Prep Baseball Report

Top Performers of 2019: Fastest 60 Time

Brett Harrison
Nevada Scouting Director

Next, we dive into the speedster of the state with the fastest 60 yard dash times at Prep Baseball Report events in 2019. In a game today where speed kills, this group of prospects flashed some impressive numbers throughout the year. Highlighted by our two sub 6.60 runner, USC commit Carson Wells (Bishop Gorman) and uncommitted '20 Donovan Gladney (Rancho), who both laid down blistering times with a 6.47 and 6.57, respectively. The speed doesn't stop there, TCU commit Thomas Dilandri (Palo Verde), UNLV commit Santino Panaro (Bishop Gorman) and uncommitted Ethan Yatson (Foothill) all brought in sub 6.70 numbers. The speed in the state is evident and with the Scout Day Season approaching, these athletes will get another chance to update their personal bests and continue to work their way up the PBR Player Rankings coming February 2020.

Carson Wells OF / Bishop Gorman, NV / 2020

60 Time - 6.47

Southern California commit. Athletic, 6-foot-1, 185, Wells is a projectable outfielder with present strength. Really impressed with this young man’s game.  Weight and strength gains have stabilized movements providing body control and solid transition to throw. He aggressively looks to play short hop outfield ground balls, carrying him into his online throws.  There is a noticeably arm strength that could be enhanced by stepping right over left in throwing footwork, but the step behind is his natural movement. As a hitter, he has good, balance approach with easy, fluid rhythm to accompany strength and bat speed.  He has a naturally lofted swing, matching plane with pitch and providing an ability to drive the ball regularly.  His 6.47 60-speed provide the ability to stay in centerfield, one can expect to hear a lot about this young man for the next few springs and may be many to come.

Donovan Gladney OF / Rancho , NV / 2020

60 Time - 6.57

 5-foot-8, 165-pound, strong, tapered build, broad shouldered in a compact frame. Immediately made his presence known with an event best, 6.57 60-yard dash. Quick twitch abilities carried directly over to his outfield session, aggressive routes. Fields in stride, quick exchange into his short arms cycle, carry and accuracy, over the top arm slot, 75 mph in August to 82 mph in November. Offensively, starts in a crouched set up, leading into a toe-tap load, slight dive into the ball, tends to land heavily on front foot. Compact swing stays on plane, mostly middle to pull side with flashes of pop; 81 mph exit velo. His above average athleticism and quick twitch abilities should be an interesting follow as he continues to develop. 

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

60 Time - 6.60

 TCU Commit 6-foot-3 195. Simply put, DiLandri is “tooled up”. He has present strength in an athletic build that is well proportioned. He consistently runs well, but due to some tenderness sat out the 60-yard dash this time around. He has electric bat speed, posting an event best 101 MPH exit velocity off the tee. His first swing in BP drove the ball beyond the fence. At times there is so much strength and bat speed, he can be a little short through the zone, but contact is loud to the middle and pull side of the field consistently. Defensively, DiLandri has a strong arm with a positional velocity of 89. He has a longer exchange with some violence to his throwing action but his arm strength makes up for any loss of time in transition. His tools provide the ability to profile at all three outfield spots and be a middle of the order type bat at the next level.

Santino Panaro OF / Bishop Gorman, NV / 2021

60 Time - 6.63

 UNLV commit, 5-foot-9, 160-pound frame, tapered, athletic build, added 10 pounds since the State Games in August. An extremely athletic prospect uses his speed and quickness to enhance every part of his game. Defensively, his elite athleticism shines, above average first step, aggressively routes to cut ball off. Short, quick arm cycle from the left side, high ¾ slot with carry, accuracy; 81 mph OF velo. At the plate, starts with narrow, open stance, a high, slow hand rhythm, efficient path to the ball with advanced barrel awareness, sprays the ball to all fields, remains balanced throughout swing, flashes of power to the pull side; 88 mph exit velo. 

Ethan Yatson OF / C / Foothill, NV / 2021

60 Time - 6.64

 Lean, 5-foot-10 155, Yatson has an athletic build and room for weight and strength gains.  He is twitchy, running an event best 6.64 60-yard time.  He is a reliable catcher as well as an outfielder but his speed and arm action will be better suited to the outfield. He throws from a ¾ arm slot with arm side run from behind the plate and a quick release. From the outfield, he tends to get on top of the ball a bit better providing truer carry.  At the plate, Yatson maintains balance throughout his swing with good barrel release. His wiry strength and bat speed provide gap type power and create an opportunity to get to his speed.

Callan Hermansen OF / RHP / Green Valley, NV / 2021

60 Time - 6.70

Uncommitted 6-foot-3 180. Hermansen has a projectable body with plenty of room for weight and strength gains. He is a better underway runner and posted a 6.70 60-yard dash. He has a manageable length to his swing, recording an exit velo of 88 MPHHe had two very good rounds of batting practice, where he sprayed the ball over the field. He had a gap-to-gap approach, flashing power while making consistent loud contact. Defensively, his positional velocity was an event best 91 MPH. He had a very clean round during the skill evaluation with on-target throws and solid outfield mechanics. He stayed behind the ball and played through it often. Still developing physically, he has to work to stay in defensive rhythm but as his growth stabilizes, so will his game. Look for him to be a big time player.


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

60 Time - 6.73

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 6.73 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.

Reed Pippin OF / 2B / Coronado , NV / 2021

60 Time - 6.78

 Athletic, 5-foot-10, 160, Pippins is a well-proportioned athlete with present strength.  He is a reliable outfielder with the speed to stay in centerfield. He has a good feel for throwing footwork and the transition to throw.  He throws from a high ¾ slot, getting consistently on top of the ball for true, online throws.  At the plate, he stands tall, retaining good posture throughout his swing with a high finish.  Pippin looks-to-pull and the high finish produces a fair amount of flyballs.  His twitchy swing with wiry strength may provide sneaky power down the line, but he presently may be better suited to use his speed and work to the middle of the field. Pippin’s speed plays and there is a lot to work with.  

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

60 Time - 6.79

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. 

John-Howard Bobo 2B / OF / Basic, NV / 2020

60 Time - 6.83

Athletic, 6-foot-1 160. Bobo is lean with a tapered look and wiry strength. If he realizes the room for weight and strength gains, he can be a “beast”.  He has reliable infield actions and has spent noticeable time developing the confidence to make all the plays with the appropriate actions. He has enough arm strength to stay on the left side with proper rhythm and footwork.  There is an unpolished appeal to his infield game which provides optimism but I think his best days are in the outfield, where he can roam. Continued growth and length will likely require a move to the corners of the field. As a hitter, Bobo uses a leg kick trigger with a solid combination of strength and bat speed.  There is whip in his barrel which will be enhanced by staying on plane longer, but there is an explosiveness to his offense that lends to a middle of the order bat in the future. 

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