Top Prospect Games Analysis: Pitching Reports from Aug 16



Dan Cevette
Director, New York

The New York Top Prospect Games were a huge success, bringing together many talented players from all over New York showing off their skills in front of roughly 40 college scouts and two MLB scouts. We are already focused on making next years Top Prospect Games even better. From this years event, in only two short weeks, 6 players have received and accepted D1 and D2 college scholarship offers. We would like to give a special thanks to all the players, parents, help, and colleges from Aug 16, it truly was a special day for us.

The scouting notes on all 34 pitchers are now complete, lets take a look at what Aug 16th had on the mound.

Aug 16th Pitching Reports

Bryan Warzek LHP (Shenendehowa HS, 2015)
Warzek stands 6-foot-0 180-pounds with an average build. On the mound he starts with his hands high and uses a high knee lift before separation. He uses side to side rotation in his shoulders and a long arm action from a mid ¾ slot. He uses great extension on release and finishes complete out over his front knee. His fastball sat 84-86 mph with some late action on the arm side. He showed a 66 mph changeup with some early deception and a 61-62 mph curveball with 1/8 gradual shape. 

Cameron Ringo RHP (Hamburg HS, 2015)

Ringo stands 5-foot-11 160-pounds with a frame that can hold more weight. On the mound he uses little to no knee lift, drops and drives, and has a shorter quick arm action. He throws from a high ¾ slot with shoulder tilt and clears his head to the first base side. His fastball sat 83-85 mph (up to 86-88, 7-15-14) with some downward action. His curveball was 71 mph with a midway hump (11/5 shape) with signs of plus spin.

Andrew Sipowicz RHP (Orchard Park HS, 2015)
Sipowicz stands 6-foot-2 210-pounds with an athletic, strong frame. On the mound he uses a balanced leg lift with a strong backside drop and drive. His shoulder alignment is great, has a clean arm action and throws from a mid ¾ slot. He uses great extension on his release and finishes over his front side. His fastball sat 85-86 mph with downward action and run to the arm side. His curveball sat 69-73 showing the ability to spin it with a 12/6 shape with gradual break.

Andrew White RHP (Williamsville North HS, 2015)

White stands 6-foot-2 195-pounds with a solid physical frame. On the mound he uses a high leg lift and stays tucked over his belt, he drops on his back leg before separation and uses great shoulder alignment. He throws from a mid ¾ slot with plus extension on release but needs to finish more over his front side. His fastball sat 87-89 mph with late action and life. His slider has potential to be a plus pitch with good hand speed at 78-81 mph and 10/4 late shape.

Calvin Blish RHP (Elmira HS, 2015)

Blish stands 6-foot-2 205-pounds with room to add some weight. On the mound he uses a high knee lift and drops and drives hard on his back side. His arm action is a touch funky, very short, but it works for him. He throws from a high ¾ slot with a head turn on release. He has great hand speed and extension on his pitches and finishes strong out in front of his body. His fastball sat consistently 87-89 mph his deception and late action. His curveball was 71 mph with gradual 11/5 shape.

Jake Collins RHP (Niagara CC, 2015)

Collins stands 6-foot-1 190-pounds with a solid physical build. He starts upright and uses a balanced leg lift and drops some on his back side for power. His shoulder alignment is perfect, head is square on target, and throws from a power mid/high ¾ slot. His fastball sat 88-90 mph with late, hard, downward action. His curveball has good hand speed at 77 mph with 12/6 shape.

Mike Harrington RHP (Herkimer CC, 2015)

Harrington stands 6-foot-4 210-pounds with a good pitchers frame. On the mound he uses a nice high knee lift, stays balanced over the rubber, and collapses hard on his back side when going forward. He throws from a mid ¾ slot with a fastball that runs arm side between 83-84 mph. His changeup was 77 mph with deception and his curveball showed good spin with a late 11/5 shape. He finishes his pitches well out in front over his front side.

