Pacific Northwest Preseason ProCase: Pitcher Quick Hits


By: Diego Solares
Associate Scout, Staff Writer

On Sunday, February 6th, the PBR Washington and Oregon staff held the 2022 Pacific Northwest ProCase at the NW Sports Hub in Centralia, Washington. The invite-only event featured 19 upper-tier players from our region looking to garner some attention heading into the high school seasons in both states.

For a look at the event’s roster, click HERE.

Now, at the event’s conclusion, our staff will begin to roll-out several post-event content pieces pertaining to the day’s biggest takeaways. Earlier in the week we rolled a quick analysis on all of the position players and we’ll hop over to the mound today to analyze all of the day’s arms.

PITCHER QUICK HITS

+ RHP Chris McClean (Cedar Park Christian, 2022; Biola University) was one of two arms to top at 91 mph with his fastball, sitting exclusively at 90-91 mph throughout his pen. Built at 6-foot, 205-pounds, McClean’s fastball did flash some favorable vertical characteristics, averaging nearly 18 inches of vertical break. He ripped his slider off at 78-80 mph and it averaged 2,400+ RPM from a near identical release height to his fastball. McClean also effectively limited spin on his changeup at 83-84 mph. 


+ The other arm to bump his fastball up to 91 mph at this event was 6-foot-6, 230-pound RHP Jordan Hanson (Tumwater, 2022; UNLV). A standout at last summer’s West Coast Games, Hanson’s fastball sat at 89-91 mph throughout his ‘pen and reached a max spin rate of 2,350 RPM. He featured two breaking balls, a low-70s curveball and upper-70s slider, while adding a changeup into the mix that averaged 16.5 inches of horizontal break, too. It was a loud showing from Hanson, who came away as a real follow name on the mound as we prepare for the spring season.


+ INF/RHP Canon Reeder (Summit, 2022; Oregon State) put up numbers across the board as a position
player, but the 6-foot, 170-pound Beaver signee showcased a lively arm throughout his ‘pen. Reeder ran his fastball up to 90 mph, sitting at 86-89 mph with upward carry as it entered the zone, averaging 19.7 inches of vertical break. Reeder threw his slider with fastball conviction, ripping it off at 75-78 mph with sharp, downer action off an 11/5 plane. He threw his changeup at arm speed and kept it down in the zone at 79-81 mph, too.

+ RHP R’Mani Adams (Decatur, 2022; Bellevue College) boasts a professional 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame with clear physicality and strength attached throughout, particularly in the lower half. Adams ran his fastball up to 86 mph at the event from a lower release height, while also averaging 16+ inches of vertical break. While still fully developing his secondaries, Adams changeup did flash intrigue metrically in his 'pen. He threw it from the same slot as his fastball at 70-73 mph, averaging 14.2 inches of horizontal movement and limiting spin. At his physical stature, Adams has plenty of future intrigue in his all-around profile.

+ RHP Dominic Giustino (Issaquah, 2022; Portland) showed one of the day’s best breaking balls; a high-arching 12/6 curveball at 74-75 mph that spun at a 2,400+ RPM averaged and also averaged -17.3 inches of vertical break, an advanced analytical mark for a breaking ball. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound right-hander also touched 88 mph with his fastball, sitting at 86-87 mph throughout his ‘pen.

+ We highlighted uncommitted INF/RHP Caden Casagrande (Bishop Kelly, 2022) for his two-way skills in the positional Quick Hits, but the Idaho native showed intrigue on the mound as well. Casagrande’s fastball played at an ultra-easy 84-85 mph while averaging 20.1 inches of Induced Vertical Break from a low average release height (5.1 ft.), which should allow him to successfully spot it up in the zone. He flashed feel for a tight slider spun at a 2,200+ RPM average at 73-76 mph, too. Still on the market, Casagrande certainly has upside on both sides of the ball. 

+ Uncommitted RHP Luke Vrable (Oak Harbor, 2022) displayed upside arm strength in his ‘pen. The lanky 6-foot-4, 187-pound Vrable ran his fastball up to 89 mph, sitting at 87-89, while averaging 2,300+ RPM and 19+ inches of vertical break. Vrable threw his slider with clear intent, pumping in at 78-80 mph, and he limited spin on his changeup at 77-79 mph, too.

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