arm action. 
Hit: RHH. Wide, athletic set up. Simple hand rhythm for timing. Compact load into his back side. Efficient to the ball with a level swing path. Excellent hand speed and feel for the barrel. Line drive type swing with some power potential to the pull side. Lived mostly in the middle of the yard. 
Power: 93 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan
Run: 7.73 Laser Timed 60

JONAH SHIELDSSS / 2B / LIBERTY, NV / 2023

Body: 5-foot-8, 150 pounds. Lean, athletic build with some present wiry strength. Proportionate build with room to add size and strength.
Defense: IF. Middle infield type. Works smoothly through the ball. Some tendency to field the ball deep. Ranges well to both sides with feel for the backhand play. 
Arm: RH. 76 mph. Short, quick arm. Accurate
Hit: RHH. Athletic, slightly opened set up. Subtle rhythm in his lower half. Quick pick up/put down leg kick. Quick to the ball with some lift through extension. Finishes balanced. Line drive/fly ball filled round living mostly gap to gap. 
Power: 84 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan
Run: 7.23 Laser Timed 60

ARTHUR JOHNSON1B / RHP / GREEN VALLEY, NV / 2023

Body: 6-foot-0, 185 pounds. Developing, athletic build with some present strength in his lower half. His frame allows for significant gains strength and size. 
Defense: 1B. Athletic around the bag. Mechanical sound with some tendency to sit back. Footwork is improving. Presents good target with ability to handle balls in the dirt. 
Arm: RH. 74 mph. Quick, short action. Accurate.
Hit: RHH. Wide, athletic set up. Hands close to body, shoulder height. Simple rock back load with pick up/put down stride. Efficient to the ball with a level bat path. Natural lift through extension. Line drive producer with some loud contact during his BP session. Can drive the ball to all fields. Present power to the pull side.
Power: 94 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan
Run: 7.51 Laser Timed 60

JACKSON SANFORDSS / RHP / NORTH TAHOE, NV / 2023

Body: 5-foot-8, 135 pounds. Small, developing frame. Plenty of room to add size and strength in the coming years. 
Defense: IF. Middle infield type. Improving infield actions. Presents glove well. Feet work through the ball. Quick glove to hand. Feel for both the forehand and backhand play. Increased range. 
Arm: RH. 74 mph. Quick, short arm action.
Hit: RHH. Wide, squared set up. Simple rock back load with low hovering leg kick. Some weight transfer to the front side. Compact stroke with some uphill. Tends to get rotational. Lived in the middle of the yard throughout his round. 
Power: 78 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan
Run: 7.61 Laser Timed 60

CONNOR APECECHEC / 3B / GREEN VALLEY , NV / 2024

Body: 5-foot-10, 180 pounds. Thick, stocky build with some present strength. Plenty of room to add strength in his upper half to match the strength in his lower half.
Defense: C. Quality receiving skills behind the plate for his age. Uses athleticism through transfer to get the ball out efficiently. Developing consistent blocking skill. Physical development should help this part of his game. IF. Corner IF type. Moves well for his size with excellent instincts that helps him receive quality hops. Quality footwork. Some softness in the hands. 
Arm: RH. C – 69 MPH. Tends to open up to third on throws to second, but when he did close off, his throws showed more carry and accuracy. IF – 71 MPH. Accurate with some carry when working towards the target.
Hit: RHH. Wide, squatted set up. Tends to stand up as his swing engages. Uphill through the zone. Usually lives in the middle of the yard, but stayed mostly mid-other way during his round . Found the barrel throughout. Power potential to both gaps with flashes of present power to pull side.
Power: 85  mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan
Run: 7.94 Laser Timed 60

BRADY BALLINGERLHP / 1B / SILVERADO , NV / 2023

Body: 6-foot-1, 185 pounds. Stocky, proportionate build. Some present strength in his upper half with room to add physicality throughout.
Defense: 1B. Competent infielding actions. Does tend to sit back. Catches the ball during the fielding process. 
Arm: LH. 1B – 69 mph. Able to change arm slots to maintain fluidity.
Hit: LHH. Squared, slightly squatted set up. Simple, rotational type swing. Some lift through extension with balanced finish. Produced a fly ball filled round living mostly gap to gap. 
Power: 89 mph Exit Velocity via TrackMan
Run: 8.14 Laser Timed 60


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