Top Performer Spotlight: 2021 RHP Jacob Bazala (Norwin)


Joe Walentin
Scouting / Operations

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Jacob Bazala

Class of 2021 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Norwin
    State: PA
  • Summer Team: East Coast Sandhogs
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 185lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
87
Max FB
(02/23/20)
86 - 87
FB
(02/23/20)
69 - 71
CB
73 - 74
CH
(07/01/20)
70 - 75
SPL
(06/15/20)
68 - 69
KN
Pitching
Max FB
86
FB
83 - 86
CB
65 - 66
CH
70 - 72
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
81 - 84
CB
62 - 64
CH
73 - 74
Pitching
Max FB
86
FB
83 - 86
CB
63 - 70
SPL
70 - 75
Pitching
Max FB
87
FB
86 - 87
CB
68 - 70
CH
71 - 72
Trackman - Fastball
86.1
Velocity (max)
(06/15/20)
82.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
(06/15/20)
2303
Spin Rate (max)
(06/15/20)
2093
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/15/20)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
86.1
Velo Range
83.4 - 85
Eff Velocity (avg)
82.3
Spin Rate (max)
2303
Spin Rate (avg)
2093
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
71.7
Velocity (max)
(06/15/20)
66.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
(06/15/20)
2121
Spin Rate (max)
(06/15/20)
1858
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/15/20)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
71.7
Velo Range
66.3 - 70.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
66.2
Spin Rate (max)
2121
Spin Rate (avg)
1858
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Splitter
78.9
Velocity (max)
(06/15/20)
72.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
(06/15/20)
1039
Spin Rate (max)
(06/15/20)
1294
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/15/20)
Trackman - Splitter
Velocity (max)
78.9
Velo Range
71.7 - 77.9
Eff Velocity (avg)
72.5
Spin Rate (max)
1039
Spin Rate (avg)
1294
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %

Scouting Report

2/23/20

 

The primary 6-foot, 187 pound right-handed pitcher featured a strong, athletic frame with easy physicality in his actions. Impressed with one of the top bullpens of the day sitting 86-87 mph with an electric fastball up in the zone utilizing a fluid and athletic arm swing out of a repeatable, high ¾ arm-slot with quality leg drive on the backside. Countered with a 68-70 mph curveball that showed late 11/5 shape with depth. Mixed in a 71-72 mph changeup that played well when thrown down in the zone. With improved arm-speed on the CH, he will feature three legit pitches primed for the next-level. Advanced arm-speed on the fastball suggests that a quality changeup should develop in the future. 

Standout Skill

The electric fastball is what stands out watching hi pen. Flashes arm side run down in the zone and when the 4-seam is elevated it has serious ride through the zone. 

Player Projection

Bazala has the stuff to come into a program and compete on the mound right away. With 2 quality pitches in the fastball, a sharp breaking 11/5 curveball and the makings of a quality change up. The change up has good action to it and once he gets comfortable throwing it while maintaining his rhythm and arm speed it could be a swing and miss pitch at the next level. 

Quick Hit

Strong, athletic build at 6-foot, 187 pounds. Has a fluid, easy delivery with a clean 3/4 release and can fill up the zone with 3 quality pitches. Appears to be more in the tank, If he is consistent with building momentum and getting into his back side he could see a jump in velo and the breaking stuff will only benefit. Exciting follow, can't wait to see his numbers on Trackman at the State Games this summer. 


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