PBR Future Games Player Spotlight: 1B/OF Jake Books


Greg Williams
Pennsylvania Director of Scouting

2019 marks the 8th year that Pennsylvania will be represented in the PBR Future Games. This one-of-a-kind event will feature the best uncommitted Class of 2021 & select 2022 prospects from our 40-plus state coverage area. The Future Games will take place July 31st - August 4th (Wednesday-Saturday) at the LakePoint Sporting Community in Cartersville, GA.

The Prep Baseball Report Future Games is the premier summer scouting event for Class of 2021/2022 prospects. Last year, more than 250 college coaches from all over the country were in attendance, making it arguably the most heavily recruited event of the summer.

We will be highlighting each player on the Team Pennsylvania roster in the week leading up to the event. Links to those players that have already been highlighted follows at the end of this article.

Jake Books

Class of 2022 / 1B

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: 1B
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Spring-Ford
    State: PA
  • Summer Team: Keystone State Bombers 16U National
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 200lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Pitching
78 - 80
FB
(03/02/19)
67 - 68
CB
(06/28/19)
69 - 72
CH
(06/18/19)
68 - 70
SL
(06/18/19)
Pitching
FB
78 - 80
CB
63 - 64
CH
69 - 72
SL
68 - 70
Pitching
FB
78 - 80
CB
61 - 65
CH
65 - 66
Position
7.18
60-yard
(02/14/21)
85
INF Velo
(02/14/21)
80
OF Velo
(03/02/19)
100
Exit Velo
(02/14/21)
Position
60-yard
7.18
INF Velo
85
Exit Velo
100
Position
60-yard
7.23
INF Velo
82
Exit Velo
99
Position
60-yard
7.34
INF Velo
80
Exit Velo
93
Position
60-yard
7.64
INF Velo
79
Exit Velo
93
Trackman - Hitting
99.65
Exit Speed (max)
(02/14/21)
91.17
Exit Speed (avg)
(06/15/20)
295
Distance (avg)
(02/14/21)
362
Distance (max)
(02/14/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
99.65
Exit Speed (avg)
90.86
Distance (avg)
295
Distance (max)
362
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
98.69
Exit Speed (avg)
91.17
Distance (avg)
235
Distance (max)
362
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Blast - Hitting
23.20
Hand Speed (max)
(06/15/20)
21.79
Hand Speed (avg)
(02/14/21)
81.20
Bat Speed (max)
(02/14/21)
75.93
Bat Speed (avg)
(06/15/20)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
23.1
Hand Speed (avg)
21.79
Bat Speed (max)
81.2
Bat Speed (avg)
73.59
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
23.2
Hand Speed (avg)
21.71
Bat Speed (max)
79.6
Bat Speed (avg)
75.93
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %

Scouting Report

6/28/19

6-foot-2, 200-pound left-handed hitter showcased arguably the most balanced, consistent offensive approach of any hitter at the event. Went 3-for-8 with a walk and an a pair of RBI over the course of three games. Also made several loud outs and was a tough out all weekend. Polished defender at first base, Books also has above average feel for three pitches on the mound and a solid knowledge of how to attack hitters. Books was added to the Team Pennsylvania roster for the PBR Future Games following his performance.

6/11/19

6-foot-2, 200-pound two-way prospect sat 78-80 from a high 3/4 arm slot with a balanced, repeatable delivery. Displayed feel for spin with a curveball at 63-64 that had 1/7 rotation. Also commanded a slider with shorter break out of the same window at 68-70 and a changeup at 69-72. Left-handed hitter starts from a square stance and initiate his swing with a heel-raise stride. Clears his hips well and works through the baseball regularly with a feel for the barrel. Registered a bat exit velocity of 92 mph and ran a 7.33 60-yard dash. Showcased a soft glove hand and active feet around the bag at first base.

3/02/19

6-foot-1, 195-pound two-way prospect with an athletic, projectable frame. The primary pitcher sat 78-80 from an over-the-top arm slot with slight arm-side run to his fastball. Also showcased a curveball at 61-65 with 1/7 rotation and a changeup that sat 65-66 at near fastball arm-speed. The left-handed hitter starts from a square stance and initiates his swing with a lift-and-replace stride. Showed the ability to create backspin with present gap power and an above average feel for the barrel. Registered an 83 mph bat exit velocity and showcased athletic actions defensively with 80 mph arm strength from the outfield.


Team Pennsylvania Roster

NAME HIGH SCHOOL CLASS POS.
Josh Beck Lancaster Catholic 2021 LHP
Colton Book Manheim Central 2021 LHP
Jake Books Malvern Prep 2022 1B/OF
Justin Butler Quakertown Community 2021 C
Derek Cease Nanticoke Area 2021 SS/RHP
Maddix Dalena Montoursville 2022 1B
Dylan DuCharme Spring-Ford 2021 OF
Alex Gabauer Norwin 2021 SS
Luke Holman Wilson West Lawn 2021 RHP
Cullen Horowicz Jefferson 2021 3B
Michael Kilker Hazleton Area 2021 RHP
Paxton Kling Central (Martinsburg) 2022 OF
Chase Kriebel Clarion Area 2022 LHP
Colin Lewandowski William Penn Charter 2021 RHP
Andrew Muraco Franklin Regional 2021 SS
Rafe Perich Northwestern Lehigh 2021 SS/3B
Erik Ritchie Souderton Area 2021 LHP
Caleb Sturtevant Cocalico 2022 OF
Evin Sullivan North Penn 2021 C/OF
Carter Welch Northwestern Lehigh 2021 LHP
Trey Yesavage Boyertown 2021 RHP


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UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
Junior Future Games NATIONAL 07/30 LakePoint
2019 PBR Future Games (Pennsylvania Invite Only) PA 07/31 LakePoint
2019 Fall Kickoff Showcase PA 08/15 Millersville University
Play for Team PBR 17U (Fall Kickoff Showcase Tournament) PA 08/17 Millersville University
2019 Fall Scout Day (Various Travel Organizations) PA 09/07 Keystone State Baseball Academy
West Chester Dragons Scout Day PA 10/05 Keystone State Baseball Academy
2019 Future Prospects Showcase PA 10/19 Keystone State Baseball Academy
2019 Elite Prospect Showcase PA 10/26 Keystone State Baseball Academy
2019 Fall Measurables & Evaluation Showcase PA 11/02 Keystone State Baseball Academy
2019 Holiday Showcase PA 12/28 Keystone State Baseball Academy