OK Preseason All-State: 2019 & 2018 LHP Analysis


Andy Urban
Oklahoma Scouting Director

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Prep Baseball Report Oklahoma hosted the second annual OK Preseason All-State Showcase this past Sunday at the World Baseball Outreach indoor facility in Tulsa, OK. This invite only event featured 90 of the top players from every class in Oklahoma. Each player participated in a pro style showcase to show their skills and record measurables in front of multiple colleges along with the PBR staff.

This was easily the most talent packed event in PBR OK history with 16 players posting 90+ exit velo, 16 players that were 85+ on the mound, 10 sub 7.00 60s, 9 catchers under 2.0, a 90 across the INF, and a 100 from the OF. 

In the coming weeks, PBR OK will write an in-depth scouting report on each player at the event grouped by position and age. Today, we look at the left-handed pitchers from the 2019 and 2018 class. Though many of them are talented two-way players, they will be cover here only as pitchers with positional analysis to come later. 

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Michelle Artzberger LHP / 1B / MacArthur, OK / 2019

A 5-foot-11, 185-pound proportional frame. On the mound, works from an average tempo abbreviated wind-up with excellent rhythm that he repeats very well. Uses a moderate and controlled leg kick before sinking into his back side and gliding to the dish, striding slightly closed, and finishing in line. Arm action is long in the back with a slight stab and quick change of direction, hides the ball well before coming through a high-¾ slot. Fastball keeps its plane at 78-80 with advanced command. Curveball shows big 1/7 shape with late depth, tight spin, and advanced feel for the zone, 62-64 mph. Changeup is thrown with fastball arm speed and shows consistent late fade, 69-70 mph.  Overall, Artzberger’s pitchability and deception are going to allow him to get consistent outs at the next level. 

Derek Bridges LHP / 1B / Duncan, OK / 2019

A 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame with long legs. On the mound, works from an average tempo delivery with good rhythm that he repeats well. Uses a high leg kick before gliding down the mound and finishing in line. Arm action is full, fluid, and smooth in the back raising high behind his head before coming through a low-¾ slot. Fastball ranges 81-84 mph with consistent arm-side run, consistently filled up the bottom of the zone. Slider has late East-West shape with late depth at 69-70 mph and is thrown for a strike or chase pitch with advanced command. Changeup is also commanded to both sides of the plate 76-78 mph, thrown with full arm speed and shows consistent fade.Overall, Bridges posses high-end pitchability and late breaking off speed that likely continue his success at the next level. 

Cash Colvin LHP / OF / Tuttle, OK / 2018

A physically impressive 6-foot-3, 210 pound frame with broach shoulders and  packed with strength throughout. On the mound, works only from the stretch with a simple delivery, moderate leg kick, and inline finish. Arm action is long in the back with a quick change of direction before coming through a high-¾ slot. Fastball shows consistent and late arm-side run, commanded in the zone, 82-84 mph and touches 85. Changeup sits 77-78 mph, thrown with full are speed and shows fade and some depth, also commanded in the zone. Breaking ball is still developing 68-69 mph. Overall, Colvin had added some velo and a lot of command to his arsinal, making him a prospect to watch for schools wanting to add a strike throwing left-hander to their staff.

Roman Duren Jr. LHP / OF / Carl Albert, OK / 2019

A durable  5-foot-10, 185-pound frame. On the mound, works from an average tempo delivery with a high and agressive up, down, and out leg kick that takes him straight down the mound with momentum. Arm action is long and quick in the back getting to his ear before coming through an over the top slot with quickness. Fastball sits 78-80 mph and filled up the strikes zone, occasional arm-side run. Curveball has 1/7 shape with gradual rolling action, 66-67 mph. Changeup has slight fade, 73-73 mph, controlled around the zone. Overall, Duren will likely continue to add some velo as he gets strong to go along with his aggressive pitching mentality.

Hollis Huff LHP / OF / Norman North, OK / 2019

A 6-foot-2, 176-pound lean frame with room to add size and strength. On the mound, works from the stretch only with a high-energy and up-tempo delivery. Uses a high and aggressive leg kick before pushing down the mound with solid leg drive, finishing inline with the plate. Arm action is moderate in the back with a fluid action before coming through a high-¾ slot with arm speed. Fastball keeps its plane at 86-87 mph, around the strike zone. Shows excellent feel for the curveball, 1/7 shape and late, tight break, 69-72 mph, filled up the zone. Changeup flashes some fade 78-79 mph around the zone. Overall, Huff is a definite prospect for high level schools to follow as he continues to tack on velo and show advanced feel for the breaking ball. 

Cooper Hunt LHP / OF / Dale, OK / 2019

A durable 5-foot-10, 180-pound frame with some quick twitch athleticism. On the mound, works from an athletic and up-tempo delivery with a high leg kick, sinks into his back side, then drives to the dish. Arm action has moderate length in the back and is quick and whippy before coming through a high-¾ slot with some arm speed. Fastball was 80-81 at this event, but has been 81-83 multiple times before. Showed consistent arm-side run and located best to the arm-side. Curveball showed near 12/6 shape with some late depth and big shape, 63-65 mph, again commanded best to the arm side. Changeup showed consistent late fade, thrown with full arm speed, best commanded pitch, 70-71 mph. Overall, Hunt’s athleticism should allow him to continue to dial in his command and his advanced changeup will make him a commodity for colleges in the near future. 

Jacob Loflin LHP / OF / Mt. Saint Mary, OK / 2019

A 6-foot-1, 175-pound proportional frame with room to add size and strength. On the mound, works from an average tempo, simpel delivery that he repeats well. Uses an up-down-and out leg kick before gliding to the dish and finishing inline. Arm action is moderate, fluid and controlled in the back before coming through a high-¾ slot with advanced arm speed. Fastball sits 84-86 mph with slight arm side run and filled up the strike zone. Slider has 2/8 shape with some late depth, slows arm speed, 65-68 mph. Changeup flashes some fade, 71-72 mph, slows some arm speed some. Overall, Loflin’s much improved command to complement his high level velo makes him a prospect for many colleges to follow this spring.