Wyatt Conklin LHP (Bloomfield HS, 2016)

Conklin stands 6-foot-2 172-pounds with a projectable body frame. On the mound he uses a high knee lift and drops some on his back side before pushing forward. His hips open up slightly too soon taking some potential velocity away. His shoulders are in solid alignment and he uses a longer arm action (towards SS) but keeps it clean. He throws from an over the top slot with natural arm side run on a fastball sitting 77-79 mph with more in projection. He shows a promising curveball with some late 1/7 shape with good downward spin at 64 mph. He needs to work on finishing his pitches more over his front side, his ceiling could be high.

Noah Burchill RHP (Union Endicott HS, 2015)

Burchill stands 6-foot-1 175-pounds with room to add some good weight. On the mound he throws from a mid/high ¾ slot with natural arm side run at 78-81 mph. His curveball has some plus depth at 71 mph with 10/4 late shape. Mechanically he uses a high knee lift and drops on his back side with good should alignment and finishes his pitches falling to the first base side.  

Patrick Merryweather LHP (Herkimer CC, 2015)

Merryweather stands 6-foot-2 220-pounds with an average build. On the mound he uses a high rotating knee lift over the rubber. His shoulder alignment rotates with the knee and he stays pretty tall on his back side, only collapsing a little on the push forward. He throws from a high ¾ slot with some head lean on the release. His fastball sat 85-86 mph with early deception, and late arm side action. His curveball has plus rotating spin with 1/7 late shape. He could finish his pitches more over his front side giving him more late life and potential velocity.

Nathaniel Kiel LHP (Oakwood HS, OH 2015)

Kiel stands 5-foot-11 165-pounds with room to add some weight. On the mound he uses a quick tempo in his delivery, drives off his back leg, and has rotation in his shoulders early and with tilt. He throws from an over the top slot with extension on release and a long clean finish over his front knee. His fastball sat 78-80 mph with a curveball (1/7 shape) at 71 mph and 73 mph changeup that he turns over.

Austin Shields RHP (St. Mary’s Catholic HS, 2015)

Shields stands 6-foot-5 215-pounds with a great pitchers frame. He stays tall using a high knee lift and balanced over the rubber and drops some on his back leg moving forward. He uses proper shoulder alignment and throws from a high ¾ slot using a long arm action and plus extension. His fastball sat 87-89 mph with late jump and some run. He shows the ability to spin a curveball at 77 mph with 11/7 late hard shape. He needs to get over his front knee more on his finish.

Nicholas DeMarco RHP (Shaker HS, 2015)
DeMarco Stands 6-foot-1 165-pounds with room to add some weight. On the mound he uses a high knee lift with good balance over the rubber. He uses good shoulder alignment before rotation and throws from a high ¾ slot. His fastball sat 80-82 mph with some arm side gradual run. His (spike) curveball sat 67-70 with late tumble and his changeup was 71 with arm side fade. He uses a clean arm action with good extension and finishes over his front side.

Anthony Loussedes RHP (Arlington HS, 2015)

Loussedes stands 6-foot-1 165-pounds with a lean athletic frame. On the mound he uses a balanced approach over the rubber with a knee lift to his belt. He uses an upward shoulder tilt with a long arm action from a high ¾ slot. His fastball sat 78-80 mph with gradual run, his curveball has a late hump in it with 11/5 shape at 68-70 mph. He gets over his front side well and falls to the first base side.

Ryan Green RHP (Penfield HS, 2015)

Green stands 6-foot-3 180-pounds with a projectable body. On the mound he uses a knee lift that comes back over the rubber and collapses on his back some with some movement towards home plate early. His arm is quick showing good hand speed from a high ¾ slot. His fastball sat 83-86 mph with more in the tank and late run. His curveball sat 72-74 with an early hump out of his hand. Green is a work in progress but is making considerable strides in the right direction and has the body and arm to project on the mound.

Jeff Biddle RHP (Orchard Park HS, 2015)

Biddle stands 6-foot-3 190-pounds with a lot to like in his frame. On the mound he rushes towards home dragging his arm from a powerful mid ¾ slot. He uses a long back arm action with a fastball sitting 83-85 mph with projection for more when he figures it all out. He is still erratic with his pitches but when he slows down and keeps his shoulder alignment towards his target he will be in great shape. Excited to see his progression this fall through winter.

