OK Winter Open: First Baseman Analysis


Andy Urban
Oklahoma Scouting Director

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The OK Winter Showcase was held at the World Baseball Outreach facility in Tulsa, OK on Sunday, December 16th.  This one day event featured over 60 prospects in the 2019-2022 from around the state showcasing their skills in front of PBR staff and college coaches. 

This talented event saw impressive numbers in every category, including seven sub seven second 60s, seven 90+ exit velos, seven arms that were 80+ across the infield (top 92), five arms that were 85+ from the outfield (top 97), and four pitchers that were 86+ (top 92)

Today, we take an in-depth look at the three physical first basemen from the event. Although a few of them are solid two-way players, they will be covered here only as position players, with pitching analysis already on their profiles. 

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Valek Cisneros 1B / RHP / Clinton, OK / 2019

A physically impressive 6-foot-5, 215-pound frame with strength throughout. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from an open, slightly back leg heavy, and athletic set-up with rhythm in his hands. Uses a moderate hand load and reverse toe-tap stride before launching them on a flat path through extension with bat speed, strength, and a high finish. In BP, shows a middle of the field and flat approach with bat speed and pop, some barrels, 91 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.09 60. Defensively, shows clean and athletic actions around the bag, moving well with a big frame. Arm action uses multiple strokes and slots depending on the play. Throws are accurate accurate to second base at 76 mph. 

 

 

Tyler Smith RHP / 1B / Noble, OK / 2020

A proportional 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame. Offensively, the left-handed hitter bats from a slightly open and balanced set-up with some rhythm throughout and low set hands. Uses a modate hand-pump and arm bar load with a short knee-knock stride before launching his hands on a slightly uphill path through extension. In BP, shows a middle to pull approach with lift, some barrels, 81 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.8 60. Defensively, shows clean and deliberate actions. Throws with a short arm stroke coming through a high-¾ slot, some accuracy at 72 mph to second base. 

 

 

Matthew Weber 1B / 3B / Tulsa Memorial, OK / 2019

A physical 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame with some strength. Offensively, the right-handed hitter bats from a slightly open, wide, and slightly front foot heavy set-up with some rhythm in his hands. Uses an arm-bar load and very short stride before launching his hands on an uphill path with some barrel strength. In BP, shows a middle to pull approach with consistent lift and some pop, 83 mph exit velo. Runs a 7.7 60. Defensively, shows clean and confident actions around the bag with well above average hands. Throws with a very short arm stroke coming through a high-¾ slot with accuracy to second base at 74 mph. 


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