Prep Baseball Report

Top Performers of 2019: Exit Velocity

Brett Harrison
Nevada Scouting Director

Rounding out the Top Performers of 2019, we dive into the top exit velocities recorded at Prep Baseball Report events throughout the year. In this category, we had three prospects, TCU commit Tommy Dilandri, uncommitted '22 Tai Nguyen and San Diego State commit Irvin Weems, reach the 100+ mph mark. Dilandri recorded 105 mph exit velocity, ranking #1 in Nevada and #2 Nationally in the '21 class while Nguyen recorded a 102 mph exit velocity with putting him in the #2 position in the Nevada as well as #2 Nationally in the 2022 class. With two of the top ten recorded exit velocities coming from prospects in the 2022 class, it proves once again that the future is bright for Nevada. Each of these prospects have continued to progress throughout the year and will have an opportunity to show their progression at their respective Scout Days starting January 2020.

Thomas DiLandri OF / RHP / Home School, NV / 2021

Exit Velocity - 105 MPH

TCU commit. Physical, 6-foot-2, 195, Di Landri has a strong, athletic build with present strength and quickness.  Di Landri is ‘tooled up”.  He ran a 6.6 60-yard dash which provide him the ability to stay in centerfield.  His outfield actions reveal an advanced awareness of footwork and rhythm. He employed and added shuffle in most instances to accommodate his positional velocity of 90 mph.  Body control and consistent rhythm will provide for more true and accurate throws, but the tools are present.  At the plate, Di Landri strength and electric bat speed illustrated by his event best 105 mph exit velocity, provide power potential beyond his years.  He consistently made loud contact after settling in.  He sets and loads with a high back elbow, taller in stature, employing a leg kick trigger and tipping the barrel toward the pitcher.  He whips the bat throw the zone with authority. Easy to see why he has already accepted a Division 1 offer, but chances are the MLB will be knocking as well 

Tai Nguyen 1B / OF / Bishop Gorman , NV / 2022

Exit Velocity - 102 MPH

Thick, 6-foot, 210, Nguyen has a stocky, strong body with a developed lower half.  He moves well for his size and is a better underway runner than one would expect. He has capable infield actions with a longer draw on his arm which keeps him at first base. Make no mistake, Nguyen’s bat is going to carry him. He has great balance at the plate, keeping his weight between his feet throughout the process.  He trusts his strength and bat speed and has solid barrel release with a high finish, providing recognizable power. He posted the second best exit velocity at 102 mph, which exemplifies the whip in his barrel. Hard to believe he is a freshman with the feel he has as a hitter, this guy projects as a middle of the order type bat.

Irvin Weems III OF / Durango, NV / 2021

Exit Velocity - 100 MPH

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Samuel Simon OF / RHP / Centennial , NV / 2021

Exit Velocity - 96 MPH

6-foot-3 195. Simon is physical in a large frame with present strength. He is not fleet of foot but profiles as a corner outfield, middle of the order type bat. Offensively, he has projectable power in a mostly pull side approach with a slightly uphill swing path. He recorded the second highest exit velocity of the event at 96 MPH off the tee revealing good strength and bat speed. He made loud contact during his batting practice rounds and carried it into game with multiple quality at bats.  He kept his barrel in the zone well. Defensively, he has good arm strength with solid online carry, prototypical of a future rightfielder. He runs better underway and caught what he got to, but his lack of footspeed could land him at first base down the line if he continues to hit, for he may profile better on the mound at the next level.

Lance Carr 1B / RHP / Bonanza , NV / 2020

Exit Velocity - 95 MPH

6-foot-0, 235-pound frame, developed, barrel chested build. At the plate, starts in athletic, slightly open stance, weight on his front side, vertical barrel. Subtle hand rhythm, slow, early load into back side, on plane bat path, natural lift during extension. Excellent bat speed, above average power pull side power; 95 mph exit velo. Defensively, excellent instincts around the bag, fluid footwork, clean, low exchange. Short arm cycle, high ¾ arm slot; 70 mph IF velo. 8.01 laser timed 60-yard dash.