Lucas Sossei RHP (Canajoharie HS, 2017)

Sossei stands 6-foot-3 210-pounds with a great pitchers frame. On the mound he uses a balanced knee lift and long arm action with good shoulder alignment before he pushes forward. He throws from an over the top slot and tilts his head hard to the first base side. His fastball sat 81-83 mph with projection for more in his arm. The fastball has natural arm side tail and his curveball sat 70 mph with some hard 12/6 late shape. He uses long extension and finishes over his front side falling towards first base.

Zacary Granger RHP (Horseheads HS, 2017)

Granger stands 6-foot-0 160-pounds with an athletic build. On the mound he throws from a high ¾ slot generating an 80-82 mph arm side run fastball. He throws a 69 mph curveball that has a small hump early, he needs to get on top of that pitch more and out in front on the release to get the hard late bite. He is very projectable because of this athleticism and quick hand speed (85 from OF). He needs to continue to develop and work on getting more extension on his pitches and finish.

Andrew Bailey RHP (Honeoye Falls-Lima HS, 2015)

Bailey stands 6-foot-0 195-pounds with a solid strong frame. On the mound he uses a balanced approach with good separation and drive towards home. He throws from a high ¾ slot with a fastball sitting 83-84 mph. His curveball has serious 11/5 hard downward shape at 74 mph. He finishes over his front side knee with a slight turn towards first base. He located both his fastball and curveball for strikes and showed fast hands speed on both.

Danny Madden LHP (Corning HS, 2016)

Madden stands 6-foot-2 180-pounds with size and strength. On the mound uses good balance over the rubber bringing his knee lift back and rotates his shoulders. He has great extension throwing from a high ¾ slot with a fastball sitting 80-82 mph with more projectable velocity in his arm. He throws a circle changeup at 74 mph with good hand speed and a 71 mph curveball. His arm action is long and back towards the SS and his finish is strong over his front side.

Kyle Warner LHP (Springville Griffith HS, 2016)

Warner stands 6-foot-1 180-pounds with a lean pitchers frame. On the mound he rotates his hips over the rubber and turns shoulders to the first base side with a long back (towards SS) arm action. He uses plus extension from a mid ¾ slot with a fastball sitting 81-83 mph with late action. His curveball sat 73 mph with an early hump and 1/7 shape. If he focuses on getting more on top of the curveball and out in front more he will see later, hard action. Very promising young lefty with a lofty ceiling.

Jake Hewitt RHP (Penfield HS, 2015)

Hewitt stands 6-foot-1 195-pounds and has an athletic build. On the bump he starts upright with good balance over the rubber. He drives hard off his back leg going forward throwing from a mid ¾ slot with good shoulder direction. His fastball sat 82-83 mph with good late arm action and the ability to work both sides of the plate. His curveball shows signs of late 10/4 shape but slows his arm down. He finishes very well using great extension and length over his front side falling to the first base side.

Jim Dawson RHP (Webster HS, 2015)

Dawson stands a towering 6-foot-5 215-pounds with a good frame for even more weight. He shows balance over the rubber staying tall and using straight shoulder alignment. He drives off his back side throwing from an over the top slot with a fastball sitting 82-84 mph with some deception. Hi curveball was 69-70 mph with 10/4 shape, signs of bite, and finishes all his pitches with great extension and over his front side. He slows his arm down on his curveball and with increased hand speed he will see more depth and bite on his already solid pitch.

Jacob Burlingame RHP (Horseheads HS, 2016)

Burlingame stands 5-foot-10 170-pounds with an athletic body. On the mound he works fast through his delivery with a very clean, effortless arm that throws from a mid ¾ slot. His fastball was 80-82 mph with signs of plenty more in the tank (88 form OF) and natural arm side run. His curveball was 72 mph with 12/6 shape and good downward spin. He could finish his pitches a little more out in front, over his front knee which will allow for more action on his pitches.

Ryan Stott RHP (Liverpool HS, 2015)
Stott stands 6-foot-0 182-pounds with a slender build. On the mound he uses a quick delivery over the rubber and drops hard on his back leg before going forward. He has great shoulder alignment and throws form a high ¾ slot. His fastball sat 81-83 mph with late life and a solid feel for a 10/4 shape curveball at 69 mph. He finishes over his front knee and falls hard to the first base side.

