Uncommitted Spotlight: 2023 IF/RHP Cooper Sheff


Brett Harrison
Nevada Scouting Director

Cooper Sheff, '23, is a young prospect with a long, lean frame with projectable tools both on the mound and as an infielder. As a pitcher, he has a smooth, rhythmic delivery, drop and drive type with a long, loose arm from the 3/4 arm slot, living around the zone with each of his three pitches. His fastball sat between 76-79 mph at the Nevada State Games, but as of last weekend he showed positive progression sitting 81-82 mph with arm side run. In the field, he uses his high baseball IQ, above average instincts and smooth actions to consistently make plays in the middle infield even though he projects to move to a corner infield spot due to his size. At the plate, the freshman routinely maintains excellent balance with a small, easy rhythm and a gap to gap approach. At the Nevada State Games, he showed power potential during his batting practice round, driving the ball to all fields. When you add all the ingredients of Sheff's game together, it makes him an exciting player to follow heading into his freshman campaign with Basic Academy.

Cooper Sheff

Class of 2023 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: RHP
  • High School: Basic Academy
    State: NV
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 175lbs
  • Bat/Throw:

Statistics

Pitching
86
Max FB
(01/15/20)
82 - 86
FB
(01/15/20)
62 - 72
CB
(01/15/20)
72 - 74
CH
(08/01/20)
Pitching
Max FB
84
FB
80 - 84
CB
68 - 72
CH
72 - 74
Pitching
Max FB
86
FB
82 - 86
CB
62 - 72
CH
68 - 71
Pitching
Max FB
79
FB
76 - 79
CB
66 - 69
CH
65 - 67
Pitching
Max FB
78
FB
75 - 77
CB
63 - 64
CH
65 - 69
Position
7.27
60-yard
(01/15/20)
77
INF Velo
(08/01/20)
82
OF Velo
(08/17/19)
86
Exit Velo
(08/01/20)
Position
60-yard
7.44
INF Velo
77
Exit Velo
86
Position
60-yard
7.44
INF Velo
77
Exit Velo
86
Position
60-yard
7.27
INF Velo
76
Exit Velo
79
Position
60-yard
7.58
INF Velo
72
OF Velo
82
Exit Velo
82
Position
60-yard
7.75
INF Velo
71
OF Velo
78
Exit Velo
75
Trackman - Hitting
90.5
Exit Velocity (max)
(08/01/20)
80.0
Exit Velocity (avg)
(08/01/20)
229
Distance (avg)
(08/01/20)
332
Distance (max)
(08/01/20)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
90.5
Exit Velocity (avg)
80
Distance (avg)
229
Distance (max)
332
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
24.6
Hand Speed (max)
(08/01/20)
22.7
Hand Speed (avg)
(08/01/20)
74.5
Bat Speed (max)
(08/01/20)
70.5
Bat Speed (avg)
(08/01/20)
Blast - Hitting
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
Hand Speed (max)
24.6
Hand Speed (avg)
22.7
Bat Speed (max)
74.5
Bat Speed (avg)
70.5
On Plane Eff (avg)

Scouting Report

8/17/19 - Uncommitted 6-foot-2, 165, Sheff has a large frame with room for added weight and strength. Sheff ran well for his size and better underway. He maintained good balance throughout his swing in his batting practice session, flashing power in driving the ball out of the park. He has good infield actions but fielding rhythm can be impaired by large frame in the middle of the diamond. Future move to corner infield or outfield is likely and he might be better suited to reaction infield positions. Sheff has noticeable arm strength with an outfield positional velocity of 82 MPH. He made good reads and played through the ball well in the outfield, engaging his lower half on throws.

Cooper is already a beast, passing the eye test with a physical frame and tons of projection. Body type is high waisted, broad shoulders, and muscular/veined build.  An above average 2 way player for age, Cooper will be a name that will soon be on everyone’s radar, if not all ready. Cooper comes from a good baseball background and shows a high-quality baseball IQ. Cooper showed mound presence and ambushed the strike zone with tons of strikes. Mechanics were consistent and movement throughout delivery showed athleticism for repeatability.  Arm action is quick and compact along with long levers allowing makings to spin the baseball effectively. Arm strength in OF was 82mph and down a tick on mound. FB was 76-79 with life at the plate. CB/SL showed some plus sweeping action that registered 66-69 along with a complimentary Change up, 67-68, that showed depth at the plate.


Cooper Sheff sitting 81-82 mph for Southern Nevada Tribe.

 

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