Progress Report: 2017 1B/RHP Ethan Blaisdell (NY)

Jared Carrier
Director of Scouting, NY

Name: Ethan Blaisdell  
High School: Auburn
Grad Year: 2017
Position: 1B/RHP
State Rank:  No. 197 (No. 11 1B)
Recent Event: Unsigned Senior Showcase

Crunching The Numbers 
 60 Time: 7.77 (Previous: 8.12) 
Exit Velocity:
  94 MPH (Previous: 87 MPH)
1B Arm Strength: 74 MPH (Previous: 73 MPH)
Note: Sat 77-78 MPH, touching 79 MPH on the mound.

Scouting Report 
Blaisdell stands in at 6-foot-3, 240-pounds with a tall athletic corner infielder’s frame and a thick lower half. Ran a    7.7 – 60 , improved from posting a 8.12 in February 2016. Pitching-  On the mound he uses a fluid delivery, belt-high knee lift, clean arm-action with a good arm-circle. Stride was a little too short for his size, releases the ball from a high-3/4 slot, pull-side favors the first-base side before release. Fastball sat 77-78, topped 79 mph, throws a heavy ball. Pushes his change up at times, velocity was 68 mph with some strikezone feel.  Offensively- Righty sets up square to the pitcher with his feet outside his shoulders in a wide base. Knees are bent slightly with an upright torso. Hands are held in front of the chest with little pre-pitch movement. On pitch his trigger is a toe tap back to stride forward while his hands move slightly up behind the shoulder into a good hitting position. Strong lower body rotation getting whole frame involved in the swing. Quick hands to the hitting zone with good upward lift throughout into a high two handed finish. Covers the plate well and shows strength hitting the ball gap to gap; flashing some pull side power. Recorded an exit velocity of 94 MPH, improved from posting an 87 MPH in February 2016. Defensively- Good approach to the baseball. Comes off first base well. Throwing process could be cleaned up by being more aggressive and quick with footwork and body mechanics to get the ball out of the glove and into the throwing hand. Recorded a positional throwing velocity of 74 MPH, a 1 MPH improvement from February 2016.

What did we See?
"We knew going into the event that we were going to see some pull side pop from the big slugger. What stood out is that there was visible improvements through his core; exploding through the ball. Around the bag at 1B he maintains active footwork and is surprisingly nimble. First look on the mound showed a repeatable delivery with a heavy ball. Needs more feel with his secondary offerings but the potential of him giving some innings at the next level could be intriguing for the right program. "



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