Bryson Turner RHP (Brandywine Heights HS, 2015)

Turner stands 5-foot-11 180-pounds with a solidly built frame. On the mound he uses a fast knee lift with balanced tempo. He drops and drives hard on his back side before releasing. He has straight shoulder alignment and throws from a high ¾ slot. His fastball sat 81-83 mph with arm side tail and a 65 mph curveball with 11/5 shape. He finishes with good extension over his front side, under control and balanced.

Michael Diehr RHP (Elmira HS, 2016)

Diehr stands 5-foot-9 160-pounds with a frame to build on. On the mound he uses a crouched approach, and good shoulder alignment. His fastball was 71-73 mph from an over the top slot. He showed the makings of a solid changeup using good fastball hand speed and arm side fade. He finishes balanced over his front knee with extension.

Joshua Kuderian LHP (Lakeshore Catholic Ontario, 2015)

Kuderian stands 5-foot-11 185-pounds with a strong frame. On the mound he uses rotational shoulders with a long arm action. He throws from an over the top arm slot with a fastball topping 77 mph with arm side run.  He shows nice 1/7 shape on his curveball at 66 mph with good late action. He finishes his pitches over his front knee and remains balanced through his delivery.

Steven Gerringer RHP (Arlington HS, 2015)

Gerringer stands 5-foot-10 150-pounds with plenty of room to add some weight. On the mound he uses a quick tempo, keeps his hands high, and uses straight shoulder alignment. He throws from a low ¾ slot generating natural arm side sink and tail, his fastball was consistently around 80-81 mph and his curveball had nice 11/5 shape with an early hump at 65 mph. I would like to see him finish his pitches more over his knee out in front.

David Verrett RHP (Cicero North HS, 2016)

Verrett stands 6-foot-5 220-pounds with a great pitchers frame. On the mound he starts tall and falls on his back side when he pushes forward. His front side opens up too early and he leans with shoulder tilt towards the first base side. He throws from an over the top slot with a fastball sitting 76-78 mph. He has some deception with a lot of downhill plan. His curveball was 65 mph with late action and a 11/4 shape. He has a great deal of ceiling if he can continue to improve.

Nick Daigler RHP (Corning HS, 2017)

Daigler stands 6-foot-6 135-pounds with plenty of room to gain size and strength. On the mound he uses a high knee lift and stays balanced over the rubber before driving forward off his back side. He works with straight shoulder alignment towards his target and throws form a high ¾ slot. His fastball sits 74-75 mph with some late run, he throws a 61 mph changeup that needs continued development and more hand speed. He finishes with long extension and over his front knee well.

Evan Reichel RHP (West Genesee HS, 2015)

Reichel stands 6-foot-1 190-pounds with a solid athletic frame. He uses a high knee lift and stays tall over the rubber with good separation. He has a long (towards 2nd base) arm action throwing from a high ¾ slot. His fastball sat 79-81 mph with downward action and shows a changeup with fastball arm speed and fade at 71 mph. He uses a strong finish over his front side showing good balance and extension.

Nikolas Malachowski RHP (Shenedehowa HS, 2016)

Malachowski stands 6-foot-1 185-pounds with a pitchers frame and athletic build. On the mound he uses a high knee lift, hands very high by his face, and leans back some on his back side. He drives forward off a slightly bent back leg with shoulder alignment towards homeplate. He throws from a power high ¾ slot with a fastball sitting 81-83 mph with good life. His curveball shows quick hand speed at 73 mph with 11/7 shape with late bit. He needs to work on finishing his pitches more over his front side to get more extension and action on the ball. Interesting prospect to follow.

Dominick Spinoso RHP (Jamesville-Dewitt HS, 2017)

Spinoso stands 5-foot-8 155-pounds with a slender, strong build. On the mound he uses a big side step and high knee lift. He pushes hard off his back side and throws from a high ¾ slot. His fastball sits 80-83 mph with quick hand speed. His curveball has 11/5 hard shape at 72 mph. He has a chance to be very good with continued development and hard work, definitely a follow guy.

*Aug 16th Catchers Reports Tomorrow*