Julian Molto-Herrera 3B / RHP / Bishop Gorman, NV / 2021

Exit Velocity - 95 MPH

5-foot-10, 175-pound frame, athletic, developed build, proportionate strength. Defensively, he steps into his set up, quick first step, active feet, ability to range to the forehand and backhand side, low, clean transfer. ¾ arm slot with carry, accuracy; 81 mph IF velo. At the plate, cool confidence, starting in an athletic, open stance, slow hand rhythm. Compact load, strides into the plate. Above average bat speed, excellent barrel awareness, level swing plane, natural lift, two-handed extension, high finish. Gap to gap approach, drives with authority; 95 mph exit velo. This is an under the radar prospect that will be one to keep an eye on with a talent rich Gorman squad.

Joshua Johnson SS / RHP / Coronado, NV / 2020

Exit Velocity - 94 MPH

Athletic, 6-foot-1, 180, Johnson is a projectable infielder with room for weight and strength gains. He has reliable infield actions and fields with confidence.  With size and strength gains, he may profile at third base down the line.  He has enough arm strength to play anywhere on the field and a feel for changing his arm slot to start double plays and make plays on the run. At the plate, He stands with slightly flexed legs, utilizing a leg kick trigger and tipping the barrel while swinging with bat speed, exemplified by his 94 mph exit velocity. He has good barrel release and projectable power with a combination of bat speed and leverage, maintaining good posture throughout his swing. if Johnson's arm strength and feel transition to the mound, he may very well be a legit two-way player in college.

Mason Neville OF / 1B / Palo Verde , NV / 2022

Exit Velocity - 94 MPH

Projectable, 6-foot-2 175, Neville has an athletic build with long levers.  His athleticism provides him the ability to profile as a corner outfielder or first baseman. In the outfield, he has capable outfield actions with enough underway speed and arm strength to play all three outfield spots.  Future growth and development likely make a move to the corners eminent.  At the plate, he has stands upright with a rhythmic and naturally lofted swing that provides projectable power. He made consistent hard contact and his pull side power was evident as he drove several balls out of the park during his BP session.

Neville looks the part with a long-loose 3/4 arm action. His fastball sat comfortably 83-84, topping out at 86. He has consistent arm side life with solid shape and depth to a mid 60s breaking ball. He had feel for a changeup, 74.  Neville showed area control and throwing directly in to a stiff wind, it is easy to see him as a mid to upper 80s guy, maybe more in the near future.  A legit two-way guy at this point, Neville will not be uncommitted for long.

Maxwell Leuga OF / C / Green Valley, NV / 2020

Exit Velocity - 93 MPH

6-foot-0, 190-pound frame, physical athlete, develop, athletic build, tapered with strong lower half, proportionate strength with strong forearms and hands. High ceiling prospect with above average tools, evident by his 6.85 60, had the best overall showing at the event. Offensively, starts in a spread, athletic stance, hands shoulder high with easy rhythm, subtle rhythm in legs. Early load, low hovering leg kick. Above average bat speed, efficient hand path, on plane swing with natural lift, quick hip action, one handed high extension. Gap to gap approach, drive the ball with authority, left the yard twice; 93 mph exit velocity. Defensively, polished mechanics through the ball, chest high exchange, strides on-line. Quick, loose arm action, high ¾ arm slot, accuracy and carry; 87 mph OF velocity.

Lane Oliphant C / 1B / Reno , NV / 2020

Exit Velocity - 93 MPH

Lane looks is a capable receiver with good energy and bounce behind the plate. He showed a good athletic set that showcased good mobility in his block and recovery. Hands were soft letting the ball come to him and framing the ball with ease. Handled velocity and breaking pitches down with little movement in his presentation. Lane has good quick arm and feet as well as ability to improvise on bad pitches making accurate throws to second. Offensively, Lane showed one of the top exit velocities at 93mph. Upright stance with a vertical barrell, he showcased good raw power to pull side.

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