OK Summer Underclass Games Analysis: 2019 MIF's




Andy Urban
Oklahoma Scouting Director

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Prep Baseball Report Oklahoma hosted its first event of the summer at beautiful L.Dale Mitchell Stadium on the campus of OU. This event hosted nearly 80 of the top 2020 and 2019 graduates from around the state for a pro showcase followed by games. These talented underclassmen showed their skills in front of coaches from every level of college baseball as well as the PBR OK staff. 

All of the video, stats, and pictures from the event have been posted on each individual player's profiles. Over the next week and a half, we will be taking an in-depth look at each player from the event position by position.Though a few of these 2019 grads listed below are two-way players, they will be covered here as MIF's. Each player's full profile can be viewed by clicking on their picture. 

2019 MIF's

Brady Barton 2B / OF / Stonewall , OK / 2019

A 6-foot, 170-pound proportional frame. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from a back leg heavy set-up with shoulders slightly uphill. Uses a moderate stride, some length in the swing, and though the swing path is slightly uphill, Barton hit the ball flat to all fields and found mostly barrels, 84 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.56 60. Defensively, shows average feet with soft hands, 69 mph across the diamond. In the game, grounded out twice and walked. 

Jarett Gage SS / RHP / Pryor, OK / 2019

A 6-foot-1, 155-pound lean frame with plenty of room to add size and strength. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from a slightly knock-kneed set-up. Uses a smooth load and moderate stride. Showed a consistent middle of the field, flat approach in BP, barreling most pitches, 83 mph exit velo. Defensively, shows good feet and above average hands. Throws with a loose arm from a 3/4 slot with accuracy, 76 mph. Runs a 7.52 60. In the game, grounded to the third base twice and popped out to the first baseman.

Carter LaValley SS / 2B / Carl Albert , OK / 2019

A 5-foot-11, 175-pound proportional build. Offensively, the switch hitter took his swings from the left side, showing a back leg heavy, wide, set-up with a slight crouch. Uses a short stride with a late heel plant for timing, stays short and inside the baseball. Shows a middle to opposite field approach with some lift, found some barrels. Exit velo of 80 mph. Runs a 6.9 60. Defensively, shows soft, consistent hands, feet get a bit stagnate at times. Throws with a quick release from multiple slots with accuracy, 77 mph. In the game, drew two walks showing good plate discipline, grounded out to first. Ran the bases well.

Karsten Menard SS / 2B / Edmond North, OK / 2019

A 5-foot-6, 150-pound frame packed with athleticism that shows in his 6.84 60 and 88 mph exit velo. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from an upright stance with loose hands. Uses a small load, long stride, and short path to the ball. Showed a pull approach with some lift in BP, found consistent barrels, one of the best rounds of the day. Defensively, shows good hands and feet with range, throws from a 3/4 slot, short arm action, 79 mph across the diamond with some accuracy and carry. In the game, went 1-for-3 with two fly outs and a hard hit single.     

Brandon Reese SS / 2B / Washington, OK / 2019

A developing and lean 5-foot-4, 117-pound frame. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from a slightly wide, balanced set-up. Uses a slight hanging leg kick for timing, short to the ball. Shows a middle to pull, flat/ground ball approach in BP, 72 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.25 60. Defensively, average hands and feet, throws from a low-3/4 slot, 72 mph, some accuracy. In the game, grounded to the SS and struck out.  

Brock Rodden SS / RHP / Oktaha, OK / 2019

A 5-foot-8, 165-pound frame with athleticism. Offensively, a very capable switch hitter. From the right side, has a balanced, athletic set-up with rhythm throughout, an all fields approach with some lift and bat speed. From the left side, uses an open set-up with rhythm, shows more consistent barrel, a pull gap approach, more consistently on time. Exit velo 84 from the left, 85 from the right. Runs a 7.33 60. Defensively, shows confident actions with above average feet and hands. Throws from a low-3/4 slot with looseness, 75 mph across the diamond. In the game, was 1-for-2, with a HBP, struck out, and singled. 

Mason Skrimager SS / C / Enid , OK / 2019

A 5-foot-10, 160-pound proportional frame. Offensively, hits from a slightly open, knock-kneed, balanced set-up. Uses a big knee-knock, hanging leg kick for timing, short to the ball with a high finish. In BP, shows a pull approach with some lift and more pop and strength than his 79 mph exit velo would suggest, found mostly barrels. Runs a 7.43 60.  Defensively, shows clean, athletic, and confident actions with advanced feet and hands. Throws from multiple arm slots with an easy quick release, 75 mph, with accuracy. In the game, went 0-for-3 with three ground outs. 

Reid Stockman SS / 2B / Coweta, OK / 2019

A lean and developing 5-foot-8, 150-pound frame. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from a wide and slightly back leg heavy set-up with rhythm in his hands. Uses a short, smooth, arm-bar load, very short stride, and flat bat path. Shows a middle of the field, flat approach, missed some barrels. Exit velo of 78 mph. Defensively, shows above average hands and feet, takes good angles to the ball. Throws from a 3/4 slot, some stiffness, very accurate, 70 mph. Runs a 7.97 60. In the game, 0-for-2 with a ground out to shortstop, strike out, and a walk. 

Scott Torkleson C / SS / Cascia Hall, OK / 2019

A 6-foot, 155-pound lean frame with room to continue to add strength. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from a wide open, narrow, back leg-heavy set-up with some rhythm in his hands. Uses a big knee-knock leg kick and slight arm-bar load, some length in the swing. Shows a middle pull approach in BP with some lift, 81 mph exit velo, mostly barrels. Runs a 6.94 60. In the middle infield, shows above average feet with soft and consistent hands, stands up a bit on the throw, over-the-top slot, short arm action, 76 mph with some accuracy and carry.  In the game, went 2-for-2 with a ground rule double and launched a home run to left-center field off of 85 mph. 

Dakota Ward SS / RHP / Yukon , OK / 2019

A 6-foot-1, 165-pound lean frame with some room to add size and strength. Offensively, the right-handed batter hits from a balanced, athletic set-up with rhythm throughout. Uses an early stride with a late heel plant for timing, some length in the bat path. In BP, showed a mostly middle of the field approach with some lift, some pull pop, and some barrels, 83 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.56 60. Defensively, shows above average hands and feet, shows athleticism on the slow roller play, throws from multiple slots with a quick release, 75 mph across the diamond with accuracy. In the game, went 2-for-3 with a double, single, and a strikeout.

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