Fall Top Prospect Games: Team Navy Pitcher Analysis



By Doug Hall
Tennessee Director of Scouting

The PBR Tennessee Fall Top Prospect Games event took place at Lipscomb University on November 1 and afforded close to 60 players the opportunity to showcase their abilities in a combination showcase/game play event. Despite abnormally chilly conditions, some solid performances were turned in as some players established themselves as potential high-level prospects.

Below we take an in depth look at the group of pitchers that took the mound for Team Navy during the event. This is pitcher analysis only. Those players who also played a position at the event had their position player evaluation featured in a previous article.

Luke Brown, LHP/OF, Hopkinsville (KY), 2016
5-foot-10, 160-pound prospect  uses long arm action through high- 3/4 to over the top arm slot, fastball sat 81-85 mph, good arm side run on two-seam fastball, works bottom of the zone with fastball, curveball sat at 62-65 mph with sharp 12/6 action, slider shows late break at 72-74 mph, near fastball arm action on 72-75 mph changeup with fade, struck out four while giving up only one hit in two innings of work.  A top left-handed pitcher in the 2016 Kentucky class. Arm works cleanly.

Brock Myers, RHP/SS, Davidson Academy, 2017
5-foot-11, 150-pound prospect with athletic frame and room to fill out, uses short arm action through high- 3/4 arm slot, fastball sat 81-84 mph topping out at 85 mph with good arm side run, cutter shows hard late action, curveball is 66-73 with sharp 12/6 movement with good arm speed, slider showed improvement with tight spin and better feel at 71-75 mph, gave up one hit and recorded one strikeout in two innings of work, throws a lot of strikes and challenges hitters.

Brent Richey, OF/RHP, Knoxville Christian, 2016
6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect with strong frame, uses long arm action through a high- 3/4 arm slot and across the body delivery, fastball sat 81-84 touching 85 mph with arm side run, produces a lot of ground balls, secondary pitch shows slider action with tight spin and lateral movement at 71-74 mph, gave up one hit and struck out three in two solid innings of work, would like to see him add a change-up to arsenal. 

Ethan Cady, 1B/LHP, McCallie, 2016
6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect is a big strong body, uses over the top arm angle, fastball sat 80-84 mph, good arm side run, curveball is a hammer that sat 68-75 mph with sharp 12/6 shape and late hard action, started strong, lost command but finished strong in his two innings, gave up no hits and struck out 2. Repeatable delivery with some effort.

Brandon Jackson, RHP, Knoxville Central, 2016
6-foot-1, 175-pound with lanky frame and room to fill out, uses long arm action through high- 3/4 arm slot, fastball sat at 77-82 mph with good command, arm side run and sink, curveball sat at 64-69 mph and shows to be his best secondary offering with tight spin and sharp 11/5 action, 72-73 mph change-up with good arm action, gave up one hit and one strikeout during his two innings of work.

Anthony Crowder, SS/RHP, Knoxville Christian, 2016
6-foot-2, 170-pound with lanky frame, uses short arm action through high- 3/4 arm slot, fastball is straight at 76-78 mph, good command, near fastball arm speed on curveball that sat at 68-71 mph with varied 12/6 and 11/5 movement, works lower half of zone well, gave up four hits while recording two strikeouts in two innings of work.

Hunter Ross, OF/LHP, Grace Christian, 2017
5-foot-6, 150-pound left-hander uses short arm action through high- 3/4 arm slot, 68-70 mph straight fastball, 56-61 mph curveball with 1/7 movement, can work the zone with consistent strikes, strength gains should lead to an increase in arm velocity, gave up two hits and recorded three strikeouts in two inning outing.

Carter Atkinson, 3B/RHP, Franklin, 2017
6-foot, 180-pound right-hander uses short arm action through high- 3/4 to over the top arm slot, fastball sat 68-70 mph with slight arm side run, 11/5 movement on 59-64 mph curveball, will need to get stronger to increase arm velocity, gave up one hit and struck out three in two innings of work.