Unsigned Senior Showcase: Pitcher Analysis

By Matt Byrd and PBR Tennessee staff

The PBR Tennessee winter Unsigned Senior Showcase took place in December at Showtime Sports Academy and produced several solid performances from some of the top uncommitted seniors in the state.

The following is an in-depth look at the pitchers who participated in the event.

Ryan Franklin, 2016, Brentwood Academy, RHP
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect with a strong lower half throws from a ¾ arm slot with quick arm speed. Franklin’s fastball sat at 82-84 mph while topping out at 86 on one occasion, ¾ slot produces good arm-side run on fastball. Franklin’s slider sat 72-74 mph with 10/4 shape and sharp action while throwing it for strikes, changeup sat at 76-79 mph with sink that he threw for strikes, also throws a splitter at 76-77 mph with late sinking action for strikes. Franklin impressed with his ability to throw four pitches for strikes and will be a solid pick up for a college program.

Matthew Harnish, 2016, Blackman HS, RHP
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect with a strong athletic build throws from a high-¾ arm slot with short and quick arm action and minimal effort. Harnish’s fastball  sat 80-81 mph topping out at 83, two-seam fastball shows slight arm-side run while four-seamer shows occasional late cutting action, his curveball had sharp action with 11/5 shape and sat 65-66 mph while pounding the strike zone. His changeup had some sink to it sitting at 71-73 mph that he will need to continue to develop feel for.

Baylor Steelman, 2016, LaVergne HS, LHP
The 5-foot-8, 148-pound prospect with a small athletic build throws from a high ¾ arm slot with quick arm speed and loose arm action. Steelman’s fastball with slight arm-side run sat at 78-81 mph and pounded the strike zone. Steelman’s curveball had 1/7 movement and sat 69-72 mph. He also showed a changeup with some fade and near fastball arm speed that sat at 73-74 mph and pounded the strike zone. Steelman continues to show good pitchability and certainly will bring a quality left-handed arm to a college program.

Canaan Owens, 2016, Riverdale HS, RHP
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound prospect with a strong build throws from a high ¾ arm slot with quick arm speed and long arm action, has a minimal effort delivery and works slightly across body, misses up and arm-side occasionally which is a product of not consistently getting over front side, fastball shows good arm-side life and sat at 80-82 mph. Owens throws a curveball that sat at 68-71 mph with 11/5 shape and occasional sharp action. Owens changeup had fade movement and was in the strike zone sitting at 74-76 mph. Owens is athletic and has potential to add more velocity moving forward.

Evan Davis, 2016, John Overton HS, LHP
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound prospect has a frame that projects well at the next level, throws from a ¾ arm slot with long arm action and minimal effort, works slightly across body, fastball sat 78-80 mph with occasional arm-side run, shows some feel for 68-70 mph curveball with 1/7 action, changeup was best secondary pitch on this occasion at 69-71 mph with some fade, intriguing lefty with his size who likely has significant more velocity in the tank.

Connor Haynes, 2016, Bolton HS, LHP
The 6-foot-3, 160-pound prospect with a tall/lanky build throws from a ¾ arm slot with average arm speed and long arm action, opens hips early on occasion which leads to missing up and arm-side with pitches, ¾ slot produces significant arm-side run on both the fastball and changeup, fastball sat at 74-76 mph, curveball sat at 63-64 mph with 1/7 shape and gradual action. Haynes changeup sat at 70-72 mph with near fastball arm speed. While his velocity is average, Haynes can be an effective lefty at the next level with the significant movement of his pitches.

Daniel Kohls, 2016, Hillwood Comprehensive, RHP
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound prospect with an athletic/lanky build throws from a high-¾ arm slot with average arm speed and short arm action, normal effort in delivery, Kohl’s straight fastball sat 73-76 mph and topped out at 79 on one occasion, curveball had sharp action and varied between 11/5 and 10/4  shape and sat 63-66 mph in the strike zone, tends to slow arm on 61-63 mph changeup that has some sinking action.

Jacob Davis, 2016, Wilson Central, RHP
The 6-foot-1, 160-pound prospect with a lanky frame throws from a high ¾ arm slot with long arm action and below average arm speed, fastball was straight and sat 65-66 mph. His curveball showed 11/5 shape with gradual action and sat 58-59 mph and he showed some feel for it. Davis changeup sat at 61 mph with sink and threw it for strikes.