Prep Baseball Report

Intriguing 2020's

Shooter Hunt
National Crosschecker

Each state at PBR is gearing up for its preseason kick off with events throughout the winter to showcase the improvements made by players over the off-season, and to spread the word for recruiters to discover which ones they need to see in the spring. This week, On the Hunt takes a look at six highly intriguing 2020 players that coaches will want to mark down and highlight. The impressive group features two right-handed arms from Illinois, a twitchy outfielder and two-way player from Colorado, a physically-athletic catcher from Virginia, and left-handed hitting corner infielder with advanced feel for the barrel from Massachusetts.

Colby Shade OF / RHP / Fort Collins, CO / 2020

I got a glimpse of Shade in Ft. Myers in October, and was impressed by his raw tools. A high-waisted, 6-foot-1, 165-pounder, Shade moved around gracefully in the outfield where he covered a large portion of land with long, twitchy strides. Also athletic at the plate, Shade utilizes a knee knock load as his hands work deeply down and back with the barrel tilting up late before exhibiting lag through the zone with a loose finish. Still maturing somewhat, Shade’s frame looks like it could add a substantial amount of muscle in the future, and given his quick hands a strong wrists, might allow him to hit for some power. Overall, Shade is a player that recruiters are going to want to keep a close eye on as he could catch some helium this summer. The more at-bats and live, game action that he gets will only benefit his continued growth.

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